Other relevant organisations

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)


The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funds and regulates universities in England. They invest on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange. HEFCE has also been delegated responsibility for monitoring compliance of the Prevent duty for relevant English higher education providers. HEFCE's Prevent monitoring framework and associated information can be found here.

NOTE: HEFCE shall only be monitoring English higher education institutions. 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 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.

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The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC)


The National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) was formed in April 2015, replacing the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which previously provided national police coordination and leadership.

Prevent as a programme is not owned by police, but policing has a central role. The NPCC National Coordinator of Prevent is a national police unit which works to support the Government's Prevent strategy providing national coordination for the policing response to the prevention of terrorism and also non-violent extremism which creates an environment conducive to terrorism. The NPPC National Coordinator of Prevent supports police forces in mainstreaming Prevent into day-to-day policing, working in partnership to ensure a joined-up approach to police Prevent activity.

Prevent is not solely a police initiative and by working with local agencies and communities to disrupt those who promote the ideology of terrorism, individuals who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism can be offered support.

The NPCC National Coordinator of Prevent works with communities, to empower them to reject all forms of terrorism. This has been done through the development of a number of projects to help communities, sectors and institutions discuss issues surrounding radicalisation. The majority of police work in universities has nothing at all to do with extremism or terrorism. Police Officers and Community Support Officers provide advice and assistance in the prevention of crime and helping to make universities a safe place to live, work and study. Police forces want to support universities with their duty of care and this is best done by regular interaction with students and staff through all manner of media - individual contact, group contact, debate, social events and internet fora among others.

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Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO)


AUCSO is the primary association for security professionals working in universities, colleges and institutions of higher and further education in the UK and Europe. The association provides a forum for its members to exchange knowledge, information and best practice relating to security management within the sector. There is an online forum where members ask specific questions on all matters of security and where fellow members reply and provide advice and support. On the website there is also an online documents section providing best practice, templates and legislative references.

The AUCSO Executive Committee liaises with the Police, government agencies, charities, student organisations and the media on all matters concerning security and personal safety in universities. AUCSO represents its members whenever possible and will comment on proposed changes in legislation which may effect its members. The Executive Committee also oversees sub groups, which look at training and professional development, security technology, animal rights and counter terrorism issues.




National Union of Students (NUS)


NUS is a confederation of six hundred students' unions, amounting to more than ninety five per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students. As NUS is committed to student welfare and safety, NUS works with the higher education sector and other partners so that students' unions can promote and provide a safe environment for students to go about their lives free from prejudice, discrimination, physical harm and verbal abuse. 

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Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education (AMOSSHE)


AMOSSHE members shape the student experience in higher education

AMOSSHE empowers Student Service leaders

AMOSSHE is a key voice of student experience leaders

AMOSSHE is the UK Student Services Organisation. They're a membership association, and nearly all Student Services departments in UK higher education are part of AMOSSHE. These teams shape and support the student experience, right through from financial advice to reasonable adjustments. Many of their services specifically help those most vulnerable to experience higher education in a fair way. Their members’ work is intended to ensure that students’ experience are fulfilling, and includes areas like pastoral care and chaplaincy.

Student Services are often the police liaison points on campus, work with students’ unions, and may be responsible for faith dialogues in their higher education and local environment. Student Services can be the bridge into safer communities, and bring together policy and practice for campus cohesion in meaningful ways.




Committee of University Chairs (CUC)

CUC is the representative body for the Chairs of UK Universities. It seeks to provide a peer-support network for Chairs in leading both their governing bodies and more broadly. It seeks to promote high standards in university governance and to collaborate with others to that end. Governance means effective stewardship of the university to secure its future, safeguarding the university's mission and the public services it provides, securing the proper and effective use of public funds and accounting to stakeholders and society for institutional performance.

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