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SOAS SU Weekly News 8th February 2024

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SOAS SU is excited to welcome Flare to campus, ensuring a safer environment for SOASians. Our ongoing goal is to provide a secure space and the right tools for SOASians to engage in activism and rallying while feeling protected.


Sabbatical Officers Drop In

Maryam (Co-President of Activities and Events):

Mondays and Wednesdays

Location: Office 1, New SU Space 

Time: 1-2:30pm


Reem (Co-President of Democracy and Education):


Location: Office 1, New SU Space

Time: 2pm-4pm


Jamal (Co-President of Equality and Liberation)


Location: Office 1, New SU Space 

Time: 2pm - 4pm


Get Involved in Your Student Union


SOAS SU Elections are here! 


Each year students at SOAS elect other students to lead the union, so if you think you've got what it takes to represent students and create change then this is the opportunity for you. 


The Co-Presidents are full-time, paid roles, starting in July 2024. There are four Co-President roles available - Democracy & Education, Activities & Events, Equality & Liberation and Welfare & Campaigns.


The Part-Time Officer and NUS Conference Delegate roles are part-time and voluntary. These roles are for this academic year and are undertaken alongside study. There are 8 Part-Time Officer roles from Sustainability to Anti-Racism Action and beyond. Head to the website to find out more about the Part-Time Officer roles.


Nominations close at 5pm on the 16th of February. 


Find out more on the SOAS SU website,


SU Events

Lunar New Year Late Licence 9th Feb, 8pm-2am


Venture Crawl 13th March
View SU Events Here

University Opportunities, Events and Updates

Music Masterclass for Year 12s and Year 13s


In this Masterclass with SOAS Arts staff, you will explore the fascinating worlds of Argentine tango in Japan, focusing on tango’s cultural, historical, and societal meanings in Japan.


Date: 12th February 2024

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Venue: SOAS Campus


Geography, Geology, and China's early mastery of essential energy sources and of access to minerals 


This talk will describe China’ unique geographical position in Eurasia and the impact of the loess and the climate in stimulating China’s unusual methods to acquire and develop metallurgy, make use of herded animals and manage horses 


Date: 12th February 2024

Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Venue: RB01

Judicial mediation in the Arab World


The Arab World has seen booming legislation in the last two decades to regulate the use of mediation within the court system in commercial and economic matters. This webinar will provide a comparative lens on the different practices of judicial mediation in the Arab World, and present aspirational recommendations.


Date: 13th February 2024

Time: 6pm

Location: Online

Edwise World Education Fair - Bangalore 


In this workshop we explore different aspects of this variation, drawing on different places where Swahili is spoken, and we place variation in Swahili in the wider context of language variation in Africa and beyond


Date: 13th February 2024 

Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Location: S113 

View University Events Here



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.

Focus groups Communication

Call for Participation: Athena Swan Focus Group Discussions


To deepen our understanding of gender equality at SOAS as part of our Athena Swan re-application for a Bronze Award, the EDI team will facilitate focus group discussions targeting specific categories of students and staff who have not been as involved with the charter mark process.

We will be holding staff focus group discussions on Tuesday 20 February in room Main Building P 386 at 11:00 – 13:00 and 13:00 – 15:00.

We are inviting staff with the following profiles:

· Different gender experiences/identities in the group from grades 1-5

· We will seek representation of different gender experiences/identities in the group

· We will seek to ensure there is a mix of different types of staff- professional support & services and academic


We will be holding the Student Focus Group on Monday 19 February in room MB P 379 at 15:00 – 17:00 – Student Experience and 17:00 – 19:00 – Student Support

We are inviting students with the following profiles:

· Students who represent different gender experiences and identities

· Students from low-income backgrounds and students who are the first in their families to attend university?

· Students who started at SOAS with lower UCAS tariff scores than advertised?

· Students with caring responsibilities (all genders/ethnicities)?

· Students with mental health diagnoses and disabilities (all genders/ethnicities)?

· Students of refugee backgrounds (all genders/ethnicities)?

· Students who have experience using report/support tools and other university policies?

