Antisemitism in Universities

Leeds Beckett University

International Definition of Antisemitism


The University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples.

The Definition was adopted on 16th July 2021.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “… Leeds Beckett University has not used the term ‘adopt’ in respect of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. As stated on our website, the university does take note of the IHRA definition of hatred, adopted by government, in its anti-racism statement… the statement includes specific reference to Jewish people as one of our ethnic minority communities”.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 9th July 2020. On 4th August 2020, the University responded. On 1st April 2022, the University updated its response.

Additionally, the University published a statement on its website on an unknown date in 2021.

Students’ Union

When asked on 3rd August 2020, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.


No incidents 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.

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.