In 2015 the UK Government passed new legislation imposing duties on Higher Education Institutions to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the PREVENT agenda. The University is committed to freedom of speech enabling students and staff to be able to challenge prevailing orthodoxies and express ideas that can be radical and controversial.
At the same time, as an international and culturally diverse community, we have a duty to create a context in which staff and students can work and study unhindered by hostility or intimidation. We also have a duty of care to those in our community who may be vulnerable to the influence of extremist groups or to being drawn into violent activity. The Governors have endorsed a new Freedom of Speech Code of Practice as the foundation of the University’s compliance in this area and have also endorsed a PREVENT Protocol and an External Speaker Policy.
The Chaplaincy is supporting the University in implementing this agenda by taking an institution wide coordinating role. Vaughan Rees, Director of Chaplaincy Services, has been appointed as the University’s PREVENT Lead and the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for PREVENT related issues both internally and externally. He can be contacted directly with any queries.
There is a PREVENT awareness training course within the University which is designed to familiarise staff with PREVENT issues and the University processes in place to deal with any matters that might arise. Staff are encouraged to attend one of these training sessions and should book by going to the Careers & Development section within the My Information portal (staff log in required) to book a place or add yourself to the waiting list.