End of Michaelmas Term message from Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education
As term draws to a close, I wanted to share some thoughts on our achievements during a busy yet stimulating Michaelmas Term at LSE in 2019.
Achievements in collaboration
Our focus this term has been embedding work already being undertaken and streamlining activities wherever possible. Thank you all for everything you’ve been doing; so many activities have been taking place across the School to strengthen our existing educational provision while introducing engaging new approaches such as peer study groups. Imaginative assessment methods are flourishing, while we also focus on ensuring that we’re not over-assessing students.
What has felt so different this term is the spirit of partnership between students and staff and the cooperation across departments, divisions and services to achieve our collective ambitions. It was fantastic to see an enhanced School Welcome for all students in 2019 - my warm thanks to the new Welcome Steering Group, a collaboration between the School and the LSE Students’ Union.
A new set of student Change Maker projects also reflects an engaged student body who recognises that we are open to understanding their views and making improvements with them where necessary. You can see this year's new projects online.
Educate for Impact in practice
Whilst Michaelmas Term has been a period of embedding, there have also been exciting new developments, in line with our LSE 2030 plans to ‘Educate for Impact’. New degree programmes, including a new UG Economics curriculum and a BSc in Data Sciences, have been developed, and Academic Board has approved our plan to introduce resits to postgraduate students, following the successful introduction of in-year resits for first year UG students this year.
In September we launched the LSE Eden Centre, bringing educational, technological and developmental expertise of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) and Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI) into one Service. Drawing on evidence-based research, the Eden Centre will focus on offering guidance to departments, academic staff development, curriculum enrichment and digital educational innovation. A developing range of resources for colleagues to draw on is available online.
A series of collaborative sessions with staff is being offered, focusing on inclusive educational practices such as academic mentoring, enhancing students’ sense of belonging in the classroom and strengthening learning communities. This work will continue next term, and I encourage you to look at the Eden events and programme and take part. Do sign up for Lent Term Education Forum and other Education events coming up online.
Across our School, we have also shared good practice. There have been many other positive discussions thanks to the new networks we have created as a community, with colleagues coming together to share what works well, for example, as programme directors and programme managers and administrators. At the same time, I'm grateful to students and staff for contributing to our lively education forum meetings, where this term we focused on National Student Survey (NSS) themes and postgraduate students’ experiences, with such energy and enthusiasm.
At its core, achieving our ambitions for LSE 2030 comes down to working together, and I'm delighted that our networks and new committee structure are vehicles for this activity to flourish and thrive in open dialogue. If you don’t feel that your voice is being heard, please don’t hesitate to get in touch - every perspective is valued.
As we look to the year ahead I wanted to remind colleagues that our undergraduate students have an opportunity to use their voices to help shape LSE through the undergraduate survey and NSS. Please do look out for further updates and encourage students to take part. Also, do remember that there is a range of support and funding available to help with your own student education and experience endeavours. Visit the Eden webpage for guidance and resources.
Thank you once again for your continued input and contributions. I've very much enjoyed my second Michaelmas Term as Pro-Director for Education and I look forward to working with you in the year ahead at LSE.
Pro-Director for Education
12 December 2019