SOAS University of London

Global Engagement Directorate: Advancement


The SOAS Advancement team builds long-term relationships around the world with our alumni and supporters. We secure transformational philanthropic funding for SOAS's key projects helping to provide world-class facilities, and attract leading academics, supporting research, access and a diverse and talented student body. Working closely with our Academics and colleagues to steward and support our relationships with all our donors.

Philanthropic donations and other support from alumni, partners and friends of SOAS bring multiple and transformational benefits to the life and work of the SOAS. Donations are vital to SOAS, and have a lasting impact, recent projects include support towards digitisation and collection care facility in our Library, funding research, endowing academic posts, and providing scholarships and bursaries to ensure that we continue to attract the best students from diverse backgrounds. We are passionate about widening and transforming access to SOAS.

SOAS and our alumni are unique and vibrant. We are the only university in Europe to specialise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We are devoted to the humanities, politics, economics, law, art and culture. We study languages, religions, regions and combinations of disciplines that no other European university covers. Some 140 different nations are represented among our 5,000 students and 300 academics. For 100 years we have been asking searching questions about global human challenges. We ask big questions, not just about Asia, Africa and the Middle East but about the entire world. And we ask unusual questions that no one else would ever think of – because we ask from different perspectives. We can only continue to do this with the continued generous support of our alumni and friends.

SOAS seeks and accepts philanthropic gifts in accordance with the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) guidelines: CASE Europe - Ethical Principles Behind the Acceptance of Gifts

SOAS is registered with the Fundraising Regulator, the independent regulator of charitable fundraising. SOAS commits to being clear, honest, open and respectful when fundraising and adheres to the Fundraising Promise.

If, for any reason, you feel that SOAS has failed to uphold these standards please see SOAS’ Fundraising Complaints Procedure which outlines how you can make a complaint.


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