A Newsnight investigation, televised last night on BBC Two, has again mentioned Imperial in conjunction with an investigation into Islamist extremists. Last year the Guardian listed Imperial as one of the homes of extremism in the UK.
The investigation examined the mechanisms by which young men and women in the UK are radicalised and focused on many areas including the university system.
Sheikh Musa Admani, Imam at London Metropolitan University, considered the Islamic society there to be run by radical elements, so put into place measures to prevent radical preachers attending Friday prayers. All speakers had to be registered and approved by the university. This decision put him on a "collision course" with the students: a student came to him afterwards and said "Imam, I came to inform you of something ... a group from Imperial College are coming to kill you tomorrow." The investigation continues that he took actions to avoid the group, but fails to elaborate further or explain quite why this alleged group failed to catch up with him later. College were unavailable to comment at the time of publication.
Recently there have been calls for universities to pay more attention to extremism of all forms on their campuses, including a suggestion that they "spy" on students and report back to special branch. A paper seeking to condemn this has now been brought to ICU Council twice, but filled with so much additional material that it has been referred back to the proposer for modification each time. The College have stated they have no intention of spying on their students, or reporting back any information to special branch in the forseeable future.