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About SOAS

Principal Office Holders

The School's Principal Officers are those covered under Standing Order IX that relates to the Senior Staff Remuneration Committee. The School's Executive Board also includes the Director of Human Resources and the Director of Finance and Planning.


Baroness Valerie Amos PC, BA (Warwick) MA (Birmingham)

Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching)

Professor Nirmala Rao OBE, BA (Delhi), MA, MPhil (JNU), PhD (London), AcSS

Pro-Director (Research and Enterprise)

Professor Richard Black BA (Oxon), PhD (London), AcSS


Ms Laura Gibbs BA, MSc


Dr Chris Ince PhD (London)

Head of Doctoral School

Professor Richard Fardon BSc (Econ), PhD (London), FBA

Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Professor Gurharpal Singh BSc Econ (London), MA (Warwick), PhD (London)

Dean of Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Professor Lutz Marten MA PhD (London) PGCLTHE (Open) 

Dean of Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Professor Matthew Craven BA, LLM, PhD (Nottingham) DipEd