FSUR launch

Challenging the campus censors

Tuesday 24 February 2015 7.00pm - 8.30pm


Challenging the campus censors

Join us for the launch of the Free Speech University Rankings.

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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.

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Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel
Author and activist

Co-founder of Justice for Women, regular contributor to the Guardian, author of Straight Expectations and officially No Platformed by the NUS.

Tom Slater

Tom Slater
Coordinator, FSUR

Assistant editor at spiked, freelance arts journalist, head of the 'Down With Campus Censorship!' campaign and coordinator of the FSUR.

Ella Whelan

Ella Whelan
Writer and researcher

Journalist, regular contributor to spiked, organiser for the 'Down With Campus Censorship!' campaign and research coordinator for the FSUR.



The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) is the UK's first university rankings for free speech. Launched in February 2015, it is the go-to source for students and academics looking to turn the tide on campus censorship.

"The purpose of the FSUR is not to document campus censorship, but to change it. We hope this will serve as a wake-up call"

Alasdair Riggs
student; researcher, FSUR


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Tuesday 24 February 2015

7.00pm - 8.30pm, followed by drinks



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