LSE Students' Union Guide 2009
The ultimate guide to student life at LSE.
THE SCHOOL 03 WELCOME TO LSE Welcome to LSE and the LSE Students' Union - the organisation that exists solely to make your university experience the best it can possibly be! Based on the success of last year's And welcome also to your LSE Students' Union Guide 2009/10 - your one-stop shop to find out everything about LSE. This Guide was a response to students feeling completely overwhelmed when they get to LSE - the bright lights of London, the big wigs of the academic departments, the crazy, non-stop action of this, the most active of campuses in the world. This really is the most comprehensive guide out there about this unique university, Students' Union and city, and should answer most of your burning questions. At the same time, the Students' Union is Every LSE student is a member of the Students' Union - from the freshest Fresher to your Average Joe PhD. We exist to represent you to the School, campaign on your issues, provide activities on campus and ensure the welfare of the whole student body. We're proud to be probably the most active Students' Union out there. Whether you're here for one year, three years or more, you can make a lasting impact and have loads of fun at the same time. In the most international university in the world, your Students' Union will provide the space for you to meet people from all over the world, but it's an opportunity you only have once - grab it with both hands. We've also just been granted a new �25million building by the School - which will be ready in 2012 - and will house bigger and better versions of our current venue, bars, cafes, shops, gym, Advice and Counselling Centre, Activities Centre, Media Centre and more! It may seem like a long time away, but we'll be designing it this year - and we'll be looking to make sure that students are fully involved in its creation. expanding. We have just entered into an innovative collaboration with another, nearby Students' Union - the Students' Union of the University of the Arts London. This means we now employ more staff at LSESU than ever before to support societies, sports, campaigns and welfare. Students' Union Festival, the LSE are undertaking the first ever Orientation to improve your arrival at LSE, and we in the Students' Union will be running the Orientation Festival. It will mean a smoother transition into LSE life than ever before, a fun first two weeks backed full of events, as well as a introduction to the amazing things you can experience in London. The Orientation Festival will showcase what is best about the LSE - its students. You'll have to chance to mix and try out new things through daytime and evening events that cater to the diversity of the LSE community. You're arriving at LSE at an exciting time. The School and the Students' Union are, as ever, changing. from Aled Dilwyn Fisher, LSE Students' Union General Secretary All that said, you've probably got a thousand questions about what to expect from LSE. We hope this guide will answer all of them, and maybe even get you a little bit excited about your time at university. My advice is try everything at least once - join societies, play sports, make your voice heard and enjoy the show at the UGM every Thursday at 1pm in the Old Theatre, be active in the wider London community, and, above all, have fun and make the most of your time at LSE! Pompous introductions aside - on with the show. I have a feeling you're going to love it here... ALED DILWYN FISHER LSE STUDENTS' UNION GENERAL SECRETARY 2009/10 LSE STUDENTS' UNION GUIDE 2009/10 EDITORS Rob Low Dan Sheldon James Bacon John Bloomfield CONTRIBUTORS Lizzie Fison Louise Robinson Aled Dilwyn Fisher Ayushman Sen Zoe Cooke Wil Barber Ruby Buckley Daisy Mitchell-Forster Jessica Brayne Sophie De La Hunt Tom Jackson Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang Joseph Brown Lizzie Merrow Ossie Fikret Shanti Keleman Suraj Girijshanker Hero Austin Scott MacDonald Fidela Corbin Jarleth O'Hara Martin Laws Geogre Wetz Carlottle Gerada Sanjiv Nanwani Rob Charnock Mark Richardson Sean Baker Luke Moore Vladimir Unkovski-Korica Andrew Wright Paul Harmon Jessie Robinson Hazel Lucian Katy Cushen DESIGNER Daniel Camacho ILLUSTRATION Jamie Phillips CARTOGRAPHY Mina Moshkeri PHOTOGRAPHY Nigel Stead Liam Chambers Alex Teytelboym SPECIAL THANKS LSE Design Unit Cath Baldwin O'Donnell & Tuomey Architects PRINT MWL Print Group, Pontypool This guide is printed on FSC approved paper from sustainable forests. ECF, EMAS, ISO14001 Approved PUBLISHER LSE Students' Union East Building, Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE This guide was produced by the LSE Students' Union, an organisation independent of the LSE. The views expressed within do not necessarily reflect those of the School. The LSE Students' Union is not responsible for any harm or loss that may result from the information within this guide, or websites referred to. ALL YOU EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STUDENT LIFE AT LSE. 05 STUDENT LIFE WHAT IS THE SU, SOCIETIES, SPORTS, RAG, MEDIA, VOLUNTEERING 42 GET INVOLVED CAMPAIGNS, UGM, EXECUTIVE, ELECTIONS 54 THE SCHOOL WHAT IS LSE, HISTORY, GETTING AROUND, BIG WIGS 64 STUDYING YOUR DEGREE, TEACHING, ASSESMENT, PLAGIARISM, HELP AND SUPPORT 80 9.000 STUDENTS, 1 LSE INTERNATIONAL, VISAS, TIMELESS, EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY, LIBERATION 98 DON'T PANIC ADVICE AND COUNSELLING, WORK, FINANCIAL SUPPORT, SAFETY, FUN STUFF 116 LONDON LIVING WELCOME TO LONDON, IDIOT'S GUIDE TO LIVING ON YOUR OWN, WHERE TO GO. STUDENT LIFE What is the SU, Societies, Sports, RAG, Media, Volunteering 06 STUDENT LIFE WHAT IS THE STUDENTS' UNION? THE STUDENTS' UNION IS, FUNDAMENTALLY, YOU! Every LSE student is automatically a member � it's totally free � and with that membership comes the ability to get involved in all aspects of the Students' Union. In essence, we care about every aspect of your student experience. RUN BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS Students' Unions are, shockingly, run by students. Every year, there are two rounds of elections (on in the first term, one in the second term) that elect representatives to the Students' Union Executive Committee and School committees. co-operation. You can join these clubs during Freshers' Fayre (Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September this year!). We support and train volunteers involved in these activities, and provide tonnes of opportunities for getting involved. If you're interested in being part of the most active campus in the world, check out the `Student Life' section of this Guide! REPRESENTING YOU AND CAMPAIGNING ON YOUR ISSUES Our primary aim is to represent you to the School and involve students in campaigns to improve our education and wider societal issues. We campaign on core academic issues like fees, teaching, and library quality; we run welfare campaigns on things like safety, quality of Halls of Residence and provision of School services such as the Nursery; and we also have campaigns around specific issues like environment and ethics, anti-racism, women's rights, postgraduate students, LGBT students, mature and part-time students, disabled students, and more. We seek to involve as many students as possible in these campaigns � and if there's an issue you care about, we want to help you make a difference. This sometimes involves waving placards, gathering petitions, putting papers to School committees, and generally ensuring the student voice is always heard. We also seek to engage students in wider political and social issues, and have campaigned widely in the past on social justice, environmental sustainability and internationalism, such as living wages for School staff and others in the local community (see page 43 for more). The Executive Committee is made up of four full-time paid Sabbatical Officers (who take a year out of their study, or after their final year, to work for the Students' Union). These run the organization day-to-day with the help of a professional, permanent staff team. The rest of the Executive is made up of Volunteer Officers representing key sections of the student body. You can hold your elected Officers to account and make sure they're representing you on the issues you care most about at our weekly Union General Meeting (UGM), the only one of its kind in the country. It happens every Thursday at 1pm in the Old Theatre, and every student can come along, vote and get involved. WELFARE The combination of living in London and studying at a world class institution can be stressful and confusing. Our professional Advice and Counselling Centre (ACC) is here to offer advice on a range of issues, be on hand to help you out if things go wrong and also offers hardship funds to support students in financial difficulty. Whether it's problems with a course or a landlord, our counsellor, and advisers, who specialise in immigration, housing and academic issues, offer free and confidential advice and support whenever you need it. SERVICES One of the most visible aspects of the Students' Union is its commercial services and entertainments � our bars, caf�, shops, gym, club nights, copy shop and so on. These services are here for two reasons: to provide every one of our members with cheap, friendly and convenient services and, most importantly, to generate additional money to reinvest in the wide range of welfare services we provide that aim to help and support you through your time at LSE. Enjoy! STUDENT ACTIVITIES: SOCIETIES, SPORTS, MEDIA GROUP RAG , Your Students' Union funds and supports over 170 societies, 30 sports clubs, a weekly newspaper (The Beaver), a radio station, a TV station, a journal, a charity fundraising through Raising and Giving (RAG), and a Dialogue Commission to foster greater understanding and STUDENT LIFE 07 HISTORY OF THE SUDENT'S UNION ESTABLISHED IN 1897 LSE Students' Union was founded in 1897 � two years after LSE itself � under the name of the `Economic Students' Union'. From the outset, it was characterised by vigorous political debate at its fortnightly meetings (referred to as the `Clare Market Parliament'). By the start of the new century, the Students' Union was also running dinner dances, concerts and other social events. In 1905, the Students' Union started publishing a journal, the Clare Market Review, which continued to be published regularly until 1973 before its recent revival in 2008. The Review included contributions from prominent academics at the School, celebrities and, of course, students. During the years after the First World War, the Students' Union started to organise sports clubs and other student societies, and was particularly encouraged in this by the then Director, Beveridge, who was also instrumental in obtaining the use of the sports ground in Berrylands in 1922. The Communist Party were banned from using School rooms in 1933 and the School expelled and deported American Communist Frank Meyer, then Students' Union President. The Students' Union secured its own premises for the first time in 1937, when the School purchased a building that had up until then been a public house � the Three Tuns. The location of today's Three Tuns was originally a car park in the ground floor of the Clare Market building. By the mid 1940s, the Athletics Union (AU) had been established as part of the Students' Union. In 1949, the Clare Market Review was Raising and Giving (RAG) activities were developed in 1980 by Tim Barnett (now an MP in New Zealand). The motto of the Students' Union was "Arms the Workers and the Students � Education is a Right, Not a Privilege". There was an occupation of the Library in 1983 which secured the LSE Nursery. The title of `President' was changed to The Students' Union sprang to international prominence during the period from 1967 to 1971, when protests at the appointment of Walter Adams as Director and then against his handling of those protests led to riots. Adams had been accused of racist policies in his time as a Principal in white-dominated Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The Director closed the School and erected security gates, which were pulled down by students, and also tried to expel the President of the Students' Union. There were numerous sit-ins involving literally thousands of students during this period. These actions secured student representation on committees and groups throughout the School's structure. Recently, the number of societies, sports and activities in the Students' Union have expanded rapidly. Controversy has never been far away, however. In 2005, the AU's annual `Barrel' event � consisting of drinking barrels dry and doing a ` fun run' around campus through lecture theatres and classrooms � got out of hand, leading to some students trashing Kings College, causing �30,000 worth of damage and leading to negative media attention. In 1989, the LSE Students' Union hit the headlines again when it elected Winston Silcott, then serving a life sentence for the murder of a policemen during a riot, as its Honorary President in order to highlight a perceived miscarriage of justice � leading human rights charities suggested the arrest was racially motivated. After a backlash which saw LSE splashed across newspaper front pages, the Students' Union General Secretary, Amanda Hart, received death threats and was forced to go into hiding. The following year, Silcott was cleared of any wrongdoing. joined by a weekly campus newspaper, The Beaver. `General Secretary' to show solidarity with striking miners. 08 STUDENT LIFE OUR BUILDING & THE NEW STUDENTS CENTRE The next year will be a critical one: we will be consulting all students to see what they want from our amazing new building. We need to know what you want from your Students' Union, so watch this space for ways to feed into it! OUR CURRENT HOME If you're in either the East Building or the Clare Market building, then its more than likely you're in a part of the Students' AT THE HEART OF LSE STUDENT LIFE, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE The Students' Union is based in the East Building and Clare Market Building, right at the heart of campus and just off the bustle and activity of Houghton Street. It's getting a bit old, but we're giving it a new lick of paint and refurbishment over the summer and, soon, we will have a brand new building... art New Students' Centre, to be built by 2012. It will be a cutting edge new home for the Students' Union, with far more space and opportunities for students than our present buildings, including a new Student Activities Centre, a much bigger and better gym, an expanded, hi-tech Media Centre, and a huge venue. It will also house the Accommodation Office, the Chaplaincy and the Muslim Prayer Rooms. It will be built on the site of the St. Philips buildings, which itself is the site of a former mortuary! Union. If elsewhere on campus then the service is run by the school. Our building is an historic one, full of character and commonly described as "lived in" (owing, in no small part, to the popularity of our services!). The East Building and Clare Market are reaching the end of their lifespan, and are earmarked for redevelopment. In the meantime, we are giving our facilities a lovely new refurbishment over the summer � so, by the time you arrive, it will look even better! NEW STUDENTS' CENTRE THE NEW HOME OF THE STUDENTS' UNION LSE is investing �25m in a state of the STUDENT LIFE 09 SOCIETIES Societies are a big deal at LSE. For many students, societies form a major part of their university experience (in between applying for internships and drowning your revision sorrows at the Three Tuns Pub). Societies are groups of students with a common interest. Simple as that. They are organised through the Students' Union, which has over 160 societies on its books - an extraordinary number considering our size - covering everything from Salsa to Spanish Diversity and Politics to Poker. Past society events have included brewery tours with Lager and Real Ale Society to the Drama Society's frequent performances. In the unlikely event that there isn't a society for you, then it is incredibly easy to set one up! to join the Food Appreciation society The most fun you can have in an LSE classroom. or belatedly realise your burning desire then don't despair. You can join any of the 150+ societies at the Students' Union Help Desk in the East Building at any point during the year. The Students' Union foots the bill for societies so the majority of society events are a lot cheaper than similar ones in London. In addition to this, you're guaranteed that there will be people there who share your Econ B woes or to whom you can moan about your roommates'lack of hygiene.. Not only are societies a lot of fun, but for the more career minded amongst you, getting involved can give your C.V. that extra oomph to make you stand out from other job applicants. Chances to organise events or expand your skills are to be found throughout all the societies. You never know, maybe whoever interviews you at Citigroup used to be on the committee of the Hummous society at the LSE. Leadership, interpersonal and team working skills are just some of the things you can cut and paste on to your job applications after sitting on a society committee. Surprisingly, it is actually true: societies will teach you far more about time management, organisation and communication than a lifetime of economics lectures ever could. There are three main positions on society committees: President (Chair), Treasurer and Secretary. However societies also have countless other positions that are specific to their society: fancy being the Sheep Officer for Knitting Society? Societies are a great way to get involved with the Students' Union and it is advisable for at least one member from each society attend the UGM, as there often issues discussed which directly effect societies. In short, societies are the best thing at LSE and the more you get involved, the better societies are and the more new friends you'll find. Sign up to as many as you can at Freshers' Fayre - give it a go! SOCIETIES: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION � Societies cost from just �1 to join and are open to all LSE students. � You can sign up to societies at Freshers' Fayre in Michaelmas Term and throughout the year at the Students' Union Help Desk. � Societies are democratic organisations: any member can stand for any committee position, and every member is entitled to vote. � If you have any queries about societies, contact Societies Officer, Chris Westgarth (email@example.com) � Society budgets are decided by F&S committee based on their size and purposes. "CHANCES TO ORGANISE EVENTS OR EXPAND YOUR SKILLS ARE TO BE FOUND THROUGHOUT ALL THE SOCIETIES" Societies help provide the cultural, political and social side of LSE. They put on events, host parties and hold workshops. There are roles within societies to suit everyone, whether your skills lie with organising parties, squeezing money out of investment banks or putting posters up on Houghton Street at 7am, societies need you! Societies are useful to meet people with similar interests to you, or just to scam free stuff at Freshers' Fayre: hair products, vodka and USB sticks to name a few. If you miss Fresher's Fayre 10 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES ABACUS SU.SOC.ABACUS@LSE.AC.UK Social networking society for Chinese, British Chinese and all other LSE students alike providing Chinese/Asian orientated events, nightlife and entertainment through out the year ending with an annual overseas trip organised each year. ACCOUNTING SU.SOC.ACCOUNTING@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Accounting Society is to introduce our members to various job opportunities as well as to the exciting future prospect of life as an accountant. Services provided by our society also includes interview skills, CV checks, and tutorials for AC100 students. ACTURIAL SU.SOC.ACTURIAL@LSE.AC.UK The Actuarial Society provides a first-hand insight into this highly-respectable yet unheard-of industry. We organise careers talks, business games and skills sessions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, WatsonWyatt, Mercer, etc. Social events such as the annual society dinner are also not to be missed! Students from all types of academic backgrounds are welcome! AFGANISTAN DEVELOPMENT AIESEC SU.SOC.AIESEC@LSE.AC.UK AIESEC is a global organisation that develops students into leaders by running and participating in an international exchange program. We give members opportunities to run exchange and leadership conferences, make new friends from all across the UK in national conferences and reach their own potential for personal development. ALBANIAN SU.SOC.ALBANIAN@LSE.AC.UK Awarded "Best Overall Society" at LSE for the academic year 2007-2008 for its high achievements throughout the year in LSE campus and beyond, LSE SU Albanian Society is a campus based society established in 2005 which aims to promote a better understanding of Albanian culture, tradition, history and current affairs. For more information also visit www.lsealbanians.org A secular, politically independent society serving as a forum for the discussion and analysis of the economic, social, and cultural development effort in Afghanistan as well as the role of the international community in Afghanistan and the wider region. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LSESU ANIME ANTHROPOLOGY Amnesty International LSESU is the largest human rights group at the LSE. It brings together students with a common interest and concern for the protection of human rights, organising interesting speaker events, on campus and off campus actions and fundraisers to support the work of Amnesty International and take action on human rights abuses in general. A place for all things ani-manga! Weekly screenings, manga news, anime expo trips and lots more! Anthropology has been taught at the LSE since 1904. The society endeavours to promote the discipline's virtues to all students. We welcomes anyone interested in our plant's vast sociocultural complexities. We combine both highprofile academic events with one of the most successful live `world music` nights on campus. STUDENT LIFE 11 ARABIC SU.SOC.ARABIC@LSE.AC.UK The Arabic Society is a predominantly cultural based society at the LSE. It is a society grounded in aspects of the term "Arabic". The society hosts social events, dancing classes, Arabic conversational classes and will invite guest speakers. The Society aims to foster a strong camaraderie within the student body based on a mutual interest for all that is "Arabic". ASIAN CAREERS SU.SOC.ASIAN-CAREERS@LSE.AC.UK A must-join society if you would like to pursue a career not only in the London but also in the Asia-Pacific region! Banking, law, consultancy, accountancy, alternative careers - you name it, we get it. ATHIEST AND HUMANIST The Atheist and Humanist Society aims to allow a platform for open-minded debate and discussion surrounding religion, atheism and humanism. It will provide the chance for members to meet other non-believers at the LSE and to engage in lively discussions with (hopefully!) some eminent speakers. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND AUSTRIAN SU.SOC.AUSTIRAN@LSE.AC.UK The Austrian Society is aimed at uniting Austrians at the LSE as well as celebrating the rich Austrian culture with enthusiasts. Our very successful events include, among many other things: the Austrian Ball in London - including free waltz-dancing lessons, the Gl�hwein and Punsch stall, trips to Red Bull Racing, Goldman Sachs and Skiing trips! Everyone is welcome to join! BACCHUS SU.SOC.BACCHUS@LSE.AC.UK The Bacchus Friends Wine Appreciation Society is committed to developing a theoretical understanding and practical appreciation of wine and the industry surrounding it. Through organized events, tutored tastings and educational and insightful guest presenters, our aim is to provide events which are interesting, educational, edifying, and most importantly, enjoyable for those involved. Bringing together Australians, New Zealanders, and anybody else who wishes to join in order to enjoy various aspects of Australian and New Zealand culture. We run various events throughout the year, including social events, career-related events, and special speaker events. BALTIC SU.SOC.BALTIC@LSE.AC.UK The Baltic Society brings together LSE students either coming from the Baltics or having a deep-rooted interested in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our aim is to organise networking events with politicians, academics, businesses, and other societies who share our passion for deeper understanding and development of the Baltic region. BANGLEDESH SU.SOC.BANGLEDESH@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Bangladesh society is one of the warmest and most active cultural societies on campus. We host a wide variety of events -- from social gatherings and cultural shows, to prestigious speaker events and more formal dos. We welcome students from all different backgrounds, religions and cultures. BORNFREE SU.SOC.BORNFREE@LSE.AC.UK We represent the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animals suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. 12 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES BRAZILIAN SU.SOC.BRAZILIAN@LSE.AC.UK If you're interested in getting in touch with Brazilian issues and way of life, this is your society. Loving this beautiful country is all it takes to join us, regardless of your nationality. Brazil is well known for its hospitality and diversity! BRIDGE SU.SOC.BRIDGE@LSE.AC.UK Bridge Society will teach you the art of concentrating, analysing opponent play, and taking calculated risks in the dynamic and highly intelligent game of Bridge. That said its not all Hearts and Spades. Besides professionally taught classes, and competitions; the social side of BridgeSoc has brought many their best LSE memories. BRUMMIES UTD SU.SOC.BRUMMIES@LSE.AC.UK To promote Brummie culture to LSE students (Baltis, Chocolate, Reggae, Ska and new romantic music). To bring Brummies at LSE closer together. To assist homesick Brummies in adapting to life in the capital. To provide diction classes to those Brummies who wish to rid themselves of a stigmatised accent. BULGARIAN SU.SOC.BULGARIAN@LSE.AC.UK LSESU BULGARIAN SOCIETY aims to enrich the society's portfolio through representing Bulgarian and other nationalities from the Balkans. Our purpose is to promote Bulgarian culture and traditions together with enhancing the understanding of the above mentioned to anyone who feels close to Bulgaria. BUSINESS SU.SOC.BUSINESS@LSE.AC.UK Founded in 1996, the Business Society has developed into the largest and best-established society on campus. We are the first society at the LSE to have organised "Banking for Beginners" and "Leaders of M&A" series as well as annual careers trips to New York and Dubai. Visit us at www.businesssociety.co.uk CATALAN SU.SOC.CATALAN@LSE.AC.UK The Catalan Society brings together LSE students that share an interest for Catalunya, rise awareness about Catalunya and promote its culture amongst the LSE community. CELTIC SU.SOC.CELTIC@LSE.AC.UK The Celtic Society is for all Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Bretagne Celts and for anybody else who wants to have a good time with people who know how. The society offers an alternative to the standard career-orientated focus of most other societies and is chance to let your hair down, for which we have a fast growing reputation. CHESS SU.SOC.CHESS@LSE.AC.UK The Chess Society aims to improve our members' chess playing abilities in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have tournaments throughout the year and run coaching sessions every week for players of all levels. Advanced players may wish to try out for the team, which competes in the ULU League. CHINA DEVELOPMENT SU.SOC.CHINADEVELOPMENT@LSE.AC.UK China Development Society aims to be at the forefront to promote a global understanding of China's economic, political and social development by organizing lectures for which we invite a wide range of speakers. CDS was awarded LSESU Highly Commended Best Overall Society, Best Society Event, Best Society Website 2006/2007 and had Best Series of Events 2007/2008. STUDENT LIFE 13 CHRISTIAN UNION SU.SOC.CHRISTIAN-UNION@LSE.AC.UK Tired of religion? So are we. The Christian Union is a group of Christ-followers on campus who are passionate about knowing Jesus and introducing him to others. We want to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about Jesus and his radical message through various events including, talks, weekly gatherings, and small groups. COLUMBIAN SO.SOC.COLUMBIAN@LSE.AC.UK The Society that has brought you La Fiesta Latina, the best LSE party every year; the academic conferences in March with world renowned speakers; a trip to Cambridge with the Cambridge Colombian Society and more. Join us, it doesn't matter whether you are Colombian or not. You'll realise that Colombia is a marvellous country, full of unexplored secrets, beautiful landscapes, amazing food and really friendly people. CONSERVATIVE SU.SOC.CONSERVATIVE@LSE.AC.UK The society supports the Conservative Party of the UK and has strong links to the Party organisation as well as elected Conservatives around the UK, in Parliament, Councils and other authorities.The society hosts many frontbench spokespeople, assists in practical campaigning and works with other university Conservative societies. CONSULTANCY SU.SOC.CONSULTANCY@LSE.AC.UK LSE SU Consultancy Society was established with the aims to promote consultancy as a career choice, provide students with more opportunities to touch base with consultancy firms and deepen their understanding of the consulting industry by holding a series of events such as company presentations, skill development workshops and lectures. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CSSA SU.SOC.CSSA@LSE.AC.UK The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is one of the most prominent actors in bringing closer the 2 great nations of China and the UK. We organize social events for Chinese students and scholars studying in the UK, and also hosts lectures that enhance your knowledge of China and Chinese culture. Our society aims to demonstrate the impact and importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in all fields including law, business and economics. Through events such as forums and panel discussions we highlight a range of CSR issues such as green investment and CSR in developing countries. We also organise events to help those interested in a career in CSR. CYPRIOT SU.SOC.CYPRIOT@LSE.AC.UK The society aims in bringing Cypriot students together, organising events and activities that allow foreign students to become acquainted with the Cypriot tradition and culture. CZECH AND SLOVAK SU.SOC.CZECH-SLOVAK@LSE.AC.UK The Czech and Slovak Society is a dynamic society aimed at celebrating the very best of the Central European Culture. World-famous Czech and Slovak beers, fascinating classical music by Dvorak and Smetana as well as highpaying jobs in countries where a pint costs less than a pound await YOU! DANCE SU.SOC.DANCE@LSE.AC.UK Everybody dances. With a general genuine interest that anybody can connect with, we offer a variety of dances, social activities, competitions and an annual Dance Show. Dance is a costless way to socialise, keep fit and have fun, that's why we are the largest hobby-related society in LSE. 14 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES DEBATE SU.SOC.DEBATE@LSE.AC.UK The Debate Society is a citadel of argumentation. A bastion of rhetorical sparring. We represent LSE at inter-varsity competitions throughout Britain, Europe and the World. We hold weekly practice sessions,and organise tournaments that attract competitors from around the world. We travel, compete and win... usually. DEVELOPMENT SU.SOC.DEVELOPMENT@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Development Society aims to broaden the student`s horizon by raising awareness of important developmental issues through the creation of a dialogue between students and experts as well as by showing means of active involvement. The Society organizes talks, seminars, discussion groups, fundraisers, movie screenings and essay (and other) competitions to raise awareness on issues faced by developing countries around the world. DRAMA SU.SOC.DRAMA@LSE.AC.UK The Drama Society is a welcome artistic outlet for students at the LSE, putting on an average of five productions a year. The society is one of the most active on campus and was winner of Best Overall Society and Best Event at the 2009 Student's Union Awards. DUBAI SU.SOC.DUBAI@LSE.AC.UK Founded in 2008, The London School of Economics' Student Union's Dubai Society is one of the most active national societies on campus. Through their participation our members are able to learn more about the Arab culture and job opportunities within the region. They will also get the chance to visit the beautiful city and witness the massive developments by joining us on the Dubai Careers Trip. ECONOMICS SU.SOC.ECONOMICS@LSE.AC.UK We are one of the fastest growing societies at the LSE with an events range which is diverse and unique to the LSE. Our events range from speaker events to Economics help sessions which are endorsed by the Economics Department, so you are guaranteed quality when joining the society. ENTREPENEURS SU.SOC.ENTREPENEURS@LSE.AC.UK LSESU Entrepreneurs society is committed to foster entrepreneurial skills of creativity, initiative and problem solving that will enable students to run their own companies and to promote student enterprises at the LSE by encouraging a community of entrepreneurial spirit. Our events look to spark as well as develop these elements among our participants. ENVIRONMENT EUROPEAN SU.SOC.EUROPEAN@LSE.AC.UK The European Society aims to create opportunities for students to engage with all aspects of Europe: its culture(s), its people, and its politics (in particular those of the European Union). We organize a variety of public lectures and social events every year, including a trip to a European capital. FASHION The LSE SU Environment Society aims to educate and inform the LSE student community about environmental issues. We provide a non-partisan platform for forging partnerships and creating networks which share knowledge and values. A newly established society, we aim to make knowledge about fashion and its various aspects � haute couture, pr�ta-porter, ethical fashion etc � more accessible to the LSE population through a series of fashion-related information and sharing sessions, talks, and shopping trips. STUDENT LIFE 15 FEMINIST SU.SOC.FEMINIST@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Feminist society is to promote gender equality on campus and beyond through awareness raising and campaigning about and against gender discrimination. We strive to provide social space for the development of feminist ideas and strategies as well as responding to sexism with effective protest. FIGHT RACISM FIGHT IMPERIALISM FILIPINO SU.SOC.FILIPINO@LSE.AC.UK The Filipino Society aims to promote the Filipino culture to both Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, as well as encourage multi-culturalism and diversity in this rapidly globalising world. It aims to provide its members with opportunities that are unique and wide-ranging through presentations, seminars, social gatherings, partnerships with other societies, businesses and governments, employer drop in sessions and the like. This society campaigns against discrimination and exploitation in all its forms. We hold regular educational meetings, demonstrations and solidarity actions against the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, in defense of the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions, and against racist attacks and repression of asylum seekers in Britain, among other issues. FILM SU.SOC.FILM@LSE.AC.UK The Film society is one of the fastest growing societies on campus!! We show 2 films a week and usually have one joint event with another society once a week. With outdoor screenings and film trips, we are the most active non-career society on campus, so visit our booth! FINANCE SU.SOC.FINANCE@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Finance Society has 2,000 members and is seen as the most active on campus. Our aims are to educate our members about finance and aid them in their career pursuits. We partner with 30 industry giants in the finance, professional services, consulting and legal sectors to provide seminars. FINNISH SU.SOC.FINNISH@LSE.AC.UK We aim to actively promote Finnish culture on campus and create cultural, careers-related and social activities for Finnish students and others interested, by arranging recruitment and networking events, meetings with and lectures by prominent Finns and various social gatherings and outings, as well as partaking in the intercultural activities on campus. FOOD APPRECIATION FRENCH SU.SOC.FRENCH@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the French Society is to promote French culture at the LSE by enabling students to familiarize with French politics, films, food, wine, music and more... The French society also provides a contact point for French Students and welcomes international students who wish to learn about France, its culture and language. GEOGRAPHY SU.SOC.GEOGRAPHY Without Geography we would be lost. The society aims to promote the advancement of Geography as an academic and non-academic discipline. Supported by the Royal Geographical Society. For anyone who appreciates good food and is up for an array of exciting events dedicated to pleasing your palates while you enjoy the company of fellow foodies. Voted the best new society for 2008/2009, the food appreciation society aims to continue spreading the joy with good times and great food! 16 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES GERMAN SU.SOC.GERMAN@LSE.AC.UK The German Society is one of the largest and the most active cultural societies on campus with more than 300 members, aiming to promote an interest in Germany's language, culture and societal life on campus. Our annual German Symposium brings a diverse line-up of high profile German speakers to LSE for a week. Traditionally the week is rounded off by the (in)famous Oktoberfest... GRIMSHAW SU.SOC.GRIMSHAW@LSE.AC.UK The Grimshaw Club is the student society affiliated to the LSE International Relations Department and, established in 1923, it is the oldest student society of the School. The Club welcomes all students interested in current affairs while also providing an important social forum for student and staff members of the Department. HAYEK SU.SOC.HAYEK@LSE.AC.UK The aim of this LSE-based student organisation is to defend classical liberalism and free market economics. It is a society for the mutual exchange of ideas, and is named in honour of Nobel Laureate Freidrich August von Hayek, who lectured at the London School of Economics from 1931 until 1950. HEDGEFUND SU.SOC.HEDGEFUND@LSE.AC.UK The LSE Hedge Fund Society is the one and only specialised student society in this area in the UK, with over 600 current members. Our aim is to introduce to students the world of hedge funds as well as the alternative investment industry. We welcome students from all disciplines. HELLENIC SU.SOC.HELLENIC@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Hellenic Society is to promote Greek culture in LSE's multicultural environment. We try to do so by organizing events with Greek music and Greek dance. Furthermore, we try to encourage discussion about Greece and anything of Greek interest among LSE students by organising discussion sessions. HINDU SU.SOC.HINDU@LSE.AC.UK What is Hinduism and what is its core message? The Hindu Society explores these questions through a series of religious, educational, charitable and social events, including pujas, study classes, public lectures and interfaith events. It is a vibrant, fun and inspiring society will blend religion smoothly into your student life. HISTORY SU.SOC.HISTORY@LSE.AC.UK The History Society is a popular and active society, with around 150 members, including both students of history and those with a general interest in the subject. We host lectures from distinguished academic speakers, put on film nights and socials, and organise trips to museums and art galleries. HK PASS SU.SOC.HKPASS@LSE.AC.UK While we promise exciting Public Affairs and Social Service opportunities and ongoing support throughout the year, we also deliver a series of social events for our members � from a feast in China Town to a day at Thorpe Park to an adventure in Cophenhagen. Register to join the family! HUMMOUS SU.SOC.HUMMOUS@LSE.AC.UK Love indulging? The Hummous society at LSE is here to satisfy your wildest hummous desires. Second year running, events included a chick hummous-tasting evening with over 40 types of hummous, a tour-de-force of a middle-eastern kitchen, hummous-making master-class, summer picnic and scrumptious evenings out. For that exotic touch our events feature henna painting and sheesha. STUDENT LIFE 17 INDONESIAN-BRUNEIAN SU.SOC.INDONESIAN-BRUNEIAN@LSE.AC.UK For all Indonesian and Bruneian students, and all those affiliated with us! Join to be part of our small but rapidly expanding network of Indonesian and Bruneian students at the LSE. INNS OF COURT INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT The Inns of Court Society (IOC) is devoted to helping students to become first class lawyers and barristers. We organize various activities and events including; Trips to the Inns and the Courts, Debates and moots, Advocacy training, Lecture series, Socials, and Seminars on qualification. See our website for more details. The International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN) is an international network that brings together university students interested in the ICC and international criminal justice, and serves as a forum for discussion and information dissemination on issues of international criminal law and the Court itself INVESTMENT SU.SOC.INVESTMENT@LSE.AC.UK The Investment Society is one of the largest and most active societies at the LSE. The main focus our society is to build the knowledge and skills of our members, enabling them to realise their potentials and career ambitions in the areas of investment and finance. ISLAMIC SU.SOC.ISLAMIC@LSE.AC.UK The award winning LSESU Islamic Society - one of the most active and diverse societies - offers a wide variety of services for both Muslims and Non-Muslims; from talks, interfaith and charity events to mentoring and socials. A forum is provided to gain greater knowledge on this much-discussed global faith. ITALIAN SU.SOC.ITALIAN@LSE.AC.UK Both for Italians and non-Italians, our Society organizes social events (e.g. parties, food tasting) and academic public lectures with guest speakers. Our mission is to promote Italian culture on campus and involve our members in outstanding activities. ITCHY FEET SU.SOC.ITCHYFEET@LSE.AC.UK Itchy Feet is the Travel and Backpacking Society of the LSESU. We promote travel on campus around a global citizen theme and sport a number of different activities. We will in 2009/10 be seeking enthusiastic Freshers to join the committee � do ask at our Freshers' Fair stall. JAPAN SU.SOC.JAPAN@LSE.AC.UK Japan Society is one of the most popular and diverse national societies in LSE (80% of its 250 members are non-Japanese). We actively organise cultural events (e.g. welcome parties, Asian Food Fair, calligraphy workshop), career events, language classes and joint events (e.g. Sushi&Film Night with FilmSoc, clubbing events with ULJS). JEWISH SU.SOC.JEWISH@LSE.AC.UK The Jewish Society at LSE is an active and vibrant society. We run all sorts of social and educational events ranging from Friday night Shabbat meals to `Booze for Jews' to weekly Lunch and Learn sessions. We are non-denominational and cross communal so no matter how affiliated you are, there will be something for you. 18 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES KENYAN SU.SOC.KENYAN@LSE.AC.UK The Kenyan society is meant to unite all kenyans at the LSE. The major aim is to get students together at social events and to find ways to raise funds for charities in Kenya. KNITTING SU.SOC.KNITTING@LSE.AC.UK Newbies/Pro's are more than welcome! We have weekly workshops for you to learn and we do loads of events, some for charity, some for fun, many for drinking. It's not as complicated as you think, we'll easily have you in a home made scarf by christmas! KOREAN The Korean Society was established in 1999 and has been growing ever since. It aims to provide a first hand experience to those interested in Korea and our culture and supports the Korean students at LSE in every way possible through a variety of cultural and social events. LABOUR SU.SOC.LABOUR@LSE.AC.UK The LSE Labour Society exists to promote progressive values on the LSE campus, as well as supporting Labour Party policies off campus. LARA SU.SOC.LARA@LSE.AC.UK LARA-- the bare-breasted figurehead on the prow of the good ship LSESU. The muse of good times, her aim is to educate as well as inebriate. LAW SU.SOC.LAW@LSE.AC.UK The Law Society is one of the largest and most active societies, with over 550 members last year. We organise many outside speaker events, prospective employment presentations, workshops, competitions and great socials! Whether you want to join the legal profession or are just interested in law, membership is a must! LEBANESE SU.SOC.LEBANESE@LSE.AC.UK The Lebanese society at LSE aims to promote Lebanese culture and arts to the students of LSE. LGBT SU.SOC.LGBT@LSE.AC.UK The society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students and their friends at LSE. We put on a wide range of event throughout the year from careers sessions to tea parties, theatre trips and campaigning - and our amazing monthly night in the Undergeround bar, Mind the Gap. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SU.SOC.LIBERALDEMOCRATS@LSE.AC.UK LSE SU Liberal Democrats exist to promote the liberal values of the Liberal Democrats through talks, debates and socials. We regularly attract high profile speakers. We fight on issues that matter to students and campaign across London with MPs, Councillors and AMs. For more information, visit our facebook group (tinyurl.com/lselibdems). STUDENT LIFE 19 LINGUISTICS LITERATURE SU.SOC.LITERATURE@LSE.AC.UK The LSE SU Literature Society is here to promote arts and especially literature at the LSE. We do a large range of events throughout the entire year, including book clubs, writers groups, theatre trips, film and poetry nights and much more! LIVE MUSIC SU.SOC.LIVEMUSIC@LSE.AC.UK Fresh year and a fresh start for the legend that is the Live Music Society. This year is promised to be even bigger, even louder and a whole lot more fun. Yes, Open Mic is back, and we would very much like to see all of you there! Singing, jamming, playing instruments and rocking our resident hangout like they've never seen it before. Learn different languages and find out how they work, or even create your own! Discover the Mycenaean Linear B script, find a language with 85 consonants but just 2 vowels, unearth how Hindi and English are actually cousins, see how languages change over time, and more! MALAYSIA SINGAPORE MALAYSIAN SU.SOC.MALAYSIA-CLUB@LSE.AC.UK As the resident club to Malaysians studying in the LSE, we aim to act as a platform to bring all Malaysian students together as a community, be it celebrating a festival or to engage in intellectual discourse. Moreover, we actively promote the Malaysian culture amongst the international student community in the LSE. MARITIME SU.SOC.MARITIME@LSE.AC.UK The London School of Economics' Student Union's Maritime Society is founded in 2009 to create and empower the network of students who are involved in the shipping industry, in order to provide a forum for one of the most international sector of the world economy.If you want to become the captain of the world economy, join us !!! The aim of this society is to unite the Malaysians and Singaporeans in LSE. We would like to help our members adapt to the lifestyle and culture of the UK. Besides that, we hope to be able to help our members develop their career skills. MATHS AND STATS SU.SOC.MATHS&STATS@LSE.AC.UK Intrigued by the intricacies of Gaussian Elimination... or just plain confused? Then no worries, your Maths and Stats Society are here to help. We offer weekly homework help sessions under the guidance of 2nd and 3rd years, as well as numerous social events to meet your fellow students. MEXICAN SU.SOC.MEXICAN@LSE.AC.UK One of the biggest national societies in LSE. Last year (2008-09) consisting of 305 members of which the majority where not mexican! Why? Because this is an open society that also throws the best parties (Yes..tequila, but much more!), has great food (as our continuous success at the International Food Fair shows) and holds high level academic and political events. MICROFINANCE SU.SOC.MICROFINANCE@LSE.AC.UK The LSE SU Microfinance Society seeks to expand horizons. We strive to be a platform of debate and exchange on microfinance and social business issues, as well as a link between microfinance institutions and dedicated individuals at the London School of Economics. 