Today, Rob Young, NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship published his report into Jewish students’ experiences which can be found here:http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/articles/jewish-students-have-told-us-about-their-experiences-now-we-must-act. UJS were proud to be involved in the development of the survey.
Josh Nagli, UJS Campaigns Director said in response:
'We welcome the findings of this report that highlights the combination of positive experiences and challenges faced by Jewish students on campus, and are grateful to Rob Young for underta...king it. It provides a series of thoughtful and constructive recommendations that, if implemented by NUS, Students’ Unions, and Higher Education Institutions, will have a profoundly positive impact on Jewish student life.
'In the last 12 months, Jewish students have regularly raised concerns, particularly about antisemitism on their campuses and the toxicity around the Israel/Palestine debate. It is therefore unsurprising that the report shows that such a large number feel uncomfortable engaging with NUS and student politics. The organisation and its leadership must work to rebuild trust with Jewish students and, along with students’ unions and higher education institutions, aim to fully understand Jewish students’ needs; we hope this report will act as a catalyst for this to happen.
'It is time that NUS delivers on its commitments and takes action to ensure that Jewish students feel able to engage in the national student movement. We look forward to working with them, students unions and higher education institutions in order to implement the report’s recommendations over the coming months.’