New Study Reveals Jewish Students’ Concerns at UK Universities

Last Updated on: 19th December 2023, 05:27 pm

A recent comprehensive survey has highlighted worrying trends regarding Jewish students at universities across the United Kingdom.

Conducted by the Global Student Living Index, which assesses student experiences worldwide, the survey gathered insights from over 40,000 students at more than 100 universities in the UK, spanning from 1st October to 5th December 2023.

The survey’s primary findings are alarming: only 46% of Jewish students believe their university is mindful of their wellbeing. This figure stands in stark contrast to the 64% of Muslim students and 65% of the overall student body who feel their universities are concerned about their welfare.

The situation for Jewish students is particularly troubling, as evidenced by a steep decline in satisfaction—from 58% in October to just 33% by the end of November. This drastic fall points to an urgent need to address the specific issues Jewish students encounter and to cultivate a more inclusive, supportive atmosphere on campuses.

Tim Daplyn, CEO of Global Student Living, reflected on these results, stating, “We know that many institutions have made substantial efforts to reassure and support both Jewish and Muslim students through what has been a traumatic period for many, so this new data will be disappointing. What’s clear is that efforts need to be redoubled and sustained when students return to campuses in the new year to ensure that all students feel the security and sense of belonging they need to thrive.”

Global Student Living remains committed to ongoing research into student experiences and encourages universities to engage in the next research wave from February to May 2024.

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