Meetings on University Premises
Meetings or other Activities on University Premises
The Code of Practice for Meetings or other Activities on University Premises was prepared in relation to the duties of the University in respect of freedom of speech as laid down in Section 43 of the Education (No.2) Act 1986. The Code seeks to take steps which are reasonably practicable to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for members, students and employees of the University and for visiting speakers. The Code of Practice was updated in March 2016 to reflect the statutory requirements of the Prevent Duty and has been approved by the University's Council.
All events should follow the Code, whether on the premises of or in the grounds of the University as well as events off campus in the University's name.
The University reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of speech and expression within the law at a Senate meeting of 8th June 2021 following a period of consultation throughout May 2021. This sets a helpful context for the Code of Practice. If there are any concerns about an event in terms of freedom of speech (or if a speaker is known to be particularly controversial for example) in relation to a particular event, these should be raised with the Registrar when booking a room or an outdoor event.
Booking a room
Rooms can be booked through Timetabling/Room Bookings and outdoor events booked through the Estate Office.
Bookings may only be made through the Timetabling Office website by members of staff of the University. All SU club and society bookings must be made through the Students' Union office in Portland Building. See the Timetabling Office Room Booking Protocol for details.
Any queries to the Registrar.