External speakers in higher education institutions 

External speakers report cover PDF download 
Date: 22 Nov 2013
Size: 40 pages (405 KB)
Format: Hard Copy; Download 
ISBN: 978-1-84036-302-9 
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This guidance seeks to provide practical assistance to universities in steering a path through all the different considerations, legal and otherwise, that arise in the context of inviting external speakers on campus.

The guidance builds on Universities UK’s 2011 publication 'Freedom of speech on campus: rights and responsibilities in UK universities' which recommended that universities should 'review current protocols/policies on speaker meetings to ensure they are up to date and relevant, and are aligned with the students’ union’s protocols and policies’.

It will be of relevance to a range of university staff including those with overall responsibility for external speaker policies and those involved in the consideration of external speaker requests. It complements resources published by the National Union of Students, Equality Challenge Unit and Charity Commission.

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