UWE Bristol statement

Issue date: 05 February 2018

“We are continuing to work with the police as they investigate Friday evening's incident. If any of our students are identified as having participated in the protest we will follow normal University processes, with immediate suspension as a neutral act and investigation through our formal disciplinary procedures. We would draw upon all the available evidence before determining any outcome.

“Following an initial internal review we can confirm that our security staff responded to the incident within two minutes and efficiently managed the situation, which was closed down within five minutes of starting, before police arrived.

“The University has around-the-clock security and high definition CCTV monitoring across all of our campuses. However, in light of this incident, we are reviewing our security measures including the use of bodycams for all security staff and whether further security measures are required at events where we have external speakers.

“UWE Bristol respects the rights of legal freedom of speech both in society and on our campus and the right to peaceful protest. It is important that different views and perspectives are engaged with, debated and understood in a respectful, civilised democracy.

“If anyone has mobile phone footage they feel would help the police inquiry, they should call 101 and give the log number 844 of February 2.”

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