Inside Higher Education
February 5th, 2015
Robin Thicke, Nietzsche and Page 3 do not, at first glance, appear to have a great deal to do with terrorism.
But there is a thread that links all three, suggests a new ranking --
freedom of speech. Thicke’s song "Blurred Lines" (accused by some
campaigners of glorifying rape), a society dedicated to the German
philosopher and The Sun have all been banned from British universities.At a time when higher education leaders are battling against the
government’s proposed counterterrorism bill, those behind the Free
Speech University Rankings, produced by the online magazine Spiked,
claim their findings mean that institutions should get their own houses
in order before taking the fight to the home secretary.
The rankings found restrictions on freedom of expression at four out
of five British universities. A total of 47 institutions were given a
red rating by the rankings, meaning they were deemed to be particularly