Campus news

Analysis: An encouraging year, but big challenges are ahead

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Until May 17 the Union of Jewish Students could have reflected on the academic year as a successful one.

Despite the continued thorn in the side of university invitations to hate speakers, the past nine months had passed off in relative peace.

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Genesis doing it for the kids

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Students taking part in the Genesis leadership and learning programme have raised more than £3,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The money was collected at the project's Apprentice evening earlier this term, ahead of a mission which saw students distribute clothes, toys and sweets to the Tikva network of Jewish orphanages in Odessa, Ukraine.

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Campus notebook: singing contest

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

● Manchester singer Katie Bernstein was named runner-up in the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year competition.

The 22-year-old began her singing career with local Jewish amateur dramatic societies and did her first gig supporting Brit Awards winner Katie Melua at the BBC's Proms in the Park event.

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Looking back on the best days of our lives

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

Ilana Kosky
Hebrew and Arabic Studies, St Anne's College, Oxford University

Friday nights will probably be the thing I'll miss the most about Jewish life at Oxford. There was always such a great atmosphere over Shabbat, and it was a great opportunity to catch up with everyone and eat delicious food.

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Chaplains celebrate record year

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

University Jewish Chaplaincy is celebrating its most successful year after its chaplains fed more students and dealt with a greater number of requests for help than ever before.

The 10 chaplaincy families around Britain served more than 4,500 meals to students, the highest total ever reached in UJC's 40-year history.

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Frat pack makes UK debut

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Raise the subject of university "frat packs" and students are most likely to quote lines from the Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn cult film, Old School.

But now Jewish students in Britain can experience the reality of fraternity life for themselves.

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Campus notebook: The Graduate Leaving Experience

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

● Two Jewish students from Nottingham University have released their latest online short film.

The Graduate Leaving Experience looks at the difficulty of finding a job after university, combining a mixture of comedy and adult jokes.

Nic Gilbert and Jonathan Kogan's films have received more than 100,000 hits on YouTube and taken campuses by storm.

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Campus notebook: Vote for your representatives

May 19, 2011

● Elections for the new Northern Region Jewish Students' committee are due to close this weekend. Students can vote at http://northernregion.webs.com. The site contains details of all the candidates running for positions, which include president, treasurer, secretary, PR officer and Scotland representative.

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How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.

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Schemer Ricky's volunteer plan

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

A Nottingham Trent student who developed a volunteering scheme for Jewish students hopes to expand it to other campuses before the end of the university year.

Ricky Kaplan came up with the idea for VScheme last April after working with autistic children at a special needs school for five years.

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