SOAS Accused of Unethical Handling of Private Funding

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish The SOAS Spirit has been approached with allegations that high level SOAS management figures have unethically managed the Alphawood Foundation funds, donated to the department in 2013. Dr. Angela Chiu, a research associate of the department and a member of SOAS’ South East Asian Studies centre, has revealed that […]

The SOAS Spirit Urges End to Outsourcing: Cleaners In-House Now!

In light of the release of an independent report by APSE today, The SOAS Spirit would like to extend solidarity towards the Justice for Cleaners campaign and all marginalised, outsourced workers at SOAS. Since 2006, the cleaners of SOAS have organised themselves through the Justice for Cleaners campaign, with the aid of SOAS UNISON branch. […]

Academics, Cleaners Criticise Outsourcing at SOAS

Nihan Kalle, BA Politics On the 27th of January, the Justice for Cleaners campaign hosted an academic panel titled ‘The Cleaners, Outsourcing and Labour Struggles’ in the JCR in light of the critical period the cleaners are facing in the struggle to secure in-house contracts. The panel was attended by SOAS academics Drs Tim Pringle, […]

London Academics Extend Solidarity to Academics, Kurds Under Siege

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish This Friday, SOAS Students’ Union co-hosted an open meeting with the SOAS UCU and Unison branches, extending solidarity to Turkish and Kurdish academics in Turkey who have come under investigation for their ‘Academics for Peace‘ petition. The meeting comes a week after the Students’ Union released a statement in […]

Students of SOAS Commemorate Armenian-Turkish Journalist

Lara Şarlak, MA Anthropology of Media Yesterday, the death of Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist who was assassinated by a Turkish ultra-nationalist 9 years ago, was commemorated in front of the SOAS main building. SOAS students of Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish descent gathered in order to take a photograph in his memory, holding letters that […]

The Course Cuts: From A Lecturer’s Perspective

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 […]