Student Group Responds to Lay Trustees’ Statement

A group of students have sent an open letter to The SOAS Spirit, in order to respond to the statement released by the Lay Trustees of SOAS on 22nd April 2016. They wish to remain anonymous, but would like to note their dissatisfaction at the lack of means for them to communicate with the rest […]

“Freeze prices, not people!” say students

Clare Birkett, MSc Environment, Politics and Development Last Friday, SOAS students joined around 200 people in central London at a protest against rocketing energy prices and their devastating effects on students, pensioners and other vulnerable groups. The protest was timed to coincide with the release of a government report which estimated that there were 18,200 excess […]

Ghavami released on bail pending appeal

Tom King, BA Politics Former SOAS Student Ghoncheh Ghavami has been released on bailing while she awaits a Court of Appeal hearing. Last month her lawyer claimed to have seen legal papers stating she had been found guilty of the charge of propaganda against the state and was to be sentenced to a year in […]

Credit: Himasha Weera

SOAS students put free education back on political agenda at national demo

Photo: Himasha Weera Clare Birkett, MSc Environment, Politics and Development The student movement is celebrating a comeback after holding a 10,000 strong protest on 19th November demanding free education. The demonstration was followed by a national day of action last Wednesday, which saw renewed levels of police violence and calls for cops off campus. The day […]

Bringing cleaners in-house is back on table after meeting is crashed

Clare Birkett, MSc Environment, Politics and Development The Justice for Cleaners campaign relaunched with vigour on 27th November as protesters entered a meeting of the School’s Governing Body, pressuring management into reconsidering the option of bringing the cleaners back in-house. The situation of the cleaners had not been on the agenda of the meeting, but […]

‘We’ll keep demanding our cleaners are brought in-house’

Shadia Edwards-Dashti, Msc International Politics SOAS Justice for Cleaners (J4C) re-launched their campaign this year with a series of successful events over the past week. Over 40 students mobilised outside SOAS yesterday, for a protest against the exploitation of the cleaners, urging the SOAS management to directly hire and bring the cleaners ‘in house’. Speakers […]