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Rupert Sutton is the Head Researcher at Student Rights, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and freedom from extremism on university campuses. He holds a BA in War Studies from the University of Kent and an MA in Terrorism and Security from King’s College London and can be found on Twitter @StubbsMaloy

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Setting the Record Straight on Student Rights

(10) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:01 AM

With the issue of gender segregation in the media, attacks on those opposing this practice have been epitomised on this website by Hilary Aked, who ignores the broad mass of public opinion that refused to accept guidance excusing discrimination.

Aked is the founder of a bizarre blog that...

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The Police Must Change Student Perceptions if They Are to Challenge Extremism

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 8:15 AM

The news that a police officer had been recorded trying to persuade a political activist to report on student protests has led to outrage, and has further damaged the reputation of the police on campus.

Seeking information on protests which can lead to civil unrest is within the...

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Campus Extremism in 2012 Outlined

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 10:47 AM

The use of student society social media to share extremist material, or promote events with extremist preachers, is something that Student Rights highlighted in the report 'Challenging Extremists: Practical Frameworks for our Universities'.

This info-graphic outlines our key findings from 2012, detailing the most frequently invited speakers,...

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FOSIS Must do More to Demonstrate its Rejection of Extremist Narratives

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 7:10 AM

Back in February a Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) spokesperson wrote on this website that criticism of his organisation's failure to fully challenge extremism was misleading and part of an effort to "criminalise the activities of Muslim students on British campuses".

This was despite the fact that...

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Charity Should be Commended Not Commandeered

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 10:13 AM

One of the most enduring tropes of British student activism over the years has been the willingness and determination to support those worse off than themselves.

The UK's Muslim students are often at the forefront of this, with Islamic Societies frequently some of the most successful student groups at raising...

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Careful Scrutiny of Olympic Park Preaching is Required

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 10:35 AM

As people from all over the world arrive in London to cheer on their athletes at the Olympic Games, the opportunity for religious organisations to spread their word is one which appears to be too good to miss.

Here at Student Rights we have found that a number of...

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The Growing Extremist Presence on Twitter Highlights a Serious Issue

(8) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The social-networking site Twitter is an eclectic and anarchic public forum, with today's top 'trends' (topics being discussed) as I write this piece as varied as 'Andrea Pirlo' and 'What really turns me on'.

However, the diverse interests of its users, and the laissez-faire attitude towards regulation practiced by...

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Understanding the Role of Social Media is Key to Challenging Extremists

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The report 'Challenging extremists: practical frameworks for our universities', co-written by myself and released yesterday by Student Rights and the Henry Jackson Society, highlights the continuing role that universities unwittingly play in providing a forum for radicalisation.

By focusing on the use of...

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Jihadist Videos on University Facebook Page Demonstrate the Threat of Radicalisation

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 7:00 PM

In March this year, it was reported that a number of students and lecturers had come out in criticism of the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy, arguing that it was "open to discriminatory interpretations" and that it unfairly singled out the risk of Islamist extremism as a threat.

Over the...

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Homophobic Speakers on Campus Highlight Importance of Challenging Intolerance

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 11:46 AM

The debate that surrounds the issue of extremism on university campuses is one which is frequently framed in political language, examining the dangers of Islamist radicalisation or the influence of the Far-Right. Challenging the spread of homophobia by religious speakers is something which often receives less attention, yet is an...

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Baroness Tonge's Comments Show Depth to Which Israel/Palestine Debate has Sunk

(1) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 10:52 AM

News has broken today of comments made by the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Tonge at an event hosted by the Free Palestine Society at Middlesex University last week. Highlighted by Student Rights, the story has since been picked up by the Guido Fawkes blog,...

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False Accusations of Violent Threats are a Cowardly Way to Avoid Debate

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Recently my organisation reported on the cancellation of an event at the University of Westminster which was due to feature Jamal Harwood, a senior member of the Islamist organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir, as one of its speakers.

Following complaints from students that Hizb-ut-Tahrir members are banned from...

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FOSIS Dodge the Issue of Campus Radicalisation Once Again

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 8:11 AM

The article published on this website yesterday by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) spokesman Amandla Thomas-Johnson has attempted to suggest that there is a concerted attempt by groups like Student Rights to smear Muslim students as extremists. This is itself a smear on the work of...

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