Kicking off – Tips for success from one of our graduates

October 16, 2012


Pictured from left to right: Jots Sehmbi; graduate of Bsc Information Systems and Management 2012, Rosie Gosling; Former Director University of London International Programmes at LSE, Frank Wisselink; graduate of BSc Economics and Management 2010 and Liz Wise; graduate of Bsc Politics and International Relations 2010.

Jots Sehmbi graduated with a first class Bsc Information Systems and Management offered by the University of London International Programmes with academic direction from LSE in 2011.

As she says “I chose to study this course for a number of reasons: because it complemented my career in Information Technology providing me with knowledge in all aspects of IT and Management, the reputation of the International Programmes and also because the course offered me the flexibility to study alongside working full time.”

The flexibility of the programme allowed Jots to study her course over 7 years during which she took out 2 years to focus on work and other commitments. This proved to be a wise move as she is now an IT Programme Manager for University College London and been listed as a finalist for the APM Project Manager of the Year.

During her time studying with the University of London International Programmes Jots worked with a core set of students to establish a study group and unofficial online community knows as YANSA (You Are Not Studying Alone). In 2007 this group organised the first Kick off weekend.  (LSE Office for University of London programmes now run these sessions.) You can read more about YANSA’s activities  in Jot’s previous blog post titled ‘Kicking off and kicking back’.

In this blog, Jots would like to welcome back our returning students and give a very warm welcome to all those who are starting their studies in 2012.

“The start of a new academic year for both new students and those continuing their students is an exciting time of selecting new subjects, creating networks and friendships with other fellow students and planning another year of studies. I’m an alumnus of UOL, after having completed BSc Information Systems and Management in 2011 with a First Class and I wanted to offer some advice on kicking off your studies and how to balance studies with life’s other commitments.

I was working full time when I was studying so know from experience how difficult it can be to balance the time needed for work, study and family, however I’m here to tell you it can be done. From my experience I can offer the following tips on how you too can achieve your goals of completing a degree course with UOL.

1. Build a support networkyou are here because you have made the choice to study a degree course; your reasons are perhaps to better your career prospects or to increase your knowledge in a particular subject. Whatever your reason, you have made the first step to study and for this you will need some support. Support can come in many forms form establishing links with other students at events such as the Kick off Weekend to having someone to talk to about your subject when you are studying, perhaps a family member. Whatever you do, it’s important to build up a support network that works for you to support your studies.

2. Utilise your resources – LSE offers many comprehensive resources including the VLE, ensure you use these resources as well as your course materials. When I have spoken to students in the past, I have been surprised that many students do not use the electronic resources available to them. The VLE offers discussion boards to connect with other students, detailed study materials and other valuable resources – make the most of them to support your studies.

3. Striking a balance – studying independently is challenging and therefore needs to be balanced with other commitments. There will be times where there are conflicting priorities such as family and work. It’s best to aim to create a realistic study plan from the start of the academic year and also include in this plan quality time with friends and family.  Make the most of time when you are not studying such as the summer and other well deserved breaks.

4. Flexibility is your friend – all the degree courses at UOL are flexible, therefore you are in control of your studies and can take the exams when you are ready. Some students complete their degrees in minimum time; others take the full 8 years. There is no perfect time in which to complete your course therefore when trying to balance all your commitments use the flexibility available. Even if you only manage to complete a single course in an academic year, that’s one step closer to your goal.

I wish you all the best of luck with your studies for 2012.

Jots Sehmbi”

We congratulate Jots on her achievements and we hope that her experiences will inspire you with your studies this year.

London Connection: Online magazine of the University of London International Programmes

September 25, 2012

We’d like to bring to your attention a number of articles published in London Connection relating to the EMFSS suite of programmes where academic direction is provided by the LSE.

Q&A with BSc Business graduate Ayesha Tariq

Ayesha Tariq offers study tips for outstanding results in University of London exams

Q&A with Banking and Finance graduate Mai Mahmoud

Profile on BSc Accounting and Finance graduate Komal Shakeel

Cameron Paige. Bsc Sociology graduate: A tale of love and education

Vladimir Mukharlyamov. BSc Economics graduate.The complexity of simplicity

Andrea See. Bscd Economics and Management graduate. University of London graduate spoilt for job choice

Jeetendar Chandnani. Bsc Banking and Finance graduate: How a University of London degree can aid your business career

Q&A with Keith Sharp, Director, University of London International Programmes at LSE

