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SOAS moves up in the world’s elite

SOAS, University of London is moving up among the world’s elite institutions with eleven of its subject areas across a broad range of disciplines now scoring highly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

23rd March 2016

SOAS to host Elephant Conference in Bangalore, India

SOAS University of London’s first ever Elephant Conference will be held in India at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on 4-6 April 2016.

17th March 2016

Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East New edited book from SOAS scholar’s AHRC-funded ‘Urban Violence in the Middle East’ research project

Dr Nelida Fuccaro, Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East at SOAS University of London launches her latest edited book at SOAS on the violence in the public lives of modern Middle Eastern cities.

11th March 2016

SOAS academic gives speech in minority language in China and helps to break world record

Dr Mandy Sadan, Reader in the History of South East Asia at SOAS University of London, delivered a speech in the Jinghpo language at a community and local government conference at Mangshi in Yunnan.

3rd March 2016

SOAS scholar helps to secure AHRC grant worth nearly £1 million to study Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai

Together with colleagues at the British Museum, Dr Angus Lockyer, Lecturer in the Department of History at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a major research grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The grant, worth nearly £930,000 in total, is for a project on the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai entitled ‘Late Hokusai: Thought, Technique, Society’ (1760-1849).

9th February 2016

SOAS historian’s book, 'Being and Becoming Kachin,' wins major international book prize

SOAS historian Dr Mandy Sadan has been awarded a major international prize for her book about northern Myanmar, Being and Becoming Kachin: Histories Beyond the State in the Borderworlds of Burma (British Academy/OUP 2013)

10th 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

How SOAS languages helped build post-war UK-Japan entente

The story of the Dulwich Boys, a group of young men who studied Japanese at SOAS, University of London during the Second World War, has been featured on the BBC Radio 4's Today Programme (01:41:27) and in the BBC Magazine.

12th August 2015

Ms Elizabeth Wright SOAS alumna recognised in Queen's birthday honours for services to the understanding of China

Elizabeth Wright has been made Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's birthday honours.

13th June 2015

World leading research of SOAS’ Faculty of Arts and Humanities recognised in REF

The research of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at SOAS, University of London has been recognised in the UK’s top quartile for research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

18th December 2014

SOAS scholar secures Getty Foundation funding to explore art and archaeology of Crusades

Scott Redford newly appointed Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London has been awarded a two-year grant of $335,000 by the Getty Foundation to explore the art and archaeology of the Crusades.

6th October 2014

SOAS debate: revisiting 1914-18 for the classroom and beyond

Leading historians and political experts debate the significance of global empires in World War One in the context of a more inclusive history curriculum at a public round table at SOAS, University of London on 18 September 2014.

10th September 2014

We Are Iraqis SOAS scholar receives Arab American Book Award for exploration of what it means to be Iraqi

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London has been awarded the The Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award at the 2014 Arab American Book Award for her co-edited book on what it means to be Iraqi.

22nd 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

Adam Jogee SOAS student youngest candidate to win seat in Haringey local elections

Adam Jogee, due to graduate this summer at SOAS, University of London with a BA in History, has won a seat in the local elections in Haringey held on 22 May 2014. The Labour Councillor is also the youngest candidate in the district to stand at this year’s elections.

3rd July 2014

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