20 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES MUSIC SU.SOC.MUSIC@LSE.AC.UK This is the place at LSE where all the musicians meet and enjoy playing a variety of music. Activities include the orchestra, choir, jazz band and chamber music. Members also get an access to the Music Practice Room. Join us to make music with us! NORTHERNERS SU.SOC.NORTHERNERS@LSE.AC.UK Last year we got off to a crackin' start with a debate with Tim Leunig (look him up!) and a victorious Tug of War for RAG being highlights. This year we hope to reach banterous new heights and spread the Northern word, as well as kickin some more southern arse. OIKOS SU.SOC.OIKOSLONDON@LSE.AC.UK Oikos International is a student organisation for sustainable economics and management. If you are interested in practical solutions to problems such as energy and climate change, through panel discussions, simulation games and trips to zero-energy development sites, Oikos London is the society for you! OPERA SU.SOC.OPERA@LSE.AC.UK The Opera Society is a place where students interested in opera and ballet can come together. We organise discounted tickets for performances at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, London Symphony Orchestra and more! We also plan social events for our members to get to know each other. Whether new to opera or obsessed with it, this is the place for you! PALESTINE SU.SOC.PALESTINE@LSE.AC.UK One of the most active and high profile societies on campus which exists to promote the ideal of justice for the people of Palestine. PEOPLE AND PLANET SU.SOC.PEOPLEANDPLANET@LSE.AC.UK People & Planet is the largest, student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. LSESU P&P is a large, active and friendly group, working on numerous campaigns through lobbying, discussion, inviting speakers, fundraising and entertaining social events including our annual `Global Dinner'. POKER SU.SOC.POKER@LSE.AC.UK Poker Society promotes the game of Poker which is competition in the purest sense - person to person where you can bet your skills against the skills of another person. POLITICS SU.SOC.POLITICS@LSE.AC.UK The Politics society provides a forum for students who share a common interest in all things political. Whether you are red, green, or blue; party political or not, if you have an opinion then we want you to join our society! Events include guest speakers, debates, and regular trips to Westminster. POST INSANE We are the Rolling Stones of LSE's intellectual scene. Both its youngest and boldest society, founded in the Spirit of the Radicals of 1789, we seek to critique the contemporary state of the human existence. Is your dream come true an internship at Goldman Sachs? This society ain't for you. STUDENT LIFE 21 PRIVATE EQUITY SU.SOC.PRIVATEEQUITY@LSE.AC.UK The Private Equity Society is one of the most dynamic and interactive student societies at the LSE, organizing the world's largest student conference on Private Equity and Hedge Funds, the Alternative Investments Conference. We are a passionate group of students and young professionals focused on deepening our knowledge of some of the most interesting areas of finance, including leveraged buyouts and venture capital. PROPERTY INVESTMENT SU.SOC.PROPERTY INVESTMENT@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Property Investment society is the LSE's only dedicated gateway into real estate. It provides a combination of extensive educational and networking opportunities enabling career orientated students to gain exposure to the industry. RUSSIAN BUSINESS We organise recruiting events with Western and Russian companies to distinguish and promote highly educated Russian speaking students from the top UK Universities. We also organise Business and Economic oriented lectures, presentations and receptions in order to give students, media and academics a first-hand insight into Russia. The society allows for networking, to broaden the links and contacts for our members. SALSA SU.SOC.SALSA@LSE.AC.UK Do you feel the rhythm in your veins? The need to accompany it with a little bit of salsa? We will get you dancing. With weekly classes, parties, workshops, and nights out, the year promises to be one of excitement. From beginner to advanced, all are welcome. EVERYONE has a right to dance! SCANDINAVIAN SU.SOC.SCANDINAVIAN@LSE.AC.UK The Scandinavian Society is notoriously recognized for successfully promoting tradition and culture through some of the wildest parties known to LSE having attracted such famous faces as Howard Davies himself. We are hoping to come out bigger and better than ever with new exciting events and interesting speakers lined up. SCHEME SU.SOC.SCHEME@LSE.AC.UK A new society who's aim is to bring a community spirit to LSE. If you've got ideas for events, schemes or just generally how to bring a smile to peoples faces then join up now! SERBIAN SIKH-PUNJAB SU.SOC.SIKH-PUNJAB@LSE.AC.UK Coming from relative obscurity, the LSE Sikh-Punjab Soc has grown to be one of LSE's most dynamic, vibrant, happening societies. Time after time, bringing you the most exciting and talked about events at the LSE, constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility to reach unimaginable heights. SINGAPORE SU.SOC.SINGAPORE@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Singapore Society's vision is to facilitate the expression of a unique national identity and to ease the introduction of members into a foreign environment. With a strong foundation of 150 members, events are well received and provide an extremely good opportunity for fellow Singaporeans to interact. In addition, non-Singaporeans are also highly encouraged to join and soak up the culture. We seek to inform and familiarise students as well as the wider public about Serbia; its past, present and future. Through panels, debates, and our famous yearly trip to Serbia, the Society offers an insight into this Western Balkan country and the current issues that it faces. 22 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES SLOVENIAN SU.SOC.SLOVENIAN@LSE.AC.UK Slovenian Society brings together Slovenians at the LSE, their friends and anyone else that is interested in Slovenia. The society organises various events, from more formal events, such as for example the Slovenian Cultural Day in February, film nights, recitals and guest speakers, to more informal social meetings. If you have any further questions please fell free to contact us. SOCIAL POLICY SU.SOC.SOCIALPOLICY@LSE.AC.UK SPS aims to engage students on important social policy issues through a variety of social, networking, educational, policy forums, and career-focused events and activities. SPS offers regular opportunities for students to learn, connect, and discuss, including Social Policy Week during Lent Term. Open to students of all departments. SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTORS Socially Responsible Investing is a rapidly growing trend in today's financial environment. The society's aim is to help those interested to learn more about SRI and get the opportunity to meet professionals in the sector. This year we will set up a socially responsible investment fund, so get involved! SPICE SU.SOC.SPICE@LSE.AC.UK SPICE celebrates every festival in the Indian Subcontinent, hosts Bollywood movie nights, holds special dinners and Chaat stalls, organises educational talks and debates with high-profile speakers and much more! With SPICE, you are assured to spend a brilliant time at the LSE, because the Indian culture can always take a new flavour. SPICE up your lives! SRI LANKAN SU.SOC.SRILANKAN@LSE.AC.UK Sri Lankan Society is the cultural society representing all the Sri Lankan students in LSE. The society aims to bring together students from diverse backgrounds, promote the Sri Lankan culture and organize various events for the student body of LSE in general. Regular socials are organized and "Sri Lankan Dance" is always a big highlight of Timeless. STOP THE WAR COALITION Stop the War Coalition was formed in September 2001 to stop the war declared by the US and its allies against `terrorism'. As a broad and radical network, STWC has become the biggest mass movement in British political history. We raise awareness and advocate civil disobedience to achieve our aims. STUDENT ACTION FOR REFUGEES SWSS TAIWAN SU.SOC.TAIWAN@LSE.AC.UK The Taiwanese Society aims to promote greater understanding of the rich culture and history of Taiwan, as well as foster a friendly and intimate community among our members. To this end, we organize cultural and social events such as lectures, theatre trips, dinner outings, and parties throughout the year. For further information contact: su.soc.taiwan@lse. ac.uk A society for students concerned with the situation of refugees in Britain. SWSS agitates for socialist ideas on campus and is part of united campaigns against fascism, racism, climate change and oppression. At LSE we were involved in the occupation of the Old Theatre against the Israeli attack on Gaza and we are involved with the LSE Not for Profit campaign STUDENT LIFE 23 THAI SU.SOC.THAI@LSE.AC.UK The Thai society seeks to engage members with various activities throughout the year ranging from the traditional Thai `rub nong' (freshers welcome), annual Thai Night Shows, and concerts held by Thai contemporary artists all the way from Bangkok. Non-Thais may experience a year of free Thai lessons and Thai food. THE WORLD KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY TURKISH SU.SOC.TURKISH@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Turkish Society is to bring the Turkish speaking community together and to contribute to the truly international environment of LSE by introducing Turkish culture, politics, economics and current affairs through a number of events. One of LSE Union's newest and most promising Societies! World Knowledge Society is a nexus between members and professionals from international organisations, NGOs, thinktanks and global initiatives. It is a forum for discussion, education and networking, with seminars involving representatives from some of most important global organisations throughout the year! UKRAINIAN SU.SOC.UKRAINIAN@LSE.AC.UK Our society aims to promote Ukraine at the LSE and in the U.K., provide a forum for Ukrainians and those interested in Ukraine at the LSE and foster academic, political, business and cultural contacts between the UK and Ukraine. UNITED NATIONS SU.SOC.UNSOCIETY@LSE.AC.UK The United Nations Society promotes the values and aims of the United Nations at LSE. We organise UN-related debates and lectures, the UN Careers evening, and Model UN delegations around the world. If you believe in the UN, enjoy travelling and care about current international issues, the UN Society is for you. VEGETARIAN SU.SOC.VEG@LSE.AC.UK Veg Soc was formed in October 2008. Its objectives are to: campaign for vegetarian and vegan related issues on campus, provide a platform for vegetarians and vegans to meet each other through social events, cookery events, provide a support system for any individuals at LSE wanting to turn vegetarian or vegan, raise awareness about health and dietary issues faced by vegetarians and vegans. VIETNAM SU.SOC.VIETNAM@LSE.AC.UK The LSE-Vietnam Society (VNLSE) has a membership base of Vietnamese and international students who are currently studying at the School. Our main mission is to introduce and diffuse Vietnamese culture, faciliate understanding and promote her rich cultural heritage to international friends. Each year,we put up various events, including the annual cultural show, Christmas trip, etc. VISUAL ARTS SU.SOC.VISUALARTS@LSE.AC.UK The Visual Arts Society is very active, creative and fun. We have weekly life drawing sessions, freestyle sessions with all types of art including painting, sculpture, cartoon etc; regular gallery outings to galleries with DISCOUNT tickets. Finally our Student Art Exhibition is THE major art event at LSE! WOMEN IN BUSINESS SU.SOC.WOMEN-IN-BUSINESS@LSE.AC.UK WiB's long term vision is to generate strong positioning for its members by establishing a much-needed forum for business networking, education and the discussion of pressing issues surrounding women in business. We aim to help our members address the above three issues early on in their careers so that they are well positioned to achieve their goals and aspirations in the future. 24 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS From rugby to boxing, volleyball to ultimate frisbee, novice to national champion, the LSE Athletics Union (AU) caters for everyone. With 42 sports clubs and over 2000 members, you're sure to find something that suits. Whether you are looking to compete in the national finals with basketball, get fit with the aerobics club, try something new with one of our martial arts clubs or just to find some drinking buddies, then the AU won't disappoint! However, ULU isn't only useful for a bit of local rivalry, it also allows LSE students to nationally for all levels of players. Many of our teams also compete in the University of London Union (ULU) league, allowing us to show the other London universities, and particularly our dear neighbours King's College (more commonly known as Strand Poly) that not only are we good at economics, but we can also beat them at netball, hockey and taekwondo. participate in sports that aren't practical to run at college level, for example swimming, athletics and fencing. These sports are a great way to make friends with a range of students across London as the teams are formed from all London Universities. FACILITIES Whilst providing an on-campus ski-slope may be beyond our means, you will find squash courts, badminton courts and a gymnasium on site. A short train ride away, in a picturesque setting just outside London, lies Berrylands Sports Ground, known as `the fortress' to its regulars. With seven pitches for footballers and rugby players and a multisport area for netball, tennis and 5-a-side, it is the place to be on a Wednesday afternoon. The on site bar provides the perfect place to enjoy a beer, some food and socialise with friends (and foes!) post-match. Although the journey can put people off, ask any of our teams and they will tell you it's vital in really building up relationships within your team, going over game plans or usually just catching up on the week's antics! Most sports matches are played on a Wednesday afternoon -a time which the School has agreed to keep free for sports and other enrichment activities. However, the AU and Students' Union have become aware of lectures and seminars scheduled during this time and undergraduate lectures will now finish at midday at the latest. If you have any trouble just let the AU Exec know and they can see what they can do. "THESE SPORTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A RANGE OF STUDENTS ACROSS LONDON" For a central London university, we have a very impressive participation rate in sport with students of all standards, nationalities and levels of study getting involved. With seven netball, eight football and four rugby teams the LSE stands out amongst its academic peers in being able to offer everyone a chance to represent their university. Although securing a place in the first team may be very competitive, many clubs predominantly recruit from those who have never been involved in the sport before (capoiera anyone?!), so ability comes second to a sense of enthusiasm! COMPETITIONS All competitive clubs are affiliated with the British University College of Sport (BUCS, previously known as BUSA), who organise and run inter-university leagues STUDENT LIFE 25 AU NIGHTS It's all about the banter... The AU is renowned in LSE not only for its sporting prowess but also for its love of all things fancy dress, snakebite and 90's cheese. If you want to meet like minded people, keep fit and avoid becoming a library hermit then look no further than the AU! Like all universities, Wednesday night is sports night and is legendary within the AU. Win, lose or draw there is always cause for a celebration. The night starts at our spiritual home, the Three Tuns where your captains will greet you and make sure you are suitably `looked after'. Join in the drinking games, belt out a love-song on the karaoke or simply catch up with your friends - you're always guaranteed a fun and `interesting' night! Expect to think of nothing else when asked "what are you doing Wednesday?" We have plenty of events planned for this year- starting with a `Party in the Park'. You will be taken by coach to `fortress Berrylands' where you will be greeted by a well stocked bar and beer tent, music, BBQ, bouncy castle and the opportunity to join in a number of different sports taster sessions. Before you get AU party withdrawal symptoms, we are having an official welcome party just two weeks after. Next up is the AU Carol held at Christmas (unsurprisingly), probably the funniest and definitely the messiest event you'll have ever experienced. Hardcore fans of this will sign up with gusto for the Calella `tour' in Easter � five days of similar mayhem, five times the fun! The AU Colours Ball is held at the end of Lent term and the AU has a chance to get rid of their sweaty sports kit and don their finest suits and dresses. Don't be fooled by the black tie as there is even more fun to be had than a usual Wednesday night (cue eating dessert with no hands) Plato once said, "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." We take this seriously at the AU, with many believing personal development comes in the form of a Wednesday night - not a Thursday morning lecture. Sign up for clubs will take place at Freshers' Fayre with all other societies � look out for us and come join in the best part of LSE! in the foyer of the East Building where you can find information on the AU Staff Members, Executive Committee, Club contacts, Class timetables and training information. "LIKE ALL UNIVERSITIES, WEDNESDAY NIGHT IS SPORTS NIGHT AND IS LEGENDARY WITHIN THE AU. WIN, LOSE OR DRAW THERE IS ALWAYS CAUSE FOR A CELEBRATION" All clubs come together to celebrate each other's successes, as Colours awards are handed out alongside other prizes including Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year. It doesn't end there. To give you that extra bit of hope and support to get through the perilous exam period, you can look forward to our old school style Sports Day at Berrylands and kick start that Summer feeling! THE BORING STUFF This will be held in traditional AU fashion: fancy dress, drinks deals and the football club trying to prove they are better than rugby (tug of war anyone?!) All clubs cost �10 for one academic year's membership. In addition, some clubs also charge a nominal class fee. There is an Athletics Union Noticeboard 26 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS CLUBS AEROBICS In shape? Want to get in shape? We want all shapes! BADMINTON Join the club. Book a court whenever it suits you. Enjoy. Also provides the opportunity for competitive fixtures against other universities BASKETBALL MEN'S AND WOMEN S The most successful club in the recent history of the AU, the Men's Basketball team is known to go whole seasons undefeated. With a committed Women's team as well come and join the dynasty? CAPOEIRA Come enjoy this Brazilian martial art for yourself, with its mix of music, dancing and fighting it ticks all the boxes! CRICKET Enjoy the glorious sound of leather on willow? Join LSE's esteemed Cricket Club, a decision you will not regret. FLOORBALL A new addition to the AU and looking for new recruits of any level. Great for those who like the sport but not the British Weather! FOOTBALL MEN'S Seven teams, a proud history of silverware, the largest and loudest contingent out on a Wednesday night � the LSEFC is the cornerstone of all that is AU. FOOTBALL WOMEN'S As if we'd let the boys have all the fun! LSE's Women's Football team is committed both on the pitch and the `playground'! GOLF Fore! Join the Golf Club � a perfect excuse to escape the city and enjoy a peaceful (or not so peaceful) back 9. HOCKEY (MEN'S AND WOMEN S) With plenty of opportunities for both men and women, hockey is certainly well provided for at their own Fortress Battersea! HORSE RIDING Does what it says on the Tin! New and very popular club, come and get on board! JITSU Whether novice or seasoned pro, the large and successful Jitsu Club provides excellent facilities for training, learning and the perfect platform for competition. KARATE Wax-on, wax-off! You can be your very own Danny LaRusso by joining the ranks of LSE's well-regarded Karate Club. KITESURF The LSE kiters are taking the world by storm. Coming soon to a beach near you... LACROSSE Thought Chris Ostreicher was a sissy for choosing the jazz choir? Then join the Lacrosse team � where doo-wop tunes are strictly prohibited. STUDENT LIFE 27 MMA Fancy yourself as the next Chuck Liddell? Or perhaps you think you could take Kim-bo Slice? Either way, you'll want to join the Mixed Martial Arts club. NETBALL Another AU heavyweight, these Ladies are determined to enjoy their sport and their social life. From school level to pro, the Netball Club has seven teams that span all abilities. Don't miss out! POOL Whether you consider yourself a good player or a bad player, join the Pool Club and you'll become an awesome player. ROCK CLIMBING Tired of hanging around LSE all the time? Why not do it literally? ROWING Proud owners of a rather natty boathouse on the banks of the Thames, the Rowing Club have an enviable environment to push themselves to the limit. RUGBY MEN'S With their idiosyncratic combination of mingling with muscle-bound mules of men on the rugby pitch and the finest young fillies London's nightlife has to offer, the LSERFC welcomes all. RUGBY WOMEN'S Acknowledged to have the best proportional turnout on Wednesday nights of any club, join the Women's Rugby club to enjoy top quality rugby and a great social diary. RUNNING Fit? Unfit? Fast? Slow? We welcome allcomers! SAILING Britannia rules the waves, so where better to enjoy some fresh sea air and a little competitive sailing? SKI Unfortunately for us, London boasts no Dubai-style mega indoor ski slope. Not to worry, though, since there are two well-attended ski trips a year to make up for it. SQUASH With a dedicated online website providing a squash `ladder' to allow players to find others of similar ability, the Squash Club is one of the largest and most popular clubs on campus TABLE TENNIS Penhold or Shakehand? Flipper or Smasher? Join the Table Tennis Club to find out! TAE KWON DO The Tae Kwon Do Club regularly competes at national competitions, holds regular training sessions and tutorials and is thus the perfect place to develop your abilities. SURF Live the dream, ride the wave! Join us on our frequent expeditions at home and abroad to catch the best barrels Europe has to offer. YOGA Who doesn't want to be more flexible? Whether a lotus-veteran or someone who hasn't been able to touch their toes for years; there are classes to suit all abilities. 28 STUDENT LIFE GYM Work off that freshers' flab The Students' Union offers an on site gym, conveniently located on the 1st floor of the East Building. It is a fully equipped facility, with: � 19 Technogym CV Machines � 14 Technogym Resistance Machines � Extended Free-weights Area � Plasma Screen TVs � Full air conditioning The Gym is fully staffed with qualified professionals, so if you have any questions or problems, don't hesitate to ask. It is also incredibly good value! Extras include body fat testing (�2) and personal training (�15 per hour). Also, check out the noticeboard for information on classes. OPENING TIMES Monday - Friday: 8am � 9pm Saturday & Sunday: 10am � 6pm MEMBERSHIP RATES Membership is capped each year, so join early to avoid disappointment! The joining fee is �5, or �2.50 for AU members. All rates include FREE membership to the Aerobics Society STUDENTS ALUMNI Anual Month Daily �100 �22.50 �3 �210 �105 �45 �3.50 4 Months �50 STAFF �150 �75 �35 �3.50 CONTACT E180, 1ST FLOOR, EAST BUILDING M.C.MCCLELLAND@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6002 STUDENT LIFE 29 RAISING AND GIVING Come and get your RAG on!!... Almost every Uni has a Raising and Giving society (RAG) which relies on talented, cheeky and persuasive students like yourselves - to squeeze every penny you can from the general public, and your fellow LSE-goers; all for obviously a very good cause. Last year we all decided on the three charities of Cancer Research UK, Hope for Children and Action Against Hunger and we put on some pretty damn successful events to raise a massive �40,000! We did everything from putting on a sexy, classy and glamorous Freshers' Ball, to waxing some very fit LSE hunks, and gathering a huge number of keen explorers to hitchhike to Amsterdam...not spending one little penny to get there.. all in the name of charity! RAIDS Apart from all of the fun events that we put on throughout the year, we also embark on possibly one of the biggest challenges in trying to raise cash for charity � getting your ma n' pa to sponsor you to bungee jump (which is something else we organise to raise money too by the way!) is one thing, and getting your fellow rugby mates to sponsor you getting your hairy chest waxed is another... but imagine dressing up like a bit of a fool.. for example, as a Smurf, or a pirate, or a Lego-man, to then go and wander the busy streets of London or some similarly massive city to raise money on the streets!.. Well, yep, we do that too! We love, love, LOVE to raid London and beyond with other Uni's RAGs, and often there is lots of competitions, prizes, sweets and pizza involved! Now, raiding isn't for the faint-hearted; so if you think you can handle the challenge, we'd love to see your bargaining and persuasive skills! get there 1st! The Hitch Hike is definitely for those of you with itchy feet, a sense of adventure...oh, and the gift of the gab! RAG WEEK Just when you thought RAG events couldn't be more fun, more diverse and more gripping, you experience an intense, immense and irregular week of hundreds of events one after the other, after the other after the other... by Saturday morning you quite possibly feel as if a train of excitement, energy and electricity has steamed through your body, and it takes the whole weekend to recover! FOR FUN.. Not only do your fellow RAG members care about the world and other people, they also know how to party!! We love to kick-start the year with an unbeatable, hilarious and sociable Pub Crawl, which has been a massive success in the past couple of years � last year we got over 120 students involved in Pub Golf on the 1st Friday of Freshers' week, hitting the local pubs, to pot the last hole in the mental first club (Crush) night on campus. And don't worry... RAG isn't just about having a giggle during Freshers' time, we keep that party momentum going on throughout the year, with live music nights, waxing events, Christmas parties and end-of-year balls... actually, it's pretty hard to keep up with us! "EXPERIENCE AN INTENSE, IMMENSE AND IRREGULAR WEEK OF HUNDREDS OF EVENTS ONE AFTER THE OTHER" During this one, special week, we get the HITCH HIKE Ok, so Raiding is an enormous challenge in itself, but how about getting from London to Amsterdam in 24 hours, without using 1 penny to get you there... think it's impossible? Well, think again because we had around 50 people sneak across the borders and manage to get themselves all the way to `Dam to party it up in celebration! At the end of Lent Term we sling-on our backpacks and defiantly plan our non-expenditure-route to our chosen destination, and have a lot of damn fun in the process. And standard of course, prizes are awarded to those brave, dedicated souls who manage to whole SU, all societies and all students involved in raising as much money as possible, by cramming in huge amounts of diverse events... from people auctions (where you can buy yourself a delicious LSE student, or Howard Davies for the evening!), to giant tug-of-wars on campus, to live gigs, to yummy global food sales, to merchandise flogging, to fashion shows, to pub crawls, to Silent Discos... `Where next?!' you may ask... well, that is entirely up to you new students to decide! Anyone can get involved in organising an event, and everyone's ideas are needed and appreciated; so watch out for this mental week during the middle 30 STUDENT LIFE RAISING AND GIVING jobs and experiences out there, in the Third (Charitable) Sector. Last year we got speakers from Hope for Children to come in and do talks about volunteering abroad, and we have several RAGgers going to Zambia this summer to work in schools and hospitals. We intend to bring more speakers, charities and events coordinators to come in and talk for you guys � to inform you of possible careers and to give you a helping-hand in organising that all important work experience during holidays... FOR YOUR CV Finally, as many of you may have realised... although coming to the prestigious LSE easily racks up the brownie points on your CV in preparation for your future, sadly, taking a degree generally isn't enough in these competitive, cutthroat days. You need to prove that you are dedicated, ambitious and driven, and what better way to prove it by organising your own event for RAG, proving your altruism by raiding the streets of London, or flouting your persuasive, PR skills by raking in some sponsorship for us?! of Lent Term � and make sure you save some energy (and cash) especially for that week!! tonne of cash and a lot of awareness... so we want to hear from you. We'll be having our own Induction meeting during the Freshers' weeks, to listen to you and to start organising some bigger and better events, that are gunna get us beating other London Uni's RAGs! We also want to take some big steps in diversifying our RAG � our RAG is not just about raising money and having a lot of fun in the process... it is also about informing you guys of the amazing CONTACT CHARLOTTE GERADA RAG PRESIDENT SU.RAG@LSE.AC.UK If you think you have a strong personality, and a voice that gets you heard... then give RAG a go.. and with some great RAG committee position elections coming up at the beginning of Michaelmas term, you can have your go and shining out above other LSE students... So... come and get your RAG on!! NEXT YEAR? LSE's RAG is incredibly young in comparison to other Uni's, which is why your input is absolutely essential. Last year we managed to double the figure we raised for our chosen charities, and we want to top it again!... We are calling on all Freshers' to imagine-up some unique, intriguing and incredibly profitable events to raise a STUDENT LIFE 31 THE BEAVER WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? Yes, it's a stupid name. You can blame George Bernard Shaw for that. He was the one who christened The Beaver for its first issue on 5 May 1949. To the people who don't like its unique brand of fearlessly objective reporting, The Beaver has been one of the dirtiest words in student journalism ever since. But it's also been one of the most respected. As soon as you open your first issue of LSE's weekly student newspaper, you'll see why there's no better voice for the LSE student community. The Beaver has played a big part in LSE history. If you go to the Library archives, you'll be able to find the past issues that charted the famous mini-revolution of 1968 when students occupied the School, or the huge protests that erupted almost forty years later against top-up fees and the Iraq war. In those pages you'll see the first flowering of countless political, business and journalistic careers that have gone on to change the world. If you join us during your time at LSE, you'll probably make it there too. ness and the stakes in loving detail. But we're also second to none in our reporting of the School's daily life -academic appointments, society scandals, drunken rampages by the Athletics Union. The conversation continues in the Comment, Features, Social and Sports sections, where LSE's amazing international diversity shines through. Meanwhile, Part B, our separate arts and culture supplement shows a side of LSE that many people too often pass over. We have also added a Photo section for the visually inclined, and have embraced the onslaught of new media through the use of Twitter and our website at www.TheBeaverOnline.co.uk. Actually, perhaps it's not such a Our flagship News section is nationally renowned for its reporting of the big student political issues of the moment. Henry Kissinger once said that student politics is so vicious because the stakes are so small. Well, we cover the viciousridiculous name after all. Beavers are supposed to be industrious animals with social habits. We are completely open to writing contributions from the student body - the only qualification you need to get your name into print is to be an Somewhere between the Morning Star and The Daily Mail... and some say The Guardian! LSE student. But if you want to get more involved in The Beaver during your time at LSE, you'll certainly need to be industrious. The paper is run by student volunteers who edit and write during their time of study; undergraduates and postgraduates contribute roughly equally. For the brave hearts, you can run for election to our editorial board at our democratic collective meetings � we only expect a strong passion for journalism (with no prior experience required)! You won't regret it. That's where the social habits come in. You'll be exposed to an unparalleled world of exclusive opportunities, and you'll have a terrific time being part of the lovely Beaver family. Can it possibly get any better? CONTACT E204, EAST BUILDING THEBEAVER.EDITOR@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6705 "THE BEAVER HAS PLAYED A BIG PART IN LSE HISTORY" 32 STUDENT LIFE PULSE RADIO Pulse Radio is the voice of the LSE's Students' Union, broadcasting 24-hours a day to bring you the latest student news, intense debate (a.k.a. gossip) and, of course, the phattest and freshest music out there! Sound too good to be true?! Well that's why we need you... quality content and entertainment. So if you're after pre-release CDs and free tickets to review gigs, festivals and shows get in with the music team. If you want to interview world or business leaders join our news team. Or if you have an ear for a jingling jingle and tasty background beats then give our uber-cool production team a shout. However without our "Off Air" team Pulse. Those with a creative eye or if you're going to be the next apprentice then check in at our marketing and business teams. For those of you with the rarest skill of all, technical, we love you! Please come chat to our tech and web teams! There is something for everyone at Pulse Radio - even if its just a wild social life! So come along during Freshers' Fair, have a chat, sign up for free and get yourself to our welcome party (the first of many) where we'll show you what unversity life is really about! Oh also, YOU HAVE TO listen to our Freshers' Podcast at www.pulse.dj, it's an absolute essential guide to starting your LSE life! SO, HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? WELL... Radio shows need radio djs. It's not that scary! You'll be trained by the pros and after we're done with you, you may well end up representing LSE at national student media awards (hosted by Radio 1)! But that's just the beginning. Our "On Air" team works to provide the highest CONTACT PULSE STUDIO, E203, EAST BUILDING WWW.PULSE.DJ INFO@PULSE.DJ STUDENT LIFE 33 LOOSE TV LSE's Award Winning Student TV Network the School Annual Fund. The network produces regular programmes and in the past years has provided comprehensive coverage of Students' Union elections, including a live Election Night special that streamed online during the election count. Aspiring journalists can show their talents by producing documentaries and newsreels; covering breaking news events in the LSE, such as student protests, as well as making documentaries that discuss controversial issues involving the student body and academic staff. On the lighter side, the "Loose TV Sketch Show" was formed in the last academic year. Writing and filming new material on a weekly basis it offers opportunities for aspiring actors, editors, writers and producers regardless of previous experience. Filmmaking has been a cornerstone of LooSE. From fiction films to comedy LooSE TV is the official television network of the Students' Union. Broadcasting online, LooSE offers a wide variety of quality student-made programming. LooSE TV represents a network of filmmakers with vibrant ideas, and a network of friends working to realise those ideas. It's a society where a filmmaker can pitch his or her idea and find other members interested in helping on their project, or simply book out network equipment to make their own ideas a reality. In this sense LooSE TV is a highly flexible society and provides the perfect platform to gain valuable experience towards a career in Media, or simply a LooSE TV offers the opportunity in training and experience for its members in the use of filming equipment, editing software and in filmmaking technique. LooSE utilises impressive, professional camera equipment and editing software, purchased using donations from CONTACT LOOSE TV STUDIO, E203, EAST BUILDING WWW.LOOSETV.CO.UK LOOSE.TV@LSE.AC.UK great way of making new friends and having a bit of a chuckle along the way. shorts, the network welcomes all filmmakers and their ideas. Each year we host RAG Reels � a film making competition, this year judged by the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI). LooSE participates in the National Student Television Association conference and has previously won in the Light Entertainment category. With so much to offer and a rich, diverse array of opportunities and members, LooSE TV is a must-join society "FROM FICTION FILMS TO COMEDY SHORTS, THE NETWORK WELCOMES ALL FILMMAKERS AND THEIR IDEAS 34 STUDENT LIFE CLARE MARKET REVIEW Fluff, trash, chewing gum for the mind, horoscopes, Hollyoaks and whore-gazing -from pop-bitch to hot-pix our student media landscape is littered with tabloid fare that many of us routinely use to provide pleasurable punctuation to our busy lives. But when we look to our media for honest reflections of our own intelligence, to quell for a moment its writhing libido and sticky demands for consumption and really talk to us, it suddenly becomes elusive, rolling over without a word. The Clare Market Review is both a journal and a review, and in these guises has been produced at LSE since 1905. In the early days Beatrice and Sidney Webbs systemic appraisals of governance would sit next to Bernard Shaw's rolling accounts of the arts. Later, ribald It functions as a journal in its contribution to academic thought, providing a platform for LSE students to be published alongside globally recognised academics, its relevance is checked by a peerreview board of senior LSE academics. It is also a review, where art and culture mingle, an intervention in the tabloid landscape of student media, providing debate and commentary, original artIf it is held that Clare is the home of quality writing at the LSE Students' Union, the question is begged, what kind of home is it? It may be cosy, but the doors are always open, strangers in the living room, friends in the kitchen, past pot-heads converse with future captains of industry in the hall. As much as it is the salon, stools drawn around, reclining pr�cieuses and rarified discourse, it is the activist squat, pamphlets and paper wraps, the charged atmosphere of doing something that matters. Most of all it is definably LSE, a globalised perspective, unashamedly smart, students and staff creating media worthy of one of the world's foremost intellectual institutions. Take a step into our wonderful world. cartoons by Spike Milligan would face off against Bertrand Russell's geopolitics. Throughout its life, low and high writing cultures would be routinely collapsed, while the values of wit and incision were always upheld. Relaunched last academic year after a three-decade vacation, Clare looks to provide more of the same, in a marketplace where more of the same is something appetizingly different. Clare exists materially in both paper and electronic forms. Unlike most other paper media Clare will not find its pages balled up and strewn around the Quad like postindustrial tumbleweed. Termlypublished books, perfect-bound and lovingly crafted, heavily designed with original artworks -if students could afford bookshelves Clare would sit proudly upon them. The electronic edition exists in a content-generative relationship with the paper edition. Adumbrations and playful experiments grow from here into fully-formed articles. work and graphics, surrounding us with the liveliest and most listenable voices of our generation. CONTACT WWW.CLAREMARKETREVIEW.COM SU.CLAREMARKETREVIEW@LSE.AC.UK STUDENT LIFE 35 VOLUNTEERING ting involved in the community through employee-volunteering schemes. In fact, 22 million adults take part in formal volunteering each year and volunteering is estimated to generate about �40 billion a year for the UK economy! You can volunteer regularly or simply get involved in one-off projects when you have the time. There are a wide range of things that you can do, from helping witnesses in court, visiting the elderly and those in hospital, to tutoring at after-school clubs and working with refugees. HOW? The SU is looking to recruit volunteers to work in the community and will try to find you a project or even encourage and help you to set up your own. Whatever it is that you would like to do, whoever you would like to work with, get in touch and we'll help you get involved. Or you can simply go to the Volunteer Centre website to register as a volunteer. You will then be kept informed about upcoming projects. Next step is to choose which volunteering opportunity you want to go for, then contact them directly. If you want to develop your skills, meet new people, have fun and make a difference in the local community, then volunteering is for you. You can give as much time as you like, when you like. skills and experience for your CV, whilst making a real difference to people's lives. Volunteering can also help you to find your dream job. Employers want to see evidence of how you cope in situations that may arise in your working life. As a result of his volunteering one LSE student volunteer has been offered a summer internship at the charity where he volunteers. Big companies are also getCONTACT JARLATH O'HARA STUDENT ACTIVITIES MANAGER J.O'HARA@LSE.AC.UK CONTACT VOLUNTEER CENTRE, CAREERS SERVICE, 6TH FLOOR, TOWER 3. WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/ VOLUNTEERCENTRE VOLUNTEER@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6519 WHY? Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, have fun and discover London. You will also gain valuable 36 STUDENT LIFE THE LSESU DIALOGUE COMMISSION "One of the most promising developments on campus this year" � The Beaver, Editorial 22 April 2009 OVERVIEW The Dialogue Commission seeks to foster greater understanding and co-operation between various elements within the student body, most notably as represented by political, religious and national Students' Union societies. Dialogues are conducted under a strict confidentiality agreement with mediators from the student body, and transcribed by our secretaries for the Commission's archives. Dialogues can also be published and/or presented in a public format, similar to a mediated panel discussion, should the participants wish to do so. Both the format and the topics discussed are flexible, and depend largely on the wishes of the participants. Dialogue series ongoing from the past year include Palestine-Israel and Tibet-China. The Commission is eager to hear from students and student societies interested in opening talks on other subjects; we are also actively seeking to expand our network to other universities, both in the UK and abroad. with the ICCSN, where representatives of the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor engaged students in a three-hour dialogue on current developments in international criminal justice and the role of the Court in international society. � Legal, technical and secretarial support staff (training available) � Website, publications and PR staff � Mediators (professional training/ certificate courses are available) � Liaison officers to the public, NGOs and other universities SPEAKING EVENTS In addition to our mediation work, the Commission is committed to promoting dialogue and the `dialogic ethic' on campus through various channels. Last year, public speakers hosted by the Commission included the Jerusalem Peacemakers, a grassroots interfaith network based in Israel and the West Bank; we also co-sponsored an event TEAM DC WANTS YOU! The Dialogue Commission is looking for energetic and committed individuals to fill a variety of roles: CONTACT JOIN US ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: LSESU DIALOGUE E-MAIL US: SU.DIALOGUE@LSE.AC.UK STUDENT LIFE 37 UNION AWARDS The Students' Union simply wouldn't exist without the people who devote huge amounts of their spare time to Union activities and make LSE a more enjoyable place to be. There are three major awards for individuals which are presented at The Union Awards in Summer Term. These awards are as follows: made by any student and are judged by the Union Awards panel. DEV CROPPER AWARDS John Devenand Cropper was a final year student of Government at LSE when he died suddenly in London on March 25th 1998. During his three years at LSE, Dev was intensely involved in the community life of the School and beyond. He was actively engaged in the political life of the student body and served on the Students' Union Executive. He often contributed to The Beaver, and he was involved in other public interest causes including Students Against Racism and the GMB. As a way of commemorating Dev's exemplary service to the student community at the LSE, the Students' Union Executive Committee has decided to offer an annual award to a student starting their final year in 2010/2011 academic year. This award, of �2,500, will be made to the recipient on a termly basis through the LSE Scholarships Office. Fellow students or other members of the school community will nominate candidates for the award. The principle criterion for consideration for the award is involvement in and contribution to student life during the nominee's first five terms at the LSE. AU COLOURS The AU Summer Ball is the highlight of the AU social calendar and in between the banter, the Colours presentation ceremony takes place. Awarded by the AU Executive, these awards recognise serious commitment to sport at LSE. HONORARY STUDENTSHIPS The highest award the Students' Union can bestow upon a LSE student and means that the individual is given lifetime membership of the Students' Union. This award is granted to those who have displayed continuous outstanding achievement across a broad range of Union Activities. ULU LAURELS If you ran an organization as irrelevant and ineffective as ULU (The University of London Union) you wouldn't think they'd be much to celebrate...and you'd be right. Inspite of this the only event that ULU still actually seems to run is an annual award ceremony called ULU Laurels. Given that only five people in London actually know what ULU is this is probably the easiest chance you'll ever get to win �20 in unmarked Waterstone vouchers. Nominations traditionally open in April OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD This award is to reward those who have devoted an enormous amount of their time over the past academic year it to Union activities. SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION AWARD This award seeks to reward all those who have made a significant contribution to a society (or societies) in their time at LSE. with the award ceremony taking place in May. See the ULU website for more details: www.ulu.co.uk POET LAUREATE Much like its national counterpart, the Students' Union Poet Laureate is completely within the gift of the government or, in our case, the Sabbatical Officers. This will be the first time a poet laureate will be ordained at the LSE, but it is hoped that he or she will make an immeasurable contribution to the cultural life of the School. Contact Emmanuel on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. In the event of two or more nominees being judged to have made an equally outstanding contribution to the corporate life of the student body, the panel will make the award to the student felt to be in greatest financial need. The Union is indebted not only to Dev, but also to his family. The Award is a fitting tribute to the irreplaceable contribution Dev made to the LSE community. SOCIETIES AWARDS The vast number of hours put into the smooth running of our 160 plus societies would certainly never go unrecognised. The Societies Awards reward the societies that have had the biggest positive impact on campus over the course of the academic year. Nominations can be 38 STUDENT LIFE UNION AWARDS MEDIA GROUP AWARDS The MGAs reward contribution to the LSE Media Group through its constituent bodies: Pulse Radio, The Beaver, LooSE TV and the Clare Market Review. Judged by the Media Group heads, the Communications Officer and various professional journalists, these awards are the culmination of a year's hard work for the Students' Union publications, and are awarded at a "lavish" ceremony in central London. The Award is financed by LSE alumni and friends of Bernard, and is managed by the Students' Union. The objective of the competition is to encourage the quality of student journalism within LSE, and to celebrate a distinguished graduate of LSE, Bernard Levin (1948-52). Bernard is considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest and most admired journalists the School has produced. Bernard was a brilliant debater in the Student's Union, a brilliant performer in the annual Student Review in the Old Theatre, and contributed to the Clare Market Review and The Beaver while he studied at LSE. He was awarded the CBE for his work as a journalist. The Times contributed internships for the first two Awards, and The Daily Mail is Register your interest in participating for the Award NOW, with the Students' Union Treasurer: email@example.com, and you will be sent an entry form, a booklet about the Award, with samples of previous winners' entries, and examples of Bernard Levin's own special writing style. The final date for entries is the end of Lent Term 2010. For more information on awards, see www.lsesu.com providing the internship for the 2009 winner. All students at LSE are eligible to enter. They must write a column of up to 1,000 words on some aspect of their experience of being a student at the School, related to the character of the School and its campus, situated as it is in the centre of London. BERNARD LEVIN AWARD FOR STUDENT JOURNALISM This is the fourth year that this award has offered the winner an internship within a national media organisation, �500, plus a `Bernard Levin' night out at the theatre and dinner for two in Covent Garden. STUDENT LIFE 39 WHAT'S ON? Answer: lots ENTERTAINMENTS The LSE Students' Union has three of its own dedicated entertainments venues: the Three Tuns, Quad and Underground. Club nights, society events, stand up comedy - our venues see it all, week in, week out. With a capacity of over 1,200, comfortable seating and three well stocked bars you can be sure of having a good night out at the Students' Union. And you'll probably still have change from �20 at the end of it. Every Friday night we open our doors for Crush - London's best student night. Great tunes, cheap drinks and all your friends. What better way to end a hard week at LSE? The main room is the Quad, where a packed dance floor full of beautiful people (and LSE students) gyrate to the latest hits and classic tunes. The Underground Bar is the specialist room where every week you can sample some of the best music from around the world. This is THE essential night out. Wednesday night is AU night. Fresh from their weekly matches, our sports teams venture into the Three Tuns for a little light refreshment, before venturing onto a West End discoth�que. The members of the Athletics Union then retire to their respective bedrooms before waking up bright and early for their 9AM lectures.