The Government must legislate to ensure freedom of speech is protected in university students’ unions, a leading think tank has said. A report by the influential Policy Exchange said Parliament needed to make current legislation clearer and more robust, and impress upon universities and colleges their duty to ensure academic freedom and freedom of speech. In recent years, students’ unions in England have denied pro-life and Christian student groups access to funding, and facilities such as stalls at freshers’ fairs. The report called for a new Director for Academic Freedom at the Office for Students to promote “tolerance for viewpoint diversity” in universities and students’ unions. The role would encourage compliance and investigate possible breaches. It added that guidance should be updated to ensure students’ unions fulfil their “freedom of speech duties” and universities and colleges had to be being willing to support events in the face of “intimidation” and “threats”.