UEL praised for stance on radicalisation
The former security minister, Baroness Neville-Jones of Hutton Roof, has praised UEL for its approach to tackling radicalisation on campus.
She was speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, where she was interviewed alongside UEL’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Chief Operating Officer, Dusty Amroliwala. They were discussing new government legislation which is returning to the House of Lords next week.
Lady Neville-Jones said UEL was already “very conscious” of what needed to be done on the issue.
Dusty Amroliwala told Today the government should amend its guidelines which accompany the legislation. He said they went beyond practical considerations and offered a one-size-fits-all solution which was too prescriptive.
“We would ask the government to introduce further amendments to give greater parliamentary oversight to the level of prescription set out in the guidance and to reduce it to the absolute minimum,” said Mr Amroliwala, “if possible to produce guidance which is more along the lines of applying principles for universities then to decide the level of detail they need to go in, to measure the level of proportionality of their response to these set of issues. There is no one-size-fits-all.”
He stressed that universities were not in conflict with the government and they needed to work together to make sure the new laws were practical, pragmatic and workable for academic staff and students.
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