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Theos’ Ben Ryan gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry on freedom of speech in universities on 29th November 2017.
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The Joint Committee on Human Rights in Parliament launched an inquiry into freedom of speech in universities in November 2017. Theos’ Ben Ryan was asked to give evidence before the MPs on 29th November.
Ben drew upon Theos’ research project into faith and belief–related student societies. We are exploring the roles that these societies play on campus, the challenges they face and how they overcome them, and how they might contribute to fostering cohesive campuses.
Both Ben and Simon’s evidence was cited several times in the inquiry’s final report.
Listen to Ben give evidence to the inquiry on 29th November 2017.
Witnesses: Liron Velleman, Union of Jewish Students; Ben Ryan, Theos Think Tank; Andrew Copson, Humanists UK; Yusuf Hassan, Federation of Student Islamic Societies; Charlotte Moore, Cardiff University; and Alyaa Ebbiary, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Playback on the audio begins at 19.44.
Ben Ryan is Home Affairs Adviser at Church of England. He was Head of Research at Theos until late 2019. He is the editor of Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain (JKP 2018) and the author of Theos reports on chaplaincy, the EU, the Catholic charity sector, mental health and ecumenism.
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