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 York and the University of York Students’ Union collectively create an environment that chills free speech. The university, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ‘offensive’ behaviour and jokes. It also cancelled an International Men’s Day event in 2015 after protests. The students’ union, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts innuendo, has banned initiation ceremonies and, in 2014, banned its hockey team over offensive tweets. The institution’s overall ranking remains Amber.
The university - AMBER
The students’ union - AMBER