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August 2019

Valerie Amos to take up new role at Oxford in Summer 2020

Our Director, Baroness Valerie Amos, will be stepping down at the end of the next academic year, after five years in the post. University College Oxford will be publicly announcing her appointment, starting in August 2020, as the new Master of the College


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September 2019

Welcome Week 2019

This September we welcomed new and returning students to SOAS.







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15 October 2019

SOAS rises in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Ranking

SOAS University of London has been ranked in UK’s top twenty universities for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking. The rankings place SOAS 13th in the UK and 57th in the world, rising 4 places from 61st in 2019.


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21 October 2019

New coffee shop to open in SOAS Library

A new coffee shop will open in the library on the ground floor, in the seating area. So next time you visit the library with your alumni card, you can enjoy a hot beverage! Visit the alumni team in room 116, main building to get your alumni library card


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african textiles

11 October – 14 December 2019

African Textiles:

Karun Thakar Collection

SOAS is hosting an exquisite exhibition of one of the world’s largest private collections of African textiles.



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21 October 2019

Think Like a White Man; Nels Abbey and Symeon Brown in conversation

Join Nels in conversation with Channel 4 reporter, Guardian writer and SOAS Alumni, Symeon Brown for an evening exposing the prejudices of the modern workplace. 


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21 October

Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos

'City of Gold’, ‘Urbs Prima in Indis’, ‘Maximum City’: no Indian metropolis has captivated the public imagination quite like Mumbai. Discussion chaired by Rachel Dwyer with Jim Masselos, Arjun Appadurai, Faisal Devji and Prashant Kidambi. 

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15 October

Noha Aboueldahab in conversation with Dr Gina Heathcote

SOAS School of Law Alumni and winner of the British Council Study UK Alumni Award Series Noha Aboueldahab will speak about her research on transitional justice and human rights in the Arab region, alongside her work at various NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions and think tanks over the course of 15 years.

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Among the different institutions I have attended, this is the one I am proud of saying it is my alma mater because it is somewhere I really learnt something new rather than just expand on my high school knowledge. (...) I have moved out and about between different countries and (...) I have met alumni in unexpected places.

Charles Lor (MSc Violence, Conflict, and Development; 2002) 



Quite Ironically, I came into SOAS wanting to qualify in the bar and go into human rights, I came out understanding the world functions around economic development and I could work in the corporate world and yet be an instrument of change. I began to understand that it is better to be within the system and create progress rather than against it.

Nimisha Sara Philip (LLB, 2015)




I have been lucky to be able to put to use both my practical training as an economist and the regional focus on the Middle East in my career. For instance, with the Aga Khan Development Network, I worked in Syria for over a year, and in Canada’s Foreign Service, I have served in Ramallah. In my current role in Washington, I get to focus more on economic issues, both in the US and as they apply to international development.

Hussein Hirji (Development Economics, 2007)




SOAS challenges you on what you think you already know – we all have countries that we might defend or not defend – but then you meet people who may be from those regions who tell you how it is really on the ground. The different views and perspectives is a huge strength. I’d give SOAS a ten out of ten. It’s a great place to be. It’s also a very friendly and welcoming, and you settle in very quickly.

Nicholas Oniwon, MA International Studies and Diplomacy, 2013



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