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 […]

Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In As South Africa’s President

By Emma Ruiters, MSc Development Economics After his election as president of the African National Congress (ANC) on December 18, 2017, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president of the Republic of South Africa on February 15 this year. Ramaphosa succeeds Jacob Zuma after the latter’s nine years in the presidency. His election has renewed […]

PASS at SOAS: Enhancing Education at University

By Naima Zannat (PASS Intern). PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) involves sessions led by higher year students (called PASS leaders) who support the learning of lower year peers in a group learning environment. These sessions supplement existing learning in lectures and tutorials in a more informal environment led by students. Here at SOAS, the scheme […]