Freedom of speech
Wrexham Glyndwr University is committed to upholding the principles of freedom of speech and expression within the law. We are dedicated to ensuring staff and students have freedom of enquiry in education and research. We ensure that our staff and students can challenge received wisdom and put forward ideas and opinions without placing themselves at risk of losing their jobs or privileges.
Wrexham Glyndwr University believes that a culture of free and open discussion is essential but can only be achieved if all concerned behave with tolerance. Offensive or unnecessarily inflammatory language or action must be avoided to achieve this culture, however we realise that there are times when some views and opinions, which are expressed lawfully, may be considered by others to be offensive.
In such circumstances, the University believes that its role is to provide opportunities to challenge those views and opinions, to widen rather than narrow debate. We expect those who take part in such activities to do so with respect to promote good relations and maintain the safety and security of staff, students, and visitors to the University.
In seeking to facilitate rather than restrict Freedom of Speech, this Code’s obligations and rights apply to:
- All governors, staff and students of the University; including if they deliver a speech at an event in another organization which might have reputational ramifications for the Glyndwr University.
- Visiting or guest speakers invited by the University or Students Union.
- Any alumnus invited by the University.
- All events, led, hosted or co-hosted by the University, irrespective of where they take place (unless compliance with this Code would breach the law of the country where the event is to take place) or whether the event is held on-line/via video conference.
- All premises owned, controlled, managed, leased by, licensed or otherwise occupied by the University.
- All other events held on University premises including those organized by external individuals or organizations.
- The Students’ Union and its constituent clubs, societies and associations, employees and sabbatical officers.
- Any issues relating to events organised by or on behalf of the Students’ Union or on premises controlled by the Students’ Union, are subject to this Code of Practice and will be considered by the Students’ Union in the first instance, and may then be referred to the University’s Authorising Officer.
Read our full Freedom of Speech Code of Practice policy for more information.