Campus news

Tournament in memory of Oxford student

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

More than 125 people took part in a football tournament in memory of Oxford University student Antonia Bruch.

Antonia, who was 18, had been studying theology at Regent's Park College for a month when she contracted meningitis and died last October.

The Lag b'Omer event, sponsored by University Jewish Chaplaincy, saw 25 teams compete in the five-a-side competition.

Other attractions included a kosher barbecue and an auction of football memorabilia.


High demand for Jewish uni chaplains

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

An unprecedented level of demand from students has led University Jewish Chaplaincy to recruit extra staff for a range of new roles.

Requests for assistance with a variety of social, educational and welfare-related problems has stretched the country's team of 10 chaplains.

In response, UJC has created two new roles to cover JSocs in London and the north east.

From September, a project officer will work with London chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder to provide extra help.


Jewish students lead the way for charitable work

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Jewish student organisations are leading the way as campuses become a focal point for charity work and volunteering projects.

They are increasingly taking part in social action programmes to give something back to communities in the towns and cities where they study.

The Union of Jewish Students launched its One campaign earlier this year, using Jewish values to encourage social activism and train members for involvement with a range of charitable efforts and apply for grants to help make a difference on their campuses.


UJS runs fair for student advice

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is running a fair for sixth form students who are preparing to go to university.

The JC-sponsored event will give A-level pupils the opportunity to meet members of JSocs from around the country.

Those attending the event will be able to learn about what life is like for Jewish students on campus.

There will be specialist stalls giving advice on safety and security, welfare and financial support, pastoral care, accommodation and gap year programmes.

The fair takes place in Borehamwood on June 20.


Internship aid on offer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Students, graduates and job seekers will have the chance to find work experience and internships with the help of a Jewish charity this summer.

TrainE-TraidE, which provides employment opportunities for Jews, is running a scheme aimed at placing prospective job candidates in companies across a range of industries.

Shraga Zaltzman, managing director of TrainE-TraidE, said: "Finding a job is difficult at the best of times, not to mention now during an economic recession. The summer placement scheme will help to provide candidates with experience."


UJS send exam survival packages to students

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is helping its members through the stressful exam period by distributing special survival packs containing chicken soup and cupcakes.

Students can choose to buy rations for themselves or parents can order one for their child complete with a personalised, handwritten card.

The £3.50 packs contain chicken soup, kosher Haribo sweets and a UJS pen.

As part of the "supper in a cuppa" project, UJS staff will also visit JSocs and Hillel houses around Britain to deliver cups of chicken soup and cakes for those in need of revision respite.


Durham JSoc mission to provide Shabbat dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The meat is delivered from Manchester, the rabbinical supervision comes from Gateshead, and the chef works for the university.

Preparing a kosher Friday night dinner for Jewish students in Durham is a team effort, but it is one that has brought significant rewards.

Durham University's Jewish Society picked up the Developing JSoc of the Year trophy at the UJS awards ceremony last month in recognition of its achievements over the past 12 months.


Chabad to open student centre in Liverpool

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

Chabad is to open a new centre for Jewish students in Liverpool.

Manchester-born Rabbi Shmuly Brown and his wife Tzivia will open their home and offer Shabbat dinners, education sessions and social activities.

It is the latest step in Chabad's expansion of its campus work, which has seen significant development in Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham, south London and Leeds over the past two years.

The Liverpool venture means the organisation now assists students at 11 centres around the country.


UJS: I'm proud we tackled Islamic group at NUS

By Carly McKenzie, April 22, 2010

The primary aim of the Union of Jewish Students is to maintain the welfare of our students and uphold Jewish values on campus. At the NUS conference, this is no different.

While it is tempting and easy to belittle the very real politics of NUS, it is integral that the efforts of Jewish students who attended Conference - as delegates and volunteers - be applauded.

Our record at this year's NUS Conference included:

● Combating a broad Left attempt to re-affiliate with the Stop the War Coalition. We won.


It's take two for the JSoc Oscars

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010

The achievements of the country's most dedicated and enterprising Jewish students will be recognised at a special awards ceremony this week.

Around 150 students from across the country are expected to attend the UJS Student Awards in Camden, north London, on Sunday night.

It will be the second time the awards have taken place. More than 50 students have been nominated for their efforts.

Emma Rickman, UJS events officer, said it was an opportunity to recognise the impact students have on their campuses.