Students and Staff walkout in protest of proposals to reshape student support

By Ali Mitib, BA Law and Politics. On the 24th November, hundreds of students and staff walked out of SOAS en masse in protest of changes proposed by SOAS Senior Management to reshape administration departments to achieve the aim of improving the student experience by creating the ‘One Professional Service.’ Representatives from the Students’ Union, […]

SOAS Budget Deficit: Alternative financing and restructuring

By Arooj Sultan, BA Economics and Politics and Hannah Somerville, MA Arabic Literature There are currently five principles that form SOAS’ financial strategy and therefore mould the school’s corporate objectives, and the way in which those objectives are achieved. A reading of those principles makes it clear that the university’s primary objective is to move […]

University rows back on attendance policy after backlash

By Hannah Somerville, MA Arabic Literature A ‘draconian’ attendance policy for PhD students on Tier 4 visas has been put on ice by SOAS after being roundly criticised by the Students’ Union. On Tuesday, November 14 international students received an email of a new policy requiring students to check in with the Doctoral School in person […]

U.N. Secretary General, António Guterres, visits SOAS

The 16th November marked the visit of the ninth Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres. It was a remarkable day for SOASians, students and teachers alike. Guterres was appointed as the Secretary General of the United Nations in January this year. His relationship with the UN has been a long and substantial one, […]

Fighting for Free Education: The National Demonstration Against Fees and Cuts.

By Indigo Lilburn-Quick, BA History and Politics On November 15th, many SOAS students joined the National Demonstration Against Fees and Cuts following the rise in tuition fees to £9,250 a year. Although the number of students that marched is unclear, with organisers claiming 10,000 and police giving an unofficial estimate of around 2,000, all those who […]

Windfall of £5m awarded to SOAS to improve teaching languages of the Global South

By Ludovica Longo, BA Politics and Geography A £5m grant has been awarded to SOAS by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to improve and preserve engagement with the Global South through language. The money, from HEFCE’s Catalyst fund, will be invested in a project to safeguard UK provision in strategically important and vulnerable […]