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 […]

SOAS Students Host Library Sleepovers to Show Solidarity Against Proposed Cuts

Elizabeth Shwe, BA Politics – Exchange Student From Princeton On multiple nights between 15 January and 3 February, a group of SOAS students provided 24-hour library services, or “sleepovers”,  at the SOAS library to show solidarity with the library staff against the proposed cuts to the library and other services as part of the One […]

SOAS Awaits Announcement on Final OPS Restructuring Proposals

Gabriel Huland, PhD Media Studies After a period of discussions and consultations, the One Professional Service (OPS) restructuring process will soon enter a new phase.  SOAS management has now presented to the Executive Board the revised proposals addressing the fiscal deficit currently hitting SOAS. The changes are due to take place by 3 June 2019, […]