Universities: Antisemitism and Iran

Department for Education written question – answered on 13 September 2023.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions her Department has had with student bodies on tackling (a) anti-Semitic and (b) pro-Iranian messaging in universities.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

The government is clear that antisemitism is abhorrent and has no place in higher education (HE), and our universities should be welcoming and inclusive environments.

HE providers have clear responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, to adopt robust policies and procedures that enable them to investigate and swiftly address reports of antisemitism. The Prevent duty requires relevant HE bodies, when exercising their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Department officials meet regularly with the Union of Jewish Students to discuss our collective efforts in the ongoing fight against antisemitism on university campuses.

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