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University of Bradford Events Policy


For the purpose of this policy an 'event' is defined as any meeting, gathering, conference or related activity taking place on the University's premises or which takes place off premises under the University of Bradford and / or University of Bradford Union name. 

All events are expected to comply with the Events Policy. Certain events are specifically excluded from the associated Events Procedures. Timetabled learning and teaching activities, examinations and other academic, administrative and operational meetings are excluded from Events Procedures unless an external speaker and / or audience are involved. Graduation and other official University ceremonies, University open days and applicant visit days, enrolment, events taking place under the auspices of 'Arts on Campus', sporting events in dedicated sports venues and external events are also excluded from the Events Procedure. 


The University of Bradford encourages, and has a long tradition of hosting, a wide range of events. Events add to the richness of University life, providing opportunities for the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge and ideas through presentation, discussion and debate, and opportunities to celebrate and promote the achievements of the University and its members.

The University has legal duties under a wide range of legislation which impact on the operation of events.

In particular, events must comply with the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974, Education Act 1988, the Equality Act 2010 and the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. A full list of relevant legislation is available at Appendix A.

The University has a duty to ensure that all events comply with its legal and regulatory obligations, and expects all events to uphold the institutional values as set out in the University of Bradford Strategy 2015-2025. The University supports academic freedom and respects the right to express diverse points of view and recognises that it has specific legal obligations to promote, protect and respect these rights. However, the University also recognises that the rights to academic freedom and freedom of speech and expression are not absolute but are freedoms 'within the law'. Consequently, criminal and civil law also sets limits on the lawful exercise of these rights. Freedom of expression may not be exercised if in doing so it breaks the law or breaches the rights of others, for example if its expression is unlawfully discriminatory or threatens the safety or freedom of expression of others. 

All events held under the University of Bradford and / or University must follow the procedure and must:

  • Be safe;
  • Be lawful;
  • Be run in an orderly manner ensuring protection of the University's members, estate and facilities;
  • Be delivered in a financially and commercially effective manner;
  • Be compatible with the running of the usual business of the University;
  • Be compatible with our charitable status and the requirements of regulatory bodies;
  • Not threaten the reputation and / or academic standing of the University.