Figen Murray completes Master’s degree in counter-terrorism

December 22, 2021

Figen Murray has completed her two year course at the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan), Preston, and has graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counter-Terrorism.

Murray’s son, Martyn Hett, was one of the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena attacks which took place in 2017.

Since the devastating event occurred, Murray has worked alongside UK Government ministers and the wider security community to use her tragedy to create ‘Martyn’s Law’ (Protect Duty), legislation that has the power to better prepare venues and publicly accessible locations for future terrorist incidents.

As well as working towards the introduction of Martyn’s Law and speaking at the Manchester Arena Inquiry, Murray wanted to undertake the Master’s degree so that she could understand terrorism and its ideologies from a research-led perspective.

Murray told Security Journal UK: “After the attack happened I realised I knew nothing at all about terrorism as it was simply not on my radar. I had an overwhelming need to find out why terrorism happens and why someone would be prepared to kill themselves and take others with them.

“I had so many questions around the issue. The course has not just answered every single one of those questions but has given me a very sound knowledge base on terrorism in general.”

To find out more about Murray’s journey and the work that she is doing, visit:

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