School of Advanced Study, University of London
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Universities and Counter-terrorism: PREVENT in Practice
Chair: Maureen Boylan | University of London
Dr Jessie Blackbourn | Kingston University
Stuart Brown | Head of ICT, University of London
Andrew Howarth | Deputy Head of Residential Accommodation
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act received Royal Assent in February 2015. The legislation, which aims to combat the underlying ideologies which support and sanction terrorism, has placed new statutory obligations on a range of authorities and institutions – including universities across the UK. The debate on how to roll out and implement the government’s guidelines to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism within universities has been fraught with controversy and delays. How can universities implement their new obligations while maintaining their traditions of academic freedom? How will students be encouraged to explore new ideas and express their developing beliefs if these could be open to misinterpretation or monitoring? How will university staff – from lecturers to senior managers to IT staff – need to work together to implement their new duties? This one-day conference explores both the ideas underpinning the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, the debates surrounding academic freedom and freedom of expression, and the practical questions which universities will need to address in the light of their duty to prevent radicalisation.
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