Universities

Expert on settlers settles at Oxford University

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2013

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies has finally filled a prestigious academic post after a previous candidate pulled out because of new immigration rules.

Dr Sara Hirschhorn, a post-doctoral fellow in Israel studies at Brandeis University in the United States, is due to become the new Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel studies in September.

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Creating a safe space for minority students

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

“Feminism is seen as a dirty word within the Jewish community and I want this to change.” That is the view of Melissa Leigh, co-chair of the new Union of Jewish Students Women’s Network.

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Leeds quartet reach for the skies

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Skydiving students from Leeds JSoc helped raise more than £2,000 for the Emunah children’s home in Afula, northern Israel.

James Neidle, Michael Kosky, Ronen Feiner and Gila Scherer jumped from 15,000 feet over an airfield in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

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Ben-Gurion University seeking international debating champions

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Ben-Gurion University is seeking participants from around the world for a prestigious debating tournament.

The Red Sea Open is Israel’s only international debating competition. It will be held at BGU’s Eilat campus for the fourth time later this year.

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Do some work, make friends, and don’t worry

By Jordan Jacobs, May 2, 2013

University life is chaotic, challenging, and eye-opening.

With the exam season approaching there has been a shift to revision. Long nights beckon, but this time they will largely be in my room, and sober. I do not want £9,000 in tuition fees to go to waste.

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When segregation is acceptable

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 30, 2013

Recent media reports have focused on instances of gender segregation at events arranged by Islamic societies at British universities.

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Families plan for future after hearing realities of campus life

By Josh Lewis, April 25, 2013

Dozens of sixth form pupils and their parents heard about kashrut, security issues and social activities on campuses at the Union of Jewish Students’s first university information evening.

The event informed teenagers who are applying to universities, and offered practical and financial advice to their families.

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New boss for student body

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2013

UJS Hillel has appointed the Jewish Social Action Forum's campaigns manager David Brown as its executive director.

Mr Brown has worked for a number of social action and youth organisations and is a graduate of the Jewish Agency's Machon young leadership programme. He will take up the newly-created role in June, when current chief executive Daniel Marcus steps down.

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Conference calls prove we can have trust in NUS

By Judith Flacks, April 18, 2013

Jewish students at NUS national conference did themselves, their peers, the student movement, and our community proud.

There were many shining moments throughout last week’s conference where Jewish students proved they will always be ready and willing to fight for what they believe in.

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Where next after UCU ruling?

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 15, 2013

In 2011, the University College Union repudiated the "working definition" of antisemitism promulgated by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism. This definition, while permitting criticism of Israel as of any other state, nonetheless included among its examples of antisemitic conduct, "manifestations" that "target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity."

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