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Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

14 August 2014

The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

91% of final year LSS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.  

The Faculty’s Departments showed some of the highest levels of overall satisfaction among students, with Development Studies reaching 97%, Department of Finance and Management Studies (DeFIMS) at 96%, Politics at 94% and Law at 91%. For overall ranking by subject in the UK, Development Studies achieved second place and the Department of Finance and Management Studies was ranked fourth.

Law and Social Sciences departments garnered some of the highest satisfaction rates for teaching, with Development Studies ranked at 97%, Politics at 94% and Law at 92%.

The provision of SOAS’ excellent facilities – including the renowned library, one of only five National Research Libraries in the UK - saw satisfaction  with access to learning resources rise among LSS students to 91%.

Matthew Craven, Professor of International Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, said, “We are extremely pleased by the high levels of satisfaction  of our Faculty’s students. The results of the National Student Survey are considered very carefully and feed into our development plans so that we can offer the best possible university experience to our students. This year’s high ratings from our students recognise the hard work and inspiring teaching of our academic and support staff.”
Run by Ipsos-MORI on behalf of the government, the survey helps future students choose their universities and degrees to study.  The 23 questions asked in the survey cover teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, overall satisfaction and the Students' Union.