The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. This year’s awards were based on reviews from over 30,000 students across the UK.
2022 WUSCA winners
There are brilliant scholars at SOAS. Unfortunately, the institution is poorly managed, if at all. Students are not supported nor are there enough resources for students. There are always issues of delay, short staff or basic misfunctioning at any given day. The institution is heavily understaffed. There does not seem to be a quality assurance team. Things move very slow which result in the student spending a massive amount of time away from research to chase basic admin procedures. Transparency is not apparent nor effective. Heavy bureaucracy + understaffed institution.
Academics are overworked.
Worst aspects is the facilities
Contact time is not good always on strike
SU, student activism, improved with better administrative and more emotionally aware support staff.
Strikes were difficult as our uni building closed. Best was activist and decolonial mindset.
Since I studied during the pandemic, I can't really speak of student life - hence only 3 stars. I know that outside of the pandemic, SOAS has a very active student life. I really enjoyed my courses and felt always welcome to attend office hours with my professors; maybe that's due to the comparably small size of my major.
Contact hours with my professors were easy to arrange, maybe because my major was comparably small in size
Soas has a great community feel but needs to do more to support students, and do more to make student voices heard
Soas provides a good blend of online and in person teaching, but the structure does feel disorganised.
Good community feel and structure, with a great location for new students but terrible facilities.
The best part is the lecturers, they're really passionate and knowledgeable and encourage us to be critical The worst part is the admin, it is impossible to get things sorted quickly, and the university is facing lots of cuts which is ruining our education
Really interesting content, really broadened my mind Worst part is the little career guidance or exposure to how to use IR in the future
Central London provides lots of opportunities for further study It isn't safe for women
SOAS would be better if the admin is stronger
The lecturers are amazing
professors are very understandable and helping so don’t hesitate to reach them out if you are struggling with the course.
The course was initially a in class course but changed to blended learning due to Covid. So lectures are pre recorded and seminars are in person
Best: the course material Worst: quality of student cohort
Best: some lecturers were really good Worst: tutorials did not add much to your knowledge
Great experience at SOAS but student support needs to be improved especially for those on their year abroad
Bloomsbury is an amazing and safe neighboorhood
Management is helpful but the halls are borderline unsafe