CAPPE Open Discussion on Universities & IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Microsoft Teams, Thursday 19th of November, 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
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Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has recently written to Vice Chancellors of UK universities,  asking then to adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism in full, and outlining financial penalties if they fail to do so by the end of this calendar year. In order to take a decision on this by the 25th of November, our University’s Executive Board have asked for views and feedback from Schools through the Academic Board.

In order to inform that feedback, CAPPE welcomes all colleagues to an open and collegial discussion about the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, and the Government’s demand that universities adopt it. The Registrar of the University, Stephen Dudderidge, will briefly outline the key issues, and will draw on feedback from staff in reporting to the UEB. We welcome all views and hope to hear from as many colleagues as possible. To frame the discussion we would, firstly, like to examine the definition itself and consider what consequences adopting it may or may not have for teaching, research and for our students. Secondly, we would like to consider the wider issue of academic freedom in relation to this government intervention. Time permitting, we’d also like to discuss possible replies to related options and questions put to Academic Board.

Please note that the event will NOT be recorded, but minutes and notes from the discussion and chat will be collated as part of the feedback to the Executive Board.

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