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Durham University


University statement on hate crime

On Christmas Eve last year, two Durham University students were assaulted in a vicious hate crime.

Responding to news that yesterday, Thursday 19 July 2018, three men pleaded guilty to the attack, Vice-Chancellor, Stuart Corbridge, said: “This was a vile and bigoted attack, which shocked and saddened all of us here at Durham University.

“We reject all forms of prejudice or discrimination and we condemn incidents like this in the strongest possible terms.

“The safety and wellbeing of Ihsan and Sherif remain our priority, and we will continue to support them in every way we can.

“Durham University is committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms and we are proactively involved in a national project aimed at combating this pernicious issue.”



Durham University was recently awarded £50,000 to help combat religious-based hate crime and harassment in the North East of England. The funding, provided by the Office for Students, will enable our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit to embark upon a two year investigation of religious- and race-based hate crime affecting students in Durham and, more widely, the North East of England. Through the project we hope to gain a greater understanding of the nature and origins of the threats staff and students experience, identify effective and necessary interventions, and examine the best forms of support and help for victims. Specifically, the project aims include:

  • Developing an understanding of religious and race based hate crimes against HE students in Durham and the North East;
  • Removing barriers to reporting hate crimes or potential hate crimes;
  • Developing appropriate response protocols for institutions and partner agencies; and
  • Developing support for student victims of religious and race hate crimes.
  • This project will link into our ongoing work with the Durham and Darlington Hate Crime Action Group to promote and build on pathways to reporting and support.