SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Education Outreach

SOAS is a remarkable institution, specialising in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  This means that SOAS remains a guardian of specialised knowledge in languages and regions not available anywhere else in the UK, but also that SOAS scholars grapple with pressing issues - such as democracy, migration, development, human rights, poverty, religion, social change - which impact on a global scale.

One quality that also defines SOAS is its highly diverse student body.  This diversity creates a dynamic and stimulating environment for learning and exploring various issues.  We offer a menu of exciting outreach activities drawing on our specialist focus which link to school curriculum and college subjects such as history, languages, religious studies, law and economics.

All our activities are designed to help students explore the breadth of opportunities available to them, and to realise their potential in HE.  We work with a wide range of students of varying abilities and in particular work with the following students:

  • Those who would be the first in their family to go to university
  • Students who qualify or have previously qualified for free school meals
  • Students with experience of care
  • Those passionate about world issues and language study
  • Those requiring support to fully realise their academic potential

Further Information

For further information about the structure, aims and benefits of the activities we offer, please explore the menu links on the left, divided into activities for 

Enquiries, and requests to join our outreach activities mailing list, should be directed to:

Routes into Languages

Routes into Languages/Capital L is a consortium of London universities working together to promote the uptake of languages in secondary schools and beyond.  For further information on the project, please visit the Capital L website.

Partnership with Team Up

In addition to our in-house outreach activities, we also work in partnership with Team Up, who say the following about our work together:

"Team Up is an educational charity - we run a voluntary leadership programme that trains exceptional university students to learn leadership and teaching skills through tutoring children from low income backgrounds. Alongside this students use our networks to strengthen their own employment prospects.

We have been partnered with the SOAS Widening Participation Team since 2012, helping to support their outreach work across the city. In that time, SOAS students have delivered inspiring tuition to over 150 low income school pupils, and last year (2014/15) Team Up tutors at SOAS doubled the expected academic progress of their students on average.

This would not have possible without the continued support of SOAS' Widening Participation Team, and we look forward to renewing our partnership in the coming academic year."