Refugees Welcome at SOAS? ‘Empty Words’, Says SU Co-President

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish During recent talks between the Students’ Union and the university concerning plans for Freshers’ Week, SOAS officials proposed the display of a banner on the main building proclaiming ‘Refugees Welcome’, as a head-nod to the solidarity movement for refugees and asylum seekers which has gained popularity in recent weeks. […]

SOAS’ New Director: BME Champion or Neo-Conservative?

Anonymous Many people have been commenting on the new SOAS director Valerie Amos and most news articles have showered her with praise. A lot of people have boarded the racial equality bandwagon uncritically, using the fact that she is a black woman to champion her prematurely. I am happy that our new director is a black woman. However, we must remain […]

SOAS’ New Director: Benefits of International Experience

Micheil Page, BA Development Studies and Geography ‘After almost 9 years of service, Professor Paul Webley is stepping down as Director of SOAS’: as a young fresher last year, I was definitely saddened. Only one year into my degree, my university was changing directors, and no one knew just how much this could affect the university as a whole. The […]