Preventing Extremism in Higher Education

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal, Prevent HE Regional Coordinator for the West Midlands
  • Kelly Pullin, Prevent Adviser, HEFCE
  • Manuel Alonso, Director of Student Services, Loughborough University
  • Jon Elsmore, Dean of Students, University of Wolverhampton
  • Ed Spacey, Head of Health, Safety & Resilience, London Southbank University
  • Revd Dr Paul Fitzpatrick, Coordinating Chaplain & Research Hub Leader: Radicalisation & Grooming, Cardiff Metropolitan University (event chair)


The Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 places a duty on relevant higher education bodies to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. In practical terms this means HEIs must identify risks & develop action plans to manage them, link to local ‘Prevent’ structures and have mechanisms in place for sharing information about vulnerable individuals. While the problem is clear for all to see, the duty remains controversial. The failure in the summer of its first major legal challenge suggests it is here to stay.

Join Westminster Briefing on 18 October for an up to date brief on the latest developments in the application of the prevent duty to higher education. We will examine the requirements placed on HEIs, how the sector is trying to develop a balanced approach and what individual institutions are doing to meet their statutory duties.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Clarifying HEIs’ duties under Prevent
  • How compliance with the duty is being monitored
  • Observable trends & current risks
  • Balancing measure to prevent extremism with equality, inclusion & freedom of speech
  • Identifying risks & developing an action plan to manage them
  • Maintaining effective welfare support systems that link to local Prevent structures
  • Implementing arrangements to share information about vulnerable individuals
  • Training senior managers & raising awareness
  • Building links with external Prevent partners

The Event:

The morning session will approach the issues at a sector level, examining the latest policy, guidance & legal developments, clarifying HEIs’ duties and discussing how to balance measures to prevent extremism with equality, inclusion & freedom of speech considerations.

The afternoon session will focus on learning from case study examples of what individual HEIs are already doing to meet the Prevent duty.

Who Should Attend?

Attendees will be drawn from institutions across the HE sector & anyone else with an interest in preventing extremism.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities & agenda content, please email:

Wednesday 18th October 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

ETC Venues Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“Relevant Higher Education Bodies' commitment to freedom of speech and the rationality underpinning the advancement of knowledge means that they represent one of our most important arenas for challenging extremist views and ideologies. But young people continue to make up a disproportionately high number of those arrested in this country for terrorist-related offences and of those who are travelling to join terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq. RHEBs must be vigilant and aware of the risks this poses.”

- Prevent Duty Guidance: for higher education institutions in England & Wales, Sept 2015

More from Dods