LSE’s Pro-Director Education Vision Fund was 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 and has just made its second round of awards.
Last year the ‘Developing and sustaining inclusivity in the curriculum at LSE’ project was awarded seed funding. This year the Pro-Director Education awarded continuation funding to Dr Suki Ali to support the further development and extension of this project and, as a result, the Vision Fund made £50,000 available for the 2017/18 round.
Following the call for applications in Summer Term 2016, seven proposals, requesting a total of almost £80,000, were received. After full consideration by the selection panel and the Pro-Director Education, awards were made to four projects in four different academic departments.
Successful projects are:
The Philosophy Genius Bar – Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Philosophy will pilot a new student feedback and support programme by opening the Philosophy Genius Bar, a walk-in space in LSE LIFE where students can work quietly at desks and/or ask questions of Philosophy faculty and GTAs who will be on hand to provide feedback and have discussions. The space will bring students new opportunities to explore ideas in depth in a community setting, while providing timely feedback, helpful comments, more contact with staff, good advice and guidance, and an opportunity to work with other students as part of their learning. This project was proposed by Bryan W Roberts, a philosopher of physics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at LSE.
Learning from Brexit development funding – European Institute
This is an LSE initiative that brings together communities of staff and students from all levels working on an important contemporary issue, making use of state of the art technology and successfully embodying the synergies between research and education. LSE students will be co-producing an open access, multilingual and web-based educational toolkit to support project engagement and extended learning about Brexit in LSE programmes as well as in secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges, and youth clubs and other organisations.
MSc Skills Building – Gender Studies
This project builds on and expands the department’s integration of professional development, alumni involvement and widening participation efforts. Enhancing students’ educational experiences, each of the department’s degree programmes will undertake its own specific provision of skills building and transferrable skills workshops, events and sessions. In partnership with LSE LIFE, LSE Careers and Widening Participation, the department will also create new opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills to complete their degrees and move into a range of careers.
Making Student Makers – Geography and Environment
Understanding environmental change cannot be achieved without reliable data. This project, led by Thomas Smith, will see the department’s students interrogate the urban climate and air quality of London using self-constructed sensors and data loggers. The initiative will support a number of undergraduate courses, through applied research opportunities, fieldwork, and related assessments. Taking ownership of data collection methods, students will be able to explore themes of citizen science, behavioural change, data reliability and assurance, whilst being exposed to new STEM-related coding and electronics skills.
We will be providing an update on the ‘Developing and sustaining inclusivity in the curriculum at LSE’ project in Lent Term.