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Director of Student Rights at The Henry Jackson Society
Former Prevent Engagement Officer, Hampshire Constabulary
Dr Usama Hasan
Senior Researcher at the Quilliam Foundation
TIME: 1 – 2pm, Thursday 30th July 2015
VENUE: 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
To attend please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extremism on the UK’s university campuses has been identified as a serious concern by successive governments since August 2005. In May 2013, the government stated: “extremist preachers use some higher education institutions as a platform for spreading their messages”, and this has been followed in 2015 by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which mandates universities to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
A number of students enrolled at British universities who have committed terrorism offences, or travelled to Syria to fight in the conflict there, are alleged to have been radicalised during their studies. There is also evidence extremist sentiments are prevalent on campuses, with Student Rights finding that extreme speakers have been invited to appear on campuses over 100 times a year since 2012
Despite this, some student groups have actively opposed the implementation of counter-radicalisation policies in the UK’s universities, with their criticisms heavily influenced by misunderstandings, or driven by extremist narratives. This has been compounded by some students pledging to work alongside the very groups counter-radicalisation efforts seek to oppose.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with Rupert Sutton, Director of Student Rights and Henry Jackson Society Research Fellow; Lloyd Randle, former Prevent Engagement Officer at Hampshire Constabulary; and Dr Usama Hasan, Senior Researcher at the Quilliam Foundation. The speakers will discuss the findings of the recent Student Rights report ‘Preventing Prevent: Challenges to Counter-Radicalisation Policy On-Campus’, on-the-ground experiences counter-radicalisation efforts, including the challenges posed by student opposition, and the narratives used by extremists to undermine efforts to challenge extremism on our campuses.
Rupert Sutton is a Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society where he focuses on domestic extremism, and is Director of Student Rights, a project which seeks to challenge extremism on university campuses. He has written for Haaretz, International Business Times, The Huffington Post and New Humanist, and presented Student Rights’ research at the European Parliament. Rupert has an MA in Terrorism and Security with Distinction from King’s College London, during which he focused on sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, and a BA in War Studies from the University of Kent.
Lloyd Randle is a former Prevent Engagement Officer at Hampshire Constabulary, where he spent two years working with local communities and public bodies to support those vulnerable to radicalisation. He graduated with an MA in Arabic from the University of Edinburgh, and is a published translator, and also holds qualifications in military leadership and police law. Lloyd is currently working for the Quilliam Foundation.
Dr. Usama Hasan is a Senior Researcher and Founding Advisor at Quilliam. As a teenager, Usama became a radical Salafi activist and, whilst still a Cambridge undergraduate, briefly took part (1990-1) in the ‘Jihad’ in Afghanistan. However, following the 7/7 bombings in London, Usama took it upon himself to start campaigning against extremism and for religious reform within Muslim circles. Fluent in English, Urdu and Arabic, Usama has served as a part-time imam since his teens and is a certified transmitter of the Qur’an and Hadith scriptures. He was also a member of the Independent Panel Enquiry at the University of Greenwich following the murder of Lee Rigby by a former student.