Beware chilling effect of diversity schemes, universities are warned | News

The minister for higher education has written to universities warning them about signing up to equality and diversity schemes that could hamper free speech.

Michelle Donelan singled out the Race Equality Charter, which is offered by the education charity Advance HE and has been criticised as a money-making exercise similar to the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme. She highlighted the “highly paid management roles” created by these initiatives and asked universities to consider whether they “truly represent good value for money for taxpayers or students”.

This month The Times revealed that Advance HE had backtracked on its guidance around trans discrimination after Cambridge academics rebelled against its requirement to foster a “collective understanding” on the belief that gender can be chosen.

Donelan wrote: “There is growing

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