Antisemitism in Universities

Royal Northern College of Music

International Definition of Antisemitism


The College does not appear to have adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The College has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “I believe the adoption is only to the introductory wording. The College have not included the examples in the Code [of Practice on Freedom of Expression]…The Secretary of State does not require us to do this…the adoption was agreed on 15 February 2021.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 10th July 2020. On 12th August 2020, the College responded. On 15th June 2021, the College updated its response.

Campaign Against Antisemitism considers the examples to be integral to the Definition, without which an adoption is not complete. In a statement on 7th August 2018, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance reiterated the integrality of the examples to the Definition.

As part of its response, the College provided its Code of Practice on Freedom of Expression.

Students’ Union

When asked on 6th August 2020, Royal Northern College of Music 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.