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Free-speech bill could have ‘chilling effect’

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Head of Buckingham warns bill to safeguard academic free speech risks having the opposite effect

A vice-chancellor has warned that a government bill designed to protect academic freedom and free speech on campus could end up having the opposite effect. 

University of Buckingham vice-chancellor James Tooley warned that a provision in the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill relating academic freedom to a researcher’s area of expertise could have a “chilling” effect on free speech.

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