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Politics sees a commendable improvement in student satisfaction

Politics and International Relations 8 October 2013

Social Sciences and Humanities at Westminster

The 2013 National Student Survey ranked the University of Westminster 12th in the United Kingdom out of all departments for undergraduate studies in Politics, International Relations and Development Studies.

The Department of Politics and International Relations has soared in the national rankings with an overall satisfaction rating of 92.3 per cent. This ranking makes us one of the most improved Politics departments in the United Kingdom and demonstrates our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in all our degree programmes. The overall satisfaction was 86 per cent last year according to the spreadsheet provided by the planning office. We were ranked 58th last year, so we have jumped 46 places overall.

Our BA Politics and International Relations degree recorded an impressive 97 per cent for overall student satisfaction, highlighting our serious efforts at ensuring the student experience and learning is at the heart of our department.

Dr Dibyesh Anand, Head of Politics and International Relations, points that “our impressive performance in the 2013 NSS reflects the fact that Westminster is at the cutting-edge of political studies within the United Kingdom. We do not patronise our students but encourage them to think critically, reflect and engage with the diverse world in which we live. For instance, many events organised by students, academic staff and visiting speakers are a testament to our commitment to encouraging students to be independent and dynamic thinkers ready for the challenges of 21st century life. We take the news with humility and pledge to provide our students the space to enhance their skills and expand their intellectual horizon.”

Politics and International Relations at Westminster has outperformed all Russell Group universities in the 2013 National Student Survey, including Cambridge, Oxford the London School of Economics, UCL, and Queen Mary.

In addition, according to, the Department has also performed well in terms of graduate destinations and employment. Eighty six per cent of graduates from Development Studies and International Relations and 85 per cent of graduates from Politics are in work or completing further studies six months after graduating from their programme.

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BA Politics and International Relations

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