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Annual General Meeting

SOAS SU Annual General Meeting Notice


Key Dates 

Meeting Date: Tuesday 28th May 2024, 3pm-5pm Zoom  Register for the meeting here


Rescheduled Meeting Date: Wednesday 29th May 2024, 3pm-5pm Zoom 


Motion Submission Open: Monday 13th May, 10am 


Motion Submission Deadline: Wednesday 22nd May, Noon (12pm) 


Full Agenda Published: Wednesday 22nd May, 6pm 



Chair: Amirah Campbell (Birmingham Guild, President)

  • Minutes of the Previous Meeting - Approve 
  • Reports of the Trustees since the last AGM (June 2023) - Recieve
  • Union Accounts and Report for 22-23 - Recieve
  • Appointment of the Auditor - Approve
    • The Auditor to be approved are Knox Cropper
  • Affiliations - Approve
    • The affiliations to be approved are NUS Charity, NUS UK and Bristish University College Sport (BUCS)
  • Open Questions to the Trustee - Discuss
  • Motions for discussion - Approve 
    • Available here from 22nd May, 6pm  

Find out more about the AGM Here



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.


Summer Student Enterprise Programme

Have you got a side hustle, or interested in developing your ideas, then get involved in the Summer Student Enterprise Programme.


These events are open to all students - Find out more and sign up here


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.


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


Sports Committee 

In response to the evolving needs of our sports community, we am excited to announce the formation of a Sports Clubs Committee. This committee, consisting of five key roles – Sports Captain, Treasurer, Welfare Officer, and Social/Events Officer – aims to address the need for increased support and focus on sports teams at SOAS.  


The objective is clear: to bridge the gap between the Student Union and sports clubs while fostering a sense of camaraderie among athletes. Through monthly social events, including fundraisers, themed nights + more, the committee will raise funds to organize an unforgettable End of Year Sports Ball. 


As we near the end of the 2024 academic year, we encourage all sports-involved students to step up and nominate themselves for these essential roles. In May, a brief election will be held to select representatives for each position. These elected individuals will collaborate closely with the Co-President of Activities and Events to ensure a smooth transition of ideas and activities for the upcoming academic year, culminating in a memorable Sports Ball in the summer. 


So, lest work together and create a more inclusive environment for sports teams and establish a direct line of communication with the Student Union. Your involvement is vital in shaping the future of sports at SOAS. 

To nominate yourself please submit the following form: 


Best wishes and good luck to all those who wish to be part of the 2025 Sports Clubs Committees.  




Sabbatical Officers Drop In

Maryam (Co-President of Activities and Events):


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

Summer 2024 Entrepreneurship

Tribute to Obiri Akuamoa 

SU Events

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.

View SU Events Here

University Opportunities, Events and Updates

Book Talk| Melancholy Acts: Defeat and Cultural Critique in the Arab World 


How do the literatures and cultures of oppressed societies survive and flourish in spite of the overdetermining conditions of precarity and injustice of which they are a product and against which they protest? Might the symptom of oppression become simultaneously the agent of its critique?

Melancholy Acts offers richly nuanced reflections on these questions through a series of wide-ranging engagements with Arab thought, literature, and film in the aftermath of the 1948 dispossession of Palestinians and the 1967 military defeat of Arab armies.


Date: 9th May 2024

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

Venue: B203


Movement Beyond Limits: CCLPS Postgraduate Conference 2024

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) is hosting a postgraduate conference on the chosen subject of Movement Beyond Limit(s).


Date: 10th May 2024

Time: 10am - 5pm

Venue: KLT

New Technoloies of Gender in Chinese Digital Entertainment: How algorithms rewrite history? 


In this talk, inspired by Teresa de Lauretis’ Technologies of Gender, Professor Geng Song explores the role of new gender technologies, in both the literal and Foucauldian sense, in Chinese digital entertainment. 


Date: 13th May 2024

Time: 1pm - 2:30pm

Location: Webinar

Investing For the Future: How debt relief can help make space for Climate and Development goals? 


Join us for a webinar discussion featuring global experts in international development, debt and climate on the latest DRGR Project report and how to sustainably advance development and climate investments.


Date: 14th May 2024

Time: 2pm - 3:15pm

Location: Online 

Film Screening on Docudrama 'Tidar' (Marriage): A research based film on domestic violence and faith produced by project dldl in Ethiopia and UK


Based on real people's stories and testimonies collected through research in Ethiopia, docudrama Tidar (Marriage) tells the story of Genet, who is experiencing domestic violence, and presents her search for a moral and practical solution to her situation within the village community.


Date: 19th May 2024

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT) 

Discussion on 'We the people' and India's 2024 Lok Sabha Elections 


SSAI is pleased to launch the Global edition of The People of India (Penguin, 2023), edited by Ravinder Kaur and Nayanika Mathur, and to use the launch as a platform for a mid-way discussion on India's on-going general elections.


Date: 15th May 2024

Time: 2pm - 4:30pm

Location: KLT

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

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!

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.  



Join pioneering activists and academics for a short course introducing you to participatory action research and community organising methods, imagining into being the sustainable world that we know is possible!


When? Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May 10.30-16.30


Where? The Exchange, Bush House North East Building

Weaving innovation with cartography and the creative arts, this series 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, building to a sensational Sustainability Creative showcase. 

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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