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Students: Radicalism

Volume 488: debated on Friday 6 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps are being taken to reduce levels of political and religious extremism in universities. (260794)

We are working with universities and student bodies to support universities in addressing the issues that can drive students into the hands of violent extremist groups. We have provided guidance to the higher education sector focussed on promoting shared values; fostering a healthy spirit of debate to engage and challenge those that hold extremist views; breaking down segregation among different communities; supporting students who may be at risk and ensuring staff and students are aware of their roles in preventing violent extremism.