Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: "Universities UK agrees entirely with the prime minister that universities should not enforce gender segregation on audiences at the request of guest speakers. However, where the gender segregation is voluntary, the law is unclear. We are working with our lawyers and the EHRC to clarify the position.
"Meanwhile the case study which triggered this debate has been withdrawn pending this review."
1. The legal advice by Fenella Morris QC is available at: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/highereducation/Documents/2013/ExternalSpeakersLegalOpinion.pdf
2. Universities UK’s guidance External speakers in higher education institutions was published on 22 November 2013. For more information, please see the news release.