A project of The Henry Jackson Society, Student Rights is a non-partisan group dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and freedom from extremism on university campuses. We were set up in June 2009 as a reaction to increasing political extremism and the marginalisation of vulnerable students on campus.
Led by director Rupert Sutton, the organisation consists of staff, interns, student activists and supporters, as well as an Advisory Board.
Why We Exist
Dedicated to exposing and tackling all forms of extremism on UK university campuses, Student Rights focuses on ensuring open debate on this issue prevails in higher education.
It aims to protect the rights and freedoms of all students, believes in free and fair debate, and is passionate that students should not be marginalised for their views.
Staff monitor extremism and radicalisation occurring on UK university campuses - focusing on a range of different groups including, but not limited to, fascist or racist organisations, Islamist groups, and extreme political parties.
Student Rights has also been effective at exposing foreign funding streams into UK universities and has examined the issues raised by the acceptance of donations from totalitarian regimes.
It is committed to raising awareness, challenging extremist activity, and establishing open and fair debate on university campuses among the student body, university authorities, government, the media and wider public.
Who We Are
Rupert Sutton is the director of Student Rights and a fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, and joined the organisation in 2011. He is originally from Maidstone and holds a BA in War Studies from the University of Kent and an MA in Terrorism and Security from King’s College London.
He previously worked at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and has written for publications including Left Foot Forward, New Humanist and World Affairs, as well as presenting Student Rights' research at the British and European Parliaments.
He can be reached by email at rupert.sutton [at] studentrights.org.uk
Gray Sergeant is the National Organiser for Student Rights and Researcher at The Henry Jackson Society. He studied International Relations and History at the London School of Economics.
Prior to joining HJS, Gray worked for the Labour Party in the marginal Thurrock constituency during the 2015 General Election, where he coordinated the press and media campaign. He has written for Left Foot Forward, Progress and Labourlist and has appeared on BBC 5 Live, The Big Questions and Al Jazeera.
He can be reached by email at gray.sergeant [at] studentrights.org.uk
Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse
Robert Halfon, Conservative Member of Parliament for Harlow
Rt. Hon Kim Howells, Labour Former Member of Parliament for Pontypridd, former Chairman of Intelligence and Security Committee
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, Liberal Democrat Councillor
Dr. Alan Mendoza, Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society
Alex Radzyner, Businessman and former visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics