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Prevent is one of four strands that make up the government’s counter-terrorism strategy called CONTEST. The Prevent duty 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.

On 1 April 2018 the Office for Students (OfS) took over from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the role of regulating English higher education providers on behalf of all students, including the role of working with universities to ensure the appropriate Prevent duty policies, procedures and arrangements are in place, and following an OfS Prevent 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.

The University Prevent accountable officer is the Vice-Chancellor. We have a Prevent steering group, which is chaired by our Prevent lead, Caroline Barfoot, Head of Student Experience, who is supported by a team of academic and professional services colleagues from 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.

Solent University Prevent annual report 2017

Solent University Prevent annual report 2016

Solent University Prevent duty risk assessment action plan 2017

Solent University Prevent code of practice for external events and visiting speakers

You can see advice and support on Prevent from the OfS. 





Page last updated on Tuesday 7 January 2020 at 9.33am.


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