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Joint statement from the Provost and Registrar and Secretary

Academic freedom and freedom of speech are fundamental to being a global University, In the pursuit of new knowledge, free and open debate is crucial. The Prevent duty introduced in 2015 requires us to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. We must comply with the Prevent duty. However, in doing so our challenge is not to infringe upon academic freedoms but to ensure the welfare of our staff and students. The Exeter ethos with regard to this dual challenge is to implement the Prevent duty with the due consideration, consultation and care to allow both academic freedom and the protection of staff and students to sit together side by side. 

Find out more about the University's approach, and see notes from the annual on-campus events - these include actions and records of question and answer sessions.