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After a Freedom of Information request campaign and investigation by UJS, on the 30th September UJS announced that only 28 out of 133 Higher education institutions had adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism. The adoption of this definition is the first step to ensuring that Jewish students are protected, it is outrageous that after multiple government interventions only 1 in 5 have so far adopted it. UJS saw communal and national coverage of this, including Jewish News, Jewish Chronicle and the Telegraph.

We know Jewish students play the biggest role and therefore we need Jewish students across the country to be putting pressure on their university management. We thank the students that have worked so hard to get this definition adopted on their campuses and we are continuously working with students on the ground to combat antisemitism. 


UJS has been working with Members of Parliaments who have repeatedly raised this issue with Government Ministers resulting in a Westminster Hall debate on the 6th of October. 

On the 9th of October, Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, wrote to all educational institutions registered to the OFS to demand that they adopt the IHRA definition by Christmas 2020.

The Community Security Trust released a report in December titled Campus Antisemitism in Britain 2018-2020. In the previous two academic years CST saw 123 antisemetic incidents. They have made a number of recommendations to universities, one being the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism. This reaffirms the hard work both UJS, J-Socs and Jewish students do on campus. 

On the 21st December 2020, the University of Oxford adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full, joining the growing list of UK universities, along with the University of Cambridge. This should be an example to all other higher education institutes of the importance of adopting this definition. 

On the 22nd January 2021, nearly 100 Jewish student leaders wrote to the Guardian newspaper to say: "it is time for a discussion of the IHRA definition and its adoption by British universities to reflect the lived realities of Jewish students. Retired judges, activists based in the Middle East and far-left non-Jewish academics are not on the frontline enduring antisemitism on campus – we are."


A total of 109 HE & FE institutions have now adopted this critical definition. 

Below are all the institutions that have adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism:


  • Abertay University 
  • Arden University
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Barnsley College
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birbeck, University of London
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Brunel University London
  • Bucks New University
  • Cambridge Theological Federation 
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cranfield University 
  • De Montfort University
  • Edge Hill University 
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Harper Adams University
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • Keighley College
  • Kings College London (KCL)
  • Leeds Arts University
  • Leeds City College
  • Leeds College of Music 
  • Leeds Sixth Form College
  • Leeds Trinity University 
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Mores University 
  • London Metropolitan University 
  • London School of Commerce and IT
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • London School of Economics 
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • Moorlands College
  • Nottingham Trent University 
  • Plymouth Marjon University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Regents College London
  • Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Music 
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • Ruskin College Oxford
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Southampton Solent University
  • St George's University of London
  • St Mary's University Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University


  • Teeside University
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • University Campus of Football Business
  • University Centre Leeds
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University College of Osteopathy
  • University of Bath 
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bolton 
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Coventry
  • University of Derby
  • University of Durham
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex 
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of Leeds 
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln 
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London 
  • University of Manchester 
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth 
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton 
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey 
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Worcester
  • University of York 
  • White Rose Academies
  • York St John University 

Adopted after September 30th 2020

Adopted after January 1st 2021 

If you want to find out more about the IHRA definition, its significance and importance for the British Jewish Community; here are some resources for you:

Understanding the IHRA definition of antisemitism - WONKHE

David Hirsch response to rejection of IHRA - Fathom 

In defence of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism - Fathom eBook

Contemporary Struggles over Defining Antisemitism - David Hirsch

Why IHRA Antisemitism Definition does not stifle debate on Israel - J-TV 

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