No room for hate-preaching on UEL campuses
UEL will not allow the preaching of hate on its campuses, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dusty Amroliwala has told television reporters. Journalists from ITV News came to UEL as part of their coverage of a story on Islamic terrorism.
Stories of young British-born Muslims who have been radicalised are rarely out of the news. UEL has come under the media spotlight, like most universities in London.
Last week, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe addressed a delegation which had gathered in London to discuss the threat posed by those returning to the UK after fighting in Syria.
While Sir Bernard was hosting his conference, a film crew from ITV News were on campus, asking what steps the university is taking to make sure none of its Muslim students undergo similar radicalisation. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Amroliwala explained that, while the university was supportive of free speech, it had a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hate preaching.
“There have been very limited occasions, where speakers have been invited to come to the university, and when we’ve gone over their background and talked about these matters with our student union body, we’ve discovered that those speakers have wanted to deliver a message of hate and incitement to violence,” explained Dusty. “On occasions like that, we’ve felt that the right and proper decision to make is that we should not allow them to speak on the university’s premises.”
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.