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Rector convenes meeting with students and staff

The fourth and final of a series of discussions held by the University of Edinburgh’s Rector Debora Kayembe took place on Thursday 14 October in New College.  Under the watchful eye of alumni paintings adorning the walls of Rainy Hall, discussions have taken place throughout the past four weeks regarding freedom of expression, diversity, decolonisation […]

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Oxbridge student groups immune from free speech laws

Oxbridge students are immune from the legal restrictions imposed by the government’s Higher Education Freedom of Speech bill.   This has led to mass frustration with Labour MPs protesting that this kind of treatment created a two-tier system across UK universities.  The bill has been introduced to “make provision in relation to freedom of speech and […]

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Love him or hate him, Britain needs Piers Morgan

I strongly disagree with him on most issues, but we need journalists like Piers Morgan doing what they do. Before we embark on this unique defence of Piers Morgan, let me state clearly: this is not about some widespread conspiracy against ‘free speech’. It is purely a defence of Piers Morgan, solely regarding the events […]

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Turning Point UK asks students to report ‘left-wing bias’ on university campuses

A right-wing group associated with pro-Trump organisations in the United States has launched a website asking students to report incidents of “left-wing bias” by lecturers, forming a public list of such incidents. The website was launched by Turning Point UK (TPUK), the British wing of the long established, pro-Trump Turning Point USA. The group claimed […]

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Ban of religious group on campus goes against freedom of speech

Everyone who is not currently in their first year of studying at the University of Edinburgh will have probably seen the members of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints walking around the central campus. Until recently, they were trying to recruit new members by preaching their ideologies and striking up conversations with passing students. The […]

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Extremist university speaker ban axed after ‘freedom of speech’ concerns

Home Secretary Theresa May dropped plans to ban external extremist speakers at British universities and colleges on Friday 20 March, following strong opposition from the Liberal Democrats and the House of Lords. The anti-terrorism measures were designed to avoid spreading extremist ideas on campus. May had justified the plans, saying that academics must “play their […]

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Free speech defends marginalised voices

The University of Edinburgh is in the red for freedom of speech, as claimed by online magazine spiked’s Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) project. According to the project, which originated from spiked’s ‘Down With Campus Censorship!’ campaign last year, a red ranking means that Edinburgh “has banned and actively censored ideas on campus”. Apparently, EUSA’s […]