Universities: Freedom of Expression:Written question - 151116

(Hemel Hempstead)
Asked on: 07 June 2018
Department for Education
Universities: Freedom of Expression
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) freedom of speech and (b) open debate in universities; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Free speech within the law is an essential precondition of thriving universities. Free speech underpins diversity of thought, allows students to develop the ability to think critically, and exposes them to new ideas. I held a free speech summit on 3 May 2018. At the summit, university leaders and regulators agreed to develop a single piece of guidance to help the higher education sector promote free speech and open debate. The guidance is expected to be published in the autumn.

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