JOINT

New Office for Students and Charity Commission questioned

22 January 2018

The Joint Committee on Human Rights questions the Chair of the newly formed Office for Students, Michael Barber, and representatives from the Charity Commission.

Can you regulate for free speech at universities? What approach will the new regulator the Office for Students take in ensuring free speech? Does Charity Commission guidance on external speakers for student events go too far?

The Committee will be questioning the regulators involved in these issues including the Chair of the newly formed Office for Students, Michael Barber, and representatives from the Charity Commission. 

MPs and Peers will be trying to determine to what extent the regulatory frameworks set out by these bodies are inhibiting the possibility of free speech and debate as part of their ongoing inquiry on the subject.

Witnesses

Wednesday 24 January 2018, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 3.15pm

  • Sir Michael Barber, Chair, Office for Students (Ofs)
  • Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement, Charity Commission
  • Aarti Thakor, Head of Legal Compliance, Charity Commission

Further information

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