Antisemitism in Universities

Cardiff University

International Definition of Antisemitism


The University has not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The University told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “We make active use of the IHRA definition as a reference point for our staff and students…Relatively recently, we scrupulously considered the formal adoption of definitions at the University’s most senior committees…After careful consideration, we concluded that adopting selected religion- or race-specific definitions may have the unfortunate consequence of appearing to exclude other faith groups or races in relation to whom definitions are not adopted. We therefore will not formally adopt the definition…”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 1st June 2023. On 13th June 2023, the University responded.

Students’ Union

Cardiff University Students’ Union has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Cardiff University Students’ Union announced the decision through a statement published on 25th November 2021.

When asked on 26th November 2021, Cardiff University Students’ Union confirmed that it adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism on 25th November 2021.

As part of its response, Cardiff University Students’ Union provided a copy of the motion, which showed that the Definition was adopted.


The following are recent incidents that have been reported to us, however we recognise that antisemitism is chronically underreported and it is possible that there are incidents that have not been reported. To report an incident, please contact us.

Cardiff University refused to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism in order to avoid a “potentially divisive situation.”

Jewish life on campus

The incidence of antisemitism on a university campus and how the university and its students’ union address antisemitism are matters of serious concern. At the same time, they do not represent the totality of Jewish life on any campus. For further information about Jewish life on campus, please contact the local Jewish Society or Jewish chaplain.

No student should have to endure antisemitism. Campaign Against Antisemitism provides specialist help to students who have experienced antisemitism, including free legal representation. For assistance with antisemitism on campus, please contact us.