Protests in Brazil against 30% Cuts in Universities Budget

Gabriel Huland, PhD Media Studies  At the end of April, the Brazilian government announced it would freeze 30% of the 2019 national universities budget as part of an austerity plan to reduce public spending. The cuts totalise BRL2 billion (U$500 million) and will affect discretionary spending in all 63 federal universities in the country. The […]

UNISON Commits to Strike Action in the Case of Compulsory Redundancies

Yasmin Elsouda, BA International Relations Once again the possibility of strike action, as a result of One Professional Services (OPS) restructuring, emerges. On 11 February, the SOAS branch of UNISON published the results of its consultative Ballot on strike action “in the event of compulsory redundancies resulting from the One Professional Service Restructure process”. With […]

SOAS to Get a Black Student’s Officer

Arooj Sultan, BA Economics & Politics The role of a Black Student’s Officer is now in the process of being created after the motion petitioning for it passed in the UGM on the 27 February. The petitioners rationale behind the motion was that at present there is a lack of recognition of the unique issues […]

SOAS Decides: The New Faces of the SU

Jude Omidiran BA Economics and Development After a season of hard-fought campaigns, the Students’ Union’s new executive team has been decided. The student body chose Maxine Thomas-Asante as their co-president for Democracy and Education while Peadar Connolly-Davey won his campaign for Activities & Events. The Welfare and Campaigns role went to Valeria Racu, and Youssra […]

SOAS SU Suspends “Undemocratic” Trustee Reform Referendum

Alex Barba, MA International Journalisms On the 6 February 2019, an email sent out to SOAS students announced the structure of and the details pertaining to a referendum on the proposed reform to the SOAS Students’ Union Trustee Board. The referendum, advanced by SU co-presidents, was almost immediately cancelled following a motion which challenged its […]

A Party Divided

Frances Everett, BA International Relations and Development Studies The Labour Party has recently been faced with the long rumoured departure of numerous MPs from the party, who have styled themselves as ‘The Independent Group’. On 18 February, seven MPs announced the move as a protest against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party, including his stance […]