* Once a month Mind the Gap, the LGBT Society club night, packs in a mixed crowd for a night of pop, cheese and dance before heading off to Soho for even more fun. Public lectures are free lectures given by academics and public figures in Societies put on thousands of events each year: from debates to food fayres, charity auctions to pantomimes. Most are free, some cost a few pounds. Sign up to societies at Freshers' Fayre, and watch out for posters around campus in term time. Halls and departments throw their own parties, and the various parts of the Students' Union will doubtless invite you to an endless stream of meetings, parties and awards ceremonies. Consider this an excuse to buy some more outfits! CONTACT KATY CUSHEN EVENTS COORDINATOR K.CUSHEN@LSE.AC.UK / 020 7955 7158 www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesandevents/ Some lectures are followed by receptions full of free booze and snacks. EVENTS You will never be bored at LSE. In fact, you will probably start to get annoyed at how many things are going on: there's just not enough hours in the day. the evenings at LSE. Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Alan Greenspan are just some of the high profile speakers we've had over the past few years. Most are un-ticketed: just show up a few minutes beforehand and you'll get a seat. The more popular lectures are ticketed: students can pick up theirs at the Students' Union reception: first come, first served. If you miss out on a ticket, fear not: a queue for returns is usually available, but get there early and be prepared to wait! 40 STUDENT LIFE ARTS & LITERATURE Some people believe that LSE is a bland, inhospitable, alien place, devoid of all artistic expression where people only care about economics and politics. In fact, although LSE does not have any arts courses (apart from a few anomalous literature courses!) it does have a vibrant and thriving arts scene with many students taking part in everything from painting to film making. Regular exhibitions are held in the Atrium of the Old Building and there are free music concerts in the Shaw Library, an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors and various film, art and photographic competitions and exhibitions around the School as well as an artist-in-residence. The School's Director, Howard Davies, was Chair of the 2007 Man Booker prize judges. He is also a regular fiction reviewer for the Times and launched LSE's Reading For The Future at the Hay Festival in May 2007. Around campus you will notice a number of sculptures. There are 11 in total and were donated to the school by Louis Odette, an alumnus of the 1944 General Course. Every year an anthology of LSE's best creative writing is collected and published by the Students' Union Literature Society in a publication know as The Muse. It is always very well received and definitely worth picking up a copy. The School has an Arts Advisory Group which meets termly to discuss issues relating to the Arts at LSE, as well as considering proposals and distributing funding for artistic projects and ventures. A number of initiatives take place throughout the week including exhibitions and interactive art. Arts Week is hosted with the aim that it will highlight the opportunities that are available, encourage students to get more involved, and bring a little more creativity to the campus. LSE Literary Festival 2010 - Thursday 11- Saturday 13 February If you are planning a project, exhibition or musical event in a public place at LSE you need to submit a proposal the AAG. For further information please send your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. LSE LITERARY FESTIVAL LSE's first ever Literary Festival, exploring the links between the arts and social sciences, and drawing on LSE's Shavian foundations, was held in the New Academic Building last year to great acclaim. Speakers included Antony Gormley, Will Self, Professor Lord Giddens, Victoria Glendinning, Ben Okri, Jo Shapcott, Mohsin Hamid and Michael Holroyd. All events were free and open to all, with tickets set aside specially for LSE students at the SU reception. This year's promises to be bigger and better, and student involvement is being actively encouraged. So, if you would like to see how literature can enrich your social science experience put the dates in your diary now! If you have any inspired ideas for the festival, or would like to be involved in some way, please contact Louise Gaskell, Literary Festival Co-Ordinator, at email@example.com. Even better, encourage the societies you join to take part. For podcasts and videos of last year's Literary Weekend, and to join the mailing list for this year's, please visit www.lse.ac.uk/spaceforthought or www.lse.ac.uk/events. ARTS WEEK Arts Week is a venture initiated by the LSE Students' Union Arts Forum in order to raise awareness of art at LSE and to further enhance the arts culture of LSE. Arts Week involves a collaboration of a number of societies including the Business for Arts, Dance, Drama, Literature, Live Music, Music, Photography, Swing Dance, Urban Music, and the Visual Arts Society. GET INVOLVED The Students' Union, campaigning, politics, election... GET INVOLVED 43 CAMPAIGNS Campaigns aren't just about waving placards and chanting, but they are about getting as many students as possible involved in shaping their own education and future. Whether you suffer from poor teaching, a lack of resources on your course, a dodgy landlord or unfair wages, the Students' Union is there to take on your issue and unite all our members to make positive change. Ultimately, when we unite together, we are stronger � and that's the reason why Students' Unions exist. One of our most successful recent campaigns is over teaching, and led to the Teaching Taskforce � a project that the Students' Union worked on with the School, and has seen �2m invested in proposals to improve LSE teaching. These proposals came from the study body via the Students' Union, and we are looking forward to making sure they continue to be implemented. We also lobbied the School to open the Library 24 hours at key times � and, from this year, the Library will be open-all-hours from the beginning of Lent Term (second term) until the end of exams! Last year, when the future of the LSE Nursery was threatened, the Students' Union united parents and non-parents to fight any potential closure, and improve the service. The Nursery was saved and is now a more effective and efficient operation. Traditionally, we have also represented our students as citizens of wider society � and, at an international place like LSE, as global citizens. We have always camHistorically, it was the Students' Union that fought to have Houghton Street pedestrianised through mass sit-ins after a student was injured by a car. Many facilities of the Library were also improved paigned on political and social issues in wider society to win progressive changes that benefit students and their local communities, whether that means lobbying the Mayor for cheaper transport, winning a Living Wage for cleaners at LSE, or lobbying the School to adopt an ethical investment policy to ensure that we don't spend LSE's money on war, human rights abuses or environmental destruction. We have always believed that these issues are not only important in their own right, but also that as students with talent, energy and passion, we can really make a difference. That's why our societies' campaigning spirit and initiatives like Raising and Giving (RAG) are so effective and rewarding. Improving our education, changing the world by lobbying from the Students' Union. The Students' Union has also traditionally been at the forefront of the fight against higher fees, and was a focal point for protests against wars in Vietnam and later Iraq, when over 1000 LSE staff and students held sit-ins and joined a two million strong demonstration in London. "WE ARE A MEMBER OF NUS, WHO CAMPAIGN NATIONALLY AND LOBBY THE GOVERNMENT" We don't just campaign alone � we are a member of NUS, who campaign nationally and lobby the government. We are also part of the London Citizens network, who unite Schools, trade unions, community groups and even religious congregations to campaign across the capital for things like a Living Wage, an amnesty for asylum seekers, and more. 44 THE SCHOOL UGM The weekly Union General Meeting (UGM) is unique to the LSE Students' Union � we are the ONLY Students' Union in the country that still has a weekly meeting where any student can propose, speak on and vote for (or against!) improving the policy that shapes the Union's campaigns and ultimately the School. The UGM has been the scene of fierce debate for decades on everything from the standard of teaching and the standard of sports facilities to the situation in Iraq � and even the situation in Neighbours! People of every political persuasion get up and speak and you'll be entertained by some of the top debaters in the country going at it. Heckling, jokes and banter are strongly encouraged! But the UGM does make a difference; policies passed at the UGM become the campaigns run by the Union, and ultimately shape the way the School is run. When the Union passed policies to campaign for better teaching standards, Union officers took those ideas to the School, which eventually became a major part of the Teaching Taskforce that has seen �2 million invested in improving teaching and learning. After a UGM policy calling for a Living Wage for all LSE employees, the Union took that campaign to the School and after protests, detailed policy papers and lobbying, we won a Living Wage for LSE cleaners that will mean they are lifted out of poverty. The UGM begins with reports from the Students' Union Officers so that students can ask questions and Thursdays 1PM, Old Theatre Part pantomime, part debating chamber SPECIAL GUESTS Howard Davies, LSE's Director, speaks to the UGM every term about what the School is up to, and then answers questions from LSE students. He's had a grilling in the past from students on teaching, facilities and accommodation, and he's even composed and sung songs to the crowd! The NUS President, Wes Streeting, will also address students once a year, allowing us to hold the leader of the national organisation that speaks on our behalf to account. See p63 for dates of Wes and Howard's appearances. TYPES OF MOTION Business Motions � normal policy motion. Financial Motions � any motion requiring spending of Union funds. Discussed in its 2nd week on the order paper. Amendments to the Codes of Practice � edit the main governing body of the union. Discussed in its 5th week on the order paper. make comments on what we're doing. Following questions to all Students' Union Officers, The Beaver, Pulse, Loose and School Committee Representatives have their reports and then we go into the debate on policy. Emergency Motions � motions on a situation that arises after 5pm on the Monday. Must be submitted to the General Secretary by 1pm on the Thursday (so just before the UGM), who will decide whether it is genuinely an emergency! Amendments � these amend the motions put forward. You can submit them to the UGM Chair on paper by the end of the first speech against a motion, after which the amendment will be debated and voted upon. If it passes, it becomes part of the main motion. CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR The UGM has a Chair and Vice-Chair elected at the start of term � the jobs are often compared to everything from UN Peacekeeping to being a school teacher! The Chair makes sure the meeting runs smoothly, and the Vice-Chair takes minutes. THE SCHOOL 45 C&S, F&S, NUS & ULU .. and other confusing acronyms C&S The Constitutional and Steering Committee (C&S) sounds like a bore � but it's actually quite important, honest! C&S oversees the Students' Union Constitution and Codes of Practice, and makes sure everything we do is procedurally correct. This means checking motions before they get to UGM to see that they're not illegal or against equal opportunities; advising the Executive Committee on constitutional matters; and helping the UGM Chair conduct the meeting. There are 7 members of C&S. They are often affectionately called the Seven Dwarves, but they do a pretty hard job! is currently also the An-Najah University F&S The Finance and Serices Committee (F&S) is made up of all the Sabbatical Officers, the Societies Officer, the Environment & Ethics Officer as well as four lay members elected in the Lent Term elections. Its key responsibilities are to approve and amend societies' budgets as well as keep a close eye on the accounts of all of the Union's commercial services. Essentially, if you're a society treasurer these are the people you've got to charm if you want the benjamins. NUS The LSE Students' Union is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). NUS is the national voice of students, and campaigns nationally as the voice of over 7 million students. NUS campaigns to fight for fairer funding for higher education, improve student welfare, and strengthen Students' Unions through training and support. The NUS also has autonomous Liberation Campaigns such as the Women's Campaign. For just �10, you can buy an NUS Extra Card in the Quad during your first week, which gives you student-only discounts at loads of top stores. And that �10 goes partly back to our local Students' Union and partly to the National Union to fund campaigns and work to support students throughout the UK. CONTACT C&S: SU.CONSTITUTION@LSE.AC.UK F&S: SU.TREASURER@LSE.AC.UK ULU: WWW.ULU.CO.UK NUS: WWW.NUS.ORG.UK Twinning Taskforce to develop the links between our twin university in Palestine. ULU As LSE is a member of the University of London, the Students' Union is automatically a member of the University of London Union (ULU). The future of the University of London is uncertain, ergo so is the future of ULU. LSE has recently gained its own degree awarding powers, loosening the ties with UL even further. For the time being, ULU is based in Malet Street in Bloomsbury. It provides sports and societies for interests that can only be catered for by pooling resources across London, as well as UL-wide sports leagues. The LSE Students' Union also develops links with other universities and colleges in both further and higher education across London that are not part of the University of London. TASK FORCES Students' Union Taskforces exist to involve as many students as possible in the running and planning of some really important events or campaigns that we run. Taskforces can be created by students through UGM motions, and are usually elected at UGM. See p47. Our amazing Global Week has a task-force, convened by the Communications Officer. There 46 THE SCHOOL COMMITTEES PROGRAMME REPS Programme Representatives represent students on particular courses to their departments, and sit on Staff-Student Liaison Committees. Each department's structure is different, with some Programme Reps elected in large lecture theatres, and others elected via email. Either way, they provide a valuable service by giving students a say in how a Department and course is run, and they feed in concerns from the student body as they arrive. Look out for information from your department at the start of your first term if you think this is a role for you. Your Students' Union will be supporting Programme Reps with training, advice and meetings throughout the year. If you think this is something you'd be interested in, and are interested in developing your skills through being a Course Rep, let us know! Every year, five students are elected in the Michaelmas Term Elections to join the General Secretary on the Court. These are then Student Governors and have the full rights of other Governors � so it's a big deal! One of those elected to Court will also sit with the General Secretary on Council, LSE's highest decision-making body. Nothing happens at the School in any department or area without it being approved by Council first. Student representatives on Court and Council have successfully put forward the quality of teaching, ethical investment, a Living Wage and much more in recent times. A paper presented by the Students' Union this year has led to improvements on timetabling to keep more of Wednesday afternoons free for sports and other activities, and to the School prioritising the Orientation period at the start of the year. Students Governors give students a voice at the Lay Governors (alumni or distinguished figures who are not directly employed by the School but help decide its future). Current Governors include Cherie Booth QC (better known as Cherie Blair, wife of Tony!), Shami Chakrabarti (Chair of Liberty), Stelios Haji-Ioannou (founder of Easyjet), Baroness Virginia Bottomley (former Conservative minister), Lord Frank Judd (former Labour Minister, as well as former LSE Students' Union Executive member!) and Will Hutton (former Editor of The Observer). The Chairman is currently Peter Sutherland (Chair of BP and Goldman Sachs). Interesting fact: the School even has a `Wine Selection Committee'! highest level of School policy. If you think you can put forward the student pointof-view against the heavyweights of the political, legal and financial world, then run for Court! ACADEMIC BOARD The highest academic committee in the School, Academic Board is the most important body in the School regarding issues to do with courses, teaching, learning and academic standards. The Committee is chaired by the School's Director, Howard Davies, and in theory all permanent academic staff can attend and vote � it is the UGM of academia! The General Secretary, Education and Welfare Officer and Postgraduate Students' Officer of the Students' Union sit on the committee along with 3 students elected in the Michaelmas Term Elections, one of whom must be a postgraduate. Academic Board approved the Teaching Taskforce, a process initiated by the Students' Union and which proposed a number of policies to affect teaching on which the Students' Union had campaigned after UGM motions. The Academic Board agreed with every single one of the recommendations, and now �2 million will be put into improving your teaching! That alone should tell you how important the Board is � so do consider running in your first term if you have a passion for improving teaching and learning for your fellow students! SCHOOL REPS Students are represented on a number of committees throughout the School. These positions are elected in the Students' Union Michaelmas Term Elections. Any student can stand and get the chance to represent students at the highest levels of School decision-making. See p52 COURT OF GOVERNORS Court of Governors is where, funnily enough, the Governors of the School meet and discuss key strategic matters and policy areas. Members of Court include the Senior Management of the School, Academic Governors and THE SCHOOL 47 ELECTIONS Have a say, get involved and make a difference. � National Union of Students (5 Delegates) LENT ELECTIONS � Paid Sabbatical Officers (General Secretary, Treasurer, Education and Welfare, and Communications) � Part-time Executive Officers � Constitutional and Steering Committee (C&S) � Finance and Services Committee (F&S) Elections matter. The Students' Union has rules about campaigning, budgets, posters, etc to make sure the process is fair. There's also a "Results Night" party to celcbrate all the hard work and announce the winners. Think LSE is perfect in every conceivable way? Fine - don't vote. But if you think the School and the Students' Union has room for improvement, elections are your Elections at LSE are many things to many people. For some, it's a way to get involved with the Students' Union and improve LSE. For others, it might be the start of a career in politics. Elections provide an opportunity for students to make their voices heard and express views on how the school and Students' Union should be run. If nothing else, LSESU Elections are an amusing spectacle. For two days each term, Houghton Street turns into a swarm of budding politicians offering leaflets, begging for votes, wearing costumes, holding signs, and pledging to improve your student experience. You'll see There are two rounds of Students' Union Elections � the Michaelmas Term Elections in Week 4 of Michaelmas Term and the Lent Term Elections in Week 8 of Lent Term. Hustings at the UGM and in Halls and posters all over campus. Not everything about elections is old-fashioned, though; students can find information about candidate's positions online and cast votes online. chance to have a say. Students need to have a legitimate and strong voice to the School and the more people who vote, the louder and more united that voice can be. Your representatives ultimately speak for you, so you have an incentive to make sure the ones you want get elected! The Students' Union can only thrive with participation in its elections at every level � from Fresher to PhD student. See you on Houghton Street! MICHAELMAS ELECTIONS � Postgraduate Students' Officer � General Course Representative � Court of Governors (5 Student Representatives) � Academic Board (3 Representatives) CONTACT SHANTI KELEMEN RETURNING OFFICER SU.RETURNINGOFFICER@LSE.AC.UK 48 THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS Are you passionate about the environment? Want a fairer world? Care about human rights? In this year's People and Planet Green League, LSE was awarded a first class award for environmental performance and was ranked second overall. This is fantastic progress from last year and a reflection of the commitment of the student body to environmental and ethical activism. That said, the single biggest thing that prevented us from being first in the league was the green status of the Students' Union itself - that is why this year a large part of the focus will be on Greening the Union by expanding recycling, creating a proper environmental policy, changing who we bank with and much more. � Living Wage Campaign for cleaning staff � Sustaining and expanding LSE's status as a Fair Trade University � 100% Renewable Energy Campaign � Plastic Free LSE � Ethical Investment policy- the subject of much controversy last year which saw the LSE Not for Profit campaign highlight the issue. � Climate Change Action week , a number of events and workshops, followed by participation in the annual National Climate Change demonstrations in December � Environment and Ethics week , a number of events and workshops, often organised by societies, in Week 2 of Lent Term � Fair Trade Fortnight , campaigning for fair trade, and run by People and Planet Society � Ethical Christmas Market � Sustainable Consulting Student Group, which runs sustainability projects in coordination with the School Projects in collaboration with the School In halls, students sometimes run their own E&E campaigns to make a difference to include: � Reuse Sale of items left in Halls at the their residences. This is often done via the Sustainable Champions and Environment Officers on your Hall Committees. Please contact your Hall Committee or the E&E Officer if you want to get involved in your hall- it's one of the best ways to make a big difference. Moreover, the School has a number of beginning of term � come and get your stationery cheaply! � Environmental Management at the Students' Union � implementation of an Environmental Management System, in order to make Green the norm. CAMPAIGNS & PROJECTS On-going campaigns and Projects include: other brilliant projects, especially: � Reuse Scheme � donating unwanted items at the end of term to charities, especially in halls. � Zero Waste Project � phasing out plastic bottles and increasing recycling. � The School has a comprehensive Environmental Policy at www.lse.ac.uk/ collections/environment, and strives to become more energy and resource efficient. Here's some projects in the pipeline: � Roof gardening and vegetable beds � Living Wage for cleaning staff in Residences � Get the LSE finally Plastic Free � Cheaper public transport � Water fountains � Environmental Policy for the SU � Expanding recycling, especially in the Union Areas � Making the new Union building as Green as possible � The Hub- a co-ordination of all the different events and societies in the Environmental/Ethical area � ... and whatever you can think of! CONTACT HERO AUSTIN ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS OFFICER SU.ENVIRONMENT@LSE.AC.UK E&E INDUCTION Look out for the E&E Induction during Freshers' Festival, where you can learn about the E&E Societies, the E&E Forum, and how to live sustainably and ethically in London. E&E FORUM The heart of the E&E campaigns are the Students' Union societies and the weekly E&E Forum. The E&E Forum meets weekly and organises and coordinates campaigns in working groups of interest, usually in collaboration with societies such as People and Planet, Oikos London, the Green Party, Citizens for Social Justice and many more. THE SCHOOL 49 GREEN LSE LSE is pursuing a strict zero waste policy. There are simple ways to reduce waste: � Instead of plastic mugs, use a thermos mug for your hot drink. � Instead of plastic bottles for water, use a reusable drink bottle. There are water fountains across campus where you can get water, like the one pictured. They are sometimes hard to find but just ask. Moreover, the tap water in London is safe to drink. After all, why pay for water? � Instead of plastic bags, consider using cotton bags. � There are special bins for butts and used chewing gum. � Use recycling facilities across the campus. Fair Trade & ethical There are a wide range of Fair Trade products available in the Students' Union Shop and all catering outlets on campus. Fair Trade makes a difference to hundreds of thousands people worldwide. The Students' Union Shop offers a wide range of recycled paper, and our Print Shop uses 100% recycled paper. � Switch off lights and equipment when a room is not in use � Make sure the washing machine is full and wash your clothes at 30�C, which is the `Dark Colours' setting at LSE Halls � Paper and Cardboard � Glass � Cans � Plastic Bottles � All electrical items have to be recycled according to EU legislahave recycling facilities. Recycling is a Even the Tories are going green now... computers � Put a `hippo' in your toilet (available from Thames Water), which can reduce needless water waste through flushing by 1/3 � Only fill up a kettle to boil the amount you need (although make sure it is above the minimum amount specified on the kettle) great way to save resources and energy. Watch out for labeled bins. Usually, the following items can be recycled, but it differs in each London Boroughs: SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS Each hall has Student Sustainability Champions. They help to promote environmental awareness within the hall. Contact your Hall Committee or the Environment and Ethics officer if you want to get involved. tion. Each hall has a container for broken electrical items you can use. SAVING ENERGY Electricity is a luxury � two billion people do not have access to electricity. It's pretty simple: (almost all washing powders can handle this) � Turn off computers/laptops overnight. Waste from leaving computers on overnight wastes an estimated �115m and 700,000 tonnes C02, and it's a myth that turning them off reduces their lifespan! Some modern mother boards still consume energy when the computer is shut down, so disconnect them from the mains � Only print something when you absolutely have to, and try to format the font and layout to minimise the amount you print. Make sure you use the doublesided printing facilities on many LSE CONTACT HERO AUSTIN SU.ENVIRONMENT@LSE.AC.UK CONTACT VICTORIA HANDS V.E.HANDS@LSE.AC.UK HALLS LSE Halls pursue a strict zero waste policy according to the waste hierarchy: � First Reduce... � ...Then Reuse... � ... and finally Recycle. All Halls have a Reuse Scheme. Unwanted items can be donated at the end of term and are given to charities. Alternatively, you can take your unwanted items directly to a Charity Shop. All Halls 50 THE SCHOOL SABBATICALS What is a Sabbatical you may ask? They are elected annually to work full time for you for the following year. They can be found in the Kingsley Rooms in the corner The Quad working feverishly hard for your benefit, hopefully! If you wish to hold them to account just peer through one of their many windows or come in. This year proposes to be one of the most memorable in recent times. With changes made over the past 12 months, the Union is now in a better position to support and further each student's own development. They are to work for you, so make sure they are up to scratch each week at the UGM. ROBIN LOW COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER SU.COMMS@LSE.AC.UK The Communications Officer oversees the Media Group, publications (like this very booklet!), the Students' Union website, advertising, marketing and campaigns. With a specialty in banter and all things sport, particularly football, drop me an email and we can start communicating (see what I did there...). THE SCHOOL 51 GEORGE WETZ TREASURER SU.TREASURER@LSE.AC.UK According to fictional coke baron, Tony Montana, "first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women". Although the women are unlikely to materialise, with overall responsibility for our services, society budgets and environmental objectives, the Treasurer certainly has the power. ALED DILWYN FISHER GENERAL SECRETARY SU.GENSEC@LSE.AC.UK They call me the `Big Daddy', `Campaigner-in-Chief', and `El Capitano', anything but the title of `President' which I crave. I'm the public face of our Union, the go-to-guy for the School when you've got up to mischief, and Chair the Executive Committee. Just re-elected, I can help you with anything! EMMANUEL AKPAN-INWANG EDUCATION & WELFARE OFFICER SU.EDWELFARE@LSE.AC.UK Surprisingly I'm exactly the kind of person you really do want to see. I'm here if you need any help, advice or guidance. The Education and Welfare Officer looks after our high quality Advice and Counselling Centre, and represents students to the School on most educational and welfare matters. 52 THE SCHOOL EXECUTIVE COMMITEE These officers are volunteers who, with Sabbaticals, are the legally responsible trustees of the Students' Union The Executive Committee meets every week during term times. The meetings are open to all students and everyone has speaking rights. GENERAL COURSE REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED IN OCTOBER 2009 SU.GCOURSE@LSE.AC.UK POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS OFFICER ELECTED IN OCTOBER 2009 SU.POSTGRAD@LSE.AC.UK Represents General Course students to These Officers are volunteers who, with the Sabbaticals, are the legally responsible trustees of the Students' Union. the Students' Union & School. Provides services specifically aimed at Gen Coursers. Helps integrate GenCourse students. Represents Postgraduates to the Students' Union and School. Campaigns for improvements to the provision of academic and social development for Postgraduates. THE SCHOOL 53 VLAD UNKOVSKI-KORICA MATURE & PART TIME STUDENTS SU.MATURE@LSE.AC.UK SURAJ GIRIJASHANKER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' OFFICER SU.INTERNATIONAL@LSE.AC.UK BEN JONES ANTI RACISM OFFICER SU.ANTI-RACISM@LSE.AC.UK Ensures the welfare and representation of Mature and Part Time Students. Liaises with the EdWelfare Officer on academic and welfare issues. Advises and aids International Students. Represents the views of International Students to the Students' Union Executive and the School. Coordinates Global Week. Campaigns against discrimination based on race, religion or nationality and supports students who have been the victims of racism. ANDREW WRIGHT RESIDENCES OFFICER SU.RESIDENCES@LSE.AC.UK LUKE MOORE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OFFICER SU.DISABILITY@LSE.AC.UK JESSIE ROBINSON WOMENS OFFICER SU.WOMENS@LSE.AC.UK Represents the welfare of every one of the 3,000 LSE students at LSE and University of London Intercollegiate Halls. Supports students in private accommodation. Represents students with disabilities, wellbeing issues or illness. Works with the LSE Disability & Wellbeing Office and Circles (the staff-student disabilities network). Represents female students within the Union to ensure equality. Runs campaigns on issues that are important to female students and builds links of solidarity. CHRIS WESTGARTH SOCIETIES OFFICER SU.SOCIETIES@LSE.AC.UK SCOTT MACDONALD LGBT STUDENTS' OFFICER SU.LGBT@LSE.AC.UK SHANTI KELEMAN RETURNING OFFICER SU.RETURNINGOFFICER@LSE.AC.UK Provides support and guidance to help societies work more effectively and make the most of the Students' Union. Runs societies inductions and training. Coordinates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) campaign to tackle homophobia and defend, extend and deepen the rights of LGBT students. Runs Students' Union elections, ensuring that the rules and regulations are observed by candidates. Adjudicates on any disputes or appeals. HERO AUSTIN ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS OFFICER SU.ENVIRONMENT@LSE.AC.UK CHARLIE GLYN AU PRESIDENT SU.AUPRESIDENT@LSE.AC.UK Campaigns on issues of ecology, social justice, peace and solidarity. Works with LSE's sustainability initiatives in Students' Union and LSE premises. Coordinates sports activities. Chairs the Athletics Union Executive and represents all sports clubs and their members to the Students' Union and the School. THE SCHOOL What is LSE, History, Getting around, Big Wigs THE SCHOOL 55 WHAT IS LSE? The London Stock Exchange? LSE is often referred to as `the School' by its students. This will probably confuse your friends at other universities, who refer to `the university' or `the college', and might assume you are living in the past somewhat. LSE is a social sciences institution renowned for its research and teaching. Officially, it is a specialist single-faculty constituent college of the University of London, making it one of a kind in the UK. Until recently, LSE awarded degrees in the name of the University of London but, from 2008 onwards, it now awards its own degrees. The School is a member of the Russell Group, the top 20 research institutions in the UK, and the unofficial `G5' of British universities (the institutions that regularly finish in the Top 5 of League Tables). In examples of recent league tables, LSE was named the world's 3rd best social sciences institution. While league tables undoubtedly have problems of methodology and receive a lot of criticism, they can used to wow friends and family, and to win arguments. As for its students, the average undergraduate course at LSE has around 17 applicants for 1 place, although many are even more competitive. The top 10 employers of LSE graduates are mainly investment banks, consultancy groups, accounting firms, law firms and international organisations. LSE's student population of around 9000 full-time students is generally 50% The largest single group of LSE students in terms of nationality are students from the UK (second place goes to the USA), although at points LSE has more countries represented among its students than the UN. Sadly, only 2 % of LSE's postgraduate ( 52.9 % in 2008-9 to be exact). In total, 70% of LSE students come from outside the UK ( 51 % from outside the EU). Last year, female students ( 53 %) narrowly outnumbered male students. students hail from Africa � something the School is trying to improve � and an even smaller proportion are from Wales (although it is unclear whether the School is going to remedy this). LSE offers an incredible public lectures programme throughout the year, so watch out for Heads of State or Government, top politicians, the biggest names in business, finance and economics and academics of the highest calibre who speak regularly at LSE. If you ever see an expensive entourage of vehicles or a gathering of people with placards and banners ready for a protest, it usually means somebody important or controversial is going to speak. "LSE IS A SOCIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTION RENOWNED FOR ITS RESEARCH AND TEACHING" 56 THE SCHOOL HISTORY The modify the old phrase to know where you're going to study, you have to know where it's been! This is a quick history of LSE that was definitely not stolen from Wikipedia... In October 1895, the Fabian Society, a group of reformist socialists who believed that education was at the heart of transition to a fairer society, set up an institution called the London School of Economics and Political Science to promote research into the major social, economic and political problems of the day. Making the decision apparently on a whim at a breakfast party on August 4th 1894, and with the help of a �20,000 bequest from Henry Hunt Hutchinson, leading Fabians George Bernard Shaw (writer and Nobel Laureate), Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and Graham Wallas set up the School. By 1900, it joined the University of London as the Faculty of Economics and, from 1902, it began to issue degrees. LSE originally occupied Number 9, John Street, Adelphi Terrace, and operated as a night-school to provide higher education for working-class people who would otherwise not benefit from such an education. The British Library of Political and Economic Science (BLPES) was built at Number 10 Adelphi Terrace in 1896, and new buildings were constantly added by Shaw until 1902, when LSE outgrew its humble surroundings and moved to its present location. By this point, LSE had already been the scene of momentous events, especially the founding of the Suffragettes Movement for womens suffrage and liberation. Political influence, protest and Peace Prize winners... Noting the stagnation of research and teaching for the economic and political elite of the country at the time, and modeling themselves on the coverage of social sciences in the curriculum at the Sciences Po in Paris, the Fabians expanded into subjects beyond Eco- nomics initially Geography in 1902, then Philosophy (1903). Under Director William Beveridge (later pioneer of the National Health Service, the NHS) in the 1920s, LSE expanded further. The Old Building was built and opened in 1922, and remains as LSE's main building today. In fact, THE SCHOOL 57 some LSE buildings are much older, including St Philips Building (1903, originally the Strand Union Workhouse), the Library (1916, originally a warehouse), Aldwych House and some buildings on the `Island Site' opposite the St. Philips Buildings are from the Nineteenth Century! Beveridge hired Friedrich von Hayek as a Professor, and the Nobel Laureate's debates with Maynard Keynes were the central economic clashes of the time, defining the development of contemporary economics as a discipline. At the same time, LSE continued its socialist tradition with leading left-wing academics, like Harold Joseph Laski. In the 1960s, LSE continued to expand with the building of the Clare Market Building and major rebuilding work on the St Clements Building. Meanwhile, LSE's socialist tradition clashed with the wishes of successive Directors, who took a rigid line against student protest. Protest escalated until 1967 and the famous events of 1968 and 1969. In 1967, David Adelstein, Students' Union President, and Marshall Bloom, President of the Graduate Students' Association, were suspended for protesting against the appointment of Director Walter Adams, during which time an LSE Porter died of a heart at attack (caused presumably by over-excitement at the sit-in protests). Adams, as head of a university in white-ruled Rhodesia (before it became Zimbabwe), was considered by many to be complicit with the racial policies of the Smith regime. After a week long sit-in of hundreds of students and particularly a hunger strike of around 100, the LSE gave in, and removed the suspensions on Adelstein and Bloom. But 1968-9 would see more protests against Adams. Adams erected a security gate at the front of LSE, which students tore down in mass riots. This led to the School being closed for three weeks. Riots, sit-ins, occupations and other forms of mass protest received international attention. Since then, LSE has continued to expand, with the building of the Towers, and now has around 9,000 full-time students. The Summer School was set up in 1989, and numerous academic projects have proliferated since. at LSE, including John F. Kennedy, Kwame Nkrumah (first black African Head of State or Government) and Clement Attlee (British Prime Minister after World War Two). 28 current British MPs and 42 Lords are LSE alumni. Business and financial leaders like George Soros, Mervyn King (Bank of England Governor) and Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Easyjet founder) once sat in the same lecture theatres and classrooms that you will soon fall asleep/learn in. Cherie Booth QC (wife of Tony Blair) is one of many leading legal figures among LSE graduates, along with Charles Webster, one of the founders of the UN. LSE's most famous philosopher is arguably Karl Popper, who in fact founded the Department here, although one could argue this has caused more problems than it has solved (Philosophy students: get used to Popper's problem of induction, and bad jokes loosely related to it). Other famous alumni include Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty, the human rights NGO), Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones (who was very able, and an invite is still out for his return), WWE wrestler Val Venus and TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough. In fiction, West Wing President Jed Barlett has a PhD from LSE. Recently, even Monica Lewinsky did a Master's here! Overall, LSE boasts 14 Nobel Prize Winners including Amartya Sen, Friedrich von Hayek and Bertrand Russell. It might seem hard to believe, but you too will meet people who will go on to change the world. "LSE IS THE WORLD'S LEADING SOCIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTION, AND HAS A HUGE INFLUENCE IN ALMOST ALL AREAS OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS" Today, LSE is the world's leading social sciences institution, and has a huge influence in almost all areas of politics and economics most recently, on climate change with Prof. Lord Stern and his Stern Report on Climate Change, and on ID cards, where research into its costs and disadvantages has provoked widespread attention. FAMOUS ALUMNI In the world of politics, 32 international Heads of State or Government studied 58 THE SCHOOL GETTING AROUND LSE is a collection of odd buildings in central London. LSE's student population has grown incredibly over the past few years, and it is a constant struggle to acquire the real estate necessary to house everybody. It's an urban university so space is at a premium don't expect any idyllic Oxbridge surroundings. Do expect some nice new buildings, some wheelchair inaccessible buildings and a few crumbling shacks that are going to be knocked down soon. All the buildings have names and letters. The names are sometimes descriptive (Old and East), sometimes historical and some times downright confusing (we have a St. Clement's and a Clement House, for example). The letters are shorthand abbreviations of these names. Each room at LSE has a number: even the toilets. Rooms are identified with the letter of the building it is in (e.g. A) and a number which indicates the floor and room. 1-99 are on the ground floor, 0-099 on the basement level and 100-199 on the first floor, etc. Some rooms have names instead of numbers (e.g. OT is the Old Theatre). You'll soon get used to it. Check the map at the back of this guide for a full map of campus, including which doors are wheelchair accessible. The hidden secrets of the LSE campus. Use these wisely... out in September every year, so make sure you clear out your stuff beforehand. You use these lockers at your own risk. They are not high quality lockers and are often broken into. Our advice is to avoid storing anything valuable like laptops or your year's notes in them. There are also day lockers for short-term use. They require a one pound deposit and if you leave belongings in there overnight, they may be cleared out. LOCKERS There are a few thousand lockers at LSE, most of which are located in the basement of the Old Building. They are free to use: you just need to find a free one and supply your own padlock (for sale at the Students' Union Shop). They are cleared SKYBRIDGES Skybridges are a useful way to get around LSE. With an Indiana Jones style leap of faith you can be whisked from one building to another without improving your tan. They also provide a way of accessing buildings during evenings and THE SCHOOL 59 weekends, when most School buildings shut their main doors. Here are all the bridges at LSE: � Old Building 3rd Floor to East Building 4th Floor � Old Building 4th Floor to St Clement's 5th Floor � Old Building 2nd Floor to Connaught House 2nd Floor � Old Building 5th Floor to Connaught House 6th Floor � Clare Market Building to St Clement's Building � St Clement's Building to the Library: this is one of the nicest, but for most students one of the least useful bridges. It connects St Clement's Building to the Lionel Robbins Building, but only the research bit. However, it is quite a nice bridge with stools and tables which some people use for studying. � Vera Ansey Suite convenient location. Frequented by the LSE `big wigs' who have meetings in the room next door. � Clement House toilets - usually nice. � NAB toilets them. This is why they are still marked secondarily as for "Women" and "Men". At present, LSE has no Gender Neutral Toilets. Contact Education and Welfare Officer, Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang if you would like to add your voice to the campaign of GNTs at LSE. Go to www.transyouth.org for a map of GNTs across the UK. GENDER NEUTRAL TOILETS Gender Neutral Toilets are a safe space for transgender people and people who are gender-undefined. Whether for transsexual people who may still look ambiguous during transition, or for those who do not conform to the gender stereotypes of their self-identified gender or their birth sex, Gender Neutral Toilets are provided as a safe environ ment which is free of harassment that may not be available in gender-specific toilets. There are no criteria for using GNTs. You do not have to be trans or gender-undefined to use SHOWERS LSE also has a few showers, incase you need to freshen up. Again, they are a bit of a minefield but luckily the worst shower room (near the East Building gym) will be refur bished by October. Here's a full list: � Old Building basement � East Building 1st Floor � Lakatos Building basement TOILETS Toilets,`restrooms' or loos will become familiar places to you during your time at LSE. They are of variable quality and usually reflect the state of the building itself. Here's our guide to how to avoid a nasty experience when you're doing your business. Worst: � Basement of the Old Building hot, smelly and overused. � Library toilets avoid, especially on a Bank Holiday. Best: � Basement of The Lakatos Building a real executive suite. 