‘There’s no such thing as a safe space’ – Fordham University president on free speech, immigration and Trump

In the heart of Clerkenwell, occupying a dignified space between a Sainsbury’s Local and a discreet branch of Agent Provocateur, sits a gleaming white building. Once the headquarters of the clothing brand Ben Sherman, its current resident is revealed by the simple black lettering on its facade: Fordham University.

The self-described Jesuit university of New York, whose main sites are in the Bronx and Manhattan, has a new base in London: a branch of the esteemed, 177-year-old institution where its students can spend either a semester or a year while learning about another culture – ours.