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Prevent is one of four strands that make up the government’s counter-terrorism strategy called CONTEST. It is a new ‘statutory’ duty to have “due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism”. The Prevent duty guidance provided by the government requires universities to assess the level of risk that people may be drawn into terrorism, and to have suitable policies, procedures or arrangements in place to mitigate those risks.

HEFCE has been asked to work with universities to ensure the appropriate policies, procedures and arrangements are in place, and has established a monitoring framework for this purpose. Solent University’s approach to the Prevent duty is collaborative with students, staff and other stakeholders and is one of a series of measures within our duty of care and safeguarding policy.

We have a Prevent steering group, which is chaired by Professor Mike Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), and our Prevent lead is Phil Gibson, Head of Student Support, who is supported by a team of academic and professional services colleagues across the organisation. The Prevent duty is not about restraining freedom of speech, and Solent remains committed to academic freedom and its core values of social justice, inclusivity, transparency and openness. The Prevent duty rather focuses on the context in which views or opinions are expressed, and to whom those views are being communicated.


Page last updated on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 4.05pm.


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