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Weekly Newsletter 16th February 2024

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Get Involved in Your Student Union


SOAS SU Elections are here! 


Each year students at SOAS elect other students to lead the union, so if you think you've got what it takes to represent students and create change then this is the opportunity for you. 


The Co-Presidents are full-time, paid roles, starting in July 2024. There are four Co-President roles available - Democracy & Education, Activities & Events, Equality & Liberation and Welfare & Campaigns.


The Part-Time Officer and NUS Conference Delegate roles are part-time and voluntary. These roles are for this academic year and are undertaken alongside study. There are 8 Part-Time Officer roles from Sustainability to Anti-Racism Action and beyond. Head to the website to find out more about the Part-Time Officer roles.


Nominations close at 5pm on the 16th of February. 


Find out more on the SOAS SU website,



Hustings- Friday 23rd February - 6pm JCR

Join us for an electrifying SU Election Hustings, where candidates take the stage to share their visions, ideas, and plans for our vibrant student community.

Here's what awaits you at the SU Election Hustings:

1 - Engaging Debates: Witness candidates go head-to-head as they discuss crucial issues facing our campus and propose innovative solutions.

2 - Insightful Q&A: Have burning questions for the candidates? This is your chance to ask them on their platforms, priorities, and plans for the future. Ask your questions here! Questions must be sub mitted by 4pm on Friday 23rd February.

3 - Meet the Contenders: Get to know the faces behind the campaigns and learn why they're passionate about representing YOU.



Find out more on the SOAS SU website,




SOAS SU is excited to welcome Flare to campus, ensuring a safer environment for SOASians. Our ongoing goal is to provide a secure space and the right tools for SOASians to engage in activism and rallying while feeling protected.


Sabbatical Officers Drop In

Maryam (Co-President of Activities and Events):

Mondays and Wednesdays

Location: Office 1, New SU Space 

Time: 1-2:30pm


Reem (Co-President of Democracy and Education):


Location: Office 1, New SU Space

Time: 2pm-4pm


Jamal (Co-President of Equality and Liberation)


Location: Office 1, New SU Space 

Time: 2pm - 4pm


Commuter Student Questionnaire

This questionnaire aims to collect confidential information for research purposes only. The survey covers various aspects, including personal information for demographic insights, commuting challenges, campus facilities and services evaluation, transportation preferences, study and social spaces availability. Your participation will greatly contribute to enhancing the support and services offered to commuter students on campus.


Click here for the questionnaire,

SU Events

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University Opportunities, Events and Updates

Conflict and Humanitarianism in the Horn of Africa 


This seminar will feature a discussion with Abdul Mohammed led by Nuur Mohamud Sheekh on Conflict and Humanitarianism in the Horn of Africa. Abdul will draw upon his expertise and extensive experience to discuss the conflict and humanitarian crisis, especially in relation to the ongoing war in Sudan, inter-state tensions, and the growing influence of middle-power Gulf states.



Date: 15th February 2024

Time: 5pm 

Venue: B102


Republicanism in action in Britain and its empire: Theories, practices, and exchanges 


 This second workshop of a series of three aims to explore how republicanism shaped the political discourse of Britain and its empire during the Age of Imperialism. 



Date: 16th February 2024

Time: 3:00pm - 7pm

Venue: G3, Main Building

Blue, as in 'Melancholy': Blue Island and Sinophone Performativity


Professor Chris Berry will talk about his paper which argues that Chan’s film enacts a melancholic engagement with Hong Kong’s complex Sinophone history. The film deploys what Nichols calls the ‘performative mode’ of documentary, where the filmmaker’s intervention is foregrounded


Date: 19th February 2024

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

Location: RB01

Life as a Jigsaw Puzzle, author talk with Hanh Tat


Three years on that journey culminated in the creation of her first self-published book, Life as a Jigsaw Puzzle, in which she shares how the power of love and forgiveness enabled her to transform personal adversity into personal strength and inner growth. In both the book and this talk, she aims to inspire others to realise, through the power of love, how much agency we all have over our own thoughts and emotions and hence our lives



Date: 20th February 2024 

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: E17, SOAS Library

View University Events Here



Exam Advice

As you will be aware, exams will take place on campus – in person – between 6 and 31 May 2024.

Some of you will recall that during the pandemic we were unable to host exams in person, due to government restrictions set out at the time. This year we will complete the transition back to in-person exams, following the mixed exam model in place last year.

How will exams be organised?

Most exams will be conducted digitally, on your own laptop, under exam conditions and in an invigilated exam space.  

There are four different exam formats in 2024:  

  • Digital, open book
  • Digital, closed book
  • Paper-based, open book
  • Paper-based, closed book.  

The formats have been pre-set and it is not possible to change these. To find out more please see the Examinations and Assessments on MySOAS for Students.

What happens next?
Before the end of January we will be in touch to confirm the format of each of your exams.
We will confirm the process for requesting a SOAS loan device for any digital exams you may have, if you do not have access to your own device for the exam period.  
Learning Teaching and Enhancement guidance on the support available for exams will also follow.  

Your questions about exams
We have set up a resources page on MySOAS for Students to answer frequently asked questions. You can find this in MySOAS for Students.
If you have module-specific questions about an exam, please contact your module convenor.  

If you have other questions about exams, please contact your College Administration and Student Support Services.  
For any questions about re-sits, please contact the Assessments and Progression team via SID.

Focus groups Communication

Call for Participation: Athena Swan Focus Group Discussions


To deepen our understanding of gender equality at SOAS as part of our Athena Swan re-application for a Bronze Award, the EDI team will facilitate focus group discussions targeting specific categories of students who have not been as involved with the charter mark process.


We will be holding the Student Focus Group on Monday 19 February in room MB P 379 at 15:00 – 17:00 – Student Experience and 17:00 – 19:00 – Student Support


For any further questions, please contact Heidi Boahen, Diversity and Inclusion Lead on

Societies and Sports Teams Updates 

Student Gym Membership


UCL have opened up their gym to all University of London Students. Check out the poster for further information. 

Active Well-being Webinar: The Black Sport Collective


On Tuesday 27 February from 11am to 12pm, the University of Nottingham will be leading our next Active Wellbeing webinar on the 'Black Sport Collective'.


This session will explore the research and share the findings, including recommendations from the black student participants and the action plan set out by the university to act on the findings.


Click here to secure a place

External Opportunities, Events and Updates

Could you make a positive impact on a school in Camden?

School governors are one of the largest groups of volunteers in the country. It’s a great opportunity to use your life experience and skills to positively impact on a school. We want Camden governors to reflect the diversity of our community. We want people from every background and with a wide range of life experience.

What do school governors do?

School governors play a strategic role, helping to set the strategy and monitor the performance strategy for their school. You can read more about the role on the Inspiring Governance Website here. Usually, this involves attending 6-10 meetings a year, with occasional visits to the school during the day.

What support will I get if appointed?

Full training is available to all new governors, with regular updates and resources available from Camden Learning.

How do I apply?

Email giving your name, why you are interested in becoming a school governor and the skills and life experience you could bring to the role.

National gallery

The Gallery reopened in June 2023 with a new and dynamic exhibitions and events programme, ranging from group exhibitions and retrospectives to related talks, tours and weekend workshops. We also offer £5 exhibition tickets for under 25s, so hopefully lots there that might be of interest to you.


Click here for tickets

Royal Opera House Ticket Scheme and Upcoming Events


There are two special Young ROH Nights coming up (Swan Lake on 21 March and Carmen on 1 May), where every seat in the theatre is for 16-25 year olds, with tickets priced between £1 - £30. 


Click here for more information 

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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