You Said We Did

Many actions in our Education Strategy are based on feedback from student members of the Department. Here are a few of the actions we’ve taken based on feedback from surveys and SSLCs.

Our Education Strategy action plan contains targets and highlights areas to develop. Some plans are necessarily longer term, and some are subject to funding, but we have already implemented a number of improvements.

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Make classes more interactive

You asked if you could do group work in the weekly MA100 classes rather than going through the exercises, and have another lecture session timetabled. In October 2016, the MA100 class format was changed to include in-class assessment and activities.

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Establish an LSE Women in Mathematics Network and Workshop Series aimed at students at all levels and staff

You asked us for more opportunities to meet other students in the Department. The inaugural Women in Mathematics seminar (which anyone can attend) was in October 2016.

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Provide enhanced information on courses

You asked us for more information about the courses that you choose for your 2nd and 3rd year options. Course choice films were made available for UG options in February 2016, and for MSc options in August 2016. The UG films have been viewed over 1000 times!

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Provide tailored support and a personal development seminar for PhD students

PhD students requested workshops related to their PhD study. The first of these “Wrap up your PhD” was held in May 2016.

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Extend the provision of the Maths Support Centre

Your feedback said that you had to wait too long to see an adviser. Dedicated campus spaces are now available for the Maths Support Centre and the number of Support Centre hours was more than doubled from 2016–17. We now also offer support for 3 second year courses at the Centre.

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Provide study/social space for undergraduates

You asked us for a study space. The Mathematics undergraduate study room and support centre was opened in October 2016.

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Offer a wider variety of third year modules

We introduced one new third year module, MA319 Partial Differential Equations, in 2015–16 and another new module MA320 Mathematics of Networks in 2016–17.