LSE has ambitious plans for its education.
The LSE Education Strategy 2015-2020, sets the path for the School to lead in the provision of research-informed social science education. An LSE education is designed for students who are keen to engage critically with their discipline and real world challenges, and who want to equip themselves, professionally and personally, for the world into which they will graduate.
In order to achieve all that we have set out to do, LSE is investing £11million in education over the next three years. To ensure that this investment is directed to the key areas of priority, the focus so far has been on developing specific plans for activity. From September 2016, we will have a full complement of activity which is focused on supporting our students to realise their educational and professional ambitions.
We are thrilled to be launching LSE LIFE this September. LSE LIFE is a new academic, personal and professional development centre for LSE’s taught students. It will support students as they transition into life at one of the world’s leading universities; and provide them with ongoing opportunities to develop academic, communication and research skills, learn languages, get advice on personal effectiveness and in making life choices, and gain insights into graduate recruitment and career paths. Read more about the centre here lse.ac.uk/lselife
We have just welcomed the first members of the LSE Education Career Track. The Education Career Track supports LSE teaching staff and provides the opportunities for the development of specialist educators who wish to build their careers through teaching and educational leadership.
This doesn’t mean to say that we don’t already have outstanding teaching. At the end of the last academic year, over 1,300 student nominations were received to celebrate LSE’s inspiring teachers. Hear students’ nominations in their own words:
A new Pro-Director Vision Fund is also being launched this year to support the development of innovative LSE programmes. The programmes will encourage academic learning and the acquisition of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary knowledge amongst LSE’s students.
A Dynamic Learning Community
In 2015/16, LSE introduced a new timetable which allowed for more time for beyond-the-classroom teaching and embedding research into taught programmes to offer new experiences for students; including assessing class participation and group activities, field trips within London, experiential research projects and Lent Term exams.
One great LSE tradition, which has just celebrated its sixth successful year, is ‘LSE GROUPS’. For two weeks in Summer Term, LSE’s undergraduates have an opportunity to conduct original research. In small groups students devise a research question, carry out a literature review, collect and analyse data, and write and present a research paper. This year’s students researched aspects of poverty and inequality in London. See the students in action.
LSE’s education goes beyond the course structure and students find many opportunities to pursue their passions, with student-led initiatives such as the Hult Prize which this year saw three LSE students reach the regional finals in Dubai where they received an Honorary Commendation for their Boocycle idea. LSE has also developed its own approaches to support student ingenuity and entrepreneurship with initiatives such as LSE Generate, and the Undergraduate Political Review (LSEUPR). The LSEUPR is one of the first undergraduate-run journals in the UK offering students the opportunity to see their research published in a peer reviewed, academic journal, and to involve themselves directly in a broad spectrum of contemporary political debates.
Watch Paul Kelly discussing LSE’s Education developments: