No Platform Policy

Our Students Were Right to Walk Out - Brunel Is Better Than Katie Hopkins

Ali Milani | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Milani

Today I am especially proud to be a part of Brunel. Last night our students organised a mass walk out of the 50th anniversary "Big Debate", in protest of the Universities decision to invite Katie Hopkins onto the Panel.

Our House, Our Rules

Toke Dahler | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toke Dahler

The Times is under no obligation to publish every bigot with an opinion piece, and The Times are not suppressing free speech every time they choose not to push forward a 'controversial' agenda. When students' unions decide not to wear sombreros for a club night, they are not banning anything. They are not infringing on anyone's right to free speech.

The "Ideological Totalism" of Higher Education Today

Julian Vigo | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Julian Vigo

In recent months there has been a slew of interesting critiques of the move to censor free speech by students. From Lori Horvitz' "Life Doesn't Come w...

No-Platform's Benevolent Mask Isn't Just Slipping, It's Shattering

David Browne | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

If our Dear Leaders want to argue that they have a unique right to not hear views that offend them - a right which they will not extend to their opponents, and indeed cannot or else all speech would stop - then they should at least be honest about it, rather than deceiving your audience by pretending that (legal) free speech has not been replaced by speech subject to conditions...

It Is Not the Job of Student Unions to Police Student Thoughts

David Browne | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The banning of No Offence at Freshers' Fair (and let's not pretend that this doesn't put it at considerable disadvantage in terms of distributing it and exposing those who wish to read it to the ideas therein) ironically is the perfect showcase for the need for its existence.

Why Page 3 and Charlie Hebdo Are Not the Same

Sam Fowles | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Sam Fowles

Platform is valuable commodity and the supply of privileged platforms far outstrips demand. This is precisely because very few people have the former while almost everyone has, at some point, availed themselves of one of the latter.

It's Time to Fell the Students' Union Censors

David Siesage | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Siesage

What is the most damaging and pernicious phenomenon currently infiltrating British higher education? For many, it is 'lad culture' - the pervasive 'scourge' of university bars across the country. For others, it is sexism - widespread, deplorable, and often blamed on the aforementioned 'lads'. For me, it is the illiberalism of students' unions.

Why We Might Want to Invite Marine Le Pen to Cambridge

Jinho Clement | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jinho Clement

If I am very honest, I do not really know much about her. I do know she's controversial, and I do know she has some bad views. I also know that some people even call her a neo-fascist. However, I have never heard her speak or explain her views.

False Accusations of Violent Threats are a Cowardly Way to Avoid Debate

Rupert Sutton | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

Recently my organisation reported on the cancellation of an event at the University of Westminster which was due to feature Jamal Harwood, a senior member of the Islamist organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir, as one of its speakers.