2 Undergraduate Welcome 2014 Welcome to LSEIntroduction to Undergraduate Study and Life at the SchoolStuart Corbridge (Provost)Nona Buckley-Irvine (Students’ Union General Secretary)Peter Howlett (Dean of Undergraduate Studies)First introduce ProvostThen introduce Nona
8 Clubs & Societies 220+ Societies – from Accounting to Venezuelan! 40+ Sport Clubs in the Athletics Union (AU)University of London – specialist clubs (Fencing, Swimming, Water Polo)
9 Even more things to do... Media Group The Beaver – weekly newspaper Pulse RadioLoose TVClare Market Review – journalRaising and Giving (RAG)Raised £100,000+ for charity last yearHitchhiking, climbing mountains, and more!
10 Campaigning & Involvement Represent students to the SchoolSometimes we’ll agree with the School and sometimes we wont
11 Helping Students Independent from the School Housing legal, housing, employment, academic advice and much moreHardship funds available for pregnant students, students with caring responsibilities and students who find themselves unexpectedly short of money
13 ‘Your First Weeks’Full details of most of what is said today can be found on LSE website under ‘Your First Weeks’: lse.ac.uk/yourFirstWeeks A copy of today’s slides (plus audio) will be posted on this webpage under the section for Late Arrivals
14 Dean of Undergraduate Studies Advises individual students – available to any UG student to discuss any issueWide range of responsibilities/committeesOffice hours during term:Monday, Thursday, Friday 2-4pmDrop-in surgery during term:Monday, Thursday, Friday pmOffice: OLD 1.07
15 LSE: Student body Community of 9,863 full-time students 39 UG programmes & 190 PG programmes3,952 undergraduates1,398 1st year undergraduates- BSc, BA, LLB undergraduate degrees325 General Course students– one year (JYA)Students at LSE from approximately 150 countries* 2013/14 figures
18 Challenges facing new LSE students Being at universityUncertainty about what is expectedHaving so much ‘free time’Unfamiliarity – place and people
19 Challenges facing new LSE students Being at LSENot just a ‘big school’ – big step upSignificant emphasis on independent studyDiverse student bodyHot-house atmosphereVibrant/dynamic – lots to do (other than study)
20 LSE’s expectations of students Enthusiasm and effortMotivation and commitmentPrepared for less structured learning environmentTake responsibility for own learningAbility to successfully manage balance between study/leisure/other demands
21 LSE’s expectations of students Take part in intellectual debate/argumentParticipate in/contribute to the life of the School- Public LecturesFind/use the libraryHave essential ‘survival skills’ –budgetingwashingcookingsocial……….etc.
23 Ethics CodeThe Ethics Code is a set of six core principles underpinning life at the LSE. All members of the LSE community are expected to behave in line with the following principles:Responsibility and Accountability: we will embed the principle of individual responsibility at every level of the School’s management and governance structures and raise concerns related to ethical matters as they arise.Integrity: we will be honest and truthful, act in accordance with relevant legislation and statutory requirements, declare interests and manage appropriately possible conflicts, be transparent and consistent in decision making, maintain our independence when engaging with outside parties and conduct fundraising activities in line with the Ethics code.Intellectual freedom: we will protect individuals’ freedom of expression and uphold the freedom to research and convey research findings.Equality of Respect and Opportunity: we will treat all people with equal dignity and respect and ensure that no person will be treated less favourably.Collegiality: we will promote an inclusive and participatory working and social environment in which we encourage support and behave appropriately to one another.Sustainability: we will minimise any negative impact we may have on the natural and built environment by effectively managing our resources.
