LSE Education Symposium

Our annual LSE Education Symposium is held in Spring Term. Building on the work of our Autumn/Winter Term Education Forums, the Symposium is a full day of practice-sharing from LSE colleagues, guest speakers, and showcasing of student insight and institutional feedback.

LSE Education Symposium 2024

Education Futures

Thursday 6 June (10am-4pm)

What strategies can we use to educate students in the face of rapidly evolving landscapes? How can we ensure that LSE is ready to maximise the opportunities of technological developments in HE? How can we build a constructive dialogue between LSE and the student community regarding the speed and scale of these potential changes? 

The LSE Education Symposium 2024 brought together colleagues from across the School and ideas from the wider sector to engage in dialogue around these questions and reflect on ways to respond with resilience to these current challenges and opportunities. Several LSE colleagues also presented papers based on their recent practice and insights.

Videos from the Symposium

Sian thumbnail - ClientLOWRES_CarlGoodwinPhotography_Jun062024_14212Professor Siân Bayne - watch her keynote address on Desirable Higher Education Futures 

Ed Symp 2Professor Larry Kramer, Professor Emma McCoy and Dr Claire Gordon - watch their panel on Education Futures at LSE

SU report - ClientLOWRES_CarlGoodwinPhotography_Jun062024_14312Sinead Gavin - watch her provide an update on LSESU Democracy Review: 2 Years On

Download the programme for the Education Symposium (updated 5 June)

Sian Bayne profile pic - for Symp24 page

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sian Bayne

Desirable Higher Education Futures

This talk will consider the futures of university teaching – and of universities themselves – in the context of rapid technological, social and climate change. Focusing particularly on aspects of digital education, it will consider what kind of futures we might wish to make possible within our institutions, and how we might develop our sense of agency over these. Using research on higher education futures from the Centre for Research in Digital Education at Edinburgh University, the talk will combine research, world-building, and the scholarship of utopia in a call for universities to keep open the space for imagining and building futures that are desirable.   

Find out more about Sian and her work

Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, where she directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education and leads on Higher Education Futures in her role as Assistant Principal. Her research is critical and interdisciplinary, currently focused on higher education futures, utopia and theories of ‘enhancement’. She is one of the authors of The Manifesto for Teaching Online, gives regular keynotes on the future of digital education, publishes widely and has conducted research funded by UKRI, Erasmus+, AdvanceHE and NESTA.

More information about her work is on her website. 

Past Education Symposiums

LSE Education Symposium 2023

Our annual LSE Education Symposium took place on Friday 9 June 2023 (10am-4pm GMT) on the theme of ‘Assessment: what is it good for?

This theme we hoped was particularly timely given discussions in the higher education sector about the future of education and assessment in the context of the rapidly changing world of work and the emergence of generative artificial intelligence tools.

The Symposium combined guest speakers from outside the School with intriguing practice sharing from our LSE colleagues. We hope this provoked a series of interesting presentations and discussions! 

The Symposium was a hybrid event taking place on LSE campus in the Marshall Building with the possibility for speakers and attendees to join online. It was open to all LSE staff and students. You can download the schedule here

LSE Education Symposium 2022

Our Education Symposium this year was held on campus in the Marshall Building (and online) on Friday 10 June (10am-4.15pm), chaired by LSE Pro-Director for Education Professor Dilly Fung, and organised around the theme of ‘Educating for the Common Good’. 

We were pleased to be able to welcome James Purnell (Vice-Chancellor, UAL), Martin Weller (Professor of Educational Technology, Open University) and Andrew Kirton (Lecturer in Sociology, University of Liverpool), who spoke to our theme from their respective experiences in HE. We also welcomed many LSE colleagues and student partners to make varied contributions regarding their practice and perspectives.

Please download the programme schedule here (pdf). You can also view some segments of the Symposium on our Eden Centre YouTube channel.

LSE Education Symposium 2021

Our annual Education Symposium took place online on Thursday 10 June (pm) and Friday 11 June (am) via Zoom. Our focus was ‘What will an LSE education look like in 2030?

Over two half-day sessions, we encouraged the School community of educators to reflect on the tumultuous and intensely adaptive year behind them, and to contribute to understanding and developing the emerging challenges of the years ahead of us.

