SOAS Accused of Unethical Handling of Private Funding

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish The SOAS Spirit has been approached with allegations that high level SOAS management figures have unethically managed the Alphawood Foundation funds, donated to the department in 2013. Dr. Angela Chiu, a research associate of the department and a member of SOAS’ South East Asian Studies centre, has revealed that […]

The Course Cuts: From A Lecturer’s Perspective

Luke Lowsley-Williams pitched an article to The SOAS Spirit: a news piece consisting of interviews with lecturers opposing course cuts. His submission ended up being more reportage than news: the story of his journey of changing perspectives, influenced by lecturers affected by the proposed cuts. Luke Lowsley-Williams, BA Social Anthropology  It all started with the […]

Two Sides of One Issue: Give Amos a Chance

Nathan Guerin, BA History One can only imagine the regret Valerie Amos must feel at taking her current position. An inherently distrustful student body already regards her with contempt; she’s finally been featured in The Guardian as something other than a selfless, humanitarian, wonder woman; and a rotating ensemble of students, as well as many […]

An Indictment of the Course Cuts

  Nigel McCollum, MA South East Asian Studies with Thai Since the very sorry saga when Pro-Director Professor Rao ‘leaked’ the course cuts documents, we have seen the reputation of SOAS exposed in both the UK and Indian Press. While of course, each and every one of us make mistakes, I want to just add […]

No Blame for Valerie Amos in Cuts Controversy

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 […]

SOAS into Senate House: What’s Happening?

Caitlin Shewell-Cooper, BA Swahili and English In 2012 SOAS were granted preferred bidder status on the North Block of the University of London building Senate House. Building work began in Summer 2014, and since then work has continued on a new block for SOAS which will mark a new chapter in the development of the […]