Communication and networking

Communication and networking

Keeping in touch

Email 

On arrival at the LSE you will be allocated your own personal email address. Email is now the most commonly used method of communication and you should expect to receive correspondence from academic and administrative staff, as well as the central School administration, in this manner. Therefore, it is essential that you check your LSE email account regularly.

Contact addresses 

Please make sure that you inform your Programme Administrator and Student Services of any change of address. You can easily update your contact details on the School database via LSE for You. Your address is protected information and will not be disclosed to a third party without your permission unless it is for reasons of official School business.

Advice and feedback hours 

All teachers must hold an advice and feedback hour once a week during term time, which enables you to see them without a prior appointment, if required.  We ask you to respect these office hours and only to visit academic staff outside these hours in an emergency or by prior arrangement by email. If these times are inconvenient (for example if you are a part-time student) or if you feel that the topic requires greater discussion please contact the member of staff by email to make an appointment.

A complete list of office hours for all teaching staff within the Department can be found on our Who's Who webpages. 

Sources of information

Department webpages  

Please refer to the Department webpages for staff details, programme and course information, news and events, and links to other useful sites.

Also refer to our dedicated student hub area for:

Social Media

Facebook
The Department has a general Facebook page. Like us to be kept up to date with departmental events, public lectures and interesting research.

All programmes have a Facebook page so that you can keep in touch with your fellow students. Ask your Programme Administrator for more details. 

Twitter
For news and views follow us on Twitter @LSESocialPolicy

Moodle

Moodle is the web-based location for course materials for Department courses. It also provides for additional teacher-to-student and student-to-student communication.

Students need to self register onto courses via the link on the Moodle homepage to gain access to the sites. 

Moodle sites are based on easy-to-navigate front pages, through which course materials, often arranged by topic, can be accessed. Each course has a different site, and each provides different resources, but sites may include reading lists (sometimes with links to the LSE library database and scanned readings), lecture handouts, notice boards, discussion groups, space for class presentations and other work, and past exam papers.

Notices about seminars and lectures may be posted on Moodle rather than emailed to students, so check the sites for your courses regularly.

Social Policy Student News

Social Policy Student News is our e-newsletter and is sent out fortnightly during term time. It includes information about departmental events, public lectures, personal development and job opportunities, plus lots of other useful information.

Student Noticeboards

There is a Departmental noticeboard and an e-noticeboard, both of which are located in the lobby area on the second floor of the Old Building, next to OLD 2.45.

Department Committees and student representation

Each term, a number of Departmental meetings allow staff and students the opportunity to meet and discuss issues relating to their programme of study as well as wider School issues.

Programme Meetings

Each degree programme holds regular meetings to discuss and resolve programme/course specific concerns. These meetings are held prior to the Staff Student Liaison Committee Meetings and are normally attended by the Programme Director, the Programme Administrator, the Programme Representative(s) and other relevant course teachers.

Staff-Student Liaison Committee

A student from each year of each degree programme is elected in the first two weeks of Michaelmas Term to represent the views of his/her peers at their departmental Staff-Student Liaison Committees (SSLC). There is one SSLC for undergraduate students and one SSLC for post graduate students (taught and research). Each SSLC meets once in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, and is chaired by the Departmental Tutor (UG) or the Deputy Head of Department for Teaching (PGT). These meetings address wider Departmental and School issues and matters relating to the student teaching and learning experience. Normally in attendance are Programme Directors, Programme Administrators and the student programme representatives.

For dates of meetings and details of student representatives see our dedicated webpage.

School Committees

One student representative from each of the Undergraduate, Taught Graduate and Research Student programmes also serve on the Students’ Consultative Fora. The Department will request volunteers for these posts at the beginning of the Michaelmas term.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Academic and research staff in the Department of Social Policy and its linked Research Centres have been at the forefront of attempts to address problems of disadvantage and social inequality and implications for policy. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity among our academic staff, support staff and students and are keen to provide a hospitable environment for all.

The Department assigns one member of staff and one student to be Equity, Diversity and Inclusion representatives. Nominations for a student representative will be requested in Michaelmas term.

For more information on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion please see our dedicated webpage.