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Research and Enterprise Office

Research and Enterprise Office

Research and Enterprise activities are central to SOAS’ mission.  Not only do they enhance teaching and learning, they are also a crucial part of the services that we provide to the world around us. Research establishes new knowledge which extends the frontiers of human understanding and informs and sharpens scholarly debate.  When this knowledge is transferred externally it shapes the policy and practice of governments, businesses, NGOs and informs the wider community.    

The Research and Enterprise Office (REO) at SOAS works across the School to secure external funding and income, to support research excellence and to facilitate knowledge transfer.

The REO provides the following services

  • Research - identifying funding opportunities, supporting SOAS academics applying for research grants and ensuring effective management of awards
  • Enterprise - building relations between SOAS academics, businesses, government and the wider community and enabling them to access the School’s unique knowledge and expertise about Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • SOAS Journals - editing and publishing internationally esteemed journals including the Bulletin of SOAS, China Quarterly and the Journal of African Law
  • Regional Centres: The REO supports eight Regional Centres which bring together world renowned inter-disciplinary expertise: the Centre of African Studies, Centre of Chinese Studies; Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus; Japan Research Centre; Centre of Korean Studies; Centre of South Asian Studies; Centre of South East Asian Studies; and the London Middle East Institute
  • Short Courses and Continual Professional Development - the REO develops  and coordinates both bespoke accredited and non-accredited short courses for clients and specific audiences e.g. NGOs, government departments and businesses    
  • Student Enterprise - helping students gain new skills to become more enterprising individuals through a range of societies, activities, events and competitions hosted in conjunction with careers and the Students’ Union

Helping our Research Community

HR Excellence in Research

September 2014: After a review of its commitment to researcher development, SOAS has successfully retained the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award along with 6 other UK universities. As part of this process SOAS had to highlight the key achievements and progress made since it gained the award, and outline the focus of its strategy, success measures and next steps for the following two years.

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment’.

SOAS was awarded the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award in May 2012 for demonstrating how it attracts, manages and develops research staff. The HR Excellence in Research Award recognises organisations which provide and support a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers.  Organisations must also demonstrate a commitment to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improving the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

Professor Graham Furniss, Pro Director Research and Enterprise said:  “The award acknowledges SOAS’ commitment to continual improvements in our support for researchers.” The award was also presented to St Andrews, Oxford Brookes, Liverpool John Moores, Bangor, City and Wolverhampton universities. SOAS joins 50 other UK institutions and 33 others across Europe in gaining the award. 

The School's action plan, developed in consultation with staff, is published below. If you would like to send any additional feedback or comments about the action plan, please email staffdevelopment@soas.ac.uk.

The School is committed to the seven principles of The Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers  and in 2011 the School conducted a review of policies and practices against the principles of the Concordat. This review noted how our current provision is already meeting many of the expectations contained within the Concordat and led to the development of a Concordat Action Plan (pdf; 156kb) which has been approved by both Research and Human Resources Committees, and which has identified areas that we intend to work on to build on these successes.

Research & Enterprise and Human Resources Committees will monitor the implementation of the action plan and its effectiveness on an annual basis.

For more information or to make an appointment to discuss your personal development see the Staff Development page.