University of Essex Statements

Academic Freedom and freedom of speech within the law

Group of people in lecture hall

Date: 14 October 2022

At the University of Essex, we convene difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations on our campuses through our teaching and research and extra-curricular events. We are committed to enabling people to speak freely within the law by providing a supportive and inclusive environment, within which people can expect to learn, grow and develop through challenge. As a community this means that we may encounter ideas or arguments which may be experienced as objectionable or offensive, with a line drawn at speech and conduct which is unlawful or contrary to the University's policies.

- Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor