Freedom of Expression at Universities

The Union of Jewish Students welcomes the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s clarifications on Universities and Students’ Unions’ duty to protect freedom of expression, whilst similarly guarding students from harassment, intimidation and religious or racial hatred. We are proud to be influencing the conversation on freedom of speech in the HE sector, given that both this EHRC report and the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ investigation into free speech on campus mirrored our written and oral evidence. We look forward to seeing implementation of these recommendations on campuses in England and Wales, including free and informed debates on Israel-Palestine, whilst protecting Jewish students from those who would incite hatred and violence against us.

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UJS Statement about the UCL IHRA vote

It is a sorry state of affairs that the all-student meeting at UCLSU has voted against the IHRA definition of antisemitism. 

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Brexit deadlock: Speak up for your future!

At UJS Conference 2018, Jewish students voted to support the campaign for another referendum on Brexit

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UJS Student Awards 2019- Nominate now!

Please send in your nominations here by 19th March.

The annual UJS Student Awards is the opportunity to recognise everyone who has contributed and dedicated themselves to Jewish life on campus. It’s a time for students from all over the country to come together and celebrate their work and their achievements. 

We give awards for a host of different activities, from one-off events to extended projects, as well as a J-Soc’s overall contribution to Jewish life over the year. Awards aren’t just given for the event with the most attendees, the biggest J-Soc, or the campaign with the most social media likes. It’s given to students who have made a tangible difference to their campus. That might be a Friday night dinner for less than 10 people, or it might be a ball for 200. Now is the time to celebrate the students who work tirelessly and voluntary for their peers.

Any activity that has taken place since March 2018 whcih has not been nominated last year is valid for nomination. You can nominate your own event/project, or a friend’s. If you have any questions, please contact Louise.

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This isn't goodbye

If after my A-level results you said to me “you are going to go to Israel for the first time, become J-Soc president and work in the Jewish community” I would have laughed at and probably with you.

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Office for Students adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism

We are extremely pleased to note that the Office for Students, the independent regulator of Higher Education, has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. This definition has been endorsed by the vast majority of the Jewish community including by UJS, the representative body of Jewish students.

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National Council and Board of Deputies Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of our National Council and Board of Deputies elections. The election was run by Russell Langer, UJS Returning Officer 2018, and counted through a single transferable vote (STV) system.

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Esther Offenberg is UJS President 2019-2020

After a thrilling election period which saw three women candidates running against each other for the first time in 99 years, we can announce that the UJS President 2019-2020 is Esther Offenberg from Birmingham J-Soc!

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UJS Presidential Candidates 2018

Nominations are now closed- here are your UJS Presidential candidates 2018!

Sign up for UJS Conference 2018 here!

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Its your Turn - Nominations are open now!

Students, it’s your turn!


Want to be the UJS President 2019-2020? Want to represent 8,500 Jewish students nationally and internationally? Want to lead your national union, create ground-breaking campaigns and combat antisemitism on a national scale?


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About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 


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