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Volunteering Unit

Volunteering Unit News

SOAS Volunteering Pledge:

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

Volunteering enriches the student experience at SOAS, as well as enhancing personal development, social networks, and skill strengths.

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

SOAS supports and encourages 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

The Volunteering Unit is managed by the Internships & Volunteering Officer, so please direct all Volunteering queries to: internships@soas.ac.uk / 020 7898 4680

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.