Bury College awarded funding to tackle hate crime and online harassment

Bury College is proud to be one of the 40 universities and colleges from across England to have collectively received funding totalling £1.8 million from HEFCE (The Higher Education Funding Council for England) to improve responses to hate crime and online harassment on campus.

The funding that Bury College has received will help to develop a training programme to raise awareness of the issue of online harassment and promote self-moderation of online behaviour.  It will also enable Bury College to develop additional means for students to report incidences of on-line harassment and to receive support.  Students will have a key role in the delivery of the project.

The funding was awarded following a report by the Universities UK Harassment Task Force. The report explored the nature and scale of the issue in higher education, and highlighted a need for institutions to respond more effectively.

The first phase of investment was launched in March 2017, with 63 projects sharing £2.45 million from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund to address sexual harassment.

Grants were awarded in this second round to a diverse range of HEFCE-funded universities and further education colleges.


Joanne Mckenzie Director of Health, Care, Education and Access at Bury College, said,

“We are delighted to be one of the higher education establishments to have been carefully selected to receive this funding. This money will further support our well established hate crime and online harassment policies and procedures that we already have in place.”


HEFCE Chief Executive, Professor Madeleine Atkins, added,

“All students should feel safe and supported during their time in higher education. Universities and colleges are making progress in tackling the issues of hate crime and online harassment on campus, but there is more to be done.  We are delighted to be supporting a range of innovative projects, and we will be looking to share good practice and evidence of successful outcomes over the coming months.”

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