The University of Sheffield’s Islamic Circle has featured extremist content such as videos, including a speech by Anwar Al-Awlaki, which glorify insurgents and encourage the belief that terrorism is a religious duty.
Hamza Tzortzis spoke at Sheffield in February 2012, after being invited by the Islamic Circle. Tzortzis told the audience that he was not homophobic because he only believed in punishment for practising homosexuals. He has a history of recommending death as a punishment for homosexuality, as well as advocating female genital mutilation, marital rape, and describing staying at home as “one of the best things that a woman can do”.
Sheffield’s Christian Union is backed by the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). The UCCF is an ultra-conservative organisation, banned from campuses including Birmingham and Exeter after concerns about equal opportunities policies.  In November 2011, during an event named ‘Grill-a-Christian’, a Christian Union panelist condemned homosexuality as being morally wrong. In both 2011 and 2012 the Christian Union presented a video of a so-called ‘ex-gay’ Christian Union member as having been ‘cured’ of the ‘illness’ of homosexuality.