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Universities: Antisemitism

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN HL8001, tabled on 26 April 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of anti-semitism within bodies representing students in English universities.

Answered on

4 May 2016

The Government is clear that there is absolutely no place in higher education or anywhere else in society for bigotry, hatred or any form of racism such as anti-Semitism.

Recent reports of anti-Semitism are extremely concerning and must be met with a decisive response. We expect all bodies with a role in English higher education to be absolutely clear in their opposition to racism in all its forms, and to have robust policies in place to tackle such hatred and support victims.

At the Government’s request, Universities UK has set up a taskforce to examine what more can be done to tackle harassment and hate crime on campus, including anti-Semitism.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills