Universities

The community's role in the higher education jump

By Daniel Grabiner, October 7, 2011

The JC recently conducted a poll asking whether Jewish students were sufficiently prepared for life on campus. Out of the votes cast, 32 per cent said "yes", and 68 per cent said "no".

With an analytical eye, one could question the type of person who responded to the survey. Was it students who said that they were not prepared? Was it parents or just the general public?

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From antisemite to Zionist

By Kasim Hafeez, October 7, 2011

In 2003, Pakistan's then President Pervez Musharaff sought to re-examine his country's relationship, or lack thereof, with Israel. He asked: "Do we have to be more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves?"

With their new "Liberation" campaign, it seems that the Union Of Jewish Students has decided to answer that question with a resounding "yes".

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Jewish students say their voice is ignored

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The most comprehensive survey of Jewish students' views ever conducted has revealed that young Jews staunchly support Israel, fear not finding a job after graduation, and are concerned that younger voices are not heard by the wider Jewish community.

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Freshers' Week 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Scenes from freshers' weeks on British campuses. With gap year uptake down, JSocs said sign-ups had been at record levels this year, including 150 signed up so far at Kings' College London, 150 at Leeds, 105 at Manchester and 220 at Nottingham. Photos: UJS

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Brichto Israel post launched

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

A new fellowship in Israel studies has been set up at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in memory of one of Israel's most passionate supporters, Rabbi Sidney Brichto.

A former executive head of the Liberal movement, Rabbi Brichto, who died in 2009, was a governor of the centre and associated with it since its creation in the early 1970s.

Friends and family have raised nearly £

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That was then, this is now: campus change

By Arieh Kovler, September 27, 2011

It's hard for today's students to judge whether campus life is better or worse than in the past. Most Jewish students are at university for three years, and those few who become sabbatical officers in student unions or UJS will only extend that time by a year or two.

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Envoy: put campus problems in context

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has warned of a "reverse delegitimisation" that is taking place whereby Israelis choose not to study in Britain because its campuses are perceived as "hotbeds of antisemitism".

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NUS scraps former anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

The National Union of Students has scrapped its anti-Israel policy and replaced it with a motion backing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

NUS will now encourage student unions to host round-table debates on the situation in the Middle East and promote interfaith initiatives on campus.

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University challenge for interfaith leader

September 22, 2011

New Faith Network for Manchester head Jonny Wineberg is in discussions with Manchester University over space for an interfaith venue.

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Liberation should be part of the Jewish narrative

September 22, 2011

A Jewish student recently asked me a seemingly innocuous question:

"But what am I meant to say?"

The question shocked me. The student – a committed political activist – was asking me what she should say when confronted by anti-Israel activists on her campus.

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