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Professional Development

SOAS encourages all staff, regardless of contract status, to participate in continuing personal development. The Staff Development Office offers a wide variety of courses and workshops held in SOAS or at other local institutions of the Bloomsbury Colleges. In addition there is a limited amount of funding for attendance at external conferences, workshops, briefings and seminars where these are important for the professional development of staff members.

Involve your Line-Manager

Before making a formal booking for any event, please talk to your line-manager who will be able to give you advice and support you with your current and future development. S/he will also need to give you permission to attend any particular training or development event.

Making a Request to Attend an Event

To make a booking for any event / activity, you will need to complete a booking form. This might be to apply for a course being run by Staff Development at SOAS or to fund your attendance at a conference, seminar or workshop, or at a short training event. It might also be an application for funding to do an accredited course. You will need to apply to Staff Development using the appropriate form:

Internal Events Request Form: 

For all internal events and selected events organised on a collaborative basis with other University of London institutions. SOAS staff can now apply for a place electronically using the following online booking system. You will need to be registered with Staff Self-Service for this (see below). Please note you will still need to discuss attendance at events with your line manager and have their approval to attend any event.

To use the Online Request Form: 

Once registered with Staff Self-Service (see below) you will only need to provide your SOAS username and password to open the form. Your personal details will automatically be displayed when you open the form. You then need to:

  • Select the course you wish to apply for from the given options
  • Fill in details about why you wish to take this course
  • Fill in details of any special needs you may have
  • Confirm that you have discussed attending this course with your line manager, and that you have their permission to attend
  • Submit the form by clicking on the 'submit' button
  • You will automatically receive an e-mail copy of your application, and the staff development office will contact you once the application has been processed.  
To register for Staff Self Service:

go to the HR Home Page and click on the Self Service button. You will need to enter your SOAS username and password. Next click on Registration. You must identify yourself to the system quoting your Employee Number (found on your pay slip), National Insurance Number, Date of Birth and SOAS network login credentials. Take care that these items of information remain known only to you. 

To Use a Paper Based Form:

For internal events you can also print off a request form, fill in details of the course you would like to attend, and send it to the Staff Development Office, Room 472. Please note you will still need to discuss attendance at events with your line manager and have their approval to attend any event.  Internal Event Request Form

Application for Funding Form: External Event:

For all non-internal events (except those leading to an accredited qualification). This might be a briefing, legislation update, seminar or workshop, short course or conference. External Event Funding Application Form For external events, please ensure you have read the content of the event carefully and request any further information you need before applying to Staff Development for funding.

Application for Funding Form: Accredited Qualifications:

For all events leading to an accredited qualification. Accredited Course Funding Application Form 

Booking a Bespoke Event / Awayday

When requesting advice on, or funding for, a bespoke event for your team or department, please indicate clearly what your main objectives for the event will be and what outcomes you hope to have achieved at the end of the event. This will enable us to design your tailor-made event to closely match your needs.

Why do I need to complete a Booking Form?

All staff are requested to complete a formal booking form for every event they wish to attend. This allows us to monitor attendance at training and ensures that Line Managers are involved in the process of deciding which training is important.