Teaching About Terrorism: Oxford University

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Teaching About Terrorism is a 2009/10 research project funded by C-SAP, one of the Higher Education Academy's subject networks. The project aims to research the extent and nature of teaching about terrorism in UK Universities, primarily in the disciplines of Sociology, Politics and Criminology.[1]

Freedom of Information Request 1

Oxford University answered the four questions contained in the first Teaching About Terrorism FOI in the following way:

  • Does your institution provide any information or advice to students or staff on any potential liability under Terrorism legislation which might result from accessing materials for teaching or research?
No, unless you regard the advice we give students about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme as advice related to terrorism legislation. Further information is here and here.
  • Does your institution have any kind of procedure to review or assess reading lists, module descriptors or other teaching materials which explicitly or in practice considers questions of safety and risk under terrorism legislation as part of its remit?
  • Does your institution have any system, policy or procedure in place for dealing with any potential actions taken by the authorities against the institution, its students or staff under Terrorism legislation?
  • Does your institution have any system, policy or procedure in place for ‘preventing violent extremism’ as recommended for example in the government guidance document ‘Promoting Good Campus Relations’.
The University has considered the government guidance document 'Promoting Good Campus Relations' but has not found it necessary to introduce any new procedures or policy in response. Relevant existing procedures and policy are here and here.[2]

Freedom of Information Request 2



  1. Teaching Terrorism, About, Teaching Terrorism, Accessed 24-September-2010
  2. Oxford University, Teaching About Terrorism FOI 1 Response, Scribd, Accessed 29-December-2010