UJS Campaigns Organiser Daniel Kosky leads a roundtable discussion with Jewish student leaders and Universities Minister Chris Skidmore
As the representative body for Jewish students, we put great importance on working with various stakeholders and groups to ensure the needs of Jewish students are met and that the Jewish student voice is heard.
We meet regularly with Government and Members of Parliament (MPs) in order make sure policy decisions take into account the needs of Jewish students. This engagement has led to tangible change, with one example being Universities Minister Chris Skidmore writing to all university vice-chancellors urging them to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. We also use these meetings to raise issues Jewish students care about, guided by motions passed at UJS Conference. Our President also meets the Prime Minister in Downing Street once a year.
Alongside this, we work with universities and students' unions ensure Jewish students are supported and accommodated for during their time on campus. This work includes lobbying for Kosher food provision, helping Jewish students tackle exams being scheduled on Shabbat, and our antisemitism training programme. We are also an associate member of the National Union of Students (NUS) and work to ensure that Jewish issues are on the table in the work of our national student union.
We also advocate for Jewish students from within the Jewish community, with UJS holding the largest delegation to the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Our Deputies are elected at our annual conference and sit on the Board along with our President and Campaigns Organiser.
There are many ways that Jewish students can be involved in shaping our Jewish student voice, whether it be attending our annual conference, submitting motions, or running for leadership positions. If you'd like to find out more about how you can get involved, contact Bradley.