60 THE SCHOOL ACCESSIBILITY Physical accessibility around the LSE varies a great deal, due to the rather labyrinthine buildings, but keeps improving each year � partly thanks to proactive students with disabilities. You can contribute to this process through the School's Disability & Diversity Consultative Forum, held once a term. Although most buildings are accessible, routes are sometimes neither direct nor convenient and access to toilets varies from building to building. There more useful details about accessibility on the Disability Office website. Rather than repeat these, I'll concentrate on access to some useful places to know straight away, so you can enjoy more of the initial freshers' experiences. See p143 for an LSE accessibility map. THE GARRICK The accessible entrance is on the corner and a lift is located at the other end of the building. wheelchair but its friendly staff are willing to help, or you can ring the assistance bell outside the main entrance on Houghton Street. THE UNDERGROUND Access for people with limited mobility/ wheelchairs is via the Clare Market Building (C) lift (through main entrance, between Three Tuns and Students' Union Shop) to basement. A disabled toilet is located with other toilets in basement corridor. THE QUAD This is the Students' Union run caf� and at night becomes a venue for various events, like Fresh on Fridays. Access for people with limited mobility/wheelchairs is via the East Building (E) lift (right of Students' Union Help Desk) to basement, then turn left and go through double doors. QUAD MEZZANINE Alpha Book are not wheelchair accessible, but ask the Students' Union Help Desk to phone through for someone to come to you. BUT I'M NOT DISABLED... Accessibility is an issue everyone should be aware of. Lifts are in short supply at LSE, so please give priority to wheelchair users. If you can, take the stairs. Be considerate: small things like opening doors for your fellow students goes a long way. THE THREE TUNS The main LSE bar has level access at the main Houghton Street entrance and a disabled toilet at the back with other toilets. STUDENTS' UNION SHOP See details for The Quad for lower level. The shop is difficult to get round in by THE SCHOOL 61 STUDENT SERVICES The big glass fronted area opposite Waterstones is called the Student Services Centre (SSC) � and it could be very important to your life at LSE. The SSC houses a range of different divisions who deal with applications, fees, registration and progression, meaning basically anything and everything to do with your degree. Registration and Assessment � works to maintain your student record at LSE, from the moment you register, to your course choices and ultimately to your results. Its main contacts are: about any aspect of student life at LSE, and will direct you to the appropriate facilities that you need. They look after the Student Mentoring Scheme and the Student Progress Panel, which will decide on your progress if you do not automatically progress to the next year/ stage of study (i.e. if you fail a course or several courses, or did not complete a course requirement). See their website for more at www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentServicesCentre/studentSupport/ sscAdviceReception. htm. Financial Support Office (financialsup- your graduation ceremonies (should you pass!) ADVISERS TO WOMEN & MALE STUDENTS If you ever have a specific issue or problem that you want to seek informal advice on before seeking professional help, there are the Advisers to Women and Male Students. The current advisers are: � Dr Shani Orgad (firstname.lastname@example.org), room S110 (1st Floor, St. Clements Building) - Adviser to Women Students � Dr Matthew Engelke (m.engelke@lse. ac.uk), room A609 (6th Floor, Old Building) - Adviser to Male Students They will deal with any contact in the strictest of confidence, and, if necessary, will assist you in gaining any additional help. They deal with gender-specific as well as general issues. � Undergraduate course queries: email@example.com � Graduate course queries: firstname.lastname@example.org � Result queries: email@example.com � Documentation requests: registry@lse. ac.uk firstname.lastname@example.org) � give advice on awards and scholarships, and provide guidance to anyone experiencing hardship. Visa Office (email@example.com) � assists international students with any visa issues. Exam and Ceremonies Division (ex- SSC Advice and Reception Team � deal with general or specific enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org or ceremonies@ lse.ac.uk) � timetable exams and run 62 THE SCHOOL DON'T FORGET... CHAPLAINCY LSE's Chaplaincy is the guardian of all things spiritual on campus. Although it features Christian clergy, it caters for a number of inter-faith initiatives at LSE, and is open to people of all faiths and none. Chaplains will speak to you in confidence about any matter � spiritual, academic, personal � and give informal help and advice. While they do organise some Christian services, like morning prayer sessions and Eucharist, they also run small lecture series on a variety of topics, social events and tours to historic and spiritual locations in the city. There are currently three Chaplains at LSE: � Reverend David Peebles (Anglican) � Fr Iain Matthew OCD (Catholic) � Rev John Scott (United Reform Church) �Fr Alexander Fostiropoulos (Orthodox) If investment banking or law doesn't appeal to you, then be prepared to actively seek out opportunities, plug your contacts and receive multiple rejection letters. The Careers Service is also home to the LSE Job Shop for part-time vacancies and the Volunteer Centre. See p100 The Alumni Office also host plenty of events and reunions for alumni to attend, with a special programme for Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). Every LSE student also gets lifelong library membership with borrowing rights, should you find yourself with an urge to borrow that Microeconomics and Behaviour book one last time. Finance, law and consultancy firms are, inevitably, the most prominent recruiters on campus, but the Careers Service works hard to attract other organisations to campus. It organises the International Organisations Day - the first event of its kind - which showcased opportunities in organisations such as the UN and World Bank. However, public and third sector firms have limited recruitment budgets, so don't expect to see them giving away smoothies on Houghton St. It is a grand ceremony and you need to hire robes to attend. Your LSE experience need not end there, though. The Alumni Relations Office will keep in touch with you, sending you the LSE Magazine and giving you the occasional phone call. LSE has an active alumni community, with groups ranging from the Jamaican Alumni Group to the Environmental Initiatives Network. The LSE alumni community is an impressive one: lawyers, politicians, bankers and celebrities form a massive worldwide network which you will be part of. You just need to pass your exams first. ALUMNI RELATIONS Rev David Peebles is the full-time Chaplain. Above all, David is a very nice guy who knows a lot about LSE and living in London. If you ever feel the need for some completely hassle-free advice, go and see David in G9 (Ground Floor, 20 Kingsway Building) for a chat! Graduation at LSE happens in July and December (for twelve month taught postgraduates and some PhD students). CAREERS SERVICE LSE has an excellent, and very popular, careers service. The reputation of LSE students as career-focused is not without foundation: LSE students have some of the highest starting salaries of any graduates in the world. The Careers Service aims to cater to this demand with a series of careers fairs, online resources and one-to-one sessions. THE SCHOOL 63 THE BIG WIGS and policy areas. Members of Court include the Senior Management of the School, Academic Governors and Lay Governors (former alumni or distinguished figures who are not directly employed by the School but help decide its future). Current Governors include Cherie Booth QC (better known as Cherie Blair, wife of Tony!), Shami Chakrabarti (Chair of Liberty), Loyd Grossman (TV chef), Stelios HajiIoannou (founder of Easyjet), Baroness Virginia Bottomley (former Conservative minister), Lord Frank Judd (former Labour LSE always has to be different � and that goes for its governance and structure, too. The top position at LSE is called the Director, currently Howard Davies (previously Deputy Governor of the Bank of England). At other universities, this is usually called Vice-Chancellor. The Director oversees the entire strategic direction of the School, and is its public face. Howard Davies, LSE Director, colloquially known as `Howie D', appears at a UGM every term to be grilled by the students he serves � so come along to ask him any question you want! Beneath the Director are the three ProDirectors or Deputy Directors, each with a specific responsibility (other institutions have Pro-Vice-Chancellors or Deputy Vice-Chancellors). Currently, they are: � Professor George Gaskell � Pro-Director for Planning and Resources � Professor Janet Hartley � Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning � Professor Sarah Worthington � The day-to-day running of the School is done largely by the Director's Management Team (the DMT), made up of the Director, the Pro-Directors, the Director of Finance and Facilities, and the Secretary and Director of Administration. Pro-Director for Research and External Relations After that, you get down to Directors of particular administrative divisions, like Director of Finance and Facilities Andy Farrell, Secretary and Director of Administration Adrian Hall, and Librarian and Director of IT Services Jean Sykes (the three of these are also menacingly referred to as `The Triumvirate'). In the academic world, the highest body is the Academic Board, which reports to and is chaired by the Director, and discusses issues to do with courses, teaching, learning and academic standards. In theory, all permanent academic staff can attend and vote � it's the UGM of academia! Under all of these big committees are scores of standing committees, advisory groups and ad hoc committees. There's even a Wine Selection Advisory Group, although its meetings and membership remain a mystery to students! Rest assured, the Students' Union and student representatives sit on almost every committee, however small, and we will work as hard as possible to unwrap the puzzle that is LSE and report back what happens to our students! Minister, as well as former LSE Students' Union Executive member!) and Will Hutton (former Editor of The Observer). The Chairman is currently Peter Sutherland (Chair of BP and Goldman Sachs ). COMMITTEES The highest decision-making body of the School is called Council - nothing happens at the School in any department or area without it being approved by Council first. Council's membership comes from the Court of Governors where, funnily enough, the Governors of the School meet and discuss key strategic matters STUDYING Your degree, Teaching, Assessment, Plagiarism, Help and Support STUDYING 65 YOUR DEGREE Ideas of spending the first term locked in the library emerging into the light of day only to grab a cup of coffee from the Quad are as unrealistic as they are inefficient. Equally the strategy of excessive snakebite consumption combined with 4 weeks of returning to halls only when the sun has risen is also academically ineffective. It's best to find a happy medium between the two. Tempting as it is to blow your student loan on amassing textbooks, experience indicates that approach often leads only to disillusionment. Week seven burn out is a common phenomenon. Having worked solidly through the term students often find that by this point they have failed to develop any sort of life outside of the classroom and therefore have no place to rest their weary minds. Academic failure often ensues. In short, strike a balance! Taught students take courses adding up to the value of 4 units each year. Most courses are worth a full unit, some are half unit courses. Assessment is usually through unseen examination, sometimes with a coursework element. Marks are given out of 100 for each course. Exams, coursework and even unassessed essays are usually awarded a numerical mark based on the following scale: First Class Honours 70 - 100 Upper Second Class Honours 60 - 69 Lower Second Class Honours 50 - 59 Third Class Honours 45 - 49 Pass 40 - 44 Fail 30 - 39 Bad Fail 0 � 29 � For first class honours you will need five first class marks; or four first class marks and an aggregate of at least 590 � For upper second class honours you will need five upper second class marks (or above); or four upper second class marks (or above) and an aggregate of at least 515 � For lower second class honours you will need Five lower second class marks (or above); or four lower second class marks (or above) and an aggregate of at least 440 � For third class honours you will need Eight third class marks (or above) � A pass degree will only be awarded as a result of the application of the penalty rules. For more information regarding the rules and regulations for BSc and BA degrees please go to www.lse.ac.uk/ resources/ schoolRegulations/BABScDegrees.htm The value of x depends on the Department or Institute in which you are studying. BSC/BA You will take 4 units each year, for three years. In your first year, your three best marks will be averaged to produce a mark for your first year, which counts as one whole unit. This will count towards your final degree classification. of study. For more information please see www.lse.ac.uk/resources/schoolRegulations/TaughtMastersDegrees.htm The scale for marks awarded in a Master's programme is as follows: 0 - x% Bad Fail (x +1)49% Fail 50 - 59% Pass 60 - 69% Merit 70% and over Distinction PHD Students initially apply for an MPhil/PhD before being upgraded to a pure PhD student. The student has a supervisor who oversees the development of the research. It involves submitting a thesis of maximum 100,000 words, which is examined by 2 academics, who also have an oral examination of the candidate. If the candidate is successful, they become a Doctor; if the candidate does well in the oral examination, amendments to their thesis can be made if it wasn't quite satisfactory; in some cases, the candidate may be asked to re-submit their thesis within 18 months, or take another oral examination; and if they don't think it was really up to PhD level, you can be considered for an MPhil, or simply be failed com pletely. Many PhD students are also Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who teach undergraduates. LLB The rules and regulations are slightly different for the LLB. For more information on the Bachelor of Law Degree please go to www.lse.ac.uk/resources/ school regulations/bachelorOfLaws.htm MASTER'S The regulations for Master's Degrees differ and depend on your programme 66 STUDYING TEACHING LECTURES Each course unit is usually taught by lecturers and then consolidated by smaller classes. Lectures are an opportunity for you to listen to an academic, take notes and then work on the material on your own later or discuss it in class. Although the lectures are not compulsory it is a good idea (as anyone who has realised how short the Easter holidays can become when catching up) to at least attempt to go to most of them. Lectures at LSE are given to between 50 and 1000 students at a time! Graduate Teaching Assistant. Silences tend not to go unnoticed and students are expected to make regular contributions. Absence from two consecutive classes will elicit an e-mail which will be sent to you and your tutor. sented with or directed to a document entitled `Course reading list'. Although you should not disregard its contents, you should treat it with a great caution. Don't try and plough through every single item on the list; there's not enough time. The key material that you will need for your course is usually found in two or three books, articles or journals. Identifying these may prove to be a problem. Some lecturers will have been kind enough to highlight these `core texts' on the reading lists whereas others will unhelpfully respond to enquiries into essential reading with `consult your reading list'. You can alternatively employ the common sense approach; don't read a comprehensive three volume work on a subject if a 100 page overview is available. If you do have to consult longer texts, use them selectively as it is often enough to get the idea of an author's argument. SEMINARS Seminars are usually larger and longer than classes, lasting between 1 1/2 and 2 hours. These sessions are more of a forum for an exchange of ideas, under the guidance of a lecturer who specialises in the line of study. They often begin with the Lecturer speaking for an extended period followed by an interactive discussion pursuing the line of thought that the Lecturer has laid out. CLASSES Classes are less formal and on average there are 10 � 15 people per class. At LSE the classes are less about receiving new information and more about discussing your ideas and opinions with other students which is often facilitated by a READING LISTS At the first lecture, class or seminar for each of your courses you will be pre- STUDYING 67 TUTORS & ACADEMICS ACADEMIC ADVISORS Every student is assigned an Academic Advisor at the beginning of the year. Your tutor (in theory) is available for any advice or problems be they of an academic or personal nature and to refer you, as necessary, to the appropriate support agencies within the School. Your Academic Advisor should maintain regular contact with you through direct one-to-one meetings and other means of communication, such as emails, in order to keep a check on your academic progress. The number and nature of the meetings vary from department to department. Your tutor is also responsible for informing the departmental tutor and School if they feel your attendance or progress is unsatisfactory so if you have any problems which may affect either of these it is advisable that you see your Academic Advisor as soon as possible. They also comment on and provide a general assessment of your termly class reports via LSEforYou. Last year the LSE set up a Teaching Task Force which looked at the role of Tutors, how much contact time students had, as well as having `volunteer only' tutors. As a result of this over the next few years the role of tutors is going to be adapted to better suit student needs. If you are dissatisfied with your Academic Advisor or find them unapproachable, you can change them by contacting your departmental tutor at undergraduate level or your programme administrator at postgraduate level. this arrangement knowing that they can approach their tutor at any time should anything arise. Some tutors seem unaware of who their tutees are. There are mixed opinions as to whether the tutor should be an academic advisor or not. Nevertheless, if a good relationship is built up between tutor and tutee it is of real benefit to students. classes are usually facilitated by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA's) whereas graduate students often receive both from an academic. However all academics have an office hour which is an opportunity for you to go and speak to them face to face about anything you want to discuss in regards to the course. DEANS In the academic world as it relates to students, the Deans are kings and queens. Well, sort of � they are the top people to whom problems and issues of student progress and conduct are reported. Students can appeal to the Deans if they feel they have extreme difficulties, and they are available at all times to listen to any student problems. In a sense, the Deans are like the ultimate Personal Tutors, as they are a supplementary assistance to your own academic advisors and departmental conveners � they are the highest positions that deal with the School's relations with individual students, and deal with a wide range of academic and pastoral issues. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies is Dr. Jan Stockdale (Ug.Dean@lse.ac.uk), who can be found in room A203 (2nd floor of the Old Building). The Dean of Graduate Studies is Dr. Julian Fulbrook (Pg.Dean@lse.ac.uk), who lives in room A203. The Associate Dean for the General Course is Mark Hoffman (gc.dean@ lse.ac.uk), available in room A201. You can contact them separately or go to see them during their office hours, displayed outside their offices. ACADEMICS LSE's academics are at the cutting edge of the social sciences; influencing opinion, helping shape society and sparking debate. They are frequently called upon to advise governments and international organisations and provide an education grounded in the real world. LSE has internationally renowned experts in many areas and fields of study all contributing to wider debate through various media. Academics at LSE frequently publish books many of which may appear on your reading list and may be available in The Economists Bookshop upon their release. Undergraduate students tend to receive lectures from academics but "IF A GOOD RELATIONSHIP IS BUILT UP BETWEEN TUTOR AND TUTEE IT IS OF REAL BENEFIT TO STUDENTS" The benefit one gains from this is dependent on the tutor's commitments. Many tutors will ensure that they meet with their tutees regularly and discuss a range of issues with them over coffee. Other tutors see meeting once a term as sufficient and may sit down with their tutees to discuss their termly reports with them. Some students are satisfied with 68 STUDYING DEPARTMENTS POSTGRADUATE At LSE there are 23 academic departments and interdisciplinary institutes. Each of them has a convener who holds the position for three years. Your supervisor is there to advise you on course selection and will monitor your academic achievement throughout the year. Your supervisor is the first point of contact for any academic or personal advice. Each department has a departmental manager who can help you with matters relating to your degree programme and the courses offered. of the Staff-Student Liaison Committee and the nomination of a representative to the School's Undergraduate Students' Consultative Forum as well as providing a direct channel of communication between the School and any student who is encountering academic or pastoral difficulties. If you wish to take a course outside your degree regulations or transfer to another degree your departmental tutor will have to agree it first. For example the Economics Department SSLCS Student Staff Liaison Committees are termly meetings arranged by departmental tutors and are responsible for overseeing the nominations and elections of student representatives both to the departmental SSLC and the School level undergraduate student forum. Departments organise these differently depending on their size. COMMON ROOMS Most departments have a room for use by their students for study and discussion, but these rooms are often used for teaching and meetings. The Students' Union believes more social space and common rooms are needed at LSE. If your department doesn't have a common room, speak to the Education & Welfare Officer so we can make your voice heard. can vote directly for candidates to represent their interests in elections that take place early in the Michaelmas Term and are held electronically. SSLC meetings are an opportunity for students to discuss all aspects of undergraduate teaching such as the quality of teaching in lectures and classes, Library and IT services and anything else that staff or students wish to raise. Feedback is an important part of this process and completing the `feedback loop' is an important part of the departmental tutor's role. UNDERGRADUATE Undergraduates belong to one of 21 academic departments at LSE. If you are following a `joint' degree, for example the BSc in Government and Economics, you will be allocated to one of the two departments, normally the first mentioned in the title. All departments have a course convener who normally holds office for a period of three years. In addition each department has a Departmental Tutor, who in addition to your tutor can provide advice on more complex academic and personal issues. Your departmental tutor is there to provide departmental induction programmes for new and continuing students. They also monitor the academic and pastoral care provided by members of their department, including the provision of reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. The fundamental responsibilities of departmental tutors are to arrange regular termly meetings SOCIALS Most departments, usually near the beginning of the year, hold some sort of social event. This is an opportunity for you to meet and mingle with Academics researchers, staff and other students in your department in an informal setting. There is usually food and subsidised drinks on offer so it is well worth attending. Be wary of drinking too much at these events though, as telling a professor in no uncertain terms exactly what you think of the quality of their lectures may not go down well. STUDYING 69 ASSESSMENT ESSAYS One of the meanings for essay in the dictionary is `to attempt'. As essay is an attempt to communicate and argument or knowledge of a subject matter to the reader. The mark you receive for an essay is not a reflection of your intelligence but rather your ability to communicate your knowledge effectively. Essays are a good way to learn. The process of writing will help you clarify your thoughts on a subject or topic. They show you can understand ideas on a certain topic. They are useful as a means of gaining feedback on your academic progress. At LSE for many courses they are an important part of overall assessment. Students are usually required to submit formative coursework during the term. The purpose of formative assessment is to provide students with informal feedback from their course teachers in preparation for summative assessment. The marks awarded for formative assessment do not count towards formal assessment of the course or programme. Summative coursework on the other hand does count towards your final module grade. Some departments provide provisional grades and/or written feedback on summative coursework during term time, others provide no feedback and no grades until after the final Exam Board. Please refer to the administrator for each course to find out how coursework is dealt with. Essays can be a cause of anxiety (especially if you have 4 due in week 5 of Michaelmas term). You may not be excellent at writing essays from the start - this is quite normal. But with plenty of practice and feedback on your writing in the formal academic style you may find you become a lot better. The LSE Teaching and Learning Centre provides sessions on Essay and Dissertation writing. sets as soon as possible rather than waiting until 2 hours before it's due in to begin reading the chapter that you will need to answer it. Although they are the bane of many a student's life at LSE they often count as part of your final grade for that course. PRESENTATIONS You will also be expected to give presentations to the rest of the class on a given topic. Although this may seem like a dreadful prospect, such assignments should not be shunned as it is an excellent way to get to grips with a topic and gain real understanding. These assignments only really pose a problem due to their preparation time and are not as daunting as they originally seem. Although the first year for undergraduates is effectively worth 1/9th of the final degree you should try and use it as a gradual introduction into university life, as going back to books after a year's unbroken hedonism can be a shock. COURSEWORK You will usually have to submit the coursework both online via Moodle so that it can be electronically checked for plagiarism and a hard copy in person to your Department office. It is always best to start coursework as early as possible. Many students have coursework due in at the same time on the same day. In the preceding hours computers everywhere are occupied so it is best not to leave it until 15 minutes before the deadline to print and bind it. Always make sure that you put your candidate number and not your name on assessed coursework as LSE operates an anonymous marking policy. Make sure your coursework is submitted in full and on time as failure to do so may result in you losing marks. If for any reason you are unable to submit coursework on time speak to your tutor as soon as possible. PROBLEM SETS & EXERCISES A problem set is essentially a list of problems or exercises which is based on the material that is taught in lectures and classes. The goal is to become familiar with the material in order to hopefully understand the topic better. You will usually receive these every week or every two weeks for some courses and many are done online via Moodle. Many students work in groups to solve them but you will be required to hand in your own individual problem set. You will probably find that it is best to start the problem PLAGIARISM In the academic world plagiarism by students is considered academic fraud or dishonesty and generally means trying to pass off another person's thoughts or words as if they were your own. The school takes plagiarism extremely seriously and it should be avoided at all costs, particularly in coursework including essays, project reports and 70 STUDYING ASSESSMENT At LSE most pieces of assessed work are checked with anti plagiarism software. How to avoid plagiarism? It is not difficult to avoid an accusation of plagiarism. The simple rule is that direct quotations from the published or unpublished work of others must always be clearly identified as such, by being placed inside "quotation marks" with a full reference to their source, including exact page numbers. Likewise, if you paraphrase or summarise another person's ideas or judgments, you must refer to that person in your text, giving page references as appropriate, and include the work referred to in your bibliography. A series of short quotations from several different sources, if not clearly identified, constitutes plagiarism just as much as does a single unacknowledged long quotation from a single source. It is also a form of plagiarism if you imply that you have read a book or article which you have not, and are in fact citing second-hand: you should make clear the source you have used by writing, for example, `Jones 1983, cited dissertations. Those who do plagiarise risk an appearance before an Academic Misconduct Panel, a ZERO for the whole an entire course, or even expulsion from LSE. Although this is a generic definition plagiarism often goes beyond this and includes not referencing properly and submitting work that you have submitted at other institutions or at LSE again. Many people who plagiarise do not even realise that they have done something wrong and often do it unintentionally by failing to include quotations or give the appropriate citation which is an easy mistake to make when making notes by copying and pasting text from web pages. Self-plagiarism is the reuse of significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of your own work without this fact of citing the original work. Examiners usually have a good `nose' for plagiarism, and plagiarism-detection software is increasingly sophisticated. The LSE Teaching and Learning Centre provides sessions and online information on how to avoid plagiarism - www.lse. ac.uk/collections/TLC, www.lse.ac.uk/ library/insktr/citing_referencing.htm A few points to remember: � All text quoted directly from another in Bloggs 2001'. If you are in any doubt about quoting or referencing your academic advisor (formerly personal tutor) will be able to advise. STUDYING 71 source must be indicated by the use of quotation marks, with page references to the source � You do not escape this requirement by changing particular words if the sense is the same as the original on which your text is based � If you summarise or paraphrase sentences or passages from a source you must give exact page references � You must not give the impression that you have read works which you have only seen cited elsewhere? posters are displayed around the School, and further information is available from the Teaching and Learning Development Officer. If you have any special requirements for your examinations as a result of a physical, mental or psychological disability or condition you can contact the Disability Office up to seven weeks before the your first exam. If you have mitigating circumstances such as a temporary illness, personal You will not be able to receive your results if you owe the School or University any money. Official confirmed results will be mailed to your permanent home address and published on LSE for You. MOCK EXAMS For those who wish to experience an exam environment before stepping into the real thing, the Students' Union offers a number of mock examination sessions in the Summer Term. You must bring along your own exam paper and writing materials, but we will provide a room, examination paper and an invigilator for an authentic examination room feel. These run parallel to sessions that are offered within departments. Mock exam sessions offered by the EXAMS Most of the examinations at LSE are held during the Summer Term. Towards the end of the Lent term you will receive an examination timetable via LSE for You which will inform you of the room, your candidate number and seating details. You must take a copy of this to all of your examinations. Your candidate number must also be written on all of your assessed work as well as the examinations books themselves. This is to ensure anonymity during the exam marking process. Before any exam you should familiarise yourself with when and where the exam will be held. Make sure you take only permitted materials into the examination room. You will be told before the examination period exactly what you are allowed to take into the exam. Smoking is not allowed but you can take in drinks and sweets as long as you eat them quietly. LSE offers a series of lectures and follow-up practical/ clinic sessions on different aspects of study and learning. In addition to the website, information "BEFORE ANY EXAM YOU SHOULD FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH WHEN AND WHERE THE EXAM WILL BE HELD" difficulties, or bereavement, which you feel may have affected your examination performance which you bring to the attention of the Board of examiners then you must write to the Student Services Centre within seven days of your last examination. It is possible, in very exceptional circumstances, to sit the examination before or in the following Michaelmas Term. However, a number of conditions must be that your met in order to be eligible for this and the provision only applies to students who cannot otherwise graduate or progress because of the missing exam(s). Results for undergraduates and graduate students on a 9 month programme are published in mid July. Results for graduate students on a 12 month programme are published in late November. Students' Union do not provide a facility for the papers to be marked but those taken within the department are often marked by your class teacher. Answering questions on past papers tends to be a good revision method and many students tend to bring these to the sessions. They're useful to practise with and allow you to try different approaches to the exam. For examination papers dating back to 1994 go to https://library-2.lse.ac.uk/ protected-exam but bear in mind and the course may have changed since those papers were written. 72 STUDYING PROBLEMS FAILING Failing a course or even your entire year is not the end of the world. There is a whole list of options open to you if you find that you did not do as well as you had expected in exams. If you want advice and information on what to do if you fail, contact the Education and Welfare officer. You can ask for a re-calculation of your marks. If you would like a recalculation, please note that a re-calculation is not the same as a re-mark, as LSE is quite strict in that you are not allowed to question the academic integrity of the examiners. This is simply an administrative check to ensure that the marks given to you were added up properly. You should be aware that if the original calculation of marks was higher than the recalculated mark than it will be replaced by the recalculated mark that you will be given, therefore it is possible for the mark to go down after a recalculation. You could can also submit mitigation reasons late, and request that the Exam Board re-considers your classification in light of them. If you would like to do this then it is possible for you to send a letter stating the reason and the fact that you do not believe that the mark you were given was an accurate reflection of your performance in the exam. To make an appeal, you need to write to the Academic Registrar, Simeon Underwood (email@example.com) within a month of receiving your official marks. You need to state which mark you are appealing and the course code. If you are submitting a letter of mitigating circumstances late, please rememCONTACT EMMANUEL AKPAN-INWANG EDUCATION AND WELFARE OFFICER LSE STUDENTS' UNION SU.EDWELFARE@LSE.AC.UK ROOM E299 | 020 7955 6709 It is possible for you to submit a request under the Data Protection Act to see your exam transcripts; however they might contain examiners notes on them. This can be a useful indication of what marks you received for your questions. Please note that you would not be able to use this information to appeal your exam marks. You will need to make a request via the Data Protection Officer in the Examinations Office to request this. Contact r.e.maguire@ lse.ac.uk. You may wish to note there is a charge of �10 for this. www.lse.ac.uk/collections/dataProtection/makingRequests.htm The Education and Welfare Officer will be able to help you once you have drafted an initial letter. APPEALING The grounds for appeal at LSE are extremely limited. There are a number of options you have when appealing a mark for an examination. ber to include dates of when things happened, and supporting evidence (i.e. a letter from a doctor). Your letter will need to explain why you did not submit mitigation earlier, and should describe in detail how your circumstance affected your exam performance. A letter of mitigation tends to work best for borderline marks i.e. 49 as the board of examiners may choose to exercise discretion and push up your grade in light of your circumstances. In your letter you need to include your name and contact address. MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES During your time at the School you may become ill or experience other personal circumstances such as bereavement or an accident, which may affect your academic performance when completing coursework or sitting examinations. These are mitigating circumstances which are unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond your control. If you wish to make the examining body of LSE aware of your mitigating circumstances then you must complete a mitigating circumstances form or write a letter detailing your circumstances and attach detailed documentary evidence (e.g. a doctor's letter) and submit it to the Course and Assessment team within the Student Services Centre on the ground floor of the Old Building. In your letter you should explain how the circumstances have affected you and you may wish to consider detailing how it has affected your studies during the year, your preparation for an assessment or examination and the assessments/ examinations themselves. If you have an existing medical condition for which you receive special examination arrangements (e.g. rest periods), then you do not need to submit mitigation. STUDYING 73 HELP & SUPPORT TLC The Teaching and Learning Centre provides support on teaching and learning across the School helping to improve the quality of teaching at the School and enabling both staff and students get the most out of the LSE experience. The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) offers study support to all students. There is a series of lectures and workshops throughout the academic year covering essay writing, time management, preparing for exams and dealing with stress etc. One-to-one appointments can also be booked with a TLC study adviser to discuss strategies for quantitative/qualitative subjects or with the Royal Literary Fund Fellow to improve writing style. