First Year Seminar Series

Professional and Personal Development Seminar Series for first year student members of the Department of Mathematics

The seminar series is a programme of 8 one-hour sessions on Tuesday mornings held in LSE LIFE. The series offers opportunities for interaction between students and members of staff in a relaxed, non-teaching setting. Lecturers, class teachers and other departmental staff will regularly attend and actively participate in the seminars.

It builds a sense of community among students and members of the maths department while helping students adjust to university life.
After every single seminar, I felt incredibly motivated to get as much as possible out of my degree.
You can always get constructive advice from it, along with biscuits and tea!

The aims of the seminar series are to:

  • Provide academic, professional and personal development training to first-year students.

  • Orient first-year students about additional development opportunities offered by the School.

  • Address the challenges that first-year student commonly face in their transition from school to university and during their undergraduate studies.

  • Contribute to fostering a sense of cohesion and belonging among students and to building relationships between students and members of the mathematics department.

Session topics

Michaelmas Term

Lent Term

W3 - Getting to know each other

In the very first session of the year, this is an opportunity to get to know each other and staff, as well as compete to win the annual quiz!

W3 - TBC 

W5 - What do Mathematics students want and what can you do?

Maddie Smith (LSE Careers) looks at what career areas mathematics students are interested in and what’s important to them. Also, two mathematics alumni talk about their experiences of studying at LSE and their career journey.

W5 - TBC

W7 - Study Skills

Professor Martin Anthony, former Head of Department, discusses various approaches to studying and learning, explains about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and understanding and gives practical advice regarding exam preparation.

W7 - TBC

W9 - Early Careers of Women in Mathematics

Kate Shilina, a mathematics alumni and now an MSc student in the Department of Geography, Angela Jiang, a mathematics alumni and now an analyst for the Quadrature Capital quantitative hedge fund, and Cathryn Masters, a third-year undergraduate mathematics student at LSE, will talk about why they decided to study mathematics, their experiences during their studies, their choices for their next careers step and their ideas for the future.

W9 - TBC

First year students can find out more about the series on the dedicated Moodle site.

Any information relating to Second Year Seminar Series will be sent out via email.