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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


Support Samaria Ayanle's Family in Honouring Her Memory

In the wake of this devastating loss, Samaria's friends, have come together to honour Samaria's memory and campaign on behalf of the family to assist with the unexpected funeral expenses and to support her family during this time.

Your generosity will help ease the financial burden on Samaria's family, please consider donating and sharing this campaign. Let's give Samaria the farewell she deserves. 


Click here to donate if you can.

Thank you for your kindness and support.


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.


Research Student Association

Interested in representing postgraduate research students at SOAS? Learn about the RSA (Research Students’ Association) and its role in advocating for positive change!

?? The RSA represents PGRs, communicates needs to the Doctoral School, and engages in university decision-making. Join us for an online info session on April 24th at 3pm to discover more.

?? Interested in getting involved? Nominate yourself for President or Vice-President in our upcoming elections or become a departmental student representative. Email to nominate yourself by May 1st.

??? Timeline:
- Apr 22, 12pm: Nominations open
- Apr 24, 3pm: Info session
- May 1, 12pm: Nominations close
- May 6, 12pm: Elections & voting begin
- May 10, 12pm: Elections close
- May 11: Results announced

Shape the future of PGRs at SOAS—get involved with the RSA!

Accelerator 2024

Our Accelerator programme in partnership with Greenwich University helps students and graduates with established businesses get the specific support they need. It is designed to help you solve the business problems that are holding you back from growing your businesses to the next level.


During the week you’ll learn about a range of practical topics including:


Finance and accounting

Developing your brand identity

Marketing and sales techniques

Finding new customers

It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, as well as joining a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. During the programme you will network, attend tailored workshops and receive 1-to-1 business advice from industry experts.


Our next Accelerator is taking place on the 10th – 14th June at Cooper Powerhouse, University of Greenwich, London, SE10 9JH.


To apply please fill in the application form before the deadline at 11:59pm on the 12th of May

Click here for application 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

SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series: Professor Phil Clark and Professor Daffydd Fell


In our first inaugural lecture of 2024, we welcome Professor Phil Clark and Professor Dafydd Fell from the Department of Politics, who will be presenting lectures on Rwanda under the Rwandan Patriotic Front: Assessing 30 Years of Post-Genocide Recovery and Alternative Politics in Taiwan: The Birth of Asia's First Green Party respectively.


Date: 25th April 2024

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre 


A Tribute T0 Bahman Maghsoudlou's cinematic legacy: screening of Golchehreh 

The SOAS Centre for Iranian Studies is thrilled to announce 'Perspective Unveiled: A tribute to Bahman Maghsoudlou's cinematic legacy', the screening of a captivating series of films from April 27 to June 29, 2024, honouring the remarkable cinematic legacy of Bahman Maghsoudlou. 



Date: 27th April 2024

Time: 4pm - 6pm

Venue: DLT

The role of social networks in the migration decision and planning of Hong Kong people 


In this talk, Professor Man-Yee Kan will introduce findings from a survey conducted between February 2021 and June 2022 in Hong Kong, which collected data of migration intention and planning of Hong Kong residents. Specifically, this paper investigates whether individuals’ social networks in Hong Kong and overseas are associated with their migration decisions and planning, and how these associations might vary based on socio-economic factors such as occupation, educational qualifications, and home ownership status


Date: 29th April 2024

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

Location: RB01

The China Race and Europe 


After a brief report on the political organisation, world view and performance record of the PRC (People’s Republic of China), this presentation describes the China Race, the global competition for power and leadership between the PRC and the US-led West. 


Date: 30th April 2024

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

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.


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

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.



The Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize 

The?Anthony?Davis?Book?Collecting?Prize?awards its winner a £600 cash?prize, the chance to work with UCL Special Collections staff to purchase a new item for our printed and archive collections, and the opportunity to publicly display or present their own?book?collection. To enter, applicants must have a cohesive collection of at least 8?books or other printed or archival items and write a 3,000-character (approx. 500 words) piece about their collection. We are looking for both creativity and enthusiasm. Applications close on 5th May 2024. 


Please note our application process has been updated this year. We are no longer accepting applications via email. Instead, we ask applicants to submit their applications by completing our online form


We also published a series of blog post on examples of book collections, conversations with former winners and finalists, and announcements of former winners. Those have all been collated into a single post and may be helpful for students who are not sure if they have a collection suitable for the Book Prize.  



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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