We’d like to welcome all of our readers back for the start of the new academic year.

With the new year, the call for applications to the Pro-Director Education Vision Fund 2017/18 is also open. As many of you will know, the Fund makes £100,000 available annually from 2016/17 to 2018/19 to support projects that will enhance the educational experiences of LSE’s taught students, as part of the LSE Education Strategy 2015-2020.

Last year the ‘Developing and sustaining inclusivity in the curriculum at LSE’ project was awarded seed funding. This year the Pro-Director Education has taken Chair’s Action, on the basis of recommendations made by the Vision Fund’s Selection Panel, to award continuation funding to Dr Suki Ali to support the extension and further development of this important piece of work. As a result, the Vision Fund will make £50,000 available for this year (2017/18).

Please see the guidelines and application form for further information. (https://info.lse.ac.uk/staff/education/Funding/Pro-Director-Education-Vision-Fund)

Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form to – Rebecca Doolan (r.doolan@lse.ac.uk) before midday on 6 October 2017.

Further information can be found here: https://info.lse.ac.uk/Staff/Education/Funding/Pro-Director-Education-Vision-Fund

Successful projects from 2016-17 were: (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/education/2017/02/28/pro-director-education-vision-fund-winning-proposals-201617/)

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.

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