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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Hate Crime Project

Tackling Religious and Race Based Hate Crime

In April 2018, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit was awarded £50,000 by the Office for Students to undertake a two-year project tackling religious and race based hate crime. The project consists of learning through research about the experiences of members of the university community and co-producing with our students, mechanisms to increase reporting, respond to reports and offer support.

To help us understand the experiences of the members of our university community in terms of religious and race based hate incidents, a survey among staff and students was conducted in November 2018. Findings from the said survey will inform our policy and programme development, particularly on removing barriers to reporting as well as providing appropriate interventions and support. To view the survey report and presentation slides, please click on the links below.


During the 2019/2020 academic year the University will be introducing an online tool which provides a pathway for students and staff to request to speak to a Bullying & Harassment Advisor or College Support Officer, make anonymous (no action requested) and named (requesting university action) reports on incidents under the Respect at Study and Respect at Work policies as well as the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy. Additionally, the tool contains resources on internal and external support for bullying and harassment, hate crime, sexual violence and misconduct and relationship abuse.

For more information regarding the project, please click on the images below.

Hate Crime Project Contacts

Project Leads:

Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI,

Sam Dale, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing 

Project Administrator:

Melanie Earnshaw, EDI Policy Support Advisor,

Research Team

Prof. Graham Towl 

Dr Nadia Siddiqui