Standing Together Against Hate

The University of Leicester has been awarded funding from HEFCE to improve responses to hate crime and online harassment on campus.

Hate crime is an escalating problem within the UK, affecting people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Research conducted by the Centre for Hate Studies has shown that hate crime and online harassment causes significant emotional and physical damage to the wellbeing of victims, and spreads fear and concern within wider communities.

We are hugely grateful to receive this funding from HEFCE so that we can deliver this transformative project which embodies the University’s commitment to creating an environment where students and staff feel safe, respected and valued. We will use this funding not only to raise awareness of the harms of hate amongst our student and staff population but also to demonstrate that we have a collective responsibility to challenge prejudice and hostility in all its forms.

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy

In response to this growing problems, the University of Leicester has launched a new project ‘Standing Together Against Hate’ which is co-funded by HEFCE. This project will lead to:

  • the development of new student-led awareness-raising campaign;
  • the delivery of hate crime training to students and staff; and
  • the opening of a new third-party reporting centre at the Students’ Union.

This project is being led by the Centre for Hate Studies, and delivered collaboratively with the University of Leicester’s Students’ Union (SU), Student Support Services, Estates and Campus Services and the Equalities Unit.

Have your say

As part of this project we are keen for students and staff members to share their views on how we can raise awareness of hate crime amongst the University community and improve support services for those affected by it. If you are interested in shaping this project and its outputs, please contact Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy directly using the details to the left.

We will draw from our pioneering work within the Centre for Hate Studies to maximise the project’s impact both within and beyond the University, and we have established a network of local public- and third-sector organisations to support the programme of activities.

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