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Should the Union take a stance against the PREVENT agenda and commit to supporting students?

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Name of proposer:

Abla Klaa

 

Idea Title:

Should the Union take a stance against the PREVENT agenda and commit to supporting students?

 

What the idea is about:

Passing this idea would give the Union a democratic obligation to oppose the government’s Prevent agenda on campus and show the University that students are concerned. It will also ensure proper support for potentially affected students.

 

Why have you proposed it?:

Prevent is a counter-radicalisation strategy. It forces public institutions such as Universities to implement a range of concerning measures. Here are three highlighted:

1)         It asks academic staff to report on students showing opposition to “British values”. This stifles freedom of academic expression, especially amongst students studying a Humanities course who are encouraged to think critically about society. It also threatens student and staff relationships built on trust.

2)         Prevent asks Universities to monitor prayer facilities. In effect, this means that Muslim students can be spied on during their religious practices.

3)         It risks marginalising students suffering from a mental health illness.  Prevent lists "relevant mental health issues" like depression, as a sign of being more vulnerable to radicalisation and are likely to be targeted as a threat to security. 

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