“Extremist groups active inside UK universities, report claims,” from the Guardian, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Extremist organisations are operating on university campuses across the country and pose a serious threat to national security, according to a new report.
Yesterday the education secretary, Ruth Kelly, ordered vice-chancellors to clamp down on student extremists in the wake of the July terror attacks in London.
But a report due to be published next week by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University’s centre for intelligence and security studies, lists more than 30 institutions – including some of the most high-profile universities in the country – where “extremist and/or terror groups” have been detected.
“This is a serious threat,” Professor Glees told the Guardian. “We have discovered a number of universities where subversive activities are taking place, often without the knowledge of the university authorities.”
The study states that the Islamist groups Hizb ut-Tahrir and al-Muhajiroun, which are subject to a “no-platform policy” by the National Union of Students, are active on many campuses and often operate under different names….
Among the universities named are…the London School of Economics and Manchester University, which both had active Islamist extremist groups.