Antisemitism in Universities

University of Leeds

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 an unknown date in September 2018.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it does apply the Definition in disciplinary matters.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 14th July 2020. On 11th August 2020, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided their Freedom of Expression protocol dated September 2020, which incorporates the Definition.

Students’ Union

When asked on 11th August 2020, Leeds Students’ Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.


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.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the University of Leeds regarding Professor Ray Bush, about his alleged history of antisemitic tweets.

Swastika and the word “Nazi” daubed in Leeds University hall popular with Jewish students. Police treating this as a hate crime.

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls for release of names of five student representatives at Leeds who voted to reject motion to combat antisemitism.

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.