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SOAS Make A Difference Celebration Recognises SOAS Volunteers and Entrepreneurs

The Make a Difference Celebration 2014 took place in the Brunei Gallery on Thursday 22nd May in order to recognise students who have made a difference to their local communities by volunteering or setting up projects or enterprises.

Some of our keynote speakers included Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, who gave a speech about Enterprise and Volunteering at SOAS and presented the awards to the winners; Gemma Ludgate, Head of SOAS Careers, host for the evening; Tania Khojasteh, SOAS Graduate Entrepreneur, Founder of Uber Tutors.

Please read the full report of the event Make A Difference Celebration 2014 (pdf; 701kb)

SOAS is looking for the Volunteer of the Year 2014!

Nominations and self-nominations are now open for the Make A Difference Celebration 2014

If you know a student who has made a difference through volunteering or setting up a project or enterprise, please nominate them via Make A Difference Celebration 2014 Nomination Form (msword; 135kb) , explaining why they would be eligible for an award. Send the completed form back to makeadifference@soas.ac.uk by 11th May.

We will then be judging these nominations and giving out the awards at the Make A Difference Celebration on the 22nd of May in the Brunei Suite-- all are welcome to attend this event! Please RSVP online. 

SOAS announces Volunteer of the Year 2013

A ceremony was recently held in the Brunei Gallery to celebrate students who make a difference to communities through volunteering or social enterprise.

The annual SOAS Volunteering Awards were made, alongside presentation of certificates to UnLtd Award Winners and recognition of SOAS graduate entrepreneurs.

SOAS Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Mary Thackray, a Masters student, for her outstanding contribution to SOAS Radio. From linking schools through podcasts raising awareness of violence against children, to radio dramas addressing HIV Aids, Mary has fused radio skills with her academic knowledge to make a real impact. Mary was commended by Evan Hancock, Head of SOAS Career Service, as “exemplifying the passion and commitment to volunteering that the Volunteer of the Year seeks to reward”.

For details of all the winners see the Make a Difference Celebration page

SOAS Volunteering Pledge

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Through the Volunteering Unit, SOAS seeks to further embed a culture of volunteering amongst students and staff.The Volunteering Unit exists to promote volunteering opportunities to SOAS students and staff, as well as provide assistance to voluntary organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers.

The Pledge:

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Volunteering enriches the student and staff experience at SOAS, as well as enhancing personal development

Volunteering fosters and enhances interaction with different communities – internally, locally, nationally and internationally

SOAS will continue to support and encourage students and staff to volunteer by:

  • Institutionally advocating the value of volunteering
  • Raising the profile of volunteering and volunteering opportunities at SOAS
  • Supporting and sustaining student-driven volunteering initiatives
Contact the Volunteering Unit:

Telephone: 020 7898 4115
E-mail: volunteering@soas.ac.uk

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