University receives share of funding to help prevent hate crime across UK campuses

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Date: 31st Oct 2017

Buckinghamshire New University has successfully secured £44,500 from the Higher Education Funding for Council (HEFCE) to fund a project that aims to better understand the reasons for hate crime and online harassment on University campuses.

The project is one of 40 initiatives to be awarded grants totalling £1.8 million from HEFCE's Catalyst Fund to help improve responses to hate crime and online harassment on campus.

University staff and academics will work in partnership with Bucks Students' Union on the HEFCE funded project, raising awareness and highlighting the support that is available to students, backed up by a new training programme for students and staff and updated reporting systems.

Nick Braisby, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University, said: "We are delighted to receive this funding which provides an exciting opportunity to embark on new university-wide projects. We already enjoy one of the safest campuses in the UK, and this project promises to further enhance the safety and security of our students. The projects have been developed with students who will have key roles in their delivery. The University and Students’ Union will work together to share our best practice across the sector to ensure this funding makes a real and lasting difference to all universities and students across the UK.

Lauren O’Shea, Vice President Education & Welfare at Bucks Students' Union, said: "We will work together with the University to raise awareness and develop training to make our campuses even safer for students. Our #NeverOK campaign to prevent sexual harassment has run successfully over the past two years and we will encourage students to get involved in this important new initiative.”

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