Dr Steve Smithson: E-business skills in demand


Congratulations to our scholars & Thank you to Emeritus Professor Susan Dev

July 19, 2012

This happy photograph is part of the many celebrations held after the  recent  graduation at LSE. Shalini Mittal  was awarded a place to study BSc Economics at the LSE after achieving a Distinction in the Diploma in Economics at ISBF in Delhi through the University of London International Programmes. Shalini was subsequently  awarded a first class honours degree  and has been offered a place on the Masters programme  at LSE.   Next to her  in the photograph  is Emeritus  Professor Susan Dev, who worked at the LSE from 1966 and played a major role in the International Programmes from that time  up until 2009. In 2009, Professor Dev  kindly provided a full scholarship to the  top International Programmes student who had been offered  a place at the LSE to study. Shalini’s  marks were outstanding and  she was awarded this scholarship. It is not easy to  get a place to enter for study in the second year at the LSE but Shalini managed to do so after completing the Diploma in Economics, but many students do also get places to study at other universities in the UK, Australia and of course in other teaching institutions which teach our programmes.

Shalini Mittal describes what the scholarship meant to her:

“The Susan Dev Scholarship has made it possible for me to attend a prestigious university like LSE. Not only did I make some of my best friends here but it also was vital in providing me a unique learning experience right in the centre of London. The scholarship helped me to concentrate on my studies without worrying about my finances which not only increased my productivity of learning but also boosted my morale.”

We offer a huge thank you to Susan for her generosity and congratulate Shalini on her excellent results and wish her well in her future studies at the LSE.

Postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually to TWO University of London International Programmes students who have been accepted for postgraduate study at LSE. These students MUST have completed one of the degrees or Diploma for Graduates offered by the University of London International Programmes, for which the LSE provides academic direction. For more information, see here.

Last years International Programmes Scholars’ achieved very good results. Ursula Wiriadinata (pictured right) from Indonesia was awarded a Distinction in her Masters in Finance and Economics and Duong Ha Thu (pictured left) from Vietnam was awarded a Merit. Both of these students studied their degree through the University of London International Programmes at the Singapore Institute of Management.

Further information about LSE scholarships for Masters degrees can be found here.

Watch Ursula Wiriadinata talk about the University of London International Programmes here:

Thank you and farewell to Catherine Lester

April 3, 2012

Pictured: Catherine Lester is joined by the now famous Wong Boon Pin at LSE.
Catherine Lester, who has worked for the LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes for the last seven years, is leaving us to take up a post at Imperial College London.
Catherine will be known to many of our students as she is the first point of contact with the LSE office and handles all manner of questions and queries for the Programmes. During her time she has approached her work with utmost professionalism, providing a courteous and efficient service to students and enquiries alike, which is important given the international distribution of our Programmes across so many countries.
We would like to offer Catherine our sincere thanks for all her hard work over the years and wish her the very best in her new role and for her future.
LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes

Happy holidays to all…

December 19, 2011

It is that time of year again when the office closes down for Christmas and New year and the Study Weekend draws near.

Office closure

The LSE office for University of London International Programmes will close from the afternoon of Wednesday 21st December until the morning of Tuesday 3rd January 2012. You may of course continue to write to us ( and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we return to the office. Please refrain from sending repeat enquires over this period as this will slow down the response time.

Study weekend 2012

The 2012 Study Weekend is fast approaching and will take place from Friday 3rd February to Sunday 5th February 2012.

If you have never been before, the weekend consists of short courses in many popular courses of the Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Science programmes. It has been designed to help students with examination preparation and technique. It is an excellent opportunity for students to discuss the syllabus with subject specialists, receive guidance on the curriculum, discuss issues of particular concern and share experiences with other International Programmes students.

 To read more about the study weekend, view the timetable and to book your place visit the website, here.

Please note that booking closes on Monday 16th January.

You might also be interested in watching a short film about the weekend:

You may also like to read the following blog posts:

My first Study Weekend – an External study staff member’s perspective

Study weekend 2010 a student’s perspective…

Study weekends have been designed to help you but lecturers will not go over the whole syllabus. The study sessions are an opportunity for you to ask questions and to alleviate any doubts that you may have. We have found that the study skills sessions are particularly useful and so we would encourage you to sign up for these, and they are free!  

We have also set up a Facebook event page, here. The Twitter hashtag for the day will be #swe2012

As usual we will be having a party on Friday evening and as ever we will be celebrating the successes of those students who have been given scholarships to study at the LSE and we will be inviting other graduates for you to meet.  We find that our alumni are a great source of support, information and guidance.  The party is a chance for you to relax and have fun so please do come.

Any enquiries about the event should be emailed to

Please check the FAQs about the Study weekend web page before making an enquiry.

