Staff are encouraged to have contact
with the media within their areas of academic expertise as
this enhances the research and teaching profile of the University
and provides a valuable community service. However, official
statements in the name of the University must be authorised
by the Council, the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor (or any
member of the University acting under the authority of those
Where a media statement or letter relates directly to the
academic subject area of a staff member's appointment, the
member may, in order to establish his or her credentials,
use the University's address and give the title of his or
her University appointment.
All staff have the right to express their views publicly
on any matter of public interest as private citizens. Statements
made or letters written in this context should not include
the name and address or the University (or any part of it
e.g. University Hall), or the member's University title.
If there is doubt about whether a proposed statement or letter
falls within the ambit of this guideline, the member should
discuss the matter with the Vice-Chancellor or the Head of
News and Media.