Universities have been criticized for their "complacency" in tackling radicalization and Islamic extremism on campus by the home secretary, Theresa May. In 2007, a Prevent strategy was launched in order to prevent the growth of homegrown terrorism. The remarks were made before the revised version of the Strategy was published.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Theresa May
said: "I think for too long there's been complacency around universities. I don't think they have been sufficiently willing to recognize what can be happening on their campuses and the radicalization that can take place. I think there is more that universities can do."
According to the Daily Mail and their custom essay
, the federal government has found out almost 40 universities with a "particular risk" of radicalization or recruitment on campus.
Seen the updated strategy, the Mail quoted the report: "More than 30% of people convicted for al-Qaida-associated terrorist offences in the UK … are known to have attended university or a higher education institution". It is obvious that the document raises concerns over what is considered to be insufficient willingness to tackle extremism and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.
Theresa May told the Telegraph: "They need to be prepared to stand up and say that organisations that are extreme or support extremism or have extremist speakers should not be part of their grouping." The strategy is going to continue partnership with YouTube and AOL that are combating extremism online. The report will also name the 25 towns that are under most risk from Islamist extremism. However, 20 organizations that have received funding for the last three years will face funding cut.
It is understood that about 20 of the organizations which have received funding over the last three years will have their funding cut.