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The 21 day speakers policy has made hosting political talks and events almost impossible.

With the current political climate, many speakers have to rearrange due to changing schedules, which requires re-submission of the form and another 21 days notice. This wasn't waived during the 2019 General Election, and left the university without constructive debate and informative talks from local MPs, politicians and experts in the subject - a sharp contrast to the engagement we've had in previous years.

The policy is hindering students freedom of speech, with political societies seeing a decline in membership due to the inability to organise events that would bring in new members.

Actions Taken

  • Voting for this idea closed on 3rd February 2020.
  • This Idea has conditionally passed. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by 50%+1 of the Student Council Meeting.
  • This idea has passed through the Executive and Student Council and will go to the Trustee Board to be scrutinised.

  • April 2021: This policy is unable to be comepletely removed but has been reduced to 14 days, though the SU retain the right to requrie 21 days where the speaker may be high risk, political, or religious. This idea has been marked as a win.


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