Soas to slash budgets and staff as debt crisis worsens in pandemic | Education

Soas University of London is being forced to slash budgets and prepare significant staff cuts after being caught in a financial crisis hastened by the coronavirus pandemic, the Guardian can reveal. Staff say they fear that management is cutting costs to make the college, formerly called the School of Oriental and African Studies, a palatable takeover target for an overseas institution or one of its London rivals, as the latest financial figures show that it to be carrying multi-million pound…

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Soas survived the end of empire but can it recover this time? | Soas

For more than 100 years, the School of Oriental and African Studies has been a fixture in Bloomsbury, central London, and among the world’s academic elite, its former students range from David Lammy, the Tottenham MP, to Enoch Powell. The school’s founding in 1916 was part of Britain’s imperialist project, to train and educate colonial administrators and officers for their future posts. Enoch Powell’s brief time at Soas saw him learn Urdu so – the Conservative leadership candidate thought –…

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