Condemn and refuse to comply with the Prevent Agenda

Prevent is a programme which unfairly targets Muslim students and treats them as suspects based on racial profiling. This creates a highly unfair and insecure environment for Muslims despite them being guilty of nothing.


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We would recommend that :

1. Elected officers of this Union do not engage with the Prevent strategy or implement any of the proposals of the Act to which they are not legally bound, and to boycott it as far as legally possible.

2. To SU release a statement expressing its opposition to Prevent and the CTS Act for being racist and a threat to academic freedom and civil liberties.

3. The SU work with campus trade unions including UCU on combating the

Prevent strategy and its implementation on campus.

4. The SU educate students on the dangers of the CTS Act and the Prevent


5. The SU lobby the University to be more open and transparent about how they are engaging with Prevent and other similar initiatives.

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  • This idea opened on 14 Nov 2016 and closes for voting on 05 Dec 2016.
  • This Idea has conditionally passed. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by 50%+1 of the Student Council Meeting on 16 Feb 2017. Click here for more info


Elyshia Neal
2:22pm on 21 Nov 16 Although I do not agree with the way in which prevent agenda targets people through racial profiling I do think it is important that something is in place for terror threats and similar issues. I am very grateful to whoever raised this as people are not often aware of the detrimental effects these type of strategies have. The question is- How do we go forward in a way which allows policies which are designed to keep people safe but equally do not hurt others in the process?
Cam Democracy Coordinator
3:25pm on 17 Nov 16 Just a point of clarification, although the university as an education provider has a legal obligation to comply with the Prevent Agenda The Students' Union as a charity doesn't.
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