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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Challenging the campus censors
Join us for the launch of the Free Speech University Rankings.

Before the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, #JeSuisCharlie and the inevitable post-Hebdo backslide into the illiberal status quo, free speech was already a flashpoint issue in UK universities.

A combination of a creeping, risk-averse bureaucracy at the heart of university administrations and an openly censorious culture in students’ unions devastated freedom on campus. It undermined the traditional role of the academy as a space in which students and academics could think the unthinkable and say the unsayable. Yet while the banning of Dapper Laughs at Cardiff University, the crackdown on an allegedly fascist Nietzsche society at UCL and the suspension of an academic at Warwick for sighing in a meeting have all snatched headlines in recent months, the full scale of the problem has never been clear. Until now.

In February, spiked is launching the Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR), the UK’s first ranking of universities according to their commitment to freedom of speech. Researched and developed in partnership with students across Britain, it’s a nationwide study that will provide students and academics with the weight of evidence they so badly need to take their censorious institutions to task.

We’ll be launching the FSUR at a live discussion in London on Tuesday 24 February. Join us. There will be a panel discussion, bringing together a range of perspectives on campus censorship.

Tickets are free. To reserve a place, click below:

Book your tickets here

speakers include:
Julie Bindel Author and activist
Tom Slater Coordinator, FSUR
Ella Whelan Writer and researcher
time 7.00pm - 8.30pm


tickets Free (individual rate)
(please note we cannot provide refunds on ticket purchases)


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