Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right and as a University we will:

  • take steps to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for students and staff of the University and for visiting speakers regarding the organisation of meetings and other activities on University premises.
  • ensure that the use of University premises is not denied to an individual or group based on their beliefs, views, policy or objectives solely.

Freedom of speech is not however an absolute right.

  • We are not required to provide a platform for views which are contrary to the law.
  • We take very seriously our duty to ensure that staff, students and others who engage with the institution are protected from discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and that good relations between individuals and groups are facilitated.
  • We have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

In balancing its responsibilities in terms of both ensuring freedom of speech and academic freedom, and also protecting student and staff welfare, the University aims to act reasonably and proportionately and in accordance with the law.

Our Freedom of Speech Code of Practice sets out the principles and procedures to be followed by University staff and students and by any other party using or seeking to use University premises for a meeting or activity, and the conduct required in respect of any such meeting or activity.  The Code also applies to off-campus activities held in the University’s name and to the promotion on campus of off-campus activities. 

Freedom of Speech Code of Practice

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