SOAS University of London

Teachers' Conference 2017


Date: 2 March 2017Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 2 March 2017Time: 3:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery

Type of Event: Conference

This conference will equip teachers and advisers with information and advice to prepare students for entry to higher education and help discover the ways in which A-level subjects are explored further at SOAS.

Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend workshops and discussion panels that will enable them to ask questions and receive information first hand from experts.


This is a free event. Book your place here. 


09:00-09:15 Early bird registration

09:15-10:00 Breakfast interactive round tables (optional):
Each round table is an interactive workshop where you can learn and practice different skills and gain insights into some of the regions we specialise in. Over breakfast you will be able to join one or more of these round tables:

  • Japanese Calligraphy
  • Henna Tattooing
  • Origami

09:45-10:00 Conference registration

10:00-10:30 Baroness Valerie Amos CH Welcome Address
Current Affairs and Impact on Education
Director of SOAS, Baroness Amos, will address current affairs, trends in higher education and highlight the challenges, issues and opportunities that these present to education in the UK.

10:30-11:30 Keynote Lecture by Dr Angus Lockyer
History of the World in 50 minutes
How did the world get to be the way it is?  We used to talk about the rise of the West, but these days we need a better story.  This lecture will suggest how we can get one – by putting the West in its context and understanding the rest on their own terms.  History, done right, gives us what we need to understand our relationship to the natural world, the operations of the economy, the makeup of society, the possibilities of politics, and the work of culture.  The history of the world, seen in the round, gives us the ground we need to succeed in school and make sense of life.

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45 Breakout workshop 1: What can SOAS add to your subject knowledge?

Breakout sessions provide an engaging and interactive opportunity for you to gain insight into how these subjects are taught at SOAS.

  • Religions and Philosophies: Even a brief glance at philosophy and religious studies curricula in the UK shows that mostly white male philosophers are studied. This conference aims to challenge the ethnocentrism that suggests that ‘only white men can think’ by raising awareness of a huge range of rich and sophisticated non-western religious and philosophical traditions.

  • History: History at A-level puts Britain first, but students know that it’s only one part of much bigger story.  Adding perspectives and materials from Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East can enrich any topic in the A-level syllabus.  This workshop will suggest ways in which SOAS can help teachers deliver effective results and get students to engage with the material – preparing them for the kind of work they will do in university.

  • Economics: This session looks at how Economics as a discipline has evolved given various pressures, such as: the demands for heterodox approaches from the student-body; the increased movement towards quantitative methods; a changing global landscape including the global financial crisis, Brexit and the rise of the BRICS (the five major emerging national economies).

  • Anthropology and Development Studies: Anthropology and Development Studies are not A-level subjects but they tie in with several other aspects, subjects and topics. In a jointly run session by colleagues from the two subject areas, the lecture will look at the Indonesian Islamic organisations' development interventions to alleviate poverty that are also compliant with Syariah laws. This will be followed by an interactive session that discusses and critically explores key developmental and anthropological themes.

12:45-13:30 Networking lunch (lunch will be provided)

13:30-14:30 Breakout Workshop 2: How can you prepare your students for higher education?

Each of the workshops are designed to help attendees in supporting their students in applying and preparing for higher education.

Choose from:

  • Key skills for transition: This workshop will look at key skills that students coming into higher education require to be successful at university. By the end of the session you will be able to list the skills and learn strategies needed to be able to introduce and develop those skills.

  • Preparing for transition: This workshop looks at the common issues/ concerns and pastoral needs of students in the first few weeks of coming into higher education and highlights the types of support that your students can seek at universities.

  • How to write a reference for UCAS: This workshop will cover the key aspects of reference writing and provide details on how to customise the references for various subject areas.


14:30-15:00 Panel Discussion with SOAS Admissions, Widening Participation and Student Recruitment:

The panel discussion will cover a range of topics, including: an insight into the entry requirements, support with student journeys, uniqueness of the programmes, and will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

15:00 Closing remarks and optional campus tours

Find us

SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street

Details on travel advice can be found here.

For further information, please contact Samantha Farr:
Tel: 020 7898 4013