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Government’s counterterrorism is limiting texts and topics students can access, experts say

A counterterrorism strategy has created a “culture of fear” across UK universitieswhere freedom of expression and open debate is being stifled, experts and campaigners warn. The government’s Prevent duty, which requires institutions to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, is having a “chilling effect” on free speech on campus, critics say. Read more

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Is new government guidance required to secure campus free speech?

ANALYSIS: On 3 May 2018, universities minister Sam Gimyah announced a “free speech summit” with representatives from the higher education sector, at which he would “demand” that the sector take further action to protect lawful free speech and work with ministers to publish new guidance that would provide clarity about the rules to both students and universities “for the first time”. Read more