Prevent - University registers of research and 'firewalls'

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Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide the following:

1. Your Prevent action plan or any document that outlines your institution’s Prevent policy in line with your obligations under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

2. Confirm if students, researchers and members of staff are obliged to register research which is deemed to be security sensitive

3. If such a register exists, the number of entries for each of the years 2018 (up to the date of this request), 2017, 2016 and 2015. By entries, I mean occasions on which individuals have registered research which falls into the category set out in bullet point 2. If possible, please identify the nature of the research (eg PhD, internally funded, externally funded) and topic

4. If such a register exists, confirm whether or not it is stored onsite or on an external server.

5. If such a register exists, confirm whether the register is subject to any information sharing agreements with external partners or agencies including local and regional Prevent coordinators, the Home Office, the local Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, the local police or any other law enforcement agencies

6. A list of any agreements, arrangements or Memorandums of Understanding between your institution and bodies such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), or Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London Police, to receive lists of illegal or illicit content, for instance for the purposes of blocking.

7. Confirm if any filtering or blocking service that your institution uses incorporate lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are incorporated;

QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

Dear Ben Quinn,

We acknowledge receipt of your request and will respond as soon as we can.

Best,

Alice Lupton
Executive Assistant (Governance)
Queen Mary University of London
E04 Queens’ Building | Mile End Road | London E1 4NS | UK
+44 (0)20 7882 3451 | www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk

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QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

We acknowledge receipt of your request and will respond as soon as we can.

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QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

Dear Mr. Quinn,
 
Thank you for your email of 15th October.
 
I am pleased to provide the following responses.
1. This is Queen Mary’s Prevent compliance map:
 

Compliance area and requirements QM compliance activity and monitoring

·  Briefings are provided on
External Speakers and Events QMUL's Freedom of Speech Policy
·   Policies and procedures in and procedures for approving
place for the management of external speakers and events
events ·  QMSE maintain regular dialogue
1.        ·   Balance legal duties in with the QMSU on its current
  terms of both ensuring freedom campaigns
of speech and academic ·  Relevant policies and
freedom, and also protecting procedures of both QMUL and Queen
student and staff welfare Mary Students' Union are aligned
with the Prevent duty and each
other
·  The membership of the QMUL
Channel Panel includes two
members of QMSE, four directors
and the QMSU President. In
addition QMSE receives regular
briefings and updates on the
Prevent duty and has met with the
Partnership Regional Prevent Co-ordinator
·   Active engagement from ·  QMUL has effective
senior management with relationships with local police
2.        partners including police and and Regional Prevent
  BIS regional Prevent Co-ordinators and actively
co-ordinators engaged with sector-wide networks
·   Engage and consult for sharing information about
students external speakers
·  The Principal's Office is part
of the formal escalation process
for the approval of external
speakers and events
·  Student and staff
representatives have been
consulted on the Prevent duty
risk assessment and action plan
Risk assessment and action
plan
·   Risk assessment for their
institution which assesses
where and how their students ·  An established risk register
3.        might be at risk of being and action plan is in place and
  drawn into terrorism. monitored by the Channel Panel on
·   Develop a Prevent action an annual basis
plan to set out the actions
they will take to mitigate
this risk.
 
Staff Training ·  Key staff undertake
·   Demonstrate willingness to appropriate training as discussed
undertake training that could with the Regional Prevent
4.        help relevant staff prevent Co-ordinator
  people from being drawn into ·  Written briefings on Prevent
terrorism and challenge and local safeguarding
extremist ideas which risk arrangements are posted on a
drawing people into terrorism. dedicated area of the intranet.
 
·  Policies for faith support are
in place and there is a
multi-faith facility on the Mile
End campus
·  The Faith and Spirituality
Welfare and pastoral Forum, with student and staff
care/chaplaincy support representatives, discuss a broad
5.        ·   Ensure sufficient range of faith issues, including
  chaplaincy and pastoral the management of central faith
support available for all facilities on campus and any
students issues arising from their use
  ·  Pastoral support for students
is provided through QMUL’s Advice
and Counselling Services,
Dyslexic and Disability Services
and Student Health Services
 
·  QMUL's policies on the use of
IT facilities make explicit
reference to the Prevent duty
·  QMUL's policies and procedures
IT policies on research ethics include
6.        ·   Policies relating to the information about existing
  use of their IT equipment practices for approving
including specific reference security-sensitive and
to the statutory duty. extremism-related research
·  QMUL's position on internet
filtering is aligned with
guidance from JISC and
developments across the HE sector
Monitoring and enforcement
·   Comply with the monitoring ·  QMUL is compliant with the
7.        framework as published by the requirements as set out in the
  regulatory body appointed by monitoring framework
the Secretary of State.
 

 
2. There is no separate register of security-sensitive research.
Researchers are required to obtain ethical approval for research with
human participants. Where ethical approval is given for security-sensitive
research, this is reported to the senior executive team for information.
3. See response to 2.
4. See response to 2.
5. See response to 2.
6. None.
7.  We do not directly use any lists from the IWF, CTIRU, or PIPCU. We do
have subscriptions to a number of commercial threat intelligence feeds and
do use them for both web and email filtering. We do not know, in general
if these use the IWF, CTIRU, or PIPCU lists either directly or indirectly,
or if they use any of the same intelligence sources as the IWF, CTIRU, or
PIPCU lists. The exception to this is in the most significant of these
commercial feeds used at Queen Mary: the Cisco "Umbrella" service. Cisco
have announced that the IWF list can be selected as a category to be
blocked but we have not yet tested the effect of turning this category on.
We also use some community (non-commercial) threat intelligence feeds for
filtering email and do not believe they incorporate the IWF, CTIRU, or
PIPCU lists.
 
If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask QMUL to conduct a
review of this decision.  To do this, please contact the College in
writing (including by fax, letter or email), describe the original
request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an address
for correspondence.  You have 40 working days from receipt of this
communication to submit a review request.  When the review process has
been completed, if you are still dissatisfied, you may ask the Information
Commissioner to intervene. Please see [1]www.ico.org.uk for details.

Yours sincerely
                 
Paul Smallcombe
Records & Information Compliance Manager
 
 

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