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SOAS SU Weekly News 8th Feb

Find out what's happening at SOAS SU this week! Events, Activities, Information and more.



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LGBTQ+ History Month

SOAS SU is hosting events for LGBTQ+ History Month.

The first event is a workshop on Collective Grief by June Bellebono. This workshop is for people that identify as LGBTQ+. Register here. We will send the location on your email.

Grief inherently runs in queer existence - whether that's due to our omitted histories, enormous losses in our community, or an uncertain future. In this workshop, writer and facilitator June Bellebono encourages us to reflect on our experiences with grief - on both a personal and community level - and channel this into the creation of new untapped legacies: how do we honour those who have lost? How do we keep up their fights and desires? What do we do with all this grief? Through a collective reading exercise, followed by an informal group conversation, this group will explore our journey with grief and what potential it can hold.

UCU Strikes

SOAS SU stands in solidarity with those undertaking strike action. Click this link to find out more information about the strikes, how you can support those undertaking strike action and how you might be affected.  

Week 3

Tue 14, Wed 15 and Thu 16 February

Week 4

Tue 21, Wed 22 and Thu 23 February

Week 5

Mon 27 and Tue 28 February and Wed 1 and Thu 2 March

[No action week commencing Mon 6 March]

Week 6

Thu 16 and Fri 17 March

Week 7

Mon 20, Tue 21 and Wed 22 March

More info on UCU strikes is available here



Upcoming Events:

Woman, Life, Art: In Conversation with Haydeh Changizian and Soheila Sokhanvari

Iranian Prima Ballerina Haydeh Changizian and British-Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari (currently in a solo exhibition at the Barbican until the 26th of February) will be in conversation with Katy Shahandeh (SOAS), discussing their art, inspirations, aspirations, and the challenges they have faced as Iranian women artists.

Thursday, February 9th at 6 pm in the BGLT, Brunei Gallery at SOAS university.

Follow the link to find out more and to book your tickets for FREE before they sell out!

A Society in Crisis - Building a Progressive Policy Platform

A One-Day Policy Conference Hosted by SOAS ICOP and John McDonnell MP

Saturday 11th February, 10am - 5.30pm

The crises we face here and around the world mean the need for a progressive policy agenda to transform our society is more urgent than ever. There will be plenty of time for networking with fellow campaigners and audience contributions.

Book tickets



Opportunities and Information:

2023 Homes Fit for Study survey

The 2023 Homes Fit for Study survey open to all students is live until 19 February. Institutions with over 100 responses will receive an anonymised data summary and raw data for their students upon request.

You can find further information and resources here

There's also an opportunity for students to get involved with our Homes Fit for Study programme and be trained as energy auditors for peer-to-peer audits. This is a great opportunity to improve their energy literacy, gain a CPD certificate to recognise new skills, and receive a £15 bursary for each completed audit. Students can apply at this link:

Call out for artists for an upcoming art exhibition - SolidariTee SOAS

SolidariTee SOAS is doing an art exhibition in the upcoming weeks and we would love a variety of artist to be included in the exhibition. The theme is Migration and the Contemporary - any art is welcomed!

If you are interested or want more information, do not hesitant to reach out to Marie (


Paul Blomfield MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Students, has put out a call for evidence on the impacts of the Cost of Living Crisis on students.

The APPG are inviting submissions from individuals and organisations, including students' unions by 9am on 27 February.

Students submit evidence here


In the recent NUS UK Student Cost of Living Survey, 51% of students and apprentices said they were cutting back on transport costs. And as always, it’s the students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds who are being hit the hardest, missing out on vital teaching time, harming their grades and limiting their opportunities.

That's why we've launched a new petition calling on the Government to make public transport free for all students and apprentices.

Sign the petition here

SOAS Italian Society - Exec members wanted!

We are looking for new students to join our exec team! The following positions are currently open:

  • Treasurer
  • Events Officer
  • Social Media Manager

If interested, send a brief description of yourself to and why you want to join :)

Volunteer vacancy - Mental health and wellbeing project

(Bilingual: (Dari/English)


We’re looking for volunteers who:

  1. - Are patient, friendly, and approachable
  2. - Understand the difficulties faced by asylum seekers, refugees and migrants
  3. - Are capable with working with vulnerable and marginalised individuals and supporting them in challenging situations
  4. - Ability to identify individuals who need support or are suffering from social issues
  5. - Have cultural sensitivity regarding Afghan and muslim culture
  6. - Can attend our centre in person

Applicants selected for interview will be informed of the relevant process in due course.

CMS Find Your Balance Competition

CMS Find Your Balance competition is currently open. The grand winner will get a £2000 prize bundle which includes MacBook Air, AirPods Pro, £300 IKEA voucher, £200 Virgin Experience voucher, and a Mentoring session with a CMS partner.

To participate, just head to the competition website and fill out the form, writing how you would use this grand prize bundle to maintain your work-life balance after graduation in under 150 words. The best answer will get the grand prize.

Warwick Economics Summit 2023

SOAS are recruiting students to their first virtual delegation at the Europe's largest student-run conference, Warwick Economics Summit (WES). WES 2023 will take place 10-12th February, and there is more information available on the speakers and companies involved here.

The cost of participation to access all these otherwise expensive opportunities is only £8. Book your ticket here. Once you receive your ticket, notify

The National Student Survey launches at SOAS

The National Student Survey (NSS) has launched this week at SOAS and will run until 30 April.

Find out more about completing the NSS

Ideas Portal

At SOAS Students’ Union, representing students' views is at the heart of everything we do. Students get to have their say over what the SU works on by voting for a Co-President that is passionate about the same things as them and by setting Union Priorities, which are objectives the SU is mandated to deliver. These priorities are decided by students and can cover a range of different things.

Visit the Ideas Portal to propose anything, from big structure changes, or quick wins. There are instructions on this page about this information you need to include for your submission.



Need support? Click on this link to see the Report and Support options available to you at SOAS.



If you would like your event to be featured in this newsletter, please register your event on the SU's website through your society page.

If you have anything else to contribute to the newsletter, please email Eve - Governance and Comms Coordinator:








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