Dear Secretary of State

I am writing to you about the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

The government adopted the IHRA definition on 12 December 2016.

Many taxpayer funded universities in England have adopted the definition, however, despite your department’s encouragement, and your predecessor warning that non-compliance could affect their future funding, the universities listed at the bottom of this letter have refused to do so.

I also understand that some universities, including the London School of Economics, have refused to adopt the definition in full, and have instead cherry-picked certain paragraphs.

These places of learning have a duty of care to their students, and they are all covered by UK equality legislation, but you will know that the IHRA definition is not enshrined in law.

Moreover, while I applaud your departments efforts to encourage universities to sign up on a voluntary basis, it’s a damning indictment on those who have not yet done so.

Since more than five years have now passed since the adoption of the definition can you please explain what steps you will now take to ensure that the named universities adopt the definition, and most importantly what action will you take if they refuse to do so?

Finally, I have copied this letter to my constituency MP for information.

Yours sincerely

AECC University College
University of Brighton
University of Buckingham
University for the Creative Arts
University of Cumbria
Falmouth University
University of Greenwich
Kingston University
→ Courtauld Institute of Art
→ Goldsmiths, University of London
→ Heythrop College
→ School of Oriental and African Studies
University of Northampton
Oxford Brookes University
Ravensbourne University London
University of Reading
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