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Weekly Newsletter 18th April 2024

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Examination Update

Examination TimetableThe examination timetable will be released to students by 12 April 2024.

IMPORTANT: Mandatory Moodle course for all students sitting digital examinations
If you have a digital examination in May 2024 at SOAS you must complete the following Inspera exam experience course on Moodle: Inspera Exam Experience May 2024.
This Moodle course will take around 30 minutes to complete. It will allow you to download the IIB exam software on your device and give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the examination experience.  
You will not be able to sit your digital examination without completing this Moodle course. You will need to ensure you complete this by Monday 22, April 2024. The Moodle course will also direct you to additional IT support and further guidance if required.

Examination preparation workshops: The Student Learning Centre are running exam preparation workshops which you can register for via the?workshop calendar.
In addition to the above, we are also running two Student Workshop (FAQ) one-hour sessions focused on the digital experience using Inspera on Tuesday, 16 April, at 11am and Tuesday, 30 April, at 11am. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have related to Inspera.  

Examination Resit Guidance: Guidance has been prepared for students with take-home resit examinations.  
If you have any further questions, please contact the Assessments team.



Last Late License of the Year

Kickstart your summer with a night full of lively celebration.


Join us for the final late licence of the year for a night at the SU Bar filled with drinks, good company, and live DJ. 

10:00pm - 2am

Last entry is at 12am. 


Ticketless Entry for SOAS Students anytime prior to 10:00pm

Entry after 10:00pm requires a free Student Ticket


All SOAS students will need to get their free ticket or arrive before 10:30pm.

Please bring your photo ID, SOAS student card and ticket/QR code


Open Decks Night


Teaching & Learning Award

The Learning and Teaching Awards is your chance as a student to thank staff for their hard work and celebrate the very best of teaching and support at the University.  

Staff play a pivotal role in the student experience at SOAS, from lecturers and tutors to supervisors and personal tutors, and professional services staff. 

Nominations for this year’s awards are now open, closing May 10th the shortlisted candidates will be announced on May 16th.
Listed below are the awards that are up for grabs for the amazing teachers who have made a difference to your university learning experience, alongside some prompts to help you decide.


Note: You can nominate as many categories as you wish. You can also nominate the same staff member for more than one category.


Click here for the nomination form.



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

SU Events

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University Opportunities, Events and Updates

Book Talk: How Israeli universities deny Palestinians Freedom 


Israeli universities have long enjoyed a reputation as liberal bastions of freedom and democracy. Drawing on extensive research and making Hebrew sources accessible to the international community, Maya Wind shatters this myth and documents how Israeli universities are directly complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights.


Date: 19th April 2024

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre 


From the National to the International: Policymaking for climate propsperity and Global financial architecture reform

Join us for a high-level panel on the sidelines of the 2024 International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group Spring Meetings with speakers from the V20 Climate Prosperity Fellowship Program, Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank and US Department of the Treasury.



Date: 19th April 2024

Time: 4pm - 4pm

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre 

Technology Forcing regulation and the shifting geography of innovation with a focus on China  


This seminar evaluates how technology-forcing regulations related to the clean energy transition influence the geography of innovation in the automotive industry, with a focus on China. 


Date:22nd April 2024

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

Location: RB01

Mind what you wear in public: China's controversial proposed amendmants to police administered policies 


In September 2023, a draft of China’s revised Law on Penalties for Administration of Public Security (PAPS) was posted online for public consultation. However, several proposed amendments caused a huge public outcry online and the consultation drew an unprecedented number of submissions.

The most controversial proposals include the prohibition of a) the we


Date: 23rd April 2024

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm

Location: G3, Main Building

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.

At the Workshop, we will:

Explore the complexities of publishing in academic journals.

Engage with experienced writers and  journal editors. 

Provide personalised feedback, from SOAS faculty, on your SJPR submission.  


