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LSE GROUPS welcomes Imperial College students

Science undergraduates from Imperial College are joining forces with LSE undergraduates to conduct a unique series of research projects on the theme of social change in London, under the LSE/Imperial GROUPS 2015 programme.

Imperial’s 25 undergraduates will work with around 70 LSE students on the intensive two week course, taking place at LSE from 22 June to 3 July. They are working full-time in groups of 5-6 with a dedicated research supervisor.

This pioneering collaboration is organised by LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre, which has been providing undergraduates with opportunities to work on cross-disciplinary, cross-year research projects under the umbrella of a particular theme since 2011. This year is the first time another university has been involved.TLC_Awards_0479

Students come up with their own research questions, carry out a literature review, design their methodology, conduct their research and then write up their papers, culminating in a series of short presentations at the conference on the last day of the project.

Paul Kelly, LSE Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering this year with Imperial College, whose undergraduates will be joining LSE’s to work in truly interdisciplinary groups. The conference promises to be a fascinating showcase for the different perspectives and expertise being developed in students from two of the world’s leading research institutions.”

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice Provost (Education) at Imperial, said: “As very distinctive institutions with very different subject knowledge this is a fantastic opportunity for Imperial and LSE students to bring their different expertise and perspectives together and learn from each other.”

Dr Claire Gordon, director of the LSE/Imperial GROUPS programme, added: “We are really looking forward to the new ways of thinking and approaches to research which the Imperial students will bring.

“LSE/Imperial GROUPS is a great chance for students from different disciplinary backgrounds to come together to develop their own research question around a key theme. I look forward to seeing what exciting things the teams come up with as part of this new collaboration between LSE and Imperial College.”

23 June 2015