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Weekly News 23rd November 2023




SU News Bulletin


In this weeks newsletter: 

- Disability History Month- Tell Me About It - Late Licence - Survivor Support Group - 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.


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. 


Survivor Support Group

SOAS SU will be delivering a support group for survivors of sexual violence, 

You can expect:

- Peer led discussions

- To provide a space for creative expressions though art, literature and music

- Resourcing students with mindfulness and grounding techniques

The group is for those who are looking for continued support and can commit to attending regularly. There are limited places in this group, and all students who sign up will be accessed to ensure that we can provide the right support for you. If you wish to join please get in touch with Farrah the Enough is Enough Coordinator ar


Survivors may also wish to attend the following workshop organised by the Student Advice and Wellbeing Team and delivered by Not The Only One

  • Trauma-informed movement and relaxation (in person): 7th December 6-8pm, room S314

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.


Closing next Friday!




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

Paid Opportunity for PhD Students - closes 12noon, Friday 1 December 2023

Are you a PhD student interested in shaping student learning at SOAS? Are you interested in gaining paid teaching experience working directly with students? The Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement (LTE) is currently recruiting Study Skills Tutors to deliver study support to SOAS students. As a study skills tutor, you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching practice through delivering skills workshops and 1:1 tutorials, and receive training, guidance and support from experienced educational developers. Study skills tutors are paid from £16.30/hr. For more information, including details of how to apply, please visit the Career Opportunities Page at the Student Learning Centre. Applications close 12noon, Friday 1 December 2023.



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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.

International Students Petition

Do you think international students should be able to work more hours each week alongside study?


If so, join the NUS campaign and sign the petition! 

Equality at Work for International Students Campaign - NUS UK


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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