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7852 3627. Students are encouraged to register on the TLC Moodle course Learning World (LW) from the beginning of the Michaelmas term and to regularly check LSE Training (http://training.lse. ac.uk/) for full details of resources and courses to support their learning. extensive teaching experience with a strong academic background in one of the specialisms offered at LSE. LANGUAGE CENTRE The Language Centre can help you to learn or improve a second language or take a language as part of your degree. The LC offers English for Academic Purposes. They also offer French, German, Russian, Spanish as well as English Literature degree options. You can if you wish take one of the many certificate options in Arabic, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Portuguese and German. These courses run from about October to June. The LSE Language Centre is in many ways unique; no other centre specialises in creating courses targeted at the needs of social science students. All teachers are native speakers and combine CONTACT TEACHING AND LEARNING CENTRE U600, TOWER ONE TLC@LSE.AC.UK WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/TLC 020 7955 6624 CONTACT LSE STUDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE STUDENT.COUNSELLING@LSE.AC.UK HTTP://WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/STUDENTCOUNSELLINGSERVICE/ 020 7852 3627 CONTACT LANGUAGE CENTRE 7TH FLOOR, CLARE MARKET BUILDING LANGUAGES@LSE.AC.UK WWW.LSE.AC.UK/DEPTS/LANGUAGE 020 7955 6713 74 STUDYING THE LIBRARY LSE's Library � to some, it's the jewel in the crown. To others, it is a place of academic revelations. But to many, it is a big, beautiful place where you get fined a lot of money for hiring books you never read. But, without a doubt, LSE's Library is an unique and amazing resource. And it's not just any old library � it's only the world's largest social sciences library to boot! The British Library Of Political and Economic Sciences (as it is otherwise known) is in fact effectively two libraries in one, the Course Collection and the Main Collection. The Course Collection is the smaller but the more useful of the two as it houses multiple copies of the core reading texts along with other books on the reading lists. The different floors can be accessed by a lift or architect Norman Foster's famous staircase which is unique and nothing like the circular staircase in the Reichstag in Berlin. Once you have registered and have your LSE ID card track down a couple of books on a reading list just for practice. Most students rarely feel the need to go outside of the Library for undergraduate reading. the staircases are way too narrow, with the steps too far apart, making it hard to walk up or down without looking like a one-legged pirate. Even the Wikipedia article about LSE mentions students' annoyance at this fact! THE BASICS To get into the Library, you use your LSE ID Card to swipe through the turnstiles. There are over 450 computer workstations in the Library, as well as over 200 laptop points. As with all of LSE campus, the Library is covered by wireless internet. In Michaelmas Term (first term), there will be an Information Point near the entrance where you can get an audio tour of the library (also available online as a podcast). There are numerous guidebooks available, especially the Student Library Guide and the Floorplan and Location Tips guide. It may not be the world's most pressing injustice, but many LSE students think that There are, of course, lifts. In the past, these haven't worked terribly well, but they have recently been replaced and should be fine from now on. For many, this is a shame, as the malfunctioning voice in one of the lifts is quite amusing. OPENING TIMES Michaelmas Term Monday - Sunday, 8am - midnight. Christmas & Summer vacations Monday - Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday - Sunday, 10am-8pm Lent Term, Easter vacation and Summer Term Monday �Sunday, 24 hours STUDYING 75 FINDING BOOKS The easiest way to find books is to use the online Library Catalogue to search by title, author or keywords. You can see: � Whether books are available (or when they will be returned) � you can reserve books for when they're returned, except for Set Texts (and you can only reserve 6 at a time) � Whether they are in the Course Collection (Ground Floor, for most popular books, and only accessible via a turnstile to LSE people) or Main Collection (the rest of the Library, including journals and periodicals); � The classmark of the book (its unique alphanumerical code) � A-G on the Third Floor, H-JV on the Second and JX-Z on the First. Then you go find it! You can also search for Journals, ebooks and electronic resources (many journal articles are available online). The Library also has Closed Access Materials available on request by filling out a Fetch Request and giving it to staff who then, rather kindly, fetch it! There is also an Archives and Rare Books collection for PhD and MSc dissertation students. See www.lse.ac.uk/library/ archive/default.htm for more. However, you'll probably mostly use the Self-Service Machines on the Ground Floor and in the Course Collection. It is debatable whether the automated process is actually faster, but it does accelerate the decline of human interaction in post-modernity. didn't scan your book out properly. All you do is hand the book to the very kind staff who de-magnetise it and let you out (unless you have actually tried to steal a book, in which case you should keep running). SET TEXTS To use the machines, you need to scan the barcode on your LSE ID Card, and type in your Library PIN (available on your LSE for You space). Just follow the simple instructions and you'll be able to walk out of the Library with your books without setting off the security detectors � however, it is highly likely that you will be forced to blush on at least one occasion during your time here as you pass through the gates and hear that excruciating beep that tells you the machine Set texts have orange labels on their spines. These books are most in demand. They can be taken out for 24 hours. Up to three set texts may be borrowed at one time and carry a penalty of 50 pence per hour if not returned on time. Set texts cannot be renewed of reissued. ONE WEEK LOANS One week loans have red labels or red strips on their spine. Up to 6 one week loans may be borrowed at one time. One week loans may be renewed, unless a hold has been placed by another user. A fine of 30p per day is charged on overdue one week loans. THREE DAY LOANS Three day loans have blue labels or blue strips on their spines. Up to 6 three day loans may be borrowed at one time. Full-time student can borrow them for 3 days, Part-time students can borrow them for 1 week. A three day loan may be renewed, unless a hold has been placed by another user. A fine of 50p per day is charged on overdue three day loans. BORROWING BOOKS Libraries contain books that you can borrow, and LSE's is no different in that respect. To borrow a book at the Library, you can just take a book to the Help Desk on the Ground Floor, show your LSE ID Card to the helpful staff and have it scanned as borrowed in your name. NORMAL LOANS Normal loans have white labels. Course students can borrow them for 3 weeks while Staff and Research students can 76 STUDYING THE LIBRARY borrow them for up to 105 days. A fine of 30p per day is charged on overdue normal loans. and off campus using the various Library Passwords you can find in your LSEforYou account. See www.lse.ac.uk/library/ elelib.htm for more. keep it down! You will hear horror stories of massive arguments and even fights in the Library, especially at stressful times such as exam time. Many of these stories are exaggerated but to avoid getting into heated exchanges, follow some simple rules that reduce tension: � Don't hog study space � try not to If you see anyone on Facebook in the Library, they are probably setting up another group to complain � like the one about mice in the Library. spread your books, papers and belongings across whole tables, as this stops others using that space. And if you leave, please take your stuff with you � if you leave a note saying "BRB", that doesn't Recently, there has indeed been a vermin problem � and that's all the more reason for you not to bring food into the Library, because that's what the little creatures are after! So please don't feed the mice by eating in the Library � take a break, leave the Library, have some food in a relaxed environment, and come back to your work later. After all, you'll work better if you factor in breaks, and it's an issue of welfare and You can renew your loans online by using the Self-Service option on the Library's online catalogue. You will need to enter your Library card number and PIN. If you do not have access to a computer you can telephone 020 7955 7229 (Monday-Friday, 9.00-17.00). Renewals and further borrowing is not possible once you have accumulated �10 or more in fines on your account. Beyond not bringing in food, good library etiquette is pretty simple � try to keep the noise down, don't talk on your mobile (except in designated mobile areas, like toilets) and show respect to others. The Library is a large, open building, and noise travels � so please try extra hard to Keeping Quiet, Not Hogging Study Space or Computers and Respecting Others As an LSE student you can use any of the libraries of the various institutions and colleges of the University of London. However in most cases you will not be allowed to borrow books. One exception is Senate House Library located on Malet Street which is about 15 minutes walk from LSE. It uses a different system from the BLPES, and the fines are cheaper as well. care for other students, who probably don't appreciate mice running over their hands while they type away on keyboards! � Don't hog computers � yet another Library-related Facebook group has been set up to protest again "BRB" messages being put on computers when people leave without logging out. Again, computers are prime real estate, but if you're not using them, others could be. If you're looking for computers, check out the boards in the Library lobby and computer room C120 that tell you where there are computers free in the School. Senate House Library make it any better! Especially at exam time, space is precious. RECOMMENDED TEXTS Recommended texts carry yellow labels or yellow strips on their spines. These are books recommended as background reading on LSE course reading lists and can be borrowed for 1 week. A fine of 30p per day is charged on overdue recommended texts. RESPECT YOUR LIBRARY! Don't Feed the Mice � Don't Bring Food into The Library! OVERALL BORROWING ALLOWANCES: � Taught students: 20 items (undergraduate and taught course postgraduate students) � Research students: 30 items (MPhil and PhD students) � Staff: 40 items A combination of certain amounts of the following materials may be borrowed totalling 20, 30 or 40 as above. ELECTRONIC LIBRARY There is now an extensive Electronic Library, with Electronic Journals and Article Finders that can be accessed on STUDYING 77 IT FACILITIES Not just for geeks... COMPUTERS There are public computers -computers for use by students and staff -located around campus and in halls of residence, and plenty of spaces to plug in your computers or connect to the wireless network. On arrival you will need to activate your LSE account, which will generate a user name and password used to log on to computers, the wireless network, email and electronic resources. Most computers are located in the Library, but there are computer rooms in each major building, usually the basement. At peak times it can be a struggle to find an available computer station, but there are always spare computers somewhere. Use the plasma screens in the lobbies of some buildings to find out PC availability around campus, or go to itservices.lse.ac.uk/WAP on your WAPenabled mobile phone. Computers are kitted out with Windows XP Internet, the , usual host of Microsoft Office software and some specialist tools. You can talk, drink and eat in some computer rooms; but not in others. Check out the signs and be considerate to your fellow students! Some computers have notices that they are reserved for students with ISSAs. If you haven't got one, don't waste your time trying to log in! Opening times vary. of that facility. You can arrange meetings, synchronise with your phone and laptop, look up the name of any student of staff member and organise your entire life -check out the IT Services website for help guides and details of their excellent training sessions. H: SPACE This is the name given to your personal folder on LSE's servers, available at every public computer you log on to and even on your personal computer (see IT Services web-site). Taught students get 200MB storage, research students and staff get 500MB. EMAIL Email is the most important communication tool at LSE. Your department, teachers, societies and friends will all email you with alarming frequency, so get used to reading and replying to them. The School runs on Microsoft Exchange, which works very well with Microsoft Outlook and less well with other email clients. You can check your email online at exchange.lse.ac.uk, too, but you will need Internet Explorer to get full use out LSE FOR YOU LSE for You is the School's way of dealing with the huge administrative nightmare of thousands of students in countless departments on hundreds of courses. It is an online facility that harnesses the School's administrative systems and enables stu 78 STUDYING IT FACILITIES Not just for geeks... dents and staff to view and update their personal details. You can: view your class attendances, exam results, certificate of registration (use this to print proof of your student status) and class reports. You can also pay your fees, apply for accommodation and book rooms (if you have been granted booking rights for your society). It will be a very important facility during your time at LSE. it to suit their needs, though you will probably never need to worry about this. Not all courses use Moodle, if yours does you will be notified of this in the course introductory lecture. bars and even public streets. Upper Street, in Islington, has a free municipal wireless facility along the entire street. Other universities around the UK and Europe also allow you to log on to their wireless networks as a guest with your LSE credentials: see www.eduroam.org for details. A great service LSE offers is the Laptop Surgery. It is a completely free service located in S198, St Clement's Building. They offer advice and hands on assistance to students with problems connecting To print, you will first need to top-up your printing account using either the coin value loaders (located in major computer rooms) or at the Library Copy Shop. Next, click print on your document at a public computer, and then log in to one of the special computers next to the printers. Select the document you want, and then click print. to LSE resources from personally owned laptops and mobile devices. They will configure, diagnose, retrieve data, disinfect and fix most problems you can have with your laptop. PRINTING There are black and white printers in most computer rooms, and colour printers in the Library and C120. It costs 4p per A4 side in black and white print, 30p for colour. To save paper, LSE printers print on both sides by default. MOODLE The Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment or Moodle as it is better known is a free open-source course management system designed to create a sort of online learning community. Moodle is somewhat distinct from Web�CT as it gives the opportunity to view information such as resources, documents, images etc along with providing opportunities to discuss that information in wiki-style one click forums, and chat spaces SUPPORT & TRAINING If you're having problems, IT Services offer a range of support including virtual IT assistance, face to face support, in halls support and a range of online guides to common problems. If you're worried about your IT skills, there are also a number of free training courses available for students. IT Training offers all students hour-long supervised workshops in Microsoft Office and HTML. There is an LSE certification scheme for students who have attended supervised workshops, and the European Computer Driving Licence is available to students at a reduced rate. CONTACT LIBRARY FIRST FLOOR | 020 7955 6728 WWW.LSE.AC.UK/ITSERVICES IT.HELPDESK@LSE.AC.UK SCANNING It is designed to help universities and colleges create an opportunity for interaction. Moodle was created on the principle that people actively construct knowledge as they interact with their environment as well as when they construct something for others to experience. Therefore Moodle is not merely just another source of information; it is an arena for collaboration, discussion, and debate. More and more colleges, universities, and even businesses, are turning to Moodle to host and deliver courses online. Moodle's open sourced software means that people can also develop additional functionality and customise There are two public scanners on campus: one on the lower ground floor of the Library, the other in the print room of C120. Instructions are located near the scanner and also on the IT Services website. LAPTOPS/WIRELESS LSE is a very laptop friendly place. Almost everywhere on campus is covered by a wi-fi signal, and there are an increasing number of `plug in points' where you can plug your laptop in to power and Ethernet sockets. Some halls offer wireless facilities, too, and every room in halls has an Ethernet socket. Off campus, you will find plenty of wireless hotspots in cafes, STUDYING 79 PHOTOCOPYING Cheapest in London... With some essential course books only available to borrow for 24 hours, you will become very familiar with photocopying machines during your time at LSE. Unless you're interning for Boris Johnson you won't get cheaper photocopying in London than at the Students' Union. We even beat the LSE library by a penny for every sheet, so over the course of the year you'll have saved yourself enough money to afford a Movida cocktail. Just don't forget to take your copy card out of the card reader when you've finished photocopying. It also offers colour copying, laminating and if you've got a dissertation that needs binding this is place to come. Just ask the friendly Print Shop staff for more information. Copy cards cost �1, and include 10 copies. PRICES A4/A3 MONO COPY A4/A3 COLOUR COPY A4/A3 COLOURED SHEET 3p/6p 25p/50p 3p/6p OPENING TIMES: Term time Monday � Friday: 8.45am � 7pm CONTACT COPY SHOP NAB SHOP SU.PRINTSHOP@LSE.AC.UK 9.000 STUDENTS ONE LSE International, Visas, Timeless, Equality and Diversity, Liberation 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 81 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS In a city of over 300 languages, 270 nationalities and where 1 in 3 people are born overseas, it's hard to feel out of place. Throw in a university which has been ranked as having the best international student experience in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and where 53% of student body is international- you may have just found yourself a second home. London is the melting pot of the world and LSE is wham bam in its centre. Oxford Street. Covent Garden. The Thames. Trafalgar Square. They're all within 10 minutes from campus. You've read about them - now you can experience them yourself firsthand. But does the city live up to the hype? Well, a lot depends on you and what you do in your time here. But one thing is for sure though-London has something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for- be it history, sport, fashion, food or nightlife- it's almost impossible to get bored of London. LSE boasts of a very high academic reputation but it is still often said that LSE students learn more from sitting among friends and debating a topic, than they ever do during lectures and classes. All of this combines to make studying at LSE a brilliant experience,in its own unique way. It's my responsibility to ensure that you have a truly memorable and enjoyable experience from the moment you set foot in halls/flats to the moment you've completed your final exam in June. It's difficult adjusting to a new environment all of a sudden, so we hope this section � and the guide in general - proves useful. This city creates, stages and lives culture with a passion, and this is reflected in our Students' Union. Being at LSE, amongst such a diverse student body, is a unique opportunity. CONTACT SURAJ GIRIJASHANKER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICER SU.INTERNATIONAL@LSE.AC.UK What makes LSE special is our international student body. What defines LSE, however, is our close bond with each other's views, cultures, religions, and experiences. So, once again, welcome to the beginning of a new chapter. Your time here will be amongst the best in your life. where the Students' Union's International Students' Officer comes in. As International officer, I aim to be your first point of contact for ANY problem you face as an international student. Go out and mix with students from all over the world! Attend the Sushi dinner night; go and try out Capoeira; dance to Bhangra music; watch the Arabic movie; learn how to play the bagpipes; develop a passion for baseball! ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICER For all the exciting aspects of an LSE student experience- there are bound to be difficulties. Visa complications. Culture Shock. Accommodation problems. Cravings for `home food'. You name it. This is 82 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE VISAS UKVISAS UKvisas is the Government department responsible for visa matters arising overseas. Its main aim is to make travel and migration work for Britain. In most cases, queries can be answered from information available on the UKvisas website: www.ukvisas.gov.uk. Note: The UKvisas office in London is unable to process visa applications. The first step for all international students is to read through this website: www.ukvisas. gov.uk/en/howtoapply/ infs/inf5students This site provides a detailed FAQ section applicable to all international students who need a visa. countries to apply for their student visa online. To see which countries currently support Visa4UK visit www.visa4uk.fco. gov.uk/CountrySupport.aspx For the countries that do not support on line applications, they have to be made on paper and submitted to the visa application centres in your country of residence. To find the website for your country's visa application centre, see www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/ wheretoapply cate showing you have taken the X-ray at home. During peak times (especially September) the queues for X-rays are huge. You could be held at the airport for many hours! www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/ howtoapply/tbscreening EXTENDING YOUR STUDENT VISA If you are given a visa which is expiring before you complete your current course of study , you should contact the Student Union Advice and Counselling Centre to discuss the `Visa Correction Scheme'. This Scheme allows applications to be made to the UK Border and Immigration Agency to correct the visa. If you wish to continue studying after your current visa expires, then you will need to apply to extend your visa prior to it's expiration. FEES It will cost all students a fee of �99 for a visa. This fee is subject to review and change, depending on local application centres. It is not refundable, unless you refuse to submit the required biometric data with your visa application. For more information about UK's biomet ric data policy, please see www.ukvisas. gov.uk/en/howtoapply/biometricvisa DO YOU NEED A VISA? You will need a visa if you: � are not an EEA (European Economic Area) national � are stateless (you don't have a nationality) � hold a non-national travel document, or � hold a passport issued by an authority that is not recognised in the UK. (Source: UKvisas) If you wish to continue studying at LSE, the LSE Visa Office operates a `Batch Scheme' where applications for an extension of your visa can be submitted on your behalf. You should contact the Visa Office at least 2 months before your visa is about to expire. If you wish to continue studying at another institution, you should contact that institution about the assistance they provide. Detailed information on applying to extend your Tier 4 (General) Student Visa can be found on the Border and Immigration website www.bia.homeoffice. gov.uk. HEALTH SCREENING Students applying for UK visas valid for longer than six months in certain countries now require a certificate to show that they are free from infectious pulmonary tuber culosis (TB). The screening process is a chest X-ray, which will determine whether signs of infection are detected. We strongly recommend that you get an X-ray done from home BEFORE you come to the UK, and make sure you get a valid signed and authorised certificate to bring with you to the UK. You will not be allowed into the country without having an X-ray taken, or without a valid certifi- HOW TO APPLY www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply This website has all the necessary information on where and how to apply for your UK student visa. In some countries, it is possible to apply for your visa online. `Visa4UK' allows applicants in many 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 83 WORKING IN THE UK DURING YOUR STUDIES Most students will be eligible to work in the UK. Whether you are permitted to work will be detailed on your visa. UKCISA advises `Check what your passport sticker (entry clearance or residence permit) or identity card says. If you are in the UK with student immigration permission and your identity card says "Restricted work, p/t term time, f/t vacations" or your passport sticker says "Work (and any changes) must be authorised" or "Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State", you are allowed to work during your studies. If your passport sticker or identity card says "No work", you must not work in the UK' If you have student immigration permission that allows you to take employment, you can work up to 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during your holidays or do a work placement which is part of your course. Detailed information on working in the UK during studies can be found on the UKCISA website; www.ukcisa.org.uk/ student/working_during.php If you have already been issued with a student visa that will not allow you to work, contact the Students' Union Advice and Counselling Centre. They will be able to assist you in making an immigration application that will allow you to change your condition regarding work. need to apply for your National Insurance (NI) number. This number is necessary to ensure you get charged the right level of income tax and is for national insurance contributions (paid by every worker in the UK to fund contributory benefits such as Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA),and state pensions). are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Nor way, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. If you are travelling to countries outside of the Schengen area, you should contact that country's embassy in the UK for information about immigration procedures there. For a list of foreign embassies in the UK visit www.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/ pdf/londondiplomatic-list-june For an extensive FAQ section on the Schengen visa, see www.ukcisa.org.uk/ student/immigration.php WORKING IN THE UK AFTER STUDIES Some students can now remain in the UK for up to 2 years after completing their studies to gain work experience under the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) rules. Find out how you can remain in the UK as a poststudy worker by having a read through www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/working_after.php Alternatively, an employer with a licence can apply for Tier 2 visa if they wish to employ you. The Student Union Advice Centre provided detailed Advice on the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) and other immigration applications. LINKS & INFORMATION � Students' Union Advice and Counselling Centre: email@example.com , (+44) (0)20 7955 7145 � www.ukcisa.org.uk The Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides excellent, detailed advice to all international prospective and current students (and their families, and teachers). � www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/information_sheets.php link that provides useful information (advice) sheets on topics ranging from `Culture Shock' to Financial Support for all international students. � www.hmrc.gov.uk HM Revenue and Customs: responsible for tax, customs and excise duties, frontier protection and National Insurance � UKvisas contact details: (+44) (0)20 7008 8308 www.ukvisas.gov.uk/enquiries `SCHENGEN' VISA If you are not a European Economic Area national and want to travel to Europe, you may be required to apply for a `Schengen' visa before you travel. This scheme will allow international students wishing to visit countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) to travel between these countries using only one visa. The 21 countries that partake in the If you wish to work in the UK you will scheme (forming the Schengen space) 84 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE SETTLING IN Studying abroad is both exciting and overwhelming. Unfortunately, you will be away from the comfort of home. This, coupled with adjusting to a brand new environment can often take some time to adjust to. `Culture Shock' affects most international students, in a variety of different ways. What is important to remember is that you're all in the same boat and it will pass with time. There is no fool-proof method to overcome this, but there are certainly measures that can be taken to minimise it. - Keep in regular contact with family and friends from back home. You will find that it will in fact help you to make new friends here. - Find out places where you can find some familiarity. The LSE Students' Union website provides some links for restaurants serving food from your country, and other sites like Timeout London and Upmystreet.com will be useful. Check them out and see where you can find cultural activities taking place around London. - Put yourself out there- remember, everyone is on the same boat! Undoubtedly the best way to meet people is through the freshers' festival. There is something for everyone here in terms of events during the festival. Watch out especially for the International Film Festival and Unwind where you are most likely to bump into international students. You don't have to participate in every event during the festival (but then again, there's nothing stopping you!). If you're feeling like being extra active, sign up - Go to freshers' fayre and check out LSE's 150+ societies yourself. Chances are there will be your national society there. But don't restrict yourself. Remember, the more diverse the societies you to be a volunteer during freshers', and participate firsthand in the organization of events. And if you're staying in halls, don't miss out on the events organized at your halls (welcome parties etc.), especially during the first couple of nights. It's a particularly good idea to get to know the people you are going to be living with for the next year! - Don't forget that if feelings of isolation or disorientation persist and are affecting your studies, there are people here who can help you. We want you to enjoy your time at LSE, as well as get the most out of it. Like I said � never keep your thoughts and feelings bottled up. - Link with a faith community if appropriate. The LSE chaplaincy locates local Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, or Temples. There are also several active religious societies (for example � the Islamic Society have allocated a Prayer room on campus for Friday prayers). - Your student mentor, school and departmental representatives and your academic advisor are all there to assist you in any way possible. If you're facing problems with fees or visas, you can also talk to the Student Services Centre. Never ever hold anything in � if you're facing ANY sort of trouble, talk to someone. It will undoubtedly be of help. - Make the most of the Student Induction Programmes. They're designed to ease the transition from life at home to here Street at university. (Be sure to attend the International Students' Induction, which I'm hosting!) join, the wider range of people you are likely to meet. Select a few societies you are particularly passionate about and run for positions on their committees. There's no better way of making friends than working together with those with a common interest (committee positions will look great on your CV too!) 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 85 TIPS - Dress sensibly- You can never hear too many complaints about the weather in London, and there is a reason for this. British weather definitely lives up to expectations and is as unpredictable as you are told. Don't wait for temperatures to drop - get coats and warm clothes in advance. The last thing you want is to be unprepared for an unexpectedly cold day. And one of your first investments should be an umbrella- which you should carry around at all costs. - There is more to London beyond Holborn. While it might be tempting to stick to the areas around LSE, remember you've come this far away from home, there is no harm in venturing out a little bit further. London is a world within a world and if you want a truly global experience, don't miss grabbing a won-ton noodle soup which is rumoured to be as good as Hong Kong at `Wong-Kei' in Chinatown(for the unbeatable price of �2.80!) , paying for a pint in rupees at an authentic Punjabi pub-`Glassy Junction' in Southall, dropping by the Brixton market for an Afro-Caribbean shopping experience(and jerk chicken!) or smoking away apple shisha over mint tea to the beats of Arabic pop on Edgeware road. - Travel (once you've gotten used to London, of course!)-Your international experience doesn't have to be restricted to just London or the UK. And trips don't necessarily have to burn holes in your pockets! Cambridge, Lake District, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Sharm-el-Sheikh- its all about how far you're willing to go! Check out STA travel ( www.statravel.co.uk), Expedia (www.expedia.co.uk), megabus (www.megabus.com/uk), Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www. ryanair.com) for cheap travel ideas! - Bring instant food from home. Although pretty much everything is available in London, your first couple of weeks may end up being insanely busy, with the last thing you want to be doing is hunting around for familiar food. Its always best to be prepared before those hunger pangs for home food kick in. - Make careful selection of your courses. It will be prudent to attend lectures on different courses in the first few weeks, to make up your mind on which course to ultimately select. Attend the initial few lectures and classes so you have the chance to change if you don't enjoy them! LSE lectures (in every single course) are there for all students, regardless of whether they take it or not. - Register with the doctor and dentist -this shouldn't be left till needed! St. Philips unfortunately cannot register every student at LSE. It only registers you if you live within a certain area. Go have a chat with them to see which NHS centre you are eligible to register with. 86 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE PHONING HOME There are various mobile phone networks in the UK. The biggest ones are T-Mobile, 3, Orange, O2 and Vodafone. You can buy a `pay-as-you-go' mobile, or one that comes with a fixed contract. Carphone Warehouse is definitely Pay-as-you-go (as the name suggests) is a pre-paid phone which needs to be topped up with credit before you make calls. The fixed contracts usually require you to take out a fixed term contract with the mobile network provider, and each month you will be charged a nominal amount and given a certain number of free calling minutes and texts. (For example: �35 a month for 500 minutes and 500 texts). Usually this option is cheaper PER call/text message. However, the main drawbacks of this form of contract for international students are: firstly that the minutes are strictly limited to UK numbers only, so other means of calling home from your mobile phone will need to be looked into. Secondly, since the contract will require a standing order payment every month deducted from your bank account (direct debit), the network companies are usually reluctant to set contracts up for international students unless they pay a refundable deposit (e.g. �150-�200), which will be credited back into your account after 6 or so months. The reason for this is that all new students will not have a credit history/rating in UK yet, and a deposit is a bit like insuring that you will be able to pay the contract for the period of the time. Now there are many different combinations and deals that mobile networks devise and offer every day, and it's quite This industry is not well regulated - many advertisements which you may see are misleading, and some of the companies do not provide a good service to customers! Also, be wary of calling cards given to you (for free) by people on the streets. They seem to be cheaper than the bigger and more popular choice. However, many students go directly to the mobile network shops (e.g. an actual `3' shop) and buy phones from there � but note that this method will limit your choice of deals and networks, and hence from one international student to another, I would advise that you check out either of the 2 websites above before settling for purchasing a contract directly from a network. Rates are often rounded to the nearest penny, so for example if it says 5p per minute, it may cost 5.5p per minute (10% more!) difficult to keep up with the latest deals.. To keep updated, have a look at www.carphonewarehouse.com or www.phones4u.co.uk everything else, but there is always a hidden cost attached, which is usually extremely high! For example: You need to pay for the cost of calling the UK access number (which you pay in the normal way from your phone) as well as paying for the international part of the call (which you pay using the credit on the telephone cards). So you're actually paying a lot! Some cards have prices that are pretax. You usually have to add another 17.5% VAT on top of those calling rates. "THEY SEEM TO BE CHEAPER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A HIDDEN COST ATTACHED" Also, some networks often have affiliated international pay-as-you-go mobile contracts. For example � www.mobileworld. co.uk is s a network offering a sim card that allows international and local calls and text messages for cheap rates. Alternatively, what a lot of students like to do, is to purchase `Calling Cards'. However, be careful if you buy calling cards from newsagents and other shops. LANDLINES Another facility that LSE Residences provide is landline calling. Every room in LSE halls of residence has a telephone (from which all LSE students in halls and other LSE extension numbers can be called for free). This telephone can be used to make local and international calls as well. Pick up a `PRIMUS' leaflet from the reception of your halls, and this will have all the details on the service, including how to activate it and charges per call. Finally, to keep in touch with friends and family back home, you needn't spend any money at all! There are many online applications, which allow unlimited voice chatting (pc-to-pc) for absolutely free. Some examples are MSN messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Gmail Talk and of course, the much loved, Skype! www.skype.com 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 87 GLOBAL WEEK & TIMELESS GLOBAL WEEK The largest explosion of colour and culture and chaos on campus- the one week where LSE truly lives up to its name as the most international university in the UK! There's just about something for everyone- from massive international food festivals- where you get to sample everything from `Moussaka' to `Nasi Lemak' at dirt cheap prices, film screenings from around the world, dance workshops, lectures on third world development to international themed club nights. This year promises to be bigger, better, louder and more vibrant- so be sure to run for a position on the Global Week taskforce (which is open to anyone!) tural and artistic traditions to be found within the walls of LSE. Last year, more than 150 students from across the globe were united in an unforgettable evening of Dance, Drama, Music and Film, put together entirely by students from LSE, and staged at the prestigious Sadler's Wells Theatre in Islington (the home of `West Side Story'). Now we're no experts, but by our reckoning, that probably makes TIMELESS! the biggest and most global student show in the world. But don't fool yourself into thinking this is some good-for-nothing, wise guy, Talent Show. Of course we love talent, but we don't do Talent Shows. TIMELESS!, unlike many of its rivals, is not a parade of self-aggrandising adolescents strutting their stuff in a London `megatheatre', orchestrated by some out of date and out of work C-List celebrity. At its heart, there's always a story. There are always charming characters and enchanting worlds... it is, to put it simply, one big musical, packed full-to-bursting with LSE talent! So TIMELESS! provides a night of mind-blowing, heart-thrilling, soul-stirring entertainment... but apart from all that, just what is it all for? TIMELESS! has always been about having a great time, making amazing friends and creating an awe-inspiring show, WHILE giving something back to those around us, AND those further away who could do with a bit of help. Building on the �10,000 raised for CARE Education and the Prince's Trust in 2008, last year's show raised almost �10,300 for World Vision and Happy Home Orphanage, Kenya. This year, of course, we're looking to go one better. TIMELESS! 2010 `LSE'S GLOBAL FAIRYTALE' Let's face it: students at LSE come from all over the place. But if there's one thing that brings us all together while celebrating our distinctiveness, it's art. The LSESU Global Show, TIMELESS!, was created in 2007 to celebrate the vast array of cul- GET INVOLVED. So if you're interested in getting involved, artistically, technically or spiritually, in this singing, dancing, screaming, (moaning?) musical extravaganza, find us (it really won't be difficult) at Freshers' Fayre. 88 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE GENERAL COURSE & MATURE STUDENTS The General Course is a year long, study abroad programme for visiting students, who undertake study at LSE as if they were taking an undergraduate degree. All LSE services and facilities � and the Students' Union � are open to General Course students. The first General Course students came to LSE way back in 1910, and its modern day equivalent sees over 300 students come to the School for a year of study and fun, and to see what it's like at a British, yet international, university. The Students' Union has a General Course Representative, elected in Michaelmas Term Elections in Week 4 of Michaelmas Term (the first term!). They are elected exclusively by General Course students, meaning that they are non-trustees and thus non-voting members of the Exec. However, they are generally treated as full members who input into the entire workings of the Students' Union � and long may that continue! Previous Students' Union General Course Representatives have worked to provide top quality services and events for students, as well as helping to integrate "Gen Course" students into the rest of LSE life. If you are an aspiring activist in your home university, or just think you can do a good job of providing a loud voice for the Gen Course population, then consider running for the General Course Rep position in Michaelmas Term Week 4 � email our Returning Officer, Shanti KeleWe all face an uphill struggle as we choose do nothing less than the wholesale reconstruction of our entire life as we enter university. Yet it is precisely our colleagues who can be the greatest CONTACT VLADIMIR UNKOVSKI-KORICA MATURE & PART TIME STUDENTS' OFFICER SU.MATURE@LSE.AC.UK It is important in these circumstances to maintain that mature and part-time students, despite differences, are not an isolated minority. Academic demands exist on all students in the form of access to reading lists, books, quality lectures and seminars, essays and presentations, exams and theses, job searches and career decisions. Balancing academic work with paid work or family obligations or extra-curricular activities is also no longer alien to most undergraduates. There is, however, no substitute for the weekly Union General Meeting in terms of having your individual and collective voices heard. I will attend every week and hope to meet many of you there. man, via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. source of inspiration for us to change, learn and grow. LSE attracts an intelligent, diverse and international range of people. Your classes are likely to be both welcoming and challenging. You will have opportunities to interact with fellow students in the various cultural, sporting, religious, national, international, political or intellectual societies of the students' union. Extra-curricular activities are also pursued in the bar or in cafeteria, or, occasionally, the library itself. The cr�che too has created bonds among both parents and children. I will work hard to make your stay as safe, enjoyable and carefree as possible. I will also endeavour to put you in touch and work with other bodies like trade unions or professional associations to raise concerns you may have or conduct joint campaigns. MATURE & PART TIME Mature and part-time students often face intense pressures different to those faced by other students. These include higher expectations in terms of effort and performance as well as extra burdens in the form of childcare, work and accommodation. Moreover, with fees rising and the government freezing all student grants and loans, in the midst of recession, mature and part-time students will come up against problems both in their academic and non-academic lives. "YOUR CLASSES ARE LIKELY TO BE BOTH WELCOMING AND CHALLENGING" 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 89 EQUALITY & DIVERSITY with Disabilities Officer and Women's Officer all ensure representation for the diverse groups among the student body, and campaign to fight against injustice and intolerance. See p52 Within LSE, there is a Diversity Adviser, Carolyn Soloman-Pryce, and an Equality and Diversity Committee. Students can approach the Diversity Adviser for advice. The Students' Union has representation on the Equality and Diversity Committee through Education and Welfare Officer Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang and Ben Jones, Anti-Racism Officer. They can feed in any student concerns directly to the School when it formulates its strategies on equal opportunities. The School also runs a Disability and Diversity Consultative Forum to hear issues related to disability, gender, race, age, religion and belief, and sexual orientation. Members from each of these groups are included and issues can be raised there. The Students' Union has representation here again through the Education and Welfare Officer and other officers on the LSE is the world's most diverse student body � and probably the most diverse community in Britain. However, respect to equality and diversity are never a given, and the Students' Union and School strive hard to make sure that equal opportunities are defended and extended in all areas. In short, we seek to make sure that diversity on paper is translated into integration and respect in reality. The Students' Union has a clear Equal Opportunities Policy that states that The Students' Union has officers responsible for ensuring that equality and diversity are at the heart of our campaigns, services and operations. The Anti-Racism Officer, LGBT Students' Officer, Mature and Part-Time Students' Officer, Students discrimination on the basis of age, disability/ability/impairment, sex/gender, transgender, medical status, nationality/ language, physical appearance, political opinion, religious belief or sexuality is unacceptable. Executive who can feed in concerns to this committee on the student's behalf. Indeed, any student can come along to this Forum, so if you feel you have an issue you want to raise yourself, contact the Students' Union Officers stating that you want to attend. If you feel equal opportunities are being breached within the Students' Union, contact the relevant officer on the Executive. Within the School, there are procedures for harassment and tackling other issues that relate to equal opportunities. 90 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Students' Union Students with Disabilities (SWD) Officer for 2009 is Luke Moore Luke's priorities for 2009-10 are: � to co-operate with the Disability & � to encourage participation of nondisabled students through societies and a forum. � to hold accessible, weekly surgeries � to chair termly Students' Union SWD forums before the School's Disability & Diversity Consultative Forum � to petition for more awareness training for all staff to work with the academic departments to provide the greatest possible provision for students with disabilties. CONTACT LUKE MOORE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OFFICER SU.DISABILITY@LSE.AC.UK He can advise about accessibility at the LSE or point you in the right direction for support. Luke says " I have found the support I receive at LSE invaluable. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the provisions and understanding are when I first arrived. Nonetheless, this does not mean that there are not frustrations which I'm sure many of you will meet with. Please feel free to come and talk to me at any time, about any type of problem, and I will do my best to help." Wellbeing Office, LSE Circles Network and LSE Students' Union Disability & Well-being Society to listen to the concerns of students � to organise Disability Awareness Week � to raise the profile of disabilities & wellbeing issues at LSE � to publicise resources available � to increase awareness & motivate disability friendliness with articles, posters, workshops & Students' Union recognition awards 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 91 DISABILITY & WELL BEING OFFICE trying to make timetable arrangements more accessible to you; additional services at the library; access to rest rooms; informing teaching staff of particular requirements; setting out Special Exam Arrangements...Your ISSA has to be based on current medical documentation and will only be sent to people you agree to, once you've given your signed consent. See Nicola early � some exam arrangements need to be organised months in advance! LINDA KELLAND Room U604 | 020 7955 7422 SUE HAINES DISABILITY & WELL-BEING OFFICE MANAGER S.HAINES@LSE.AC.UK JANE SEDGWICK MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING ADVISOR J.SEDGWICK@LSE.AC.UK If you are dyslexic, or think you may be, Linda is the advisor to ask for. She can provide a screening and referral service, and/or work with you on a range of The Disability & Well Being Office is the first point of contact for all LSE students with disabilities. Its brilliant staff can help you acclimatise to life at the LSE, access further services you may require and arrange reasonable adjustments, making teaching and learning more accessible for you. It's based in A40, in the Old Building. JANE SEDGWICK Room A41 | 020 7955 6523 Jane works in School and in Residences, assessing and referring students in crisis and monitoring progress and well-being, in order to help students stay on course. Mental ill health can be as debilitating as other illness/medical conditions/disabilities. NICOLA MARTIN Room A40 | 020 7955 6034 Nicola is the main person who sorts out access arrangements for students with SUE HAINES Room A40 | 020 7955 7767 Sue is the friendly person usually behind the main desk. She is very helpful in knowing who to approach with particulong-term medical conditions or disabilities. Book a meeting with her as early as possible to discuss an Individual Student Support Agreement (ISSA). This will detail other services you may require, like: lar problems, if it's not something she can sort out herself. strategies to help you make the most of your studying. CSV Every year, the Disability & Well-being Office have a placement for a Community Service Volunteer who is on hand to offer varied practical personal and study assistance. 