Legal responsibilities

Institutions have a variety of legal responsibilities not only limited to the safety and security of all those on their premises, but also in aspects such as managing events, freedom of speech and academic freedom responsibilities or equality and diversity to name a few. They are also required by law to have due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism as per Part 5 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. Often legal responsibilities for institutions are a range of carefully intertwined pieces of legislation that form policies and procedures at institutions.

UUK's 2011 guidance Freedom of speech on campus: rights and responsibilities for UK universities includes a full overview of the current legal context.


Please use the following links for details of relevant legislation:

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

Education Act (2) sec. 43, 1986

Education Reform Act 1988

Human Rights Act 1998

Public Order Act 1986

The Equality Act 2010

The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006

Terrorism Act 2000