Prevent - University registers of research and 'firewalls'

Ben Quinn made this Freedom of Information request to Ulster University as part of a batch sent to 78 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

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;

foi, Ulster University

Dear Mr Quinn

Further to your recent FOI request, reference no. FOIA/18/204, please be advised that the Prevent legislation does not apply in Northern Ireland. Ulster University therefore has a nil response to your request.

If you are unhappy with how the University has dealt with your request you may raise the matter under the University's internal review process for FOI requests. Please submit written details of your appeal to
Mr Eamon Mullan, University Secretary, Room J312, University of Ulster, Coleraine BT52 1SA, email at [email address]. The University will normally undertake to issue a decision on an appeal within 20 working days of receipt.

If you do not wish to submit an appeal to the University in relation to your request or if you are unhappy with the outcome of an appeal you may apply to the Office of the Information Commissioner. Full particulars of the FOI Act including the Information Commissioner's address may be found at

Yours sincerely

Elinor Byrden
Policy Co-ordinator
Office of the University Secretary

Ulster University l Cromore Road l Coleraine l BT52 1SA
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3354
E: [email address]

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