Campus news

Plight of Jewish students in Scotland revealed

By Naomi Firsht, November 23, 2015

Students in Scotland have hidden their Jewish identity because of rampant anti-Israel feeling on campus.

Details of discrimination against Jewish students emerged in evidence put before members of the Scottish Parliament who are considering a higher education bill.


Football triumph for Birmingham and Manchester in student Juefa Cup

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2015

Brum Girls football team swept to victory for the second year running at the Juefa Cup five-a-side student football tournament.

It was an all-Birmingham women’s final as the Brum Girls beat rivals Mitzvah Balls, while in the men’s final, Manchester Oak Hill beat the Jewish Campus USA team.

Over 150 students gathered in Manchester to watch 20 teams compete.


Exeter University honours pledge with second Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, November 18, 2015

A debate on how Israel is represented in academic discussions will take place next year as part of an agreement between Exeter University and the Jewish Leadership Council.


Four candidates to run for UJS president

By Naomi Firsht, November 16, 2015

Four candidates will vie for the position of Union of Jewish Students president this year, it has been announced.

Joel Salmon from St Andrews University, Josh Seitler from London School of Economics, Jake Berger at Oxford University, and Alex Tansey from Durham University will battle it out over a 10-day campaign to win the year-long position.


Birmingham University student is victim of antisemitic abuse on Twitter

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

A Jewish student at Birmingham University has been trolled with antisemitic abuse after she posted a photo of a poster of Hitler displayed on her campus.

Izzy Lenga, education officer at the Birmingham student union, posted the photo last week in order to highlight antisemitism.

The poster showed an image of the Nazi leader with the words “Hitler was right”.


Union of Jewish Students video campaign challenges stereotypes

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

A video campaign challenging Jewish stereotypes has been launched by the Union of Jewish Students.

Four short videos follow the stories of Grace, Ed, Catherine and Alyson, and seek to demonstrate how diverse Jewish life can be.

The campaign, called #LABELFREE #andJewish will run throughout the week, with UJS posting videos and blogs each day on their website.


Sixth-formers get taste of university life

By Naomi Firsht, November 1, 2015

A group of sixth-formers got the chance to quiz Jewish students and take part in a Jewish Society Friday night dinner at Oxford University.


Investigation after exhibition commemorates terror attacks

By Naomi Firsht, October 29, 2015

Anti-Israel students have "crossed a line" with a university exhibition commemorating the deaths of Palestinians involved in terrorist attacks, Jewish students said this week.

The Israel Society at the London School of Economics has lodged a formal complaint with the university's student union following the display.


Kosher food comes to Brunel campus

By Naomi Firsht, October 29, 2015

Kosher sandwiches are available for the first time at Brunel University in Uxbridge. Jewish students, who number around 35, can now pick up a DD’s Sandwich at the Costcutter on campus.


Progressive students are all kitted out for Shabbat

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2015

Progressive students will be fully equipped for Shabbat on campus thanks to new kits provided by Liberal Judaism.

The kits contain a special Kabbalat Shabbat siddur, a £50 food voucher, Kiddush wine, candles, yeast and a challah recipe, and a havdalah set.