Campus news

World aid charity is up for promotion

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

International development charity Tzedek has stepped up its efforts on campuses with sessions introducing students to the organisation's projects.

Tzedek's campus worker Hannah Gaventa toured universities to discuss volunteering and vocational training schemes in Africa and Asia with students.

Hannah said: "This year students will work with local NGOs in Tamale, northern Ghana.


How I kept calm to defy the odds and beat cancer

By Alex Samuels, April 5, 2012

I had been ill since returning home from my year abroad in Berlin and I had undergone countless blood tests, three skin biopsies, a fine needle biopsy, three operations, possible tuberculosis, a diagnosis of rare auto-immune disease Dermatomyositis, two MRI scans, a muscle specific MRI, three CT scans, an ultra-sound, three steroid infusions, hundreds of pills and creams and seen 10 consultants fo


Nick Leslau offers job tips to students

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2012

Students looking to build professional contacts and gain workplace experience were given a helping hand by a top businessman at a Jewish careers event in London this week.

The networking evening, organised by TrainE-TraidE, the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and Chaplaincy, included a talk by Nick Leslau, chairman of the Prestbury Group.


Top award for UCL JSoc

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2012

University College London’s Jewish Society has won the highest award offered by the university’s students’ union.

The JSoc was named Society of the Year at a ceremony on Monday night. President Adam Taylor said it was an “honour”.


Leeds students celebrate England victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Leeds JSoc enjoyed a triumphant visit to Middlesbrough to see England’s young football stars in action.

Thirty society members took part in last week’s coach trip to the town’s Riverside Stadium.

They saw the England under-21 side beat their Belgian counterparts 4-0, with goals from Henri Lansbury, centre back Steven Caulker and Arsenal prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


'Isolation will rise' warns chaplain

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Students at universities with small Jewish populations could become increasingly isolated in the coming year, a chaplain has warned.

Reverend Malcolm Weisman fears the increased student fees which come into effect in September will mean more teenagers choose to stay at home to study, reducing the size of Jewish communities at campuses around the country.


Students saddle up for WJR race night

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Nottingham Students raised more than £1,000 for World Jewish Relief by staging a race night.

The Young WJR student committee welcomed more than 150 people to the event, held at the city's Coco Lounge bar.

Partygoers received betting tokens to gamble on horse races shown on a big screen.


Group launches with Malta visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Mature students from across Europe took part in the Jewish European Professional group's inaugural event.

A sister organisation of the European Centre of Jewish Students, Brussels-based JEP will provide professionals aged 27 to 39 with a range of programmes and activities as well as three major events a year.

More than 120 people from 16 countries including Russia, Serbia, Monaco and the Net


Chief praises Chaplaincy at gala dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

University Jewish Chaplaincy has raised more than £200,000 at its first gala dinner for more than 20 years.

The event was held in honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who told the 350 guests of his commitment to supporting Chaplaincy's work on campuses, where, he said "Jewish identities are either made or lost".

Lord Sacks said he had encouraged his predecessor Lord Jakobovits to support the ch


Revisiting the past to protect our future

February 23, 2012

We knew that travelling to Kovno would be a surreal experience. After excitedly boarding the plane we landed in Lithuania two hours later and watched the snow lining the streets and covering the rooftops. We walked into the Israeli students' centre, where we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed our first evening with a great dinner followed by very effective speed-socialising.