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2022 Offer
Holder

Welcome to the LIS offer holder community 👋

Congratulations on being offered a place to join the 2022 cohort at LIS. As only the second cohort, you’ll forever play an important role in helping to shape and build a new university in London.

We’ve created this page specifically for you and your fellow offer holders. Scroll down below to meet some of our founding cohort, the LIS team, explore accommodation options, and read through some of the answers to questions you may have. We know that choosing where you’d like to go to university is a big decision. We’re here to help make sure LIS is the right choice for you. If you’ve got any questions get in touch or drop us a message on the chat – we’d love to hear from you.

And welcome to the 2022 offer holder community!

The LIS Experience

Our Whitechapel campus

Discover our campus in Whitechapel, east London.

Student Experience

Learn about the LIS student experience from our dedicated team.

Accommodation options

We know that where you live will play a key role in your university experience. Feeling safe, secure and comfortable at home will enable you to arrive on campus ready to learn. Finding somewhere to live can be daunting. That’s why we’re here to help.

At LIS, we don’t have our own accommodation. Instead, we have established agreements with some of London’s leading accommodation providers. This means that you can socialise and live alongside students from a diverse range of international and national backgrounds from other universities in London.

Watch this video to explore Claredale Hall and Well Street Hall with Vishal and Mickey, two students from the founding cohort.

You can find out more by visiting the accommodation page using the button below.

LIS student accommodation partner

Important information

UCAS

Our admissions process is separate from UCAS. This means that if you choose to accept your LIS offer, this will have no bearing on any firm or insurance choices you make through UCAS. In effect, you will be able to accept and hold your LIS offer in addition to any choices that you make through UCAS.

Terms and conditions

Please note, if you decide to accept your offer, you will also accept our Terms and Conditions; so please make sure you read these carefully along with the School’s Admissions Regulations and Procedures for Students to ensure that you understand what they mean to you. You can find these on our Policies page.

Student Finance

As LIS is a fully registered Higher Education provider, you can apply to Student Finance to cover your tuition fees and to provide a maintenance loan. You can learn more about our fees and the options available to you here.

Bursaries

We offer three types of bursaries that cover a range of personal and financial circumstances. You can learn more about the Financial Support bursary, hardship grants, and the LIS Foundation here.

 

 

What's on

Events

We’d love to invite offer holders, friends and family to join us online or on campus, to find out more about LIS and our interdisciplinary BASc degree.

Visit the events page to explore the types of events we host regularly, and sign up to attend.

 

Carving Your Own (un)conventional path with Isaiah Wellington-Lynn

Isaiah Wellington-Lynn, a member at LIS, tells us about his personal experience of interdisciplinary learning, the unconventional path he’s taking, and more importantly, some advice on what has helped anchor him and give him a sense of direction and focus.

Isaiah Wellington- Lynn at LIS

Any questions?

We’ve answered your frequently asked questions in the section below.

Our Whitechapel campus

Where is the campus located? And what's the area like?
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Our campus is based in Whitechapel, part of London’s East End (Zone 2).

The area is buzzy, multicultural, and creative, with a strong alternative music and arts scene spearheaded by the Whitechapel Art Gallery. In typical London fashion, the architecture is varied, ranging from Georgian and Victorian terraces to converted warehouses and new builds.

We’re a stone’s throw from the Square Mile, Tower Bridge, and Shoreditch – you can take a stroll up Brick Lane to see lots of street art amongst the bars and cafes. Nearby you’ll also find Old Spitalfields Market, BoxPark, the Brick Lane foodhall, Spitalfields City Farm, Petticoat Lane Market, St. Katherine Docks, and the Nomadic Community Garden.

Visit Our Campus to learn more.

Accommodation

What are my options for accommodation?
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At LIS, we don’t have our own accommodation. Instead, we have established agreements with some of London’s leading accommodation providers. This means that you can socialise and live alongside students from a diverse range of international and national backgrounds from other universities in London including LSE, UCL, and Queen Mary.

In your second and third years, you can choose to remain in halls, or you might like to share a flat with your friends.

Our accommodation providers have sites across London, in Bethnal Green, Hackney, and Stratford. Prices start at £160 per week, and may be subject to change in future years.

You can find out more by visiting our accommodation page.

Some students may also choose to rent privately, or commute from home. Regardless of where you decide to live, we will work hard to build a strong sense of community and belonging amongst all LIS students.

