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The Prevent Strategy, published by the Government in 2011, is part of an overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. The aim of the Prevent Strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) imposes a new statutory duty on universities to "have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism." This is now commonly known as "the Prevent duty". Compliance with the duty is monitored by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England).
In order to comply with the Prevent duty, institutions must:
The University's approach to Prevent is primarily one of safeguarding the welfare our students and staff.
We have set up the Prevent Duty Advisory Group to:
Oxford Brookes has introduced a Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech including Guidance on Visiting Speakers to ensure the University is:
The policy applies to all activities on University premises and outlines the procedure for obtaining approval for visiting speakers.
If you have concerns about a student please contact the University Case Conference Group on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact your line manager who will in turn raise the issue with the Case Conference Group. Concerns about staff should be raise through your line manager or through HR Business Partners.
If appropriate, concerns may be brought to the attention of the Academic Registrar as the institution lead on Prevent Duty compliance. If necessary, concerns may be escalated to a Channel Panel.
For more information on how the University responds to complex situations involving students, please see E22 Policy on Responding to Complex Student Situations.
If you have any questions about the work of the Prevent Duty Steering Group or the impact of Prevent, please email the Academic Registrar in the first instance.