Extremist speakers are on the rise at universities, figures show, amid warnings that hate preachers are enjoying “near unfettered” access to students.
During the last academic year, there were 200 events held at university campuses which featured individuals with radical views, according to an analysis by a counter extremism think-tank.
These included hate preachers, pro-jihad activists, and anti-Semites, some of whom toured around the country delivering lectures to students.
Student rights, a project run by the Henry Jackson Society, publishes an annual report in which it analyses the number of university events that extremists have spoken at.
In 2015/16, it found a total of 128 events, which dropped down to 107 the following year, before rising to 200 in 2017/18.
According to the report, some of those 200 speakers’ views include supporting convicted terrorists, defending Hamas’ use of suicide bombings and animosity towards Jews and “disbelievers”.
They also include advocating for an intifada in America and violent jihad, punishments such as stonings for homosexuals and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.
Emma Fox, the report’s author and national organiser of Student Rights, said that the analysis “reveal an industrial-scale failure” by universities to apply their Prevent duties.
She went on: “The individuals revealed to be speaking on UK campuses have included some of the most insidious hate preachers in the country.