My speech from ‘down with campus censorship’ debate

Last night I took part in the Edinburgh leg of Spiked’s ‘down with campus censorship’ tour. Although I was informed that Tom Slater, Assistant Editor of Spiked, would be participating, I wasn’t informed that the debate was part of this tour. I therefore took part in the debate and you can find my speech below, followed by the statement that I posted on the event page the following day. You can see coverage of the debate on the twitter hashtag #EdDebates. … Read More

The lines on free speech are becoming blurred – Times Higher Education Debate

From Times Higher Education, here is an article in which I debate with academics and contributors to Spiked’s ‘Free Speech University Rankings’ about whether UK student unions pose a threat to free speech.

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 UK universities.

At a time when higher education leaders are battling against the government’s proposed counter-terrorism 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 secretaryContinue reading on Times Higher Education

The F-Word radio show highlights

In the last two years of my degree, I presented a show on our student radio station called ‘The F-Word’ which I liked to think of as ‘woman’s hour’s younger sister’. The show was unashamedly about feminism and aimed to bring quite challenging topics to a new student audience who might not have thought too much about them before; I did this by bringing guests in to debate issues punctuated with ‘feminist anthems’, quizzes and other fun features. This quick podcast brings together some highlights of one semester of the show. … Read More