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Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti Alphawood Scholarships 2014 now closed

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in the Alphawood Scholarships at SOAS. There was an overwhelming response from a wide range of applicants and we received over 90 applications from 9 out of the 10 countries within the focus of the Scholarships. The successful candidates will be announced in May.

11th April 2014

SOAS scholar consults on Chinese Imperial porcelain for Japan broadcaster's flagship documentary

Dr Stacey Pierson, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London, consulted on Chinese Imperial porcelain for  a documentary on the National Palace Museum of Taiwan by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

2nd April 2014

SOAS scholar wins Fellowship from British Academy

Dr Konrad Hirschler, Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London has been awarded a Mid-Career Fellowship from the British Academy for 2014/2015

19th March 2014

SOAS in Europe’s top ten for Arts and Humanities

SOAS, University of London has been ranked in Europe’s top ten universities for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, which ranked SOAS ninth in Europe and 26th in the world.

6th March 2014

Anna Contadini book SOAS Professor’s latest publication in ‘Brian Sewell’s essential art books of 2013’

The latest publication by Anna Contadini, Professor of the History of Islamic Art at SOAS, University of London has been listed in the highly respected art critic Brian Sewell’s essential art books of 2013.

23rd January 2014

Early links with West likely inspiration for Terracotta Warriors, argues SOAS scholar

In his recently published paper, Dr Lukas Nickel, a scholar on the archaeology of China at SOAS, University of London has suggested there are “likely” to be links between the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor of China and influences from the West.

19th December 2013

SOAS students’ language skills and art history knowledge secure placement at famous auctioneers

SOAS, University of London History of Art and Archaeology graduate, Shing-Yi Tan, and History of Art and Chinese Studies student Francesca Rose Leiper, secured internships with Lyon & Turnbull to work on the auctioneers high profile events during Asian Art in London.

14th November 2013

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

1st November 2013

SOAS professor historical consultant for BBC’s ‘The Ottomans’

Benjamin Fortna, Professor in the History of the Middle East at SOAS, University of London served as an historical consultant for the BBC Two series 'The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors'.

9th October 2013

NSS image SOAS student satisfaction at highest level since NSS survey began

The 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) shows that SOAS, University of London has increased its overall student satisfaction by 4%.  88% of final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, the highest level of satisfaction achieved since the survey began, and 4% above the sector average.  

14th August 2013

Prof Khalili pic Education must combat ignorance, insists SOAS Honorary Fellow

In a recent speech, Professor Nasser D. Khalili said education must be the solution to the biggest weapon of mass destruction, ignorance.

24th June 2013

SOAS Qin dynasty specialist says “more mass graves” to come

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Dr Lukas Nickel, a scholar on the archaeology of China at SOAS, University of London said further excavations of China’s First Emperor’s tomb complex could uncover more mass graves.

13th June 2013

Conference looks at Mali in transition

SOAS' Centre of African Studies, in partnership with ASAUK, Goldsmith's College and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, is holding the conference 'Mali in Transition' at SOAS on 29 and 30 May.

21st May 2013

A carved doorway miraculously still standing Scholar’s work inspires generous gift to Cambodian temple restoration fund

The scholarship of a SOAS academic has prompted a substantial donation to support the restoration of an ancient Cambodian temple.

The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the ‘generous gift’ to the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) in honour of Dr Peter Sharrock’s research on the temple of Banteay Chhmar.

21st March 2013

Spanish-Islamic lustre ware SOAS PhD Internship for Illuminating Objects at the Courtauld

lluminating Objects is a pilot programme of The Courtauld Gallery which aims to shine new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections, through partnerships with SOAS, King’s College, London, the University of Kent in Canterbury and University College, London.

20th November 2012

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