Universities

Student rescue boat arrives in Gaza

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 9, 2008

Two British academics have arrived in Gaza to collect Palestinian students who would otherwise be unable to take up university places abroad.

Prof Jonathan Rosenhead and Research Fellow Mike Cusham went by boat from Cyprus to collect the 16 students, some of whom have scholarships at colleges in Europe and North America.

They docked on Tuesday afternoon and hope to leave within the next few days.

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Come to our party, and bring a ‘fit’ Jew

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Student party organisers have caused a major row by asking guests to come in fancy dress - and be accompanied by "a fit Jew".

Guests were told to find female students as dates and dress up, complete with money-bags and wear fake peyot (sidelocks).

The event was cancelled following complaints from Jewish students and Oxford University's student union is now carrying out an investigation.

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Oxford rugby club planned ‘bring a Jew’ social night

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2008

A university rugby club invited its players to take part in a ‘bring a Jew' night and told them to find female Jewish students as dates.

Members of Oxford University's men's under-21 side were encouraged to ‘dress up as Jews' and carry money bags.

The event, due to take place on Wednesday, was cancelled after complaints from Jewish students, but it is thought some players went ahead with the night out as planned.

Officials from the university and student union had told organisers to cancel the social and are now investigating.

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Adults' initiative Jeneration building presence on campus

September 26, 2008

Reform-backed young adults' initiative Jeneration is building a presence on campus.

It has produced a 60-page freshers' pamphlet, The Ultimate Guide to Student Survival, listing contacts for student activity as well as for local Reform, Liberal and Masorti communities.

Launched last year by the Reform movement to promote informal networks among young people, Jeneration has a student fieldworker and eight regional representatives.

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Campus hate figures soar

By Leon Symons, August 1, 2008

Antisemitic incidents in universities shot up by 88 per cent in the first half of this year, according to figures released this week by the Community Security Trust.

There were 49 incidents in the first six months of this year compared to 26 in the first half of 2007. However, only two involved assaults and both of those were off campus; the rest were incidents of verbal abuse or graffiti.

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Scholar slams UCU for bias

July 18, 2008

A Shakespearean scholar from Anglia Ruskin University is the latest member to resign from the University and College Union over its policy calling on academics to review links with Israeli institutions. In a letter to the union, Professor Sarah Annes Brown wrote: “I am not Jewish, have no links with Israel, and don’t support all of its actions and policies. However I… don’t wish to belong to a union which singles out one country for such insistent scrutiny.”

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$4m for Yiddish studies

July 18, 2008

A veteran US comedy writer and producer has donated $4m (£2m) to endow an academic chair in Yiddish language and culture at UCLA. The gift by Michael “Mickey” Ross will go to the university’s Centre for Jewish Study, where Yiddish has been taught for 30 years.

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Cambridge first for former anorexic

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

Recovering anorexic Mandy Kaye made history this week as she graduated from Cambridge with starred first-class honours and a distinction — the only student in her geography faculty to do so.

But it could have all been so different for the 25-year-old, who, five years ago, was given just days to live.

Ms Kaye, from Southgate, North London, has been battling anorexia for nine years. At her lowest, she weighed just under five stone.

Now, hopeful of a making full recovery, she is determined to inspire others to do the same.

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Student leaders pledge to fight campus racism

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 27, 2008

Manchester University’s growing reputation for harbouring antisemitism is facing a new challenge after Jewish candidates gained a third of the places on the student-union council.

The new team will have four Jewish representatives on the executive and another 14 on the student council. One of them — Rob Pinfold — is the new general secretary.

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Patsy Bloom earns a place in the veterinary world’s hall of fame

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Patsy Bloom, the founder of pet insurers Petplan and the Petplan Charitable Trust, has been made an honorary associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons — the highest honour for a non-member. Ms Bloom, 67, was recognised for her support across the veterinary profession.


She tells People: “It’s an unbelievable recognition from your peer group. It’s a great compliment to the company and the trust.”

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