‘Unethical Conduct’ in Alphawood Programme Continues

1 year ago SOAS Spirit 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish Following allegations of unethical conduct made in February, a Freedom of Information request submitted by the SOAS Students’ Union and Dr. Angela Chiu has revealed that the allocation of Alphawood Foundation funds has continued in a secretive manner, jeopardising the academic careers of several students. In February, The SOAS Read More

Student Group Responds to Lay Trustees’ Statement

1 year ago SOAS Spirit 1
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 Read More

BDS Will Not Be Defeated By Anti-Boycott Measures

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish On the date of publication, it will be almost a year since the SOAS community passed a motion for the academic boycott of Israel. Part of the School’s historic support of the wider Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), the academic boycott motion won by 73% on the 27th Read More

Lacrosse Team Counters Sporting Stereotypes

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish ‘Sports doesn’t have to be aggressive, boisterous and alcohol-fueled like it is at every other uni,’ says Reiss Palmer, captain of SOAS’ first lacrosse team, ‘people forget we’re SOAS students too.’ Palmer met with The SOAS Spirit last week to talk about the changing image of sports within SOAS Read More

SOAS Students Help Integrate Refugees Through Sport

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Aidan Lonergan, BA History ‘Camden Cares’, a project created through the 3 Faith Forum’s ParliaMentors programme, was launched recently by five SOAS students. ParliaMentors is a UN award-winning leadership programme which gives university students the unique opportunity to work with MPs to form projects for social action. With the support of both Westminster and leading Read More

Decolonising the Curriculum: Students’ Union Priorities

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Ella Linskens, BA Arabic  The results of the strategic priorities referendum places Decolonising the Curriculum as the Students’ Union number one priority. This result, alongside current movements such as Rhodes Must Fall and ‘Why Is My Curriculum White?” indicate a growing activism which questions remnants of colonialism within the university. Zain Dada, the SU Activities Read More