12 August 2014
The 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) shows that SOAS, University of London has maintained its high level of student satisfaction. 88% of final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, 2% above the sector average.
Departments that show the highest levels of overall satisfaction among final year SOAS students are Development Studies (97%), Department of Finance and Management Studies (DeFIMS) (96%), Politics (94%), Anthropology (93%) and Law (91%).
SOAS retained its excellent level of satisfaction with teaching at a rate of 89%, beating the sector average by 2%. Highest satisfaction for teaching was recorded in the Departments of Development Studies (97%), Politics (94%), Anthropology, History (93%), Law (92%), Art and Archaeology (92%) and Linguistics (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 to 90%, putting the university in the top quartile and 5% above the sector average.
SOAS’ strengths in delivering specialist regional teaching and learning have been recognised by students through the survey. For overall ranking in the UK, Africa and Near and Middle East and Asian Studies have all been ranked first, Development Studies achieved second place and the Department of Finance and Management Studies ranked fourth.
Professor Nirmala Rao, Pro Director for Learning and Teaching, said, “We are delighted that the university experience offered by SOAS continues to elicit the high levels of overall satisfaction achieved in 2013. The National Student Survey provides extremely useful feedback and we take it very seriously. The results of this year’s survey show that our academic and professional support continue to approach the level of excellence we have come to expect across all our disciplines. This is great recognition from our students for the hard work of our academic and support staff.”