Anna Löfstrand
Anna Löfstrand

Mature Students Officer

Anna Löfstrand




Hi! My name is Anna (she/they) and I’m your Mature Student’s Officer for this year!

I’ve been out of a university setting since 2016, and am super excited to be back in academia, especially at SOAS. I’m looking forward to working with, advocating for, and creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all mature students (21+) here at SOAS. Like many of you, I have responsibilities outside of being a student, and am here to make sure SOAS keeps that in mind.

A little about me; I recently moved to London from Seattle, USA, but was brought up in both the south of England and the west coast (best coast) of the States. My accent firmly geographically locates me in Seattle, but my British side does show sometimes! I am currently in the MA Migration and Diaspora Studies Programme. I’ve been working as a secondary history, geography, English lit, and English lang teacher for the past six years, where I cut my union teeth by serving as building rep in our local teachers’ union. I like to paint, cook, and swim in my spare time, and openly bisexual and have dyslexia.

I’m excited to get to know you and help us all have the best and most positive experience at SOAS as we can. Please feel free to email me at


My Manifesto


My name is Anna (she/they) and I’m running to be your Mature Students Rep for the SOAS Student Union.

Mature Students is such a strange name, but I like to think it means we are a group of students whose complex lives, lived experience(s), and individual stories bring something extra to the table during our time at SOAS. I have been out of the world of higher education since 2016, and am finding the transition back both invigorating and challenging, as I’m sure many of you are as well. I would like to be given the opportunity to advocate for and work alongside fellow students who, like me, have commitments, connections, passions, and lives both inside and outside the walls of SOAS, those of us who have to may balance caregiving, work and careers, long commutes, and other responsibilities with those of being a student.

As Mature Students Officer I will advocate for the following (including but not limited to):

  • Support for re-entry into academic life
  • Support for academic success, such as academic writing, study skills, and assignment/assessment criteria and guidance
  • Career(s) and life-after-SOAS advice
  • Expanded (peer and faculty) mentoring
  • Multiple modalities of participation in academic and campus life
  • Support for physical and mental health and well-being
  • Consideration, flexibility, and (reasonable) advanced notice for  scheduling and schedule changes in programming
  • Proactive communication
  • Inclusion into social and campus life of the university

Additionally, I bring to this role experience in (labor) union organising. From 2019-2021, I served as Teacher Building Rep for my secondary school in the Highline Educators Association (HEA), the teachers’ union for a school district in Seattle, USA. In that role I advocated for the needs of members, worked on contract negotiations, and helped facilitate and mediate conversations between members, management, and community. I also helped navigate my building and school district through the ever-changing and complex challenges brought on by the pandemic. I loved this work, because I was able to be megaphone for my peers and colleagues, I was able to bring attention to inequities and injustices in our workplace, and I was able to foster a productive, honest, and even convivial relationship between membership and management.

Thank you for your consideration for this role!

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