SOAS University of London

Why we've signed the Manifesto

“We aim to use our research, scholarship and teaching to make an impact in the local and global communities with which we engage in the UK and around the world.  This includes influencing public debate; informing public understanding; increasing connectivity; engaging with governments, organisations and individuals (including the diaspora); undertaking public and community outreach; and supporting cultural exposure and promotion.”

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director, SOAS University of London



Our approach to public engagement

SOAS’s niche is its internationalism.  For 100 years we have grown and developed to take our place as a global university, teaching and researching across a range of subjects, rooted in the cultures and languages of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which collectively account for over three-quarters of the world’s population.  To be inter-connected, people need to be able to talk with each other.  SOAS shows the interconnectedness of the world, promoting a sense of global citizenship and mutual understanding.  

Through innovative work that engages critically with mainstream discourses and promotes a diversity of perspectives, we aim to shape scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, and promote social benefit worldwide. SOAS research makes a difference, to how we see the world, as well as to how we live in it, and we work with partners across the world to promote knowledge.  We produce high quality graduates, postgraduates and researchers who understand and engage with the world and the regions in which we specialise. We are distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain some of the most challenging issues facing the world today, an indispensable interpreter in a complex world. 


Name: Rob Read

Title: Head of Communications