University of Sussex Launches New Fellowship Program in Jewish and Holocaust Studies

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex in East Sussex, England, has announced a new Fellowship Program in Jewish and Holocaust Studies, a ten-year program that will bring world-renowned academics to the university who will visit the institution for up to three months.

The Isaacsohn André Fellowship Program was launched on Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked on Friday (January 27), to commemorate members of the Isaacsohn and André families who died in the Holocaust, reports.

In the announcement, the University of Sussex said that academics who will come as Visiting Fellows will join the Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies within the School of Media, Arts and Humanities as well as the university's Centre for German-Jewish Studies. Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies has been granted nearly £500,000 from the Jusaca Charitable Trust.

“These generous donations will help us to foster academic collaboration in Jewish and Holocaust Studies and to raise understanding of this important topic. They will enable University of Sussex experts to continue to deepen their work in this field as they educate others,” Vice-Chancellor, Sasha Roseneil, said.

Roseneil highlighted that on February 1, the Holocaust survivor Manfred Goldberg BEM will be visiting the university to speak to students and staff about his experience.

Commenting on the new program, Gideon Reuveni, European History Professor in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities, said that the University of Sussex aims to foster creativity and also encourage the exchange of many ideas within and outside institutional boundaries.

“The core of our work is scholarship. We live in times in which we need to remind ourselves the value and significance of intellectual attainment,” Reuveni added.

To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, the university will screen a documentary film on Thursday, February 2, about a young man who wants to create a computer game about his grandmother’s experiences, while on February 4, the school will begin a workshop for UK teachers and Holocaust educators.

The University of Sussex is among the leading higher education and research institutions in the United Kingdom. It was established in the 1960s and received its Royal Charter in 1961.

According to 2020/21 figures on the university’s website, 18,510 students, about one-fifth postgraduates, are enrolled at the university. Of the total university students enrolled, 70 percent are domestic students, and 30 percent are international students.

A total of 3,490 staff were employed at the university in the 2020/21 academic year, equal to 2,555 full-time employees, while the school also hosts staff from more than 100 countries of the world.

Main photo: University of Sussex's official Twitter account

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