The event featured TeachMeet presentations* from LSE colleagues, panels and perspectives from newer and experienced academics and guest external keynote speakers Kathe PelletierMark McCormack and D. Christopher Brooks from EDUCAUSE and Gilly Salmon

Take a look at the full Final 2021 schedule

*for those unfamiliar with 'TeachMeets', please see this useful summary document, especially if you're interested in presenting at a future Education Forum. If you are, please contact us on

LSE Education Symposium 2020

This was held on Tuesday 16 June (1-3pm). It was purely an online event for the first time, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the ST2020 LSE Education Forum Schedule here 

Pro-Director for Education Dilly Fung and other LSE colleagues contributed to a panel debate on the question “Post COVID-19, will education at LSE return to business as usual, or will there be lasting change?”, while staff from across the School talked about how they have adapted their approach to teaching and learning in response to the challenges of the global pandemic. The Forum closed with an eye firmly towards the future, with discussion groups focusing on LSE Curriculum Shift 2020 and planning for the coming academic year. 

You can watch presentations given at the Forum by our colleagues below:

Jacob Breslow (Department of Gender Studies)

Rishita Nandagiri (Department of International Development)

Jet G. Sanders (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science)

LSE Education Symposium 2019

This took place on Thursday 2 May at The Lincoln Centre and two smaller LSE venues. See below for a summary of the schedule. You can download a more detailed programme schedule for the Symposium here.

The event featured presentations from members of the first cohort of LSE Student Change Makers.

The event was followed by the LSE Teaching Awards held in the Saw Swee Hock building in the evening.

Both LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik and Pro-Director for Education Professor Dilly Fung addressed the Symposium in the afternoon. 


 Lincoln Centre                                     



Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Claire Gordon

Frederic Basso, PBS

George Tzougas, Statistics


Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Sara Camacho-Felix

Leigh Jenco, Government

Sonya Onwu, Law









LSE Director's Welcome

Martha Ojo, LSESU

Change Makers at stalls


Change Makers presenting

Change Makers at stalls



Change Makers at stalls


Change Makers presenting

Change Makers at stalls





Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Lee-Ann Sequeira

Patrick Dunleavy, Government

Alex Voorhoeve, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Parallel session - staff presenting

Chair: Mark Baltovic

Frank Cowell and Kasia Krajniewska, Economics

Patrick Wallis, Economic History


Keynote - Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education 






LSE Education Symposium

The LSE Education Symposium 2018 focused on celebrating the best of education at LSE. It took place on Wednesday 9 May from 12.30-18.00 in the Parish Hall. 


12.30- Lunch and poster display

13.20- Welcome

13.30 - 14.15 Session 1 options

Teaching in a team: with Dr Sadie Wearing, Dr Jessica Templeton, Dr Jillian Terry, Chiara Sotis

Peer mentoring: with Dr Pik Liew and students

Academic Advising: with Sophie Wise

Capture the Market: with Geraldine Foley, Dr Jose Olivas-Osuna

14.25- 15.10 Session 2 options

London as my Lab: with Dr Taylor Sherman, Dr Ioanna Gouseti, Dr Tom Smith

Learning through film-making: with Dr Shani Orgad, Dr Lijing Shi

Building student community: with Adam Judge, Carl-Ludwig Campbell, Dr Richard Perkins

The Long Day of Young Peng (An Anthropology game): with Dr Andrea Pia

15.35 - 16.20 Session 3 options

LSE LIFE: Sunny side up – Engaging students by making connections: with Dr Erik Baurdoux, Maria Bell, Maria Laura Rojas-Vallejo, Gemma Stansfield and Jack Winterton

Blended learning: with Dr Savvas Verdis, Darren Moon

The Lottery of Life (A Social Policy game)

16.30- Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education (Designate) will give the closing address:

Excellent education in research-rich institutions: towards a menu of opportunities for the LSE

What is distinctive about studying in LSE's research-rich culture? How can we build on this so that students from all backgrounds feel fully included, as co-investigators and producers of knowledge, in our scholarly community? In this session Professor Dilly Fung will explore a menu of opportunities for departments.

17.00- 18.00 Soft drinks and snacks ahead of the Students' Union Teaching Awards 2018