When choosing a degree, it is important to consider the different approaches that universities offer to learning and learning and working at the same time. Many degree students start applying for roles before they finish their course. So, with that in mind, this section also includes top tips on preparing for the workforce.
The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) is building a new university that will give students the knowledge and skills needed to address social and global problems in an increasingly complex world. The LIS curriculum cuts across disciplines and has been designed to give students the skills they need to tackle complex global and local problems and thrive in an evolving world of work.
LIS’ contextual application process (recently highlighted in a report commissioned by the Office for Students) goes beyond grades by interviewing every applicant and assessing their potential in the context of their personal background.
Global events show that the world is complex. Future leaders need knowledge that spans beyond the siloed nature of our current higher education system. LIS is building a brand-new university that will give students the knowledge and skills needed to address social and global problems in an increasingly interconnected world.
LIS’ interdisciplinary degree will involve focused learning on a range of disciplines across the sciences, arts and design, technology, the social sciences, and the humanities. The team believe it’s important to not think in traditional ways when considering these subjects — the world is not divided up in this way, so neither is their degree.
You can meet the LIS faculty members who have joined from world-class institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, and LSE. The team includes epidemiologists, mathematicians, artists, complexity scientists and others from a wide range of academic backgrounds.
LIS supports and develops its students by providing the tools and opportunities they need to enhance their career path. These services include internships, dedicated 1:1 career support and access to a range of workshops.
Has this sparked your interest in an interdisciplinary approach? You can register for a Discovery Day and other events here.
TEDI-London is a new higher education provider for future engineers, founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney. TEDI-London will teach engineering differently.
Practical project work replaces traditional lectures — real-life industry challenges co-designed and delivered with support from employers. A bespoke‘Learning Tree’ supports the project work; an online matrix of three-hour‘nodes’ of content that students work through to gain the specialist knowledge and skills required of professional engineers.
The goal is to attract and empower a diverse cohort of capable students, give them the skills to solve complex contemporary challenges and develop job-ready graduates ready to tackle the global challenges of the 21st Century.
Future engineers needed
Engineers are creative, curious problem-solvers who have designed some of mankind’s greatest innovations. But the world needs more of them — there is currently an annual shortfall of up to 59,000 engineering graduates and technicians to fill core engineering roles. Engineering is an exciting career path with varied opportunities and options for specialisation.
The degree (undergraduate and integrated masters) bridges many engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical and electronic, civil, environmental, and product design. Projects will be developed around key themes such as smart cities, sustainability, user-centred design, and manufacturing. These present real-life industry challenges and will be co-designed and co-delivered with employers.
Unlike traditional engineering programmes — often requiring physics and maths A‑Levels as standard — TEDI-London does not make offers based solely on high-school leaving qualifications. Instead, they consider every application individually, as each student has an individual background and experience.
The new TEDI-London campus will be in Canada Water, two stops on the underground from London Bridge. Inside, you’ll find creative makerspaces specifically designed for engineering project work. As the site is part of the Canada Water masterplan, engineering students can actively develop and shape the ideas that will bring this new area to life!
If you have a particular question about studying at TEDI-London or would like to know a bit more about their approach, the friendly student recruitment and admissions team are there to help — whether it’s through a one-to-one online meeting, over email, or via website live chat.
London Institute of Banking & Finance: your route to a career in finance
Thinking about a future in the financial services sector? The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) has been training financial services professionals for over 140 years, so they know a thing or two about what it takes to prepare students for their future careers.
Educating the next generation of finance experts
LIBF offer specialist banking and finance degree programmes at their City of London campus. They work closely with the financial services industry and keep pace with developments in the sector – meaning everyone who studies there is ‘job-ready’ when they graduate.
LIBF’s Summer University is a three-day non-residential programme for students thinking about a career in financial services and are interested in studying related subjects at university.
Over three days, students take part in various workshops, talks and lectures led by experts that already work in the industry. There will also be a number of social activities to introduce you to the staff and students and give you a taste of student life with them in the heart of the city. It’s a great way to see first-hand if you’d be suited to a career in financial services.
Summer University is held on Tuesday 31 August — Thursday 2 September 2021.
Employability is the cornerstone of LIBF degrees programmes. They’re ranked third in the UK for fulltime employment for undergraduate students and 100% of their graduates are employed or in further study six months after completing their degree! As a small and specialist institution, the Careers & Employability service is perfectly placed to support you in finding internships, work placements and graduate roles.
Based in the heart of London’s financial district, LIBF is well placed to encourage students’ learning and growth by surrounding them with opportunity. Students benefit from LIBF’s strong industry links, giving them the chance to make valuable contacts. Take a deeper dive into what life at LIBF could be like by catching up on their virtual open day video.