Universities

Dialogue interrupted

By Charlotte Oliver, June 23, 2016

A university scholarship programme that has spent more than a decade fostering dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli undergraduates in the UK will close this summer due to escalating "financial constraints".

Since it launched in 2004 at City University, London, the Olive Tree Programme has sponsored Palestinian and Israeli students to come to the UK to pursue their studies.

In 12 years,

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Nottingham students vote to remain in the NUS

By Josh Jackman, June 15, 2016

The student union at Nottingham University has voted to stay in the National Union of Students.

The SU voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining affiliated with the national body, despite concerns over NUS president Malia Bouattia.

Nottingham has one of the highest Jewish student populations in the country

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Edinburgh University BDS vote overturned

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2016

The board of trustees of Edinburgh University Student’s Association (EUSA) has refused to enforce the BDS policy passed by the student council earlier this year.

The motion to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy was passed on 31 March by 249-153 votes with 22 abstentions, giving a majority of 74.

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Motion to disaffiliate from NUS is narrowly defeated in Cambridge

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2016

Cambridge University has narrowly voted against disaffiliation from the National Union of Students.

The student union would have become the fourth institution to leave the national body following the election of Malia Bouattia, following Lincoln, Newcastle and Hull.

Instead, Cambridge joined Warwick and Exeter universities in staying affiliated to the NUS.

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Outrage as Labour blocks hate inquiry

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2016

The Labour Party's refusal to publish the full findings of an investigation into allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University has been attacked by Jewish students and communal organisations.

Suppressing the report undermined the party's credibility in tackling antisemitism, they said.

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Professors lose High Court case over university Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Two professors have lost their High Court challenge over the way Southampton University handled their proposed controversial conference on Israel.

Professor Oren Ben-Dor, who was born in Israel, and Professor Suleiman Sharkh claimed decisions made by the university had effectively blocked the conference for two years.

They argued that “academic freedom” was at stake.

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After Malia, should Jewish students leave the NUS?

April 27, 2016

Yes
By Joseph Stoll and Jonathan Hunter

● The Jewish community understandably lamented the "shock" result of last week's National Union Students presidential election. Yet far from being unexpected, Malia Bouattia's victory is the predictable consequence of a movement which has long tolerated ideas hostile to Jews.

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Students facing campus Seder test

By Naomi Firsht, April 21, 2016

Why is this university term different from all other terms? With Pesach falling late this year, the majority of UK students are faced with the challenge of celebrating the festival on campus, something that last happened in 2008.

But student organisations and local communities have rallied to provide students with Passover packs, discounts and support to ensure a joyful Pesach away from home.

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Out of control? The truth about hate at US universities

By Dan Friedman, April 14, 2016

Anyone outside the US reading about Jewish American campus life will have come across a stream of troubling stories of late.

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Anger as Edinburgh University students vote for Israel boycott

By Jessica Weinstein, April 4, 2016

Edinburgh University's Israel Engagement Society (IES) has described a motion to boycott Israel passed by the student union as "irresponsible" and "intolerant".

The motion to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy was passed by 249-153 votes with 22 abstentions, giving a majority of 74.

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