Debut of Participatory Budgeting Scheme Funds Student Play and Calais Volunteers

Ella Linskens, BA Arabic On the 12th of November, the first participatory budgeting meeting was held in the JCR. The participatory budgeting scheme sets aside £6,000 of the Student Union’s budget to be allocated to student projects as a fulfillment of one of Hannah Slydel’s, Co-President for Democracy and Education, campaign pledges. 6 meetings will […]

Occupation Settles into Brunei Suite

Jordana Belaiche, BA Poltiics I am surrounded by the warm dim light of the Brunei Gallery. It looks exceedingly different to the polished corporate space that I remember, a space dedicated to showing off  SOAS’ wealth – generally used for events including symposiums, landmark anniversary exhibitions and various cultural events and discussions. The gallery is the […]

Refugee Scholarships Vague but Hopeful

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish On the 25th September, SOAS announced that they would be providing 7 new scholarships for refugees at an undergraduate and postgraduate level in time for the next academic year. Two days prior to the announcement, The SOAS Spirit had published an article containing comments from Students’ Union Co-President Hannah […]

October UGM: What’s New?

    Caitlin Shewell-Cooper, BA English and Swahili The first UGM (Union General Meeting) of this academic year took place on Thursday 8th of October in the JCR, packed full of students. For those who aren’t familiar with this part of student union democracy, UGMs occur once a month and are organised by the Students’ […]

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Blasts Government Prevent Strategy

Sophie Bush, MSc Development Studies Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg has condemned the government’s ‘anti-terror’ strategy, labelling it a ‘toxic brand.’ He was speaking to students and members of the public at an event held at UCL and coordinated by SOAS’ Decolonising Our Minds society. The controversial strategy, called Prevent, aims to tackle extremism in […]