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SOAS student’s ‘excellent piece of research’ wins inaugural dissertation prize

A SOAS student’s dissertation on development interventions in practice has won the Development Studies Association’s (DSA) first ever prize for best dissertation.

1st October 2015

Yoga expert James Mallinson to travel to world’s largest religious festival with actor and friend Dominic West for BBC Four documentary

Dr James Mallinson, SOAS’ resident Yoga expert and lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies, is appearing in a BBC Four documentary (Tuesday 8 September, 10pm) alongside his lifelong friend, acclaimed actor Dominic West (The Wire; BBC’s The Hour), as the two undertake a pilgrimage to the world’s largest religious and human festival, Kumbh Mela.

7th September 2015

NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

SOAS scholar to study employment effects of Chinese investments in Africa

Dr Carlos Oya, Reader in the Political Economy of Development at SOAS, University of London has received a DFID-ESRC grant worth £827,017 to assess the employment effects of Chinese firms in sub-Saharan Africa, under the DFID-ESRC China and Africa research programme.

2nd June 2015

Development Studies 13th in world and in UK's top ten in latest QS rankings

The Department of Development Studies has been ranked 13th in the world and 7th in the UK, in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

1st May 2015

Africa’s future leaders come together at SOAS to debate governance

The 2015 Governance for Development in Africa Residential School, organised by the SOAS Centre of African Studies in association with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation was hosted at SOAS last month.

30th April 2015

Dr Mo Ibrahim to address Africa's future leaders at SOAS

Mobile communications entrepreneur with a distinguished academic and business career Dr Mo Ibrahim will be the keynote speaker at SOAS, University of London for the annual Governance for Development in Africa Residential School.

23rd March 2015

SOAS scholar receives grant to conduct large-scale systematic review of certification schemes

Dr Carlos Oya, Reader in the Political Economy of Development at SOAS, University of London has received a grant of $119,596 to conduct a very large systematic review of the effects of certification schemes for agricultural commodity production in low- and middle-income countries.

13th March 2015

SOAS Radio celebrates 10 years as UNESCO marks World Radio Day

As UNESCO prepares to mark World Radio Day on 13 February, SOAS Radio will be celebrating 10 years of broadcasting.

11th February 2015

Media Representation and Africa: whose money, whose story?

Leading experts and international media broadcasters will come together at SOAS, University of London for a one-day conference to address the representation and narratives of Africa in the media, including institutional funding.

11th February 2015

SOAS’ Department of Development in UK top ten for research quality

The Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London has been ranked 8th nationally for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with more than 60% of research judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The Department is ranked 14th in the UK overall.

22nd December 2014

Gbagba SOAS PhD student and author of anti-corruption primer Gbagba launches book promotion to help children in Liberia impacted by Ebola

In recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, SOAS, University of London PhD scholar, Robtel Neajai Pailey, has teamed up with publisher One Moore Book (OMB) and the Centre for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) for a special promotion of her anti-corruption children’s book Gbagba.

8th December 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 Radio Director co-produces and develops lyrics for song about Ebola

Carlos Chirinos, Director of SOAS Radio at SOAS, University of London has co-produced and developed the key messages in a song raising awareness about Ebola in Africa, sung by a collective of African musicians.

31st October 2014

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