9 August 2017
SOAS University of London does not have an overall published result for the 2017 National Student Survey. With an active boycott taking place this year backed by NUS and UCU, a number of institutions nationally did not achieve a reportable score – ie more than 50% of final year undergraduate students. Along with 12 other leading institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Bristol, UCL and King’s College London, SOAS did not reach that reporting threshold.
Deborah Johnston, Pro-Director Teaching and Learning said: “SOAS has traditionally achieved very strong NSS results, especially for the quality of our teaching and overall student satisfaction. We ranked top in London for teaching in 2015 and 2016. It is therefore disappointing that this boycott has affected our 2017 results and means we did not achieve a reportable score for the NSS.
“We will continue to focus on ensuring our students have an excellent academic experience at SOAS and further strengthening areas such as academic support; assessment and feedback; and engagement with students.”
A small number of individual subject scores were published for SOAS where the 50% threshold was passed - for linguistics, law, economics and development studies - although given the fact the survey was conducted during an active boycott these will not necessarily all be reflective of the SOAS experience.
Nontheless, Linguistics achieved outstanding results, including 100% score for overall satisfaction and learning resources. Nationally, it rates first in UK for Teaching on my Course (96.67%), Assessment and Feedback (93.33% Agree), Learning Resources (100%) and equal first for Overall Satisfaction (100%).