The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) is the only representative Jewish student organisation in the UK. UJS ensures that student life is a fulfilling and enriching experience.
UJS is both a service provider and facilitator. We represent our membership through Jewish Societies (JSocs)
UJS provides accommodation, Kosher food, training for JSocs, national events, campaigns and careers services to ensure that student needs are addressed in all key areas of student life.
Jewish students make up 0.5% of the whole student population in the UK, which represents about 8,500 students. These students are spread across many institutions, across 60 UK campuses.
UJS have over sixteen Hillel centers throughout the UK, some residential, some social spaces. This year, we have been working with the National Union of Students (NUS) Services Department to try to provide national Kosher food provision in areas where it is needed. Nottingham University has its very own kosher food outlet in the Student Union
UJS trains and supports JSocs throughout the year, but this training culminates at the annual UJS-Summit. At Summit, the sessions range from interfaith, understanding antisemitism on campus,event planning, fundraising, publicity, pluralism and even cooking. We also have other national events, such as the UJS Student Awards, the JUEFA Cup, Conference, Shabbat UK, Birthright and March of the Living and all our Careers Events.
UJS Campaigns is a central part of what we do. We continue to fight against hate speech and antisemitism on campus. In the National Jewish Student Survey (NJSS), 68% of respondents said that they were ‘worried about finding a job after university.’ UJS tries to provide students with networking and internship opportunities. We have careers networking events, master classes and our summer internship programme.
Updates about the Union of Jewish Students
The start of the university year has been hectic for UJS. September began with UJS’ Leadership and Political Training Summit, followed by #64daysoffreshers, with UJS staff visiting all the J-Socs around the country during their first week of term. This was quickly followed by our first careers event of the year, Succah in the City, […]
1. What motivates you to be involved in communal life? I have always been involved in the community and after being the President of a Jewish Society when I was on campus in Leeds, UJS simply felt like the next step. I truly value our community and am a product of what it offers. I have […]
The newest JLC members are Frank Baigel who replaces Lucille Cohen as President of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region, and incoming UJS President Alex Green. Read more about them on the JLC website here. Frank Baigel commented: ‘I look forward to joining the JLC, representing the vital, vibrant and varied Manchester Jewish […]
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