Guest Speaker Request

Kingston University supports individuals in creating safe spaces for challenging and rigorous debates to take place. However, we also have a responsibility to our students, staff, community and audiences to prohibit any public expression of views on our premises that are in breach of the law or incite intimidation or violence. This must be taken into account when inviting an external speaker to the University. 

Who is an external speaker?

An external speaker counts as anybody who is not a member of your society coming to do a talk, hold a workshop, host an event or debate an issue.

If an external speaker will be attending?

Email to at least 4 weeks in advance.

The process takes 4 weeks because we must research and then have it authorised by the legal office or Vice-Chancellor.

  • RESEARCH – please include on your sheet as much as possible paying attention to anything that could be perceived as negative. Please include the topic of conversation too. Contact details (email address) is COMPULSORY.
  • PROCESS - If the speaker is authorised they will be given a risk level. This level is suggested by the union and then agreed upon by the head of legal services.


Why is this necessary?

•Student welfare          

•Freedom of speech/equality act (9 characteristics)

•Reputation/assets at risk

•Incite to break law/inappropriate


•Social unrest/disruption from intruders

Risk Level

LOW - They have no known risks associated with them and have agreed to our value statement.

MEDIUM - They have some or a risk associated with them. Additional control measures may include ID cards, signed value statement, committee responsibility.

HIGH – They have high or many risks associated with them. Additional control measures may include Union presence, sign in and ID checks, KUSCO security, signed value statement.

*** These lists are non-exhaustive.

Full training for student committee members of societies can be found here

Guest Speaker Form

Guest Speaker Value Statement