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Kate Steward
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Orientation 2014

The word Orientation at LSE refers to the week leading up to the beginning of the first term when students are introduced to their home department (in this case, the Gender Institute) and to the School as a whole.

There will be a host of events to familiarise students with services available at LSE and you can sign up to societies, attend events and meet other LSE students.

The LSE Orientation process will equip you with the knowledge and contacts for getting the most out of your time at LSE, whilst the Gender Institute Orientation will acquaint you with your specific MSc programme, courses and departmental faculty.

Offer Holders for 2014/15

If you currently hold an unconditional or conditional offer for one of our five Gender Institute MSc Programmes, then please do visit the Information for offer holders| section of the LSE website. Here you will find pre-departure checklists, links to finanical information, as well as information on registration, visas and much more. 

LSE has also created a guide to Your first weeks|, which provides practical information and links to help get you settled.

Gender Institute Orientation Events 2014

1) LSE Welcome Presentation

LSE Welcome Presentations| are given by senior LSE staff and representatives from the Students' Union, and will provide you with valuable information about the wealth of support available to you while studying at LSE.. This is your opportunity to learn more about the LSE community and our opportunity to welcome you to it. These sessions are different from those held at the Gender Institute, so please make sure you attend both.

  • Tuesday 30 September
  • 13.00-14.30 
  • Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street

2) Graduate Programme Registration

In order to become an official LSE student, you must first go through Graduate Programme Registration|. When registering, you will be issued with a student ID card which provides, amongst other things, access to your library account.

  • Wednesday 1 October
  • 13.30-14.30
  • Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

3) Gender Institute Orientation Lecture

Diane PerronsThe Gender Institute hosts a high profile public lecture during Orientation Week every academic year. This year we are especially excited to welcome the Gender Institute's own Director, Diane Perrons, who is professor of economic geography and gender studies. In this lecture, Prof Perrons will focus on Gender, Inequality and Power|. She will take an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective to highlight the persistence of gender inequalities, the power relations that support these inequalities, and the everyday processes through which such inequalities are reproduced and normalised. Followed by a drinks reception.

  • Wednesday 1 October
  • 18.30-20.00
  • Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
  • Twitter hashtag: #LSEperrons

4) Gender Institute Departmental Orientation

At this session, new students will be led through a short introduction to the Gender Institute by faculty and administrative staff, followed by presentations from various LSE services, including LSE Careers, the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), the Language Centre, the Library and the Students' Union LGBT and Women's Officers. Plus lots of opportunities to ask questions!

Next, you will join the rest of your MSc cohort for an informal induction with your own degree convenor. Your convenor will ask everyone to introduce themselves, will explain and clarify the regulations for your degree programme, and will talk about what it's like to study at MSc level at LSE. You will also have the chance to talk about any questions, doubts or comments you may have at that point. You will be told where these inductions will take place on the day.

  • Thursday 2 October
  • 12.00-17.30
  • Room CLM.6.02, Clement House

7) Academic Adviser Meetings

Every Gender Institute student will be allocated a member of faculty who will act as their academic adviser. Your academic adviser will be able to offer academic guidance and support throughout your time at LSE. Students are advised to meet with their academic adviser before teaching begins or in the first week of term. 

Once registered, you will be informed who your academic adviser is by email to your LSE email address before the end of orientation week. Once you have an LSE IT account, you will be able to log into LSE for you to book a meeting. If you cannot attend before teaching begins, don't worry; there will be plenty of time to meet with your academic adviser throughout the first term.

8) Gender Institute Orientation Workshop

orientation2011This interactive half-day orientation event will begin with a showcase by faculty on optional courses you may want to take during your MSc. This will be followed by a workshop unique to the Gender Institute, which will introduce new students to the experience of studying for a gender-based MSc and what to expect throughout the year. 

  • Friday 3 October
  • 13.00-17.00 (with Welcome Reception at 17.00-18.30)
  • Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

This will be followed by a Welcome Reception with students and faculty. 

Questions about studying at LSE?

General LSE Information

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