The BASc degree

How many contact hours will I have?
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We’ve looked at lots of research into optimal contact hours and believe that 12-14 hours per week is the sweet spot. Fewer hours than that and there is not enough structure or teaching time; more and you don’t have enough time to reflect and research.

As a rough guideline, you would be expected to spend about double the time studying independently. So, 24-28 hours of independent study. This adds up to no more than a typical working week (i.e. the time you’d spend doing a 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) – but how you manage your independent study time is up to you.

As you progress through the 3 years, you might have fewer contact hours in the form of lectures, but a higher percentage of one-to-ones.

What will teaching be like?
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Teaching will take place in a variety of settings such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions, and crits.

You can find out more about the LIS approach to teaching in How you’ll learn.

While face-to-face teaching is our preference, we’ve been building up and testing our digital capabilities through professional development programmes and the founding cohort, and are confident that we can still provide a great online teaching and learning experience, should it be necessary.

How will I be assessed?
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Our degree will make use of a variety of assessment methods – not just essays and problem sets. These include presentations (to peers and external audiences), individual research projects, creating videos and other media, designing campaigns, and short quizzes.

In your final year, you will complete a Capstone Project – an opportunity for you to work on a real-world problem of your choosing, individually or in teams.

Many of our assessments will reflect the kinds of outputs you’d be expected to produce in a professional setting.

How big are class sizes?
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Class sizes will vary depending on the situation. At one end of the scale you’ll have one-to-ones and small group coaching sessions, and at the other end of the scale you’ll have sessions with your whole cohort.

Where can I find more detailed information on modules?
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You can visit the Course Content page to see a full breakdown on the degree structure for Years 1, 2, and 3 of the BASc Degree. If you have any questions around a specific module, we’re happy to put you in touch with the relevant faculty member who will be teaching you.

Can I choose which disciplines and real-world problems I'm interested in?
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To an extent, yes.

You will start each term with a clear, important question relating to a complex problem. Throughout the term, you will be able to choose from a range of disciplines and methods to study in multiple cycles.

In year 2, you will be able to select optional methods modules that will allow you to delve deeper into specific areas of interest.

During year 3, you will have the opportunity to  exhibit the sum of your learning in interdisciplinary problem-solving and methods, by working on a Capstone Project independently to tackle a problem you care about.

Will I be able to specialise?
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At LIS, when we talk about ‘specialising’, we aren’t talking about gaining deep knowledge in one particular part of a subject. We’re talking about specialising at the intersection of disciplines e.g. by combining psychology and law to understand the legal decision-making processes of judges and juries; or by combining sociology, geography and physics to understand aspects of CO2 reduction for climate change in different countries. This is interdisciplinary specialisation.

You’ll be able to develop your own area of interdisciplinary expertise through the disciplines you choose within problem areas, through the elective modules you choose in years 2 and 3, and through your final Capstone Project.

Can I study a language?
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We don’t currently offer the option to study languages. That being said, you are welcome to speak with your academic tutor about ways you might include outside studies in a foreign language into your time at LIS, and join or create language societies to learn with other students.

What's the difference between LIS' BASc and other interdisciplinary degrees?
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It’s great to see the ID movement growing, we’re really excited to be a part of that.

Most ID degrees in the UK, e.g. liberal arts and sciences programmes, entail studying a number of modules across different departments at a university. Students tend to study several subjects at the same time, but rarely are they given the opportunity to really bring disciplines together.

At LIS, interdisciplinarity means finding out what happens when you combine fundamental theories and concepts from different disciplines – maths with design, anthropology with data science, statistics with philosophy – to generate hybrid knowledge.

Unlike other interdisciplinary degrees, we deliver problem-based learning. The chosen problems each term are representative of the current time, are dynamic, and evolving. They reflect what students care about, what organisations care about, and what the world needs.

Visit About us and Undergraduate BASc degree to learn more about our vision and approach to interdisciplinary learning.

Careers & internships

Am I guaranteed an internship each year?  
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Internships are optional (but strongly encouraged) and we commit to brokering an internship for all students who apply to take one on – as long as you are in good disciplinary standing at LIS. And whilst we can’t guarantee your top choices, we will certainly take your preferences into account.

You can learn more about our commitment to your future in World of work.

 

How long will internships be each year?  
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Typically, internships will last for a period of four to five weeks (or part-time equivalent) each year.

