Universities have a duty of care to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk of harm and exploitation during the course of any activity relating to the University.

The University of London is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone involved in its activities and aims to provide a safe environment for all students and staff studying and working at the University and for all visitors to its facilities.

Students, staff and visitors to the University have the right to learn and work in a positive environment that is free from harm and all forms of prejudice, harassment, discrimination and bullying.

The Prevent duty

Our approach to Prevent is primarily one of safeguarding the welfare of our students and staff. We also balance the duty against our  commitment to freedom of speech and other key legislation.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA) creates a  statutory duty for specified public authorities (including universities) to "have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". Prevent is one of four strands of the government's counter-terrorism strategy. Compliance by universities with the duty in England is monitored by the Office for Students (OfS).

Government Guidance surrounding Prevent requires that universities have in place policies for external speakers and events, the training of staff, welfare and pastoral care, and IT usage. It also makes clear that the approach to Prevent should be reasonable and proportionate.

How to contact us

Implementation of the University of London's approach is coordinated by the Central Secretariat. The Prevent Lead for the University is the John Stewart, University Secretary and Director of Legal.

If you have a Safeguarding or Prevent concern about someone, or would like to know more about the University of London's approach, please contact Adrian Clark, Student Health and Wellbeing Manager