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Staff Development

Orientation Programme

As a new member of staff it is very important that you take part in the programme of events that has been organised specifically to allow you to find out much more about the School, its activities and its plans for the future. You will learn about a range of School activities, and meet key existing staff members and new staff members from across the School. There will also be a chance to find out more about the local Bloomsbury area. Past feedback on these events has been very positive:

“The day made me feel valued as a new SOAS employee”.

“A great opportunity to network and meet people from all over the School”.

“Although I have been working here for several months, I have learnt lots of new and useful things which will help me in the future”.

Below is the programme outline for the main Orientation day:

 

TIME

 

SESSION

 

VENUE

 

11:25

 

Registration

 

 

11:30

 

Welcome, Introductions, Acronyms: 

Staff Development Manager, Serena Yeo

 

 

 

12:15

 

Governance, Vision, Strategy:

Registrar, Laura Gibbs

 

 

12:45

 

Academia and Research: Directions and Priorities:

Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise), Richard Black 

 

 

13:05

 

LUNCH

 

 

13:50

 

Welcome to the work of Finance and Planning: 

Assistant Director of Finance and Planning, Barry Douglas

 

 

14:15

 

 

Health & Safety Briefing: 

Health and Safety Officer, Heidi Alderton

 

 

14:40

 

Russell Square Tour or Quiz

 

 

15:05

 

Library Tour

 

 

15:15

 

Marketplace: Information, Q&A, Department Initiatives

Representatives From Across SOAS

4429

 

16:30

 

Director’s Reception

SCR

You should automatically receive an invitation to attend the next event soon after you start work. If you are a new member of staff please feel free to contact Staff Development at any time: staffdevelopment@soas.ac.uk.

Other essential courses for new staff include:

  • Equality & Diversity training
  • Information Compliance
Highly recommended:

  • Walking Tour of Bloomsbury

Details of which can be found on our Course Calendar.

The Staff Development Office has also developed an Induction Checklist to help you find your way round the School and its varied systems. There is also a Checklist for Managers which will guide your manager in helping you settle in.