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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Governance

The project groups’ terms of reference and membership are outlined below.

Religious and Race-based Hate Crime Steering Group

Terms of Reference

The Steering Group will have oversight for the body of work being conducted under the OfS Catalyst Fund project ‘Religious Hate Crime in the North East: Driving Interventions for Acceptance, Reporting and Supporting’. The responsibilities of the Steering Group are to:

1. Inform the Diversity and Equality Advisory Group (DEAG) on the project and its progression;

2. Design research necessary to understand the lived experience of our students of faith, the barriers to reporting potential harassment and hate crime, the appropriate response to a report or disclosure of potential harassment or hate crime, and type of support that would be welcomed;

3. Oversee the research project as well as the work completed by the task and finish groups;

4. Development of and review of the pilot programmes for reporting, response and support and their application to other areas (such as bullying and harassment or sexual violence);

5. In the context of the project, review and make recommendations on policies and procedures related to bullying and harassment;

6. Consult with various University Chaplains; and

7. Oversee and have final review of the monitoring reports submitted to OfS.

Membership

  • Sam Dale (Director of Student Support and Wellbeing) - Co-Chair
  • Rachel Archbold (Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) - Co-Chair
  • Christine Stretesky (Policy Officer, EDI)
  • Mandy Marlow (Assistant Head of Colleges, Student Experience)
  • Professor Graham Towl
  • Meg Haskins (Students’ Union Welfare and Liberation Officer)
  • Seun Twins, President, Durham People of Colour Association
  • Yasa Khan, President, Islamic Society
  • Isabelle Tarsh, President, Jewish Society
  • Mel Earnshaw (Policy Support Advisor, EDI) - Project Secretary

Reporting and Response Task and Finish Group

Terms of Reference

This group will have a responsibility for:

1. The customisation of an online reporting tool, engaging with other universities such as Manchester during development and piloting;

2. Developing and piloting of evidenced based response protocols (including case management) that address and remove barriers identified in research phase;

3. Creating a campaign to promote the online reporting tool and support mechanisms;

4. Identifying appropriate training to raise awareness;

5. Ensuring tools, campaigns, and response protocols are embedded into University and community practice

6. Evaluating the tools developed after pilot;

7. Consult with those stakeholders that receive reports and disclosures from both staff and students; and

8. Reporting regularly on progress to the Steering Group.

Membership

  • Christine Stretesky (Policy Officer, EDI) - Chair
  • Hannah Shepherd (Community Liaison Officer)
  • The Partnerships Officer – Hate Crime Lead / External Equality & Diversity for Durham Constabulary
  • CIS Business Analyst
  • No more than four student representatives (each from separate religions or faiths).
  • In regular attendance: Director of Student Support and Wellbeing, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mel Earnshaw (Policy Support Advisor, EDI) - Project Secretary

Student Support Task and Finish Group

Terms of Reference

The group will have responsibility for:

1. Developing support tools/materials for use by students (self and peer support) and staff when encountering report or disclosure of religious or race-based hate crime (of all nature, those motivated by a person’s membership in a religion or perceived membership as well as those victimised for a lack of religion or belief);

2. Developing training programmes for students/staff offering support drawing from examples across the catalyst network;

3. Incorporating religious/race based hate crime into active bystander training;

4. Ensuring support and training are embedded into University’s support offerings;

5. Evaluating the support pilot programme;

6. Consultation with those in the University providing regular support to students and staff; and

7. Reporting regularly on progress to the Steering Group.

Membership

  • Mandy Marlow (Chair)
  • The Co-ordinating Chaplain
  • Representative from HR
  • No more than four student representatives (at least two who engage in peer support provision).
  • In regular attendance: Director of Student Support and Wellbeing, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Policy Officer (EDI)
  • Mel Earnshaw (Policy Support Advisor, EDI) - Project Secretary

Hate Crime Project Contacts

Project Leads:

Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI, rachel.archbold@durham.ac.uk

Sam Dale, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing

director.wellbeing@durham.ac.uk 

Project Administrator:

Melanie Earnshaw, EDI Policy Support Advisor, 

melanie.h.earnshaw@durham.ac.uk

Research Team

Prof. Graham Towl

graham.towl@durham.ac.uk 

Dr Nadia Siddiqui

nadia.siddiqui@durham.ac.uk