Student watchdog’s new head vows to end ‘deeply unhealthy’ university cancel culture

Student watchdog’s new head vows to end ‘deeply unhealthy’ university cancel culture by dishing out fines and bans for institutions that fail to uphold free speech

Lord Wharton of Yarm last night put universities on notice they face harsh finesThe Tory peer said the Office for Students is prepared to wield sweeping powers He also tore into ‘no-platforming’ techniques used by left-wing students 

The head of a new student watchdog is seeking to rid cancel culture from campuses by fining universities where free speech is curtailed.

Lord Wharton of Yarm last night put Britain’s universities on notice they face harsh penalties for enabling the ‘deeply unhealthy’ intolerance of open debate.

The Tory peer said the Office for Students is prepared to wield sweeping powers to deregister institutions, restrict certain degree courses, and hand down fines.  

‘Free speech is so crucially important that it would be a nonsense to take on these powers, and then fail to use them,’ he said. 

Lord Wharton of Yarm last night put Britain’s universities on notice that they face harsh penalties for enabling the ‘deeply unhealthy’ intolerance of open debate 

Lord Wharton used his first interview since taking the reins at the OfS to champion free speech and rail against cancel culture.

He told the Daily Telegraph there was a ‘risk of a monoculture in higher education where certain views are seen to be, whether formally or informally, acceptable and others are not.’

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