UGM Policy


Welcome to the SOAS SU UGM Policy Library

This page details all SU policy which has resulted from Union General Meetings.


Active UGM Policies

UGM Policy Library


Active UGM Policies

The following SU policies were passed at UGMs within the last 3 years and are currently active in the SU. Check out the Progress Reports for more details on how these motions have progressed, or speak with our Democracy & Education Co-President for the latest information.


Title Date Passed Lapse Date Progress
2019/20 Policies - - -
My Reading List is Black Campaign 20 January 2020 20 January 2023 Report
Stop University of London Collusion with the Egyptian Regime 20 January 2020 20 January 2023 Report
Support the UCU Call for Strike Action Over the Four Fights One Voice Dispute 20 January 2020 20 January 2023 Report
Save Our Teachers, Save SOAS. Cut Managers. 20 January 2020 20 January 2023 Report
The SU to Support the Kurdish Struggle in North East Syria 21 November 2019 21 November 2022 Report
Demilitarise SOAS: End Institutional Collaboartion with DCSU and Ministry of Defence 21 November 2019 21 November 2022 Report
Mandatory Environmental Education Workshops 24 October 2019 24 October 2022 Report
Introducing an Online Voting System for UGMs 24 October 2019 24 October 2022 Report
2018/9 Policies - - -
S.U. shouldn't support unconscious bias training for academic staff as part of compulsory Equalities training before it is debated by the student body 07/05/19 07/05/22 Ongoing
Declare a climate emergency 07/05/19 07/05/22 Ongoing
 Solidarity with Sri Lanka 07/05/19 07/05/22 Completed
 Weekly emails on strikes, impacts of strikes, and support to students 07/05/19 07/05/22 Ongoing
Stop Racism and Islamophobia at University of Essex 07/05/19 07/05/22 Ongoing
Update UGM rules 07/05/19 07/05/22 Completed
Emergency motion: Oppose redundancies, save exams, prevent a strike 22/03/19 22/03/22 Ongoing
Support Migrant Connections Festival 2019 (MCF) 27/02/19 27/02/22 Ongoing
Support students who have been reported to the police by SOAS for political protests & continue the policy of cops off campus 27/02/19 27/02/22 Ongoing
Motion for the Implementation of the Practice of Anonymity in the Assessment
Process for All Departments
27/02/19 27/02/22 Ongoing
Paint over Junot Diaz mural in the JCR 27/02/19 27/02/22 Ongoing
Co-President for a Black* Officer/ Black Pastoral Co-ordinator 27/02/19 27/02/22 Ongoing
The referendum on the change of the structure of the Trustees for the Students’ Union is undemocratic and needs to be cancelled - need to carry out constitutional reform and ensure that the consultation consults as many students as possible, and that the changes will be for next academic year 27/02/19 27/02/22 Ongoing
Remove non-metal cutlery in the refectory 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Install Ecosia as default search engine on all SOAS computers 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Demand big containers in the refectory for sauces and salt/ pepper 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Stop the Registry (fees & scholarships team) sanctioning late payment by blocking access to BLE and learning resources 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Against the library cuts 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Creation of a fund to support PGR to attend conferences 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Trans Mental Health Support 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Funds for Yarls Wood Demo 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing

To continue supporting students who have been victimised by SOAS

17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Reaffirm commitment to Justice for Workers 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing

Allow students to access the content of the S. U’s meetings with SOAS management

17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Introduce a uniform bin system across the school 17/01/19 17/01/22 Ongoing
Set up a working group to figure out a process by which to allow ALL exec members to send mass emails to entire school 20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing

Support all-class feedback on assignments by course lecturers, and all-class note-sharing systems, across year groups and departments

20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing
National Union of Students to End Precarious Work 20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing

Solidarity with Bulgarian Women (#YouAreNotAlone)

20/11/18 20/11/21 Complete
Follow Up with GBV Action Plan (& appoint a. S.U. point of contact with Account for This) 20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing
Against Jair Bolsonaro´s plan to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem & to support demonstration coming up in January against his inauguration 20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing
Trans and non-binary inclusion in sport 20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing
Make SU events and media fully accessible 20/11/18 20/11/21 Ongoing
Change the S.U. Women's Officer role title to S.U. Womxn's Officer 10/10/18 10/10/21 Completed
Introduce liberation caucuses  10/10/18 10/10/21 Ongoing
Make SOAS a frack-free University  10/10/18 10/10/21 Ongoing
2017/8 Policies - - -
Reform Wayfiinding 23/03/18 23/03/21 Ongoing
Preventing Prevent at SOAS and beyond 23/03/18 23/03/21 Ongoing
Support the UCU call for strike action over pension dispute 23/03/18 23/03/21 Completed
Support for the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships 23/03/18 23/03/21 Ongoing
Extension of dissertation deadlines for postgraduate taught students 23/03/18 23/03/21 Completed
To get the Students' Union to be inclusively political and hold a democratic consultation (meaning 25% student body will be consulted) on terms of a campaign for tuition fee refunds (henceforth TFR) 23/03/18 23/03/21 Ongoing
SOAS S.U. to call on Keir Starmer MP to support the Divest Parliament campaign 24/01/18 24/01/21 Completed
Increase Disposable Hot Drinks Cup Charge at SOAS to 50p  24/01/18 24/01/21 Ongoing
Boycott the NSS 2018 - Stop TEF!  24/01/18 24/01/21 Ongoing
Access to Education 16/11/17 16/11/20 Ongoing
Opposing the new School Attendance Policy for Tier 4 Research Students  16/11/17 16/11/20 Completed
Fight for Free Education 13/10/17 13/10/20 Ongoing
SOAS Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy  13/10/17 13/10/20 Ongoing
Eliminating Plastic Cutlery at SOAS S.U. Shop & Bar  13/10/17 13/10/20 Ongoing

Using SOAS Main Building at weekends

13/10/17 13/10/20 Ongoing

Securing and improving student representation during restructuring 

13/10/17 13/10/20 Completed

In support of the academic senate motion “campus events” 

13/10/17 13/10/20 Completed
Halt the Changes to Student Spaces in the Doctoral School  13/10/17 13/10/20 Completed


UGM Policy Library

The following documents detail all of the policies which have passed in SOAS SU UGMs throughout the years. Only those listed in the table above are still active, however the impacts of some of these policies may still be noticed today!



This webpage was last updated on: 18 Sep 2020 13:10