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The Course Cuts: From A Lecturer’s Perspective

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Luke Lowsley-Williams pitched an article to The SOAS Spirit: a news piece consisting of interviews with lecturers opposing course cuts. His submission ended up being more reportage than news: the story of his journey of changing perspectives, influenced by lecturers affected by the proposed cuts. Luke Lowsley-Williams, BA Social Anthropology  It all started with the Read More

Struggle to End Outsourcing Makes Crucial Win

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish The story of the Justice for Cleaners campaign at SOAS is one of broken promises and continued resistance. Running for 9 years, the campaign has sought workers’ rights for the cleaners of SOAS, who have been outsourced to a succession of different companies since the early 1990’s.   Since Read More

Education Beyond Borders: The Current Situation

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Felicia Altena, BA International Relations and Development Studies In September SOAS decided to establish 7 refugee scholarships as a response to the refugee/migration in crisis in Europe, and in part due to the actions of other UK universities. Yet now several months later, the details of these scholarships are still yet to be finalized and Read More

Students’ Union Wins Compulsory Consent Workshops Budget

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Ella Linskens, BA Arabic On the 19th of November management agreed to fund compulsory consent workshops for all incoming students. ‘I Heart Consent’ Campaigns were first introduced by Susuana Antubam, the ULU Women’s Officer at the time, and current NUS Women’s Officer, and SOAS was one of the universities to pilot the workshops. Hannah Slydel, Read More

Cautious Optimism Follows First Free Elections in Myanmar

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Kay Mar Maung, BA Law and Development The days leading up to November 8 were stressful to say the least. People from Myanmar and their counterparts from all over the world anxiously shared their opinions and their hopeful thoughts about the election on every social media platform. The country had been under an oppressive military Read More