24 Social Media Use Social Media responsibly how you use it reflects not just on youbut also as you as a member of the LSEwe view harassment of whatever form on social media seriously and as a violationof School policy
25 LSE Student Charter Valuable overview Provides a guide to services, structures and expectationsSignposts key informationWritten by students and staffOutlines LSE’s vision and ethos
26 Orientation Week 29 September – 3rd October Help Points – on Clare Market (opposite St Clements) and on Houghton Street (opposite the Old Building main entrance).Campus Tours leave every 20 minutes (10am-3.30pm) from St Clement's help point.Student Services Showcase – Monday 29 September – Wednesday 1 October (11am – 2pm).SU Freshers’ Fair – Thursday 2nd– Friday 3 October
27 Student Mentoring Scheme Students who do not live in Halls will be assigned a Student MentorIf your mentor hasn’t contacted you please the Student Mentoring Team(They will have sent you an )Meet with your Student Mentor
28 Registration Thursday 2nd October – check times online Hong Kong Theatre (Clement House)Don’t forget passport and offer letter!
29 LSE ID Card/sQuid Card LSE ID card is also your sQuid card Offers cashless facility for paying for food, drink on campusActivate sQuid onlineEarly payment reward added to sQuidMore information: lse.ac.uk/students/squid
30 Your Department Departmental Inductions Department Structure Head of DepartmentDepartmental Tutor (responsible for undergraduates)Academic AdviserDepartmental managerAdministrative staff
31 Your Academic Adviser Should be your first point of contact Provides guidance on academic mattersAdvises on course selection/changesMonitors your progress – provides feedback on performance and records termly progress reportsReports unsatisfactory attendance/performanceCan impose an examination barWrites referencesWhere appropriate, refers students to support servicesRecommend meet at least twice a term (three times 1st term)
32 Departmental Tutor Monitors academic/pastoral care of undergraduates Chairs Staff-Student Liaison CommitteeSource of advice and guidanceDegree transfersExceptional course choices/changes
33 First Academic Steps Select your courses in LSEforYou (LfY) Meet your Academic Adviser – ask for guidance about course choicesSelect your courses in LSEforYou (LfY)Once AA approves courses, personal timetable issued (LfY)Lectures start in Week 1 (w/c 6 October)Classes normally start in Week 2 or 3 – check
34 LfY (LSEforYou) Access to personalised information Formal record of your LSE experiencecourse choicespersonalised teaching timetablefeesclass reportsattendance and gradescomments by class teacher & AA exam resultsPDAMPlease keep contact and ICE details up-to-date
35 Personal Development Aide Memoire (PDAM) PDAM allows students to track and keep record of skills developed as result of extra-curricular activities – accessible via LfYBenefits in terms of advice about impact on academic studiesBenefits in terms of future job applications
36 Moodle the major teaching delivery system at LSE virtual learning environmentprovides web-based support for courses and programmes by bringing together a range of resources and tools in one location
37 Other important IT stuff: – LSE is the official channel of communication at LSEPlease check and manage your accountHelp desk, IT Training, etc. (lse.ac.uk/itservices)
38 LSE LibraryBritish Library of Political & Economic ScienceFounded in 1896Largest academic social science library in world4 million separate items plus on-line journals1,740 study placesOpen 24/7 LT, Easter vacation/STLong opening hours MT and other vacations
39 Language Centre lse.ac.uk/languages English for Academic PurposesProvides support via courses, workshops and 1-to-1 sessionsModern foreign languagesEither as party of your degree programme or as an extra curricular activity
40 Academic Year 3 year undergraduate degrees Academic year: Michaelmas Term, Lent Term and Summer Term (10 week terms)Intensive teaching in Michaelmas and Lent TermsRevision/examinations Summer TermChanges to the structure of the academic year starting in 2015/16: Michaelmas and Lent Terms will be a week longer and the Summer Term will be three weeks shorter.
