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A new report by The Henry Jackson Society explores the extreme speakers and events in the 2016-17 academic year.
The Higher Education and Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has found that the majority of universities are satisfying the requirements of the Prevent duty statutory guidance. Yet despite this fact, a large number of events featuring extreme speakers continue to be promoted to students, and are held both on and off campuses.
This report reveals:
These findings suggest that despite Prime Minister Theresa May’s claim that “enough is enough”, universities continue to be a vulnerable target for extreme speakers and organisations to promote their messages. Richard Black, the report’s author, stated:
“Universities are upholding their legal duty towards Prevent. It is now necessary to take a step forwards. Extreme speakers and organisations have been regularly holding events on campuses, and advertising them to students through social media pages. In most instances, these events have been unbalanced in nature, meaning that speakers are disseminating their views without being challenged. Only a joint effort by university staff, students, event organisers and practitioners from across civil society will ensure that extremism is challenged robustly.”
To download the full report click here.