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A guide for Universities on dealing with radicalisation and extremism

Thu 17 Jun 2010

2.45pm until 5.30pm

London

The chance that one of their students or former students has been involved in detonating an explosive, killing themselves and dozens of other people, is one with which universities have had to live since the terrible example of 9/11. Since then, graduates of colleges and universities have been involved in the 7/7 bombings of London and the "Detroit" airline attempted bombing on Christmas Day 2009.

There lies an uneasy balance for universities between academic debate, freedom of speech, human rights and relations with their students' union and the duty to support the law enforcement agencies and comply with numerous anti-terrorist laws. Universities have reacted by setting up a working group to examine how HEIs can work with the security service and the police in combating extremism. At the time, a vice-chancellor said that it was not the job of universities to act as "policemen".

Winckworth Sherwood's HE team, joined by representatives of the Home Office, are presenting a seminar for university vice-chancellors, academic registrars, HR directors and counsellors upon radicalisation of both students and employees.

The seminar will include:

  • The law – anti-terrorist legislation and other laws governing radicalisation and their correlation with human rights, academic freedom and data protection.
  • Radicalisation and other extremism - what should you be looking out for.
  • What practical steps can you take to prevent extremists from coming onto your campus and, if they come onto the campus, how can you remove them.
  • Relations with your students' union.

The steps your HR team can take in dealing with extremist employees.

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