41 Teaching at LSE Four units per year Full units taught over whole academic yearHalf-units taught over single term (Michaelmas or Lent)Mix of compulsory courses and optionsLectures + classesClasses are compulsory (mostly taken by GTAs)Involve discussion, presentations and courseworkCoursework = assignments/essays/exercisesAll class teachers will have weekly Office Hour
42 Teaching and Learning Centre TLC@LSE Study skills & advice and self-development events via workshops and 1-to-1 sessions:Essay writingEffective reading strategiesParticipating in seminarsExam preparation & revisionOvercoming perfectionismManaging stressSleeping welletc
43 Assessment at LSE Coursework - essays, exercises etc. – required Coursework integral to learning processFailure to submit may have serious consequencesBut formative coursework does not contribute to final marks/degree classSummative coursework does contribute to final marks/degree class
44 Assessment at LSEAssessment mainly by unseen end-of-year examinations (3 hour and 2 hour)40% pass markNo September re-sits – except LLB1st year exams count 1/9 of degree – except LLBBut, no cause for complacency!Fail more than one unit = cannot progress to Year 2
45 100 The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things To deepen/broaden your understanding of social scientific thinking - core elements of evidence, explanation and theoryTo strengthen the critical skills which underpin your study and application of the social sciencesResearch skills (e.g. information skills and data analysis)Writing and presentation skillsTwo-hour lecture + one-hour class each week1st year: LT + 2nd year: MTGrading: distinction, merit, pass or failInterdisciplinary approach to the ‘big questions’ e.g.How should we manage climate change?Why are great events so difficult to predict?Who caused the global financial crisis?
46 Being successful at LSE Keep appointments with your Academic Adviser – meet regularly face-to-face plus contactOrganise your work/manage your time – typically 4-6 hours of lectures hours of classes [plus LSE 100]- a full-time student means c.40 hours per weekAttend classes – reported if miss two consecutivelyKeep up with assignments/exercises/essaysDon’t take short-cuts – plagiarism spells troubleMake use of lecturers’/class teachers’ office hoursKnow when to ask for help/guidance
48 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach Academic AdviserDepartmental TutorStudent Services Centre (SSC)Disability & Well-Being Service (DWS)LSE Counselling ServiceChaplaincySt Phillip’s Medical Centre (if registered or emergency)Students’ Union Advice & Counselling ServiceAdviser to Women StudentsAdviser to Male StudentsDean of Undergraduate Studies
49 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach Student Services Centre (SSC) Old Building (Ground Floor)Advice/information/referral :Your student recordDocumentationAcademic regulationsExaminationsImmigration adviceFees/financial supportlse.ac.uk/ssc – check website for drop in times
50 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach Financial SupportDrop in sessions: pm weekdays during term time. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays only during School vacations.SSC – Ground Floor (Old Building)Short term loans (up to £500) for students experiencing delays in receiving maintenance fundsStudent Finance maintenance funds (UK students only)LSE Bursaries (UK and EU Students only)lse.ac.uk/financialSupport
51 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach Disability & Well-Being Service (DWS)Neurodiversity issuesMental health and well-beingLSE Counselling ServiceSt Phillip’s Medical Centre (if registered or emergency)* Also LSE Dentist and LSE treatment clinic (Acupuncturist, Sports Therapist and Osteopath)Students’ Union Advice & Counselling Service
52 How to get the best out of LSE Recognise LSE is different from school/collegeRespond to the challengeWork hard – keep up with commitmentsNeed to be responsible for own learningTake advantage of LSE’s expertiseKeep any part-time work under controlBut, also hang about – mix/talk to peopleRespect others views and beliefsBalance academic work and social life/other demandsWide range of support servicesSo, if problems ask for advice/practical help
53 Advice from students [International Student Barometer] Work hard, play hardAdvice from students [International Student Barometer]'Try and take any opportunity that is offered to you at University: conferences, debates, societies, events There is so much to do!’'Read the walls and go to as many academic and social events as you can manage. They are as important as going to classes and studying.’'Make the most of meeting with the academic staff here and learning from them - try to see the faculty as often as you can.’You will get as much from LSE as you put inMake the most of challenges/opportunities LSE offersMost importantly, enjoy yourself!
54 ‘Your First Weeks’Full details of most of what is said today can be found on LSE website under ‘Your First Weeks’: lse.ac.uk/yourFirstWeeks A copy of today’s slides (plus audio) will be posted on this webpage under the section for Late Arrivals
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