12 May 2021
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the government’s Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, introduced in parliament today (12 May).
Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“Modern universities give the utmost priority to defending free speech and academic freedom. This is part of our DNA and institutions and requirements in these areas are already enshrined in two acts of parliament and the OfS’s expectations on university governance. The Freedom of Speech Bill announced today should therefore avoid adding unnecessary bureaucratic burdens on universities which would risk diverting resources away from the frontline education of students. MillionPlus will work constructively with parliamentarians during the passage of this bill to ensure this is the case.”
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