SOAS University of London

Support for SOAS Researchers

Researcher Development Resources

SOAS is committed to supporting our research staff and offers a range of training opportunities and resources for researcher development. Be sure to check with your academic department about further opportunities for training, events, mentoring and other resources.

  • Research Office

    The Research Office offers funding awareness, training and networking events throughout the year. These events are advertised in the weekly research bulletin. You can find the resources used in previous events on MySOAS.

    The Research Office has also developed online researcher training modules to enable you to complete courses at your own convenience. You can access the modules at any time during the year and go through them at your own pace. Each one finishes with an evaluation test and you will receive an attendance certificate at the end of the year if you complete the test.

    All you need to do is click on the module you want to study and self-enrol:

    Getting to Know the Basics

    Talking Impact

    Winning Grants

    Introduction to Consultancy

    Introduction to Knowledge Exchange

    Managing Your Grant

    Enhancing Research Impact

    Research Contracts

    Our other online resources include the Epigeum online Research Integrity programme, which SOAS has subscribed to as part of our commitment to the highest ethical standards in research. The Research Integrity programme is designed to provide researchers with a basic understanding of responsible research practices.

    You will also find the Vitae website useful. Vitae is a national organisation which supports the professional development of researchers. As a member of SOAS, you can register for a Vitae account using your SOAS username and password. The Vitae website provides lots of useful information, advice and resources for researchers, including the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). This describes the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers. 

  • Careers Service

    The SOAS Careers Service provides personal advice, practice interviews and workshops specifically for doctoral researchers and early career researchers to help them with all aspects of planning their careers.  

    Doctoral researchers and early career researchers can also find a wide range of information on MySOAS Student (you will need to login using your SOAS credentials). 

    For further details, contact the Careers Service by email at careers@soas.ac.uk, by telephone on 020 7898 4115 or in person in Room SL62. 

  • Staff Development Office

    The Staff Development Office offers a range of support for staff members of SOAS and regularly advertises training courses on the Course Calendar.

    New academic staff are supported by the SOAS New Staff Orientation Programme, a mentoring scheme, and access to an accredited ADD course for new lecturers with less than two years teaching experience (a requirement of probation).

    If you teach, there is also an opportunity to develop your teaching skills and understanding of teaching practices through participation in the Erasmus+ Staff mobility Programme. The Programme offers academic and professional services staff the opportunity to undertake a short placement at a partner institution in one of the 30 participating countries in Europe. These visits will allow staff to contribute to, and learn from, best practice, find out first-hand the workings of another European education system or deliver a course with European colleagues. 

    To contact the Staff Development Office, please email staffdevelopment@soas.ac.uk.

  • Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

    If it's your teaching skills you want to sharpen, the School's Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) offers a range of training and workshops designed to facilitate teaching excellence under the Academic Teaching Development Programme

    The Centre also runs the Professional Development in Higher Education Programme. The Programme is intended to provide academic teaching staff with the knowledge, skills and training to help them be more effective and creative in their pedagogical delivery and academic support of learners.

    Both programmes incorporate the UK Professional Standards Framework.

    For more information about the courses, workshops and support offered by CILT, please email cilt@soas.ac.uk.

  • Library

    Early career researchers are automatically invited to Post Doc Lunches, which are hosted regularly by the Library. Lunch is provided, and it is normally the case that speakers addressing specific concerns are invited to attend. There is then time to relax and socialise with colleagues. 

    The Library also offers a wide range of workshops available for researchers from managing and sharing research data to building a better online research profile. Check the Library's 'Training and Events' page for details of future events.