The School of Orientation & African Studies
Over the next few weeks in your new post here at SOAS, we hope you will find out lots of interesting information about the School that you may not have known before. The links below should give you key insight into your new workplace and help you better understand the institution you are now part of:
SOAS History in Brief
In short: SOAS was founded in 1916 and was originally know as The School of Oriental Studies. To find out more about the changes that have taken place since then please read a Brief History of SOAS.
Academic work is divided into 3 Faculty Offices, Departments and Centres. You can find out more about how the teams at SOAS are structured from the dedicated Academic section of the main SOAS website. The following Management Structure Chart will give you a visual representation of how SOAS is organised as will the SOAS Calendar which is produced annually and hard copies are distributed at the beginning of each year. It is also important to be aware of the Principal Office Holders as well.
The School is governed according to the concepts in the Vision & Strategy, its supporting strategies, committees, policy documents and Governing Body. The Governing Body has absolute authority within the School with overall responsibility for the general supervision, direction and control of all aspects of the School. Please visit the School Governance website for more detailed information and the Beyond 2020 site for more information regarding the future of SOAS.
The SOAS Estate
SOAS staff are based in: Russell Square, Vernon Square, Brunei Gallery, Faber Building and Gordon Square. Here you can find out more about the SOAS Buildings and their locations. The Brunei Gallery hosts a whole range of different collections and has a Japanese-inspired Roof Garden.
The Students' Union
The SOAS Students' Union is a diverse environment that offers support and representation for all SOAS students. It is their role to make sure that all students’ whether they are international, home, part-time or full-time – voices are heard.