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Staff Development

Staff Benefits

As a member of SOAS staff you are entitled to a variety of benefits:

Employee Support Programme

The School has implemented an Employee Support Programme (ESP) to demonstrate its sincere interest in the well being of its members of staff. ESP is a programme through which SOAS members of staff can access appropriate professional / specialist assistance for a wide range of problems.

Faith and Spiritual Practice

SOAS is a community where individuals are free to practice their faith in an open and encouraging environment. There are prayer rooms available for both staff and students to use at Russell Square (L65) and Vernon Square (V220). You can find out more about Faith and Spiritual Practice from the Student Services website.

Training & Development Opportunities

The Staff Development Office provides all SOAS staff with access to a wide range of professional and personal development opportunities. We run a varied programme of events to help members of staff feel more equipped and confident in their job roles.

Free Eye Tests

Staff members will need to provide evidence that their glasses or contact lenses are needed for visual display unit (VDU) work and produce original receipts to claim for the cost of an eye test. You will also receive £40 towards the cost of a new pair of glasses or contact lenses. Free Eye Tests.

Leave Entitlements

There are various types of leave: annual leave, bereavement leave, jury service, maternity leave to list but a few. Details about all of these types of leave can be found on the main HR website under Leave Entitlements.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers allow you to choose your own childcare provider and to have your childcare costs reduced. More information about this system can be found on the main HR website under Childcare Vouchers.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The SOAS Cycle to Work Scheme is available through a salary sacrifice/hire agreement arrangement. The scheme offers an attractive employee benefit and provides substantial savings on the cost of a bike and safety equipment.

More detailed information including an FAQ section can be found in the following document Cycle to Work Scheme.

Season Ticket Loan

The School offers an interest free loan for the purchase of annual season tickets. These are
repaid over 10 months. To apply for a Season Ticket Loan, please contact the Payroll Manager for an application form.

Computer Loan

The School offers an interest free loan up to a maximum of £1,500, to purchase a computer. This is repaid over 24 months. To apply for a Computer Loan, please contact the Payroll Manager for an application form. To find out more about the computer loan scheme and software available to staff you will need to log on to the using your SOAS username and password.

SOAS Library

Being a member of SOAS staff means you are also automatically a member of SOAS Library. Your staff ID card will need to be operational before you can borrow books from the Issue Desk.

Pay & Pensions

Salaries and wages are paid on the last working day of the month. The school offers 2 final salary Pension Schemes which are both optional to join.

Trade Unions

Generally the union for Professional Services staff is UNISON and the union for academic staff is UCU. The union reps will advise on which is the most suitable for you.