Uni & SU awarded funding to tackle hate crime

The University and Students’ Union have received joint funding to tackle religiously-motivated hate crime.

The Office for Students (OfS) is funding projects across 11 higher education institutions in England.

The £50,000 grant will enable the University and SU to build on work to challenge sexual harassment, online harassment and hate crime by focusing on religiously-motivated hate crime.

The NUS Survey 'No place for hate' (2012) identified that the issue is systemic across society with 21% of Jewish respondents, 17% of Hindu respondents, 17% of Muslim respondents and 14% of Sikh respondents reporting a racially motivated incident.

The overall focus of the work will be to ensure staff and students are confident to address harassment both practically - through training, resources, reporting structures - and personally, through a culture of zero-tolerance and clear guidance on what constitutes harassment.

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) said: “This bid will support and expand Bath’s existing work in taking proactive steps to tackle harassment. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues and the SU to empower our staff and students to challenge religiously-motivated hate crime.”

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