SOAS University of London

Staff Development


In addition to events and workshops, Staff Learning and Development offer a range of self-study material that all staff can access as of their overall development activity. These resources are useful if you are finding it difficult to find the time to attend our events or they can be used as further additional reading post-event or as a refresher.

Modern Slavery

LUPC, in collaboration with partner consortium APUC and the University of Greenwich, has developed an eLearning suite on Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain especially for public procurement practitioners. This course is suitable for anyone involved in a procurement exercise, whether you're working on a larger project or low level procurements (e.g., hiring casual staff). Links for each topic are below, as well as assessments to check your understanding:

Mental Health E-learning

Keeping mental health in mind is a free e-learning package for all university staff developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. For students in distress, the first point of contact is often with non-specialist university staff such as porters, domestic staff, bar staff, security, academic tutors or maintenance staff. This e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer this first line of support. 

We need to talk about suicide: helping everyone to feel more confident to talk about suicide is an e-Learning programme developed by Public Health England to support the ambition of reducing the stigma associated with suicide, to help everyone see that simply asking someone how they are and talking about suicide can really help. The programme takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete and is aimed at making sure that everyone in contact with people, in any role, knows how to spot any signs of mental distress and feel comfortable in talking about suicide. 

Supporting Students with Autism

Autism&Uni is a research initiative working with young people on the autism spectrum in higher education. Free Best Practice Guides are available, aimed at any professional who supports students with autism, including Managers and Senior Academics, Lecturers, and Disability Support Staff.


Finance courses are available through BUFDG, including Introduction to HE Finance and Finance for Non-Finance Managers. All courses are available on the BUFDG e-learning page. To access these modules, you just need to complete a quick e-learning registration here. Upon successful completion of these modules, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement. 

Information Security Awareness Training

A self-paced, online course aimed at developing broader awareness of Information Security among University staff, lasting about two hours. The aim of the course is to familiarise employees with the basics of information security, including security threats via emails, mobile devices and the Internet. To find out more and to take the course, go to the IT Security Awareness Training page on Moodle.

Online University Courses

FutureLearn offers hundreds of free online courses on subjects as varied as Business & Management, Languages & Cultures, and Health & Psychology.

The Open Culture website lists 1,200 free online courses, available via video and audio links, from some of the top universities in the world. Subjects include astronomy, statistics, history and psychology. For more information and to view the list, click here.

Free Procurement Training Opportunity for CPC Members

SOAS has been given opportunities for some free Procurement Training for CPC members.  More information about this is available here.  If you are interested in this, then please come and see the Staff Development Team in room 511 of the main building.

Project Management

The Open University offers a free and very practical online Business Fundamentals: Project Management course through FutureLearn.

IT Training Materials

There are a number of training guides for Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as Google Forms, Zotero, CMS and NVivo for staff to use on SOAS Moodle. Browse the SOAS IT Training Materials any time you need some help, and remember that there are many good free materials available via a quick Google search as well.

Committee Servicing/Minuting Training

The Committee Servicing Training Resource from De Montfort University is designed to help staff develop the skills of committee serving, including taking minutes of committee decisions. It includes a video (portraying a fictitious meeting of an academic committee) and the accompanying materials and is a good resource for training those who service, minute or chair university committees.


SkillGate offers numerous online courses each month for free and no obligation. These can include courses such as presentations, written English, management skills and computer skills.


As well as the range of online resources available, Staff Learning and Development have a number of books, articles and journals that all staff can access and borrow for a month at a time (subject to demand).

Most of our physical resources are available from our office in room 511. You can borrow resources by contacting us by phone, email or in person and we will send the material out to you with a date for return.

Other resources are available directly from the SOAS Library and can be borrowed from there in the usual way.