Policies and regulations

Prevent Duty

The Prevent Duty, which came into force for universities in September 2015 as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, places legal requirements on the University to minimise the risk of individuals being drawn into terrorism and to ensure vulnerable individuals receive timely and appropriate support. The University therefore needs to be able to demonstrate that we have appropriate processes and policies in place to comply with the Duty.

A welfare approach

The University’s approach to implementing the Prevent as part of its welfare activities. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive and supportive environment where all members of the University community are encouraged to engage in debate and to pursue both academic and non-academic interests.

At the heart of this, we will continue to encourage a culture whereby all members of the University community feel involved and socially included in University life and support others to do the same. We consider this the most effective means of reducing the likelihood of individuals becoming isolated and vulnerable.

Prevent Duty Guidance

The statutory guidance for higher education institutions highlights key areas of attention. These are:

  • external speakers
  • partnerships with other local organisations engaged with Prevent
  • risk assessment and action plan
  • staff training
  • welfare and pastoral care/chaplaincy support
  • IT policies
  • Students' Union and societies.

See the full Prevent Duty Guidance document.

Compliance with the Duty

The University has updated several key policies in light of the latest guidance:

  • Cause for Concern Policy
  • External speakers
  • IT Policies and Research Policies
  • Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics
  • Safeguarding 
  • Support with the Duty

The University has a wealth of support services available for staff and students, whether they are anxious about the impact of the Duty on themselves or if they have welfare concerns about others within the University.

The following policies are designed to ensure an inclusive and supportive community:

The following guidance and support services are also available:


Any concerns regarding an individual's welfare should be directed to Student Services.

Any concerns relating to Prevent should be directed to Marion Lowe, University Secretary.