Case study: Manchester Metropolitan University
The university works closely and effectively with the students’ union on all aspects of its Prevent duty obligations. The Chief Executive Officer of the students’ union is a member of the Prevent Steering Group, which ensures that there is input from the students’ union into the development and operation of Prevent-related policies and procedures.
The code of practice on freedom of speech applies to meetings, events and activities that are organised by the students’ union and its societies, and the students’ union has rigorous procedures for carrying out initial checks and providing advice to its President and Chief Executive Officer.
The university’s Prevent training has been delivered to students’ union sabbatical officers and staff, some of whom are also members of the management group for the Muslim Prayer Room.
The university is currently developing a video produced by the students’ union, which will include an interview with senior university staff who are managing the implementation of the Prevent duty. This approach is considered to be more appropriate for a student audience, and focuses on those aspects of the Prevent duty that are particularly relevant to students.