Change Makers guidelines

What is the Change Makers programme?

Change Makers is an exciting new collaborative project between LSE and LSE Students’ Union that gives students the chance to undertake paid research into how we can enhance students’ education and experiences across our School.

All students are invited to take part, whatever your level of study. You are welcome to apply to the Change Makers programme as an individual or as a group.

The Change Makers programme will fund up to £50,000 worth of projects in 2018-19. Applications to the programme should fall within one of the four themes listed below.

We have outlined some ideas to get you thinking, but you are welcome to come up with your own research under each topic:  

Community at LSE

  • What’s it like to transition to university and how we can we make the move easier?
  • What are the challenges to creating community and connections at LSE and how can we improve?
  • How can we build better links between undergraduate and postgraduate students?
  • What is the relationship between being on a joint programme and feeling part of LSE?

Inclusive education

  • What is the lived experience of commuting students, students who are the first in their family to go to university, or other minority groups to university and what does this mean in relation to an LSE education?
  • What is the impact of a diverse range of assessments on student outcomes?
  • What does inclusive education mean to different people and what does it mean to LSE?

Assessment and feedback

  •  What are student attitudes toward alternatives to exam-based assessments or written versus typed examinations?
  • What are effective approaches to feedback on assessed work?
  • Is group work and collaboration an effective form of assessment?

Building connections beyond LSE

  • What is the approach of LSE students’ societies to building connections beyond LSE?
  • What is the place of ‘London’ in LSE programmes of study?

Defined project ideas

Students and staff have also identified some project ideas that you may want to explore. 

  • Working with the NSS data set to develop and extend the School’s analysis of this survey
  • How can we ensure the values of the School’s Ethics Code are understood by everyone within LSE's internationally diverse student community?
  • What are student perceptions of the different types of support available at LSE?

If you are interested in exploring one of these pre-defined project ideas, please get in touch with Alternatively, you could include an explanation of how you would develop a research project in this area in your application.

Applying to the Change Makers programme

Applications are particularly welcome which put forward innovative and creative approaches to investigating education and the student experience at LSE, as well as from students proposing to work across departments.

Students are encouraged to apply for up to 60 hours of funding (at an hourly rate of £19.51) to undertake projects that meet at least three of the following criteria:

  • The project addresses a research question that has the potential to inform and improve education and/or the student experience at LSE
  • The project is achievable within the given time period
  • The project will result in a final output which can be presented at a School event in Summer Term
  • The project has the potential to influence practice beyond the frames of the existing project
  • The project has the potential to make a sustained and/or sustainable impact on education and/or the student experience at LSE

Each successfully-funded project will have the opportunity to nominate a project mentor for support. If you have not identified a project mentor, the team will allocate a mentor for you following a discussion about your project. Please note that mentors have already been identified for the pre-defined topics.

Successful team(s) will need to provide updates during your project to share with the LSE community, write up a case study about your project publication on LSE channels and present your findings at a School event in Summer Term.

Change Makers launch workshop

You are also invited to the Change Makers launch workshop from 5-6pm on Monday 12 November 2018 in the Graham Wallas Room to help develop your ideas, learn about potential research methods and meet other students who might be looking for a research partner or to work in a group.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact

Schedule for 2018-2019

Change Makers schedule for 2018-2019
 Activity Deadline
 Call for applications opens Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Formal launch event with ideas brainstorming session  Monday 12 November 2018 at 5pm
 Application deadline (submission of brief project proposal) Friday 7 December 2018 at 5pm
 Panel review applications w/c Monday 10 December 2018
 Applicants notified of panel decision  w/c Monday 17 December 2018
 Workshop to discuss research methods Lent Term 2019
 LSE Change Makers Projects carried out  January – May 2019
 LSE Change Makers to present findings of their projects at celebratory event  Summer Term 2019

Review and selection

A panel will be appointed on behalf of the Pro-Director (Education) Professor Dilly Fung and SU Education Officer Martha Ojo to review and select applications. The panel will meet to review all applications and select successful applications on the dates set out in the schedule above.Successful applicants have been notified.