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Principal's update for all students on the Government’s Prevent strategy – Wednesday 3 February 2016

Wednesday 3 February 2016


Dear Student

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced a new statutory duty for universities to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism’. As a result, and in common with all universities, QMUL is obliged to engage with the Government’s Prevent strategy and to take a range of steps in order to meet this duty.

In response to these new obligations, QMUL has been consulting with staff and students and we are reviewing some of our existing policies and procedures. Our approach has been to make measured and reasonable adjustments where appropriate to meet the new duties, while always ensuring that our values and the defining characteristics of a university – and of our university in particular - are carefully maintained and protected.  

Further information about how staff and students are being involved in the measures we are taking is available on MY.QMUL: my.qmul.ac.uk/news_and_events.

I will be communicating with you again to explore further this issue of ensuring that we meet our legal obligations under the legislation in a way that is fully aligned with our values and our fundamental purpose to promote freedom of expression and enquiry. In my Principal’s Update video, due to be released next week, I will be discussing these issues with Carolina Mantzalos, the President of Queen Mary Students’ Union.


Simon Gaskell
Queen Mary University of London

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