HEFCE-funded Universities are required to submit their second annual statement in relation to Prevent compliance to HEFCE on 1st December 2017, with Alternative Providers due to submit on 1 March 2018.  The statement should summarise any relevant evidence which demonstrates continuing active and effective implementation of the Prevent duty, for the academic year 16-17.  Where an institution had actions specified in its most recent HEFCE outcome letter, it must explain how it has responded to those actions.

There is no significant shift in emphasis from the requirements of the first annual statements, but institutions should ensure they read the Framework for the monitoring of the Prevent duty in HE in England: 2017 onwards which has been developed in line with the Office for Students’ proposed approach to regulation (responsibility for monitoring HE compliance with Prevent will move from HEFCE to OfS at some point in 2018). 

Universities should expect further scrutiny of their IT policies in relation to the Prevent duty; the Home Secretary has recently stated an intention to increase the maximum penalty for those who repeatedly view terrorist content online, and to extend the offence of possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist to include material viewed repeatedly or streamed online, rather than as previously that downloaded and saved.


Our content explained

Every piece of content we create is correct on the date it’s published but please don’t rely on it as legal advice. If you’d like to speak to us about your own legal requirements, please contact one of our expert lawyers.

Posted by


Mills & Reeve Sites navigation
A tabbed collection of Mills & Reeve sites.
My Mills & Reeve navigation
Subscribe to, or manage your My Mills & Reeve account.
My M&R


Register for My M&R to stay up-to-date with legal news and events, create brochures and bookmark pages.

Existing clients

Log in to your client extranet for free matter information, know-how and documents.


Mills & Reeve system for employees.