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University of Leicester launches new Centre for Hate Studies


Published by University of Leicester Press Office for University of Leicester in Communities and also in Education

A new centre – The Leicester Centre for Hate Studies – is being launched this month at the University of Leicester aimed at bridging the gap between academic research and professional practice.

The Centre is a new initiative led by the University’s Department of Criminology and will act as a cross-disciplinary forum for generating research into issues of hate, prejudice and extremism. The idea for the Centre itself emerged from the Leicester Hate Crime Project - a two year study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, designed to examine the nature and impact of hate crime and victims’ expectations of the criminal justice system and other local support agencies. With hate and prejudice having increasing relevance to multiple fields of work, the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies aims to become a key driver of knowledge exchange and information sharing between academics, practitioners, activists and policy-makers.

Drawing on the skills and expertise of University of Leicester scholars, the Centre will be offering a range of professional development opportunities designed for those whose work overlaps with the broad field of hate studies. The Centre will also have the capacity to provide a range of other services, including training, evaluation and research on issues of regional, national and international significance.

Dr Neil Chakraborti, Reader in Criminology and Director of the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies, said: “As a result of our ongoing work with professionals from different environments we recognised the need for a Centre which could help organisations respond to hate offences and some of the other challenges relevant to an increasingly diverse and multicultural society. We have a wide range of expertise in this field at the University of Leicester, and this new Centre gives us an exciting opportunity to create new collaborative partnerships and to meet the research and training needs of professional bodies.”

The Centre will be supported by an Academic Network consisting of experts from across the University and its activities will be overseen by an Advisory Board of senior professionals with a wealth of relevant experience.

The launch event will also feature the first screening of ‘The Harms of Hate’ – a short film produced by Dr Chakraborti and colleagues from the Leicester Hate Crime Project and the University’s Video Production Team. The film showcases the stories of seven people who have been victims of hate crimes in Leicester, all of whom come from a range of backgrounds and who have been victimised for different reasons and in a variety of ways. With the support of UnLtD and the HE Social Entrepreneurship fund 200 copies of the film are being distributed free of charge to local organisations as a way of raising awareness of the physical and emotional harms of hate suffered by victims, their families and wider communities.

The launch event begins at 17.30pm on Wednesday 26 February and will be held at the Frank and Katherine May lecture theatre in the University’s Henry Wellcome building. Doors will open from 17.15pm and a drink reception will follow from 18.15pm.

To book a place please RSVP by email to Liz Bonnett at by Friday 14 February.

For more information on the Centre and/or The Leicester Hate Crime Project contact Stevie-Jade Hardy at:




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