The UBS is aware of the visit to speak next week from Abu Usama Adhhabi, and is aware of controversial comments attributed to him and the challenges these bring.
The UBS works closely with both our societies and Brunel University to ensure that all speakers invited onto campus are authorised, have a clear understanding of the policy umbrella under which they are required to behave, and that the commitment to Freedom of Speech is balanced by Equality and Diversity Policies. The UBS further maintains a No Platform Policy and each speaker invited onto campus is assessed to ensure that this policy is not breached.
The UBS abhors any defamatory comments and works both within and outside our campus community to ensure ALL of our members are supported and free to enjoy their university experience. In this case, the UBS has risk assessed this visit and is putting in place appropriate measures. We are working with our Islamic Society who are confident that the subject matter of the speech sits within our Equality guidelines.
The UBS is committed to its core value of Equality and in supporting all our societies and members in their right to free speech, under both policy and law.