The Workshop is divided into two parts:

Part 1 | 10am - 11.30am: How to get published in academia + Q&A

Part 2 | 12.00pm - 2.30pm: Writers' Workshop + feedback on your SJPR abstract or paper with SOAS faculty


The first part is for all postgraduate and doctoral students and the second part is reserved for those who are submitting an article to Issue 16 of the SJPR. If you would like to attend Part 2, you will be asked to submit your abstract or a portion of your submission before attending the workshop.


To register, please click here.


As a reminder, the theme for Issue 16 is Entangled Worlds and Situated Knowledge. Please see attached the call for papers.


If you have any questions, please reach out to us.


We look forward to welcoming you the Writers' Workshop.



Royal African Society 'Film Africa Festival' Submission

Film Africa, London’s celebration of African and African diaspora cinema presented by the Royal African Society, is delighted to announce that in 2024, Film Africa will take place from Friday 25 October until Sunday, November 3. The festival will continue its mission of highlighting African and African diaspora filmmaking.


Submissions will close on 30 June 2024, with the selected films notified by 30 July 2024.



Presenting another high-quality and wide-ranging film program to venues across London, this will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks, and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; parties

External Opportunities, Events and Updates

New Wave Fine Art Competition


Artists - chance to have work displayed at the 2024 Bloomsbury Festival.

The Art Competition is open to current undergraduate or postgraduate students of Fine Art and related courses at London universities, colleges or professional training schemes for artists. Submissions can be new or existing artwork but must relate to the 2024 Festival theme of Human.Kind. The winning artist will be selected by a panel of experts including the Duchess of Bedford, the Festival's Director Rosemary, and the Head of the Visual Arts at City Lit. The successful artist will receive a £300 cash prize and will be given a chance to create and display an exhibition of their artwork for the duration of this year’s Bloomsbury Festival (18 - 27 October) in City Lit’s foyer gallery space.

The deadline for submissions: Thursday 25 April 2024.


Apply Here

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 

The Mindfulness Network for People of Colour 


The Mindfulness Network for People of Colour is a small not-for-profit community interest company that runs mindfulness activities for people of colour. (


Their next signature event in 2024 is a symposium at Birkbeck College on 27 July on the theme of 'Belonging'.  Open to all


The key speakers on the Saturday will be Professor Rhonda Magee from the US, making a rare visit to London, author of "The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing ourselves and Transforming our Communities through Mindfulness", and described by 'Mindful' as one of the "12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement".  And Dr Cathy-Mae Karelse, an alumni of SOAS (PhD in Mindfulness) who is a public speaker on race, difference and belonging.   

Cost of living survey


The data we get from this survey will hugely benefit our campaigns – allowing us to prove how much students need proper funding through further and higher education. To make the data as impactful as possible, we need as many students as possible taking part. That’s where you come in

Anyone who completes the survey could win £500!


WHERE: at the lovely JAMBOREE club in King's Cross, London WC1X 9H.

WHEN: on Sunday evening 21 April from 7.00pm


We shall play traditional dance musics of the British Isles and Ireland.

There will be dancing, which you are welcome to join, and all dances will be explained by our caller Ed Emery.

In addition there will be Kurdish dance songs played by Peyman Heydarian [santur], and you are welcome to join in some Kurdish dancing.

The purpose of this event is to raise some money to buy musical instruments for the Band's next refugee solidarity trip to Calais and Dunkerque on 20 June, World Refugee Day.

ADMISSION: £10 if pre-booked by e-mail / £12 on the door / £6 concessions and SOAS students.

Make your reservation by sending an e-mail to:

PLEASE NOTE: All payments by cash at the door - No cards.

You’re invited to take part in a series of workshops imagining into being the sustainable world that we know is possible. 


When? Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May 10.30-4.30


Where? The Exchange, Bush House North East Building

Weaving innovation with cartography and the creative arts, these workshops will stretch you towards finding and realising the solutions we need. We will explore indigenous wisdoms, the psycho-spatial dynamics of London, environmental solutions, climate justice movements, hidden London, and more. You will be introduced to participatory action research and community organising methods, building to a Sustainability Creative showcase. 


