Every higher education institution is unique. They differ in the size of their student body, their demography, location and institutional mission. Some are campus-based, others are located across several sites.
What is consistent across all institutions is that they are fundamentally interlinked with their surrounding communities and that all have a duty of care to students and staff. They also all have a legally defined role to secure freedom of speech and promote academic freedom.
Ensuring that universities remain safe and secure places of study involves a number of different staff and functions.Understanding Prevent and its relevance to higher education institutions should be one element of broader initiatives to ensure that institutions remain places where debate and free speech can prosper, and safe campus communities can thrive.