Free Speech and Academic Freedom Q&A event

May 18th, 2021

Last week the university published a new statement on free speech and academic freedom for consultation with staff and students. All staff and students are also invited to a Microsoft Teams Q&A with Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix, where they are invited to explore our freedom of speech principles.

Staff and students are still encouraged to provide feedback on the statement by Friday 28 May. However, the Q&A will be an opportunity to ask questions of members of the working group – which consists of representatives from both the university and the Students’ Union – responsible for the draft statement.

When? Thursday 27 May, 5-6pm
Where? Microsoft Teams

Register your interest

If you’d like to receive an invite to the event you can register your interest via the link above. When you do so, you’ll have the option to submit a question – even if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to ask a question using the link above. It will also be possible to ask questions during the event.

Please note that audience spaces are limited to 300 so we ask that you register only if you plan to attend.

The discussion will be framed around the current context for free speech on campus, proposed government legislation, and the drivers behind our new principles before opening the floor to questions. Your questions and comments will provide valuable feedback for the working group to consider as part of the consultation.

Anyone who is unable to attend the event should email We will try to make alternative arrangements for you to engage with members of the working group.

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