NUS responds to judicial review into Prevent duty

Friday 28-07-2017 - 10:15

This week, a judicial review passed a judgement around applications of the Prevent duty and its affiliated guidance. The ruling highlighted the misinterpretation of the Prevent duty guidance by universities.

This is further evidence of the misinterpretation of Prevent duty guidance by HE providers and universities and public bodies are ill equipped to be able to do this.

In November 2015, the government wrote to NUS criticising our anti-Prevent stance and gave guidance to universities and higher education providers. We are glad that the ruling yesterday makes clear universities are free to disregard this guidance and we hope this will end the inconsistent and selective manner in which visiting speaker processes are run in institutions.

Universities and HE providers should review and amend all policies and procedures in light of this judgement to ensure more consistency across the board. We recommend that universities and HE providers who apply the guidance in an uncritical manner re-think their visiting speaker processes. They should do this by working with students' unions and the student groups who are most affected.

NUS will continue to stand by our policy and campaign in relation to the deeply flawed and discriminatory Prevent duty. We will continue to work with students’ unions to call for the Prevent agenda to be scrapped with our #StudentsNotSuspects campaign.

For more information about the Students Not Suspects campaign, please contact




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