What is the Student Education Panel?

The Student Education Panel provides a space for student's voice's on the most pressing educational issues. Whilst Academic Representatives provide feedback on academic experiences more generally, the Student Education Panel addresses specific issues. The panel looks to amplify the voices of minoritised groups at LSE.

Bali Birch-Lee, LSESU Education Officer

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Are you an independent thinker looking to engage in meaningful dialogue about your education? Do you have ideas that could shape the strategic future of students experiences at LSE?

The Student Education Panel engages students of all backgrounds in the development of education at LSE. 50 Student Education Panellists meet once per term to dsicuss a specific education-related topic, question or proposal. Drawing on their own experiences and ideas, they work in partnership with LSE and LSESU to co-create a better educational experience for everyone.

Panellists are a group of diverse individuals who reflect on their personal experiences and perspectives, and do not participate as a representative of their peers. They also play a key role in shaping how the Student Education Panel develops.The opinions, ideas and solutions exchanged during panel meetings will be considered alongside existing mechanisms including Student Staff Liaison Committees, Consultative Fora, LSESU representation and Change Makers research.

Watch this video about how three of last year's panellists experienced being part of the Student Education Panel:

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Who can be part of the Student Education Panel?

The Student Education Panel is composed of up to 50 students: undergraduate, General Course, taught postgraduate and research. Panellists reflect on their personal experiences, and do not act as a representative of their peers.

We welcome participation from any registered student who is interested in the design and delivery of their education and believes they could bring a different perspective to the conversation. There are no prerequisites for this role.

We are particularly looking to engage students who may feel less heard through LSE’s existing student voice and partnership opportunities. 

What topics will the Student Education Panel consider?

The Student Education Panel will discuss topics that fall within some of the following themes:

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Classroom engagement
  • Community and belonging
  • Hidden curriulum
  • Inclusive Education
  • Wellbeing and support
  • Student voice, representation, and partnership

Each of the panel meetings will be on a topic chosen by the panellists; for its strategic importance to LSE and/or as a result of student feedback from SSLCs, Consultative Fora, Change Makers research or survey participation.

What are the benefits of being part of the Student Education Panel?

The Student Education Panel has been designed to offer panellists the following benefits and opportunities:

  • Engage as a partner in education enhancement by building mutually beneficial relationships with other students and staff.
  • Contribute to real changes at LSE by sharing your experiences, advising on proposals, co-creating new ideas, and collaborating on solutions.
  • Develop your skills and insights as an independent thinker, critical investigator and thought-leader.
  • Become part of a community of panelists from across the School who share your commitment to improving the student experience.
  • Interrogate and increase your understanding of the university as an idea and an institution.

All panellists will be remunerated for the time spent preparing for, and attending, Student Education Panel meetings. This is to ensure equitable access to opportunities and to recognise their labour and contributions to improving LSE. Panellists will receive an honorarium of £50 per term, provided in the form of a gift card that can be redeemed from a variety of retailers in the UK and internationally.

How will the Student Education Panel meet?

A two-hour panel meeting will take place at the end of every term. Each panel will have a different topic/theme and will be delivered collaboratively by staff from LSE and LSESU.

Panellists will hear about current strategic priorities within LSE and LSESU and interrogate their understanding, expectations, and experiences of higher education. The main part of the panel discussions, on the given topic/theme, will take place in small groups. Examples of activities given to panellists could include:

  • Review draft materials
  • Propose solutions to problems
  • Assess an aspect of LSE’s current education offering
  • Analyse examples of good practice from across the sector
  • Co-create resources for staff development.

What is expected of Student Education Panellists?

Student Education Panellists are expected to:

  • Undertake panellist training.
  • Prepare for, attend and actively contribute to five panel meetings (as individuals, not as representatives of their peers) across the academic year – two in Michaelmas Term, two in Lent Term and two in Summer Term. 
  • Ccontribute to “flash” feedback opportunities e.g. polls, short surveys or discussion threads outside of panel meetings. Each opportunity will take less than 15 minutes to complete and the panelist honorarium reflects the expected time needed to complete these activities.
  • Shape the development of the panel.

As a result of the skills and insights they can from being part of the Student Education Panel, panellists are also contacted with exclusive (optional) opportunities to contribute to university developments.

 If unforeseen issues prevent you from participating in one of the panel meetings or activities, please discuss this with panel organisers in advance. We will endeavour to identify alternative ways of making your contribution, if appropriate.

What happens after the Student Education Panel have met?

After each meeting, panellists are invited to create an Insights from the Student Education Panel report, which provides a snapshot of the panellists' discussions and calls to action for the wider LSE community.

The information gained from panel meetings are used, in conjunction with feedback from Student Staff Liaison CommitteesLSESU representation and Change Makers research, to enhance students’ experience of education at LSE.

An overview of the different ways the Student Education Panel has contributed towards innovation and change within LSE will be shared in due course.

 Contact us

Please contact the Student Education Panel team if you have any questions.