Claire Fox
director, Academy of Ideas; author, I STILL Find That Offensive!

Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas (AoI), which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and initiated the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers. She also co-founded the AoI’s residential summer school The Academy, with the aim to demonstrate ‘university as it should be’.

Claire is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is frequently invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free-speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions? and regularly appears on Sky News’ evening paper review. Claire is a columnist for TES (Times Educational Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal). She is author of a book on free speech, recently republished as ‘I STILL Find That Offensive!’ (Biteback, 2018), and No Strings Attached! Why arts funding should say no to instrumentalism (Arts&Business, 2007).

Claire is involved at a board level in the international debate network, Time To Talk. In 2018, she did a three-month residency as a presenter of the weekly three-hour radio magazine show Fox News Friday on Love Sport Radio.

Follow Claire on Twitter @Fox_Claire.