SOAS University of London

SOAS gives School status to Finance and Management

9 June 2016

SOAS University of London has awarded School status to its Department of Financial and Management Studies, which has now become the School of Finance and Management.

The Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS) was founded in 1992 to act as a focal point for research and teaching in financial and management studies. Over the past quarter of a century DeFiMS has grown rapidly and is now widely recognised for its excellence in teaching and research.

Professor Christine Oughton, the founding Head of School said: “The award of School status to the SOAS School of Finance and Management marks a turning point in the evolution of research and teaching in Finance and Management at SOAS. It reflects our strong track record that has been built up over the quarter of a century and the success we've had in attracting leading academics, research funding and high quality students, all of which have underpinned the rapid growth the Finance and Management at SOAS. I am particularly delighted that the SOAS School of Finance and Management has been created in SOAS’ Centenary year.”

The SOAS School of Finance and Management has an outstanding track record of research in finance and management and was ranked 18th out of 101 Business and Management Schools in the UK’s official Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) on Research Intensity/Quality League Table, placing it well in the top 20% of UK universities. The result was achieved by research publications that were judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and to have outstanding or excellent impact. The School has been successful in attracting research funding and is part of a research consortium that has just been awarded £2m from ESRC-DFID for research on Financial Inclusion and Growth in Low Income Countries.

In terms of teaching the SOAS School of Finance and Management is ranked 1st in London and 6th in the 2016 UK in the subject league table for Business, Management and Marketing, published by The Guardian University League Table.

The School has around 350 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying on campus, with a high profile PhD programme with around 40 PhD scholars. In addition, the School’s distance learning Centre – the Centre for Financial and Management Studies – has around 2,000 part-time students on its Postgraduate Distance Learning programmes, many working in senior positions in Central Banks, National Treasuries and international organisations, such as the World Bank, as well as private sector banks and businesses.