Guest Speaker Policy

Having a guest speaker at your society or event?
We need to know. 
Fill out this form.

Heriot Watt Student Union wishes to encourage free and open debate. This includes sharing ideas, tolerating other people’s views and having constructive argument. Heriot Watt Student Union wishes to create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment for our students at all times. This protects individuals against discrimination on the grounds of culture, gender, religion, sexuality, age, disability and political belief. This list is not exhaustive.

In protecting Freedom of Speech, we also have a duty to our members to protect against any groups / individuals that would facilitate extreme views and activities, which may be inappropriate for a charity to host or promote. This new procedure is to deter any such groups having a platform to reach our membership.

Please complete the form below in as much detail as possible. Also, please give a reasonable amount of notice between completing the form and your event happening (we advise 3 weeks). Your request will be reviewed, and if deemed acceptable you will be notified that the event can take place.

You can also view our Guest Speakers Policy.

If your society or event is due to have a guest speaker then please ensure this form is filled out and submitted to The Union. ??

External Speaker Request Form

Please state whether on or off campus.
Please provide a short description of the event.
  1. This should include name, and organisation they’re related to, the subject they will be speaking about and any other information you think we need to be aware of.
  2. Confirm any external speakers’ affiliates (specifically where they are religious or political). Declaration of any knowledge of controversy attracted by the speaker or topic in the past.
  3. Confirmation of website details (where relevant) providing further information on the speaker.
If so, please outline why.