Jewish society criticizes Mosley’s donations – The Oxford Student
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The Oxford Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students have expressed disappointment after The Telegraph reported that the University, alongside St Peter’s College and Lady Margaret Hall, had accepted donations from the Mosley family.
The Telegraph reported yesterday that the University had received Â£ 6million from a charitable trust set up by Max Mosley. The trust was said to have been created with money that Max Mosley inherited from his father, Oswald Mosley, who sadly led the British Union of Fascists, and which was played by Sam Clafin in the latest series of Peaky Blinders.
St Peter’s College and Lady Margaret Hall have also accepted family donations totaling over Â£ 6.3million. The trust was established a decade ago and the donations to St Peter’s were made on behalf of Max Mosley’s son Alexander Mosley, who died of a heroin overdose in 2009. Alexander Mosley was a former student of St Peter’s Middle School.
The university told the Telegraph:
“We can confirm that donations to the physics department of the Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust, including the endowment of a chair in biophysics named after university graduate Alexander Mosley, have all been reviewed and approved by the university committee to review donations and seek funding. “
St Peter’s College also defended the donation, saying it was made in the name of a student who died tragically young, and would mean future St Peter’s students would not have to pay expensive external rents at Oxford.
âIn 2019, St Peter’s College received a Â£ 5million donation from the Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust, a regulated charity established in memory of a former St Peter’s student who tragically died young. The money was given to finance a student accommodation building to be built in the second half of 2022 and early 2023. The building is expected to open in spring 2023.
âThe Board of Directors discussed the building name with student representatives and with the Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust. To ensure that the donation can do the maximum good for the College without complications or distractions, the Trust has waived the naming rights for the new building. Instead, he invited the College to choose a name. This is an imaginative and welcome offer that the College has accepted. The College Board is looking forward to embarking on a process of working with current students in 2022. Since the building does not yet exist, it is time to scale up the process and lead these College conversations. thoughtful and exploratory way that will have a lasting legacy. Student representatives welcomed the naming project.
âThe University’s independent review and review processes that the donation went through before being accepted were thorough; the money is put to good use to help pull more students out of Oxford’s expensive private rental market; the former St Peter student for whom the charitable trust is named is warmly recalled to the college.
Lady Margaret Hall also told The Telegraph that the donation allowed them to offer a number of spots in their founding year program.
St Peters JCR President said The Oxford Student: âThe JCR welcomes the extremely rare opportunity for students to have a say in the nomination of a building at the college. We hope the building will be named in a way that reflects and represents the diverse and inclusive community of St Peter’s today.
âRegarding the origin of the donation, the University’s independent review committee approved the funding. This money will allow more socio-economically disadvantaged students to use cheaper university accommodation rather than entering the expensive rental market, which will also serve to encourage students from these backgrounds to apply to St Peter’s. . We are therefore happy that the name of the building can now also be chosen to show that Saint-Pierre is a college open to all.
The LMH JCR president stressed that the LMH community was handling the news and the JCR committee was in communication with the college.
However, the Jewish Society released a statement tonight criticizing the acceptance of donations from the Mosley family and calling on the university and colleges concerned to reconsider their position.
âOxford JSoc and UJS are shocked by the news that the University of Oxford and some of its constituent colleges have accepted donations from the Alexander Mosley Trust. The Mosley family name is synonymous with fascism and anti-Semitism in Britain. The University’s decision to dedicate a chair to this name serves to commemorate and revere Mosley’s legacy. Further, the failure to communicate and consult with Jewish students in Oxford is reckless and inappropriate. We encourage the University of Oxford and the recipient colleges to consider the impact these donations will have on its Jewish students and all students. “
“As an institution which seeks to promote an inclusive environment for all, we hope that the University of Oxford and the colleges involved will reconsider their positions.”
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