On Wednesday 16 October, we held a special event to celebrate the achievements of the top students from the 2018 cohort on LSE100. At a dinner in the Staff Dining Room, we welcomed third year undergraduates from across the School, who were receiving prizes for Outstanding Academic Achievement, awarded to those students who achieved distinctions in all LSE100 assessments. We also welcomed the winner of the Sir Robert Worcester Prize for Exceptional Academic Performance, awarded for the highest overall mark on the course.
The evening began with a drink’s reception in the Senior Common Room where the prize winners had an opportunity to network with other guests, including academics involved in the delivery of LSE100 and previous prize winners who attended the dinner as alumni of the School. We were very fortunate to be able to welcome two special guests, Sir Robert Worcester, Emeritus Governor of the School and founding member of the LSE100 Steering Committee, and Dr Neil McLean, Director of the School’s Academic and Professional Development Division.
Following the reception, Dr McLean gave a short talk to the students. He called on all those present to consider how we ‘know what we know’ and the importance of shared understanding in the transmission of meaning. In an age of rapid technological advances in Artificial Intelligence, Dr McLean stressed the value of LSE graduates being able to use the skills developed in LSE100 to call on interdisciplinary perspectives to analyse and understand the problems they will encounter in their professional lives.
Dr Jessica Templeton, the Director of LSE100, congratulated all the 2018 prize winners and Sir Robert Worcester awarded his prize to Ebla Bohmer from the Department of Government. Following the prize giving, guests enjoyed a superb dinner provided by Joe Borg and his fantastic team in the SDR.
The evening was a great success, with this year’s prize winners taking advantage of the opportunity to hear from previous recipients of LSE100 awards. In particular, current students enjoyed having the chance to find out about the different paths that have been taken by alumni since leaving the School and what role LSE100 had in preparing them for life after LSE.
We hope you will join us in congratulating all the LSE100 prize winners from the 2018 cohort. For a full list of this year's winners please click here.
You can view photos of the prize winners here.