Universities told to root out extremists

British university leaders have agreed to inform the police of any extremist behaviour by students or visiting speakers that they suspect may lead to terrorism. A new tool kit for universities issued today by Bill Rammell, the Universities Minister, advises universities to draw up a national watch list of guest speakers who should be banned from speaking on campus. It also suggests that universities consider setting up multi-faith chaplaincies instead of separate prayer rooms for different faiths, to promote integration and prevent pockets of extremists forming. Where they are allowed, Muslim chaplains should be trained to support vulnerable students who are being groomed, bullied or harassed by violent extremists so that these concerns can be passed to the police. Alexandra Frean reports. Mr Rammell was adamant, however, that Muslim students – particularly those coming from overseas – did not have the right to demand special treatment from British universities. Britain technically is a Christian country with many secular features. It’s those two things. It’s not anything else. If you expect that you would have the same response to your faith needs in Britain as would happen within a Muslim or Islamic country, (you) would be disappointed, he said.