SOAS ICOP

INFLUENCING CORRIDORS OF POWER

SOAS ICOP enables SOAS staff and students to use their research to support decision making in Westminster.

Briefings

If you would like to get your research findings into Westminster, please get in touch or send your briefing to Professor Alison Scott-Baumann. You can download the SOAS ICOP Briefing Template and Instructions here and the Introducing SOAS COP and 9 Month Review will give you a good overview of our work,

Our briefing on Lobbying and Activism explains how SOAS ICOP works and why the form of direct lobbying that we are pioneering is vital to our democracy. 

Click on the named links below to download briefings.

9 Month Review SOAS ICOP

Introducing SOAS COP, The Need for Direct Lobbying by Universities

Coronavirus – creating a syndemic

The Broken ‘Social Contract’ – Episode 2 Education

The Broken ‘Social Contract’ – Episode 1 Policing

Tax Avoidance and Inequality in a Time of Crisis

Perceptions of Muslims in UK HE

Muslim Children and Prevent

Impacts of the Prevent policy in the NHS

A Warning to Policymakers about Pseudo-academic Opinion that wants to be Research

Immigration and the NHS

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020

Scrutiny of UK Aid after the DFID and FCO merger

Violence against Women and Girls Amidst COVID-19

Immigration Bill 2019-21

‘Parliamentary Eunuchs’ in a Time of Coronavirus

Submitting Evidence to the UK Parliament

Keeping faith during Covid-19

A Lack of Parliamentary Oversight in a Time of Coronavirus

Workplace Deaths Related to Coronavirus

Civil Liberties and Surveillance in a Time of Coronavirus

Decolonising Further and Higher Education

Lobbying and Activism

An Intersectional Approach during Covid-19, Disaggregating data to protect BAME

Women and Equalities Committee, Representation and Inclusivity

Women and Equalities Committee, Representation and Inclusivity (updated 4th May 2020)

Policing in a Time of Coronavirus

Freedom of speech in Higher Education

Price Hikes and Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Bill

Increased Sentencing for Terrorist Offences

The views expressed in SOAS ICOP Briefings are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of SOA

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COVID-19 Briefings

Since the emergence of COVID-19, much Parliamentary business has been focused on this area and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020*¹and The Coronavirus Act 2020*² represent “the most drastic restrictions on liberty ever seen in the United Kingdom“. By providing briefings on Parliamentary business, SOAS ICOP’s work will inevitably be focused on this extraordinary yet temporary legislation. We will endeavour to facilitate discussions about when and how these powers will be returned and relevant briefings will be collated below. 

Coronavirus – creating a syndemic

Violence against Women and Girls Amidst COVID-19

‘Parliamentary Eunuchs’ in a Time of Coronavirus

Keeping faith during Covid-19

A Lack of Parliamentary Oversight in a Time of Coronavirus

Workplace Deaths Related to Coronavirus

Civil Liberties and Surveillance in a Time of Coronavirus

An Intersectional Approach during Covid-19, Disaggregating data to protect BAME

Policing in a Time of Coronavirus

Price Hikes and Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Bill

The views expressed in SOAS COP Briefings are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of SOAS.

*¹ The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 which relate to “the lockdown” state that “The Secretary of State must review the need for restrictions and requirements imposed by these Regulations at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 16th April 2020”

*² The Coronavirus Act was passed on 25th March 2020 and represents an unprecedented loss of liberty for citizens of the UK. The Act states that Parliament must ensure that the provisions cease beyond 25th Sept 2020, unless they pass the motion written into the act “That the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 should not yet expire”. This motion must be passed every six months thereafter for the provisions to continue

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ISLAM ON CAMPUS REPORT

After collecting 140 hours of interviews and focus groups, and analysing survey responses from over 2,000 students at 132 universities the results show two clear contradictions. On the one hand many students say they enjoy a multifaith, multicultural university experience.  Yet on the other hand we found evidence of discrimination at all levels against Muslims and students and staff of colour. Our research is very important because we can explain why this is happening and suggest improvements.

About Icop

The Influencing the Corridors of Power project promotes the impact of ongoing university based research. The project is led by Prof Alison Scott-Baumann and former students and staff of SOAS. We are proud of SOAS’s record of political engagement and student activism and wish to improve the impact of university staff and students in Government. By bringing researchers and Westminster closer together, we address the democratic deficit which we believe is a result of encroaching government control on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly on SOAS and other campuses. The project is born out of the five-year AHRC/ESRC funded project, “Representing Islam on Campus”, and the follow-up project, “Voices of Dissent”. We intend that this project will serve as a model for the higher education sector and democracy more generally.

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