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Calling all final year students!

2015 National Student Survey - make your mark
Professor Paul Webley Outside SOAS

Dear Students,

The annual National Student Survey runs from 26 January to 30 April 2015. It is a valuable opportunity for you and your fellow students in their final year to provide us with feedback on the quality of teaching, assessment and support at SOAS.

I know that many of you are busy preparing for exams and completing coursework but you will also be considering the next steps to your future. While I hope you found your time at SOAS really engaging and positive, it is really important to me that we understand what we can do as an institution to make improvements.

The 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) showed that SOAS maintained its high overall student satisfaction rate achieved in the 2013 survey. 88% of final year SOAS students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, putting us 2% above the sector average. Among the 2014 cohort, satisfaction with access to learning resources (including our extraordinary Library) rose to 90%, putting the university in the top quartile.

We take your feedback seriously. Recent key initiatives, driven by previous survey results include: improvements to online learning resources across all academic departments (2014), efficient and effective feedback on assessments within three weeks (2013), new canteen and working printing facilities (2012), the introduction of online coursework submissions (2011) and the Library Transformation Project (2010).

Your feedback will enable us to further improve the learning and teaching environment at SOAS. This will be of real benefit to the students that follow in your footsteps and to those of you that return to SOAS for postgraduate work or other programmes.

You will be contacted directly by email from Ipsos MORI asking you to take the survey. It should only take five minutes to complete and I would be very grateful if you would take this time to help. It can also be accessed through the National Student Survey website at www.thestudentsurvey.com.

Find out more about the survey at the launch desk by the main staircase this week.

The best of luck with the rest of the year and in your final examinations!

Thanks and best wishes,

Professor Paul Webley