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SOAS SU Weekly News 5th September 2023

Find out what's going on at SOAS SU and beyond this week!





In this weeks newsletter: 

- Freshers Fortnight Overview

- Paid College Rep role and Society Re-registration Deadline

- Worldmaking Beyond SOAS and Univeristy Updates

- External Opportunities 

SU Spotlight: Freshers Fortnight Calendar

Are you ready to wave goodbye to summer and hello to the university experience?

Let me introduce you to Freshers Fortnight 2023, an exciting and vibrant start to this new journey. We are excited to welcome you to a two week extravaganza designed to introduce you to campus life, help you make new friends, and create lasting memories.


Upcoming SU Events: Freshers Fortnight

Freshers Fayre

When: 29/09/2023 - 11am - 4pm
Where: SOAS Campus 


This is where the university journey truly begins. Get ready to explore a diverse array of student clubs, societies, services, and opportunities all in one place.


Accessible Half Hour starting from 10:30 for those who would benefit from a quieter environment. 

Late Licence 

When: 07/10/23 - 8pm-Onwards
Where: SU Bar


We're kicking off the year with a bang! Join us for SOAS' first Late License event, a welcome back special that's simply unmissable.




Open Air Cinema

When: 28/09/2023 - 7pm - 11pm
Where: Senate House Steps


Join us for a nice evening of cosy freshers vibes as the first week of freshers comes to an end. Unwind and relax under the stars with a movie, snacks, and good company.

See all our event here!


SU News Bulletin


Congratulations graduates of 2023

The SOAS SU team would like to send out a big congratulations to the class of 2023. Well done for all your hard work over the years and we wish you the best of luck for the future. 


College Rep recruitment

College rep applications will be closing on the 15th September. Get your applications in as soon as possible. Click here for more information.


Re-registration for societies and sports teams 

The re-registration form for societies and sports teams is due on the 8th of September. We need you to fill out our form so we can allocate a table for your society for the upcoming Freshers' Fayre and to know who to contact regarding important society comms. 

We do not need full committees at this point. We just need to know whether you're continuing, a main contact for your club and details for welcome week and freshers.

Forms attached below: 


Sports Teams

We will assume that societies who haven’t filled in this form by end of day Friday have been disbanded. 

Contact if you need any help filling it out and we will see you all at freshers!!


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. 


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

Module Sign Up for New Students

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.  

Module Sign-up for new students will be open from 7 September until 3 October 2023. (New students will receive an email outlining what to do after 7 September 2023).


Access the Module sign-up system

Support at SOAS

UOL Housing Flatmate Finder

We know that University can be great, but it can also be tough. We want to ensure that all students are aware of the support services available at SOAS.

Trying to find a flatmate for this year? Why not go to the University of London Housing Service Flatmate Finder. Taking place 1pm-4pm Wednesday 13th September, Sentate House.


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!

Aviation & Climate Justice: Free online comms training by Stay Grounded, October 2023

  • Are you keen to join the climate justice movement against aviation - and our activeglobal network of campaigners and multipliers?
  • Do you want to know more about the ecological and social impacts of aviation, strategies to counter greenwashing and steps to bring about a just transition of aviation?
  • Would you like to better understand policy measures actually reducing aviation and steps to changing organisations' travel policies?
  • Are you interested in communications and learning about new narratives on aviation we can use for effective campaigns
  • More information here


Kenya Summit

De Montfort University, in collaboration with the Kenya High Commission, is delighted to invite Kenyan students from SOAS university to the 4th UK-Kenya students conference on the 7th of October, 2023,  at De Montfort University, Leicester.


Click to find out more about the Conference.

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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