Occupation Settles into Brunei Suite

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
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 Read More

Refugee Scholarships Vague but Hopeful

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
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 Read More

Amos To Double Cuts, Despite Financial Surplus

2 years ago Jonny Morrison 0
Jonny Morrison, BA Politics In an address to staff on Thursday, SOAS director Valerie Amos had laid out plans to increase cuts to the school budget by 117%, from £3million to £6.5million, by removing post-graduate growth targets and taking into account recruitment for this academic year. This comes a week after a controversy in which Read More

October UGM: What’s New?

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
    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’ Read More

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Blasts Government Prevent Strategy

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
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 Read More

No Blame for Valerie Amos in Cuts Controversy

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish Since last Thursday, a controversy has been raging within the walls of SOAS. Students who shy away from SOAS politics are being brought into the fold with the leak of two documents by an anonymous source within the university, revealing plans to cut at least 184 courses.  The leaked Read More