* Universities should be responsible for the activities of their student unions, since they are an embodiment of the university’s student population, and are operated in collaboration with the University as a whole. * One would expect one’s university to provide a comprehensive, and meaningful education, not just of one’s chosen degree course of study, but also of the wider world. Cultures, social norms and traditions, political ideologies, economics, and climate change, for example, are a range of topics that one would hope to gain a knowledge of during one’s time at university. Such topics are worthy of debate, and moreover, debate of such topics enables one to develop or change one’s own opinion or view towards domestic and global affairs, or issues, like those listed above. * The freedom for one to express one’s own opinion is vital in a free democracy, such as that of the United Kingdom. Removal of this essential human right, via censorship, is a rather draconian practice; uncomplimentary with modern Britain. * In addition, freedom of speech is not worthy of greater importance than that of the right to not be discriminated against, but is of equal importance. * Yet, one struggles with this question: is it discriminatory to limit someone’s freedom of speech? One would think so. Therefore, the idea that certain human rights are more valuable than others is ignorant, and uncovers a slight hypocrisy in the idea that it is acceptable (within universities) to discriminate against controversial individuals, but it is not acceptable for individuals to express supposedly discriminatory opinions. It is perhaps this view that limits society from integrating fully, and prevents true equality from being met. Equality was never gained by silencing the minority. Therefore silencing the minority (of controversial individuals), no matter how vile their views are, is unfit in 21st century Britain. * Although there are individuals who share views that may make one feel repulsed, such as Neo-Nazis, there is a need for all to question their views. Since their views are probably informed, and/or influenced by their life experiences, as one is highly unlikely to stand in front of a crowd, to talk about their personal and controversial views, without being informed, and/or passionate. Challenging these controversial views could make the individual reconsider their view. Furthermore, the presence of such controversial people in society runs deeper, and will perhaps highlight to students, or politicians now (as this issue has gained fresh attention) that disenfranchised people DO exist in the UK. Perhaps these controversial people are like those who support populist leaders, or radical change, since current strategies to create an economy, and society fit for all are insufficient, and socio-economic disparity is prominent (e.g. north-south divide) in the UK to date.* Shielding students from the hate that exists in society is very naive, since students cannot gain a full understanding of the wider world. Students should be protected on campus, yet all opinions must be heard in university theatres, not least, proper debate outside the UK’s universities, like those in Parliament, do not attempt to deliberately exclude certain voices from the debate, because doing so would be foolish, and would risk the existence of bias. * Furthermore, students also have the freedom to abstain from attending talks by controversial figures, so students, being the independent academics they are, should feel comfortable to not attend a meeting in which someone they disagree with will be speaking. Therefore, If universities are supposed to be preparing Britain’s young adults for life outside the education system, where civilised and open debate is the norm, perhaps ‘no-platforming’ is not the best way to support a student’s educational experience, and transformation into a fully self-dependent citizen. * In addition, since the government and schools across the UK fuels the existence of overt discrimination within the education system, which is seen within gendered school uniform policies, and the vague coverage of school uniforms in the Equality Act 2010, one would not be surprised if the issue of ‘no-platforming’ continued after this committee, since most UK Governments to date, along with educational institutions have failed in the past to care sufficiently about genuine equality within the education system or wider society. In other words: if ‘no-platforming’ is deemed to be discriminatory or wrong after this committee- then continued institutional discrimination in other parts of the education system must be reformed too. * The shunning of controversial views, opinions, and individuals, by student unions (or society as a whole) is contrary to the ideals of a free democracy, liberalism, and are not least, contradictory to the purpose of a fulfilled education. One has the right to peacefully debate issues with others. Therefore one must have the right to speak one’s views, and listen to the views of others.* Moving forward: the right to free speech should be enshrined in UK law, particularly after Brexit. It should be the university’s responsibility to monitor the balancing of free speech, which should report back to the Minister for Universities, and perhaps with the help of an appropriate independent body. This way freedom of speech at universities can be monitored centrally, and locally, to ensure continuity across the UK’s universities,and their student unions and societies.* Finally, Politics is morphed by civilised and open debate. In a similar way, society can be morphed, for the better, with civilised and open debate.