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In 2015 the Counter Terrorism and Security Act came into law in the UK. One consequence of this law was that a legal duty (the Prevent Duty) was placed upon public sector authorities, including Higher Education providers, mandating that they must pay, ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. The rationale behind the Duty is to extend the coverage of the UK’s counter‑terrorism strategy to better prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism and to identify those at risk of involvement in such activities. However, the Duty has subsequently been criticised on several fronts including within Higher Education where critics have argued among other things that it approaches students primarily as risks and staff as risk managers.
The Desecuritising Higher Education Project was a research project hosted at Birmingham City University and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust which ran between October 2018 and December 2020. The project sought to investigate the Prevent Duty within Higher Education and examine the attitudes and experiences of those impacted by it.
Please join us on Thursday April 29th @ 6pm BST where project members Andrew Whiting, Keith Spiller and Imran Awan as well as guest speakers Dr Nadya Ali (University of Sussex) and Larissa Kennedy (President of the National Union of Students) will be discussing the project, reflecting on the Prevent Duty within Higher Education, and answering your questions.”
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