About us

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 Research Manager Richard Black and National Organiser Emma Fox, 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

Richard Black is the Research Manager of Student Rights. He holds a BA in History and an Mst in Modern British and European History from the University of Oxford. Whilst at university, he was involved in journalism and served on the committees of a number of student societies. He has written for the Daily Telegraph, Conservative Home, CapX, Standpoint and the Jewish Chronicle, among others. Richard has previously worked as an intern with the Henry Jackson Society, the Daily Telegraph and the UK Parliament.

He can be reached by email at richard.black [at] studentrights.org.uk

Emma Fox is the National Organiser for Student Rights. She holds a BA in Classical Civilisation from the University of Leeds, where she undertook several modules in Politics and Philosophy. Whilst at university, she was the Campaigns Officer for Leeds’ Jewish Society, organising several interfaith and charity events, and was actively involved in mental health awareness across campus.

She can be reached by email at emma.fox [at] studentrights.org.uk

 


Advisory Board

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