6 August 2013
The SOAS Students’ Union successfully launched the SOAS Summer Club this year, offering London teenagers, aged between 13 and 16 years old, the opportunity to experience university life.
The five-day programme, which ran from Monday 22 July until Friday 26 July, provided teenagers with the chance to learn beyond the national curriculum and explore courses taught at university level.
The programme was born from the Students’ Union Saturday Club, launched in 2009, as a response to cuts in higher education and the increase in tuition fees. The Club emerged as a way of challenging existing barriers to accessing higher education.
The teenagers chose from a range academic courses and workshops. These included the Anthropology of Food, Popular Music Geographies of Africa, Shi’a Islam in the Modern Middle East, Chinese, Arabic and Swahili, and a range of workshops from gardening, art to DJ-ing!
The academics courses were run by Charles Tripp, a Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East, Francesca Orsini, a Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature, Dr Angus Lockyer, Lecturer in the History of Japan, Dr Parvathi Raman, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen.
The SOAS student-led Football Beyond Borders organisation, which uses football to tackle political, social and cultural issues across the globe, were also present offering workshops to the local community.
Marva Coudray, Head of Widening Participation at SOAS, said: “The SOAS Summer Club is another great opportunity for young people from across schools in London to engage with the exciting and relevant range of subjects SOAS offers. The Students’ Union did a fantastic job at organising this event and we are happy to continue supporting them as they challenge the barriers to Higher Education."