Dear Minister for Education

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

The Welsh Government adopted the IHRA definition in May 2017.

However, while the vast majority of taxpayer funded universities in England have adopted the definition, the majority of Welsh universities have still to do so.

A list of the universities that have refused to adopt the definition is detailed at the end of this letter.

The divergence in the statistics may be down to the fact that the Department for Education in England has actively encouraged universities under its authority to adopt the IHRA definition, while I have seen no evidence of the Welsh Government taking the same action.

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

Since nearly five years have passed since the adoption of the definition in Wales can you please explain what steps the Welsh Government will now take to ensure that the named universities adopt the definition, and what action will be taken if they refuse to do so?

If you propose to take no further action, what do you think that says about the Welsh Governments’ commitment to opposing racism?

Finally, I have copied this letter to my MSs for their information.

Yours sincerely

Cardiff University
University of South Wales
Swansea University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Aberystwyth University
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Israel Britain Alliance Ltd. Registered Address: 71-75 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 1BB. Company Number: 11054917