Theresa May confirmed new laws will make dealing with extremist speakers a legal duty for universities and colleges, ensuring it is taken seriously by institutions.
However, as media attention moves on, Student Rights continues to uncover events featuring extreme and intolerant speakers – illustrating why this new legislation is so relevant.
This week speakers invited onto campuses across the UK include Yvonne Ridley, who spoke at the University of Dundee on 1st December.
Following this, on 4th December, Wasim Kempson will be speaking at Imperial College.
Finally, over 6th and 7th December, the Islamic Education and Research Academy’s (IERA) Hamza Tzortzis will deliver a two day workshop at the University of Salford.
Having claimed apostates who “fight against the community” should be beheaded, and that “Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom”,
Tzortzis’ presence as an instructor for students should raise eyebrows.
A not atypical week, these events highlight the extent of the issue addressed by the government last week.
As such, it is important that universities continue to be aware of the concerns which invites to extremist speakers raise – even when the issue is not directly under media attention.