SOAS University of London

Calling all final year students!

2016 National Student Survey - make your mark
Valerie Amos

Dear Students,

The annual National Student Survey is now open. It is a valuable opportunity for those of you in your final year to provide us with feedback on the quality of teaching, assessment and support at SOAS.

I know that many of you are busy preparing for exams and completing coursework while also considering your next steps. It is really important to me that we understand how you found your time here and what we can do as a school to improve the quality of your experience.

Last year’s NSS results were positive for us. Overall student satisfaction rates for SOAS are above the sector average, at 87% and, notably, ‘Teaching on my course’ scored an above average rating of 89%. These results are encouraging but we want to make that figure even better.

We take your feedback very seriously. Recent key initiatives, driven by previous survey results include: introduction of new training for staff on alternative forms of assessment (2015); better learning resources across all departments (2014); feedback on assessments within three weeks (2013); new canteen, improved printing facilities (2012); the introduction of online coursework submissions (2011); and the Library Transformation Project (2010).

Your feedback will help us to further improve the learning and teaching environment at SOAS. This will be of real benefit to the students that follow in your footsteps and to those of you that return to SOAS for postgraduate work or other programmes.

You will be contacted directly by email from Ipsos MORI asking you to take the survey. It should only take five minutes to complete. Please do take the time to . It can also be accessed through the National Student Survey website at

You can find out more about the survey from your Student Ambassadors who will be at the NSS launch desk by the main staircase at various times throughout the survey period.

The best of luck with the rest of the year and in your final examinations!

Many thanks,

Valerie Amos