Code of Practice for Freedom of Speech



  • The means by which the University adheres to Section 43(1) of the Education (No 2) Act 1986. It requires that 'every individual and body of persons concerned in the government of any establishment to which this section applies shall take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for members, students and employees of the establishment and for visiting speakers'.


  • A complaint may be made where a student, employee of the University, member of the Union Society or visitors believe they have been denied freedom of speech within the law in respect of meetings or any other activities held on the premises of the University or Union Society.


  • Events to which this part of the Code applies are those where there is a real likelihood that the principles set out in Part IV of this Code may be infringed. Such events include, for example, those involving a speaker whose meetings or activities at this University or Union Society or elsewhere have been disrupted in the past or whose presence in itself gives rise to a real risk to the orderly conduct of the meeting or other activity. If there is any doubt whether an event falls within this paragraph the organisers shall place the relevant facts before the Designated Officer who shall, after appropriate consultation, decide whether the event comes within this paragraph. The decision will be notified to the organisers in writing and a copy sent to the appropriate sabbatical officer of the Union Society if the event is due to be held on Union Society premises.
  • Appeals against decisions or conditions issued by the Designated Officer may be made to the Vice-Chancellor whose decision shall be final.

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