2 years ago
Who Are The "Extreme Speakers" Visiting UK Universities?
At defined by the Henry Jackson Society, extreme speakers are individuals affiliated and "representing organisations with an ongoing history of extremism". All in all, ever since 2015, there have been 435 events (including off-campus student events) featuring an extreme speaker. The UK universities league table reveals the institutions that hosted the most extreme events:
As reported by The Tab, SOAS hosted 43 "extreme" events alone in the academic year of 2017-18. King's College London hosted 8, which was less than Birmingham (10) and Queen Mary (9) .
In 2015, then Home Secretary Theresa May obliged UK universities to abide by the "Prevent duty" in order to protect students from extremist speakers under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015). The government guidance cites as follows: "In these circumstances the event should not be allowed to proceed except where [universities] are entirely convinced that such risk can be fully mitigated without cancellation of the event."
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