Attended: Does Prevent undermine equality on campus?

Since 2015, universities – alongside other public institutions – have a statutory duty to pay ‘due regard’ to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. Since it came into force, there are signs that the new duty may be compromising principles of academic freedom and equality in the University sector. Yet, in all the discussion of the effects of the new duty there has been little attention to the way that Prevent might compromise the ability of Universities to fulfill other legal duties – these include protecting academic freedom and freedom of speech, but also require public bodies to pay the same ‘due regard’ to promoting equality (under the Equality Act 2010).

This event asks what is impact of this change in the law on the practice and role of equality within the University and examines how best any issues might be handled.

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