The Prevent Duty undermines the very notions upon which universities were first built

2018-11-16T16:08:46+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

We owe the moral, political and intellectual progress of our species more than anything to individuals whose beliefs or values were sharply at odds with those prevalent at the time. Ockham, Machiavelli, Luther, Giordano Bruno, Galileo, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Voltaire - these all stand in this tradition, and at the head of it there

Universities: Is free speech under threat?

2018-10-26T18:44:23+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

Free speech is being threatened at British universities by a culture of offence among certain students, according to critics. A Parliamentary inquiry has reported, regulator the Office for Students has threatened to fine universities that fail to uphold free speech and the Equality and Human Rights Commission is drawing up guidelines for universities. Read more

What’s going on with the higher education ‘free speech’ debate?

2018-05-11T14:51:22+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

The question of whether free speech at British universities is being threatened has been fraught with controversy in recent months. Sam Gyimah, as well as previous Universities Minister Jo Johnson, have accused safe spaces, no-platforming, and trigger-warnings as impeding free expression. However, many campaigners have pointed to the Prevent legislation as a greater hindrance to freedom of

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