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SOAS SU Weekly News 31st Jan

Find out what's happening at SOAS SU this week! Events, Activities, Information and more.


SOAS Students' Union Newsletter

We held a Union Forum on Wednesday 18th Jan in the JCR. Students and Union Officers presented their ideas for our new Preferenda Portfolio Officer roles, and these will be put to a vote opening at 12pm tomorrow, Wednesday 1st FebruaryWe have 12 ideas going forward to this Preferendum, and only 8 of them will be adopted. Details can be found on these ideas and on the processes surrounding these roles on our Preferenda Portfolio Officers page.

Upcoming events:


LGBTQ+ History Month

SOAS SU is hosting events for LGBTQ+ History Month.

The first event is a workshop on Collective Grief by June Bellebono. This workshop is for people that identify as LGBTQ+. You have to register! We will send the location on your email.

Grief inherently runs in queer existence - whether that's due to our omitted histories, enormous losses in our community, or an uncertain future. In this workshop, writer and facilitator June Bellebono encourages us to reflect on our experiences with grief - on both a personal and community level - and channel this into the creation of new untapped legacies: how do we honour those who have lost? How do we keep up their fights and desires? What do we do with all this grief? Through a collective reading exercise, followed by an informal group conversation, this group will explore our journey with grief and what potential it can hold.


ITHAKA - Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Q & A with Stella Assange, Adrian Devant, and Andrew Feinstein

Tuesday 7th February, 7.00pm - 10.00pm, KLT, SOAS

Book here

A Society in Crisis - Building a Progressive Policy Platform

A One-Day Policy Conference Hosted by SOAS ICOP and John McDonnell MP

Saturday 11th February, 10am - 5.30pm

The crises we face here and around the world mean the need for a progressive policy agenda to transform our society is more urgent than ever.

This day-long event, hosted by SOAS ICOP and John McDonnell MP, will bring together academics, think tanks, campaigners and many others to discuss and develop progressive policy making in a range of key areas, including the economy and labour markets; inequality, wealth and social security; the future of our public services; climate and the environment; the constitution and democracy.

There will be plenty of time for networking with fellow campaigners and audience contributions.

Book tickets

Woman, Life, Art: In Conversation with Haydeh Changizian and Soheila Sokhanvari

Iranian Prima Ballerina Haydeh Changizian and British-Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari (currently in a solo exhibition at the Barbican until the 26th of February) will be in conversation with Katy Shahandeh (SOAS), discussing their art, inspirations, aspirations, and the challenges they have faced as Iranian women artists.

Thursday, February 9th at 6 pm in the BGLT, Brunei Gallery at SOAS university.

Follow this link to find out more and to book your tickets for FREE before they sell out!


Patriarchal Hierarchy; Market Capitalism & Production in Afghanistan (2001-2008)

Join us for a book talk discussing Dr Kambaiz Rafi’s work, Patriarchal Hierarchy; Market Capitalism and Production in Afghanistan. His work is derived and builds on his PhD research on manufacturing activities in Afghanistan that he completed at UCL in mid-2021.

The book is the product of Dr Rafi’s nearly four years of research which analyses extensive empirical data gathered in the field during a year in Afghanistan in 2018.]

Book here


Opportunities and Information:

UCU Strike Dates

Week 1 - Wednesday 1 February  
Week 2 - Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February 
Week 3 - Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February 
Week 4 - Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February 
Week 5 - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 
[No action week commencing Monday 6 March] 
Week 6 - Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March 
Week 7 - Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March


The National Student Survey launches at SOAS

The National Student Survey (NSS) has launched this week at SOAS and will run until 30 April. Follow this link to find out more about completing the NSS.

NUS UK Free Transport Campaign

In the recent NUS UK Student Cost of Living Survey, 51% of students and apprentices said they were cutting back on transport costs. That's more than half of students and apprentices travelling to classes less because they just can't afford it.

And as always, it’s the students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds who are being hit the hardest, missing out on vital teaching time, harming their grades and limiting their opportunities.

That's why we've [the NUS] launched a new petition, as part of our Cost of Living campaign, calling on the Government to make public transport free for all students and apprentices, regardless of age or level of study.

If you have any questions about this campaign, please email Co-President Sushant Singh on

Call for evidence on cost of living

Paul Blomfield MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Students, has put out a call for evidence on the impacts of the Cost of Living Crisis on students.

The APPG are inviting submissions from individuals and organisations, including students' unions by 9am on 27 February.

Students: Submit evidence here

Paid Work Opportunity: Become a SOAS Student Ambassador in 2022/23 - Applications opening shortly!

The SOAS Student Ambassador Scheme is recruiting this month and we're inviting applications from current foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students to join the Scheme in 2022/23.

As a Student Ambassador, you will represent SOAS in a variety of projects, events and initiatives across the School and earn £12.75 per hour whilst working flexibly around your studies. You'll benefit from exposure to varied work opportunities, such as, sharing experiences of your course with prospective students; supporting professional services departments at SOAS with administrative tasks; meeting and managing guests at public events and exhibitions; developing sessions for an online course for an international university; working with schools to inspire young people, and much more!

Student Ambassadors fulfilling certain criteria will have the opportunity to receive additional training to participate in two specialist programmes of work - Outreach and Capital L. The Outreach Programme is designed to improve access and participation in higher education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds; Capital L is a network of London universities that work together to promote the uptake of language studies at higher education.

You can register your interest for the Student Ambassador Scheme ahead of the application opening period and you'll receive an application notification direct to your inbox.

Please visit the Student Ambassador Scheme website for more information about the Scheme. The page will be updated with the application form link and instructions once applications open.


Ideas Portal

At SOAS Students’ Union, representing students' views is at the heart of everything we do. Students get to have their say over what the SU works on by voting for a Co-President that is passionate about the same things as them and by setting Union Priorities, which are objectives the SU is mandated to deliver. These priorities are decided by students and can cover a range of different things.

Visit the Ideas Portal to propose anything, from big structure changes, or quick wins. There are instructions on this page about this information you need to include for your submission.


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.


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