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Learn about our innovative approach to teaching & learning.

Learn about our innovative approach to teaching & learning.

Extraordinary teaching

We’ve brought together a diverse and outstanding group of academics, entrepreneurs and educationalists who share a student-first ethos, meaning we are committed to providing our students with a transformational learning experience.

At the helm of this learning experience is Professor Carl Gombrich, our Director of Teaching and Learning who, alongside the members of the LIS faculty, boast collective expertise across a wide variety of disciplines.

Below are just some examples of the fields our faculty excel in:

STEM

Biochemistry, epidemiology, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, engineering, maths & statistics, data science

Social sciences

Economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, international relations

Arts & humanities

Photography, creative writing, philosophy, design, performing arts, literature, theology

How you’ll learn

Our teaching approach is based in the best-proven pedagogical methods. Our broad curriculum requires an equally diverse range of teaching styles and delivery mediums, which have been designed to facilitate students' learning. Your learning and development will extend beyond the constraints of a traditional lecture theatre or classroom to include online sessions and in-field settings. You can expect to see some of the following class formats during your course:

Tutorials
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Tutorials either take place one-to-one or in small groups. They are less formal than lectures, highly interactive, and academically rigorous.

Seminars
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Seminars bring together small groups of students to hone in on a particular topic. During seminars, students might review case studies, journal articles, and other relevant literature, or explore exercises such as problem structuring (e.g. actor-network diagrams and ‘issue trees’).

Plenaries
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During plenaries, faculty will introduce students (usually in larger groups) to the central theories or debates on a particular topic. For example, the lecturer may set out a new threshold concept or mental model, ready for further discussion in tutorials and seminars.

Flipped lectures
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Flipped lectures are when students absorb materials in advance, before coming to class ready for face-to-face discussions on the topic. This is an intentional flip to student-centred learning, granting students greater control over the flow of conversation.

Panel Discussions
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Panels consist of a few students (or teachers) presenting to an audience. Panelists will present facts and opinions to the room, before responding to audience questions during a follow up Q&A.

Masterclasses
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Masterclasses are given by external experts on particular topics. Students may be asked to prepare a piece of work in advance, ready for the expert to provide feedback. At LIS, masterclasses may also involve interaction with the knowledge and digital economies (e.g. with industry leaders).

Workshops
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Workshops entail working in small groups to produce something such as a piece of artwork, a report, or a presentation. Workshops are great environments for students to try out new methods and fail in safe situations.

Crits
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During crits, students will present their work to peers and teachers, receiving instant and public feedback. These sorts of reviews are valuable learning experiences, and brilliant preparation for the world of work.

How we'll assess you

Our students won’t spend their summer terms in exam halls, writing lengthy essays for hours on end.

Instead of traditional assessment tasks, LIS students will work towards solving real-world problems by creating authentic products for real audiences.
These assessments are designed such that students can learn by doing, and reflect the kinds of deliverables you would be expected to produce throughout a professional career.

Assessments could include:

  • Presenting group projects to a real audience
  • Conducting individual research projects
  • Creating videos and podcasts
  • Designing a publicity campaign
  • Completing short, interactive quizzes

Support and wellbeing

We believe one-to-one, human support is crucial for academic success.

Our founding cohort will benefit from a 10:1 student to faculty ratio, meaning they will be able to create meaningful relationships with their teachers and peers, and learn in a supportive, close-knit environment. 

Our support & wellbeing offering means that every student will benefit from a dedicated academic coach, career mentor, and access to a welfare advisor.

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