University of Leicester to launch new project ‘Standing Together Against Hate’

Posted by er134 at Oct 18, 2017 11:23 AM |
Project across the University draws on pioneering work in Criminology

Issued by University of Leicester on 18 October 2017

Images of Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and Professor Neil Chakraborti available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/grthe2ok6i2jtyt/AADzG9HaME8sjoHN1YIKlyBsa?dl=0

Learn more about the Harms of Hate in an award-winning video produced by the University of Leicester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCFJd2U2BNQ

The University of Leicester is one of over 40 universities and colleges in England that has been awarded funding totalling £1.8 million 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 evidence shows that 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.

In response to this growing problem, HEFCE has provided funding to more than 40 universities across England to improve responses to hate crime, including the University of Leicester’s project ‘Standing Together Against Hate’. This project will lead to the development of new student-led awareness-raising campaigns and bystander interventions, the delivery of hate crime training to students and staff, and the opening of a new third-party reporting centre.

This project will be led by Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and Professor Neil Chakraborti from the Department of Criminology, and delivered collaboratively with the University of Leicester’s Students’ Union (SU), Student Support Services, Estates and Campus Services and the Equalities Unit. Dr Hardy and Professor Chakraborti will draw from their pioneering work within the Centre for Hate Studies to maximise the project’s impact both within and beyond the University, and have established a network of local public- and third-sector organisations to support the programme of activities.

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, a Lecturer from the Centre for Hate Studies, said: “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 population but also to demonstrate that we have a collective responsibility to challenge prejudice and hostility in all its forms.”

Professor Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, said: “The University community has long worked together to highlight student safety and equality. Our University-wide project ‘Standing Together against Sexual Harassment’ brought together staff and students to respond to this important issue, and has a direct link to the University’s partnership with the UN’s HeForShe campaign.

“The Standing Together project has recently been widened to focus on all forms of discrimination and hatred and this award is perfectly timed to allow us to work in partnership with students to provide real solutions to the very real issue of hate crime and discrimination.”

The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, said“Hate crime of any kind has no place in our society or on our campuses, and we expect universities to take a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of harassment, whether it takes place online or in person.

“I am pleased to see HEFCE supporting the important work of the Universities UK Taskforce, and I am hugely encouraged to see universities working closely with students to develop different approaches to tackling this important issue.”

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