SOAS University of London

SB Entry Wave Results 2007


37% of students responded to the first wave (a total of 1591 students).

Level of StudyInternational StudentsHome Students

Where we are doing well

Most satisfied elements overall:

SOASAutumn 2007 (Satisfied)
Expert Lecturers96%
Course content91%
Other friends90%
Good place to be89%
Other friends (Arrival)89%
Academics' English87%
Good Teachers87%

NB. ‘Other friends’ refers to meeting friends from other countries

At present only our international student results are benchmarked against other HEIs in the UK, London HEIs and the 1994 group. Results worth noting are as follows:
Expert lecturers - 1st place in London
Multicultural - 1st place in all 3 groupings
Other friends (living) - 1st place in London
Other friends (arrival) - 1st place in 1994 and London, 2nd place overall
Local orientation - 1st place in London

Where we could do better

Most dissatisfied elements overall:

SOASAutumn 2007 (dissatisfied)
Living cost57%
Financial Support53%
Bank account (Arrival)51%
Work experience49%
Accommodation cost46%
Earning money42%
Careers advice42%
Home friends (Arrival)40%
Learning spaces39%
Sports provision37%

NB. ‘Home friends’ refers to meeting friends from home country

Priority Actions by learning and living experiences based on what students find IMPORTANT and are DISSATISFIED with.

International StudentsHome Students
Performance feedbackPerformance feedback
TechnologyLearning support (from academic staff)
International StudentsHome Students
Having a sayHaving a say
Making good contacts for the futureMaking good contacts for the future
Earning moneyEarning money
Accommodation costAccommodation cost
Living costLiving cost
Financial SupportFinancial Support

What next?

A joint summary report and recommendations from the Student Experience Coordinator in the Learning and Teaching Unit and the Students’ Union General Manager went to the Student Experience Committee on 12th May 2008. A full report will go to Executive Board following the results from the second wave and will inform the decision making process on the student experience. Further details will be available on this website later in the summer.