Union of Jewish Students

Students meet the Zionists at NUS conference event

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students hosted a fringe event at the National Union of Students conference on Tuesday, inviting students to "meet the Zionists".

Alex Dwek, UJS chair, said Zionism was "central to the majority of Jewish students", but added that the term "Zionist" had been hijacked in political and media circles.

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Students elect two who back Caliphate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "unacceptable" that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by the University of Westminster Students' Union despite the NUS's no-platform policy for the radical group. UWSU does not implement the NUS ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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UJS awards recognise top student achievers

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc honour, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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UJS awards: results in full

April 4, 2011

Large JSoc Committee of the Year – Birmingham

UJC Ruth Marriott Award for Developing JSoc – St Andrews

Hillel Alan Senitt Outstanding Contribution Award – Ilana Fenster (Nottingham JSoc)

Israel Connect Events Award – Stuart Bernstein, Benjy Levey and Charlotte Sapier (Birmingham JSoc)

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Jewish students celebrated at UJS awards

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc award, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.

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Mind the gap - and tuition fees are to blame

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

A coalition of communal organisations has launched a 10-week mini-gap year experience to attract those giving up the traditional gap year in Israel to start university before the rise in tuition fees.

Youth movements are concerned that those trying to beat the increased fees of up to £9,000 annually, effective from 2012, will miss out on the gap year experience.

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UJS lobbyists deliver concerns to Westminster

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Students from around the country united to call on the government and universities to do more to tackle hate speech on campuses.

More than 100 students attended the Union of Jewish Students' annual lobby day at Parliament last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, addressed lobbyists.

Students met their constituency MPs and encouraged them to pressure Universities Minister David Willetts and vice-chancellors to deal more effectively with extremism on campus.

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UJS opens awards vote

February 3, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has opened nominations for its annual awards ceremony.

The awards encourage students to recognise the hard work and dedication of their friends and colleagues who have made exceptional contributions to Jewish life on campus.

Prizes for the winners include trips to northern Israel and the former Soviet Union.

For the first time this year there will be a category for the best large JSoc.

Nominations close on March 20, with the ceremony taking place in London on April 3.

To make a nomination visit www.ujs.org.uk.

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UJS looks for new staff

February 3, 2011

Dedicated and hardworking graduates are being sought to work for the new UJS administration.

Applications have opened for positions including developing JSocs officer, London officer, campaigns director, public affairs officer, London officer and membership activities officer.

The team will work with new UJS chair Daniel Grabiner when he takes office in July.

The deadline for applications is February 11, with interviews taking place in the week commencing February 21.

To see what jobs are available, and to apply, visit the UJS website.

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NUS president subjected to antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 31, 2011

The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) was the target of antisemitic abuse as he attempted to speak at a student fees protest.

Aaron Porter, who is not Jewish, was escorted away from the demonstration in Manchester last Saturday as protesters chanted “Tory Jew scum”.

The Union of Jewish Students has condemned the abuse, which is thought to have been started by a group of five to 10 protesters before others joined in.

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