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Weekly News 17th May

Find out what's happening at SOAS this week!


17th May 2023

In this weeks newsletter: Preferenda, Exams, Wellbeing, Clubs and Societies Events and much, much more!


SU Events

The Last Dance Pt. 2 Late License

When: Fri 2 June 2023 21:00-04:00
Where: SOAS SU Bar

Get ready for the last late license of the year as well as the last party before the Students' Union bar is closed for summer renovations! Expect a lively night of afrobeat, house, dancehall, drum'n'bass, techno & more, with a lineup of SOAS alumni DJs playing from 9pm until 3:30am. Come celebrate the start of summer, dance off all that exam stress, and say goodbye to the bar space in its current form with one last dance!

Last entry at 1am

Free entry for SOAS students
£5 tickets for ALL externals
Tickets available from the following link


Yorùbáizm Presents: No Verncaular!

When: Sun 28 May 2023 16:30-20:00

Yorùbá Conversation Mixer

Book here

Do YOU have a question about the upcoming UCU strikes? Join the STRIKE FORUM!

When: Tue 23 May 2023 17:00





University and Other News


Extended Library Times

Better study times during exams


MySOAS Exam Timetable

Exams are around the corner and here is some important information for you! If you need any support or advice please get in touch at


Marking and Assessment Boycott

Have you heard about the Marking and Assessment Boycott? UCU are undertaking this action as a part of the pay and working conditions dispute which has seen real world pay cuts and increased workloads. Click the link above to find out more.



Summer Preferenda Notice

It’s Preferenda time! Voting is open fromn May 22nd – May 30th, in the meantime head to the website to find out more about the proposals. 

The proposals are:

1. Should SOAS SU support a Caste Campaign? 

2. Should SOAS SU advocate for a discount on bring your own bowl at on-campus catering and cut down on waste 

3. Should SOAS SU start an official campaign to reform Mitigating Circumstances? 

4. Should SOAS SU support the UCU Marking and Assessment Boycott? 

Click here for more information about the proposals that will be voted on in the preferenda, and the solutions proposed.

Results will be announced on Wednesday 31st May.

Click Here


Unite Foundation Scholarship

Applications for the Unite Foundation scholarship are now open!

Deadline: 1st June 2023

If you’re a care leaver or estranged from your family, and under 25, you could apply to join the Unite Foundation scholarship.

Having somewhere of your own to call home matters. With the Unite Foundation scholarship, you’ll have accommodation and bills covered, all year round, for up to 3 years of study.

You can apply for the scholarship if you are:

  1. 25 or under, a statutory care leaver, care experienced (Scotland) or estranged from your family
  2. Starting or studying your first undergraduate degree
  3. Eligible for UK home fee status
  4. Applying to one of the Unite Foundation’s partner universities

There is more information about the scholarship here, and full details about eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Unite Foundation website.


What do you want from your SU? You could win £300!

Over the next few weeks, we want to hear from you and find out more about your experience at SOAS and SOAS SU to help inform our work and strategy moving forward. Post-pandemic, students are finally free to engage fully with their SU, and we are presented with fertile ground on which to build on the work that’s gone before and grow a union which works for all students. Get involved by completing our survey for the chance to win £300, or by helping us grow our tree mural in the JCR!

We want to find out more about your experience of university life and where there might be opportunities to make improvements. We’d really appreciate it if you could complete our quick survey to contribute your thoughts.  Complete the survey here.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time you will be entered into a prize draw with a top prize of £300 and runner-up prizes of £100 (x1) and £50 (x2) – it could be you! This is a great opportunity to tell us what’s important to you and to help us understand how we can help you and other students in the future get more out of your university experience.

Between Monday 15th May and Thursday 18th May between 11am-6pm come along to the JCR and share your thoughts to grow our tree mural into a flourishing creation which holds the hopes, needs and desires of the student body. The more students involved, the more the strategy will represent the students! We can’t wait to meet you. We’ll also be giving away tea & coffee vouchers and chocolate treats to students who come along and take part.

Thank you for making sure your voice is heard.

*The survey is run by Red Brick Research, an independent research agency, on behalf of SOAS Students’ Union. Your responses are anonymous. If you have any problems accessing the survey, please email

Click Here

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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