7 May 2019
The SOAS Students’ Union was presented with a cheque worth £10,000 from Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro Director (Learning and Teaching) at SOAS University of London to spend on its nominated causes.
This is following SOAS’s commitment to give the Students’ Union £10 for every person who completed the National Student Survey, or a total of £10,000 if 70% or more of eligible students completed the survey.
SOAS’s response rate exceeded the national average of 70%, which meant that the full award was made.
Pictured left to right: Nathaniel Mitchells-Urwin, Matthew Clark (Students Experience and Engagement Officers); Professor Deborah Johnston (Pro Director of Learning and Teaching) and SOAS Students' Union Co-Presidents Youssra Elmagboul, Sophie Bennet and Hau-Yu Tam.
The Students’ Union will use the money raised to the student society Solidarity with Refugees and Displaced People (SRDP) and the LGBTQIA+ liberation campaign at SOAS. This will provide much-needed financial resources towards SRDP and SU activities, for instance providing support to recipients of the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships.
The SDRP said: “Sanctuary Scholarships give displaced people who cannot access student finance a chance to enter higher education in the UK. SOAS has covered the tuition fees for six undergraduate and one postgraduate students. The funds raised will be used to support the living costs of both current and future batches of scholars, including accommodation and every day expenses. The money will make a real, tangible difference to the students who receive it.”
The NSS gathers opinions from students about their programme of study and time in higher education. It is an influential source of public information on higher education and provides a powerful opportunity for students to help shape the future of their course and university or college.
Student voice is paramount importance at SOAS. When the detailed NSS survey results are released in July, measures will be put in place by departments and the School as a whole so that feedback is acted upon.