All students will receive a certificate upon completion. 


The lead facilitators are the legendary Dan Glass, an educator, performer and film presenter recognised as 'Activist of the Year,' ‘campaigning role model’ and 'BBC Greater Londoner' for founding ‘Queer Tours of London - A Mince Through Time’ and Lyndsay Burtonshaw (she/they), a participatory facilitator, activist learning designer and mentor. Dan’s book(s) ‘United Queerdom’ won Observer book of the week and he is now touring ‘Queer Footprints’. He is on the international committee of Training for Transformation, the Beautiful Trouble art-ivist network and an artist with ‘In Place of War’, catalysing empowerment programmes in Uganda, Poland and beyond. Lyndsay has worked as a part of collectives Queers Tours of LondonNavigate and Beautiful Trouble UK. The first person in her family to be educated beyond age 16, Lyndsay founded the Role Models Projectand since 2021 she has mentored working-class climate justice activists through Friends of the Earth. She specialises in leading facilitation skills trainings and hosting participatory away sessions, melding activist tools, somatics, arts-based activities and nature connection at gather


Please register via the following link. 


If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cornwall ( 

The JRSP is a competitive research prize for Black UG students at SOAS, which provides academic support and a 1500GBP stipend to Black undergraduate students to explore a topic of their choice during the summer months.


The programme aims to encourage and inspire Black UG students to think about postgraduate study and research-based careers, and to support students along that path by introducing them to research skills and giving them an opportunity to explore research questions that they feel are relevant to their lives, communities and the world around us.


In 2024, six Black UG students will be selected as JRSP Awardees through a competitive process.


Three awards will be given to Black UG students that are carers, meaning those who have caring responsibilities for family members or others, or are care-leavers, supported by funding from the John Cass Foundation.



  • Each JRSP Awardee will embark on a 6-week research project during the Summer 2024 (between 01 June – 01 September).
  • Awardees are given a 1500.00 stipend
  • Each student receives, research skills training to assist them with their project, and three mentorship sessions with a doctoral student, post-doctoral fellow or faculty member through the programme.
  • At the end of the programme students are expected to produce a project output (poster, video, podcast, blog post, etc.) to showcase their research findings.
  • Presentations of the projects will be held in September/October 2024



Application Process:

  • Interested applicants should complete and submit the JRSP application form along with a CV. The application calls for a 300-word outline of the proposed research project and intended output.
  • Students should also identify a member of academic staff who they would like to mentor and support their project.
  • The application should also include a brief letter of support from the proposed faculty mentor.


Key Dates:

Application Deadline: 15 March (extended to 30 April)

Notification of Awards: 15 May

Programme Dates: 01 June – 10 September

Closing Event and Presentations: early October


Wed, 24 April 2024, 5pm


Khalili Lecture Theatre, Main Building, SOAS University of London

Open to?

Students, scholars, public, alumni


Open for all but registration required


As India’s elections reverberate around the world, The Incarcerations pulls back the curtain on Indian democracy in a sweeping, searing investigation into Indian fascism, cyber warfare and tech surveillance and democratic rights activism and resistance. 

Alpa Shah exposes the life-stories and shocking truth behind the arrests of the Bhima Koregaon 16 – professors, lawyers, journalists, poets fighting for the rights of India’s three main minorities – Adivasi, Dalits and Muslims – who have been imprisoned, without credible evidence and without trial. The case challenges India’s freedom of expression, unveils the undermining of democratic institutions including the press and the judiciary, and exposes the long history of democratic rights movements to protect India’s most vulnerable populations. 

Essential and urgent, The Incarcerations reveals how this case is a bellwether for the collapse of democracy in India and discusses its ramifications for the future of human rights around the world. 


Click here for Registration

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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