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When law and hate collide schools project

09 November 2012

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Drama competition for secondary schools

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is engaged in an EU funded international project on hate crime and is inviting secondary schools to participate in the ‘Schools Video Competition’ on the theme ‘When Law and Hate Collide’.

What is hate crime? Hate crime encompasses any crime where the perpetrator's hostility or prejudice is based on the victim’s disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

In the United Kingdom in 2006-07, Police reported 5,619 hate crimes in which someone was injured, 4,350 hate crimes without injury, ands 28,485 cases of racially or religiously motivated harassment. A significant portion of these crimes is committed by adolescents, and result from the intersection of youth and violence.

In the United Kingdom in 2006-07, Police reported 5,619 hate crimes in which someone was injured


In its engagement to raise awareness, UCLan is organising a video competition for which secondary schools will produce a three to five minute video dramatisation related to the theme of the experience of hate crime, and its subjective impact on affected people. 

The video may cover the following:
- Any aspect or type of hate crime incident directed against a member of one or more of the groups listed.
- The groups it seeks to protect.
- A scenario suggesting a possible resolution of a hate incident or crime, without involving the police. 
- Scenarios showing the way in which ‘trivial’ events may escalate into a hate crime.
- A dramatisation of the subjective impact on victims.

UCLan is organising a video competition for which secondary schools will produce a three to five minute video dramatisation


All participating schools will receive a certificate of participation from UCLan. The top three winning videos decided by a distinguished panel, will be awarded gold, silver and bronze prizes accordingly, with prizes of £300, £200 and £100, respectively. A formal certificate will be presented to the winning entrants by Lynne Livesey, Dean of Lancashire Law School.

Entries including a transcript, plus confirmation of compliance with Child Protection Procedures or requests for a hate crime factsheet should be emailed to Ashleka Manesha Ramphul and Kim McGuire.

Closing date for entries: Between 14 December 2012 and 7 January 2013.  Early submissions appreciated. Winners will be notified by email.