Soas hosts more hate preachers than any other university campus, says report

London campus held 70 events featuring extremist speakers over past three years, says Henry Jackson Society


Soas has over the past three years hosted more hate preachers than any other university by a considerable margin, according to a new report.

In their annual University Extreme Speakers report , the Henry Jackson Society claims the London campus has been responsible for hosting 70 - 16 per cent - of the 435 events that featured extremist speakers over the past three years, putting up 43 speakers who have previously made pro-jihadi or antisemitic remarks over the past year.

In the 2017-18 academic year, over 20 per cent of all events featuring elements of extremism took place under its auspices. 

According to the survey, Soas hosted over four times as many such events as King’s College London, Birmingham, and Queen Mary University.

Emma Fox, the report’s author, said: “These findings reveal an industrial-scale failure by universities to apply their Prevent duties. 

"Many of the worst offending universities were warned by Prime Minister, David Cameron, to sort out their act but have instead played host to more speakers than ever before.

"Theresa May instituted rules on balanced panels that are now being wholly ignored.

"It is my view that these universities’ statements about extreme speakers have been wholly disingenuous and that their lack of action over these events is so severe that it amounts to a self-evident failure to uphold the Prevent duty.

"The individuals revealed to be speaking on UK campuses have included some of the most insidious hate preachers in the country.

"A significant number of the speakers, who spoke unopposed, have been linked to those who have gone on to commit terrorist offences and have made well-publicised extremist remarks.  There should not have been any opportunity for them to secure near-unfettered access to students."

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