Students Staff
University of Essex

February 28, 2019

Review of the Experiences of Jewish Students and Staff at the University of Essex

Dear student and staff members of the Essex community,

I am writing to offer the opportunity for students and staff to feed into the Review I am leading on the experiences of Jewish students and staff on all three campuses at the University of Essex.

There are three routes for passing information, experiences and recommendations:

  • By email to this account: dvc@essex.ac.uk
  • By meeting in person: please email dvc@essex.ac.uk to select and arrange a meeting time on either Tuesday 5 March or Monday 11 March
  • By meeting in person with an appointed external and independent member of the Jewish community (appointment to be confirmed; details to follow), and/or organisation (Union of Jewish Students, Community Support Trust, Council for Christians and Jews).

The Review will be reporting to the University Council on 13 May 2019.

The Aims of Review are as follows:

  • The Review will gather information on the experiences of Jewish students and staff at the University of Essex. It will draw upon best practice and expertise outside the University as well as inside.
  • The Review will identify ways in which the University can have greater confidence that the experience of Jewish students and staff reflects the University’s unequivocal commitments and values to equality, diversity and tolerance.

The Review will thus:

  • Make recommendations to the University’s Council (on 13 May) on actions that the University should take to address all issues of concern that arise from the review;
  • Identify mechanisms so that Council will be able to satisfy itself that through clear actions the University is having a positive impact on the lived experience of Jewish students and staff;
  • Draw any wider conclusions of relevance to all minority groups at the University to ensure that all communities, including minority faith communities, at Essex feel welcome.

I look forward to your emails and/or meeting in person.

With best wishes,

Professor Jules Pretty OBE PFHEA FRSB FRSA

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Environment & Society

University of Essex

E jpretty@essex.ac.uk

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