Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech

Inclusion and Academic Freedom

We are a University that values academic freedom, freedom of expression and inclusion. Academic Freedom is an essential part of academic and University life and flourishes where there is tolerance of, and respect for, a wide range of views and beliefs. In addition, everyone has the right to freedom of expression within the law. Our legal obligations and our commitment to inclusion demand that we exercise our freedoms responsibly, respectfully and with due regard to the values we share as a community. This means that neither academic freedom nor freedom of expression can be used as an excuse for subjecting an individual or group to bullying or harassment or for committing a hate incident.

Statement from the
Vice-Chancellor 

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.’