EDI and Free Speech at Universities

Leading universities spend 214 times more on diversity staff than on free speech protection staff, according to our Freedom of Information data AFFS considers that the loss of institutional neutrality at our universities has been very damaging for free speech, and that their EDI departments enforcing ideological agendas in respect of a range of contested […]

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Campaign news

Some good news: the OfS is looking a lot more proactive (20.01.23) In the throes of what at times feels a long and [unrewarding] slog, it is wonderful to see some good news. The Office for Students issued an extraordinarily positive statement about free speech shortly before Christmas. It signals a much more proactive approach […]

Campaign news

OfS Consultation Paper on compliance guidance to HEPs (good news) and our submissions (05.04.24) The OfS has just issued a Consultation Paper about its guidance to HEPs on various aspects of compliance with the requirements in practice of the revised law as comes into force on 1 August. This is going to be a very […]

How you can help us grow

We are in the process of building a set of tools to help get the AFFS out there but for the time being, here’s one. It’s a QR Code that, when scanned, takes the scanner to our Join page. So if you know someone who might be interested in joining and you’re viewing this on […]

About and contact

Here is information about us. Alumni for Free Speech (AFFS) is owned and overseen by DAFSC Ltd (registered in England, no. 14189200), a not-for-profit company dedicated to campaigning for free speech at UK universities and more widely. Registered office: 27 Old Gloucester St, London W1N 3AX. DAFSC has a group of free-speech-loving shareholders. AFFS’ aims and […]

Quotes: good, bad and ugly

Here are some of history’s best freedom of speech quotes – and some of the worst: the good – and the bad and ugly! THE GOOD “How brave a thing is freedom of speech, which has made the Athenians so far exceed every other state of Hellas in greatness.” – Herodotus (5th Century BC) “This […]

Free speech organisations

The more free speech campaigns you are aware of and join and support, the better: it will amplify their voices. Key organisations re UK universities Here are some key allies in the fight for high standards of free speech protection at our universities. The Free Speech Union is doing incredible work for.. er… freedom of […]

The problem & inspiration

Evidence of the problem, and the chilling effect of hard and soft censorship A number of studies demonstrate that the censorious atmosphere at universities, and actions taken against students and academics who voice heretical views, are having a profound chilling effect on people’s willingness to express their real views. Here are some examples: The Department […]