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Terrorism and Extremism-related research

The University position

As a Higher Education Institution, the OU conducts a wide range of research, including research on issues relating to terrorism and extremism. Where research is being conducted in these areas, it is the duty of both researchers and the University to ensure that the research is being carried out appropriately, and that it takes into account requirements to safeguard both the researcher and wider society (Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 - Prevent Duty).

A Policy on conducting terrorism and extremism-related research has been developed, which sets out the responsibilities of both the University and researchers.

A key part of the policy is the requirement that researchers working in these areas should register their research. This enables the University to provide support to its staff, and also to explain to outside authorities, if required, that researchers are engaged in authorised research work.

What you should do

If your research topic is related to terrorism, extremism or associated areas, please complete the Terrorism and Extremism-related Registration Form, and submit it to the Research Integrity mail box.

What will happen next?

Your registration will be logged and as part of this you will be rquired to confirm that you agree to comply with the University requirements for the safe storage of extremist-related materials which you may access as part of your research.