Frequently asked questions

Popular questions about the Bristol Distinguished Address Series events.

Entry information

How much do your events cost?

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Can anyone attend these events? I'm not a UWE Bristol student or staff member.

Yes, the Bristol Distinguished Address Series is open to all. The audience is often a mix of the local community and business professionals and UWE Bristol staff, students and alumni.

Do I need to register to attend?

Yes, registration is required to attend the Distinguished Address events. Registration generally opens four weeks before each event. You can find more details about registering on the individual event page. Visit the Bristol Distinguished Address Series for upcoming events.

Can I register on behalf of someone else?

Unfortunately not. Each person that would like to attend the event needs to register themselves as they will need to agree to our privacy policy. Additionally, each registration needs a unique email address as our emailing software removes duplicated email addresses which means both people wouldn’t receive important information about the event.

How do I join the event?

Prior to the event, everyone that registered will receive joining instructions and the link to the page which the event will be streamed on. We recommend watching in Chrome, if possible. Please do check your junk emails as sometimes the joining instructions may end up there, it will be sent from UWE Bristol.

When will I receive the joining instructions?

We send out the joining instructions the day before the event, and again on the day of the event, a few hours before the starts.

Can I watch the event from my smart phone? Which devices is best to watch the event?

The best experience will be provided on an internet enabled device such as a PC, Laptop, Mac or Tablet, using the Chrome browser. You can use a mobile device however, the bigger the screen the better, so we don’t recommend using your mobile phone to view. We encourage to use a computer. However, if you opt to use a mobile device, ensure you are on strong Wi-Fi connection, as mobile phone networks may not have the required internet speed to handle video streaming. You will also need headphones or speakers connected so you can hear the sound.

At the event

What can I expect when I attend one of your events?

We advise you to join the event five minutes before the start time to ensure you are connected properly before the event begins. 

The Bristol Distinguished Address event are usually around one hour, to an hour and a half long. We open the event with a welcome, housekeeping and speaker introductions which takes up to 10 minutes. The main speaker will speak for 30–40 minutes, before we open up to questions from the audience. The Q&A will be open for you to submit questions throughout the whole event. We will put as many of the moderated questions to the speaker as possible, time permitting. To submit questions, and to see other submitted questions, you will need to be viewing the event in your standard window and not full-screen. Most of our events are recorded and made available to watch afterwards. Please be aware that if you ask any questions, these are likely to feature in the recording. 

Can I ask the speaker a question?

During the event there will be a live Q&A where you can submit questions to the speaker. To submit questions, and to see other submitted questions, you will need to be viewing the event in your standard window and not full-screen. Most of our events are recorded and made available to watch afterwards. Please be aware that if you ask any questions, these are likely to feature in the recording, you can choose to submit your question anonymously if preferred.

You can also submit a question to the speaker before the event when registering, however please note that not all pre-submitted questions may be answered.

All questions will be moderated by the Events Team. We will put as many of the questions to the speaker as possible, time permitting.

How can I interact with others watching the event?

Join the conversation online and discuss the event using #BristolLectures. If you are a Twitter user, follow @UWEevents for regular updates on the series and tweets during the event. There is no live chat function with other audience members.

How do you ensure a diverse speaker line up?

At UWE Bristol, we value diversity and inclusion and consideration of this is an essential part of our selection process as we invite speakers to engage, however, we recognise that sometimes there is a noticeable lack of diversity with our speaker line up. In regards to the selection process, we issue a number of invites, taking into account gender and black, Asian and minority ethnic representation, but we can’t guarantee who will accept or if they will be available on the scheduled dates. We continue to be committed to diversity and inclusion and hope in the future, that this representation is also shown within the entire business sector at senior level.

Event recordings, podcasts and interviews

Are all events recorded?

We aim to make all of the Bristol Distinguished Addresses available to watch on demand subject to receiving permission from the speaker and no technical difficulties. Event recordings and audio podcasts are normally available on our website the week following the event. Please see previous BDAS events for media from past events. You will also be able to find exclusive interviews with the speakers on these pages.


I can no longer attend. How do I cancel my place?

Please email to let us know you can longer attend. If you are interested in listening back to the event, we will record it and make it available to watch and listen to on demand (subject to no technical difficulties and speaker approval) the week after the event. See Previous BDAS events for podcasts from past events.


I am a member of the press, can I register for a press seat?

Please contact the Media Relations office if you have a media query about this event. Please email


I have an access requirement, who should I get in touch with about attending the event?

If you have any access requirements, please email the Events Team at or tel +44 (0)117 32 84517.

UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

If you require captioning for this event, we encourage you to watch the event in Google Chrome and turn on Google's live captioning. View instructions on how to turn captioning on. Please get in touch in advance of the event if you require assistance turning this function on.

Contact the UWE Bristol Events Team

How can I find out about upcoming events?

You can sign up to the marketing list to hear about upcoming Bristol Distinguished Address Series event.

I have a query which you haven’t answered above, who can I contact?

You can email us at or call +44 (0)117 32 84517. If you think there is an important question missing please let us know so we can add it in and try help as many people as possible.

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