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The London Interdisciplinary School

The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) is a new Higher Education provider in Whitechapel, East London offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as professional courses. LIS was founded with the belief that knowledge — and the need for knowledge — crosses borders. Tackling complex problems like climate change, the ethics of AI requires reference to more than one subject.

History

New universities aren’t built every day — and for good reason: the process isn’t a piece of cake… But we weren’t fazed. 

In 2018, we brought together a group of academics, entrepreneurs and investors to think deeply about what it would take to create a new kind of institution. 

LIS was born just two years later, becoming the first UK university since the 1960s to receive Degree Awarding Powers.

Education

LIS is built on a core belief: the 21st century leader requires a broad set of interdisciplinary approaches and methods to tackle the world’s most complex problems.

The modern leader needs a new kind of knowledge. Yet too many institutions teach outdated frameworks and oversimplify context. A modern leader embraces complexity. They understand the systemic nature of business. They reject the specialist / generalist dichotomy and develop interactional expertise. 

Leaders in the modern world need a richer intellectual hinterland than ever before. Organisations that succeed will be those with fewest blind spots and the best ideas. This points to leaders with range, who can take multiple perspectives.

Career

At LIS, we are dedicated to supporting and developing our students by providing the tools and opportunities they need to enhance their employability. These services include internships, dedicated 1:1 careers support, access to a range of workshops, as well as opportunities to interact with employers and outside organisations through guest talks, site visits and networking events.

Throughout your student journey, there will be multiple and continuous touch-points for you to plug into the world of work, engage with employers and outside organisations in meaningful ways, gain work experience, and develop an understanding of self in relation to a future career path.

Student services

When you enrol at LIS, you’ll be assigned key support pillars who will work with you throughout your degree.

You’ll have the option to meet each of these advisors one-to-one several times throughout the academic year. They’ll support your learning, your personal development, and prepare you to enter the world of work. An onsite counsellor will also be available to students.

Additional support is available to those students with learning differences, disabilities, or other medical conditions and we will work with the student to develop an individual support plan that reflects any reasonable adjustments that might be needed.

Housing services

We know that where you live will play a key role in your university experience. Feeling safe, secure and comfortable at home will enable you to arrive on campus ready to learn.

Finding somewhere to live can be daunting. That’s why we’re here to help.

Whether you choose to live in student accommodation organised through external providers, private housing or commute from home, we will work hard to build a strong sense of community and belonging for all students, through a programme of social and community events.

Campus life

The LIS campus is based in Whitechapel (just off Brick Lane) in east London.

The building itself has a long history of philanthropy, community, and social action. It was the location for the original Salvation Army Mission Hall which supplied food to the local area and later became the Salvation HQ. The building has since been expertly transformed into a flexible working space, which LIS shares with other purpose-driven organisations.

  • Our campus is spread across four floors available exclusively to LIS, featuring:
  • Classrooms, meeting rooms, quiet areas, and common spaces
  • Purpose-built media and design rooms
  • Printing services
  • Access to a landscaped courtyard and multiple event spaces
  • Secure bike store

Student clubs

We know there’s more to life than studying and that a lot of what you’ll get out of your time at LIS will happen outside the classroom. As an LIS student, you’ll be part of the fast-paced, intensive, and fun journey of building a new university. That means you’ll have a unique opportunity to play a key role in establishing processes, clubs, societies, and traditions that future students will enjoy for years to come.

We’ve partnered with Queen Mary’s Student Union, a short walk from the LIS campus. This means you’ll be able to access their sports and gym facilities, play in their recreational sports leagues, and join some of their clubs and societies. Of course, you’ll also have access to their student bars.

LIS has been granted degree-awarding powers by the higher education regulator in England, the Office for Students (OfS).

London, England, United Kingdom

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