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About us

The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) is the UK’s first nationwide analysis of campus censorship. Through examining the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions, this annual survey provides a detailed insight into the state of free speech, debate and expression in the UK academy.

Since launching in 2015, the FSUR has propelled the issue of campus censorship into the mainstream. Each year it is covered in depth across all major national print, broadcast and online media. It has also been discussed by MPs and Lords in both Houses of Parliament, and last year, we presented our evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The FSUR was launched by the online magazine spiked and is supported by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.

The team

Tom Slater

project coordinator

Tom is coordinator of the FSUR and deputy editor at spiked.


Ella Whelan

research coordinator

Ella is a research coordinator for the FSUR and assistant editor at spiked.


Sadhvi Sharma

research coordinator

Sadhvi is a research coordinator for the FSUR and a regular contributor to spiked.


Emily Dinsmore


Emily is an FSUR researcher and a writer for spiked.


Joanna Williams


Joanna is a member of the FSUR advisory board, education editor at spiked and an author.


Luke Gittos


Luke is a member of the FSUR advisory board, law editor at spiked and a solicitor practising criminal law.


Dennis Hayes


Dennis is a member of the FSUR advisory board, professor of education at the University of Derby and the director of Academics for Academic Freedom.

To find out more about the FSUR, or to request further comment, contact Tom Slater.