Protecting Freedom of Speech in HE


The Government believes there is a censorship problem on some university campuses. To this end, it plans to use the establishment of the new HE regulator, the Office for Students, and the creation of a new regulatory framework, to “go further than ever before to promote freedom of speech”. A difficult issue to regulate, the proposed mechanism is through a ‘public interest principle', compliance with which HEIs will be judged.

Join Westminster Briefing on 14 March for an up to date brief on protecting freedom of speech in higher education. We will examine duties as they currently stand, the Government’s proposals for reform and different approaches institutions are taking.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • HEIs’ responsibilities to protect freedom of speech
  • Legal & regulatory guidance
  • Balancing freedom of speech with other obligations
  • The role of students in deciding who can & cannot speak on campus
  • Facilitating freedom of speech and the right to protest
  • Government plans to safeguard freedom of speech on campus and the role of the OfS
  • Developing & implementing a free speech code of practice
  • Having robust procedures in place
  • Engaging students in the development of policies
  • Communicating policies & decisions
  • Sharing how different institutions approach these issues

The Event:

The morning session will focus on meeting duties to protect freedom of speech now and the Government’s proposals for the future.

The afternoon session will examine different institutional approaches to dealing with the issues.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in freedom of speech in HE, including: registrars & administrators; senior leadership; academic representatives; student groups; & student unions.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Wednesday 14th March 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London (exact venue TBC)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“I know there is good practice out there, and am proud that some of our university leaders and academics have publicly defended free speech. But there are still examples of censorship where groups have sought to stifle those who do not agree with them.”

- Jo Johnson MP, Universities Minister, October 2017

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