Official guidelines which endorse gender segregation at British universities are facing a growing backlash from student groups and human rights organisations.

Universities UK, the organisation which represents vice-chancellors, was widely condemned last month when it said Muslim societies, and other groups, were entitled to keep men and women separate at public meetings on British campuses.

One organisation said it is setting up "segregation busting" teams which will deliberately disrupt meetings which attempt to enforce separate seating areas for men and women.

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