SOAS Students’ Union and SOAS Enterprise want to encourage students to develop innovative projects that have benefit to the community and enable you to develop new skills. In the past the SU has funded projects such as the SOAS Recipe Book and the Carry the Future bag. However, there is no such thing as free money (much as we’d like to give money away) and whilst in exceptional circumstances, projects that demonstrate no income will be considered, the idea behind this scheme is that money loaned to fund the set up a project is repaid. There’s no minimum or maximum amount but we expect you to be realistic. Most projects don’t need a huge amount of capital to get started. This funding is open to all students at SOAS.
Download the application form here
Project Funding Application Form 092011
Student Ambassadors (Academic Development Directorate)
Are you interested in working with young people and making a difference? Would you like to develop your interpersonal and communication skills, impressing future employers? If so, the Student Ambassador scheme run by the Academic Development Directorate could be what you're looking for.
Every year we run projects and activities with London schools and colleges, working with groups of students who are proportionally under-represented in higher education (students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, for example), in order to raise their aspirations and attainment.
Projects vary in size and scope, from small-group mentoring, to masterclasses at SOAS, to talks in front of a couple of hundred people at a school assembly, for example, but all of them require involvement from current SOAS students to be a success.
So, if you are enthusiastic, committed, reliable, and open-minded, and would like an application form, please contact Julien Boast (Widening Participation Officer) on . We would particularly welcome applications from students who are the first in their family to go to university and/or who attended a London state school or college.
A NEW TURN…
I am writing on behalf of the New Turn Society, a political think tank which looks to channel young people's political thinking. We are primarily an education initiative, seeking to predicate political action on pre-existing and substantive political theory, and avoid serious political action based on tenuous political interest.
The New Turn initiative has been around for two years and this year will join ULU. As a society we will organise speakers (John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, is the launch speaker in October), debates and workshops (such as a policy writing workshop) to inform and educate our members. To project our initiative out to a wider audience we have decided to set up a Politics and Culture magazine, a venture which we hope will attract some of London's most exciting and intelligent student journalists. So far we have managed to attract ( as guest writers) the editor of the News Statesman, Prof Roger Scruton ( renowned philosopher) and Gordon Brown. Initially, the magazine will be published as a quarterly, with one issue coming out per term. The first issue will be published in November and if we can procure substantial investment, the magazines will be handed out for free at every ULU University.
There is a niche for a well-researched, well-presented and well-written student magazine which reaches beyond quotidian student-related matters; we want to fill that niche. The focus will be on UK and international politics but there will also be an economics and culture section. Our aim is to be able to publish one issue per month.
As editor of the culture section I am looking for passionate writers with an interest in culture. Now, I realise that the notion of culture is one which is very complex and widespread. However, as a journalist this affords you with an almost infinite amount of topics on which to write. An article could focus on one particular culture and how it relates to ,or contradicts, specific goings on in our society. It could focus on art- a review of a particularly relevant exhibition. A study of beauty in high modernity, or a Satrean approach to multi-culturalism. First and foremost I would ask you to submit an idea which is of interest to you.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email me on with an idea and an example of your writing,
Join the Student Impact Committee
After the success of the Impact 2011 Conference, recruitment is now taking place nationally for this year’s ‘Student Impact Committee’ which will set the agenda for the 2012 conference. The aim of the committee is to bring together a diverse range of students to investigate and discuss the state of student volunteering across the country and discover the issues that could be tackled on a national scale, thereby influencing the agenda at Impact. The committee will also be encouraged to help run some of the sessions at the conference which debate the issues that concern today’s student volunteers. Some more detail can be found under the 'Policy Blog' section of the website ().
Angelica Finnegan (), currently a PhD student at Southampton, who was a member of the last Student Impact Committee will be leading the 2011/12 committee. Being a part of the committee will mean:
· a commitment to attending two national meetings;
· meet on a local level to discuss the specific situation in your region;
· feeding back to the committee via e-mail and social networking sites;
· helping to advertise the conference
· attend the conference and if you so wish, lead a session during the course of the conference
To be a member of the committee you will need to be engaged, committed to student volunteering, communicative and willing to fulfil all obligations relevant to the role as outlined above.
Please direct any interest to Anjelica at by THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER.
SOAS Careers Service
Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws
A film by Emily James
“Rousing stuff” **** EMPIRE
“Smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st-century activism”
Danny Leigh, The Guardian
JUST DO IT – CAMPUS SCREENINGS
Take the reins: your screening, on your turf.
After the massive success of our nationwide cinematic release, Just Do It – a tale of modern day outlaws, is venturing to universities, schools and colleges. We’re holding a nationwide day of Campus Screenings at facilities up and down the country on October 18th 2011 and we need YOU!
At Just Do It HQ, our goal is have more people see the film in this single day than over the course of the entire cinematic release.
To help us achieve this, we are on the hunt for enthusiastic staff or student coordinators to host a screening on their campus.
What’s the film about?
Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern day outlaws. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.
Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire.
This is a great opportunity to ensure that staff, students and the local public get a chance to see the film with the full cinematic experience and get plugged in straight away to the local groups working on the issues presented in the film.
Your challenge as a screening coordinator is to find a venue on campus, publicise the event and screen the film. Just Do It HQ would support you in doing this by providing advice, support, promotional materials and of course we’ll help you spread the word to make sure as many people as possible turn up on the day!
For more information about what your role as a screening coordinator would involve email Olivia at
Check out the trailer and find out much more here: