Uncomfortable ideas part of learning, says regulator

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Uncomfortable ideas should not be suppressed on campus and students should learn to deal with them through debate, a university regulator says.

Sir Michael Barber, head of the Office for Students (OfS), says universities need to be places of "vigorous debate".

They should, he says, be places where "the pursuit of truth is not a platitude but a daily quest".

He said the OfS, the new main regulator of the higher education sector, will be an "unashamed champion" of free speech.

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