Student Wellbeing

Hate Crime Support

Hate crime behaviours go against Newcastle University’s principles, which emphasise treating others with respect and dignity. We work hard to promote an inclusive environment for everyone and provide training, reporting and support services with the aim of preventing hate crime and discrimination within our community.

What is a Hate Crime?

A Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origin
  • Religion
  • Gender or sexual identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability

Hate Crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbourly disputes and arson
  • It can also include the threat of attack including offensive texts, internet posts, abusive telephone calls, behaviours designed to intimidate and unfounded malicious complaints
  • Some hate crime takes the form of verbal abuse or insults, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures

Hate Crime is illegal and no one should tolerate being attacked, threatened, abused, or have their property damage.

Hate Crime is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.

What is a Hate Crime? Watch this video for more information.

University Support

Remember you do not have to make any formal report in order to receive free confidential support from the Univerity. 

You can receive confidential counselling support from the Newcastle University Student Health and Wellbeing Counselling Team

Student Health and Wellbeing Staff are experienced in supporting students who have been victims of discrimination or hate crimes and they work closely with local and national partners to link you to more specialist support, should you need it.

Call them: + 44 (0) 191 208 3333.

You can also receive support from your Personal Tutor and you may want to inform your school of the impact your experiences had upon you through the PEC system.

All Postgraduates can receive free service 24/7 personal support from our PG Assistance Service

Call: 0800 030 5182

Our Faith and Spirituality Team also provide dedicated support for anyone affected by hate crime but especially those affected by religious-based hate crime.

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Reporting Hate Crimes to the University

If you have experienced a hate crime at the hands of a Newcastle University student or staff member, you can report this to the Student Progress Casework Team who, with your consent and cooperation, will initiate the appropriate complaint or disciplinary processes.

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Support from your Student Union

Newcastle University Students' Union provides a number of dedicated report and support options.

You can also report hate crime concerns to your Welfare and Equality Officer.

Email them:

External Support

We recognise you may wish to report your experience or seek support outside of the University. The following agencies offer a range of report and support options which you may wish to consider.

Stop Hate Line

0800 138 1625

Stop Hate UK for immediate advice and support. Anyone who is either a victim or a witness of a hate crime will be able to report the incident directly to the Helpline.

True Vision

True Vision: Police funded website designed to provide information about Hate crime and aimed at improving the service that Police provide to minority communities. Self reporting and information pack available as well as online facilities that allows you to report hate crime quickly to the Police.


0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime.

Equality Advisory & Support (EASS)

0808 800 0082

Advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales.

Victim Support National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre Wales:

0300 3031982

Helpline for anyone affected by crime regardless of whether a crime has been reported.

CST: Support for our Jewish Community

CST is Community Security Trust, a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats.

If you are in immediate danger please call Police on 999 and call CST national emergency number 0800 032 3263

Report an Incident:

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TellMAMA is a secure and reliable service that allows people from across England to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse. They can also refer you for support through partner agencies.

If you are in immediate danger please call Police on 999 

Report an Incident:

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