LSE’s new Pro-Director Education Vision Fund has been established to support the delivery of the School’s Education Strategy 2015-2020, and is designed to contribute to the enhancement of the educational experiences of LSE’s undergraduate and taught master’s students. Funds of £100,000 will available annually, from October 2016, for three academic years.
The 2016/17 call attracted proposals for 13 projects, requesting a total of over £400,000. After careful consideration, the Pro-Director Education awarded £97,000 to seven projects from across the School in the key areas of programme renewal, design and development, applied research opportunities for students, learning community development and insitutional and educational research.
Successful projects included:
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.
The 2017/18 call for applications will open in Summer Term 2017.
The Fund is managed, on behalf of the Pro-Director Education, by the LSE Educational Strategy Unit. Further information can be found on the Guidelines and Application Form.
Contact: Rebecca Doolan, Project Officer (email@example.com).