Originally published in the Daily Mail
Universities are providing a platform for more than 100 Islamist extremists every year, a disturbing report will reveal next week.
The fanatics are being allowed to make speeches at leading academic institutions despite ministers calling for a crackdown on radicalism. The study says that more than 20 students who attended UK universities have been convicted of terrorism, or have lost their lives waging jihad in Syria.
The report was compiled by the Student Rights group, which is a project run by the Henry Jackson Society – a respected Westminster think-tank. It revealed that a string of student bodies have refused to participate in the Government’s anti-extremism strategy, Prevent.
Rupert Sutton of Student Rights said: ‘Universities should be the best place to challenge extremist ideas, yet at present this is simply not happening – something that must change if we are to successfully oppose on-campus radicalisation.
‘Extremism on university campuses is a very serious issue, as the evidence presented in this report shows. Worse, the dominant narrative around Prevent remains a negative one – often fuelled by the very extremists it seeks to oppose, who campaign to undermine attempts to challenge the problem.’