A new report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which includes three Independent HE members as case studies, shows that significant progress is being made by the higher education sector with regard to Government’s Prevent policy.
The report shows that higher education providers in England are making good progress in fulfilling their statutory duty under the Government’s Prevent policy to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.
Through a series of case studies, the report details some of the measures that providers have taken to assess risks and that they have implemented to meet their duty to the Prevent agenda. These include case studies of the work on Prevent by IHE members BPP University, KLC School of Design and The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP).
KLC’s Prevent Core Team, which includes their Quality Assurance Manager, Operations Manager and the Head of Student Welfare was highlighted in the report, which combines student support with their student to staff ratio to improve support for any vulnerable students. BPP’s ‘Prevent Champions’ initiative was highlighted along with their online Prevent module which all staff are required to complete. ICMP were also commended for incorporating Prevent into their wider safeguarding processes, with their new safeguarding team ensuring there is staff support available for all main student areas and their Safeguarding Newsletter promoting safeguarding internally.
HEFCE’s full analysis also shows that at the time of publication:
- 95 per cent (298 providers) satisfied HEFCE that they were demonstrating due regard to the Prevent duty and actively implementing the approaches they had set out in the initial phase of monitoring
- 5 per cent (15 providers) were judged as ‘further evidence needed’
- no provider was judged as ‘does not demonstrate due regard to the duty’.
HEFCE’s ‘Analysis of Prevent annual reports from higher education providers for activity in 2015-16’ (HEFCE 2017/11) highlights significant progress across all areas of the Prevent duty. It identifies positive practice across the HE sector in approaches to student and staff welfare, training, web filtering, events and speakers, engagement with local partners, and working with students and can be a useful resource for independent higher education providers preparing for their 2017-18 Prevent activity.
HEFCE’s press release and the full report can be found here.
- On 2nd August 2017