For many of us, this has been a difficult year of separation – from family and friends, our communities, our familiar places and habits.
For us at LSE, this year has challenged us to innovate and adapt the ways we teach, care for and support students while building our community.
As we continue to transform our teaching, the School is also focusing on providing financial and academic support and increasing provision of mental health and wellbeing initiatives for our students. We hope you can play a part in helping to build our community.
Supporting students is a critical priority
Although LSE students have responded brilliantly to this exceptionally difficult time in their studies, this year the pervasive inequalities of society have become even more stark. We are committed to broadening the diversity of our student body – attracting and supporting students from diverse backgrounds and creating social mobility with enduring impact.
Some of our students are having to adapt to new technology, and to new ways of learning. Some have been grappling with financial difficulties, while others are caring for family members.
An increasing number of students are sharing with us that their wellbeing and mental health are affected.
In the face of these complexities and inequalities, we will support the wellbeing of our LSE community, and deliver an excellent education and experience to our students during these difficult times. This is a core priority for LSE, but it is also fundamental to being a community: showing compassion and care for our most disadvantaged members.
Building the LSE community together
We want to do more, for more students, with both the in-person and online support we currently offer. With your compassionate gift to our Student Wellbeing Fund, we can further enhance and increase our provision of mental health and wellbeing resources for students – wherever they are in the world – such as:
- Increasing our online counselling provision and supporting trained student volunteers on the Peer Supporter scheme.
- Developing online wellbeing resources so we can help students wherever and whenever they need support
- Providing seed funding for new emerging-need programmes run as part of our Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework.
Education, community and inclusion
Over the past three years, we have worked with our students to make significant advancements in how we construct and deliver a world-leading research-informed social science education, underpinned by an exceptional and supportive student experience.
We have optimism for the post-COVID world, as we all reconfigure to address the complexities and inequalities that this tumultuous year has painfully made clear. As global societies recover and build back more strongly, they will need talented LSE graduates who can shape that world.
Your gift ensures that the mental health and wellbeing of students is supported, and that the time spent at LSE continues to be unique and the most enriching period of a brilliant young person’s life. Please consider a gift today.
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Professor Dilly Fung
Pro-Director for Education