The FINANCIAL — The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has on February 9 announced an £11 million investment in education and student experience over the next three years.
The funding will support LSE’s Strategy 2020, aimed at better integrating its world-renowned research with high quality and innovative teaching and an outstanding student experience, according to LSE.
LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said the investment would ensure education at LSE is continually refreshed and advanced.
“LSE has a global reputation for its research and we want to ensure its teaching is regarded in the same light, recognised for its innovation, its dynamic learning environment and its interdisciplinary focus,” he said.
“We want our graduates to be well informed, with critical and analytical skills that are globally transferable and well regarded. An LSE education is rigorous preparation for future careers and citizenship worldwide.”
To this end, £2 million will be invested in teaching excellence, including a fund for educational projects to develop LSE’s courses and programmes, and a fund to reward exceptional teaching.
More than £5 million will also be invested in LSE LIFE, an academic, personal and professional development centre housed in the LSE Library for undergraduate and taught master’s students.
Another £4 million will go towards new academic posts to support the development of educational programmes.
LSE LIFE will integrate the many extracurricular opportunities offered by the School, providing a range of one-to-one, workshop and large group learning events and courses under the one roof.The investment will allow students to develop their academic, communication and research skills, alongside learning languages and obtaining advice on personal and career paths.
“Education at LSE is much more than the sum of its parts and LSE LIFE complements the course offerings throughout our departments,” Professor Calhoun said. “LSE LIFE will be a specially designed, dynamic centre that will complement students’ learning and help equip them for life beyond the School.”
The £11 investment is being made in concert with the School’s most ambitious building project undertaken in its 120-year history, providing new purpose-built learning spaces between now and 2021.