Freedom of speech at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has a responsibility to support freedom of speech and academic freedom, and to protect the welfare of staff, students and visitors. To appropriately balance these responsibilities, procedures for approving speakers and events are outlined in the University’s Code of Practice.

If you’re organising an external speaker or an event

  • on University premises
  • off campus, in the University’s name
  • off campus, promoted on campus
  • in an online format

the Code of Practice applies.

What to do

Please contact your college lead or Conferences & events as appropriate to obtain the appropriate forms and begin the approval process.

If you’re a student or a member of staff, you can find more information about Freedom of Speech on the University of Birmingham intranet page.