Funds to stamp out student hate crimes in Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded grant funding to tackle hate crime among students.
Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded grant funding to tackle hate crime among students.
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Hate crime and online harassment involving students will be tackled at a Yorkshire university using a share of £1.8m in grant funding.

Sheffield Hallam University aims to encourage greater student engagement, embed more effective reporting systems and offer more support to international students through a range of different projects.

Activities will be student-led, and emerge out of students’ academic specialisms, with students being invited to bid for funding to support their projects.

University chiefs hope that the results will been enhanced relationships between different groups across the university and students’ union.

Martin Conway, who is leading the initiative at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The project promotes the value of open discussion as a route to understanding and mutual respect, with a focus on the debate of ideas, by using project resources to equip staff and students with the skills to manage debate and defuse conflict.”

Sheffield Hallam is one of more than 40 universities and colleges to receive backing from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst Fund. It has made the funding available following a recent report by the Universities UK Harassment Task Force, which highlighted a need for institutions to respond more effectively to hate crime.

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, welcomed the funding announcement and 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.”