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What is the RSA? 

The SOAS Research Students’ Association is a student-led organisation, associated with the SOAS Students’ Union, which represents postgraduate research students across the school, communicating our needs with the Doctoral School, and fighting for positive changes in various forums.  

The SOAS Research Students’ Association aims to represent the interests of all post-graduate research student at SOAS, campaign on PGR issues and support relevant campaigns that affect PGRs. The RSA additionally provides a social forum for PGRs, peer help and support and encourages students to engage in opportunities of professional development. 

What are the roles within the RSA? 

The RSA is made up of a President, a Vice-President, and a panel of Board members. The President and Vice-President are directly elected, and the Board is comprised of PGR departmental student representatives. Currently, your President is Jenni Schofield, your Vice-President is Jo Krishnakumar, and your active Board members are Declan Prout and Ekabali Ghosh. 

During this election the roles to be elected are: 

  1. President
  2. Vice-President

What are some of the things the RSA has achieved?  

Holding the DS to account with monthly meetings; more transparency surrounding scholarships, greater involvement in decision-making at SOAS by participating in more boards, panels, and working groups; holding onto Gordon Square as a dedicated space for PGRs; increasing awareness and fighting for the inclusion of Deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse PGRs. 

Where does the RSA represent students? 

Some of the places we represent PGRs is in the monthly meetings with the Doctoral School, the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee for all three colleges (which also means we need reps from all three colleges to be on the board), the Board of Trustees to name a few. We also have support from the SU to help us understand how to meaningfully engage with the papers raised and presented in these committees so that we can carry forward each other's work.  

How can one get involved?  

You can get involved by nominating yourself for the roles of President or Vice-President in our upcoming RSA elections, which are held annually in Term 3, or by standing for departmental student representative roles in Term 1 which will automatically place you on the RSA board. From here, you can volunteer to be on certain committees that interest you.  

What are the rules of the election? 

To nominate yourself/ enter the elections, please send an email to with your name, student number, department, role that you are standing for, 200 word bio and 200 word manifesto telling research students why you are interested in a particular post.  

The manifesto can also be in form of a video as long as you send us a written version for accessibility. 

What is the timeline? 

24th April 2023 to 4th May 2023: You can submit your manifesto and other relevant information to nominate yourself for the RSA.  

8am 8th May 2023: Elections begin and voting opens. 

6pm 9th May 2023: Elections close.  

10th May 2023: Announcements 

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