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    almost makes SOAS seem kinda crappy, especially compared to its neighbours.
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    (Original post by d00kie)
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    almost makes SOAS seem kinda crappy, especially compared to its neighbours.
    Because the evil neoliberals are conspiring against African empowerment, obviously.
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    *SOAS's

    Just so you know.
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    (Original post by callum_law)
    *SOAS's

    Just so you know.
    Just SOAS you know. Wasn't the apostrophe correct? It's possessive and ends with an S.

    OP - maybe they aren't really that great? I know in terms of being specialised its good, but it's no LSE, or Oxbridge.
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    At the time I was starting my degree at SOAS in 2001, I think its rankings were actually quite high. It is a good university - and rather unique.. in their own right.
    I remember around that time, one particular newspaper or some other source, ranked the Law Faculty / department at SOAS as the best in Britain or the UK. Either SOAS in general, but I think more likely the Law faculty that got such a high ranking. Something like that. (I was going to study Law myself).
    By the way, they are celebrating their centenary / 100 years next year.
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    Just SOAS you know. Wasn't the apostrophe correct? It's possessive and ends with an S.
    That convention only applies for plural nouns in the possessive because the additional S sound used to mark the possessive is already present. So she had five weeks' notice is the generally accepted form but not the universal style. For non-plural nouns in the possessive which end with S, the same convention does not apply because the additional S sound is present. So she went to Chris's birthday party the -'s marker is maintained. There are some exceptions where the additional S sound is not present, but that's not relevant.

    As SOAS is not plural and is in the possessive, with no storied past which has cancelled out the additional S sound, SOAS needs that -'s marker to be possessive. SOAS' simply looks absurd.
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    (Original post by callum_law)
    That convention only applies for plural nouns in the possessive because the additional S sound used to mark the possessive is already present. So she had five weeks' notice is the generally accepted form but not the universal style. For non-plural nouns in the possessive which end with S, the same convention does not apply because the additional S sound is present. So she went to Chris's birthday party the -'s marker is maintained. There are some exceptions where the additional S sound is not present, but that's not relevant.

    As SOAS is not plural and is in the possessive, with no storied past which has cancelled out the additional S sound, SOAS needs that -'s marker to be possessive. SOAS' simply looks absurd.
    I accept that you're right, but SOAS' still looks better than SOAS's.
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    soas is expanding as a result it will accept any student with bbc -clearing
    also since ucl, oxford and other top unis around the world offer african studies at a postgraduate level means many soas students go there to do masters as it is more appealing
    as a result research quality for soas is low
    in terms of faculty- law is the top, linguistics, languages and culture are second
    economics and politics are not good
    if you got aaa to do economics at soas
    my advice go to ucl
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    almost makes SOAS seem kinda crappy, especially compared to its neighbours.
    Hey!

    There's some good points made in this thread, and some which one could argue against. League tables are hard to judge. We are a highly specialised university with a low intake. Meaning, you'll get more smaller classroom sizes and very high quality of teaching. The education market is saturated and we are competing against some universities which has over 20 thousand students (we have roughly 5thousand). But even then, we still manage to be ranked relatively high, which I think speaks highly to our expertise and the demand for our students in the working world. We could argue numbers all day but I think what makes SOAS so special and what attracts some of the best organisations and companies to work for in the world to our campus, is the fact that we are being taught by leading researchers in the world, and sometimes, the only expert in a specific field. You'll leave SOAS at the end of 3-4 years ready to challenge perspectives in a complex world and ready to make a difference from day one. Having that type of quality of teaching, being prepared to make a real difference in the world and being prepared to understand culture, language, humanity and the intricacies of the world is unique and is part of the SOAS charm as we like to say over here.

    SOAS offers so much more than rankings. I hope if you make a visit to us, then you can see that too - What subjects are you interested in studying?

    ~Mike
 
 
 
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