Universities

Israeli institution is top workplace outside US

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

An Israeli research centre has been named as the best place for academics to work outside the United States.

The Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, was praised by Scientist Magazine in its annual survey of thousands of academic workplaces.

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Academic suing University and College Union over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

A British academic has announced that he is taking legal action against the Universities and Colleges Union after it made the "indecent" decision to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

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Oxford bursary for Israelis

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

An Oxford University college is to introduce a postgraduate scholarship for Israeli students in what has been hailed as the first of its kind.

Exeter College will award the place to a masters or doctoral student from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with priority given to women, minorities or a person from a disadvantaged background.

The scholarship has been named for Professor Rivka Carm

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University 'failed to probe anti-Israel talk

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

A group which monitors extremists has complained about the way Liverpool University investigated a medical course which it suspended for promoting anti-Israel propaganda.

Student Rights, which campaigns against extremism on campuses, said it had serious concerns after being refused Freedom of Information requests by the university.

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Yale project is the victim of a menacing zeitgeist

By David Hirsch, June 16, 2011

Neither the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) nor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's (EUMC) working definition of antisemitism are perfect but they are vilified more for what they get right than what they get wrong.

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EXCLUSIVE: SOAS taught Gaddafi son and hosts al-Qaradawi on editorial board

By Martin Bright, June 15, 2011

The country’s most prestigious university for the study of the Middle East provided one-to-one English tuition to Mutassim Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, who acts as his national security adviser. It also hosts the controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board for its Journal of Islamic Studies.

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Israeli honour for Sir James Wolfensohn after Beirut petition

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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Baroness Deech: Universities should break with UCU

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2011

Universities should consider breaking off links with the union representing academics in the wake of its new policy on antisemitism, Baroness Deech told the House of Lords this week.

The peer, a former principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, launched a scathing attack on the University and College Union for rejecting a definition of antisemitism adopted by the European Union.

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Time for actions now, not words

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's new, tougher approach to tackling terror and extremism is, in theory, a step in the right direction.

In practice the Prevent review contained little that we did not already know. There were no great revelations into the previous Labour government's failures, or solid facts on the coalition's future intentions.

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