SOAS University of London

SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

12 August 2015
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Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

On the strength of its score for teaching, SOAS ranks equal first in London, with Imperial and Royal Holloway. Overall student satisfaction rates for SOAS are also above the sector average, at 87%.

The results back up a Student Barometer survey of all domestic, international and EU students, which put SOAS first in the UK for quality lectures, ranked against 24 other universities, and first in the world, ranked against 47 other institutions.

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A student and teacher analyse a piece of Asian art

Most notably in NSS 2015, Linguistics and Human and Social Geography both scored 100% on overall student satisfaction putting them equal first in the UK. Other high scoring overall satisfaction results were Politics (93%) and History (92%), Anthropology and Development Studies both returning 90%.

Teaching was ranked particularly highly by students of Politics (96%), Music (94%), Anthropology (92%), Linguistics (91%) and Asian Studies (89%).

As well as being ranked equal first in London for teaching, SOAS subject areas have performed well on national measures: Linguistics ranks equal first in the UK, Africa and Modern Middle Eastern Studies is third, Asian Studies 5th, Development Studies 9th, Anthropology 14th and Politics 28th.

SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students
SOAS students celebrate graduation

Professor Nirmala Rao, SOAS Pro-Director for Learning and Teaching, said: ‘We are extremely proud of the quality of our teaching and the breadth and relevance of our programmes.  It is very pleasing that our students rate our teaching so highly.’

SOAS University of London offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences.