Freedom of speech at the University of Birmingham

This page collates all resources relating to Freedom of Speech issues from the Hospitality and Accommodation department.

Inviting an outside speaker onto University premises


The organisers of the numerous clubs and societies in the Guild of Students, Saint Francis Hall and elsewhere throughout the University should be aware that there is a set procedure to be followed when an outside speaker is being invited to speak at the University either as an individual, or as a representative of an organisation.

There is a simple form (Speaker request form PDF - 167KB) to complete, available from the Director of Hospitality and Accommodation, which will help you frame your request clearly and which helps the University to ensure that your speaker will speak safely, freely and within the law.

Allow sufficient time to make your request

In most circumstances you will need to have the form counter-signed by a senior university officer and you need to allow time for this. The form must be received at the Hospitality and Accommodation Office from the person who counter-signs it at least 2 weeks before the event. (You therefore need to supply it to them at least a week before that).

If the guidance notes indicate that you should deliver the form direct to the Director of Hospitality and Accommodation without a counter-signatory, this also needs to be at least 3 weeks before the event.

Either way, you need to obtain the form early, and remember that 3 weeks is the deadline. It allows time for any checks or any enquiries which may be necessary, to be made, together with any special arrangements.


Freedom of Speech Contacts (External Speakers)
AreaPrimary contactSecondary contactEscalation route
COSS Julie Tomkinson Marie Greene Malene Stanley
EPS Alex Johl Jem Higgins Malene Stanley
MDS Karen Willis,
Andrew Francis
Robbie Roberts Malene Stanley
CAL Christine Richards Elaine Fulton Malene Stanley
LES Claire Cooper Jamie Pugh Malene Stanley
Student Groups associated with the College/School (not the guild) Need to go through the local college   Malene Stanley
Guild Adam Sheridan Samantha Macbeth,
Gemma Allport
Sarah Dugmore,
Malene Stanley
Chaplaincy Alex Ferranti Jon Elsmore Malene Stanley
Academic Services Jon Elsmore   Malene Stanley
Alumni Daniel O'Driscoll Simon Lervill Malene Stanley
External Relations Dominic Benson Jo Kite Malene Stanley
Hospitality and Accommodation Services (HAS) Sarah Dugmore Malene Stanley Paddy Jackman
Legal Services Carolyn Pike    
Union Bookings Sarah Dugmore Malene Stanley Paddy Jackman
Hotel Richard Metcalfe Sarah Dugmore Malene Stanley
All other Professional Services Malene Stanley