Cleaners, security and catering staff at a London university are being given training to spot students at risk of being drawn into extremism.
London South Bank university has introduced an online training scheme for all staff and is giving face-to-face training to people in posts such as security, cleaning and catering, in the hope that they will spot signs that teaching staff cannot.
The move is highlighted in a report published today into how universities are fulfilling the Government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent policy.
The report, published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), also reveals that London Metropolitan University is monitoring students’ internet use, access to some sites is blocked and a spreadsheet of visits to extremist websites is compiled weekly and sent to university chiefs.
However, the report said University College London does not use web monitoring or filtering. It said: “The university has opted against using IT filtering on the grounds of preservation of academic freedom and to prevent censorship.”