Muslim and Jewish students trained in "conflict resolution" have been recruited by universities to help calm tensions between the groups.

The "campus ambassadors" will start work tomorrow at 10 institutions, including four in London as well as Oxford and Cambridge.

The Coexistence Trust, a charity that works to reduce Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, is funding the project.

Twenty students will undergo monthly training sessions, featuring peacemaking and leadership skills. They will be expected to set up projects that both Muslims and Jews can get involved with. Shahnaz Ahsan, from the Coexistence Trust, said: "We hope this will create a new tone of respectful debate on campus and avoid the polarisation we have seen in past years."

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