9 July 2019
A team of student fundraisers have been calling our alumni across the world, updating them about the new alumni platform, SOAS Connect and other exciting developments on campus. They are also asking our alumni to contribute to the new SOAS Opportunities Fund.
The SOAS Opportunities Fund supports talented students who may be the first in their family to go to university, come from schools, are from areas with low participation in higher education, or face other barriers to accessing higher education.
Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, launched the fund as part of SOAS’s commitment to tackle the BAME attainment gap and improve the university experience for BAME students. Baroness Amos with Amatey Doku, Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students has been working with universities and students since June 2018 to tackle the disparity in the proportion of ‘top degrees’ (first or a 2:1 degree) achieved by white students and BAME students.
The student recipients are chosen by an independent panel which looks at household income and recommendations on personal circumstances made by the Scholarships Manager. Students who have been through the care system, live alone or are from families or schools with no track record of going on to higher education are prioritised.
We would like to thank everyone who has spoken to our student fundraisers and donated. Education has never been more important in our ever-changing world. In the current economic climate, it is difficult for many students to make this investment in their future and your generosity gives students from all backgrounds the opportunity to succeed.
Thanks to our alumni community, we have already raised £35,000 and are close to our £50,000 target.
Find out more and donate to SOAS Opportunities Fund.