Recently all across higher education there has been a lot of talk about a piece of legislation called the Prevent Strategy. For more information on it, and the reasoning as to why Bristol SU is against it, you can read a blog I wrote on it here.
There are three specific aims of the Prevent strategy:
To respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
To prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and
To work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.
Currently the University is required by law to comply to with Prevent, however Bristol SU does not have the same legal responsibilities. Bristol SU has student policy on Prevent telling us to not engage with it (unless required by law), other than to ensure the University is engaging with is in an open and transparent way. This is where you come in!
The University has listened to us and is openly sharing all the documents that they need to send to the government to prove they are legally complying. These are only draft documents, but are required by the legislation They have launched a consultation open to all members of the University (Staff and Students) where you can have your say on them.
We would like to urge you to fill this in as we’ve been working hard to make sure you have the opportunity to. The deadline is Thursday 25th so hurry!
UCU (the Union that represents academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff and librarians in universities) has also issued a statement on the consultation.
In the meantime you can follow the ‘Students not Suspects’ tour here and come to the Bristol tour date on the 15th March. More information to follow.