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Free speech in universities.

Free speech in universities.

Free speech in universities has to be protected from "chilling" intolerance and "over-zealous" regulations, says the Universities Minister, Sam Gyimah.

The minister has met university and student leaders on Thursday to create a more straightforward set of guidelines for ensuring open debate on campus.

Mr Gyimah warned "unfashionable or unpopular" views should not be stifled.

Sir Michael Barber, who chairs the Office for Students, said "challenging" ideas had a right to be heard.

The meeting of higher education groups and government - described as a "free speech summit" - is a response to concerns that universities have become hostile places for freedom of expression.

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