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SOAS SU Weekly News 3rd October

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In this weeks newsletter: 

- Freshers' Fortnight Events

- Rep Elections

- Youth Beyond Borders Social Enterprise Programme

See all our event here!


Upcoming SU Events: Freshers Fortnight

4th October 2023 

Breakfast Club - Postgrad (10am -         12pm) - JCR

  Tickets available here

Liberation Caucus Meet and Greet          (2pm - 3pm) - JCR

  Tickets available here

Wednesday Night Sports Night (7pm  11pm)

  Tickets available here

5th October 2023

•  Cultural Kareoke Riff Off (7pm - 11pm)


   Tickets available here



6th October 2023

Jummah Prayer (1pm - 2pm)

  The Green

  Tickets available here

Masters and Mocktails (7pm - 9pm)


  Tickets available here



7th October 2023

Recreational Sports in the Park(12pm    - 3pm) - Regents Park

   Tickets available here

Late License (8pm - 2am) - SU Bar




SU News Bulletin


Rep Election

Looking for a chance to representyour department and be a voice for your peers?

Programme and department repsare students that are elected and volunteertheir time to listento feedbackand tell the university what needs changin.Rep elections are no open, so make a change and sign up!
Click here for more information and for sign ups.


Youth Beyond Borders Social Enterprise Programme 

Open to any current SOAS students who have a creative or entrepreneurial idea that they want to turn into a meaningful business that provides a positive social impact. This programme will explore how you can build an organization that consistently innovates to solve a problem. 

The pre-accelerator programme will equip students with entrepreneurial skills and networks that help develop an idea into an effective enterprise. 

Click here for the registration form.


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. 


Society and Sports Teams Events

Weekly Poker Tournament 

6/10/23 - 7pm - 11:30pm

Come along to the SOAS Gaming Society icebreaker picnic and have a chill afternoon with fellow SOASians. All students and alumni welcome!This is a great opportunity to meet other students and our committee, as well as to hear about the many events coming up this year! Come along with your friends to meet us in Russell Square (2 minutes from the station) from Wednesday 4th October 1:00-3:30pm.

Click here for tickets.

White Party on the Thames 

4/10/23 - 6pm - 11pm 

Get ready to set sail as we host the SOAS White Party on a magnificent boat gliding along the iconic River Thames. This exclusive event is the perfect opportunity for SOAS students to come together, dance the night away, and create lasting memories.

Click here for tickets.

Register to Vote


Finally, remember that as a student you can register to vote at two addresses (although you can only vote once during General Elections).


This means that you'll be able to vote in local elections taking place next year and you'll be able to vote from your term time address if a General Election is called, and it's likely that one will take place during or before Autumn next year. You can register to vote at your term time address here.

Guidance about who can vote is available here: 



University Updates

Worldmaking Beyond SOAS


The Equity and Accountability unit is thrilled to announce the launch of this year’s Worldmaking Beyond SOAS to build collaborative work that sparks community and imagination for racially just futures beyond SOAS. 


They are incubating short-term projects, each of them focusing on different elements of climate justice- from collaborating with local organisations in Sri Lanka and the Phillipines, to getting involved in community gardens in South London. Find out more and register to participate in the different projects on the school's website.  

Do you want to get a head start, develop key employability skills, and secure work experience?


If you’re eligible, upReach are offering you a free personalised programme of support. In partnership with over 60 competitive graduate employers across the UK, you’ll gain access to exclusive employer Insight Days, Mentoring Relationships, and Professional Work Experience Opportunities.


As an upReach Associate, you will be matched with a dedicated Programme Coordinator, who’ll provide 1-to-1 support & help you in your applications to internships, placements, and graduate roles. They have limited places available on the programme, so click here to apply now.



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!


Black History Month event with Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph is to presenthis acclaimed show about Ignatus Charles Sancho,a man of African decent who escaped from a background of slavery to become a distinguished man of letters and composer in late 18th century.

Paterson will be accompanied by composer/musician, Ben Park, as they offer a musical and historical tribute to Sancho. 

Click here to register for the event

Gender and the Legacy of the War in Iraq 20 years on

It has now been 20 years since the UK invaded Iraq in the second Gulf War. In the ensuing years, Iraq has experienced political and economic turmoil and volatile security, as well as the flaring of ethnic and sectarian tensions. These have all had particular impact on Iraqi women, such as the horrifying enslavement of Yezidi women by ISIS.
Join us to discuss the current situation of women in Iraq, the initiatives to ameliorate present challenges and the way forward.
Pari Ibrahim - Director, Free Yezidi Foundation
Ruaa Alghannam - Officer, Muthabarun Al-Khair Foundation (Iraq)

Zainab Mehdi - Journalist
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne
Prof Lina Khatib - Director of SOAS Middle East Institute (Chair)
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Host)

Date and Time: Wednesday 18th Oct 2023 | 4.15pm
Venue: Committee Room 3a, House of Lords & ZOOM

Click here to sign up

Young Singers Choral Scholarship Programme

Choral Scholarship Programme for a third season, offering a select number of funded places for singers aged 18-25, as part of our commitment to support young aspiring singers. It's a great opportunity to join one of Britain's leading choral groups and one of the most exciting and versatile in London, performing in the capital, around the UK and abroad. This is a particularly exciting time to join the choir as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this season and have a wide range of concerts and activities planned in London, around the UK and a trip to Paris and will be working with several special guests, including the professional ensemble The Gesualdo Six.


The programme is open to anyone who enjoys singing, whether those studying music, starting their music careers or simply wanting to expand their singing and performance opportunities.

Click here for further information

TANK Reading Room for Students 

To celebrate 25 years of independent magazine publishing, for six weeks TANK will open Reading Rooms in Central London, free to use and open to all. Readers old and new will have the chance to peruse TANK’s entire archive as well as the books and publications that form the critical ecosystem that surrounds each issue – plus, the opportunity to attend a series of events celebrating the creative visionaries that form TANK’s orbit.



Black History Month Walk 

There is a call out for SOAS students to sign up for a Black History Month walk. This tour will be lead by Isis Amlack. Isis stands as an Afrakan Queen Mother Warrior first and foremost; she is an Afrikan born in Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean and a North Kensington for the last 30 years. She describes herself as an Eclectic Afrikan Centric Poet, drawing inspiration from her activism and engagement with Pan Afrikan politics and campaigning against structural injustice. 

Click here to sign up

UK Deaf Students 2023 Relaunch

The event is due to take place on the 14th October at the Manchester Deaf Centre, then followed by drinks at Manchester's famous Deaf Institute. Students can expect an exciting lineup of stalls, engaging discussions, and inspiring talks led by prominent figures in the UK University's Deaf community. Student's will have the chance to learn new skills, gain valuable insights, and build lasting connections with like-minded individuals.

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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