HEFCE will act as monitor on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. The consultation proposes a framework for determining whether providers are meeting their responsibilities, and for reporting back to Government [Note 1]. The duty, introduced by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, came into force on 18 September 2015, and applies to a range of publicly funded universities and colleges and alternative providers [Note 2].
The statutory guidance supporting the duty requires providers to ensure they have robust policies and procedures in place to assess and mitigate the risks around external speakers and events, as well as appropriate IT policies, staff training and student welfare programmes [Note 3].
Alongside the consultation, HEFCE is asking providers who are not sure whether they will be subject to these new legal responsibilities to contact the HEFCE Prevent team to confirm whether they will fall under the monitoring framework [Note 4].