Society Spotlight: Self-Empowerment Society

Who: Hi! We are Hayah (President), Fatima (PR Director) and Michael (Events Director) What: The Self-Empowerment Society is new to SOAS and we’re here to help you with your personal development- and to build your confidence in the long term. Where: A round table discussion on a student chosen topic. When: 16th November, 5-6pm, Location […]

Relaunch of the SOAS Spirit

The SOAS Spirit is back!  The SOAS Spirit is your independent student-run newspaper which has had an on campus presence since 1936. The Spirit is picking up where we left off and holding those in positions of power accountable and producing content which students will find informative, thought provoking and entertaining. Head down to the […]

SOAS management announces end to outsourcing by September 2018

By Ali Mitib (BA Law and Politics) On 4th August 2017, Paula Sanderson, the Registrar of SOAS, notified the Student Union that SOAS will ‘stop outsourcing its core support services to private contractors from September 2018’. In contrast to the previous plans of SOAS management to bring only the cleaners in-house by 2019, this announcement […]

‘Warning shot’ over university deficit

By Hannah Somerville (MA Arabic Literature) Calls for clarity were issued last week as SOAS squares up to a deepening financial crisis. The university is facing a £4.7m projected deficit this year and its executive board has been tasked with finding at least £3m of savings between now and 2020, with fears raised that staff […]

Aung San Suu Kyi criticised over Rohingya crisis

By Lucy Beach (BA History) Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has come under scrutiny in recent months from the international community over the violence of the army towards the Rohingya people of the Rakhine state in Myanmar. Ethnic tensions between the Buddhist majority and the Rohingya have always been taut, and violence […]

IMF states higher tax rates would not harm economic growth

By Tom Matsuda (BA International Relations and Japanese) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a report saying that higher tax rates would not necessarily harm economic growth rates in major economies. Moreover, the Washington-based international organisation has also stated that this would reduce the high levels of economic inequality seen across the globe. Although external […]