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Institutions funded in the second round

45 institutions across England each received up to £50,000 of HEFCE Catalyst Funding for a range of projects. The projects are being monitored for 12 months from November 2017.

Projects were selected across a range of themes and criteria, based on their ability to:

  • establish and strengthen institutional and digital infrastructure, such as effective reporting and information sharing
  • develop and sustain positive campus relations between different groups
  • develop respectful approaches to freedom of speech, on-campus debate and protest
  • safeguard and support international students
  • develop and sustain whole-institution or city- or region-wide collaboration projects
  • safeguard against external sources of hate and harassment
  • tackle sexual harassment or violence, where these projects focus on intersectional aspects of identity such as race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
  • develop innovative approaches to tackling issues such as sexual coercion, disability-related extortion, revenge pornography, or online stalking or bullying.

The institutions that received funding in this round are:

Institution nameProject overview

Anglia Ruskin

ARUsafe: development of an online reporting tool to enable better incident reporting at ARU, and an online tool for sharing good practice intended for sector-wide use

Aston University

The Aston Alliance: development of online training and campaigns

University of Bath

Combatting online harassment and hate crimes: extending the university-community approach. Training, campaigns, events and online resources including bystander videos

University of Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Cyber Awareness Programme (BCAP): working with the sector to develop guidance on effective practice to support online welfare more broadly for all students

University of Birmingham

Developing community partnerships and responses with virtual and physical hate crime hubs and forums for sharing knowledge and best practice, within the university and with the other HEIs in the city

Blackpool and The Fylde College

Tackling face-to-face and online hate crime and harassment. New mobile/online reporting mechanisms and the creation of a regional network of ‘Partner Practitioners’ from all appropriate sectors

Bournemouth University

Responding to Hate Crime: Forum Theatre project, leading to the development of digital content and videos for wider dissemination and training

Buckinghamshire New

Hate Crime Cultural Change Project: training and development of University Champions (staff and students); awareness-raising and attitudinal change workshops, campaigns and events. Establishing a system for reporting, tracking and monitoring incidents

Bury College

Digital Values: developing good practice, training and policy review. Sector-wide dissemination planned

Coventry University

University Challenge: safeguarding students. Development of an effective case management reporting system for student hate crime and discriminatory incidents on campus. Collaboration with UUK to cascade this model across the sector

University East London

Step Up to Stop Hate: survey of campus safety; creation and delivery of a bystander-approach, peer-to-peer training package; creation of an online ‘report and support’ tool

University of Exeter

Safeguarding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students: literature review; develop community links; training strategy design; review safeguarding and reporting procedures

Goldsmiths, University of London

Establishing a Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre

University of Huddersfield

Enhancing a Safe & Secure Learning Community: Developing a procedural framework to enable reporting, disclosure and accessing support. Developing student peer educators active on campus plus online and front-line staff training

Keele University

‘Never Stand By’: ensuring a co-ordinated community response to hate incidents and (online) harassment at Keele. Developing a comprehensive safeguarding toolkit and a secure reporting mechanism

Lancaster University

Hate Crimes Project: promoting community cohesion with local partners and developing resources and training to safeguard vulnerable groups including international students

Leeds City College

Tackling Hate Crime: develop an effective reporting system including campaigns and materials

University of Leeds

Hate Crime: not on our campus. Develop and establish a reporting system including training and resources

University of Leicester

Standing Together Against Hate: improving responses to hate crime through awareness-raising campaigns, bystander interventions, training, a third-party reporting centre, and a new data recording system and university-wide policy.

Lincoln College

Tackling hate crime and online harassment - HE in FE: training partnership with local community organisations. Development of training and digital resources

University of Lincoln

Building Respect and Changing Cultures in the University Community: establishing effective reporting routes, using a digital campaign and developing promotional materials

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Stay Safe Project

University of Liverpool

#Speakout: Calling Out Harassment, Changing the Online Campus. This action research project will conduct questionnaire and interview research with students both to understand, and then to take action on, forms of online student harassment. The project will raise awareness of different forms of online harassment and provide data to help inform resources for future student leaders to use in peer-to-peer training.

London School of Economics

Changing the culture: building bridges on campus. Developing a model of positive interfaith dialogue aimed at reducing conflict and widening understanding of challenging issues

London Southbank University

Stop the hate trait: facilitating community cohesion, creating engagement and training, and establishing a joined-up safe reporting haven on campus

The Manchester College

Human Libraries: establish a human library, deliver a student conference and tutorial programme, with CPD for staff and a social media campaign

Manchester Met University

‘Take it outside’ Film Festival: showcase relevant student-created films to be shown in conjunction with group discussion. Evaluate festival as an model for the sector to creatively address difficult issues

University of Manchester

Active Bystander Initiative: extend, develop and deliver a specialist hate crime active bystander initiative

Middlesex University

The no home for hate project: culture change to 'stamp out' hate crime and online harassment through: challenging attitudes; effective reporting mechanisms; improved victim response and support. Including developing appropriate safeguarding training, policy review and 'what works' repository

Newcastle University

NU Culture: Respect Without Barriers. Online and print awareness campaign across four campus locations in Newcastle, London, Singapore and Malaysia. Staff training and development of an effective disclosure and reporting system for survivors

Northumbria University

Building Capacity to Tackle Online Hate Crime and Stalking on Campus: developing online reporting mechanisms and mapping hate crime and stalking affecting students

Nottingham Trent University

We are NTU: developing a toolkit to drive effective reporting and support; internal and sector dissemination planned

City of Plymouth

Students Against Hate Crime (SAHC): creation of awareness-raising online film and dissemination across the city's HE institutions. Peer-to-peer mentoring and training programme

University of Portsmouth

Speak UP Step UP Portsmouth: tackling hate crime and sexual violence as part of the city-wide Restorative Portsmouth initiative. Including the extension of the UWE Bystander model for use with hate crime and bullying.

Sheffield Hallam University

Don’t Stand By: enhancing positive relationships between different groups across the community at the university through the development of the awareness and skills to debate sensitive issues around personal and political identity. Support and training for students and staff in leading respectful debate, followed by student-led events focusing on freedom of speech and discussion of difficult topics



Student Leadership in Inclusive Campus Environments (SLiICE): the development of students as leaders to promote cross-cultural understanding and to tackle inter-community and identity hostility

University of Suffolk

Creating a community of digital civility: working in partnership with national safeguarding organisations and Microsoft to raise awareness of online risk, respond effectively and improve the safety of students in relation to online harassment

Sussex Coast College

Expect Respect: student survey, staff training, audit of policies and procedures, educational resources and bystander training

University of Sussex

Hate crime on university campuses: repairing the harms of hate and prejudice through student-led dialogue. Establishing a restorative justice programme including training and online resources


Hate Crime and Online Harassment: Understanding and Changing Culture. Creating an active partnership with local stakeholders, training and awareness raising and improvements to reporting mechanisms

University of the West of England

Online reporting tool for anti-social behaviour and hate crime at UWE. Development and delivery of social marketing, student engagement and staff training in reporting and responding to hate crime

University of Winchester

Safeguarding against Online and Social Media Abuse: virtual resource with implementation across the institution

University of Wolverhampton

Tackling Hate Crime and Online Harassment Through Education: development, dissemination and analysis of a specific training programme for students and staff

University of Worcester

Transgender Education and Support Programme: includes improved reporting and response mechanisms, training modules and awareness raising initiatives across the whole institution.

University of York

Developing an intersectional approach to training on sexual harassment, violence and hate crime including dissemination of sector-wide guidance.

Find out more about the second round of funding


Page last updated 18 October 2017

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