The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on universities to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. The Act also notes that universities must seek to balance this duty with their commitment to freedom of speech and the importance of academic freedom. The University has taken a risk-based approach in discharging its duties under the Act.

The University is committed to:

  • protecting the principle of freedom of speech
  • safeguarding its students from the risks of radicalisation and terrorism

The University’s Prevent policy sets out the University’s response to the Prevent statutory duty, introduced in September 2015:

Prevent Statutory Duty Policy

University staff and students wishing to report any concerns in line with the Prevent Duty, should contact the Student Advice team at

Any other (external) persons wishing to report concerns in line with the Prevent Duty, should report them here: