Freedom of speech

London Metropolitan University’s policy on freedom of speech is applicable to meetings and events held on University premises. The code of practice applies to:

  • All events and meetings held on the University's premises (including premises controlled by the Students' Union).
  • Online events that are facilitated by the University or the Students' Union.
  • Events and meetings held off-campus which are funded by the University or the Students' Union, affiliated to the University or the Students' Union, or branded in a way that associates them with the University or the Students' Union.

Freedom of Speech Code of Practice (November 2015 - updated February 2021)

The University’s policy on freedom of speech is adopted pursuant to the Education (No. 2) Act 1986 and the statutory guidance published pursuant to section 26 (1) of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Notification of meetings or events organised by students

Notification of meetings or events organised by students should be given to the Students’ Union at least 21 calendar days before the meeting or event is due to take place by completing this form.

Notification of meetings or events organised by staff

The University captures information about external speakers through our Notification of Speakers form. This form allows staff to book a space, if necessary, and also alerts the University Secretary’s Office of the event taking place.

If your event falls into this category and includes an external speaker, it is your responsibility to notify the University Secretary of the event using the Notification of Speakers form.

The University Secretary’s Office will contact you if we need to discuss the event or if further information or clarification is required.

Notification of guest lecturers and speakers arranged by staff

The use of occasional guest lecturers and speakers by staff is subject to the University's Freedom of Speech Code of Practice. Staff who arrange for guest lecturers or speakers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Code of Practice, and for ensuring that the subject matter of the talk is relevant to the programme of study the event is connected to.
 
If you have arranged for a guest lecturer or speaker, you should inform the Secretary's Office prior to the event using the Notification of Speakers form
 

The University Secretary’s Office will contact you if we need to discuss the event or if further information or clarification is required. 

Policy on notices and other information displayed and distributed on University premises

The Senior Management Team has approved the following policy on notices and other information displayed and distributed on University premises (including the premises of the Students' Union).

Policy on notices and materials displayed on University premises - March 2016