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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 marginalisation of vulnerable students on campus.


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  • By Student Rights on June 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Former Chief Prosecutor’s Comments on Prevent Resonate After London Attacks

    Last Saturday, Nazir Afzal OBE, Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North-West of England and Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, spoke to The Times. Afzal confirmed the findings of much of our previous research, namely that a host of organisations within the Muslim community have been conspiring to undermine trust in the government’s Prevent strategy. Hours later, attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market claimed seven lives and injured another 48. Afzal’s prescient comments remind us of the tireless importance of working with the Muslim community to sideline extremists and stop others from being radicalised in future.

  • By Student Rights on June 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Manchester Bomber’s Connections to Salford University

    Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber involved in last week’s attack in Manchester, is known to have attended Salford University. This is a notable fact. The atmosphere at Salford University has been decidedly hostile towards official efforts to combat radicalisation. Salford University Students’ Union has previously boycotted Prevent and condemned the UK’s counter-extremism strategy. The university has also given a platform to Abdullah al-Andalusi, a speaker with controversial views.

  • By Student Rights on March 27, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Mitigating the Risks? Compliance with the Prevent Duty on Campus

    Eighteen months on from the imposition of the Prevent Duty on the higher education sector, how universities have responded was discussed in Parliament last week...

  • By Student Rights on March 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Mitigating the Risks? An Assessment of University Speaker Policies

    A new Student Rights' report, Mitigating the Risks? An Assessment of University Speaker Policies, analyses the speaker policies of 76 English universities to assess the extent to which the higher education sector has responded to the legal duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism imposed by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015...

  • By Student Rights on March 17, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Yet more racist graffiti on UK campuses

    There have been further examples of fascist and racist graffiti on UK university campuses this week, as a student bar in Birmingham saw graffiti targeting ethnic and sexual minorities...

  • By Student Rights on March 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Student Rights at Newcastle University

    On Wednesday 8th March, Student Rights’ National Organiser, Elliot Miller, gave a presentation to Newcastle University’s Politics Society...

  • By Student Rights on March 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    New report details student terrorism convictions

    A new Henry Jackson Society report detailing all Islamist terrorism convictions in the UK between 1998 and 2015 highlights the roles played by students and educational institutions...

  • By Student Rights on March 6, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Friends of al-Aqsa at the FOSIS Palestine Conference

    On Saturday 4th March, Friends of al-Aqsa and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) co-hosted the annual FOSIS Palestine Conference at University College London (UCL)...

  • By Student Rights on February 27, 2017 at 10:49 am

    'Israeli Apartheid Week' events face cancellations

    The recent cancellation of a number of 'Israeli Apartheid Week’ events at campuses across the UK appears to presage a significant change in the way institutions deal with the issue...

  • By Student Rights on February 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    NUS faces further challenge over anti-Semitism

    Over the weekend, the Guardian examined how UK universities have been “urged to tackle [a] rising tide of antisemitism on campus”, documenting the spate of anti-Semitic graffiti previously reported by Student Rights...

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