At the Study weekend we are looking for students to participate in a video recording session which aims to bring the student study experience to life. We’ll be asking volunteers questions such as:

What is it like to study with us?

What do you like?

What are the challenges?

What advice would you give to future students?

How has undertaking the programme helped your career prospects?

Here is an example of the type of video that you will appear in:

Videos recorded at the Study weekend will be used on YouTube and in marketing material for the EMFSS courses and are likely to be featured on the UoL International Programmes website.

If you are interested in participating, please contact

Examiners commentaries

Many of the 2011 examiners commentaries are now available in the VLE. These are important for you as they provide the ‘voice’ of the examiner, they will indicate how the examination questions should have been answered and in some cases indicate what a really good answer should look like.   Please read them carefully. There is a warning on every commentary to alert you to the fact that examiners can examine any part of the syllabus and to warn students against question spotting. Remember that you are studying for a degree not just for the examination.

Registering for examinations

Login to the Student Portal and under ‘My Account’ you will find instructions on how to register for examinations.

If you have not recieved your Portal login details or if you have forgotten them please write to and remember to quote your student number.

Via the Portal you will be able to print off your personalised exam registration form.

The deadline for registering for examinations is 1 February 2012 unless you are coming to the study weekend where you may hand in your application in person.

It is crucial that you submit your examination entry form by the deadline for examination entry.

If you have any queries regarding examination entry you should contact the University of London examinations office ( or telephone: 020 7862 8333.

The examinations timetable is currently being worked on an will be made available on the examinations website.

That just leaves us to say Happy holidays to all and we wish you a very happy and successful new year.

40% becomes the new 34%

November 21, 2011

Changes in the pass mark for students registered under the NEW 2011-12 regulations.

This year we have introduced New Regulations. These regulations are for some new students only. New students studying in a teaching institution should find out urgently whether they have been registered on the old or the new regulations. New Students not studying in a teaching institution will be automatically registered under the new regulations (all those registered since 1st January 2011). For these students there have been significant changes to the regulations, including the pass mark and the way that students can process through the degree.

Transfer to the new regulations is not be possible for students on the old regulations.

Please note: if you are a continuing student or have registered under the OLD regulations in 2011-12, this will not immediately apply to you.

To bring the EMFSS programmes into line with the LSE, we have adopted a change in the pass mark from 34% to 40% from summer 2012.  

This change will bring our programmes into line with the majority of other UK undergraduate awards which operate with a 40% pass mark.  This means there will no longer be a Pass category in the marking schemes for our degree course and all students will be required to achieve a ‘pass’ at the honours level of 40.  The rationale for this change is the desire to encourage students to achieve honours standards in their examinations, as they do at the LSE.  The previous Pass category will only be available for those few students who, at classification stage, fail two courses and would have otherwise been awarded a third class honours degree.

Given this is a major change to the programme regulations for existing students, the current 34% pass mark will continue until summer 2016.  By this point students need to have either graduated or completed their programme of study, or will be automatically transferred to the new regulations and continue on the 40% pass mark.

All Honours class boundaries remain unaltered, as illustrated in the single Marking Scheme published in the new regulations.

Our advice to all students in working towards their examinations is to know your subject, work hard and aim high!

John Ferrá

Head of the LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes.




A celebration for Mrs Gosling

November 11, 2011

Rosie’s celebratory retirement event and her change of role….Director of Institutional Liaison.

The London School of Economics and Political Science hosted an event to celebrate the achievements, retirement and a new role for Rosemary Gosling, Director for the EMFSS programmes at the LSE.

As anyone who has met Rosie will know, she is a truly inspirational individual and her determination, passion and love of the programmes is clear to all who meet and work with her. Rosie is driven by the guiding principle of access and widening participation to higher education and is committed to providing students from many different backgrounds the opportunity to study for a University of London degree.

Rosie was joined by family, friends and colleagues at the event and a number of individuals, including Professor Janet Hartley (Pro-Director LSE), Professor Martin Anthony (Chair of the Board of Examiners), Professor Jonathan Kydd (Dean of University of London International Programmes), Zoya Tuiebakhova (Vice-Rector of the Kazakh British Technical University) and Jots Semhbi (alumni of the programmes), offered their praise, admiration and best wishes for the unique and important work Rosie has tirelessly undertaken over the past twenty five years at the LSE.

Rosie continues her work and involvement with the EMFSS programmes as the new Director for Institutional Liaison, working and assisting teaching institutions in the UK and overseas that support our programmes and dealing with students.

 LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes


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