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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Project Phases

The project consists of 4 phases, as follows:

We are currently in Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 will begin in Epiphany Term 2019 using the knowledge gained during the research phase. Further details regarding each phase can be found below.

Phase 1

This includes convening a Steering Group which will have oversight for project work and will be responsible for ensuring appropriate research is carried out. The Steering Group is constituted of five members of staff and four student leaders and had their first meeting in June 2018.

The Steering Group approved a research brief to include development of a survey, holding of focus groups and workshops (if practicable), and surveying those university and student groups who provide support to understand the frequency and types of contacts they receive. The purpose of the research is to better understand the experiences of members of the university community to help inform reporting mechanisms, responses protocols and interventions, and support tools.

Research Team

Professor Graham Towl leads the research project bringing expertise in the field of forensic psychology and having recently led the University’s work around sexual violence. Dr. Nadia Siddiqui, Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education, has co-designed the survey with Christine Stretesky, and is conducting the analysis. Dr. Siddiqui has been with Durham University since 2013 and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles on research methods, evaluations of school-based interventions and equity in education.

Phase 2

This includes the convening of two task and finish groups comprised of students and staff tasked with utilising the knowledge gained through the research from Phase One to tackle:

  • Reporting and Response
  • Support

Reporting and Response

The Reporting and Response T&F Group is responsible for, in part:

  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.


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.

Phase 3

This consists of piloting the reporting tool and the programme of support and intervention with review, evaluation and monitoring designed by the Steering Group and completed by the task and finish groups.

Case management responsibilities will sit with the Policy Support Adviser, who will report to the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Phase 4

This involves the creation of report(s) designed to share the findings and outcomes of the piloted programmes. Reports will be shared widely amongst the Hate Crime Catalyst Fund Network, other HEs and regional FEs, the North East Universities Health and Wellbeing Network (Network), a network made up of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside and Sunderland Universities and their students’ unions.

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