SOAS announces its new ‘Fossil Fuels Free University’ status

By Ines Rodier, BA Politics and Development Studies SOAS has announced that fossil fuels are no longer being used the institutuion. This achievement is the result of a commitment made three years ago by the administration to divest totally from fossil fuels. Between 2008 and 2015, SOAS had already halved its carbon emissions from buildings, […]

Justice for Workers continue their fight to be brought in-house

By Arooj Sultan, BA Economics & Politics After a hard-fought campaign taking place over a period of 11 years, in August 2017 SOAS management announced that it meet the demands of the Justice for Workers (J4W) campaign and bring all outsourced staff in-house by September 2018. Following this historic announcement, workers were promised that all […]

SOAS Management commits to rejoining the TEF

By Arooj Sultan, BA Economics & Politics SOAS is among the higher education institutions that is set to re-enter the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – a system in which teaching excellence is rewarded financially according to ranking – over the course of this year. Last year, SOAS received a bronze ranking under the TEF. The […]

Ethiopia on the brink: Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn Resigns

By Emma Ruiters, MSc Development Economics On February 15 this year, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) resigned, igniting the greatest political crisis to rock the country since the end of communist rule in 1991. Desalegn had risen to power in 2012 following the death of long-term leader […]