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Make a Difference Awards 2019

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Make a Difference Awards!

Thank you for submitting such excellent nominations for this year's Make a Difference Awards – we were incredibly impressed with the amazing things SOAS students have been doing to make the world a better place. All the nominations received were of a high calibre and we extend our gratitude to all those who submitted and thank them for the amazing volunteering work they have been doing. 

Congratulations to the winners of Make a Difference 2019. All winners and nominees were honoured on stage at the award ceremony, receiving a personal congratulations from the Pro-Director, Deborah Johnson.

Volunteer of the Year

Hayah Alshihabi, President of SOAS Unicef Society

Hayah has supported the society in exceeding fundraising goals, growing the society's profile and student engagement on campus and demonstrating strong leadership.


Volunteer Team of the Year

SOAS Detainee Support

SOAS Detainee Support were recognised for their commitment to reaching out to people held in immigration detention by the UK government and breaking their isolation.

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Social Activist of the Year

Lavinya Stennett

Lavinya over the last two academic years she has campaigned for underprivileged communities in SOAS tirelessly.

Student Entrepreneur/s of the Year

Ana Dju

Ana runs Dju and Co, a Lusophone-based legal consultancy that works with migrants and people in the Lusophone African community that need help or support. Ana's work has supported the work of the many members of the London Lusophone community‚Äč. 

SOAS Volunteering Pledge

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Through the Volunteering Unit, SOAS seeks to further embed a culture of volunteering amongst students and staff.The Volunteering Unit exists to promote volunteering opportunities to SOAS students and staff, as well as provide assistance to voluntary organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers.

The Pledge:

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Volunteering enriches the student and staff experience at SOAS, as well as enhancing personal development

Volunteering fosters and enhances interaction with different communities – internally, locally, nationally and internationally

SOAS will continue to support and encourage students and staff to volunteer by:

  • Institutionally advocating the value of volunteering
  • Raising the profile of volunteering and volunteering opportunities at SOAS
  • Supporting and sustaining student-driven volunteering initiatives
Contact the Volunteering Unit:

Telephone: 020 7898 4115
E-mail: volunteering@soas.ac.uk