Hate crime

At the University we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment. We believe that hate crime  of any kind is never okay, and we are empowering you to recognise and report incidents. We will provide practical and emotional support to anyone who chooses to report a hate crime. 

Definition of a hate incident

A hate incident is any kind of prejudice or bias against a protected characteristic that is not a criminal offence.  A hate incident can start as a micro-aggression: subtle behaviour, such as everyday insults, offensive and hurtful words, slurs, degrading language, snubs and insults.

Definition of a hate crime

A hate crime is when someone breaks the law by hurting another person because of prejudice against a group that they belong to.  A hate crime is not normally caused by something the victim did or said, but more because of a persons’ identity (otherwise known as protected characteristic).  A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, assault and bullying.


Microaggressions are everyday behaviors or environments which are as a result of stereotypes and may degrade or insult individuals due to belonging to a marginalised group. An example of a microaggression may be the assumed academic inability of a female colleague due to their gender, therefore leaving them out of important aspects of a group task. These may be voluntary or due to implicit bias, but their normalisation encourages acts of prejudice to go unquestioned, for example, social exclusion, making prejudiced assumptions or jokes, or disregarding the needs of women and minorities. Such acts of prejudice incite the normalisation of discrimination whether this be regarding employment, education, or general harassment. Microaggressions have a direct relation to hate crimes as hate crimes come about due to discriminatory beliefs and behaviour. Any criminal offence motivated by prejudiced stereotypes or beliefs regarding the victim’s social identity and the protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010) is a hate crime. The Student Union acts as a third-party reporting centre for victims who wish to seek support when reporting hate crimes to police authorities - at the University of Birmingham you will need to contact Guild Advice to use this service.

What to do if I am a victim or witness of a hate crime or incident

We encourage you to have the confidence to recognise a hate crime or incident and to report it.

You can report a hate crime or incident in a number of ways:

  • Call the police, phone 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies.
  • Use the police online reporting tool, True Vision.
  • Visit Guild Advice in the Guild of Students, where you can talk to a trained advisor.
  • Visit the Campus Police Officer (based in University Centre, opposite Spa).
  • Visit the University's Security Services.
  • Report online through Stop Hate UK.

Support available

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

The University of Birmingham supported National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018. We organised many events within the student community to raise awareness and to recognise this annual UK event.

For further information about Hate Crime, please read our Hate Crime Booklet (PDF - 4MB).

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a nationally recognised day to celebrate kindness in our day to day life.  The University of Birmingham supported this day by giving students a Kindness Postcard along with a free bar of chocolate.  The postcards encouraged students  to write some kind words and pass it on to someone to spread kindness.

Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging Event: Creating a culture of Inclusion

Following on from the Hate Crime Awareness Week and World Kindness Day, on Tuesday 30th April Student Services Wellbeing & Partnership team will be holding a Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging Event on campus. The purpose of this event is to promote inclusivity and diversity, recognising and celebrating difference from within our University community. During the day student and staff will have the opportunity to be actively involved by creating an inspirational quote promoting the importance of an inclusive environment. The quotes will be judged independently by the Academic Registrar, Stephen McAuliffe, for a chance to win a £100 Amazon gift card. A ‘wall of quotes’ will be located at each of the below locations throughout the day.

If that wasn’t good enough, Student Ambassadors will be on campus during the day to give away free goodies, ice-cream and chocolate (just what students need during the run up to exams)!

Breakfast Club – 08:00-10:00 – Bournbrook Pavilion – Free breakfast (bacon roll/vegetarian option)

Ice Cream Social – 12:00-14:00 – Old Joe – Free ice creams (once they’re gone, they’re gone)

Chocolate Feast – 16:00-18:00 – Vale Village – Free chocolate bars!

 For further information, please contact  James Mason or Emily Owen from the Student Wellbeing & Partnership team.