92 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE OPPORTUNITIES CIRCLES NETWORK The LSE Circles Network is a peer support network for students with disabilities, to support others and be supported informally. The Disability & Well-being Office may refer you to Circles, but you can also contact them by email (see above). Circles aims to make it easier for students with a range of disabilities, medical conditions and/or special needs to study, survive and succeed at LSE, through practical assistance and support groups. Practical assistance can range from reading aloud to being a `human alarm-clock' to phone someone in the morning. Whatever assistance comes to mind that you can offer or require � get in touch with Circles. Success of support groups differs depending on need for the group and membership that year. A couple of examples are: a mental well-being group to reduce isolation and get to know other students experiencing and coping with mental ill-health at the LSE, and study groups for any Circles members to plan study time. EmployAbility exists to answer these ment to the Speakers' Bureau is done by Circles and the Disability & Well-being Office. Hopefully this is something you might like to consider getting involved with and would find an invaluable experience. � Internship and placement scheme opportunities with top employers within the investment banking, legal, chemicals, media, public and other sectors � Recommendations of disability inclusive employers � Help with CV and application form writing � Mock interview opportunities with key employers � Advice on how to perform well at interviews and assessment centres � Invitations for you to attend specialist recruitment events and workshops � Information, advice and guidance on disability issues such as disclosure of a disability, reasonable adjustments and any other issues. This list is not exhaustive! Please get in touch with us if there are any employment and disability services you require! Our experienced team comes from a diversity of backgrounds and provides services and support covering many areas - including: EMPLOYABILITY Leaving the secure environment of the LSE and entering the world of work can appear an extremely daunting prospect as a person with a disability. Will my employer be willing to pay for the adjustments that I need? Should I disclose my disability on my CV or at all? How can I account for the gaps in my education? What about assessment centres, online tests and telephone interviews � this is all new to me, will I fall at the first hurdle? "WE SUPPORT DISABLED UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATES, PROVIDING PRACTICAL ADVICE AND GUIDANCE THROUGH THE ENTIRE RECRUITMENT PROCESS" SPEAKERS' BUREAU Students who are experts in their own disability are an invaluable asset in promoting disability awareness and contributing to staff training. Through participation in the Speakers' Bureau, you'll receive training to confidently and clearly describe the realities of living and studying with a disability, helping cultivate an appreciation of the diversity of experience within disability. Recruit- questions and ease your transition from education to employment. A not-forprofit organisation, we support disabled undergraduates and graduates, providing practical advice and guidance through the entire recruitment process. We also work with employers to break down barriers to employment, creating a more inclusive working environment for people with disabilities. CONTACT CIRCLES: CIRCLES@LSE.AC.UK EMPLOYABILITY: INFO@EABILITY.ORG WWW.EMPLOY-ABILITY.ORG.UK 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 93 STUDENT ACTIVITIES One of the best ways to get really stuck into the university experience and meet students with similar interests is to take part in Students' Union activities. Sometimes, access can seem awkward at first sight. There are often ways round but if in doubt contact Students' Union Students with Disabilities Officer, Luke Moore . MEDIA GROUP Unfortunately due to the nature of the East Building, the offices of The Beaver, LooSE TV and Pulse Radio are not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to get involved, contact the appropriate person for the media you are interested in or contact Luke . SOCIETIES Please note on the membership lists if you have an access requirement (e.g. rooms accessible to wheelchairs/ rooms with induction loop etc) or you can email Luke with a list of societies you join and he will notify societies of requirements, keeping you anonymous. To improve accessibility, students with disabilities/medical conditions may enter Freshers' Fayre half-an-hour early with a special card � see Luke or collect a card from the Disability & Well-being Office! its members. Help form Students' Union policy by proposing and voting on motions. Luke can lend a hand drafting a motion about accessibility/disability and rally extra backing from other supportive students. Also contact him if you find the UGM inaccessible to you. Students' Union Students with Disabilities Officer in the Lent Term, so do get in touch! You can help make a difference to the lives of students with disabilities/ medical conditions through all these areas, so contact Luke for more information & guidance! FURTHER REPRESENTATION In Student Union terms, you're represented at three different levels: the LSE Students' Union, University of London Union (ULU) and the National Union of Students (NUS). Luke Moore is willing to share some tasks and insight with students who might be interested in standing for the post of LSE FORUM Next year we will build on the work of the Disability and Well Being Society by setting up a Disability and Well Being Forum. The approach of this forum will be one of relaxed discussion, leading to campaigning. We encourage as many people as possible to come along, whether they have a disability or not. Disability rights are far from boring! ATHLETICS UNION The Athletics Union has welcomed students with various disabilities before. Contact Luke if you need specific help/info. UGM The LSE Students' Union is unique in still holding a weekly democratic forum for 94 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE TIPS AND LINKS TIPS � Get involved with the Circles Network. � Ask many questions, the smallest things can make all the difference to your experience at the LSE. � Arrange an ISSA nice & early � you may find that Jean will think of help you require that you haven't even thought of! � If you need more help than you're getting, go back to the Disability & Wellbeing Office and let them know you're struggling. � Circles Network is great for friendship, support and help from those who know what it's like coping at LSE with a disability/illness. � If you have a problem with mobility, it's worth checking out alternative routes to the LSE. There can occasionally be obstructions. � Use spare time in your initial days at the LSE to explore the buildings, familiarise yourself with accessibility and locate key venues. � Take part in the Disability & Diversity Consultative Forum � you can really help make a change for you and others. � If you're a British citizen who requires more help than can be met through the School's provisions, then contact Social Services. � Check out the mind-mapping software installed on PCs on the LSE campus. It has helped many students plan essays and prepare presentations. � Don't be discouraged by the highly competitive atmosphere with people chasing internships etc, we're not all like that! Find the people who can help you and enjoy making the most of the university experience. LSE Circles Network www.lse.ac.uk/collections/circles Disability & Well-being Office: www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ disabilityoffice LSE Learning World: www.learning.lse.ac.uk Ouch student: www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/lifefiles/student RADAR � the disability network: www.radar.org.uk National Bureau for Students with Disabilities: www.skill.org.uk Working Without Hearing: www.workingwithouthearing.com YOUR RIGHTS & CAREERS Disability Rights Commission: www.drc-gb.org EmployAbility: www.employ-ability.org.uk ENTERTAINMENT ACCESS: London Theatre Access: www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/access Tourism for All UK: www.tourismforall.org.uk 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 95 WOMEN At LSE we aim to raise awareness of current issues that specifically affect women and encourage everybody, regardless of gender, to join us in our campaigns fighting for gender equality - on and off campus. There is a vibrant group of students at LSE who campaign throughout the year on gender-related issues. Last year we focused, amongst other issues, on a woman's right to choose (abortion rights), opposed the Miss university of London beauty pageants, and marched through the streets of London on the Reclaim The Night march. This year LSE students will be walking through the streets of London on Saturday 21st November. It is a women-only march against rape and male violence, which will be followed by a mixed rally. Join us for a truly empowering experience. taken from the Fawcett society. A rape is reported to the police in the UK every 34 minutes. Yet only 14% of cases which are reported to the police ever reach a courtroom and only 6.1% lead to conviction. The threat and reality of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment continue to restrict women's ability to use public spaces without fear. The reclaim the night march offers an opportunity for us to claim back this human right. WOMEN AT WORK Many women who graduate from LSE go into careers in the business world, yet they are often unprepared for the inequalities they face there. Currently women working full-time earn on average 17% less an hour than men working full time, and out of the 27 European Union countries, the UK continues to have the largest pay gap The Students' Union is committed to raising awareness of this inequality and putting pressure upon both businesses and the government to rectify this inequality. The Careers Service at LSE can provide you with information and support if you want to pursue a career in business, where the glass ceiling frequently blocks women from attaining senior executive positions. The Careers Service office can be found at W610 in Tower 3. In addition, the Students' Union funds and supports The Equality and Human rights commission estimates it will take 73 years before equal numbers of women are in the boardroom of the FTSE 100 and it wont be until 2225 before parity is realised in all of the UK's boardrooms. * Information an extremely active Women in Business society which aims to expand its members' understanding and awareness of industry across various disciplines. WOMEN'S FORUM The Students' Union operates a Women's Forum designed to enable like-minded students, regardless of gender, to collectively decide on a campaigning agenda and which events to hold. It is a great opportunity to make the Students' Union more representative as well as getting to know more of your fellow students. Women need a strong voice and everybody's input is welcome. To make sure you don't miss a meeting sign up to the Women's mailing list during Freshers' Fayre and look out for our posters. The Women's Officer is there to provide help and support for female students. SHOCKING FACTS... Data from the National Management Salary Survey in 2001 revealed that the average female manager earned �34,789, while the average male manager earned �40,289. Women managers therefore earned around 86% of the average annual managerial salary of men. CONTACT JESSIE ROBINSON WOMENS OFFICER SU.WOMENS@LSE.AC.UK 96 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE LGBT STUDENTS Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender The LSE Students' Union wishes to ensure that all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, feel accepted and safe during their time at the school. LGBT SOCIETY The LGBT Society is a forum for students to meet new people, share their experiences, and attend social and careers events. London is world-renowned as a gay capital. Through the LGBT Society, students can discover and explore this in a safe and friendly environment. The society regularly goes on socials, bar crawls, and nights out to Soho to help to introduce students to the scene. The LSE SU hosts the only regular student LGBT night in London in the form of Mind the Gap (MTG) which takes place on the first Monday of every month. This attracts a large number of students from all London Universities. Anyone is welcome to join the LGBT Society at Fresher's Fayre, online at the Students' Union website, or by emailing email@example.com. Be sure to drop by the Society's Annual General Meeting in Freshers' week to meet the outgoing committee members and help elect the new committee. someone about it, if you have worries regarding coming out to friends and family, or if you're interested in becoming more involved in LGBT campaigns, he is your first point of contact. His office hours are advertised on the LSE Students' Union website. If you'd prefer to meet outside office hours, feel free to contact Scott. and an extra special Mind the Gap. If you'd like to get involved then drop the LGBT Officer an email or simply turn up to the LGBT forum. EXTERNAL LGBT SERVICES If you have any questions regarding your sexuality, a good service available is the London Lesbian and Gay switchboard. Their helpline operates from 10am-11pm, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The number is 020 7837 7324, the recruitment hotline for volunteers is 020 7837 7606, and their textphone number is 020 7689 8501. Their information website provides 24 hour access to a database of information and resources relevant to the LGBT community - www.queery.org.uk. The NHS has a wide variety of free and confidential sexual health services for LGBT people in London. Similarly, the GMFA, the gay men's health charity, also provides a number of great services across the capital; their website is www.gmfa.org.uk. LGBT FORUM The LGBT forum offers students an opportunity to discuss the progress of ongoing campaigns, to coordinate the activities of different societies, and to propose and plan individual events. Would you like to see LGBT Pride Week host a specifically LGBT-Straight alliance event? Inquire about cooperation with the Amnesty Society on an informational event regarding LGBT rights worldwide? This is where to show up. OFFICE HOURS Scott MacDonald, the Students' Union LGBT Officer, is here to ensure that your experience at the LSE is a positive one. He will be holding weekly office hours during term time. Whether you've encountered homophobic or transphobic sentiments on or off campus and want to talk to LGBT PRIDE WEEK This year will see the first ever LSE Students' Union LGBT pride week. It will entail a week of political events, debates, 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 97 ANTI-RACISM You'll have heard words like diversity and multiculturalism tossed about with LSE's name, but you don't really get an idea of what those words mean until you get here. Only after walking a Houghton St. busy with students do you get a feeling of how 150 countries could share this central London university. Whether it's through a drinking game or sharing the answers to your first problem set you'll almost certainly get to know people of all imaginable nationalities and backgrounds. And after spending some time here, we're sure you'll agree with us that LSE's multiculturalism tag was both well deserved and a good thing. Consider having your class discussions with people who've all gone to different secondary school systems. Imagine receiving an answer to the generic freshers' week question `where are you from?' which you actually find interesting! Last but not least think of all the great places you'll be able to stay in your 3 months of summer holiday. So where do I fit in? As anti-racism officer, the most important part of my role is to be the first point of contact any student who feels they are being discriminated against because of their nationality, race or skin colour. There have not been a great number of people who feel this way at the school, and we hope it continues like this. My role is two fold and does not only involve dealing with these rare occurrences, but preventing them in the first place. For example, students who share the same first language or country of origin might feel more at ease spending time with Giving the variety of our students' backgrounds it is no surprise that there is an extraordinary range of views on the political, social and economic issues of today. This undoubtedly creates an impassioned atmosphere of debate on campus, and you'll find yourself discussing everything from how to spend the one another � this is to be expected. But there is always a risk of impenetrable cliques forming which do not promote a friendly open atmosphere and it is up to us at the union to think of ways to avoid this such as a fund for joint-society events. However the vast majority of groups are friendly and inviting and the many nationality societies are all too keen to share their country's culture and ways of enjoying it with anyone and everyone. It don't matter if you're black or white budget to the current situation in Gaza and West Bank. Discussions of the second type can cause tension between groups on campus, and given that no topic is off limits, the union is active in ensuring all debate is carried out in a tolerant and respectful manner. Finally the only thing to do is to wish you a warm welcome and to say I hope you enjoy being a student at the London School of Economics as much as I have so far. Given the qualities and opportunities of LSE, I hope you can make the most of your time here and leave with a set of friends, opinions and experiences that is truly international. CONTACT BEN JONES ANTI-RACISM OFFICER SU.ANTI-RACISM@LSE.AC.UK DON'T PANIC Advice and Counselling, Work, Financial Support, Safety, Fun Stuff DON'T PANIC 99 ADVICE & COUNSELLING CENTRE The Students' Union Advice and Counselling Centre, based in Room E297, East Building, provides a professional advice and counselling service to LSE students and can help you with a wide range of issues. We provide legal advice and assistance in a number of areas, which includes, but is not limited to: renewal. If you believe your application is complex, you do not have the supporting documents or for any other reason, please come to our office and talk to our advisers. � Visa correction: if the British Embassy or High Commission has made a mistake and given you the wrong end date for your visa, you can get it corrected. Post- to Remain � Nationality CONSUMER � mobile phone contracts � fitness club contracts � other consumer issues Please feel free to contact us for any other issues not listed.Our experienced advisers can see you during drop-in hours or by appointment outside of these times if necessary. The service is free, independent, impartial and confidential. The Counsellor is available to see students on Fridays by appointment. HOUSING � contract checking � illegal eviction � harassment � disrepair � rent arrears � possession action � tenancy deposits � homelessness � other landlord/tenant issues graduate students should have been given a visa which is valid for the length of their course plus 4 months, for undergraduates, the length of their course plus 2 months. � Appeal : for those whose visa application has been refused, The Advice and Counselling Centre can advise on procedure and policy on appealing to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. � Working in the UK: the Advice and Counselling Centre can advise you on your legal rights to work in the UK, both as a student and after completion of your studies. � Tier 1 (Post Study Work Visa) Tier 1 (General) Formerly HSMP � Work Permits � Settlement Visas and Indefinite Leave OPENING HOURS Term time drop-in hours: Mondays and Fridays: 10.30am til 4pm Tuesdays - Thursdays: 10.30am til 1pm. Vacation drop-in hours: Mondays to Fridays: 10.30am til 1pm. IMMIGRATION � Entry clearance: for Prospective students who are abroad and in need of advice on policy and procedure in obtaining a student visa. � Extension (Renewal) of Student Visa: the Advice and Counselling Centre offers advice on complex cases of visa CONTACT E297, EAST BUILDING 020 7955 7145 SU.ADVICE-CENTRE@LSE.AC.UK 100 DON'T PANIC PART-TIME WORK With the increase to the costs of studying at University, many students find it necessary to take up part-time jobs in order to fund their studies. It can be difficult to balance work and study, ensuring you do not over-commit yourself. It is recommended that you avoid working more than 16 hours a week during term time so that it does not affect your study. Check out the Careers Service Job Shop at www.thecareersgroup.co.uk/lse/ jobshop/Page23.asp for more. 4) Part time workers are entitled to holiday. Their entitlement to holiday is pro rata -so if you normally work three days a week, you get 12 days a year (the equivalent of four weeks' working days). 5) Under the Working Time Regulations, you are entitled to at least a 20 minute break if you work more then six hours in one shift, and you shouldn't be asked to Advice on employment is available from the Students' Union Advice and Counselling Centre or from Unite the Union's Student Worker Campaign at www.uniteworkingstudents.org. Simple advice is to: 1) Make sure you have a clear contract work longer than eight hours in 24 if you work at night. However, there is no requirement under the minimum standards that your employer must pay you for this break. 6) Students are entitled and encouraged to join trade unions, who can assist you with issues of wages, taxes and conditions, bargain on your behalf, 2) Make sure you are being paid at least the minimum wage � you should be paid a London Living Wage of over �7.45 per hour. Under the Employment Rights Act, you are also entitled to receive a fully itemised pay slip. Make sure you read yours carefully and question anything you The Careers Service Job Shop is a valuable resource for finding part-time and temporary work in London. It is used by employers to find LSE students, and employers specifically tailor their advertisement to our students. You can use its search function to find jobs at the right time (morning, afternoon, evening or weekends), of the right type (from care work to telephone sales) in a specific 3) Before you start working, ring the Inland Revenue and get them to send you a tax code. All local tax office phone numbers listed on the HM Revenue & Customs website. Without the correct code, you will probably be put on emergency tax, which is much higher than most students should be paying. Waiting to claim tax don't know. The National Union of Students (NUS), of which LSE is a member, recently successfully lobbied to get the Agency and Temporary Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill passed through parliament, one of the biggest rebellions by Labour MPs against their government since 1997, which will lead to changes to improve rights on these issues. and protect your health and safety. You can join Unite the Union, the UK's biggest trade union, for as little as �10. See www.amicustheunion.org/Default. aspx?page=3136 or www.uniteworkingstudents.org for more details. area and with key words relevant to the kind of job you want. back is frustrating. Ask your employer to complete form P38(S) which means your wages will be paid gross. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS If you work outside the Union, be careful! Students can get a raw deal if you are not vigilant, so you should know your rights, particularly if you're in temporary or agency work. JOBS IN THE STUDENTS' UNION The Students' Union is committed to employing students as part-time casual staff. Please ask at Students' Union Help Desk (Ground Floor, East Building) for information about vacancies, or look out for posters. The jobs are worth having because the LSE Students' Union pays its casual staff more than any other university's Union in the country! JOBS AT LSE There are jobs available at LSE for its students. Some of these will be advertised through posters; some Departments send emails to their students looking for workers. There are some excellent, well paid jobs open to LSE students within the School. Departments will advertise of the Careers Service Job Shop. with your employers, and that they stick to it. DON'T PANIC 101 BANKS Most student bank accounts offer all sorts of freebies and great deals. As an LSE student most banks know that you'll probably be earning a considerable amount of money after you graduate. They also know that it is human nature not to bother to change accounts once you graduate. Because of this the Banks want you, `banking' on the fact they'll be able to get any money they lose on your account back (with interest) when you end up buying one of their crappy fixed rate mortgages in twenty years' time. As a result, you should make sure you get the best student account possible. Here are a few tips so that you avoid potential pit-falls: � An advertisement isn't an endorsement - bear in mind that over the summer a number of high street banks will have visited Students' Unions all over the country, exchanging briefcases full of nonsequential, unmarked fifty-pound notes for a space at the university during Freshers' Fayre. This has been known to impair the judgement of cash strapped Unions and they have even been known to accept offers from banks that don't provide the best deal for students. It could even happen at a university you are attending... � Forget freebies � don't ever go for a bank account based on the goodies, a free railcard sounds like a great idea but just remember they're trying to bribe you for a reason.... � All about the overdraft � when things get tight this will be your lifeline. A few free cinema tickets may look great now In central London, there are `cash-points' everywhere. A cash-point is basically an ATM machine, and allows free cash withdrawals. Some ATMs however, charge you up to �2 for a withdrawal. We advise you to walk a few more steps and find a free one! but in a couple of months it won't be able to pay for the shopping. The real prize in student banking is getting the biggest interest free overdraft. Having this larger safety net will ensure that you are less likely fall into the territory of unauthorised loans, which will mean huge penalties (roughly �30 a day). Even if you're "minted" and unlikely to need to worry about overdraft limits it's worth considering the company with the biggest 0% overdraft. It is effectively free money after all � why not take most of it out then dump the money in a high interest account for your three years at uni? � Multiple accounts � this student classic is currently on the wane as banks have tightened up the application processes for student accounts. You now have to guarantee your only account is with them, bringing an end to the days of the �4000 overdraft... the bastards. British banks have introduced strict regulations about opening bank accounts. Security procedures have been implemented which can lead to delays for students who try to open an account on arrival in the UK. Hence, processing the required documents, and allowing for your account to be set up could take anything from 2-4 weeks! So make sure you come prepared with some cash in hand (for daily expenditure, at least until you get your bank account sorted out), or apply for a `gift card' (an instant pre-paid card on which money can be transferred from home). The bank will probably ask for documentation that confirms things like your identity (passport), student status, London address and overseas permanent address. Each branch of each bank will have a sort code. When providing details for standing orders/direct debits, you will often be asked to provide your sort code and account number. The sort code would look something like "11-22-33" whereas the account number is a simple 8 digit number. Ways of transferring money from abroad to a UK account include electronic transfer, a banker's draft and travellers' cheques. This will obviously depend on a lot of factors. Be sure to ask your bank what their arrangements and charges are concerning sending money to and from home. The overdrafts on many student accounts may not be available to international students. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS On your arrival in the UK you will need to open a bank account as soon as you can. Although many banks offer student accounts certain benefits and free perks, most of these are not the same as an international (or international students) account. Each bank has different policies when dealing with international students. A few handy notes about the banking system: 102 DON'T PANIC FINANCIAL SUPPORT Living in London is expensive, especially if you're paying international fees! Getting a part time job can be one answer but you will also need to budget your expenditure carefully as it is very easy to run up massive debts. Try and maintain a daily or a weekly budget of allowable expenditure, and separate them into categories. It will be hard preparing for your budget now, but within a month or two, I'm sure you will become proficient in keeping a budget! UNDERGRADUATES Undergraduate students in particular must ensure that they have secured sufficient funds to cover the cost of leaving LSE accommodation after the first year of study and the annual increase in tuition fees. There are no scholarships available for subsequent academic years of study. Students who have registered with sufficient funds for the duration of their programme of study where something unexpected has subsequently occurred to disrupt these arrangements or to cause additional expenditure. The unexpected circumstances must have occurred after the date of first registration at the School. The School can not assist students who have knowingly registered without sufficient funds for their fees and living costs; Students who require assistance with an emergency, one off cost (e.g. a plane ticket home). Please note that there is a separate application form for emergency, one off costs. International students are expected to ensure they have additional funds to cover disability related costs before beginning their programme. If you do not fall into any of these categories (e.g. you are an Overseas student experiencing financial difficulties which may have been foreseen), you are unlikely to be eligible for support. TAUGHT POSTGRADUATES Taught Postgraduate students who are studying on a two year programme may apply for a scholarship for their second year of study, providing they meet the eligibility criteria for one or more of the scholarships being offered for the session. Information about the scholarships to be offered for a particular session is available on our website from the preceding November. FINANCIAL SUPPORT OFFICE The School expects students to have sufficient funds to study, but financial help is available from the Financial Support Office and the Students' Union Advice Centre. The Financial Support Office (FSO) is responsible for administering a range of scholarships and hardship funds. A Drop-in service is offered between 1 and 2pm Monday to Friday, in the Student Services Centre (Monday, Wednesday and Friday during vacations) where students are able to consult a member of FSO staff. Students are advised to ensure they have visited the FSO website before attending. POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH Postgraduate Research students may apply for a scholarship for a subsequent year of study, providing they meet the eligibility criteria for one or more of the scholarships being offered for the session. For 2008/09 overseas students may be particularly interested in the Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme (ORSAS) amongst other awards. Information about the scholarships to be offered for a particular session is available on our website from the preceding November. SHORT TERM LOAN An emergency Short Term Loan facility is available for students. Students may apply for a loan of up to �500, repayable within four weeks. Students must provide evidence of how they will repay the loan. All application forms are available from the Student Services Centre website at www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ studentServicesCentre/financialSupportOffice/internal/EmergencyAssistance/emergencyFinancialAssistance.htm SCHOLARSHIPS Once the academic session has started, no further scholarships are generally available. Students are expected to ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover both their fees and living costs for the full duration of their programme. STUDENT SUPPORT FUND For students experiencing financial difficulties which could not have been foreseen. These funds provide assistance to support the following groups of students: DON'T PANIC 103 STUDENTS' UNION FUNDS The Students' Union Advice and Counselling Centre administers a number of annual hardship funds. Each fund is subject to annual review. Only LSE registered students can apply for these funds. WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE FUND For students who are pregnant and need help with maternity costs or the cost of a termination. This fund is available all year round. REPEATING STUDENT FUND For students who have re-sit examinations or re-register for an academic year without adequate funding. This fund is avail able from the second term. COUNCIL TAX FUND For full and part-time students who incur a council tax liability. This fund is available from the second term. and whose funding is limited available from the second term.* A Welfare Panel interviews all applicants except for the Women s Right to Choose fund and the Students with Disabilities Fund in those cases where attending an interview would cause undue hardship. All applicants are means-tested, except for the Disabled Students and the Women s Right to Choose Funds. General advice is also offered on debt, grants, loans and other possible sources of financial help. CONTACT FINANCIAL SUPPORT OFFICE (FSO) ATRIUM, OLD BUILDING WWW.LSE.AC.UK/FINANCIAL SUPPORTOFFICE FINANCIAL-SUPPORT@LSE.AC.UK MEDICAL COST FUND For unexpected medical costs; available all year round. HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS FUND: The Fund is intended to assist students who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless due to hardship in meeting housing costs. This fund is available from the second term.* SMALL CLAIMS FUND For court issue fees for students suing landlords for deposits; available from the second term.* DISABILITY FUND The fund is intended to assist students who incur extra additional cost as a result of disability. This may includes the cost of equipment and travel. Available all year. *Although these funds run from the second term, emergency payments may be possible from the first term. IMMIGRATION FUND The fund is intended to assist students who incur financial hardship through making an `in-country' postal application for extension of their student visa. In addition the fund is also intended to assist students who are seeking asylum CONTACT STUDENTS' UNION ADVICE & COUNSELLING CENTRE E297, EAST BUILDING 020 7955 7145 SU.ADVICE-CENTRE@LSE.AC.UK 104 DON'T PANIC TAX & BILLS TV LICENCE You need a TV Licence to watch or record TV programmes, irrespective of what channel you're watching, what device you are using (TV, computer, laptop, mobile phone or any other), and how you receive them (terrestrial, satellite, cable, via the Internet or any other way). If you use television-receiving equipment without a valid TV Licence, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to �1,000, plus court costs, and you will need to buy a TV Licence if you still need one. A colour licence costs �142.50. Students requiring further information should contact TV Licensing on 0844 800 6734. To find out about the many ways you can pay for your TV Licence, including Direct Debit, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/students2009 PAYING If you're unwilling to rip off someone else's internet � the best way to get the best deal is to get a phone/broadband bundle. TELEPHONE For most students a mobile phone or Skype is perfectly adequate for keeping in touch with friends and family. You will, however, have to pay line rental if you want the internet. At the time of going to print the best deal for an internet/phone package was from Tiscali. Always remember that if you terminate the contract before the end of the stipulated period you will pay a cancellation charge. ELECTRICITY/GAS Always check your meter when you move in and out of any new place, just only temporary so be prepared for a rise back up to 17.5% once we've ridden out the credit crunch! to make sure you don't get ripped off. Given the ongoing rises in fuel costs it might be worth trying to sign up with a company which caps its prices. INCOME TAX/NI if you do get a job during your time at University you will no doubt be hit by income tax and National Insurance. If you don't work for the entire year it's extremely likely that you will be overtaxed (due to HMRC cunning pro rata system) � always remember to apply for a tax refund at the end of the tax year � which in the UK is April. INTERNET COSTS With banking, shopping and paying your bills online this is something you're going to have to sort out early once you've moved into a new house. WATER Yup, you can't live without it but you will have to pay for it. Again, always check the meter when you move in. For both water and energy companies will usually try to "estimate" the amount you have used instead of collecting a proper meter reading. Always double check and complain if they're over charging you. In London it's typical for water companies to apply rates; an unmetered charge based upon the property and the number of occupants. VAT Because poor people, like students, do not contribute enough money to the running of the country through the income tax system -15% tax is added to everything sold in the UK except children's clothes (so if you're short you're quids in). This is almost always already included in the price, so usually you don't even notice. The current rate of 15% is FREE INTERNET There are a number of municipal and localised free wi-fi services. Upper St, Islington, many bars, cafes and libraries offer free wireless internet access. It is not advisable to `steal' wireless internet without permission from your neighbours. Although many people leave their wireless box unprotected, you may be breaking the law. DON'T PANIC 105 SAFETY CASH MACHINES When you go to a cash point try to go in daylight if possible. Always be aware of people standing too close to you and always conceal your PIN when you enter it into the key pad. There are many cash point thieves operating in London, often in pairs, one distracts you while the other steals your money so please be vigilant. example, keys or a can of deodorant), but you may not carry a weapon. Be aware that your attacker might be stronger than you, or may take what you are using in self-defence and use it against you. It is often better just to shout fire', `police' or `who are you?' loudly and run away or use an attack alarm rather than `help' as it can get more results. and cover the top with your thumb or an anti-spiking lid when walking around. If you suspect your drink has been spiked, contact a member of staff or tell a trusted friend. Always take care when drinking. THEFT AND BURGLARY Mark your personal property with your postcode, or your parents' postcode. Use an ultraviolet pen. For mobile phones, note your IMEI number and your phone number and keep them in a safe place away from your phone. On most phones, the IMEI number (15 digit serial number) will be displayed when you key in *#06#, if not, look behind the phone battery. Register your phone with your network operator. Make a note of all relevant security numbers for your phone, video, laptop and any other valuables that might be targeted if you were to be burgled. Do you know the number to call to cancel your cards if they were stolen? Keep the emergency number for your credit card company, bank, and your mobile phone company where you can find it quickly. Make sure that your belongings, such as your television or radio cannot be seen through a window and never leave cash or credit cards lying around. Try not to use a computer case when carrying a laptop, use a less obvious bag and never display items of high worth in public. OUT AND ABOUT Try not to go about on your own at night, but if you have to walk near groups of people. You will be safest in bright, well lit and busy areas. Look and act confident � look like you know where you are going and walk tall. DON'T GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEAL FROM YOU. MAKE SURE YOU KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR PROPERTY Try not to listen to a personal stereo You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket. Carry bags with clasps facing inwards, or the strap over your shoulder. Ensure it is shut at all times. When you are sitting place the bag between your feet. If someone tries to take something from you, it may just be better to let them take it rather than to get into a confrontation and risk injury. You can use reasonable force in self-defence. Don't give people the opportunity to steal from you. Make sure you keep a close eye on your property � especially mobile phones, money, and laptop computers � when you are at home or out and about. when out jogging. It will help you to stay more aware of your surroundings. If you think you are being followed, check by crossing the street � more than once if necessary � to see if they follow. If you are still worried, go to the nearest place where there are other people � a pub or anywhere with lights on � and call the police. Don't call from a phone box where the attacker could trap you inside. If a car slows down or stops beside you and you feel threatened, shout to gain other people's attention. If you have a personal attack alarm, set it off. Get away as quickly as you can. If you can, make a mental note of the number plate and description of the car and write down details as soon as possible afterwards. DRINKING You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway (for Never leave drinks unattended in pubs or clubs. Try to have your drinks in bottles 106 DON'T PANIC EMERGENCIES EMERGENCY SERVICES In the UK, the emergency number to call for police, fire or ambulance is 999. Please make sure your call if a real emergency before phoning. The LSE emergency number is 666 from any internal phone. If you see fire or smoke: � Sound the alarm immediately by pressing a fire call point � Leave by the nearest exit � Do not use lifts � Only try to tackle a fire if you can do so without endangering yourself or others � Go immediately to the fire assembly point � DO NOT re-enter the building until told that you may do so by an LSE Fire War- den. The location of the fire assembly point for each building is displayed near each fire call point. Fire call points are to be found near each entrance/exit. OUT OF HOURS WORKING If you decide to work in any School building during the evening or at the weekend, remember that you can only enter and exit the School via the Old Building entrance. Fire exits may be locked. Make sure that you know two different open routes out of the building. FIRE SAFETY The School has sophisticated fire safety systems installed in its buildings. These systems vary from building to building. DON'T PANIC 107 HARASSMENT & SEXUAL ASSAULT HARASSMENT Reported incidences of sexual harassment at the School are low but they can happen to both male and female students. Harassment covers a wide range of unsolicited behaviour from unwanted comments and gestures of a sexual nature to demands for sexual favours and sexual assault. In short is is behaviour which violates an individual's dignity, and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Harassment can cause distress and harm to those on the receiving end. Other forms of harassment include racial harassment, harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation, bullying, age harassment and harassment of disabled people. Such conduct is unacceptable and you do not need to stand for it. Many people are often unsure if what they have experienced constituted harassment but any incident can be reported to the Education and Welfare Officer, Women's Officer, LGBT Officer or Anti-Racism Officer. You can also choose to resolve the issue informally and will not become formal until you decide. We can all prevent inadvertently harassing others by being sensitive to the reactions and needs of others and making sure that our words and actions do not cause offence. If you want to report the crime straightaway, whether you get medical help or go straight to the police, try not to wash or change your clothes. If you want to report the crime at a later date, this is okay too. If you have been raped, you may or may not want to report it to the police, or to see a nurse or counsellor. The police are specially trained to work with those who have been sexually assaulted. See p121 On Friday nights the LSE Students' Union runs an hourly night bus from the Peacock Theatre to the halls. If you are attacked, you must decide whether to defend yourself, which may put you at risk of further injury. Or it may not be possible to defend yourself. Either way, you did not ask to be raped or assaulted. It is not your fault. You did not deserve it. If you are at all uneasy about the cab or the driver, don't get in. If you get in, always sit behind the driver. If still uneasy, ask to be let out where there are lots of people in a well-lit area. per cent of callers to the Rape Crisis Federation Wales and England knew their assailant. Women are not the only victims of sexual assaults. Men are also sexually assaulted, or experience violent relationships in their lives. Sexual assault and rape are more likely to happen in less busy areas. You can reduce the risk of this type of attack by following the general guidance earlier in this section. vetted by the police. They also have a meter showing the cost of the journey. Private hire cabs should be pre-booked. Use a reputable company. Avoid cabs that tout for business at bus stops or outside venues. "HARASSMENT CAN CAUSE DISTRESS AND HARM TO THOSE ON THE RECEIVING END" TAXI SAFETY If you are going to be out late, try to arrange a lift home or pre-book a cab. Cabs in London are either Private Hire or Taxis. By law, only taxis can display an illuminated Taxi sign. They are insured, mechanically sound and drivers are CONTACT RAPE CRISIS 08451 221 331 WWW.RAPECRISIS.ORG.UK SEXUAL ASSAULT Despite popular beliefs, rape by a stranger is very uncommon. Around 97 108 DON'T PANIC YOUR PROPERTY Property lost and found can be a problem. Over 5,000 items are lost and found every year at LSE. There is a Property Office in Room A050 which is open at rather erratic intervals throughout the week, although a timetable is placed on the door to A050� outside these hours speak to Reception staff. Laptop computers are the HOTTEST items at the top of every thief's list of property to take. Do not leave a laptop unattended � even for a moment � it will go! Even locked rooms at LSE are not safe places to leave a laptop. Look after it or lose it. Laptop locks are available at the Students' Union shop. Bicycles are always parked on and around the campus. Over 100,000 bicycles are reported stolen every year in the UK and these parked bikes attract thieves like a magnet. Thieves will especially target bikes which look expensive. If you use a bike, be careful where you park. Do not leave your bike unattended for hours. Make sure that it is secured with a substantial lock and preferably two locks wherever it is parked, particularly if left in racks around the campus. We would advise using a sold secure gold rated lock, see www.lcc.org.uk or www.soldsecure.com Lockers are widely used inside the School. Do not put valuable items into lockers, particularly wallets, purses and laptops. Please do not use the lockers in or near the changing facilities as permanent storage lockers � anything left there `Walk in' thieves thrive in a relaxed environment. Don't let them get away with overnight will be removed by security staff. When you have found your locker, secure it with a strong lock of at least six millimetres thickness. The campus is very open, especially during the working day. In common with all other large cities, `walk in' type theft is a feature of the environment. `Walk in' thieves are trespassers who walk into any buildings from the street looking for chances to steal. it � talk to each other and watch out for each other in a sensible way. INSURANCE It is a good idea to insure your belongings against theft and damage. If you are in halls of residence some of your belongings are insured, read your policy to find out which ones. Endsleigh are the only insurance provider recommended by the National Union of Students, and have a number of products and services geared towards the needs of students. DON'T PANIC 109 HEALTH & SWINE FLU If you thought Freshers Flu wasn't enough... ST. PHILIPS The St Philips Health Centre offers a comprehensive service for LSE students and staff within the local catchment area and covers more medical problems that the Students' Union Advice centre can. You will be required to register before your first consultation, so have some documentation with you. You can phone to book an appointment with a doctor any time between 9am and 5pm. For NHS Registration � Please register The health centre is staffed by 3 professional GPs who provide 24 hour care for their registered patients. Other students and staff can use the Medical centre during the day but should contact their own GP for home visits and out of hours requests. Appointments with the Medical Centre are available every weekday but it is advised that you book a few days in advance. It is possible for the GP to visit you at home should you become to ill to come in. If you require a home visit you should call at the first available opportunity. Clinics for urgent medical appointments are held at 11.00am & 3.00 pm, each day Monday Friday. A Saturday morning clinic emergency clinic is available at the University of London Union. There is also an urgent clinic every day that is suitable for medically urgent problems, requiring immediate attention. These are operated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two sessions, 11.00am to 11.30am and 3.00pm to 3.30pm. If you are a UK citizen it is strongly recCONTACT ST PHILIPS BUILDING: 020 7955 7016 WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/MEDICALCENTRE/ CONTACT NHS DIRECT: 08454242424 WWW.NHS.UK WWW.DIRECT.GOV.UK/SWINEFLU Nurses and osteopaths, are available at the surgery by appointment. Dental treatment is provided. The fees payable are specific for staff and students of the LSE but are no longer National Health Service (NHS) fees. St Philips run a Contraception Clinic Monday to Thursday during term time and an Osteopath clinic on Thursdays. You can also make appointments for the Dental Service by telephoning 020 7955 7444. Please do not wait until you are ill before registering. Medical Centre is on LSE campus. Your registration will be processed within seven working days. If you need to see a doctor/nurse urgently please contact the medical centre on 0207 955 7016. online: www.spmc.info ommended that you register with your local medical centre. If you return home on holidays or weekends you can be seen by your home GP as a temporary resident. If you have never lived in the UK and/or do not have a NHS (National Health Service) number you will need to register with the medical number to receive one. NHS Medical care is free and available to anyone residing in the UK for more than 6 months. WHAT IS SWINE FLU? Swine flu, a new strain of influenza A H1N1, has managed to spread over 100 countries world wide leading the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a pandemic. The virus, first reported as an outbreak of flu in Mexico, quickly spread. