Stories from LSE

LSE has launched a series of films celebrating the School through individual stories. From the committed professor to the professional musician, Stories from LSE gives an insight into life at LSE through the tales of people who study and work here.

Photograph of Conor GeartyIn the first of an initial series of three films, Professor Conor Gearty, professor of law and head of human rights at LSE, talks of his passion for teaching – and what makes teaching at LSE so special. 'One of the remarkable features of a successful institution such as LSE's department of law is that…most of the colleagues are teaching stuff of which they are a part and that makes for good teaching at university level,' he argues, as the film follows him from lecture theatre to Matrix Chambers, where he is a founding member and practising barrister.

Raised in Ireland, his family was 'extremely involved in both sides of the fight for Irish freedom', and he developed an early interest in human rights and the power of teaching. 'The main thing that makes a teacher a good teacher across any level of education is interest in the person being taught – whether it's a four year old, a fourteen year old or a 24 year old,' he says.

Next week Stories from LSE will feature students from non-traditional backgrounds, either the first in their family to go to higher education or from schools that do not traditionally send student to Russell group universities. These include Mazida Khatun, born in London to Bangladeshi parents. 'We are pretty much a working class family, my dad was a cook and my mother a housewife…in my section of the community there was more emphasis on just going out and getting a job,' she says in the film, as she describes how LSE Choice taught her to think more broadly and ambitiously.

The last in this initial batch of three will be the professional student musicians who have found that LSE is about more than economics – and that they can pursue their musical ambitions while studying at the School.

View the first film at Stories from LSE