As an institution of higher education, the OU has an important role in providing appropriate platforms to challenge extremist views and ideologies.
This is through the provision of learning and research and the protection of academic freedom and promotion of free speech, debate and liberal values. Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism is synonymous with our concern for student and staff welfare and wellbeing. These factors and other important aspects of our response are contained in a set of OU Prevent Principles agreed by The Council November 2015.
The OU has taken steps to meet the requirements of the legislation by identifying where the risks of people being drawn into terrorism might arise and by amending policies and procedures to address these risks.
Note: If you are a student, a member of staff or an associate of the University and you believe that you are being targeted in any way to being drawn into extremism or to being radicalised or you observe this occurring in any Open University environment, please contact the OU Prevent Co-ordinator for confidential advice on how to deal with the matter.
For more information about changes to policy, terms and conditions, and curriculum visit the change log.