Universities

Oxford Brookes offers new Israeli scholarship

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Oxford Brookes University is to offer a postgraduate scholarship to a student from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, thanks to an initiative of the local chaplaincy board.

The successful applicant will receive travel expenses and full funding to pursue a master's course at Brookes from this September.

Sandra Dwek, a member of the Oxford Jewish Chaplaincy Board and a former member of th

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SOAS 'biter' acquitted of assault

By Jessica Elgot, January 24, 2012

A PhD student who bit a pro-Israel campaigner on the cheek at SOAS Israel Apartheid Week has been acquitted of assault.

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LSE students played Nazi-themed game on ski trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2012

A Jewish student suffered a broken nose in an antisemitic attack during a student union ski trip.

The London School of Economics student, who has not been named, was injured in a fight after he confronted fellow students who were playing Nazi-themed games featuring cards laid out in a swastika formation.

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Work of Louis Jacobs is to be Oxford subject

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

Scholars from around the world are to be invited to Oxford next year to study the work of Britain's most renowned rabbinical scholar, Rabbi Louis Jacobs.

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies will devote one of its two special research projects to the legacy of the New London Synagogue founder.

The centre has already raised one-third of the £150,000 cost of hosting nine-to-10 scho

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NUS attacks Israeli firms

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage colleges to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

French waste-management company Veolia has repeatedly been targeted by anti-Israel groups over its links to the J

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NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

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Nazi defender will visit SOAS

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

A lawyer who has defended Nazi war criminals, Holocaust deniers and Palestinian terrorists, will speak at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, shortly after Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Professors duel over 'colonialist' line on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

A London-born academic at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has refuted allegations that he compared Israel to the Nazi regime after he cited a well-known poem condemning bystanders during the Holocaust in a piece that was heavily critical of Israel.

Professor David Newman was accused by King's College London Professor Efraim Karsh of being anti-Israel and a "pseudo-academic" following an arti

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King's College opens faiths programme

December 29, 2011

One of Britain's largest university theology departments is to launch a new programme on the three Abrahamic faiths with a Jewish scholar of Islam at its head.

Adam Silverstein, who lectured for six years in Muslim-Jewish relations at Oxford University, has joined King's College, London, as its first director of Abrahamic religions to promote the joint study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Anti-Zionist Warwick professor faces investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2011

The conduct of an anti-Israel professor is to be investigated by the agency that reviews the performance of universities.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) will consider whether Warwick University's Nicola Pratt breached guidelines on impartiality when marking Israeli student Smadar Bakovic's dissertation.

QAA chief executive Anthony McClaran received a complaint about

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