LSE’s new Pro-Director Education Vision Fund, established to support the delivery of the School’s Education Strategy with funds of £100,000 annually for projects designed to make a significant impact on students’ educational experiences, has just made its first awards.

Following the call for applications in Michaelmas Term, thirteen proposals, requesting a total of over £400,000, were received. After full consideration by the selection panel and the Pro-Director Education, awards were made to seven projects in seven different academic departments and professional service units across LSE. Commenting on this inaugural set of Vision Fund awards, Pro-Director Education Paul Kelly said: “I am delighted with the breadth and depth of reflection on students’ educational experiences that these projects represent. They promise not only to deliver innovation and change within departments, but also to enhance LSE’s educational provision and culture overall. I look forward greatly to seeing the projects progress and their eventual outcomes.”

Successful projects are:

Diversifying the Curriculum – International History

Curricula in the Department of International History cover vast areas of the globe and range over more than six centuries. This pilot project, headed up by Tanya Harmer, will review five undergraduate courses in the department, with the aim of redesigning core topics, reading lists and teaching approaches to reflect the diversity of the discipline.

Learning from Brexit – European Institute

This project, led by Jennifer Jackson-Preece, will develop an open educational resource toolkit using data and outputs from the KEIF funded ‘crowdsourcing’ project #Millennials on Brexit @ LSE. MSc students will be tasked with online moderation, co-production of project reports and writing policy proposals, and a new LSE100 module on democracy and decision-making, using Brexit as a case study, will be developed.

Teaching Innovations – Gender Studies

This project, led by Sumi Madhok, will build on existing good practice to enhance student experience through interdisciplinary and cross departmental events and strengthened research-led teaching provision. Cutting-edge approaches to feedback and assessment will be developed alongside new opportunities for students such as interactive career development sessions with alumni and workshops with policy makers.

LSE Statistics Practitioner’s Challenge – Statistics

This project, led by Hao Xing, will see the department collaborate with leading industry partners, including Aviva and JP Morgan, to initiate live competitive projects for students. Industry partners will come up ‘real world problems’ to be solved and the students will pitch their solutions at events designed also to be networking opportunities.

LSE Programmes Review Research Project – Pro-Director Education/Educational Strategy Unit

This project aims to benchmark a group of LSE’s undergraduate programmes by investigating key features of peer programmes in other institutions. The outcomes will be shared with departments, with a view to facilitating effective review and redesign of current programmes, and with SMC to support informed strategic decision-making about LSE’s programme portfolio and the School’s overarching undergraduate offer.

In addition to these five projects which are about to begin, seed funding has been made available to two projects that are in development; Developing and sustaining inclusivity in the curriculum at LSE, led by Suki Ali in the Department of Sociology and Research in Economics for All, led by Judith Shapiro in the Department of Economics.

Further information on Vision Fund projects and, in due course, impact case studies will be available on the Educational Strategy Unit’s web pages.

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