Tags: Universities

Student U-turn over Christian Union ban at Oxford College

Posted: Thu, 12 Oct 2017

Organisers will allow the Christian Union to exhibit at future freshers' fairs at an Oxford college, after an earlier decision to ban it. Read More »

43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017

University administrations are becoming increasingly "censorious", with 43% of universities censoring speech that might "offend" religious people, according to online magazine Spiked. Read More »

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

Posted: Fri, 06 May 2016

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Department for Education to investigate an independent Islamic school that segregated its staff by gender. Read More »

Students launch #Right2Debate campaign, as protest planned against NUS no-platform policies

Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016

A student-led free speech campaign supported by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam is urging for reform of campus debate, as the NUS faces calls from secularists and ex-Muslims to revise 'safe space' policies. Read More »

NSS welcomes Warwick Student Union’s decision to allow Maryam Namazie to speak

Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2015

The National Secular Society has welcomed Warwick Student Union's decision to host secular campaigner Maryam Namazie. The Union reversed their ban on her speaking following huge public pressure. Read More »

Warwick Student Union bans ex-Muslim activist and says speakers must “avoid insulting other faiths”

Posted: Fri, 25 Sep 2015

Maryam Namazie has been blocked from speaking to the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists' Society after the Student Union said the ex-Muslim campaigner could 'insult' religion. Read More »

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015

Despite criticising "segregated" education, Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the continuation of faith schools in a speech on counter extremism. Read More »

Renewed warnings of extremism on UK university campuses

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2015

New research has warned that a 'culture conducive' to non-violent extremism has emerged on campuses and that universities are still vulnerable to radical preachers, despite past warnings. Read More »

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015

Bath Student Union has defended their decision to cut 'blasphemous' material from a student group's comedy show, saying that it is "normal practice" for Student Union officers to edit scripts. Read More »

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch material on Mohammed and Jesus

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015

Student Union officials and university chaplains ordered a line featuring Mohammed cut from a student comedy show, because it caused "great offence." Read More »

NUS votes to work with group accused of supporting Islamic extremism

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015

The National Union of Students has voted to work with Islamic 'civil rights' group Cage, against the Government's counter-terror and counter-radicalisation strategy. Read More »

Homophobic preacher invited to address University of Westminster Islamic Society

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, who once said "godless homosexuals" engaged in a "criminal act", is to be hosted by the University of Westminster Islamic Society. Read More »

NUS rejects motion on Iraqi/Kurdish solidarity citing ‘Islamophobia’

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014

The National Union of Students' National Executive Committee has rejected a motion condemning the Islamic State and endorsing solidarity with the Kurds and Iraqi people after opponents branded it "Islamophobic". Read More »

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Posted: Mon, 21 Jul 2014

The National Secular Society has welcomed new legal guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission clarifying that gender segregation of university and campus events is unlawful. Read More »

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013

A report just published by vice-chancellors' group Universities UK, has advised that segregation by gender in talks from external speakers is fine. Read More »

Birmingham college drops ban on face veils

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2013

Birmingham Metropolitan College, which earlier this week issued a ban on all face coverings on college premises, has now modified the policy to permit the wearing of niqabs or Muslim face veils. Read More »