Antisemitism in Universities

University College Birmingham

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 19th October 2020.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it does not apply the Definition in disciplinary matters, confirming that: “It [antisemitism] is covered under the disciplinary section of out [sic] general student regulations and equality of opportunity policy as a protected characteristic (race and religion or belief)”.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 13th July 2020. On 26th October 2020, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided minutes of a meeting of its Executive Management Team on 19th October 2020, which show that the Definition was adopted.

Students’ Union

When asked on 12th August 2020, University College Birmingham Guild of Students 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.