Related policies

At the University, our values – ambition, challenge, collaboration, community, impact and rigour – are at the very heart of everything we do.

We've used them to guide the creation of our strategy ensuring our goals and future successes reflect the type of institution we are – ambitious, co-operative, ethical, professional and environmentally conscious.

We also use them to guide the way we behave so we continue to be a University that has a thriving, diverse and global community.

Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech

We exist to extend knowledge and understanding and foster critical thinking and expression through our world class research and delivery of our internationally excellent education. It is a primary duty of universities to uphold the fundamental principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech within the law.  Our academics and students own the right to research, debate and disseminate their findings without fear of censorship or control, and our academics have the freedom to teach or communicate their research (even it is  inconvenient to external political groups or to authorities) without fear of reprisals and in an environment of mutual respect.

The UK's vote to leave the European Union

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, along with other Russell Group Universities, has called for urgent assurances from ministers over the rights of citizens from EU member states living in the UK, as well as reiterating the commitment of Russell Group universities to maintain research ties with partners across Europe.

More information about the University’s position on the UK’s vote to leave the EU can be found on the UK exit from the EU pages.


The University will not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying and is committed to ensuring that colleagues and students are able to work and study without fear of harassment, bullying or victimisation. We recognise our duty of care to colleagues, students and visitors under health and safety, equality and employment legislation and have robust policies and procedures in place to deal with any form of discrimination that takes place.

Social media activity

The University recognises that social media has the potential to support and advance learning opportunities and collaborative working both within the University between current students and colleagues, and externally with our partners, alumni and prospective students.

It is important to recognise that the use of social media can pose risks which could impact upon the wellbeing of students and colleagues, as well as the reputation of the University.

The social media for employees policy and social media guidance is intended to minimise these risks, so that students and colleagues can enjoy the benefits of social networking whilst understanding the standards of conduct expected by the University.

Event management

The University is committed to the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom, alongside a duty of care to its staff, students and visitors. Our policies for the booking of speakers and events reflect this and confirm our commitment to allow events to go ahead providing that they are within the law.