Collaborative Student Learning Scheme

SOAS is looking for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students to take part in the Collaborative Student Learning Scheme!

Become a Facilitator and help new SOAS students in your department! 


What is CSL?

Collaborative Student Learning (CSL) is a student-led learning initiative in which second, third- and fourth- year students are trained to facilitate weekly one-hour sessions for first-year undergraduate students. CSL Facilitators do not teach content to students, but instead encourage group collaboration amongst CSL Participants, enabling them to ask better questions and adopt better learning strategies. Facilitators are part of a volunteer force that sits within the Student Experience, Engagement and Retention department.

CSL has a goal to run in all departments in 2021/22. Read on to find out how you can get involved as a Facilitator.


Why should I become a Facilitator?

All second, third-, and fourth-year students can apply to become a CSL Facilitator and to run sessions for first years within the same department. All Facilitators attend a two-day training session in either September or early October in order to equip them with the skills required to facilitate study sessions. This training session is recognised in a number of countries and is an excellent addition to your CV.

In addition, all trained CSL Facilitators will receive: 

  • a personalised CSL hoodie

  • access to a wide variety of further professional training opportunities

  • an exclusive role-specific Careers session

  • a signed certificate and reference 

There will also be a number of social events and activities throughout the academic year to get to know other volunteers.

CSL develops a wide variety of key transferable skills, including time management, session planning, organisation, confidence and presenting. Facilitators empower students to succeed in their modules through encouraging good revision skills and collaborative conversations. Facilitators are encouraged to share their own anecdotal experiences of first year study with students too and can offer a meaningful perspective on life at university.

If you are interested in applying to become a Faciliator, please click here. For more information, check out the CSL webpages. If you have any questions, please email


This webpage was last updated on: 30 Jun 2014 10:54