SOAS staff strike over pay

On 31st October, staff at SOAS, and at universities across the country, took part in a one-day strike in a dispute over pay. The unions UCU, Unite and Unison, who represent academics and support staff, are asking the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) to approve a pay rise in line with inflation, rather than […]

Suu Kyi dismisses ethnic cleansing claims

Suu Kyi dismisses ethnic cleansing claims. Pro-democracy campaigner and general secretary of the opposition National League for Democracy party Aung San Suu Kyi has dismissed claims of ethnic cleansing against Burma’s Royhinga Muslim minority. Speaking to the BBC’s Mishal Husain on 24 October, Suu Kyi responded to accusations by Human Rights Watch that government officials […]

SOAS launch new take on English degree

The Bachelor of Arts in English is the new pioneering course that will be launched at SOAS from next year, but it won’t be a conventional English degree. BA English at SOAS will bring together the work of regional experts from Asia and Africa to teach a new approach and understanding of the English language […]

Anger at anti-abortion posters

Anti-abortion posters were reported to have been placed in the JCR, according to posts on Overheard at SOAS. The posters were said to be of an emotive and graphic nature which prompted great debate on the social networking page. Many felt such provocative statements such as ‘to kill my baby or not’ were not acceptable. […]

ULU Sports and Societies could be axed

Members of ULU’s vibrant and unique societies are in the dark about how the closure of the union will affect them. Their funding has been slashed and the university has made no commitment to funding them next year. There is even the suggestion that sports equipment will be sold off to cover ULU’s debts. “We […]

Professor Paul Webley answers your criticisms about the ULU shutdown

SOAS Director Professor Paul Webley, chair of the review board which recommended shutting down ULU, has fond memories of the Union from his student days: “when I was an LSE student, LSE was very much a school of the University. I came to Senate House library, I went to ULU and all the rest because […]