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Interfaith music and dance festival seeks artists

The COEXIST Interfaith Music Festival is entering its fourth year and is looking to sign up artists from various faith and interfaith backgrounds who wish to perform their music and/or dance at the festival to be held in the Brunei Gallery on 30 March 2015.

25th November 2014

Timon Screech SOAS scholar elected as a member of Academia Europaea

Timon Screech, Professor of the History of Art, has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe).

17th November 2014

SOAS student playwright’s production on Olaudah Equiano to cap off Black History Month season at historic National Trust venue

SOAS student Adam Tulloch, BA History, will be directing his original piece entitled Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African from 26-29 November at the National Trust’s Sutton House in east London.

4th November 2014

SOAS student’s research into Saharawi culture forms new British Library collection

Violeta Ruano, a SOAS PhD student in Ethnomusicology, has been conducting research into Saharawi culture and politics for almost three years and has recently had her work adapted into a British Library collection.

30th October 2014

SOAS alumnus Nick Mulvey up for a second Mercury Prize

Former SOAS student Nick Mulvey, BA Music Studies, has been nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize for his first solo album First Mind.

30th October 2014

SOAS’ popular MOOC programme ready to launch again

SOAS, University of London’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled ‘Understanding Research Methods’ was launched in June this year and attracted over 40,000 students from around the world. Its second run will begin on 3 November 2014.

29th October 2014

Former SOAS student postponed studies to run for Presidency of Somalia’s semi-autonomous enclave Puntland

Earlier this year, Abdi-Wali Gurey, a former part-time PhD student in Politics and International Relations at SOAS, put his studies on hold in order to return to his homeland of Somalia and run for the Presidency of Puntland, a semi-autonomous enclave of the war-torn country.

14th October 2014

SOAS alumnus appointed as new Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa

SOAS alumnus Lesetja Kganyago has been has been appointed as the next governor of the South African Reserve Bank

8th October 2014

Trevor Marchand SOAS academic awarded the 2014 Rivers Memorial Medal

Trevor Marchand, Professor of Social Anthropology, has been awarded the 2014 Rivers Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute. Professor Marchand received the Medal at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting held in the Clore Auditorium of the British Museum on Friday 12 September.

25th September 2014

SOAS Exhibitions Manager judges craft in Beijing

John Hollingworth, Galleries and Exhibition Manager at the Brunei Gallery, was recently invited to act as judge for the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts in Beijing. John was asked to attend by the World Crafts Council AISBL and the China Arts and Crafts Association (China is currently President of the WCC).

5th September 2014

SOAS recognised for advancing gender equality

SOAS, along with just four other universities in the UK, has been awarded a ‘Bronze level’ institutional charter mark by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) for progress made in advancing gender equality in arts, humanities and social sciences in higher education.

5th September 2014

SOAS student satisfaction remains at highest level since National Student Survey began

88% of final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, 2% above the sector average. Satisfaction with access to learning resources rose to 90%, putting the university in the top quartile.Top rankings in the UK achieved by Africa and Near and Middle East and Asian Studies, with Development Studies in second place and the Department of Finance and Management Studies ranked fourth.

12th August 2014

SOAS’ Leadership Development Programme hosts 30 students from Hong Kong

SOAS, University of London was recently visited by a group of 30 students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) who were in the UK taking part in SOAS Enterprise Office’s Leadership Development Programme. 

11th August 2014

SOAS academic presents new book on life and legacy of Khomeini

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has edited a new book on the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the man who led the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which resulted in his appointment as Iran’s Supreme Leader, a position he held until his death in 1989. The book has received favourable media coverage in Iran and beyond, most notably on the BBC Persian website.  

7th August 2014

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