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2 Undergraduate Welcome 2014
Welcome to LSE Introduction to Undergraduate Study and Life at the School Stuart Corbridge (Provost) Nona Buckley-Irvine (Students’ Union General Secretary) Peter Howlett (Dean of Undergraduate Studies) First introduce Provost Then introduce Nona

3 Nona Buckley-Irvine LSESU General Secretary

4 My LSE Experience

5 The Students’ Union Independent from the School
Elected Representatives on the Student Executive

6 Welcome & Orientation


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 Radio Loose TV Clare Market Review – journal Raising and Giving (RAG) Raised £100,000+ for charity last year Hitchhiking, climbing mountains, and more!

10 Campaigning & Involvement
Represent students to the School Sometimes 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 more Hardship funds available for pregnant students, students with caring responsibilities and students who find themselves unexpectedly short of money

12 Thank you and Keep in touch!

13 ‘Your First Weeks’ Full details of most of what is said today can be found on LSE website under ‘Your First Weeks’: 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 issue Wide range of responsibilities/committees Office hours during term: Monday, Thursday, Friday 2-4pm Drop-in surgery during term: Monday, Thursday, Friday pm Office: OLD 1.07

15 LSE: Student body Community of 9,863 full-time students
39 UG programmes & 190 PG programmes 3,952 undergraduates 1,398 1st year undergraduates - BSc, BA, LLB undergraduate degrees 325 General Course students – one year (JYA) Students at LSE from approximately 150 countries * 2013/14 figures



18 Challenges facing new LSE students
Being at university Uncertainty about what is expected Having so much ‘free time’ Unfamiliarity – place and people

19 Challenges facing new LSE students
Being at LSE Not just a ‘big school’ – big step up Significant emphasis on independent study Diverse student body Hot-house atmosphere Vibrant/dynamic – lots to do (other than study)

20 LSE’s expectations of students
Enthusiasm and effort Motivation and commitment Prepared for less structured learning environment Take responsibility for own learning Ability to successfully manage balance between study/leisure/other demands

21 LSE’s expectations of students
Take part in intellectual debate/argument Participate in/contribute to the life of the School - Public Lectures Find/use the library Have essential ‘survival skills’ – budgeting washing cooking social……….etc.

22 One useful gadget all students need!

23 Ethics Code The 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 you but also as you as a member of the LSE we view harassment of whatever form on social media seriously and as a violation of School policy

25 LSE Student Charter Valuable overview
Provides a guide to services, structures and expectations Signposts key information Written by students and staff Outlines 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 Mentor If 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 campus Activate sQuid online Early payment reward added to sQuid More information:

30 Your Department Departmental Inductions Department Structure
Head of Department Departmental Tutor (responsible for undergraduates) Academic Adviser Departmental manager Administrative staff

31 Your Academic Adviser Should be your first point of contact
Provides guidance on academic matters Advises on course selection/changes Monitors your progress – provides feedback on performance and records termly progress reports Reports unsatisfactory attendance/performance Can impose an examination bar Writes references Where appropriate, refers students to support services Recommend meet at least twice a term (three times 1st term)

32 Departmental Tutor Monitors academic/pastoral care of undergraduates
Chairs Staff-Student Liaison Committee Source of advice and guidance Degree transfers Exceptional course choices/changes

33 First Academic Steps Select your courses in LSEforYou (LfY)
Meet your Academic Adviser – ask for guidance about course choices Select 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 experience course choices personalised teaching timetable fees class reports attendance and grades comments by class teacher & AA exam results PDAM Please 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 LfY Benefits in terms of advice about impact on academic studies Benefits in terms of future job applications

36 Moodle the major teaching delivery system at LSE
virtual learning environment provides 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 LSE Please check and manage your account Help desk, IT Training, etc. (

38 LSE Library British Library of Political & Economic Science Founded in 1896 Largest academic social science library in world 4 million separate items plus on-line journals 1,740 study places Open 24/7 LT, Easter vacation/ST Long opening hours MT and other vacations

39 Language Centre
English for Academic Purposes Provides support via courses, workshops and 1-to-1 sessions Modern foreign languages Either 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 Terms Revision/examinations Summer Term Changes 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 year Half-units taught over single term (Michaelmas or Lent) Mix of compulsory courses and options Lectures + classes Classes are compulsory (mostly taken by GTAs) Involve discussion, presentations and coursework Coursework = assignments/essays/exercises All 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 writing Effective reading strategies Participating in seminars Exam preparation & revision Overcoming perfectionism Managing stress Sleeping well etc

43 Assessment at LSE Coursework - essays, exercises etc. – required
Coursework integral to learning process Failure to submit may have serious consequences But formative coursework does not contribute to final marks/degree class Summative coursework does contribute to final marks/degree class

44 Assessment at LSE Assessment mainly by unseen end-of-year examinations (3 hour and 2 hour) 40% pass mark No September re-sits – except LLB 1st year exams count 1/9 of degree – except LLB But, 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 theory To strengthen the critical skills which underpin your study and application of the social sciences Research skills (e.g. information skills and data analysis) Writing and presentation skills Two-hour lecture + one-hour class each week 1st year: LT + 2nd year: MT Grading: distinction, merit, pass or fail Interdisciplinary 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 contact Organise 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 week Attend classes – reported if miss two consecutively Keep up with assignments/exercises/essays Don’t take short-cuts – plagiarism spells trouble Make use of lecturers’/class teachers’ office hours Know when to ask for help/guidance

47 LSE Careers CV preparation Comprehensive careers guidance
Employment service LSE CareersHub Internships Volunteering

48 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach
Academic Adviser Departmental Tutor Student Services Centre (SSC) Disability & Well-Being Service (DWS) LSE Counselling Service Chaplaincy St Phillip’s Medical Centre (if registered or emergency) Students’ Union Advice & Counselling Service Adviser to Women Students Adviser to Male Students Dean 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 record Documentation Academic regulations Examinations Immigration advice Fees/financial support – check website for drop in times

50 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach
Financial Support Drop 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 funds Student Finance maintenance funds (UK students only) LSE Bursaries (UK and EU Students only)

51 Student Wellbeing Sources of advice: Who to approach
Disability & Well-Being Service (DWS) Neurodiversity issues Mental health and well-being LSE Counselling Service St 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/college Respond to the challenge Work hard – keep up with commitments Need to be responsible for own learning Take advantage of LSE’s expertise Keep any part-time work under control But, also hang about – mix/talk to people Respect others views and beliefs Balance academic work and social life/other demands Wide range of support services So, if problems ask for advice/practical help

53 Advice from students [International Student Barometer]
Work hard, play hard Advice 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 in Make the most of challenges/opportunities LSE offers Most 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’: A copy of today’s slides (plus audio) will be posted on this webpage under the section for Late Arrivals


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