THE House of Lords passed new amendments to the Governmentâ€™s anti-terror bill in order to protect academic freedom on Monday.
Changes made include ensuring institutions â€œhave particular regard to the duty to ensure freedom of speechâ€, and â€œhave particular regard to the importance of academic freedomâ€.
The Bill, which was launched in Autumn as part of Theresa Mayâ€™s â€˜Preventâ€™ strategy, proposes that universities have a duty to ban extremist speakers on campus.
Universities would be forced to implement policies with regard to extremist speakers. Prevent vaguely defines extremist views as those which show â€œvocal or active opposition to British valuesâ€.
However, there has been nationwide concern surrounding its implications for freedom of speech on campus.
Lord Bates told the House that the new changes â€œshould provide unequivocal reassurance that the Prevent duty is not designed to undermine the principle of academic freedomâ€.
â€œWe need to protect the very freedoms which the people who would seek to attack us want to take away,â€ he said.
Ex-Chancellor Lord Lamont raised further concerns with the Bill, that â€œrecently a degree of intolerance has sometimes been shown, with people trying to ban meetings in universitiesâ€.
Itâ€™s the third time the Bill had been through the House of Lords, and will now go back to the House of Commons.