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Race, Crime and Justice Regional Research Network

The Network brings together the 5 North East Universities

About us

The Race, Crime and Justice Regional Research Network (RCJRRN) is a grouping of researchers. They're from academic, research and policy backgrounds. They represent all five North East Universities:

  • Durham
  • Newcastle
  • Northumbria
  • Sunderland
  • Teesside

Research and analysis of policy and practice

The group undertakes independent and commissioned research. It analyses and comments on policy and practice issues in relation to the experience of ethnic minorities in a wide variety of contexts within criminal and social justice.

It publishes reports on relevant issues and is available to speak at conferences around these and related issues.

Supporting the North East Race Equality Forum

RCJRRN supports the work of the North East Race Equality Forum (NEREF). NEREF was formally launched in December 2014.

It provides a voice for all community-based organisations, policymakers, institutions and academics involved in ensuring race equality throughout the region.

NEREF has approximately 300 individuals and organisations in its membership.  We have develop core priorities for the group. To contact NEREF please email:

To contact the North East Regional Race Crime and Justice Network please email:  


Addressing the rise in hate crime

Within the North East region, post-industrial areas voted strongly for the UK to leave the EU. In these areas (but across the region), there has been an alarming rise in ‘race’ hate crime incidents.

Hostility has grown to those who are, or appear to be, of non-white British origin. This involves many minorities who have been born and grown up in the UK.

We've held two events:

Prosecuting Race Hate Crime - Dec 2016

"The forum provides a unique opportunity to reach a large number of BME groups in the North East. They can disseminate information and seek views and feedback. The event raised awareness of the CPS approach to the prosecution of hate crime. There was useful feedback on the proposed new CPS policy statement to feed into the national consultation."

Caroline Airs, Inclusion & Community Engagement Manager, CPS North East

Four arms clutching each other representing the struggle between different ethnicities.

Challenging Race Hate Conference - June 2017

We discussed Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner's strategy on Challenging Race Hate Crime. We heard from researchers and activists in the region. This attracted approximately 90 people from organisations working on anti-racism. 

Dame Vera Baird - Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

“Dame Vera Baird was delighted to address Challenging Race Hate Crime. Vera re-enforced our message. It's fundamental that all victims - whoever they are - have the confidence to report hate crimes. There's no place in Northumbria for targeting someone for who or what they are. Officers will take action against anyone perpetuating this unacceptable type of behaviour.  Meanwhile the police are continuing to work with key partners such as the forum. They're helping us engage with communities, listen to concerns and build a picture of hate crime.”

Nitin Shukla, Policy, Performance & Scrutiny Officer, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Vera Baird at the event

Modern Slavery Garden

This rose garden at the Law School marks the commitment of the University to fighting all forms of Modern Slavery.

The modern slavery roses were first bred and exhibited as part of the Modern Slavery Garden which won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower show in 2016. 

Professor Gary Craig, Visting Professor, Newcastle University, 2016


Briefings and other events

For details of the current research and information briefings please click HERE

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