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SWINE FLU? Symptoms within the U.K have tended to be mild with most suffering nothing more than a common cold and recovering within a week. Symptoms include: fever, cough, headache, fatigue, sore throat and a runny nose. HOW DOES SWINE FLU SPREAD? The Flu virus is spread by coughs and sneezes so ensure you have those tissues handy. After coughs and sneezes remember to ensure the tissue is disposed of and you've washed your hands. Remember to Catch It, Bin It, Kill It! WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE SWINE FLU? If you suspect your suffering from Swine Flu check your symptoms online at www. nhs.uk. If your symptoms fit the bill then phone NHS Direct on 08454242424. They'll be able to provide advice on relieving your symptoms and the next steps you should take. Avoid visiting hospitals or GP surgeries unless you are advised to do so. 110 DON'T PANIC ALCOHOL & DRUGS If you thought Freshers Flu wasn't enough... ALCOHOL Although it is socially acceptable, alcohol can be just as powerful as any other drug. The health guidelines on alcohol consumption are that as a rough estimate, a pint of `normal' beer(`lads sauce') is two units and a measure of spirits(`banter juice') or a single small glass of wine is one unit. A unit is the amount of alcohol that your body can process in 1 hour. These guidelines suggest that men should consume a maximum of 21 units a week and women around 14. If you drink a lot more you may be causing damage to your body. Drugs also vary widely in terms of legality and social acceptability as well as the experience and, as a result, we've assembled this `cut out and keep' guide so you've got a reference guide so you know what you're being offered the next time you go to Camden. Please note, all the drugs we have mentioned here (with the exception of alcohol) are illegal. lieve that you should know what you're getting into. Please remember that ignorance is not an excuse when it comes to drugs and the laws that cover them. CANNABIS aka. Skunk, Weed, Hash, Marijuana. Comes in either the form of dried leaves (Marijuana) or a resin (Hashish). The drug itself induces feelings of relaxation, hilarity, introspection and paranoia. Long term smoking can cause lung cancer and the current strength of the drug available on the street is believed to trigger serious mental health problems. Street price: From �15 an `eighth' of an ounce for resin and �25 an eighth for marijuana. COCAINE aka. Coke, Charlie, Showbiz Sherbert Cocaine most commonly sold as a white crystalline powder: cocaine hydrochloride. The drug is often finely chopped with a razor blade or NUS card, and then snorted through a rolled banknote. This produces an instant feeling of elation, confidence and indifference to pain, as well as an imagined sense of competency. Frequent use affects your libido and regular use could lead to the membrane between your nostrils falling out � not pretty. Street price: now stabilised at between �30-�60 per gram. THE EXPERIENCE Alcohol acts as a relaxant and reduces feelings of anxiety and inhibitions making you feel more sociable. Alcohol will often exaggerate the mood you were in when you start drinking. Long term excessive consumption can cause liver damage, heart disease and other illnesses. If you are concerned about your own or someone else's drinking then there are specialist helplines who will discuss any matters with you. They are confidential and you do not need to have a serious problem before you contact them. You can also contact the doctors at the Health Centre for help and advice. � Quantity and quality of said drug � Your own mental and physical health � Your mood and expectations of the drug � Where you are and who you're with Before we start it's worth remembering that any drugs related experience depends greatly on a number of things: AMPHETAMINES aka. Speed An off-white powder that can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked, `dodgy' drug dealers some times mix it with chalk or talcum powder. Popular around exam time due to stimulant effects. But what goes up must come down and you'll be feeling pretty low for a number of days after taking this substance. Be warned; it places strain on the heart and can trigger latent schizophrenia. Street Price: �8-�12 per gram of powder � purer versions are obviously more expensive* CRACK aka. Rock, Pebbles, Bam Bam Crack is cocaine made into a smokeable form which means you can transfer a high dosage very rapidly to your brain. Smoked in a pipe, its highs and lows are similar to those of cocaine but due to increased purity are far more intense. As a result, the come down can vary from headaches to panic attacks with most users `binging' to reduce the effects. On top of respiratory problems, binge use RECREATIONAL DRUGS Let's face it we all take drugs, even your mum takes drugs. From the caffeine in your iced frappuccino to heroin in your school playground: drugs are everywhere. It would be a lie to say that no students experiment with drugs and although the Students' Union does not condone taking illicit substances we be- DON'T PANIC 111 can be hard to finance. Street price: these vary considerably depending on the size of the `rock' but average price is between �12-�20 ECSTASY aka. E, Dolphins, Pills Available in pill form and despite word on the street often contains little or no MDMA. Its effects are a mixture between those of LSD and amphetamine creating a feeling of euphoria, followed by calmness. When under the influence judgment is greatly impaired. As well as a possible immediate feeling of nausea, raised body temperature can in a club situation cause dehydration which is fatal in extreme circumstances. Also, large doses can lead to anxiety, panic and confusion. The long term effects of use are currently uncertain. Street price: the price of one tablet can vary between �3-�8. HEROIN aka. Smack, Gear, Golden Brown Pure heroin is a white powder but it usually comes in the form of a brown powder containing caffeine as well as other delightful `cuts' such as stone and glass. Injecting heroin into your system delivers a short feeling of "orgasmic" pleasure. Mixing with other drugs like alcohol makes the risk of an overdose far more likely. Large doses can also make an individual fall into a coma. Street price: As a result of the invasion of Afghanistan, has now dropped to �40 per gram. gus ergot and usually is taken as tabs (squares of paper). A "trip" begins within 30 minutes and can last for 12 hours. Bad trips are of course more likely if the user is either unhappy or anxious. Paranoia, depression and dizziness also accompany the more well known hallucinations. Reliving previous trips when not on the drug can also take place. Street price: Between �1-�5 for a tab tion, sometimes described as "an out of body experience". Side effects include being physically incapable of moving, and high doses can make it difficult to breathe which can cause heart failure. Street price: �15 � 40 a gram KETAMINE aka. Special K, Vitamin K, or just old K Most of the Ketamine available on the street, which comes in form of a white powder, is illegally produced. It causes both changes in perception and hallucinations as well as a floating sensa- LSD aka. acid, also by the print on the tabs LSD is made from the parasitic fun- CONTACT NATIONAL DRUGS HELPLINE: 0800 77 66 00 RELEASE: 020 7729 9904 QUITTEL: 0800 00 22 00 ALCOHOL CONCERN: 020 7928 4644 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 020 7833 0022 DRINKLINE: 0800 917 8282 112 DON'T PANIC SAFER SEX There are many myths (and some legends) surrounding sex at University and you can rest assured not everyone is having sex all the time at LSE so you should not feel pressured into doing something you do not feel comfortable with. Condoms are available for free from the Education and Welfare Officer, Womens and LGBT Officers and hall of residence welfare reps. Safe sex is sex using barrier methods of contraception (such as condoms) to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). Without these there is an increased risk of exposure to a number of STIs, including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Different people prefer different methods of contraception. If you are unsure which to use you can visit a family planning clinic where advice on sex and contraception are free. Below is some information regarding different methods of contraception. and progestogen pill which, if taken regularly, stops ovulation. It's easy to use, does not interfere with intercourse and is 99.9% effective. However there are side effects such as headaches nausea and possible weight gain. It is unsuitable for women those with a family history of strokes and high blood pressure. No protection against STIs. 5 days after intercourse as `post-coital contraception and is about 96-98% effective. No protection against STIs. INTRAUTERINE SYSTEM This is a hormonal device that is placed in the uterus and works by releasing pro gestogen. It also needs to be fitted by a Doctor. If it is fitted in the first five days of the menstrual cycle it works immediately. The IUS is proven to be over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It normally works for up to five years. No protection against STIs. THE MINI PILL Containing progestogens only it makes it difficult for the sperm to enter the womb and also for the womb to accept a fertilised egg. Once again it is easy to use and no interference with intercourse. Side effects include irregular periods. It is estimated to be 99% effective. No protection against STIs. MALE CONDOM The most popular forms of contraception it is a thin latex sheath that is put over the penis prior to intercourse. It works by trapping the sperm during climax. When used properly and with spermicide it is 99% effective. Oil-based lubricant, such as Vaseline, creams or lotions can make holes in latex condoms. There may also be problems if the sheath comes off ruptures and some sensitivity is often lost. However it offers consider able protection against STIs during vaginal or anal intercourse. THE MORNING AFTER PILL This form of contraception is an emergency measure to stop you becoming pregnant if contraception fails or was not used. It contains a high dose of hormones and although it is referred to as the `morning after' pill it can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse but the earlier it is taken the more likely it is to work. No protection against STIs. WITHDRAWAL The male withdraws his penis shortly before ejaculation. Simple, highly unreliable and not recommended. No protection against STIs. COIL A coil (intrauterine device or IUD) is a small flexible plastic and copper device, sometimes T-shaped, which is inserted by doctor into the uterus. It works by prevent ing the egg from settling in the womb. There is no interference in intercourse but is unsuitable for women with heavy periods or a history of pelvic infections. The coil can be inserted up to FEMALE CONDOM Often referred to as the Femi-Dom they are made of polyurethane, and not latex. So it is unlikely to provoke allergies, and should not be damaged by oilbased lubricants. When used correctly they are about 95% effective. Although not as popular as the male condom some women are keen on using it as a way to control their own fertility. THE PILL About 100 million women worldwide use this method. In the UK roughly 1/3 of women of reproductive age take the pill. Although there are several types of pill available in Britain there are two main types of pill. Firstly there is the oestrogen DON'T PANIC 113 DIAPHRAGM The Diaphragm is soft rubber device, fitted into the vagina before intercourse to cover the cervix. It must be used in conjunction with spermicide which is a substance that kills sperm. The cap need not interfere at all with intercourse and may protect against cervical cancer. The Diaphragm itself can be slightly messy and will initially need to be fitted by a Doctor. It offers little or no protec tion against STIs however it is 97% effective when used properly. tions. The patch can also fall off without this being noticed thus ceasing to act as a contraceptive. No protection against STIs. You can also make your own dental dam by vertically cutting open a condom and spreading it flat, or by cutting the fingers off a rubber glove and slitting open the little finger side, leaving the thumb finger on the glove to be placed in the vagina. Remember to check all barrier methods, including condoms and dental dams, for holes or perforations before use. NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING Also known as the rhythm method, now a widely discredited theory, it works on the principle that ovulation can be predicted and intercourse avoided at this time. How ever it can be up to 90% effective if you have a highly regular cycle. No protection against STIs. TOYS Sharing sex toys, for example vibrators, is always a bad idea. Be sure to clean toys before using them on your partner or your self, especially if they have come into contact with vaginal fluid, sperm, or menstrual blood. Barrier methods such as condoms and dental dams can also be used on sex toys. CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION Known as `the jag' in Scotland this form of contraception is injected into the muscle (usually the arm). The Injection contains hormones which, like the pill, prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. In Britain there are two types the first is Depo-Provera (medrox yprogesterone), which is by far the more commonly-used. It protects you almost fully against pregnancy for 12 weeks. The other is Noristerat (norethisterone) which provides contraceptive protection for eight weeks. The Injections are about 99% effective. No protection against STIs. DENTAL DAM A dental dam is a thin latex sheet used to limit transmission of bodily fluids during oral sex or mutual masturbation. In cunnilingus or analingus, a dental dam covers the vulva or anus to allow oral stimulation of these areas. In femalefemale genital contact, also known as tribadism, the use of a dam as a barrier inhibits the transmission of genital fluids and thereby offers protection from STIs. During tribadism with another body part, a dental dam can be used as a barrier to decrease the risk of transmission, especially if a woman's partner has open cuts or sores on the applicable body part, for instance leg or stomach, or if the woman has vaginal cuts or sores. SEXUAL TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS Trust us, you don't want these! STIs are prevalent amongst sexually active young people. The best way to avoid getting one (or more!) is to use a barrier contraception. Condoms are the most common and effective, but using more than one form of contraception is even better. See www.brook.org.uk for more infor- CONTRACEPTIVE PATCH A relatively new form of contraception it often described as the skin version of the pill. It comes in the form of a self adhesive patch. The patches last about a week at which point it will need to be replaced with a new one. Because it is so new there is not much information as to what the potential side effects are. About 2% women's skin reacts badly to the patch causing them to suffer irrita- Lubricant can be used between the stimulated area and the dam to create a higher level of sensation. When used correctly and consistently, dams decrease the risk of HIV and oral-to-genital or genital-to-genital herpes transmission, as well as genital warts and a number of other STIs. mation, support and advice on sexual health. 114 DON'T PANIC WELL BEING Lectures, Classes, Essays, Debt, Homesickness, Jobs, Late Nights, Early Mornings... sometimes at LSE it can seem like it's just one thing after another! Life as a student at LSE can be a difficult and stressful experience. Just as it is important that you work, it is just as important that you relax and take time out when necessary. This year student welfare is a top priority so the Students' Union will be providing regular enrichment activities to improve your experience as a student here. The Students' Union is always there to provide help, support, information and advice or just somebody to listen. What follows is some information and advice that may make your time here a little less stressful. WHAT IS A COUNSELLOR? A counsellor is a trained professional experienced in dealing with a wide range of emotional and personal problems. Sheila Gill is a nationally accredited counsellor and trainer. She has co-authored a number of books on the theory and practice of counselling. She subscribes to the ethical code of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. LENGTH OF COUNSELLING Counselling may take less time than you think. This will depend on the nature of your problem and will be discussed with you during the first session. Sometimes one session will be enough to restore your confidence in order to solve your problem. At other times several sessions may be needed up to a maximum of 6. A session lasts about 45/50 minutes. Students will be invited to arrange a review date to ensure progress is maintained. IS THE SERVICE CONFIDENTIAL? The service is absolutely confidential, which means your identity and anything you talk about with the counsellor will not be shared with anyone. All documentation will be kept locked away. To WHO SEEKS COUNSELLING? Students, both undergraduates and postgraduates, from diverse national groups and academic disciplines seek counselling. Problems and difficulties students in the past have sought help with include: � Settling into LSE/London � Loneliness and homesickness � Depression � Unexplained change in mood such as feeling miserable/tense/tearful � Anxiety/panic � Exam stress � Harassment � Issues about sex and sexuality � Unplanned pregnancy � Self harm � Suicide (If you have suicidal thoughts/ thoughts of self harm/currently self harm, it is advisable to make contact directly with your doctor. � Acute concern on behalf of another student � Disability WHAT HAPPENS IN COUNSELLING? Counselling involves talking, thinking and doing. The counsellor may prompt you by asking questions and making observations that will help you to look at things in different ways in order to help you to find alternative ways to deal with your problems. You will be actively involved in all aspects of the counselling. WHAT IF I FEEL EMBARRASSED? People sometimes feel embarrassed talking about intimate matters. The counsellors are trained to respect your feelings and discuss any topic you may raise without judging or criticising you. ensure that the counselling service is appropriate and effective, the counsellor meets regularly with a trained supervisor external to the institution. From time to time it is necessary for students to be referred to another agency either within or outside LSE. If this occurs, the counsellor will ask for the student's consent. COUNSELLING People sometimes experience emotional or personal problems that they find hard to cope with by themselves. These problems may be to do with changed circumstances (setting into university life), difficulties in relationships, unexplained changes in mood, such as feeling low, anxious or stressed. When this happens, you may feel it useful to see a professional counsellor. For students with deadlines to meet and the constraints of the examination system, such difficulties can at times feel overwhelming and have a serious impact on their ability to sustain academic performance. Counselling can help by exploring with you the problems you experience and your attempts to solve the problem. New ways of coping will also be explored. The approach to counselling at the Students' Union is based on systematic and cognitive behavioural therapies and is focused on problem solving. DON'T PANIC 115 � Serious medical conditions Note: It is advisable for every student to be registered with a general practitioner. Students who live in the catchment area of St Philips Medical Centre can register with a doctor there. DOES IT COST ANYTHING? The counselling service is free to LSE students. WHERE IS IT LOCATED? The Advice and Counselling Centre at the Students' Union. See p99 HOW DO I MAKE CONTACT? Either telephone or drop into the Advice and Counselling Centre. The counsellor is available on Fridays 10am-3pm. Sheila Gill is a trained counsellor experienced in dealing with a range of emotional and personal problems. She is available on Fridays at the Advice Centre, between the hours of 10:00 � 15:00. For details of the LSE Student Counselling Service, please see TLC website or http://www. lse.ac.uk/collections/studentCounsellingService/ LONDON NIGHTLINE London Nightline has offered a telephone helpline, and now an email service, to students in London since 1971. They are a confidential listening, support and information service. Nightline receive thousands of calls each year from students like you, from all over the city who are looking for information or just someone to talk to. Calls can be about anything and everything, including academic work, relationships, health and depression. DISABILITIES If at any point during you time at LSE you become ill, develop a disability, mental health problem or become aware of a possible learning difficulty, contact the Disability and Well Being Office. They will be able to help! They will talk through any problems you are having and help you find solutions. If you suspect you might be dyslexic they will be able to test you and then help put into place the relevant provisions. CONTACT NIGHTLINE OPEN 6PM-8AM EVERY NIGHT OF TERM: 020 7631 0101 LISTENING@NIGHTLINE.ORG.UK FREE CALLS VIA SKYPE VIA OUR WEBSITE: WWW.NIGHTLINE.ORG.UK LONDON LIVING Welcome to London, Idiot's Guide to living on your own, Where to go. LONDON LIVING 117 LIVING IN HALLS LSE offers a portfolio of ten halls and private flats, spanning a range of prices, facilities, sizes and locations. The variety means that all first year undergraduates and most new postgraduate students are guaranteed a place, with the best ratio of students to hall places of any London university. Your time in halls should be enjoyable experience for all. As well as the committees in place in each hall, there is a large support network helping you to settle in to London and everything being at LSE brings. The team of wardens and hall staff will be ale to point you in the right direction when it comes to advice, maintenance issues, or even identifying the nearest pub or local attractions. You'll be introduced to them shortly after arrival, but their details can all be found on the Accommodation Office website. Remember if you have any queries or issues during your time in halls, talk to your wardens or the Students' Union Residences Officer. It's important you feel at home in whichever residence you are in. No student should feel intimidated by either their fellow residents or hall staff on any issue whether race, language, culture, sexuality etc. If you are experiencing any problems within your residence, do approach the committee and Warden if possible. The opportunity offers a more varied student body than the social scientist dominated LSE with the chance to interact with musicians, linguists, engineers and scientists and enable you to expand your network in London. If you do encounter any difficulties during your stay in UL halls, do let the Residences Officer or Education and Welfare Officer know, and the matter will be taken up. In addition to your committee, the Wardens team is responsible for ensuring the general safety and security of residents, as well as acting to enable pleasant relations between residents. You will be introduced to your team of Wardens shortly after arrival, and again these are friendly and approachable people who live on site and can signpost you to particular services including contraception, health services, and counselling. ing or new events, possibly expanding the horizons of individual halls then don't be afraid to raise them with the President or other committee members in your hall. In addition to these, Sustainability Champions within each hall volunteer to promote particular simple changes and ideas which can make a big different to the carbon footprint of the hall. If you would like to get involved, gain some great experience and meet new people within your hall talk to your hall Environment Officer, or Hero, the Students' Union Environment & Ethics Officer. UNIVERSITY OF LONDON In addition to the diverse collection of halls offered by LSE, many students find their home in London within one of eight intercollegiate halls. SUPPORT AND WELFARE Each residence will have its own elected committee, consisting of current students, already in their second or third year of study who possess a wealth of knowledge about the hall, its location, local area and facilities available to new students. In order to do this, every hall charges a termly common room fee of between �10 and �15 funding film nights, boat parties and other activities throughout the year. Remember, this is your money, and your committee, so should you have any ideas for interest- ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY Both the LSE Students' Union and the School have made huge steps forward in terms of environmental success over the past few years. We are committed to changing the way in which residents and students think about the environment, and our halls play a big part in this. A number of different initiatives are in place across the halls, including a national Student Switch Off campaign and Zero Waste Management programmes. CONTACT ANDREW WRIGHT RESIDENCES OFFICER SU.RESIDENCES@LSE.AC.UK CONTACT LSE ACCOMMODATION OFFICE V210, TOWER 2 020 7955 7531 ACCOMMODATION@LSE.AC.UK WWW.LSE.AC.UK/ACCOMMODATION 118 LONDON LIVING RENTING Although LSE accommodation is guaranteed for all new undergraduate students, and for most postgraduates it won't be long before you are thrown into the London property market and the trials and tribulations it brings. For many it's the first time away from home, living in a private property, and whilst the experience is both enlightening and enjoyable for most, it also brings a number of important areas to think about. The Students' Union Advice and Counselling Centre offers a FREE contract checking service. The University of London Housing Service also offers contract checking and advice. so there's no real rush once your hall contract finishes. Spend some time looking around � visit different areas and discover what you really want. Expect to pay at least �100 per week per person anywhere in London. Obviously the further in to the centre, the more you'll pay, though it will depend on how many people you share with, living space and how few mice as flat mates you want to live with! ing a deposit. Details on the scheme can be found at: www.direct.gov.uk/ en/TenancyDeposit/index.htm FINDING A FLAT Searching for a flat in London can be a time-consuming and tedious job. Most flats are advertised through letting agents and various property websites. Letting agents will usually charge an administration fee of between �30-100 per person when you sign a contract. Good websites include www.gumtree. com, www.ononemap.com, www.findaproperty.com and http://housing. london.ac.uk. GUARANTORS If you are a student without a regular income, you will need to show your landlord proof of how you will pay your rent. Usually, this will take the form of a guarantor: a person willing to cover your liabilities and provide proof of their income. Often, it is a requirement to have a UK national as your guarantor. This is a particular issue for international students: please seek advice at the Advice and Counselling Centre if you have any problems. The Students' Union is currently developing a Rent Guarantor scheme for international students which hopes to be in place for September 2010. COUNCIL TAX Council tax is a regressive tax payable to your local council in order to satisfy local services and amenities such as refuse disposal, libraries and street lighting. Each property is placed in a particular band, with prices ranging depending on the size of the property, however calculations of value are generally based on inaccurate and out-of-date data, which often leads to the individual paying significantly more than they should. The average annual levy on property in England was �1,175 in 2009. Registered full-time students are exempt CONTRACTS Most letting contracts for shared flats will be Joint Liability Assured Shorthold Tenancies. Bit of a mouthful, but essentially it gives you some legal protections (landlord can't just chuck you out) and also some responsibilities. If one person doesn't pay up, everybody in the flat is jointly liable. Do get contracts checked before signing, and look out for further information about rent, guarantors and landlord obligations when considering private accommodation. Due to the high turn-over of property within London, contracts can be started at any time RENT & DEPOSITS Rent will almost always be paid monthly, in advance. You will also be expected to pay a refundable deposit of approximately six weeks rent in advance. This means you will have to pay around 10 weeks rent when you sign a contract on a new place. Wave goodbye to your Student Loan! Make sure your landlord subscribes to the Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme, which provides protection to you by preventing landlords and letting agencies from unfairly withhold- from paying council tax assuming all individuals in your property are students. If you happen to be living with nonstudents, unfortunately council tax is payable (with a 25% discount if there is just one non-student in the household). Students cannot be held liable for council tax in this situation, but would normally be expected to make a contribution. To ensure your council tax exemption, you will need to print off your certificate of registration from LSE for You and take LONDON LIVING 119 it along to Student Services with your LSE ID card to get it stamped. Only after this can you send it to your local council to achieve the exemption. Don't put it off! Many LSE students have ended up with court hearings over council tax bills they weren't even liable for. There are particular issues around council tax and students undertaking PhDs. Again, if you encounter any problems, contact the ACC. the worse it will get. When you move in remember to check the current meter ratings for water, gas and electricity if you haven't got a top-up meter in your house. Most bills can be paid by direct debit, straight to the utility company � at least this way you'll know it's been paid (assuming there's money in your account!). In addition to utilities, you'll probably also find yourself entering into contracts for phone lines and internet access, all of which can add up, so make sure you budget properly and know your exact outgoings each month. Despite ideas to the contrary, you do still have to buy an TV licence if you're watching live televi- sion. Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk for more information and to pay online. SQUATTING Squatting is a free, but often very insecure way of living. Whilst the price difference can seem incredibly tempting, there are many legal risks which you should be aware of. London has many squats often illegally attained and inhabited, and the Students' Union does not advise students to squat in properties which are not legally empty. For more information on squatting in London, see www.urban75.com/Action/squat.html BILLS Remember that unlike in LSE accommodation, living privately comes with the added bonus of lots more bills to pay. Don't ignore the letters landing on your doormat � the longer you leave it, 120 LONDON LIVING LIVING ON YOUR OWN MAKING A BUDGET If you want to avoid that embarrassing phone call home to ask for more money, then budgeting might be worth the loss of kudos. Having said that, the Orientation Festival 2009 is where your budget should be spent, from joining the Hummus Society to getting your ticket for the biggest student night in London, Crush! When your account says you are overdrawn to the tune of �250, and the parents have said "no", then perhaps it's time to politely ask your bank for an extension to your overdraft. For the more prudent students you can follow our SU Treasurer's advice, to make a list of income for the term, as well as necessary expenditure (fine dining, beer, designer clothes), and luxury expenditure (stationery, coursebooks, rent). positive effects on all aspects of your life, from concentrating in class to bending better during your yoga workout. WASHING Learn how to use a washing machine! Someone in halls will have expertise in this field...Watch and learn (or persuade them to take on your washing as well). Either way, no-one will like you if you're stinking the place up. Apparently you shouldn't mix colours with whites, and reds should be washed on their own. Cottons adds a whole new dimension of confusion to the situation. Although it might be tempting to take your sweaty shirts to a charity shop and then buy them back for �2.50, all nicely washed and ironed, you'll be much better off buying some detergent and learning how to use the machine. If you are already an expert at washing, try and help out a novice. COOKING AND EATING Fast food = good food. At least, that's INTRO You may think moving out and living on your own is a fantastic opportunity to party late, get up to mischief, and leave your room as untidy as possible. In reality it's an up heaving experience which means you have to grow up � fast. Tempting as it may be to stay at home (where you can expect a nice meal ready for you after a hard day's studying, your clothes are miraculously removed from the bathroom floor, cleaned and ironed, and appear in your wardrobe, and some magic person makes your bed for you while you are away) the reality is that the time has come to look after yourself. In all, moving out puts an end to the gravy train. what the faceless Multi National Corporations tell you with their zombifying propaganda. If you can't cook, then learn. There are hundreds of recipes online, and getting cooking equipment can be surprisingly cheap. Although buying food out means no cooking, washing up, or waiting, being able to get creative with your new found culinary skills is as rewarding to the body as it is to your wallet. Fortunately, food on-the-go in London isn't all that bad: there has been a recent boon of fresh and healthy eateries that sell a good lunch at a reasonable price. Just remember, like Mrs. Pritchard told you at primary school: "It is important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet." Eating right will have TRAVELLING Travelling in London is at first a nightmare, but quickly becomes easier. First thing to do is make sure you pick up your student oyster card, available during Orientation. If you're not sure how to get somewhere, head to www.tfl.gov.uk and it will plan your route around the city for you. If you are looking to expand your cultural horizons by exploring some of Europe's finer destinations there are many low budget airlines who offer incredibly low fairs across Europe, so keep your eyes peeled! (Try www.kayak.co.uk to find the cheapest flights around). LONDON LIVING 121 TRANSPORT London is a very congested city, and given LSE's very central location, almost everyone commutes. Running a car in London is unaffordable and impractical. It is advisable to walk whenever possible. When that isn't possible, London's public transport system is one of the best in the world (when it works). However, it tends to get overcrowded during peak times. The main forms of public transport are the Tube, Buses, Trams and Docklands Light Railway. London is separated into `zones' by Transport for London. The closer to central London you are, the lower the zone number. There are 9 zones in total, spanning the whole of London. The prices of fares and travelcards reflect how many zones you are travelling through. If you are paying for your travel with your pay-as-you-go credit, the Oystercard has a nifty thing called `daily capping'. It means that however many journeys you make in one day (4AM to 4AM), you will not be charged more than the price of the Day Travelcard or Bus Pass for the zones you have traveled through. To get even more out of this, present your Oystercard and your 16-25 Railcard (see below) to a ticket office at any tube station. They will then register your Oystercard for an additional 30% discount on the daily cap (off-peak only). Bargain! You can check the balance on your Oystercard and add credit at any tube stations as well as many newsagents. When traveling by bus and tube, every time you touch your Oyster card before travel, the remaining credit balance is displayed. If your balance is too low to make a journey your card will be refused at the entrance and you will need to add more credit. Tube services run from 5am-12am approximately. Often, servicing and planned engineering works make the tube unavailable for public use. These are usually carried out at weekends or on public holidays. During these times, replacement bus services should operate, but journey times may be longer than normal. The Tube network is separated into various lines � each of which has a specific route. Many stations are interchanges between lines. Often, to reach your desired tube stop, you will have to change lines within the underground network � at no additional cost. When traveling on the Tube, you must place your Oystercard on the reader both at the start and end of each journey. journeys, you should get an Oystercard. A typical tube journey, which costs just �1.50 with an Oystercard, will set you back �4 if you are paying cash. When traveling on a bus using an Oystercard, touch it once against a card reader. It is not necessary to touch again before you leave the bus. If you do, you'll be charged for the price of two journeys! Most buses have a front door and a middle door. As you will soon find out, you should enter the bus through the front and leave through the middle. The exception to this are the long, articulated `bendy' buses. On these, you can enter and leave through any door. TUBE The Tube or `underground' is the world's oldest and longest underground railway system. Using the tube is extremely easy and usually quick, reliable and safe. It is best for medium to long journeys but can sometimes end up taking longer if used for short journeys. OYSTERCARD & DISCOUNTS An Oystercard is an electronic card which can be loaded with credit to spend on travel. It is undoubtedly the cheapest and most convenient way to travel on public transport, so get one! Most students are entitled to apply for a Student Oystercard, which entitles you to a 30% discount on Travelcards or Bus Passes (for one week or more). However, you cannot obtain a discount on 1-dayTravelcards or pay-as-you-go journeys. Applications for Student Oyster Cards can be made online at tfl.gov.uk/photocard or alternatively a form can be picked up from the Students' Union Help Desk. There is an application fee of �5. Oystercards can electronically store Bus Passes, Travelcards and pay-as-you-go credit. Even if you plan to make very few BUS Buses are often the easiest and cheapest way of getting around. London's bus system is very well designed, and you will usually find a bus going where you want to. Some buses run 24 hours, while others change from a day bus to a night bus. Night buses are prefixed with an N, have the same number but sometimes slightly different routes. 122 LONDON LIVING TRANSPORT There are a few stations which have no ticket barriers. At these stations, it is imperative that you find the card reader and place your card on it. Otherwise, you may have to pay a fine of �20 or face prosecution. The Tube gets very crowded and hot during the summer, so always carry a bottle of water. Maps of the Tube are available for free at Tube stations and online. Unfortunately we are unable to reproduce them in this guide due to copyright restrictions. Tube services within the zones shown. There is also a Tube Access map, which details the 48 stations which have step-free access to the platform. www.tfl.gov.uk A 16-25 Railcard (available to 16-25 year olds and all university students) allows all tickets to be reduced by a third of the price. In 2009 this card cost �26 for a year. The only restriction is that if you travel at or before 10am Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare will apply. www.16-25railcard.co.uk Last year over 200 women were sexually assaulted in illegal minicabs. Often these situations start off with a random stranger asking whether you'd like a lift. Never accept these offers: they may be criminals in disguise. CYCLING The healthiest and greenest way to travel around London. But most certainly not the safest, so take precautions. After years of cycling around London you'll learn a few facts, but for those not in the know here's the low down. If it is big, red, moves a lot faster than you and fills you with fear, chances are it's a bendy bus. Best not get into a race with it, it'll always win. Make sure you are always in sight of the driver, watch the bus indicators and never ever try and pull in front of a moving bus. Those green tracks scattered around London are cycle-lanes, they're for you. Stay in them and you'll be safe. Be aware of your surroundings constantly � a pot-hole is no problem for the four-wheel drive, the same is not true of the cyclist. Never ever drink and cycle. It is against the law and a danger to everyone on the road, yourself included. Despite being about as unfashionable as possible � a cycle helmet can save your life � make it a rule that you never get on your bike without it on. Traffic lights apply to all road users. TAXI Taking a taxi will probably get you to your destination quicker than any other form of public transport, and is definitely the safest option to take when traveling home late at night. There are three types of taxis in London: Black cabs, minicabs and unlicensed taxis. Black cabs can be hailed on the street. They are reliable, safe and driven by expert drivers who have taken extensive training (`the Knowledge'). They are also quite expensive. Alternatively, you can opt to travel in a licensed minicab. They are cheaper than Black cabs, but not as reliable. A minicab must be booked in advance. A minicab driver is not allowed to pick up customers directly from the road. You can order a minicab by telephone, or from outside the Minicab company's office. Make sure you agree the fare before starting the journey. You can find a list of local companies from Yellow Pages, which is available online at www.yell.com (under the category "taxis and private hire vehicles"). Never get into an unlicensed illegal minicab. A licensed minicab should have a yellow licensing disc on its windscreen. RAIL You can travel outside of London by train or by coach. Though coaches are cheaper, trains are much faster and deliver a more comfortable journey. www.nationalrail.co.uk Booking in advance (sometimes up to 12 weeks for maximum savings) on to specific journeys will save you incredible amounts on train fares. Buying two single tickets may sometimes be cheaper than a return. www.megatrain.com and www.virgintrains.co.uk offer very cheap fares on certain routes. For example, a standard open return to Manchester can cost �230. Booking in advance, you could pay as little as �2 for the same journey. Currently, only some of the National Rail stations in London accept Oystercards. If you plan to use some local London train services as part of your journey it may be must be booked in advance. Red means stop and is applicable to everyone. So don't speed through a red light dodging innocent pedestrians. Not LONDON LIVING 123 only is it dangerous, but it damn well annoys everyone else. If you are stuck at traffic lights, your best bet is to position yourself ahead of all the traffic, that way you are making everyone aware of your presence. Always carry a bike lock/chain. The most effective way to secure your beloved two wheeled transport is by using two different types of lock, this is certain to deter a would-be-thief. Always attach the cable lock around the wheel as well as onto the main frame of the bicycle. And for your own sake attach it to something secure. There are several places around the LSE campus for safe securing on your bike. If you cycle during the dark evenings, remember you are legally obliged to have lights attached to your bike and to wear something bright. Despite the many horror stories, cycling in London is getting better and is an excellent way to keep fit. For the best cycle routes from your hall/residence to the LSE visit www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner and edit the search options so that only `Cycling' is selected. This will chose the route most recommended by cyclists. You can also get cycling maps of London delivered to you, for FREE. Again, simply go to tfl.gov.uk as well. www.nationalexpress.com � Megabus � cheaper than national express. A limited number of tickets on each bus are available at �1! However, the cost rises as more people book seats and as the date of travel gets closer. Tickets can be booked starting about 6 weeks before the date of travel. From London, coaches depart from the Greenline Coach Station (nearest tube is Victoria). www.megabus.com and Netherlands (via Channel Tunnel). www.eurostar.com � RailEurope - railway service to the following places � France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Hungary and Croatia. www.raileurope.co.uk � International Rail - for travels to other European cities. www.internationalrail.com � Eurolines -operated coach services from London throughout Europe. www.nationalexpress.com/eurolines NOTE: To travel outside of UK � you may require a `Schengen' visa. This will de� Eurostar -direct railway service from London St. Pancras to France, Belgium pend on your nationality (passport). For more information, see `VISA' section. COACH The two main coach company networks that provide for travel all around UK are: � National Express -the largest coach company. Students have the option of buy a Young Person's Coachcard EUROPE Once again, the two main ways (excluding air travel) to travel to and from Europe is by train or by coach: 124 LONDON LIVING FOOD AND MARKETS You can't eat out every night FOOD SHOPPING The cheapest place to buy food in London is usually from one of the big supermarket chains such as Tesco,Sainsburys, Morrisons and Asda. These stores can be found in most places around London. Several also offer online shopping in case you feel like lazing around at home instead of going shopping. The nearest supermarket to LSE is a mid-sized Sainsbury's, located opposite Holborn tube station � 5 minutes walk from LSE. There are also discount supermarkets scattered around London. They usually stock unknown or own brand goods at very good prices. These goods are quite often of the same or higher quality than known brands (usually produced in the same factories). Aldi and Lidl are the kings of this market and are particularly good for cured meats, alcohol and continental ingredients. Netto and Iceland are best avoided. Learning to cook will be a good skill to have during your time at university. Not only will you save loads of money and eat the food you want to, but you'll also find yourself extremely popular, too! If you use the same supermarket regularly, you should apply for its loyalty card. Show this each time you shop to collect "points". The more you shop, the more points you accumulate and eventually you will be granted free shopping coupons based on how many points you have. Most supermarkets sell food that is near its expiration date cheaper than � Billingsgate Fish Market: Trafalgar Way, Isle of Dogs, E14. Open Tuesday � Saturday (5 am � 8:30 am). Almost every type of fish and seafood sold! www. billingsgate-market.co.uk � Borough Market: 8 Southwark Street, SE1. Open Friday 12pm-6pm and Saturday 9 am-4pm. One of the city's oldest and largest (sheltered) food markets selling food from all over the world. www.boroughmarket.co.uk � Brixton Market: Brixton Station Road, SW9. Open Monday to Saturday (9amsunset). Visit one of Europe's largest Fruit and vegetables are usually cheaper and fresher if bought from a market or at a greengrocer rather than from a supermarket. In most of the busy streets, there are fruit-sellers that sell fruit for very low prices. In fact, there is one right next to Holborn tube station. its original price. Every supermarket branch has specific days on which most of their edibles expire and hence those days are usually busy with customers buying reduced food in bulk! For example, Sainsbusy's usually bring in fresh stock on Mondays. Therefore Saturdays and Sundays are ideal to grab some cheap food. Caribbean food markets that has local art displays and reggae music in the background! � Greenwich Market: Church Road, Greenwich, SE10. Open Thursday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-5:30 pm. Pretty undercover market packed with handcrafted items, collectables and antiques. www.greenwich-market.co.uk � Portobello Road Market: Portobello Road, W10 & W11. Open Saturday 5:30 am � 5pm. (Shops are open MondaySaturday). The largest market in London selling everything from antiques and clothes to food, books and bric-abrac. www.portobelloroad.co.uk � Shepherd's Bush Market: Uxbridge Road & Goldhawk Road, W12. