House of Lords written question – answered on 28 February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice is given to universities about policy and practice to tackle anti-Semitism and hate speech on higher education campuses.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There is guidance to higher education institutions on Promoting Good Campus Relations, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism in Universities and Higher Education Colleges, developed by the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. This includes detailed guidance to help institutions address issues concerning violent extremism, applicable to whatever form this might take on campus. It also includes guidance on issues that might arise in terms of external speakers on campus. Institutions also take advice about external speakers from their local police forces when needed. The guidance is available online:

The department is active in the wider government review of the Prevent strategy and we expect outcomes from this will provide a steer to higher education institutions on further approaches to tackling extremism and supporting integration.

The sector has also produced guidance which offers institutions practical strategies to deal with instances of hate crimes and intolerance on campus, including anti-Semitism (available at

Later this year further guidance will also be developed from the Equality Challenge Unit's major religion and belief project, Universities UK's Academic Freedom Working Group and the National Union of Students (NUS) on freedom of speech in HE. The NUS guidance will be aimed particularly at supporting students' unions.

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