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Weekly News 24th May

Find out what's happening at SOAS this week!


24th May 2023

In this weeks newsletter: AGM, Preferenda, Late-license, Wellbeing, UCU strike info, Clubs and Societies Events and much, much more!


SU Events

Annual General Meeting


When: Fri 2nd June 2023 15:00-17:00
Where: Microsoft Teams

This is an opportunity to receive the account of the union from the previous financial year, appoint the auditor, approve affiliations and debate motions for discussion! The deadline for submitting a motion for discussion is 12pm Tuesday 30th May. For more information, to submit a motion, and to register for the Teams link, click here.

The Last Dance Pt. 2

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


PALC Screening: African Apocalypse

When: Fri 26th May 2023 17:00-21:00
Where: DLT


Yorùbáizm Presents: No Verncaular!

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

Yorùbá Conversation Mixer

Book here





Kembang Goyang: A Cultural Night

When: Friday, 26 May 2023 19:00-23:00 Where: JCR and SU Bar at SOAS
Inviting all SOAS community, friends, and family to dance, sing and eat to your hearts' content at SOAS Indonesian Society's party and cultural night, Kembang Goyang. Learn and be entertained to Indonesian "Dangdut" dance music while taking part in a range of cultural workshops, having a feast on the sumptuous Indonesian food, discovering a variety of home-grown products, and admiring the array of Batik motifs displayed throughout the night. We are bringing our own unique remake of beer pong -- the Sambal (Chili) pong! So, are you down? Register here
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University and Other News

May and June strike dates announced

SOAS UCU members are undertaking strike action over the following few weeks. This is in relation to the pay and working conditions disputes and follows SOAS managements decision to withhold 100% of pay of staff participating in the Marking and Assessment Boycott.

The upcoming strike dates are 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th, 31st May, 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th June.


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.



Preferenda voting is open!

Calling all SOAS students!


Voting is open in our preferenda. Click the link to vote on the following topics:

Should SOAS SU support a Caste Campaign?

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

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

Should SOAS SU support the UCU Marking and Assessment Boycott?

Click Here



Wellbeing magazine

The first ever edition of Wellbeing magazine has arrived!

Created by the Student Advice and Wellbeing department, Wellbeing magazine is a collaboration between a wide range of creatives and wellbeing professionals, both within and outside of SOAS. In this issue, you will find an interview with a leading sports psychologist about mindset for exams, a mindfulness exercise, wellbeing events, journal prompts and more.

Come and collect a copy from SL41, or read online.

Click Here

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.

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. 


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Tammy Guerrero

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