External speakers play an important role in University life, giving members of our community an opportunity to have access to a broad range of views and beliefs and supporting our students to develop their own informed opinions. The University has a duty to, and is committed to, promoting academic freedom, freedom of speech, and equality and diversity, and must ensure that external speakers invited to a University event or activity, including those of the Students’ Union and Faith Centre, promote these values and remain within the law.
Further information can be found in the Speaker Code of Practice (.pdf).
For all University-led activities where a speaker risk assessment is deemed necessary, as an activity owner, you are required to:
Students’ Union-led activities are risk reviewed by the Students’ Union, who will determine if the activity is deemed low or high risk. High risk activities are referred by the Students’ Union for risk review.
In order to allow sufficient time for your external speaker notification to be reviewed, it’s important that you submit the External Speaker Notification Form no less than 15 working days prior to your event. When submitting the external speaker notification form, you’ll be asked to complete the Speaker Risk Assessment and depending on the risk rating outcome, the notification may be referred to the University for a risk review. You must await the outcome of the review before finalising arrangements with your external speaker.
We’ve created a webpage for you to share with your external speaker that includes all of the policy documents you should share with them prior to your event, as well as some helpful information.
Information can be found in the SU’s Event Toolkit.