Between 2006 and 2011, the University of Gloucestershire received more than £1.5million from the Libyan Embassy in London.
The Markfield Institute of Higher Education, set up and run by the Islamic Foundation, is an Associate College of the University of Gloucestershire. The Institute, according to Andrew Gilligan of the Daily Telegraph, is “the key institution of Islamist higher education in the UK”. Its parent organisation, the Islamic Foundation, works to propagate the doctrines of Jamaat-e-Islami founder Abul Ala Mawdudi and Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb.
Teachers and officials at the Markfield Institute have included Azzam Tamimi, who told the BBC that he would willingly carry out a suicide bombing in Israel, and that “all the leaders of Hamas are my friends”; Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, who has been convicted by Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal of abducting and murdering 18 people; and Khurshid Ahmad, Vice-President of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami, who wrote that Afghan areas under Taliban rule were “the cradle of justice and peace”.