When people talk about the ‘Prevent duty’ they are referring to Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 20151 which contains a duty on specified authorities including colleges and universities to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. For more information see here
UCU has major concerns both about the intent and the unintended consequences of this clause which we believe will:
The UCU's view is that draconian crackdowns on the rights of academics and students will not achieve the ends the government says it seeks. The best response to acts of terror against UK civilians is to maintain and defend an open, democratic society in which discriminatory behaviour of any kind is effectively challenged and the right for colleges and universities to debate difficult and unpopular issues is a vital part of this.
At Brighton, UCU will be working closely with the student's union to challenge the policy and defend staff and students from its negative impacts.