Today?s headline article in the Guardian newspaper, looking at extremist groups in Universities, claims that Islamist activity linked to ?extremist and/or terror groups? has been detected at Imperial.
The newspaper cites a report from Brunel University?s centre for intelligence and security studies, looking not only at Islamist groups but also British Nationalists (allegedly found at Cambridge) and militant animal rights activists (allegedly found at Oxford). Other institutions allegedly linked to extreme Islamist groups include LSE, South Bank, Greenwich, and City University.
Education Secretary Ruth Kelly had ordered vice-chancellors to clamp down on such activities. However, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies has said that such activity is down to individual students, and not linked to the official student groups; and the report?s author points out that University tutors often have no idea of students? personal beliefs and activities.
The Imperial College Communications Division has yet to issue a public statement on the matter.