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Weekly News 30th May

Find out what's happening at SOAS this week!


30th May 2023

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


SU and Community Events

Annual General Meeting


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

This is an opportunity to discuss a proposed motion on sustainability, receive the account of the union from the previous financial year, appoint the auditor, approve affiliations and debate motions for discussion! The agenda is available on our website. For more information, to submit an emergency motion (anytime until 2pm Friday 2nd June), and to find the Zoom 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


ICA Games Cafe

When: Various dates 2023
Where: N19 4NG


Sounds and Space

When: Wed 31 May 2023 19:30
Where: Peckham Levels

Sounds and Space is a music events project started by master's Social Anthropology students Sophia and Sian. They create events focusing on "sharing global sounds and intimate space".

We are back on Wednesday the 31st of May with an extra special People's Session! This month we have a Senegalese theme, hosting a performance from renowned artist Abdoulaye Samb, as well as upcoming Middle Eastern fusion band Trail of Ganoush. We are teaming up with @Littlebaobabuk who have a stall next to us and are offering 10% off their incredible Senegalese food so grab some pre-performance dinner and drinks! Don't forget to bring your instrument or learn a song to sing at our post-performance music sharing. Stay connected to keep updated. Add us on Instagram and Facebook @soundsandspace and follow us on Eventbrite. See you on the 31st! Register tickets 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 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.


Circumambulating Objects: Student Design Competition

A new SOAS research project, Circumambulating Objects: on Paradigms of Restitution of Southeast Asian Art (CO-OP), is seeking a logo design for its website and promotion materials. We invite submissions from any SOAS student. The chosen design will be awarded a £100 prize. 



Preferenda voting is open!

Calling all SOAS students!


We have extended the voting deadline, so you have until 12pm Wednesday 31st May to cast your vote!


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!

Deadline: Monday 4th June

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. 


If you have anything else to contribute to the newsletter, please email:   



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