The Centre for Hate Studies


There is growing evidence to show that levels of hate and extremism are rising across the UK and beyond, causing devastation to victims and their families and spreading mistrust within communities. Within a climate of heightened tensions and widening divisions, it is imperative that organisations across different sectors deliver effective, evidence-based responses to victims, perpetrators and wider communities.

We offer a range of flexible, interactive and tailored training packages and continuing professional development opportunities. We use our research expertise and teaching experience to deliver training that meets both yours and your employer's needs. All of our training is accredited by the University of Leicester.

Evaluating Crime Interventions CPD course

Are you doing evaluations of crime prevention or reduction interventions? Are you working in Community Safety Partnerships, Policing or Violence Reduction Units?

Our brand new online CPD course, produced by our experts in the School of Criminology is designed to provide an introduction to the evaluation of crime prevention and reduction interventions.

This informative and interactive course should take around 6 hours to complete (2 hours per module) and on completion you will be able to:

  • Explain what evaluation is and why it is important
  • Understand different approaches to evaluation
  • Define the language and terminology of evaluation – such as theory of change, inputs, outputs and outcomes
  • Design an evaluation from the pre-intervention stage, through to data analysis and dissemination of findings

On completion you will be issued with a CPD certificate of completion.

Find out more and sign up to the Evaluating Crime Interventions CPD course

Digital training

We have developed a suite of digital training modules that will equip practitioners with the knowledge to develop sustainable responses to hate and extremism.

The modules address a range of key themes which pose particular challenges for communities across the country and for professionals working within a range of sectors, including criminal justice, education, health and social care. This training:

  • has been developed by world-leading hate crime experts;
  • offers evidence-based guidance drawn from contemporary research from across the world;
  • includes real life case studies and good practice recommendations;
  • has been rated as outstanding by previous learners; and
  • is free of charge, interactive and certified by the University of Leicester.

Access the modules

Our suite of digital training includes modules on:

  • Engaging with Diversity
    • Improve your knowledge of the perceptions and experiences of diverse communities in relation to discrimination, harassment and hate crime
    • Enhance your understanding of how best to gain access to and engage with diverse communities
    • Provide you with good practice guidance to enable you to develop effective and sustainable methods of engagement
  • Preventing Hate and Extremism
    • Enhance your understanding of the more ‘extreme’ and everyday forms of hate perpetration
    • Improve your knowledge of the motivations and causes of hate perpetration
    • Provide you with good practice guidance to enable you to develop and run offender behaviour interventions
  • Supporting Victims of Hate Crime
    • Develop your knowledge of the nature and extent of hate crime
    • Enhance your understanding of the emotional, physical and health impacts of hate crime
    • Provide you with the tools you need to support hate crime victims more effectively
  • Tackling Religiously Motivated Hate
    • Improve your understanding of the different forms that religiously motivated-hate crime takes
    • Provide a better understanding of the impacts of religiously-motivated hate crime on victims, families and communities
    • Assist you to be better placed to respond to religiously-motivated hate crime more effectively
  • Hate Crime in Higher Education
    • Develop your knowledge of how hate, hostility and harassment affect students within higher education
    • Enable you to help universities tackle these issues more effectively
    • Provide you with the information to support students and staff who are affected by hate crime
  • Hate Crime on Public Transport
    • Enhance your awareness of the types of incidents that can impact victims on public transport
    • Develop your understanding of which groups are particularly susceptible to being targeted on public transport
    • Improve your confidence in managing such incidents and supporting the victim   

Get in touch for more information about our suite of digital training

Bespoke training

We recognise that different organisations require support, advice and training in different areas. For this reason we deliver bespoke training packages that are tailored to meet the needs of a specific organisation and the sector in which it operates.

Our training is designed to be different. We blend theory, research and practice to give you the knowledge that you need to engage with diverse communities, support victims and tackle hate.

100% of delegates have rated our training 'Good' or 'Very good'

We can deliver training on a range of different diversity and hate-related themes, including:

  • Engaging with diversity
  • Supporting victims of hate crime
  • Preventing hate and extremism

Training can be hosted at the University of Leicester or delivered in-house within your organisation. All delegates receive a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award of Completion from the University of Leicester to certify their attendance.

Contact us to discuss a training opportunity

Impact of training

To date, the CHS has delivered evidence-based training to more than 2,000 practitioners and policy-makers working in criminal justice, education, local authorities, and health and social care from around the UK. Evaluation at 3 and 6 months after the training has identified a number of key impacts at an organisational-level, including that the training had:

  • Directly informed new hate crime policies or strategies
  • Directly shaped hate crime training for staff
  • Directly influenced new support pathways for victims reporting hate crime
  • Led to the creation of hate crime champions or hate crime specialist roles within their organisations

On an individual-level, feedback from practitioners and policy-makers who had undergone the training suggests that it had significantly improved their understanding of:

  • The forms that hate crime takes
  • The impact that hate crime has on victims
  • The support needs of hate crime victims
  • How and where to signpost victims for support
  • How reporting rates can be increased
  • Why people commit hate crime
  • Existing hate crime policy and legislation

Specifically, evidence collected 3 - 6 months after the training illustrates that significant numbers of practitioners and policy-makers felt that it had improved practice because it had helped them:

  • To better identify hate crimes and incidents
  • To improve flagging or recording practices
  • To improve investigative processes
  • To improve outcomes for victims (e.g. More cases going to court, dispute resolved)
  • To improve organisational practice (e.g. New assessment tools, engagement approaches, infrastructure)
  • To increase reporting

The training delivered to our senior leaders and frontline officers was really effective and has certainly made an impact in terms of people’s knowledge and understanding of such crimes.

Suzette Davenport (Former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary)

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