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SOAS SU Weekly News 23rd January

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Support at SOAS

Dear SOAS Student Community, 

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the tragic passing of a fellow student last week.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family, loved ones and friends of the student during this profoundly difficult time. The pain of such a loss is felt by our entire community. At times like these unity and support within our student body are paramount. We encourage each and every one of you to reach out your fellow students, offering comfort and understanding as we process this loss. 
It is normal to look for answers but at this time there is nothing further for us to communicate and we will be respecting the families wishes about what information they wish to be shared and when. Until then, we ask that students avoid any speculation out of respect to those grieving.
All students can access support via the following channels :

  1. Student Advice and Wellbeing 1:1 drop in and Mental Health Workshop Wednesday 31 January, 3pm - 6pm. Students can contact Student Advice & Wellbeing by:

    1. Logging an enquiry on SID
    2. Emailing
    3. Phoning 0207 074 5015
    4. Coming to their reception desk on the Lower Ground Floor of the Paul Webley Wing
  2. SOAS Chaplaincy - please contact the Multi-Faith Coordinator, Claudette Douglas for more information.
  3. Student Assistance Programme through Spectrum Life, which provides confidential and free support services to all students, their telephone helpline is available 24/7 and 365 days a year. Find out how to access this here
  4. SU Advice by speaking to the SU Advisor, book your appointment here


Let us stand united as a resilient and compassionate community. Our thoughts are with the grieving family and we extend our sincere condolences.
Together in solidarity, SOAS Students' Union


Survivor Support Group

SOAS SU will be delivering a support group for survivors of sexual violence, 

You can expect:

- Peer led discussions

- To provide a space for creative expressions though art, literature and music

- Resourcing students with mindfulness and grounding techniques

The group is for those who are looking for continued support and can commit to attending regularly. There are limited places in this group, and all students who sign up will be accessed to ensure that we can provide the right support for you. If you wish to join please get in touch with Farrah the Enough is Enough Coordinator ar


Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

SOAS is not only a centre for the academic study of religions and cultures at the heart of a great world city, it is also a community of people where individuals are free to live out their faith in an open and encouraging environment. 

If you need help in finding the nearest place of worship for you, or if you are interested in exploring faith, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the people listed below:

  • Multi-Faith Reverend Claudette Douglas

  • Anglican Reverend Thomas Choi

  • Anglican (for international students) Reverend Joseph Shin

  • Catholic Olivia Raw

  • Free Church Reverend Minister Gail Thompson

  • Jewish Rabbi Gavin Broder

  • Muslim Amal Dougas

  • Hindu Dilan Halai


Exam Advice

As you will be aware, exams will take place on campus – in person – between 6 and 31 May 2024.

Some of you will recall that during the pandemic we were unable to host exams in person, due to government restrictions set out at the time. This year we will complete the transition back to in-person exams, following the mixed exam model in place last year.

How will exams be organised?

Most exams will be conducted digitally, on your own laptop, under exam conditions and in an invigilated exam space.  

There are four different exam formats in 2024:  

  • Digital, open book
  • Digital, closed book
  • Paper-based, open book
  • Paper-based, closed book.  

The formats have been pre-set and it is not possible to change these. To find out more please see the Examinations and Assessments on MySOAS for Students.

What happens next?
Before the end of January we will be in touch to confirm the format of each of your exams.
We will confirm the process for requesting a SOAS loan device for any digital exams you may have, if you do not have access to your own device for the exam period.  
Learning Teaching and Enhancement guidance on the support available for exams will also follow.  

Your questions about exams
We have set up a resources page on MySOAS for Students to answer frequently asked questions. You can find this in MySOAS for Students.
If you have module-specific questions about an exam, please contact your module convenor.  

If you have other questions about exams, please contact your College Administration and Student Support Services.  
For any questions about re-sits, please contact the Assessments and Progression team via SID.


SOAS SU Advice

Did you know that SOAS SU provides independant advice to students on a range of issues from mitigating circumstances, appeals and wellbeing?


Have a look at the support area of our website and if you need advice please get in touch. 


SU Events

Lunar New Year Late Licence 9th Feb, 8pm-2am
Comedy Night 6th February, SU Bar, 7pm-10pm
Venture Crawl 13th March
View SU Events Here


 University Opportunities, Events and Updates

An Atomic Age Unleashed: Emancipation and Erasure in Early Korean Accounts of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

This presentation explores the common culture of Cold War scientism and atomic developmentalism in early North and South Korea. 


Date: 26th January 2024

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Venue: RG01


Curating Queer South Asia

Join Dr Anandi Rao in conversation with Aziz Sohail.


Date: 29th January 2024

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

Venue: RG01


Media Studies Taster Evening

Explore our range of postgraduate media studies programme, meet academics, and engage in insightful conversations with current students. Whether you are looking to advance your career, specialize in a field, or explore your passion further, this event is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable insights and make informed decisions about your future


Date: 30th January 2024

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: SOAS

The Arhat Painting at Komyoji Temple: Iconography, style, and the worship of Buddha in East Asia 

This presentation will first examine the painting style of this artwork and explain why it was regarded to have been painted in China during the Yuan dynasty. Secondly, it will discuss the meaning of the iconography, including each of the characters depicted and the Mani jewel, with reference to other paintings and Buddhist scriptures. Finally, through the examination of iconography, it will conclude that the subject of this painting is the worship of the Buddha. 


Date: 25th January 2024 

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: Main Building - R201

View University Events Here


External Opportunities, Events and Updates

Here's where we update you about some of the opportunities, events and updates that are taking place outside of SOAS which we think might interest you!


Vantage is a completely free online portal that connects students to some of the top legal employers in the country. Vantage allows these firms and chambers to headhunt specific students to offer them several unique and relevant opportunities, from insight days and events to training contracts and pupillage opportunities. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete a profile, and when a firm or chambers then contacts them through Vantage, you know they are genuinely interested in engaging with them. Vantage is part of Rare Recruitment.

International Students Petition

Do you think international students should be able to work more hours each week alongside study?


If so, join the NUS campaign and sign the petition! 

Equality at Work for International Students Campaign - NUS UK


Internship Opportunity - Digital, Media, and Communications 

Looking for a paid spring internship? The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), a global membership organisation advancing corporate governance and investor stewardship standards worldwide, with members in +40 countries responsible for assets worth US$77 trillion, is looking for a media and tech-savvy intern to enhance their policy outreach and impact by improving their digital communications and providing administrative support. Please see the JD attached for information. Applications close 23 January


Please send CV and 1 page Cover letter to by 23 January 2024. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. 

A Feminist Workshop Series on the Political Economy of Development


5 Women, 5 Workshops:

Creating a platform for women to occupy space in development economic, in solidarity with Sister Library


Click for more information and to sign up.


2024 Humanity in Action Fellowships


Applications for the 2024 Humanity in Action Fellowships are now open for applicants from or based in Germany! The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of apprentices, students, and recent graduates to explore compelling, current issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice within the specific historical and cultural contexts of each of the program offices. The deadline to apply is February 4, 2024. Click here for more information.


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:   


Tammy Guerrero


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