SOAS Corridors of Power (SOAS COP) enables SOAS staff and students to use their research to support decision making in Westminster.

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 COP’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. 

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


About soas cop

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.​


Section for research that is longer that our usual 5 minute briefing format.

A critical analysis of the Henry Jackson Society’s report Extreme Speakers and Events


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