Valerie Amos, the first black woman Cabinet minister and later Leader of the House of Lords, has now become the first black woman to lead a British university.

Baroness Amos, who has also been emergency relief co-ordinator at the United Nations, takes over as director of Soas (formerly known as the School of Oriental and African Studies) as the school prepares to come together on a single campus for the first time for several years.

The Times Ranking

Rank 44
Student experience 80.8%
Graduate prospects 68.3%


Student Stats

Applications per place 6.2:1
Undergraduate (full-time) 2,940
Undergraduate (part-time) 35
Postgraduates (full-time) 1,815
Mature students 22.1%
Overseas students  22.7%


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