The Erasure of Black History at SOAS

This is an open letter to all students at my university. To start off Black History Month,  I want to address the failures surrounding Black History in an institutional setting. SOAS has an excellent track record of omitting central points of its history, a history which has paved the way for the campaigns we advocate […]

Humans of SOAS Pauline Blanchet: Talking Mental Health with our Agony Aunt

So, first, as our agony aunt this year for The SOAS Spirit, tell us about yourself. Pauline: My name is Pauline Blanchet, and I am a third-year student, studying Linguistics and Development. I have been passionate about mental health for a long time. At the age of fifteen, I was confronted with mental health issues […]

Choke’a-Cola? Coca-Cola.

Is Coca-Cola failing to take adequate responsibility of the quality and safety of their products being sold abroad?   One case in Nigeria would suggest otherwise, portraying Coca-Cola as a company bound by no moral obligation. In March 2017, a high court judge in Nigeria, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, ruled that soft drinks under the Coca-Cola […]

Education About Recreational Drug Use is ‘Normalising Drug Taking’

Whilst at Boomtown festival this past summer I stumbled upon an 18-year-old boy, who’s friends had left him in his tent alone, to indulge their hedonism. Immediately I could see that something wasn’t right with him. He was not ok, and on further conversation it was discovered that he had taken 5 grams of speed (amphetamine) and hadn’t […]

Cinnamon Street – A Short Story

A sensory experience of walking down Balham High Road: Balham High Road is the type of place where you’d expect to come across a cafe decorated with old books and selling homemade apple cake, and sure enough, such an establishment can be found. It has tables outside, on the junction between the high street and […]

SOAS’ £20,000 PhD Compensation Student Calls for Student Action

A SOAS Research Associate, to whom SOAS gave £20,000 for failing to provide them with PhD supervision, has called on students to take action against the School’s management. The revelations were first published by Times Higher Education on 4 October, revealing that Dr Vishal Vora, who completed his PhD at SOAS’ School of Law and […]