The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) is the UK’s first university league table for campus censorship. We examine the policies and actions of universities and students' unions, and rank them using our traffic-light system.
Data accurate up until April 2018.
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 Warwick and Warwick Students’ Union collectively create a hostile environment for free speech. The university, which has moved to an Amber ranking, insists that visiting speakers avoid ‘insulting other faiths’. The students’ union, which has maintained its Red ranking, bans sexist, racist and homophobic songs, and has banned an anti-Islamist speaker. The institution’s overall ranking remains Red.
The university - AMBER
Trans and Gender Reassignment Policy
‘Do not add an unnecessary "-ed" to the term ("transgendered"), which connotes a condition of some kind. Never use the term "transvestite" to describe a transgender person... Be careful not to call someone "a transgender". A person who identifies as a certain gender should be referred to using pronouns consistent with that gender.’
External Speaker (Request Form)
‘Your guest speaker must... seek to avoid insulting other faiths or groups.’
Hard copy provided by university.
Dignity at Warwick
‘Ensure that your jokes are not causing those around you to feel uncomfortable.’
Bullying and Harassment
‘Examples of unacceptable behaviour include... racist jokes... derogatory name-calling.’
The students’ union - RED
Equality and Diversity
‘In its entertainment provision, the SU aims to: Contract artists who are obliged not to be racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic; minimise occasions of racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic and transphobic language at SU events... As far as possible, songs that contain racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic language should not be played in SU premises. Upon receiving a complaint from members of the SU, the welfare and campaigns officer shall maintain a list of songs that contravene this aim.’
External Speaker Policy
‘All speakers… must seek to avoid insulting other faiths or groups, within a framework of positive debate.’
Combatting Payday Lenders and Protecting Students Financially
‘The union resolves to ban all advertising from payday lenders in the union, on the union website or in any union publications.’
Due to the specific nature of this policy, it has been weighted as a Red Action.
28 September 2015
Bans Maryam Namazie