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Independent Panel Inquiry - Woolwich incident About the university

The University Court (the University's governing body) established an independent panel to conduct the inquiry into the Woolwich incident.

Following the events at the Barracks in Woolwich on 22 May 2013 the University decided to set up an investigation which would consider the association of the two individuals charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby with the University. The University Court (the University's governing body) has established an independent panel to conduct this inquiry. The panel membership and terms of reference are set out below.

Panel Membership

  • Chair: Edward Walker-Arnott QC (Hon) – Consultant and former Senior Partner with Herbert Smith.

Panel Members

  • Nick Raynsford MP - Labour Member of Parliament for Greenwich and Woolwich.
  • Dr Usama Hassan – Senior researcher in Islamic Studies at the Quilliam Foundation
  • Professor Geoff Petts - Vice-Chancellor at the University of Westminster
  • Mr Christopher Hallas – Director of the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Greenwich
  • Mr Alex Brooks - President of the Students' Union at the University of Greenwich

Secretariat

  • Liz Bell – Senior Executive Officer to the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich

Researcher

  • Louise Hewitt – PhD student in the School of Law at the University of Greenwich

Observer

  • Mark Norris – Chief Operating Officer at the University of Greenwich

Draft Terms of Reference

  1. To establish whether or not one or both of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale had been associated with the University of Greenwich, its Students' Union and student societies.
  2. To investigate whether or not the University, the Students' Union or any of its student societies contributed to any radicalisation of Michael Adebolajo and/or Michael Adebowale.
  3. To establish whether or not there is any evidence at the present time of radicalisation or violent extremism in the University or the Students' Union or its student societies.
  4. To consider and comment on the University's and the Students' Union current policies, procedures and controls to prevent extremism, radicalisation and violence, including those covering speaker meetings and protests; and
  5. To report to the Vice-Chancellor and the University Court.

For further information please contact public.relations@gre.ac.uk