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Freedom of speech in universities: is there a problem and does the Free Speech Bill help? - 29 September 2022

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*This is an online event, hosted on Zoom*

Join us for this online session where we will be presenting new evidence on student attitudes toward freedom of speech, based on a major new survey.

Following this, our expert panel will discuss the broad issues around the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill from a variety of perspectives.

Supporters of the Bill say it is a necessity to ensure that a voice is given to alternative and sometimes controversial, points of view.

To its critics, the Bill opens another front in the culture war, wrongly portraying universities as bastions of "woke" views and intolerant of different perspectives.

Does the Bill present an opportunity for the Higher Education sector to take reasonable steps to secure freedom of speech on university campuses, is it entirely unnecessary, or will it even make free speech more difficult to maintain?


  • David Willetts, Conservative Peer and Former Minister for Universities and Science
  • Shitij Kapur, President and Principal, King’s College London
  • Nicola Dandridge, Former Chief Executive of the Office for Students and Professor of Higher Education Policy, University of Bristol
  • Alison Scott-Baumann, Professor of Society and belief, SOAS
  • Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute, King’s College London


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29 September 2022