Register to participate in the staff focus group by filling in the form here

Register to participate in the student focus group by filling in the form here


For any further questions, please contact Heidi Boahen, Diversity and Inclusion Lead on

Societies and Sports Teams Updates 

Student Gym Membership


UCL have opened up their gym to all University of London Students. Check out the poster for further information. 

Active Well-being Webinar: The Black Sport Collective


On Tuesday 27 February from 11am to 12pm, the University of Nottingham will be leading our next Active Wellbeing webinar on the 'Black Sport Collective'.


This session will explore the research and share the findings, including recommendations from the black student participants and the action plan set out by the university to act on the findings.


Click here to secure a place

New Societies 

1- Music and Social Society

2- Catholic Society

3- Taekwondo Society

4- Frenchie society

5- Lana del Rey society

6-bMandé Strings 

7-  Kora Society

8- Walkers Club 

Dont forget to sign up on our webpage

External Opportunities, Events and Updates

Could you make a positive impact on a school in Camden?

School governors are one of the largest groups of volunteers in the country. It’s a great opportunity to use your life experience and skills to positively impact on a school. We want Camden governors to reflect the diversity of our community. We want people from every background and with a wide range of life experience.

What do school governors do?

School governors play a strategic role, helping to set the strategy and monitor the performance strategy for their school. You can read more about the role on the Inspiring Governance Website here. Usually, this involves attending 6-10 meetings a year, with occasional visits to the school during the day.

What support will I get if appointed?

Full training is available to all new governors, with regular updates and resources available from Camden Learning.

How do I apply?

Email giving your name, why you are interested in becoming a school governor and the skills and life experience you could bring to the role.

Law Abiding Citiz3n
LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N is the electronic hip-hop rave project of London born Levi Oak-Reid. Oak-Reid writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project’s music.  Fusing the sonics of the ’80s and 90s with taut pop melodies and modern electronic production, debut album ‘SCUM: Self-Centred Urban Male’, released late 2023 features “extremely creative sampling, badass drums and bass, and other sparkling electronic features”. 
ON 13Tth February 2024, LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N plays the album launch gig at The Dublin Castle, Camden,  Doors 7:30pm. Tickets here: 


”Self-Centred Urban Male is edgy and salient, but an improvement on it’s early rap inspirations by incorporating more attractive melodies, lush pads and other sounds that lean towards ambient”. –


Essentially a dance night, albeit one which is revelatory in its mixture of house beats, hip-hop, ambient electronic, throw-back samples and its celebration of the 80’s and 90’s rave culture.


From mixing Nigerian tribal chants echoed around the sweet cries of ‘Fade to Grey’ by Visage on SCUM’s opening track ‘Mother Mary’. Sampling a favourite erotic movie intertwined with Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ subset over thumbing tribal beats on ‘Breathe’, or an electronic 90’s electronic hip-hop track sampling The Spice Girls – ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ on ‘Giving Is Good’. A Linkin Park construct hip-hop tribal beat sampling Ru Paul’s 90’s smash ‘Supermodel’ exclaiming “From dreams I have awoken, you call me bitter as if for life is sweet and I am liquorice and not heartbroken”. Jefferson Airplane inspires ‘Chasing Rabbits. ‘Levitation’ samples ‘Sweet Harmony’ by The Beloved and ‘The Power of Goodbye’ from Madonna‘s 90’s Ray of Light album. produced by William Orbit.


‘Secrets Of S.C.U.M.: Q&A With Levi Of LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N (Part 1):

Click here

Read our latest album review: Click here

60% off for all fellow Student Union members!

National gallery

The Gallery reopened in June 2023 with a new and dynamic exhibitions and events programme, ranging from group exhibitions and retrospectives to related talks, tours and weekend workshops. We also offer £5 exhibition tickets for under 25s, so hopefully lots there that might be of interest to you.


Click here for tickets

Royal Opera House Ticket Scheme and Upcoming Events


There are two special Young ROH Nights coming up (Swan Lake on 21 March and Carmen on 1 May), where every seat in the theatre is for 16-25 year olds, with tickets priced between £1 - £30. 


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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