Life and Work at LSHTM Professor Sharon Huttly Dean of Studies Improving health worldwide www.lshtm.ac.uk This session will include – – – – – – – – – LSHTM as a study environment Returning to study Maths introduction Student support Safety and security matters Careers service Library IT services Student Representatives Council LSHTM as a study environment The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is an ___________ institution The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is an international institution The next 20 minutes • Provide you with an opportunity to consider: – That the LSHTM is an international institution – The potential benefits and pitfalls of studying in such an environment – Strategies to maximise the benefits, to prevent pitfalls and to deal with problems MSc Students by Country Australia Austria Barbados Belgium Brazil Cameroon Republic Canada Chile China Colombia Cyprus Denmark Eire (Ireland) Egypt Ethiopia Finland France Georgia Germany Ghana Greece India 6 7 1 2 3 1 25 2 2 2 1 1 9 1 1 1 12 1 22 8 7 9 Italy Japan Kenya Korea, South Laos Lesotho Lithuania Malawi Mali Malaysia Malta Mexico Myanmar Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria Norway Pakistan Philippines Poland Portugal 18 10 10 1 1 1 1 2 1 6 3 1 3 2 5 2 25 3 3 3 1 7 Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tanzania Turkey U.S.A. Uganda United Kingdom Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 3 5 1 5 5 1 1 4 2 63 5 269 1 2 2 LSHTM as a multicultural institution Opportunities for learning about: • British culture • Many many other cultures Studying in a multicultural institution Buzz exercise 1: What are the potential pitfalls of studying in such an international environment? Potential pitfalls • • • • Misunderstanding Giving offence Loss of social identity Language, communication difficulties • Different approaches to shared tasks • Different lifestyles • Don’t know what is acceptable/not acceptable – jokes, personal space • Interpreting non-verbal language • Assumptions and stereotypes • Retreat into “polite behaviour” Potential pitfalls Buzz exercise 2: How can we prevent the pitfalls? How can we deal with problems which arise? Preventing pitfalls/ dealing with problems • Do not assume shared cultural norms • Remember your culture is one of many cultures • Approach people with an open mind – see the individual not “the typical…” • Be prepared to give feedback • Be prepared to receive feedback • Ask for help: fellow students, course reps, tutors, course directors, Student Adviser etc. Studying in a multicultural institution Buzz exercise 3: What are the potential advantages? How can we maximise these advantages? Advantages • Learning about other countries • Learning about other cultures • Becoming more flexible and understanding • Making friends in many countries • Developing a network of contacts for future work Maximising the advantages • Make the most of social occasions • Create opportunities for interaction • Be aware of what restricts people socially (expense; time and distance; perception of danger) • Home visits • Keeping in touch when your studies finish Final thoughts • Make the best of this challenging and exciting new environment • We cannot assume shared cultural norms • Be prepared to give and receive feedback Returning to Study Buzz exercise 4: What excites you about returning to study? What makes you worried about returning to study? Exciting things • The challenge ahead • Learn new skills for professional development • Get away from routine work • Be my own boss! • Rich academic and cultural environment • Time to think and discuss • New things, ideas, people • Opportunity for fun! Worrying things • Financial matters • How to organise and prioritise study • Balancing work and study (part-timers) • Missing family and friends • Homesickness • Assessment, exams Help and support • People – staff, fellow students, family and friends • Key skills sessions, for example English classes, maths refresher classes – look out for other sessions later this term and beyond • Written sources – handbooks; study skills guides And finally…. • This is likely to be one of the busiest periods of your life • Your studies at LSHTM will be finished much sooner than you think • You will hopefully experience a lot of happy times here but maybe some difficult ones too • But we hope this will be one of the best periods of your life!