On 26th October, James Brandon, Quilliam’s head of research, took part in a debate at University College London on the findings of the ‘Caldicott Enquiry’ which looked into whether Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, the ‘underpants bomber’, had been radicalised during his time at UCL. On a panel that included Fiona Caldicott, the leader of the inquiry, and Mohammed Abdul Bary, the former head of the Muslim Council of Britain, James told the audience that Abdulmutallab had been exposed to radical speakers during his time as UCL and that this was partly responsible for his drift into extremism. In response, Fiona Caldicott and Abdul Bary argued that the present of radical speakers on campus did not increase the likelihood of Abdulmutallab becoming radicalised. James was however strongly supported on the panel by Shiraz Maher from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). The event finished off with a fiery question and answer session during which James defended the role of ISocs in university life but also said that the universities needed to do more to tackle extremism on campus.