Universities

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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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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