Edinburgh University drops student gagging clause

Edinburgh University has dropped the gagging clause.  Picture: Ian Rutherford
Edinburgh University has dropped the gagging clause. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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EDINBURGH University has agreed to drop a “gagging” clause aimed at preventing student leaders speaking out about the institution without warning management first.

As a condition of a 
£2.3 million grant, the university told its students’ association that it needed 48 hours’ notice of any “detrimental” statements or publications. But after criticism from students, the university yesterday said that it would drop the 
condition.

In a statement, it said: “In the light of recent discussions with the students’ association we have agreed to amend the contract to remove the requirement for advance notification.”