Equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives

The initiatives listed within this section are to recognise some of the national and university-wide equality, diversity and inclusion projects, movements and communities we are developing. 

Access, Participation and Student Success

SOAS is committed to continuously widening access and participation across the student lifecycle. Our Access and Participation Plan 2020-25 has diversity at its core and highlights areas of success particularly in access. SOAS has an integrated approach to planning and implementation, and the APP is embedded in all institution-wide strategies focused, for example diversifying assessment and feedback, improving academic support, and decolonising the curriculum.

In addition, we have implemented a new way of working with academic departments and professional services to deliver a transformative experience for all students.

Report and support

SOAS is committed to maintaining a professional working, and learning environment that is free from any form of bullying and harassment. As part of this commitment towards tackling discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, our Report and Support tool provides options for accessing support, making an anonymous report, and seeking formal action to take place.

Aurora Programme

Aurora is a national leadership development initiative for women in higher education that is specifically designed to help early career women think about their future careers and to consider leadership and management as routes to progression.  Aurora is particularly aimed at:

  • women who have yet to take on substantive leadership or management roles or those who may be disinclined to take on visible influential tasks (such as project management or committee representation)
  • women who may have had little interest in management and leadership development previously

Read about this and other staff development programmes from the Human Resources Sharepoint page

Scholarships at SOAS

SOAS has a limited amount of institutional led scholarships which we award tow support particular categories of students on our degree programmes. There is a competitive application process for these scholarships and awards – based on academic merit. We have also set up an internal endowment to generate resources for SOAS funded scholarships.


Find out about all the scholarships available at SOAS.

Black Student and Staff Forum

The Black Staff and Student Forum (BSSF) was established in 2016 to bring together staff and students. BSSF provides a vital space to acknowledge and draw on the collective experience of working and studying at SOAS.

To find out more about this staff led initiative contact blackforum@soas.ac.uk

SOAS Consent workshops

SOAS consent workshops are run by the Students Union and were born out of the work from Enough is Enough, a survivor led campaign. The workshops are designed to tackle Sexual and Gender based violence which is unfortunately prevalent in all aspects of society and a zero-tolerance approach is necessary.

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