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The duty, introduced in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, means that higher education providers must have robust policies and procedures in place to mitigate the risks of people being drawn into terrorism [Note 1]. This includes making sure that they are assessing and managing risks around external speakers and events.
Earlier this year HEFCE consulted on a proposed framework for assessing whether providers are meeting their responsibilities, and received more than 100 responses from across the sector. Taking account of these views, HEFCE has published a final version of the framework [Note 2] which sets out a timetable for higher education providers to submit evidence of what they are doing to comply with the duty. All affected providers will need to submit a self-assessment by 22 January 2016, with more detailed evidence to be submitted between April and August 2016 [Note 3]. An analysis of the consultation responses has also been published [Note 4].
HEFCE is also announcing the following ways it will provide further information and support for higher education providers affected by the Prevent duty:
Yvonne Hawkins, HEFCE Director, Universities and Colleges, said:
‘Universities and colleges have a vital role to play alongside other sectors in safeguarding students and others who might be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. We will build on a range of good practice across the sector, and work closely with providers over the coming months to ensure they have the support they need to meet these new requirements and to put appropriate policies and procedures in place.’