This Charter has been developed by student and staff members of SOAS. It seeks to support our pursuit of excellence in academic research, learning and teaching by setting out our shared expectations of each other’s conduct. The fundamental principles of the Charter are that we will provide mutual support, seek to improve communications and strengthen relationships. The Charter does not distinguish between staff, students and the Students’ Union; it is a point of reference for all members of SOAS. The Charter is a living document and its impact will be reviewed annually.
Respect 1. 2. 3. Treat all members of SOAS fairly and with dignity Encourage diversity and promote equality Be punctual and reliable in attending meetings and classes, participate fully and support others in doing so Recognise the need for fairness and consistency Use facilities sustainably and maintain them in good condition Be respectful, understanding and helpful in all interactions 4. 5. 6. Support 1. Encourage awareness and make use of academic, pastoral and other support services Encourage awareness and make use of training and mentoring services Participate in administrative processes appropriately and promptly Provide and make use of timely and good quality feedback on assessments Take advantage of opportunities for personal development Encourage awareness of complaints and appeals processes 5. 6. Engagement 1. 2. Seek excellence in research, teaching and learning Participate fully as partners in a community of scholars and be guided by each other Make full use of mechanisms for representation and consultation in decision making and the development of SOAS Participate in the wider life of SOAS, such as social, cultural and political activities Be aware of, and abide by, regulations, policies and procedures Critically engage with our history and celebrate our expertise and achievements


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Communication 1. 2. 3. 4. Develop and use appropriate and effective methods of communication Consider recipients’ needs when communicating Take notice of communications we receive and respond to them promptly Take responsibility for finding out what we need to know and for communicating what others need to know Make the processes that lead to decisions transparent Represent SOAS honestly and fairly in the wider world

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