Following the Prevent Duty being placed on a statutory basis, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) was requested by the Government to monitor implementation of the duty within the higher education sector in England.
HEFCE's approach to monitoring can be seen in their Prevent Monitoring Framework. The relevant higher education bodies that are subject to the Prevent Duty are groups as follows:
- Higher education providers that are funded directly by HEFCE;
- Alternative providers with specific-course designation by Government for the purpose of English student support funding;
- Other providers that provide higher education to more than 250 students;
- The autonomous colleges, schools and halls of the universities of Cambridge, Durham and Oxford.
Further education and higher education Prevent Coordinators can provide support to institutions on implementing this duty: HEFCE maintains a map of contact details for them here.
HEFCE will utilise the monitoring framework to ensure that providers have robust policies, procedures or arrangements in place to mitigae the risks that people might be drawn into terrorism. Higher education providers may find it helpful to refer to the Government's statutory guidance and consider the questions raised in HEFCE's advice note on Prevent compliance.
For more information on HEFCE's monitoring duties such as timelines of monitoring, FAQs and additional resources their Prevent page can be accessed here.
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has been delegated the task of monitoring Prevent compliance for Welsh higher education providers, and will be consulting on the monitoring framework over this Autumn.
Scottish providers of higher education shall be monitored by both local multi-agency CONTEST groups and the national Prevent and CONTEST governance structures, as outlined in the relevant Prevent guidance for Scotland.