The application of the Prevent duty to the university sector is different from its application to any other category of public body. This is for two related reasons:
'take such steps as are reasonably practicable ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for members, students and employees of the establishment and for visiting speakers'.
This point is acknowledged in section 31 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act which notes that under the Prevent duty, universities must 'have particular regard' to both 'the duty to ensure freedom of speech' and 'the importance of academic freedom'.
The University is committed to ensuring that Prevent is implemented in such a way that does not: