Through diverse and professional training programmes, StandWithUs equips students across the UK to be effective Israel educators. We provide educational opportunities and expert training from professionals and leaders within the field of politics, international diplomacy, marketing, business and more.
StandWithUs UK runs three programmes:
The UK Emerson Fellowship
Thanks to generous Florida based philanthropists, Steven and Rita Emerson, the UK Emerson Fellowship is a prestigious one-year program that recruits, trains, educates, and inspires University student leaders on campuses throughout the United Kingdom. They form a network of trained student leaders, chosen from over 20 campuses, who inspire their peers and collaborate with other student groups to run effective educational events about Israel. The Fellowship is part of an international movement, joining students from over 80 other Campuses across the United States and Canada, where the Emerson Fellowship has been running for over 11 years.
Sixth Form Leadership Program
A one year course that prepares and trains emerging student leaders from schools across London, before entering University. Each year, participating students are selected from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and schools. They meet and participate in regular sessions throughout the Programme and are taught by leaders in the fields of diplomacy, communication, media, public speaking and more.
The students form a network of leaders that actively engage their peers in Israel education through workshops, lunch and learns and fundraising events, receiving investment to become effective educators at University.
This year participating students come from a variety of different schools including: JFS, Yavneh, Immanuel, Hasmonean, UCS, Haberdashers Boys and Channing
SWU Connect +
StandWithUs Connect+ is an initiative that seeks to engage and educate primarily first year University students (“Freshers”) about Israel through unique off-campus events, while creating a social network of like-minded individuals. SWU Connect+ formalizes a relaxed, regular meeting space over the academic year for student activity outside of a traditional campus environment whilst creating networking opportunities with professionals from a variety of spheres who want to learn and educate about Israel.
Each year StandWithUs hosts annual conferences for student leaders in the UK. The aim of our conferences are to empower all students, Sixth Form and University to stand up for Israel and provide a meeting place to meet like minded students from across the UK. Our conferences include:
Annual UK Israel in Focus Conference
Taking place at the beginning of the academic term, the UK Israel in Focus conference aims to inspire students before starting or returning to University to lead change on campus for Israel. The conference regathers student leaders from across the country and provides them with opportunities to strategise and prepare to engage their campuses with Israel over the coming year.
The Annual conference has brought together leading MP’s from the Labour and Conservative party, Islamic scholars, media professionals and many more.
The International Israel in Focus Conference, Los Angeles, California
The Annual International Israel in Focus Conference gathers politicians, leaders and activists from across the StandWithUs International network to an intensive four-day conference which inspires and educates the growing global community of Israel supporters. The UK Emerson fellows travel and join over 400 other students and alumni as part of the international Emerson network.
StandWithUs develops educational campaigns targeted at educating about Israel as well as correcting the one-sided anti-Israel narrative and countering anti-Semitism. Our campaigns promote education as the way to peace and promoting dialogue, involving pro-active methods and activities that help to engage others with Israel.
Peace Week UK
A national campaign that was launched in 2018 following the success of our first ever Israel Peace Week campaigns on leading university campuses in 2017, Peace Week aims to foster dialogue, build bridges and reform the campus culture by creating a space for students to engage in a proactive discussion about peace in a positive way.
Peace Week UK reaches 22 campuses annually and has led students to create events such as panel debates, speaking events with medics, Islamic academics, building bridges with other University groups and organisations.
As part of the campaign, Isreality, a delegation of 25 Hebrew University of Jerusalem students tour British campuses in support of the campaign, delivering a message of peace from Israeli student voices.