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SU News Bulletin

30/11/2023

In this weeks newsletter: 

- Disability History Month- Tell Me About It - Late Licence - Survivor Support Group - Jumu'ah Survey - What's On

SU News Bulletin

Join us for the final late licence of the term!

 

Disability History Month

Join us for Disability History Month! Expect events ran in conjunction with the Disabled Students' Society and SOAS. Come and celebrate those that came before and championed disability right activism, learn what it means to be an ally to the disabled community and come together as a community.

 

Tell Me About It

The tell me about it initiative is created so that if you, as students, have any feedback about your course, then you can talk to the student representatives of your course. Your programme and department reps are students, elected by you, who will be volunteering their time to listen to your feedback and tell the university what needs changing. 

 

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 fb28@soas.ac.uk

 

Survivors may also wish to attend the following workshop organised by the Student Advice and Wellbeing Team and delivered by Not The Only One

  • Trauma-informed movement and relaxation (in person): 7th December 6-8pm, room S314
 

Gold and Silver in Taekwondo

Two SOAS students took silver and gold medals in the BUCS Taekwondo autumn championships! Congratulations Jena and Henry! If you are inspired to get invloed in sports go to the SU website and see what there is to join. If Taekwondo is your interest then we are looking at starting up a new society on the back of this great success; drop us an email to su@soas.ac.uk to register your interest.

 

Jumu'ah Prayer Survey

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive academic environment, we want to hear your feedback in relation to the impact of scheduling conflicts between your academic obligations, specifically lectures, and the mandatory Friday Jumu'ah prayers. We understand the significance of Jumu'ah prayers as a fundamental aspect of your religious observance, and we want to ensure that your academic experiences are in harmony with your faith. In order to address this issue and explore potential solutions, we would greatly appreciate your input. 

 

This survey aims to assess the extent of the problem and to better understand the specific challenges you may be facing when it comes to balancing your academic and religious commitments. We encourage all students who have encountered scheduling conflicts between their lectures and Friday Jumu'ah prayers to complete this survey, as your feedback will be invaluable in shaping future policies and initiatives. If you have any further questions, please email Jamal at ja90@soas.ac.uk.

 

Complete the survey here.

 

Closing this Friday (1/12/23)!

 

 

 

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. 

 

What's On This Week

View SU Events Here

 

 University Opportunities, Events and Updates

Paid Opportunity for PhD Students - closes 12noon, Friday 1 December 2023


Are you a PhD student interested in shaping student learning at SOAS? Are you interested in gaining paid teaching experience working directly with students? The Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement (LTE) is currently recruiting Study Skills Tutors to deliver study support to SOAS students. As a study skills tutor, you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching practice through delivering skills workshops and 1:1 tutorials, and receive training, guidance and support from experienced educational developers. Study skills tutors are paid from £16.30/hr. For more information, including details of how to apply, please visit the Career Opportunities Page at the Student Learning Centre. Applications close 12noon, Friday 1 December 2023.

 

 

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!

Muslims in Public Policy – Inspiring & connecting current and future public policy professionals

 

MIPP offer development opportunities by providing access to public policy professionals working in the Civil Service (central government), Local Authorities (local government) and arms-length bodies.

 

We also seek to provide opportunities to strengthen networking and shared learning within the current public policy workforce.

 

To find out more about our networking opportunities, mentoring programmes and upcoming events, please visit https://www.muslimsinpp.org/ 

Vantage

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

 

Equity Co-Creator Fellowship 

The pilot offers three undergraduate students in their second or third year the opportunity to undertake independent creative research on advancing equity. The deadline to apply has been extended to 8th December.

 

On 30 October, we launched our pilot Equity Co-Creator Fellowship. The programme offers three racialised undergraduate students in their second or third year of study at SOAS the opportunity to  

  • Develop student-led research related to equity/liberation/justice themes 
  • Develop creative and decolonised approaches to research. 
  • Build a body of student led research and learning materials on intersectional questions at the heart of racial justice.  

Students can apply now by submitting their CV, Cover Letter and a 1-page research proposal to edi@soas.ac.ukby 8th December at 23:59 with the subject title: Equity Co-Creator Fellowship. Find a research proposal template here

Soho Theatre Show 

The Soho feature are featuring the award-winning comedian & performer Cassie Workman's latest show Aberdeen, a beautiful piece of new writing exploring the life and legacy of grunge icon, Kurt Cobain. Part eulogy, part fantasy, part biography, Aberdeen, is an in-the-round conversation with Kurt, about life and death, taking place across Washington, including his hometown, of Aberdeen.

 

Cassie won a Fringe First award in 2022 for Aberdeen and has been praised by both Fleabag creatorPhoebe Waller-Bridge and Matrix director Lily Wachowski.

 

The show runs from 5 - 16 Dec at 7.00 pm at Soho Theatre.


Use promo code ABERDEEN10 on any of the shows between the 5th - 9th of December to receive £10 tickets (please do not externally publicise this promo code). The ticket link can be found here.

 

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: SU@soas.ac.uk   

 

Tammy Guerrero

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