Top unis for political scene: Which? University Student Survey 2016
University is often the place where students get more involved in politics. But which universities were ranked highest by students for their rousing political scene?
Top universities for political scene
SOAS, University of London
'SOAS students grapple with pressing issues - democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, social change - and we encourage them to make a positive impact on the world.
'SOAS is a hub for social and political student life in London. Our Students' Union has over 160 unique societies and hosts renowned guest speakers and lively political debates. Our academics regularly welcome leading politicians, diplomats and social activists to speak at our events. This active and involving atmosphere at SOAS invites students to engage with the world around them.'
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University of Oxford
'But political involvement goes far beyond the political clubs. Our active student union and 38 colleges, as well as a huge array of other clubs and societies, provide an unparalleled amount of possibilities for getting involved in student representation.'
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LSE, University of London
'In addition, with so much diversity its inevitable that a plethora of ideas reach campus and the students are really encouraged to think beyond their experiences and acknowledge each other.’
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University of Sussex
Another Sussex graduate looked back: ‘Sussex has a free-thinking, anarchic reputation which goes hand-in-hand pretty nicely with its location of Brighton - itself very tolerant and progressive. Students definitely like to make their voices heard. It seemed like there was always a sit-in somewhere on campus.’
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About the Which? University Student Survey 2016We asked students to score the degree to which they would describe their university as having an active political scene.
We merged the findings from surveying students in March-April 2016 with results from our October 2014 student survey so we could characterise a greater number of institutions, using a larger combined base of around 9,756 students.
Where we have answers from at least 30 students, we analyse the results to calculate average scores and to highlight the group of top-performing universities overall.
Read the full results of the Which? University Student Survey 2016