Students receive funding to stand up to hate crime

The University of Manchester and University of Manchester Students’ Union have received major funding to co-produce an active bystander campaign that will encourage fellow students to safely speak out against harassment and hate crime.

The funding awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), totals more than £100,000. It will bring staff and students together to Speak Up and Stand Up to harassment and hate crime. The campaign, which builds on the success of the We Get It Zero Tolerance Campaign, will shine a light on problematic behaviour and encourage people on campus to see it, know it’s a problem, take responsibility and to take action.

Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at The University of Manchester said: “Sadly, these problematic behaviours continue to exist on campuses and in society. We all have the right live in an environment, free from the fear of harassment or abusive behaviour, and here at Manchester we take that right very seriously.

“With an emphasis on empowering students as future leaders of our society, this campaign aims to increase knowledge and confidence to recognise, report and safely confront these issues.”

This latest project recognises that these issues are not confined to University campuses. Part of the funding will be used to deliver similar pilot projects in a further education college and a secondary school.

Riddi Viswanathan, Diversity Officer at the University of Manchester Students’ Union said: “At the Students' Union we have a zero tolerance policy on hate crime and harassment and as an official reporting centre we encourage people to come forward. However, it is sad to see that many hate crimes still go unreported.

"I welcome this collaborative project with the University and see it as an opportunity to reach out to more of people, on and off campus, encouraging them to speak up and stand up to hate crime and harassment. I am certain that we can build on the successful We Get it campaign and encourage people to step up stand up and be the change.”

Manchester was awarded more than £760,000 earlier this year from the same scheme for two projects to advance race and social equality and promote wellbeing to improve outcomes for its students.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant