- Universities are failing to combat campus extremism, it has been claimed
- Some 27 lectures at London institutions between last September and January featured guests with extremist views – a rise of seven in a year
- The majority had no one on the platform to 'provide any kind of balance'
- King's College London hosted a speaker who had previously claimed homosexuality was 'evil'
Universities are failing in their legal duty to combat campus extremism following rising numbers of events involving radical speakers, it has been claimed.
Twenty-seven lectures featuring guests with extremist views took place at London institutions between September 2015 and January this year – a rise of seven in 12 months.
The majority went ahead with no one else on the platform to 'provide any kind of balance', according to the Henry Jackson Society's Student Rights project.
One speaker was invited to address students at King's College London despite having claimed that homosexuality was 'evil', an 'abomination' and a 'criminal act'.
A speaker at the Institute of Education included Moazzam Begg, director of outreach at CAGE, an organisation with a long history of defending convicted terrorists
The report said this event was originally cancelled last September and 'rescheduled', eventually taking place in January this year.
Another speaker was invited to London South Bank University even though they had previously claimed 'Jews are evil'.
The disturbing findings come despite the introduction last year of new legislation requiring universities to comply with the Government's 'Prevent' programme for tackling extremism.
The legislation was prompted by the terror activities of ex-London students including Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed 'Jihadi John', who was killed in a US air strike and 'underpants bomber' Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
The report says: 'Too many institutions are still allowing events featuring extreme or intolerant speakers to go ahead without ensuring adequate challenge.
'While it is important that universities ensure compliance with their statutory responsibility to protect freedom of expression, it is not enough to state... that the 'events were legal', or that they do not believe any of the recorded content from the events was extreme.'
Universities named in the report include University College London, the Institute of Education, King's College, Kingston University and London's School of Oriental and African Studies.
Claims by some speakers included assertions the 'Prevent' policy was part of a 'racist white supremacist agenda' and that terrorist atrocities had been fabricated, the report warned.
An event at Kingston University included former student Bashir Ibrahim who claimed the security services' 'modus operandi' was harassing Muslims, using the cases of Emwazi and Lee Rigby's killer, Michael Adebolajo, to support his allegations.
A speaker at the Institute of Education included Moazzam Begg, director of outreach at CAGE, an organisation with a long history of defending convicted terrorists.
A terrorism case against Begg collapsed in October 2014 but he accepted he had been in Syria training fighters, the report claimed.
Another speaker at the School of Oriental and African Studies was south African politician Julius Malema – convicted of 'hate speech' in South Africa for saying a rape victim must have had a 'nice time' and for his campaign song 'Shoot the Boer'.
Campus chiefs yesterday said they comply with the new law and are committed to protecting students from radicalisation while maintaining open debate.
But Student Rights director, Rupert Sutton, said: 'Given the history of UK campus radicalisation, university action hasn't been good enough.
'Institutions must ensure at minimum that any extreme speakers invited there face balanced platforms and robust challenge.'
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is responsible for monitoring universities' compliance with their new legal duty to prevent extremism.
Institutions had until yesterday to submit the policies and procedures they will use to achieve this.
Any university which fails to comply can be referred to the Home Secretary who has the power to order it to obey the law.