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Weekly News 16th November 2023




SU News Bulletin


In this weeks newsletter: 

- Disability History Month

-Mitigating Circumstances Updates

- Jumu'ah Survey

- What's On

SU News Bulletin


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.


Mitigating Circumstances Update

Last Summer the Disabled Students Society created a Union Priority to lobbying for changes to the Mitigating Circumstances Policy to make it more inclusive for disabled students. The SU Officers have been lobbying for improvements alongside the Disabled Students Society. We are happy to announce that following this, students with fluctuating conditions can now use their SIP's as evidence for thir mitigating circumstance application, reducing the need for you to get further comtemporary evidence.. More information will have been emailed to students with fluctuating conditions with SIPs in place. We know that this is just the start of the process of improving the Mit Circs process for all students, but we hope this change will start to improve the student experience!


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. 


University Challenge

Ever watched University Challenge and wondered what it's like to take part?? Are you considered to be the ‘clever one’ within your friend group? Do you have lots of general knowledge that you wish you had a reason to use?? 

If you said yes to any of the above, or just want something to do with your Wednesday evening, come along to our University Challenge tryouts! We are looking to put together a ferocious team of experts in Arts and Culture, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science to show off the skills that SOAS has to offer and potentially to appear on national TV representing your peers, going head-to-head with other universities across the country.  

Come along individually or with friends and see if you have what it takes to join our University Challenge Team representing SOAS! 


Where: JCR, Main Building 

When: Wednesday 22nd November, 5pm – 7pm  


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


Complete the survey here.




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

Co-Creator Internship Applications


Are you an Undergraduate student looking for a paid part-time Internship? Would you like to work at SOAS, and have the opportunity to co-create your University experience? 

SOAS is excited to announce that 25 Co-Creator Internships?are open for application!  


This includes two exciting vacancies with the SU, where you can gain skills in events management. 


Each internship is 64 hours long, with 10 hours of staff supervision per internship, and takes place during Term 2.  

Full details of each internship and how to apply?can be found on the student internship intranet page. The deadline for applications is Friday 17th?November

If you have any questions, please contact 




Equity Fellowship Internships 


The pilot Equity Co-Creator Fellowship offers three racialised undergraduate students in their second or third year of study at SOAS the opportunity to undertake independent creative research and develop materials focused on advancing equity.

Led by the Equity and Accountability team, the programme is designed to address some of the gaps evidenced by several key findings from the Race Equality Charter (REC) Culture Survey, and ongoing analytical work by the REC self-assessment teams focused on student experience and outcomes.


More information here: Co-Creator Internships (



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 

Free Laptop Repair Course


This workshop for young people is part of a bigger national project to get people fixing up more and throwing out less. The project as a whole is for everyone of all ages.

If any student (of any age) is interested in the idea of learning how to repair, tech, electrical items etc, Restarters and the Fixing Cafes may be the right place to start. If you have repair skills, or are interested in getting some in the SOAS community, please contact Antonia (ab93). If enough interest exists we can work out next steps

 Click here for more information 

Bloomsbury Market Now on Tuesdays


Did you you know that Bloomsbury Food Market is now on Tuesdays in addition to Thursday! Expect to find cuisines from all over the world right next to campus in Torrington Square.


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.

Being Human Festival

The UK's national festival returns to 52 towns and cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 9–18 November. All Being Human events are free, with booking required for some activities. Events are led by researchers from 64 universities and research organisations, and include hands-on workshops, walks and tours, talks and discussions, installations and exhibitions, museum pop-ups and lates, screenings and outdoor activities.

Click here to sign up

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:   


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