Date published: January 27, 2017
We love different. We are #OneSalford
Salford is one of the most diverse and welcoming universities in the country. We’re incredibly proud of that, and value the unique talents of every one of our students.
Incidents of discrimination and hate crime are rare at Salford, and we’re determined to keep it that way. We don’t stand for anyone being victimised because they are different. We love different. We are #OneSalford.
Ammar (not his real name) is a student in the Business School who came to the UK with his family as a Syrian refugee under a resettlement programme. Soon after arriving in the UK he applied to the University of Salford and received an offer to study. It gave Ammar an opportunity to move on with his life, and to support his wife and children who had experienced life-changing injuries during the civil war.
Unfortunately Ammar experienced verbal abuse because of his religion from two students on his course, compounded by the physical and verbal abuse his wife was experiencing when venturing outside their home in Oldham.
Thankfully Ammar approached the university’s askUS service for support, and we acted straight away. We supported Ammar to report the hate crime he and his family experienced to the police, and to identify the students involved.
Those students were immediately disciplined by the University, as we have a zero tolerance for hate crime. Ammar and his family have now been helped to move to a new home. Ammar continues to study at Salford and is now enjoying his new life in the UK.
This Friday New York vlogger and DJ Jay Smooth talks hip-hop, race and politics in ‘Hip-hop: Behind the Beats’ in the Chapman building, Peel Campus at 6pm. Tickets are free but going fast, so if you want to come along sign up now (http://www.salfordstudents.com/hiphop).
Recognise it: Report it
If you’ve witnessed discrimination or hate crime, or have been a victim, don’t keep it to yourself: