Democracy & Education

This year The SOAS Spirit decided to go further in our election coverage. The SOAS Students’ Union elections can be intimidating, whether you’re a candidate or just a regular student voter. Campaigning is intense, with much of candidates’ success being weighted on who has the widest friendship circle or the best ability to produce a fun video, catchy hashtag or flashy poster. With all of this considered, we decided that the best way for students to get to know their Co-President candidates would be through interviews

Kids With Toy Guns

Maddy Ridgley, BA International Relations When I was 14 I was part of a small group from my high school that went on a weeklong ‘Army Insight Course’ in Oakhampton. We were promised a week of high ropes, obstacle courses, paintballing, meeting soldiers and generally running around and having a laugh – and it was […]

The Flavour of Japanese Bureaucracy

Theo Cohn, BA International Relations and Chinese The place I grew up in is a land with a famously unique culture where obscure, if not bizarre, traditions remain to this day. Japan’s conservative and proud reluctance to fully align many of its practices with the west, makes it difficult for occidentals to swallow. Nevertheless, its peculiarity […]

Students need space to solve pan-London issues

Why should we ‘Save ULU’? There’s been a lot of debate over the lastfew years about whether or not ULU is the beneficial to students within the University of London (UoL), and the report published earlier this year wasn’t the first to question it. The rationale behind closing it appears pretty convincing- individual unions are […]