Community engagement

Community engagement

SOAS' community engagement team is keen to hear from not-for-profit organisations interested in working with us.

The team already offers a programme of outreach activities, similar to those offered to schools and colleges. We also manage SOAS' Student Social Action Fund, which allows SOAS students to work with communities on social projects in line with SOAS' Access and Participation Plan (PDF). We are also available to discuss community-led proposals with a view to facilitating partnerships between community organisations and SOAS students and staff.

How to work with us

All community engagement projects must seek to achieve a positive long term and sustainable outcome for individuals and/or families from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education.

We consider underrepresented groups to include:

  • students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income or low socioeconomic status
  • some black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • mature students
  • disabled students
  • care leavers
  • carers
  • people estranged from their families
  • people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • refugees
  • children from military families.


Please get in touch with our Access, Students Success and Community Engagement Officer Simon Tullett to discuss ways in which we can work together.


Bollo Speaks radio show

SOAS Radio and Bollo Brook Youth Centre

Bollo Speaks is a collaboration with Bollo Brook Youth Centre, Ealing. The project has so far produced 8 thirty-minute radio shows in which the young people of Bollo Brook share their powerful stories around identity and experiences, soundtracked by their own music recorded in the Bollo Brook studio.

The episodes are aired on SOAS Radio and distributed on all podcasting platforms including Spotify, Apple and Google where you can follow and listen to them all.

Bollo speaks

Bollo Speaks, Episode 8: Lockdown

Influencing Corridors of Power Project (ICOP)

We have also been working with Bollo Brook Youth Centre in partnership with SOAS' Influencing Corridors of Power project, which enables SOAS staff and students to use their research to support decision making in Westminster. We created three five-minute briefings on ‘The Broken Social Contract’, addressing education, policing and housing.

More about the ICOP project

'The Broken Social Contract' Episode 1 Policing

'The Broken Social Contract' Episode 1 Policing - part of SOAS Influencing Corridors of Power project (ICOP)

'The Broken Social Contract' Episode 2 Education

'The Broken Social Contract' Episode 2 Education - part of SOAS Influencing Corridors of Power project (ICOP)