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The Prevent duty: ensuring compliance

17 May 2016, 09:30 - 16:30


This event focusing on the Prevent agenda aims to enable institutions to make decisions and develop sound working practices in relation to campus security, academic freedom, free speech and equality rights within the new legal requirements.

The conference on prevent will include:

  • ​​Understanding the current threat to the UK from violent extremism
  • Managing external speakers on campus
  • Working with students' unions
  • Enhancing understanding of what is expected of institutions
  • Providing updates on how the sector is currently performing in relation to the new monitoring framework
  • Examples of good practice within the sector
  • Writing risk assessments and action plans

Why are we talking about Prevent now?

Since September 2015, all higher education institutions have had a legal obligation to comply with the Prevent statutory duty. The implementation of the duty has created a range of complex issues which require holistic and integrated approaches.

The conference will provide delegates with critical information to enhance policies and procedures and to help them remain compliant with the new legislation. Delegates will have a unique opportunity to hear from a number of high-level speakers from within the sector, government and external agencies. The day will showcase examples of good practice throughout the sector and provide delegates with practical information to take back to their institutions.​

Key contacts

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Nuzhat Fatima

Nuzhat Fatima

Events Assistant
Universities UK

Holly Wildish-Jones

Holly Wildish-Jones

Marketing and Internal Communications Officer
Universities UK


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