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Weekly Newsletter 8th March 2024

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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,


Securitisation Survey

We're eager to hear from you!


Securitisation was set as one of the SU priorities at the beginning of this sabbatical year; with all three officers advocating behind the scenes during term one to address the challenges our community faces due to increased securitisation.


Now, it's your turn to share. Take our survey to tell us about your experiences and suggestions. Your input will inform our report to the university, pushing for the improvements we all want to see.


Click here for the questionnaire.


SU Speak Week

Hey everyone!

Get ready to have your say! SOAS SU Speak Week is coming up, from March 11th to 15th, and we want YOU to give us feedback to help create the best possible university experience for everyone.

Throughout the week, we'll be hosting several focus groups where you can share your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on both your academic journey and social life at SOAS.

Here's what's happening:

Tuesday 12/03: Join us for the SU Town Hall, a unique opportunity for students to gather and participate in a facilitated discussion. Together, we'll select 4-6 topics for upcoming student surgeries with university directors. This event empowers students to shape the conversation and engage more deeply in future initiatives.

Wednesday 13/03: Join us for a casual brunch to discuss how can the Student Union help to give you the social experience you want at university.

Later that day, we'll host an interactive session where you can share your vision for SOAS. This session will be focussed on the question: If you were in charge of SOAS for a day, what would you change, what would you keep, and what would you get rid of?

Thursday 14/03: Dive deep into academics and share your thoughts on your academic experience here at SOAS. This session will be focussed more on what SOAS is currently doing well, and how it can be further improved.

Drop by our stall which will be in the JCR all week to learn more about SOAS SU Speak Week and provide feedback in-person.

To sign up to participate in the focus groups please use this link.

There will also be opportunities to volunteer to help out behind the scenes! Volunteers will be provided with opportunities to get involved with the planning and smooth running of the focus groups, as well as helping out with the stalls and/or asking students to provide feedback via our Form. If you’re interested, please sign up using this link.

Don't miss this opportunity to use YOUR voice to shape YOUR future at SOAS! We value your voice and can't wait to hear your thoughts!

We look forward to seeing you there!

SOAS SU Speak Week Team


Click here to volunteer.


Fundraiser Memorial for Ibrahim Amin

In remembrance of our fellow student, Ibrahim Amin, his family have partnered up with One Nation in order to honor him. This will be done through raising funds in order to carry out life changing projects that will help countless others for decades.


The proposed projects include: Water wells, Qur'an distribution, Share in hospital, Jummah Feed, Hifdh sponsorship, Masjid projects, and Orphan sponsorship. 


Click here to donate.

SU Events

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University Opportunities, Events and Updates

CPS Annual Lecture 2024: Gaza media worlds; beyond enclosures 


This year and given the political and ethical implications of the visual and mediated ongoing catastrophe in Gaza, the CPS annual lecture will this year take the form of a roundtable bringing together three experts working on the intersection of communication, politics, borders, technologies, and culture in the Arab World.


Date: 8th March 2024

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre


Sex Work and Trafficking research, and its ethics 


This is an interim report of an on-going nine country international collaborative research project on migrant sex work and trafficking in persons. It tries to answer a crucial question for sex workers on the move: which conditions and resources would make migrants’ journeys into the sex trade safer?



Date: 8th March 2024

Time: 4pm - 6pm

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre 

Academics and Architects creating knowledge together. 'Building Africa' curators' and designers' roundtable 


We invite you to our closing event, which will be a chance to learn more about how the Building Africa exhibition was made through collaborations between the ASA research team and architects in Ethiopia, South Africa and Ghana


Date: 8th March 2024

Time: 5pm

Location: Brunei Gallery Exhibition Place 

The Syrian Conflict in the news: Coverage of the war and the crisis of US journalism 


By analyzing the frames of the Syrian uprising and civil war in three mainstream newspapers and the relationship between media and international conflicts, The Syrian Conflict in the News sheds light on crucial aspects of the crisis currently pervading US journalism. 



Date: 11th March 2024

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: RG01, 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.


Student Voice Focus Group

?? Let's Spice Up SOAS! Join the Student Voice Focus Group! ?? 


Dear SOAS Students, 


We’re hosting a Student Voice Focus Group to gather insights on improving your university experience. ?? We want YOUR voice to be the heartbeat of SOAS, so join the conversation and drive positive change! 


Pick a session that fits your schedule and sign-up:  


Session 1  

?? Date: Wednesday 13th March  

? Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm 


Session 2 

?? Date: Friday 15th March  

? Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 


Session 3 

?? Date: Monday 18th March  

? Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm 


Did we mention FREE snacks and refreshments?  


Plus, just by sharing your thoughts, you're automatically in the running for one of six £25 Love2Shop vouchers in our prize draw! ?? 


Sign up now using this link: 


Let's make SOAS into a positive space for all ?? 


If you have any questions please contact Esther on


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


Mens Health and Wellbeing Group


Societies and Student Campaign Updates 

Student Gym Membership


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


Justice For Workers IFCEL Petition 


The Justice for Workers Campaign have set up a petition against any IFCEL cuts or restructuring of the departent. Below is their message: 

The IFCELS department provides essential in-sessional teaching which helps to improve the literacy and study skills of many students at SOAS.

We in J4W know that the teaching staff in this department work tirelessly to support students in both their academic and personal journeys during their time at SOAS, and these proposed job cuts are therefore unacceptable.

Many of the loyal and dedicated staff of the IFCELS team have worked at SOAS for 20 years or more, and it is unacceptable for the university to be proposing job lossesThe IFCELS department provides essential in-sessional teaching which helps to improve the literacy and study skills of many students at SOAS.

We in J4W know that the teaching staff in this department work tirelessly to support students in both their academic and personal journeys during their time at SOAS, and these proposed job cuts are therefore unacceptable.

Many of the loyal and dedicated staff of the IFCELS team have worked at SOAS for 20 years or more, and it is unacceptable for the university to be proposing job losses



Click here to sign the petition

External Opportunities, Events and Updates

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 


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.   


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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