Antisemitism in Universities

Sheffield Hallam 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 2nd February 2021.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 14th July 2020. On 10th August 2020, the University responded. On 7th March 2022, the University updated its response.

As part of its response, the University provided minutes of a meeting of its Board of Governors on 2nd February 2021, which show that the Definition was adopted. Additionally, the University announced the decision through a statement published on its website on 3rd February 2021.

Students’ Union

When asked on 6th August 2020, Sheffield Hallam 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.

PhD student who defended the phrase “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust” reportedly no longer employed by Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield Hallam University reportedly dropped their investigation into a University and College Union backed PhD student who defended the phrase “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust”.

Sheffield Hallam University has reportedly suspended a PhD student who defended the phrase “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust”.

Sheffield Hallam University reportedly investigated a PhD student who defended the phrase “Stop the Palestinian Holocaust”.

The University and College Union (UCU) branch at Sheffield Hallam University was condemned for passing a motion of solidarity with the disgraced professor, David Miller.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) has condemned Sheffield Hallam University for failing to properly address a Jewish student’s complaint about antisemitism, and ordered the university to pay him compensation of £3,000.

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.