Cambridge interfaith first

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Cambridge University is to introduce a pioneering new master's degree in Muslim-Jewish relations in 2012.

Yousef Meri, convenor of the one-year MPhil course, said: "It's the first postgraduate course of its kind specifically in the academic study of Muslim-Jewish relations.


University drops Libya libel suit against MP Robert Halfon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A university has dropped a libel suit against a Conservative MP who criticised it for maintaining commercial links with the oppressive Libyan regime.

In March Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, published a blog post about Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) and its investments from Libyan sources.


Matthew Gould cautions on UK campus extremism image

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The British Ambassador to Israel has questioned the image of university campuses in this country being "hotbeds of anti-Israel sentiment".

Matthew Gould cautioned that such an image was false and emphasised the importance of not overstating the problem and putting off Israeli students from studying in the UK.


Which country has 10 Jewish study centres? (And it's not obvious)

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

A delegation of professors from a leading foreign university flew to London last Friday to honour a British supporter of their country's burgeoning programme of Jewish studies.

Philanthropist Naim Dangoor, who is 97, was made a consultant professor of China's Nanjing University in an award ceremony held in his Kensington apartment.

"We are very proud that you are now one of us," Nanjing vice


Gap year applicants almost halved in 2011

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The number of British participants on gap year schemes in Israel has dramatically dived as 18-year-olds try to beat the rise in university tuition fees.

According to the UJIA, just 57 people have signed up to go out to Israel on gap programmes this autumn, compared with 162 last year.

The number going to yeshivah or seminary in Israel also looks set to drop, currently standing at an estimate


NUS fails to reverse its anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The new president of the National Union of Students has rejected the opportunity to repeal the union's new anti-Israel policy, despite previously indicating he would act on Jewish students' concerns.

Liam Burns, who took over the presidency this month, had offered assurances that the measures would be diluted or overturned at the first national executive council meeting under his leadership.


Fingers on buzzers, starter for 10

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A Jewish student is hoping that his knowledge of Agamemnon and Lucy the skeleton in a nailbiting first round of University Challenge will be enough to secure his team a place in the next stage of the contest.

Jonathan Metzer, 19, was part of the Worcester College, Oxford team, but despite achieving a score of 180 points they were beaten - by just ten points - by their Cambridge opponents.


Jewish student in nailbiting University Challenge contest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A Jewish student is hoping that his knowledge of Agamemnon and Lucy the skeleton, in a nailbiting first - round University Challenge match, will be enough to secure his team a place in the next stage of the contest.


Curator named for Oxford Hebrew Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies has announced the successor to its longtime curator Dr Piet van Boxel.

Dr Cesar Merchan Hamann will take over from Dr van Boxel in September as curator of the Bodleian Library's Hebrew and Judaica collections.