UJS President Esther Offenberg and Campaigns Organiser Daniel Kosky met with new Universities Minister Jo Johnson this morning. The meeting, facilitated by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was a communal meeting which also had representatives from the CST, Jewish Leadership Council and Chaplaincy.
Topics discussed included antisemitism, issues around religious freedom on campus, free speech, as well as our recent Government funded Lessons from Auschwitz Project in partnership with H.E.T.
We also raised the sector wide issue of university complaints procedures. We argued that many examples have shown they are not fit for purpose, particularly when it comes to dealing adequately with racism on campus.
Campaigns Organiser Daniel Kosky said:
It was important to sit down and meet the new Universities Minister Jo Johnson today. We are pleased that the Minister committed to tackling antisemitism on campus emphasised the importance of Jewish students feeling welcome at their universities. We look forward to continuing our work with Government to ensure the issues facing Jewish remain high on the agenda.