Written by Student Rights on 23 February 2015 at 7am

Channel 4 News: New law puts onus on universities to tackle extremism

21st February 2015

The new counter-terrorism and security act forces academics to prevent students being radicalised, but many think that the powers go too far.

The act gives the government unprecedented powers to stop Brits who join terrorist groups abroad from returning to the UK. But it also places new impetus on universities to monitor extremism at home.

Higher education institutions will be required to consider government guidance when deciding who may speak on campus at society events and lectures. Academics will have a legal duty to vet the speeches of visiting speakers in advance.