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Serious cause for concern at university, says new Free Speech Officer  

In his first speech as the Office for Students’ (OfS) new Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom, Arif Ahmed raised concerns about the state of free speech at…

BREAKING: University bans Trans and Non-Binary Liberation Officer from protesting on campus

The Student has learned that the University of Edinburgh has banned Robyn Woof, Trans and Non-Binary Liberation Officer at Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) from attending or being within 200…

The free speech façade

As I returned home from work one night a couple of weeks ago, I turned the radio on to hear the news that the writer Salman Rushdie had been stabbed.…

The decline of Internet freedom

2021 was a bad year for Internet freedom, and 2022 hasn’t started particularly well. Free expression online is under a massive strain, most notably in authoritarian regimes like Myanmar, Belarus,…

Gavin Williamson announces measures designed to protect academic freedom

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced stringent new measures this week which aim to prevent free speech and academic freedom being infringed upon in higher education institutions. Upon implementation…

Social media: the new force against fascism

I’m tired of feeling guilty every time I tap the Facebook icon. Millennial and Gen Z cohorts have been bombarded with anti-social media messages since its relatively recent advent. Horrifying…

The ways in which J.K. Rowling’s critics silence trans voices

Content warning: discussion of misogyny and transphobia; mentions of domestic abuse and sexual assault There are few current issues which inspire as much rancour as the debate over trans self-identification,…

We must be free to disagree

For those Scots who value the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment, Holyrood’s Hate Crime Bill may be the most regressive piece of political kowtowing in recent memory. Lockdown has seen…