When will internships take place?
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Immersive internships will typically take place after term time at the start of the summer holidays. Impact (project-based) internships may take place throughout the year as they can be done part-time. There will be no clash with term-time, however.

What career opportunities might be available to me with a degree from LIS?
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We’re dedicated to supporting your development by providing the tools and opportunities you need to enhance your employability.

A BASc degree from LIS could set you up for many opportunities spanning from a future in entrepreneurship, large multinational firms, high-growth tech, professional services firms, graduate front line jobs in social work, government and international NGOs, or indeed a life in academia. You could also pursue a law conversion and become a solicitor or barrister.

Our network of hundreds of employers are all excited by the prospect of hiring BASc graduates – to the extent that they are starting to send their existing workforce on LIS short courses so they can get these skills.

Will I be eligible for postgraduate study after graduating?
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Absolutely – you’ll receive a BASc degree which is the same level of qualification you’d get from a traditional university.

Prof Carl Gombrich, our Director of Teaching and Learning, used to run the BASc at UCL, and many of his graduates went on to do postgraduate work (master’s and PhDs) in a variety of fields.

Student experience

What about freshers week?
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We want you to feel part of LIS, as well as the vibrant student community here in London. So we will run an LIS Welcome Week whilst also connecting you to external events taking place around the capital for freshers.

We have also partnered with Queen Mary University for Student Experience, meaning LIS students can attend their freshers events, in addition to our own induction activities.

Check out Student Life to learn more.

How many students will there be in my cohort?
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Our founding cohort is made up of 65 diverse, motivated and curious students, and we are looking to build on this in 2022.

What support will be available for students at LIS?  
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We know that starting a degree is a big life transition. We want to make sure you have the support you need—whether it’s help with your academic, professional, or personal circumstances.

Visit the Support & Wellbeing page to learn more about our support framework for students.

EU & international students

I don’t have a UK or EU passport but live in the UK. Could I be classified as a home student?
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An international student is someone who does not have “settled” status in the UK and would need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

There are many rules and exceptions around being “settled”. In brief, being settled means both being normally living in the UK and not having any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK.

If you fall into any of the following groups then you will not normally have any restrictions on the length of your stay in the UK:

(i) If you have indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE);
(ii) If your passport describes you as as a “British citizen”;
(iii) If you have a Right of Abode in the UK in your passport;
(iv) If you are a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

There are other exceptions which you can learn about here.

I'm an international student and I have an offer. What does this mean?
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We hold a sponsorship licence which allows us to accept international students as part of the 2022 cohort. This depends on meeting all the relevant visa requirements.
Students with pre-settled and settled status through the EU settlement scheme do not require a visa and are welcome to study at LIS.

You can learn more by visiting our International Students page.

Next steps

What now for my UCAS choices?
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The most important thing to remember is that you can hold an accepted offer to LIS at the same time as any offers you have through UCAS. We would recommend that you wait until you get your results before making any final choices.

Once your results come out in the summer (18th August 2022 for A Levels) you will have two options if you no longer wish to take up your place at your firm UCAS choice:1) You can accept your LIS offer and withdraw from UCAS2) You can accept your LIS offer and reject your places in UCAS. If you do the latter, then you will be entered into Clearing

Before taking either of these actions, we recommend notifying an adviser at your school/centre.

Student finance

Do you offer bursaries?
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We want to make sure that you’re given every opportunity to succeed at LIS and we know that everyone’s situation is different. So that we can provide financial support to meet different needs we have three main forms of bursary. If you receive any of the financial support listed below you will never need to pay anything back.

If your household income (the money that your parents/carers earn together) is below £25,000 then you will be eligible for bursaries in each year of study.

We know that your financial situation can change at any time. To support you when you most need help, we have a dedicated fund for hardship grants which are decided on a case-by-case basis.

As part of our internships programme, we will be brokering opportunities for all our students. We will ensure that all internships pay at least the London Living Wage and expect that a typical 5-week internship will be worth approximately £2,000.

You can learning more in the Student Support section of our Student Finance page.

Am I eligible for student finance?
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As a registered providerstudents who study at LIS will be eligible to access student finance (including both tuition fees and maintenance loans).

You can learn more on our Student Finance page.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the team, simply email offerholders@lis.ac.uk or give us a call on 0203 409 1912.

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