Condemn the Prevent Agenda whilst lobbying the University to be open in their engagement with it

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.

Actions Taken

  • 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
  • Feburary 2017: Student Council sent this Idea back to its proposer with a request to remove certain parts of the Idea which Council felt they could not support. The Idea has been returned to the original proposer who is in discussion with the SU and DPC as to how best to continue.
  • 24th May 2017: this Idea returned to Student Council in an amended form. Student Council agreed to pass this Idea. This Idea is now currently being debated by the Board of Trustees who will decide if and how this will become Students' Union policy.
  • The amended form of this Idea reads: "The SU will condemn the Prevent Agenda whilst lobbying the University to be open in their engagement with it."   


Samuel Bentley
10:01pm on 3 Feb 18 The prevent agenda does not soully target those of islamic fait/origin. Do your research befor eyou condemn a programme devised to protect youth from being radicalised
Maximilian Rubens
10pm on 18 Oct 17 To try and disrupt prevent would result in an own goal. Prevent largely targets far-right extremism. If we disrupt Prevent we will be handing a huge victory to the Alt-Right. Muslims are not at all the target in Prevent, rather anyone with an extremist view that is a danger to others in society.
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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