SOAS University of London

Staff Development

Orientation Programme

As a new member of staff it is very important that you take part in the programme of events that has been organised specifically to allow you to find out much more about the School, its activities and its plans for the future. You will learn about a range of School activities, and meet key existing staff members and new staff members from across the School. There will also be a chance to find out more about the local Bloomsbury area. Past feedback on these events has been very positive:

“The day made me feel valued as a new SOAS employee”.

“A great opportunity to network and meet people from all over the School”.

“Although I have been working here for several months, I have learnt lots of new and useful things which will help me in the future”.

Below is the typical programme outline for the main Orientation day.

Time Session
11:40 Registration
11:45 Welcome, Introductions, Acronyms: Serena Yeo, Staff Learning & Development Manager
12:30 Governance, Vision, Strategy: Chris Ince, Secretary
13:00 Academia and Research: Directions and Priorities: Richard Black, Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise)
13:30 Lunch and Marketplace: Information, Q&A, Department Initiatives: Representatives from across SOAS
14:30 Welcome to the Work of Finance and Planning: Graeme Appleby, Director of Finance and Planning
15:00 Health and Safety Briefing: Russell Hunter, Health and Safety Officer
15:25 SOAS Tour: College Buildings, Brunei Gallery, Senate House
16:00 Library Tour
16:30 Director's Reception
You should automatically receive an invitation to attend the next event soon after you start work. If you are a new member of staff please feel free to contact Staff Development at any time:

Other essential courses for new staff include:

  • Equality & Diversity training
  • Information Compliance
Highly recommended:
  • Walking Tour of Bloomsbury

Details of which can be found on our Course Calendar.

The Staff Learning and Development Office has also developed an  Induction Checklist for New Staff (msword; 133kb)   to help you find your way round the School and its varied systems. There is also an  Induction Checklist for Managers (msword; 126kb)   which will guide your manager in helping you settle in.