Radicalisation in universities

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2827
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are you aware that Westminster University topped the league table of extreme or intolerant lectures hosting  radical speakers on 25 occasions between 2012 and 2014, followed by Queen Mary University of London, which hosted 24, Kingston University held 20 and cancelled two others, while King's College London hosted 20 and cancelled one; are you concerned about the extent of such events which can lead to radicalisation of students and  also victimisation of Jewish students; and what will you do about it?

Answer

Answer for Radicalisation in universities

Answer for Radicalisation in universities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We are concerned about people being radicalised, we all need to work tirelessly to confront this threat.   MOPAC is totally committed to reducing victimisation across all communities, including the Jewish community.

We acknowledge that Universities have a difficult task in protecting people's right to free speech, advancing knowledge, and in providing an arena where extreme views can be intellectually challenged.  However, there is also a risk that some people may use higher education institutions as a platform for drawing people into terrorism. Consequently,  the presence of speakers is  monitored by the Security Services who support others so that better informed decisions can be made about who is invited and who is not invited to speak. Universities must take seriously their responsibility to exclude those promoting extremist views that support terrorism  I am reassured by the work of the Police, Prevent Co-ordinators and other agencies that Universities get a great deal of assistance in handling this difficult area.

We do not believe any government agency monitors such numerical data as you state in your question.

We are aware that the Metropolitan Police works closely with Universities to assist them in tackling radicalism and in reducing victimisation.