We survey British universities, examining the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions, and rank them using our traffic-light system.
Traffic-light ranking system:
has banned and actively censored ideas on campus
has chilled free speech through intervention
has a hands-off approach to free speech
The University of Loughborough and Loughborough Students' Union collectively create an open environment for free speech. The university, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ridicule of cultural or religious differences, and has banned initiation ceremonies. The students’ union, which has moved to a Green ranking, places no binding restrictions on speech, as far as we are aware. Due to the improvement of the students’ union’s policies from last year, the institution’s overall ranking moves to Green.
The university - AMBER
Bullying and Harassment
Definition of racial and religious harassment includes: ‘[R]idiculing items worn for religious reasons, denigrating cultural customs… derisory comments against an individual’s beliefs… incitement or persistent pressure through forms of evangelism and religious propaganda that suggests the answer no is unacceptable to the person trying to spread their ideas on religion or recruiting to their particular group… racist graffiti or insignia.’
The students’ union - GREEN
No policies or actions