SOAS University of London

SOAS student satisfaction remains at highest level since National Student Survey began

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%).

SOAS students in discussion in the classroom
SOAS students develop their skills in critical analysis

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.”

SOAS students celebrate graduation
SOAS students celebrate graduation
Run by Ipsos-MORI on behalf of the government, the survey helps future students choose their universities and degrees to study.  The 23 questions asked in the survey cover teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, overall satisfaction and the Students' Union.