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (8:30am-6pm) and Sunday (8:30am-3pm). Go there and feast your money on exotic fish, Halal meats, AfroCaribbean vegetables and lots more. Also, be sure to visit a Farmers' Market. These are places where the farmers and growers come along to sell a wide variety of produce directly to the public. They offer fresh, seasonal and often organic food that are high in quality. Everything from meat, cheeses, fish, fruits, vegetables, breads and vegetables are sold.Be sure to visit www.farmersmarket.net, www. lfm.org.uk MARKETS There are over 300 markets in London selling a vast variety of goods (food and more!). These markets are located away from the bustling high street branded shops and hence are ideal for students to find bargains on fresh food, and other goods such as plants and antiques too. LONDON LIVING 125 ETIQUETTE Britain is a green and pleasant land, where the monarch rules with an iron fist and the lower classes look up to their masters. In fact, Britain is no longer any of these things (apart, perhaps, from the class hangup), but there are certain norms and customs which every one in Britain should be aware of, if only for the sake of amusement. on your left hand side. Your glass should be on the right hand side. � At very formal occasions, it is common to start the meal with a toast to the Queen. � Ask to be excused to go to the toilet. � When you get your bill, if it says "service not included", you should add around 10% for a tip, unless the food or service has been particularly bad. Waiting staff earn very low wages and depend on these tips to supplement their income, so don't penny pinch! Don't � Burp, fart, pick your nose or spit in public. It's not nice! � Invade someone's' personal space unless you know them very well. Hugging, kissing and touching are off limits, sorry! � Reserve study or computer spaces then disappear for hours. It's so annoying. � Speak loudly in the Library it's not a common room! you in shops, bars and restaurants. � Shake hands, but beware that some religions prohibit women from having contact with men. CONVERSATION The clich� is true: the Brits love to talk about the weather. If you are ever stuck for something to say, a polite comment about how rainy or sunny it is often goes down well. There are certain things that the British don't like to talk about with people they barely know. Topics to avoid include, but are not limited to: money (especially earnings), age, appearance, sex and anything personal. Really, it depends on context and how well you know someone: at dinner parties, animated conservations about politics are considered bad manners. At LSE, there are many students from a variety of national, cultural, religious, political, economic and parental backgrounds. Bear this in mind when speaking to people: it's not nice to offend, so tread carefully! IF YOU ARE EVER STUCK FOR SOMETHING TO SAY, A POLITE COMMENT ABOUT HOW RAINY OR SUNNY IT IS OFTEN GOES DOWN WELL DRINKING � People in Britain tend to buy drinks in rounds when you go for a drink it is common to ask those you are drinking with what they would like. When it is their turn, they should do likewise. � If you spill someone's pint, offer to buy them another. � You don't need to tip at pubs and most bars. If you are at a flash venue, your drinks are delivered to your table or you get your change back in a little silver plate, then tipping is at your discretion. � One of the most annoying parts of going out in Britain is the toilet attendant. They stand by the sinks in clubs and bars waiting for you to wash your hands, expecting a pound tip for giving you a squirt of soap and perfume. Tipping is usually expected if you use their goods. Do � Stand in line. The Brits love to queue. � Open doors for people, especially those with disabilities or mobility problems. � Say please and thank you lots, especially to people who are nice to you or serve EATING � Don't talk with food in your mouth it's very bad manners. � If there are several knives, forks and spoons set out at your place, use the outside cutlery first, then work your way in for each course. � If there is a plate for bread, use the one 126 LONDON LIVING EATING Around campus QUAD CAFE The Quad, East Building Term time: Monday - Friday: 9am � 9pm If you're looking for fine dining, look elsewhere. However, the Quad Cafe is the home of affordable, healthy and tasty lunches. There's also a huge range of hot and cold drinks on offer -and they can even make smoothies on demand. The Students' Union cafe offers breakfast, and serves paninis and other hot food until the early evening. The food is reasonably priced, and there's a good range of healthy food as well as some cakes for when you're feeling particularly decadent. Filled bagels cost about �1.50, salad boxes and sandwiches around �2 and hot meals for under a fiver. As of this year the Caf� is going a little up market, you'll order hot food from the counter and we'll deliver it to your table whether your in the Quad or in the Tuns (we'll even provide cutlery!!!) HARE KRISHNA - OUTSIDE WRIGHT'S BAR, HOUGHTON ST Just before 1 o'clock you may notice groups of students milling around on Houghton Street pretending to look busy. No matter how they try to dress it up If you're looking for the best pure grade A Colombian on campus this is the place to go. With new seating and umbrellas, this is the smoker's choice and the tastiest coffee on campus. You can also enjoy the finest Monmouth coffee whilst soaking up the "architectural beauty" of the three Towers. It's a great place to go if you've missed breakfast and have to dash to an early morning Russian class in one of the Towers. they're only waiting for one thing and that's free food from the orange Krishna tricycle. Whilst visually not the greatest advertisement for vegan food, it is all organic and has certainly built up a cult following amongst masters students. However, not everyone's happy with the Krishna's free food peddling -expect a continuation of last year's turf war with Wright's bar. PLAZA CAFE - OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY Fulfilling all your dietary needs when you need a quick five minute break from the library. The best thing about the plaza is that it's open every day of the week, so you can always nip in for a coffee if your mind starts to wander during a Saturday revision session. There's a good range of fair trade teas and coffees although the sandwiches are a bit on the expensive side. One top tip to remember is that if you're on campus on a Sunday its usually worth visiting the plaza before it closes at four because they give away all the sandwiches which they haven't been able to sell for free. FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE BRUNCH BOWL - 4TH FLOOR, OLD BUILDING Under going extensive redevelopment last summer the space has been transformed from a school canteen into a school canteen design by IKEA. This multi-purpose space will be home to your lunchtime meal as well as your graduation reception. THE BEST OF THE REST... WRIGHTS BAR - NEXT TO THE OLD BUILDING ENTRANCE The prices may fluctuate with the weather but without a doubt this is an LSE institution. This is the favoured venue to pick up lunch for a huge spectrum of LSE societies, from some of our most famous professors to our cleaners. Maria and Giuseppe may not be serving traditional Italian cuisine but at these prices you can't complain. Their all day breakfast is the stuff of legend... GARRICK - ALDWYCH On the site of the former `Columbia Bar' the Garrick is the LSE's premium catering experience. It was also paid for by an LSE alumnus who met his future wife in the Brunch Bowl and wanted to create another social space on campus where students could meet in an alcohol-free environment, and also meet future spouses. If the intention was to bring people together it's equally certainly true that the Garrick divides the LSE population into two. Those who eat in the Garrick and those who think its horrendously overpriced. Having said that the Garrick comes into its own when you're looking to get an all expenses paid meal courtesy of the Bank of Mum and Dad. The `grab and go' option in the morning is also a godsend for early morning lectures in the Old Theatre. COFFEE CART Clement's Inn (outside Tower 1) Term time: Monday - Friday: 8am - 3.30pm LONDON LIVING 127 CAFE PEPE - 3RD FLOOR, CLEMENT HOUSE Most students will probably spend their entire time at LSE without ever finding out where Cafe Pepe is. This is not surprising given the fact that it's hidden on the 3rd floor of Clement House - its not even open early making it useless as a venue to get your pre-class caffeine fix. It does, however, serve hot soup and panini and the fact no one goes there makes it the perfect spot for dangerous liaisons. salads and drinks for LSE students between 11am-12 noon and 2pm-10pm. FIRE & STONE - 31/32 MAIDEN LANE, COVENT GARDEN Nice pizza place with a twist: the toppings for each pizza is based on a different country. Some weird ingredients, but it usually works. Check their website for special offers: every lunchtime you can get a beer and a pizza for �5.50. in a Neapolitan brick oven. Very quick service, very cheap prices (around �5 each) and huge portions make this place incredibly busy every lunchtime. INDIAN VEG - 92-93 CHAPEL MARKET, N1 An all-you-can-eat vegan Indian place, very popular with Rosebery residents due to the attractive price tag: just �3.50 each. SAPPHO MEZE BAR - 9 CLAPHAM HIGH BIERODROME - 67 KINGSWAY CAFE AMICI - 1 KINGSWAY Despite the Italian name their pasta is average, go for the baked potatoes instead which are always fantastic. Belgian bar and restaurant with an amazing selection of (expensive) beers and a couple of good offers on food. Beat the Clock is the one to go for: arrive between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and pay for the time you order (e.g. 5.30pm = �5.30). Try the mussels or the spitroast chicken. WAGAMAMAS - 1 TAVISTOCK STREET, COVENT GARDEN Healthy noodle place. Check their web-site for frequent buy one get one free offers. STREET, SW4 Family run Greek meze restaurant. �10 per head for an enormous meal of whatever they've cooked that day! Too many courses to remember, let alone eat. They will cater for veggies and vegans. BEST TAVA - 17 STOKE NEWINGTON ROAD, N16 One of countless Turkish places around Stokey/Dalston. Good food cooked in front of you. Try the lahmacun (turkish pizza, �1.40) or one of the grilled kebabs. BODEAN'S - 10 POLAND STREET, W1F NEAR LSE ECCO - 186 DRURY LANE Extremely close to High Holborn Hall and about 10 minutes walk from campus is this great little pizzeria where you can pick up a fairly authentic 11" pizza for around �4. The furniture's a little weird but this place is a little gem. DON QUIXOTE - 101 KINGSWAY Their `club sandwiches' are made right in front of you and are always a good option for lunch. The fact this place stays open ridiculously late make it the ideal destination after Fresh or a late night library session during the exam period. You probably don't want to go there if you're on a diet. HUMMUS BROS - SOUTHAMPTON ROW The UK's first (and only) hummus bar. Eat in or takeaway their yummy topped hummous at very low prices. Half price KNIGHT'S TEMPLAR - 95 CHANCERY LANE Part of the Wetherspoons pub chain, does standard pub grub at ridiculously low prices. Toilets are award winning; the decor is amazing. Go on Tuesdays for Grill Night. The best ribs in London. Sit upstairs in the diner and go for the `pig out for a tenner': full rack of babyback ribs, fries, slaw and unlimited soft drinks for �10. Go on Tuesday nights for half price steaks. HAWKSMOOR - 157 COMMERCIAL ST, E1 The best steak in London. Hugely expensive but worth it! Ginger Pig meat, triple cooked chips and huge desserts. ELSEWHERE FRANCO MANCA MARKET ROW, BRIXTON, SW9 The best pizza in London. Organic buffallo mozzarella, home made lemonade and gorgeous sour dough pizzas baked 128 LONDON LIVING HALAL & KOSHER HALAL Holborn, being located right in the commercial centre of London, has a variety of Halal food outlets that you wouldn't find in greater London. Here are the reviews of places to eat, courtesy of the Islamic Society, close to LSE: � Chicken Cottage � This is your regular Halal fried chicken and chips shop (one of many all over London), at reasonable prices. This is located on High Holborn, opposite Sainsbury's, just past the RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) cash machine. � Subway � There are 2 subway branches within 5 minutes walking distance from each other, on Kingsway, around the corner from LSE. They do not serve Halal subs, but you can still make your own sandwiches using tuna or veggie fillings. There are also countless Subway branches, all over London. � Ola Caf� and Bristo � Located at the end of Shaftesbury Avenue (and just around the corner from High Holborn halls). It's good for a bit of variety, and the quality of the food is high, but so are the prices. � Caf� Pepe � In Clement House (D building), which serves great paninis. The Quad and the Students' Union shop also serve Halal food � wraps and paninis. Aside from that the Brunch Bowl also serves some Halal sandwiches and wraps. Outside Holborn: � East London (Whitechapel and Green Street): There are lots of Halal Indian Restaurants and fried chicken shops, and its very cheap as well! All you need to do is hop on the district line from Temple station. � Tinsel town: American style halal diner which serves great food and milkshakes. The nearest train station is Farringdon. � Brick Lane � Known as the `Curry Mile' around some parts of UK. It's a massive line of Bangladeshi restaurants serving great curries and South Asian delicacies for reasonable prices. A lot of the restaurants are Halal, but make sure you ask before you eat, just to be on the safe side. It's reachable by hopping onto the District Line or Hammersmith and City Line and stopping off at Aldgate East Station. � Edgeware Road � Mini `Middle East' with rows of Arabic restaurants and supermarkets, providing excellent kebabs (and sheesha too!). It can be a bit expensive, hence students avoid going there on a regular basis. Reach by getting the tube to Edgware Road tube station. Also, you can have a glance at www.citymuslims. org/halalfood.asp traditional DD's sandwiches. � Tesco's on Goodge Street (tube to Goodge street tube station, or 15 minutes walk from LSE) has a Kosher section where one can buy dips etc, but does not have a dry Kosher food section. � Euston Hillel -situated on Endsleigh Street, near UCL, sells a variety of Kosher foods at lunchtimes, ranging from sandwiches to hotdogs and vegetarian burgers (nothing meaty). � Ruebens -Kosher restaurant situated on Baker Street, a few minutes walk from Baker Street station. Downstairs is a somewhat expensive restaurant, whilst upstairs is a cheaper deli selling a wide range- of Kosher traditional meaty foods. � Six-13 - Kosher restaurant on Wigmore Street, with a wide range of delicious food, but is extremely expensive. � Bevis Marks is a large fancy restaurant situated in the East End of London. It sells mainly `meaty' dishes, and the food is delicious, but it doesn't fit most students' budgets. It is right next to Be-vis Marks Synagogue, on Bevis Marks Road. KOSHER Courtesy of the Jewish Society � The Quad Cafe sells all types of the LONDON LIVING 129 DRINKING On campus & elsewhere THE THREE TUNS Clare Market Building, Houghton Street Term time: Monday - Thursday: 11AM 11PM, Friday: 11AM - 2AM In the beginning this WAS the Students' Union. Things have moved on a little bit since those days but `the Tuns' is still a focal point on campus. At the time of going to print the Students' Union was preparing to bring you a new look Three Tuns. Unconfirmed reports suggested all change. The Tuns will however still play host to the regular Quiz Night, AU Night and not forgetting Crush! THE UNDERGROUND Opening hours: various The Underground is also the venue for the hugely successful Postgrad party, as well as great number of society events. The Students' Union has recently invested in a decent sound system and will be redecorating this bar over the summer to make this into the ultimate events venue for societies on campus. THE PENDEREL'S OAK 283 HIGH HOLBORN Surly staff but it's open till 1AM everyday. THE SHAKESPEARE'S HEAD 63 KINGSWAY The more traditional Wetherspoons of the area with gratuitous use of "mood lighting" to hide how disgusting the furniture is. A number of students have also had purses and wallets stolen here as well. Avoid. CITTIE OF YORKE - 22 HIGH HOLBORN With its cosy cellar bar and train compartment style booths, this is a great pub to go to with a small group of friends. THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR - CAREY STREET Is the classier if more expensive option, with high ceilings and fancy decor. It's the favoured option as venue for LSE Students' Union society events. YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE WINE OFFICE COURT, 145 FLEET STREET Hidden away, just off Fleet Street this pub is what the word `quintessential' was invented for. With sawdust on the floor, a myriad of small rooms on different floors and in winter an open log fire, this is the classic English pub. A must visit. definitely worth a visit. Here's the low down on the `spoons in our local area: tremely cheap drinks there may be very little room to move when it is busy (which is often) but this is one of the best pubs in London. Just get there early, grab a booth and enjoy the sumptuous surroundings. SAM SMITHS The yin to Wetherspoons yang � these pubs are packed full of character and charm. If you're looking for the traditional English pub experience you can't go far wrong with visiting of these pubs. Also, most of them are concentrated in London's theatreland which is in LSE's back garden. Sam Smiths also make all their own drinks which is the reason they're able to sell you the cheapest pint in London. Don't be put off by the lack of brand beers; their Sam Smith incarnations are far better. Here's the top three in the local area: THE PRINCESS LOUISE 208 HIGH HOLBORN With its Victorian partitions and ex- WETHERSPOONS Or `spoons for short, this is the ultimate pub chain, with at least one pub in every town in the UK � which means there a hell of a lot of these in London. Whilst the typical Wetherspoons feels like a soulless warehouse exclusively dedicated to ensuring the inebriation of manic depressants, the ones close to LSE aren't actually that bad. They're also open late which is fantastic for those of us who like to practice "Mediterranean style" drinking. With daily meal deals and a huge selection of ales, wines and spirits their 130 LONDON LIVING CLUBS Get your rave on! CRUSH Every Friday from October we'll be hosting what we modestly believe will be the best students' night in London. For all the music that's currently topping the hit parade as well as a few student classics head on down to The Quad. If it's fresh new sounds you're after pop down to the Underground where there will be new monthly residencies in this new look venue. And for those who want a break from the music there's you can always chill out with friends in the Three Tuns. It is hard to describe just how much London has to offer for those that enjoy a late night. The party scene on your new doorstep makes vibrations in club and music circles all around the planet. Whether you are into techno, salsa, hip-hop or dub-step, there is a place that caters for your tastes. Friday and Saturday are usually when the big nights are on at the major clubs, but there are plenty of cheap student nights throughout the week to keep your feet moving until the weekend. It can be difficult at first to find nights and clubs that are up your street. A good starting point is to pick up a brown `Don't Panic' pack from the Three Tuns, in which all the upcoming month's parties are listed and advertised and info on where to find out more about the club scene � plus, you get a cool poster for your new room. Checking online on your favourite clubs' website or going to fanzines and forums is really useful, as is browsing events on Clubs can cost anything up to �20 to get in, depending on the venue, day of the week, and acts on that night. Most of the big clubs charge in the region of �12-15 on a weekend night, whilst smaller places on a weeknight may only charge �3-4. Drinks will almost certainly be more expensive than the pub, but there are some good offers at some of the more student focused nights during the week. Whilst it is very rare to hear of bad incidents at clubs, do be aware that you will normally be around people who are drunk and using drugs, so be a little wary and make extra-sure that all your personal belongings are safe. Some people go out and take things too far, so just make sure that you have a good bunch of mates with you if you plan on going over the edge. Similarly, be sure you know how to get home should you need or want to at any point. social networks. But the best finds are often spotted by those keen-eyed party animals who scan the city's walls for fly-posters detailing the most secret and special events, or just by simply meeting and chatting to likeminded clubbers when you are on a night out. THE BEST STUDENT NIGHTS IN LONDON: Monday: Tiger Tiger (Haymarket): �5 entry, �3 double vodka red bull Cheapskates (Soho): �4 entry, all drinks �1 Tuesday: Sports Caf� (Haymarket): Free for students, �1 per pint, a home away from home for Americans Wednesday: Zoo Bar (Leicester Sq): 50p entry, �2.50 double vodka red bul Walkabout (Shaftesbury Avenue): �5 entry, �1.50 per pint Thursday: Onanon (Piccadilly Circus): �5 entry, �2.50 double vodka red bull Friday: Crush (LSE Students' Union): Free before 10pm, best deals in town FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ARE USUALLY WHEN THE BIG NIGHTS ARE ON AT THE MAJOR CLUBS, BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF CHEAP STUDENT NIGHTS LONDON LIVING 131 SHOPPING On campus Downstairs is the place to go if you want to pick up adapter plugs as well as most other things to make your stay in London easier. You can also find newspapers and magazines, like the LSE favourites the FT and The Economist, at discounted rates. There's also a good selection of stationery, cold drinks, sandwiches and other snacks. NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING SHOP Ground Floor, NAB Corner of Kingsway and Sardinia Opening hours: 8.45am-6pm The New Academic Building plays host to Students' Union's second shop. Just pop in when you're looking for newspapers, magazines, sandwiches, ice-cream, stationery and cigarettes. The NAB shop also houses the new Copy Shop where you can drop off and go as well as copy materials yourself. ALPHA BOOKS Quad Mezzanine Floor, East Building Term time: Weekdays, 9.30am � 6pm, Holidays: Weekdays, 10.30am � 5pm You'll find Alpha Books at the top of the spiral stair case of the mezzanine floor STUDENTS' UNION SHOP E68, East Building - Entrances on Houghton Street & in the Quad www.lseshop.com Term time: Monday - Friday, 9am � 5.30pm Holidays: Monday - Thursday, 10am � 5pm Friday, 10am � 4pm Split between two floors this is the Students' Union's very own mini-market. On the top floor (level with Houghton Street) there's the full range of LSE branded products from mugs to hoodies and caps. You can also find diaries and an impressive selection of greetings cards for whenever you forget a family member or friend's birthday. of the Quad. All the books are reduced from their published price, including core texts for the many courses on offer at LSE. They'll purchase books throughout the year, particularly after your exams. CONTACT ALPHABOOKS@LSE.AC.UK 02079557802 132 LONDON LIVING SHOPPING ..or how I blew my student loan in one afternoon. AROUND LSE Oxford Street has everything that you could possibly desire in terms of High Street names, including the massive flagship stores of: Topshop, House of Fraser (which closely resembles Nordstrom's), H&M, Benetton, Niketown, and if you're on more of a shoestring budget, Primark. It's also home to more tourist souvenir shops than you could shake a stick at, so you'll never be at a loss for shot glasses with Tower Bridge on or `I<3 London' T shirts Covent Garden is like a mini, closer Oxford Street, but if you're not a high street person, it also houses lots of vintage shops nearer to Endell Street or designer boutiques towards Seven Dials. the scenesters amongst you, veritable cornucopias of fashion. With everything from the so-called `low street' of young designers featured at The Laden Showroom and Lik + Neon to probably the highest concentration of retro/vintage shops in London. Camden will fulfil the needs of anyone who's still wearing punk/goth fashions but is handy to pick up obscure posters, trinkets and less savoury paraphernalia type things... A word of warning, pretty much as soon as you step out of Camden station you will be approached by people selling `cannabis'. Unless you want to be sparking up a joint full of oregano, don't buy it. If you're feeling a little more flush with cash than is normal for students, then head over to West London and take a gander at Dover Street Market, which exhibits everyone from Christopher Kane to Valentino and has super marked down sample sales on occasion. Then of course if you're just Ab Fab Dahhhhling, then you must go to Harvey Nic's in Knightsbridge. FURNITURE/GADGETS ETC. Apparently shopping isn't just about clothes. You may find yourself in need of things like bookcases, saucepans and lamps as well. If so, places like Ikea and Argos are great. Both have online stores, and you can get stuff delivered to, and signed for in, halls. Ikea tends to have its branches out past even the suburbs, but there are branches of Argos everywhere. FURTHER OUT A short bus ride will bring you to Spitalfields and Brick Lane, which are, for LONDON LIVING 133 OUTER LONDON NORTH LONDON Perhaps an area of London which is rough around the edges, but with its many parks and open spaces along with interesting and affordable market places coupled with affordable rents, North London is becoming an increasingly popular place to live amongst students. Home to both Arsenal and Tottenham football clubs you may find that you will be forced to ally yourself with one or the other. Many trendy bars and restaurants line the streets from Angel Islington all the way to Old Street and which tend to attract a mixture of people. MUST DO IN EAST LONDON While you are at LSE: visit Brick Lane, London's curry capital with a vibrant art and fashion student area. It also contains some of the city's most fashionable nightclubs such as 93 Fleet East and Cafe 1001. new jobs and 4,000 new homes. Home to many notable galleries such as the White Cube and the Whitechapel Art Gallery many Young British Artists live and work in this area and this gives it a cutting edge feel. Stop Press! There's more to life than Covent Garden... relatively expensive housing not many students from LSE choose to live here. However it has traditionally fashionable areas such as Notting hill which is also the scene of The Notting Hill Carnival, an annual event attracting 1.5 million people making it the largest street festival in the world. It also contains the principle operating centre of the BBC and a vast, brand new shopping complex. West London is one of the most economically active areas outside of central London with much of London's office space located here as well as Heathrow airport. SOUTH LONDON MUST DO IN NORTH LONDON While you are at LSE: Visit Camden Market, one of the most popular visitor attractions in London, which sells craft and clothing amongst other items. South London is generally the area south of the River Thames. The world famous Ministry of Sound can be found near to Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, a great place to find cheap deals on food and clothing. MUST DO IN WEST LONDON While you are at LSE: Visit the Natural HisAlternatively there are a number of markets such as Borough or Brixton Markets which sell food from all over the world. If you wish to relax you could check out one of South London's `commons'. Although there are not many underground stations it does have an extensive tramline and overground suburban rail network. MUST DO IN SOUTH LONDON While you are at LSE : Head down to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and stand on both sides of the meridian line. Explore their world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions and cutting-edge research at their landmark buildings. tory Museum. The NHM is a place which promotes the discovery, understanding, enjoyment, and responsible use of the natural world. Some of London's best museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the Natural History Museum are in this part of the city so it is well worth a visit. EAST LONDON One of the most diverse places in the world; over 300 languages are spoken here on a daily basis. An incredible range of food is available for the many restaurants that line its streets. This part of London has a rich and fascinating history playing an intricate role in shaping modern Britain from its involvement in the formation of the Labour Party to the enfranchisement of women. East London was traditionally one of London's most deprived areas but now the area is in a state of regeneration and the Canary Wharf development (a destination for many LSE students) is testimony to that. WEST LONDON The 2012 Olympic Village will be based in East London creating at least 3,000 A leafy relaxing part of London containing many residential suburbs. Due to its 134 LONDON LIVING ETHICAL LONDON Living in London can be a challenge � and trying to live ethically and environmentally friendly even more so. All the shopping opportunities; all the waste and packaging. Recycling in the street? Consuming ethically? Even volunteering or getting involved in your local community? Sounds harder than it is. But sometimes it can be cheaper! Use the Route Planner at www.tfl.gov.uk to get around to some of the addresses below. CYCLING AND CRITICAL MASS In order to keep fit and benefit the environment, you could consider cycling! Several Boroughs, such as Camden Council, offer free cycling training. One great way to have fun, exercise and take political action at the same time is the monthly Critical Mass Bike Ride through London (not only bikes, but also wheelchairs, skaters etc). See www.criticalmasslondon. org.uk for more. Some of the main organic shops, like Organic Shops, Cafes and Restaurants Organic food is not only much healthier due to the lack of pesticides, but it also helps keep farmland in a healthy condition, instead of risking erosion and the loss of rich soil due to intensive, industrial farming. Lots of information on organic food can be found at the Soil Association's website (www.soilassociation.org). The Soil Association provide an online directory of organic outlets at www.whyorganic. org/involved_organicDirectory.asp. For a directory of London organic shops and food outlets, see www.infolondon. Planet Organic, are listed here by London region: ukf.net/organic. Vegan London offers a directory at www.veganlondon.co.uk. Other guides for organic and vegetarian/ vegan options include www.alotoforganics.co.uk and www.happycow. net/europe/england � Mildred's � vegan, organic, international, with beer/wine and take-away available. 45 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AN. � Fresh & Wild - Soho � wholefood store and cafe. 69-75 Brewer Street, W1R 3FL. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/freshandwild. � Planet Organic Torrington Place � 22 Torrington Place, WC1E 7HJ. CENTRAL � Alara Wholefoods � 10-15% student discount and hot food within 10 minutes of LSE. 58-60 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB. � Neal's Yard Wholefoods � 21-23 Short Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AS. � Food For Thought � renowned vegan and organic caf� with takeaway available. 31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9PR. � Dayles Ford Organic � raw food and organic. 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. www.daylesfordorganic.com WEST LONDON � Beatroot Vegetarian Caf� � 92 Berwick Street, W1F OQD. � Wholefood Butchers � organic Butchers. 31 Paddington Street, W1M 4DR. � Villandry Foodstore & Restaurant � 170 Great Portland Street, W1N 5TB. � Planet Organic Westbourne Grove � 42 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH. NORTH � Planet Organic Islington - 64 Essex Road, London, N1 8LR. LONDON LIVING 135 � Antimony Balance Organic Juice Bar � 47 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JB. � Saf Restaurant � vegan, organic, international, with beer/wine and takeaway available. 152-154 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AT. Near Old Street. Islington � Mother Earth � 282 St. Pauls Road, London, N1 2LH. � Tony's Hemp Corner � vegan and organic cafe, with salad bar and takeaway available. 10 Caledonian Road, N1 9DU. North East � Mother Earth Health Food & Organic Market � 5 Albion Parade, Albion Road, Stoke Newington, N16 9LD. � Food For All � 3 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, N16 6PA. across London. 020 8355 8597. 24 Old Dover Road, SE3 7BT. � Well Bean Health Foods � shop and home delivery within 3 mile radius. 020 8858 6854. 9 Old Dover Road, SE3 7BT. � Dayles Ford Organic � caf�. 44B Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP . www.daylesfordorganic.com � Orgasmic Organics � organic store. 020 8297 5225. 26 Staplehurst Road, SE13. � G. Baldwins & Co. � organic shop and mail order. 020 7703 5550. 171-173 Walworth Road, SE17 1RW. www. baldwins.co.uk � SMBS Foods � Traidcraft produce and wholefoods. 75 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP . Though organic food is certainly expensive, many organic shops have bins where packaged food in perfectly good condition can be found and taken for free. It sounds weird but the art of `Skipping', as it is known, is very environmentally friendly, since perfectly good food is often mistakenly taken to landfill. Moreover, there are weekly free food actions, such as Food Not Bombs, an interesting group at www.londonfnb.org SOCIAL CENTRES Social Centres are a good way to get involved and meet like minded people: � London Action Resource Centre � hosts weekly meetings of climate change organisations like Rising Tide and Social Ecology Reading Group. 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES. www.londonarc.org � The Autonomy Club � Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London, E1. Nearest tube: Aldgate East. � RampART: an occupied building in East London hosting cultural and political events, including a community cinema, exhibitions, benefit gigs, discussions, meetings and workshops. www.rampart.co.nr � 56a Infoshop � a resource for local people, campaign groups and projects as well as selling books, music and clothing. Includes a radical archive of international info, a seed trading project, Fareshares whole foods co-op and a DIY bicycle repair workshop. Open Thursdays 2-8pm, Fridays 3-7pm & Saturdays 1.305.30pm. 56 Cramp-ton Street, London SE17. www.urban75.org/london - great resource for various groups. NORTH WEST � inSpiral Lounge � 250 Camden High Street, Camden Lock, NW1 8QS. � Organic Pizza � 404-406 Finchley Road, NW2 2HZ. � Wild Organic � 73 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3LT. � Earth Natural Food � 200 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AE. EAST � Futures Vegetarian Take Away � vegan, organic and international, and do deliveries. 8 Botolph Alley, EC3R 8DR. � Rootmaster � vegan, pan-Asian, international and organic. Just off Brick Lane and in a converted bus! Elys Yard, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL. � POGO Cafe �vegan, organic and international, with live music on some nights. Open Wed-Sat 12.30pm-9pm, Sun 11am-9pm. 76 Clarence Road, E5 8HB. � Sparkes GG � also do home delivery `VEG BOX' SCHEMES `Veg Box' schemes are boxes of organic vegetables and fruits delivered weekly � a great way to get your healthy vitamins delivered to your door. Here are some good examples: � Abel and Cole � free delivery. 020 7737 3648 www.abel-cole.co.uk � Farmaround Ltd � 020 7627 8066. www.farmaround.co.uk. � Fresh Food Company � 020 8969 0351 www.freshfood.co.uk. ORGANIC CLOTHING � Clothworks � 020 8299 1619. www.clothworks.co.uk � Greenfibres � 01803 868001. www.greenfibres.com � Natural Collection � 0870 331 3335. www.naturalcollection.com 136 LONDON LIVING LONDON ON THE CHEAP No matter the size of your overdraft or how rich mummy and daddy are, you'll find living in London an expensive past time, with things inevitably getting tight as the end of term approaches. To help you out during the lean times we've put together a list of all the things it's possible to get for nothing or nearly nothing in London. If you are experiencing genuine financial difficulties, we recommend you apply for financial support. Conferences and Events join the LSE gravy train! To pull in the best speakers LSE has to put on the best spread. Plenty of LSE events have food related after parties usually in the atrium (where the Student Services Centre is) or the Shaw library. If Tim Henman's woefully poor performances at Wimbledon achieved anything it was scaring politicians so much about the future of British tennis that they actually let people play on public tennis courts for free. Unfortunately most of the central London courts don't do this but check out www.tennisforfree. com to see if your Borough Council is signed up. With Andy Murray not even getting passed the Semi's this offer might continue for a while now. Also, never underestimate the power of the departmental party. Although some (like Government Department) are underperformers never, ever turn down The Students' Union does not condone fare evasion, and students should beware that they could end up with a criminal record if caught. Plaza Caf� on Sunday evenings it has been known for sandwiches to be given away for free with your tea in a desperate bid to ensure that they aren't binned. If all else fails Sainsbury's 8p noodles are the poor man's (or woman's) staple food of choice. Also, if you want free `Jelly Beans' check out the Jelly Belly website: www.jellybelly-uk.com and click on the `samples' link. Everyday they send out 100 free sample packs to a lucky few. an invitation to an IR party. All you need to do is flirt with one of the stewards guarding the entrance and you'll get access to all the free wine and hummous related dips you can consume. this slot their restaurant next door serves pretty cheap food all day. The only downside is, with its metal plates and (surprisingly) miserable staff this isn't a very good venue for a date. HEALTH Just because you're poor doesn't mean you have to be unhealthy. Visit www.lafitness.co.uk/vouchers. aspx?voucher=1daypass and you'll a one day free pass to an LA fitness gym of your choosing. Our local LA fitness at the Waldorf also runs free Pole Dancing sessions every Wednesday evening. The mind boggles... THE ILLEGAL BUT FREE BUS Boris Johnson may hate them but students and poor people love them. If you're willing to take the risk the `bendy' articulated bus could be your free ride home. Some less savoury members of the LSE Students' Union have been known to not touch in on their Oystercards when they get on the bus (which is extremely easy due to the number of doors). Please note that ticket inspectors do periodically get on these buses, and the fines are extremely heavy if you get caught and you could face a court order. Ouch. "LONDON IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES IN THE WORLD...NOT IF YOU ARE AS CHEAP AS US" FREE GIGS/MUSIC The iTunes Festival: this festival has only been running for two years but it's already extremely popular fixture of the London festival list. For the whole of July Apple give anyone with an iTunes store account the chance to win tickets to see a huge variety of bands playing at the Roundhouse in Camden. During this marathon 31 days of music you could see anyone from Paolo Nutini to Flo Rida. All you have to do is go to this website: www.ituneslive.co.uk from the 1st of June to apply for tickets and then sit back and wait to find if you win. Even for those who don't apply 200 tickets are held back to be given out on the door. FOOD Free Hare Krishna food not only do they drop by campus, if you're away from LSE you could visit them outside SOAS. Their central London temple on Soho Street which is just off Oxford Street also serves free vegetarian meals. All you need to do is get there between 12.30 and 13.00 every Monday to Saturday. If you miss LONDON LIVING 137 Rota held ever Saturday this is a free club night held at the Notting Hill Arts Club (nearest tube Notting Hill Gate) in which up and coming bands selected by the Rough Trade label play their latest songs. Although some bands don't make the grade the inti mate nature of this venue makes this event. The only problem is the extortionate drinks prices although the regulars seem to get round this by smuggling in hip flasks. free. The only catch is that you'll have to find a child to go with you (who pays �1.50) and you'll have to watch some uber dross like Hannah Montana. Only really worth it if you actually have kids. www.myvue.com/kidsam to pre-book. � Wella Studio London Mortimer Street � (0) 20 7637 7172 If, however, you don't want to take the risk of the Training academy there's al ways: Hair by Fairy which offers an excellent hair cut and blow dry for �12.50. It's also near by LSE in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden which makes it doubly nice. FREE CLOTHES Swap-a-rama at Thursdays at Favela chic � ok, so it does cost money to get in (�3 before 9pm , �5 after) but this night has to be the most cost effective way of dramatically overhauling your wardrobe. Its like any normal club night but when the klaxon sounds you have to swap an item of clothing with the person nearest to you. By the end of the night you'll be wearing a completely different outfit, although bear in mind it's harder to tell when clothes clash in the darkness. FOR EVERYTHING ELSE... Freecycle! www.freecycle.org On the series of forum websites which are part of the freecycle network members offer items which they no longer want or can request things that they'd like to have. These forums are organised on a local basis so you can easily track down items in your local area. Students have managed to pick up all kinds of furniture and huge TVs on there. FREE TV SHOWS London is essentially where the vast majority of the UK's television shows are produced. And as TV license holders why not go and see shows being recorded? The following websites provide a good introduction to this world of free entertainment but you will have to check these website regularly as tickets tend to come up fairly sporadically. Bear in mind this is TV so there's a lot of dross out there. The Applause Store: www.applausestore.com BBC Shows: www.bbc.co.uk/tickets Be On Screen: www.beonscreen.com Clappers: www.clappers-tickets.co.uk Lost in TV: www.lostintv.com SRO Audiences: www.sroaudiences.com TV Recordings: www.tvrecordings.com HAIRCUTS Training academies hairdressers in London are either expensive or awful. You could do what some students do and let the hair grow till the holidays or you could visit one of the training academies. The training academy haircuts vary from free to the low sum of five pounds. There can of course be problems, these people are training after all, but as long as you don't mind having your hair styled to match whatever is currently in vogue you should be fine. � Toni & Guy Training Academy New Oxford Street - (0) 20 7836 0606 � Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy Grosvenor Street � (0) 20 7491 0030 � Vidal Sassoon Brook Street - (0) 20 7399 6903 MONEYSAVINGEXPERT! Run by former LSE Students' Union General Secretary, Martin Lewis, this is an amazing and resource for, as the name suggests, money saving. Discounts, coupons, loopholes and all sorts of other tips are outlined in loving detail. Sign up to the weekly email newsletter to as many of the tips are time sensitive. www.moneysavingexpert.com CINEMA The Scoop every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in June this "amphitheatre" right next to City Hall has free open air screenings of a number of film classics such as Withnail and I and The Sound of Music. Kidsam at Vue Cinemas every weekend you can watch films absolutely 138 LONDON LIVING CONTACTS LSE SWITCHBOARD 020 7405 7686 or 0 from a internal phone HEALTH NHS Direct Nurse-led helpline providing confidential healthcare advice and information. 0845 4647 - 24 hour service www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk Samaritans Offers confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing. 08457 909090 - 24 hour service INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Homesickness 020 7250 5700 www.thesite.org UKCOSA The best advice service for international students. www.ukcosa.org.uk Meningitis Research Foundation Research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes. They promote education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and give support to people affected 080 8800 3344 British Council More information about studying in the UK. 0161 957 7755 www.britishcouncil.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org The Department for Education and Skills (DFES) Information about fee status and government policy on international students. www.dfes.gov.uk/international-students LSE KEY NUMBERS Accommodation Office (V210) Deals with everything related to LSE Halls of Residence, and can assist students in finding private-sector accommodation. 020 7955 7531 email@example.com LSE Financial Support Office Financial hardship help for students 020 7955 7751 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lse.ac.uk/admin/financial-support LSE Nursery Parish Hall, St Clements Lane +44 (0)20 7955 6392 Email: Nursery@lse.ac.uk email@example.com Nightline Confidential listening support and information for students in London 020 7631 0101 firstname.lastname@example.org Relate Advice about relationships. Check the website to find your local centre. 0845 1 30 40 16 www.relate.org.uk Sexual Health Family Planning Association- the UK's leading sexual health charity working to improve the sexual health of all people throughout the UK. 0845 310 1334 www.fpa.org.uk National Aids Helpline T 0800 567123 ACCOMODATION University of London Accommodation Office Information and advice about private accommodation in London. 020 7862 8880 www.lon.ac.uk/accom Shelter Provides advice about all housing issues, including homelessness. 0808 800 4444 - 24 hour service www.shelter.org.uk Alone in London Find out what service near you will be able to offer support if you are thinking about living in a squat. 020 7278 4224 LEGAL AFFAIRS Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) Free, confidential, impartial advice. To find your nearest CAB, consult the website. www.nacab.org.uk www.citizensadvice.org.uk www.adviceguide.org.uk LSE Student Counselling Service email@example.com http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentCounsellingService/ 020 7852 3627 LONDON LIVING 139 Equality and Human Rights Comission Provides advice and assistance in cases of racial discrimination. 0845 604 6610 www.equalityhumanrights.com Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Students London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 24-hour information, support and referral service. 020 7837 7324 The Pink Practice A counselling and psychotherapy practice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leeds and London. Lines open Mon-Thur 9am-7pm. 07005 968 111 National Express Coach Services 08705 808080 Black Cabs 0871 871 8710 National Rail Enquiries 24 hour information on fares and timetables for mainline trains 08457 484950 www.thetrainline.com National Express Coach Services 08705 808080 Black Cabs 0871 871 8710 Know Cannabis This website can help you assess your cannabis use, its impact on your life and how to make changes if you want to. Drinkaware - Unit calculator Drinkline 0800 917 8282 CRIME Victim Support national charity which helps people affected by crime. We provide free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime. 020 7268 0200 www.victimsupport.org MONEY WORRIES Student Loans Company General enquiries - 0800 40 50 10 Your account - 0870 24 222 11 www.slc.co.uk National Debt line Advice about dealing with debt. 0808 808 4000 Students with Children The Daycare Trust - campaigns for high quality affordable childcare for all. Great source of information. 020 7840 3350 www.daycaretrust.org.uk DRUGS DrugScope provides information on a wide range of drug related topics 020 7520 7550 www.drugscope.org.uk DEPRESSION www.studentdepression.org CALM The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. Anyone, regardless of age, Talk to Frank 0800 776600 - 24 hour service National Drugs Helpline 0800 776600 - freephone gender or geographic location can call the line. 0800 585858 www.thecalmzone.net Mind RELEASE Help in dealing with the police, the courts or drug problems. 020 7603 8654 ADFAM For the families and friends of drug users 0204 7405 3923 08457660163 www.mind.org.uk/ TRAVEL Transport for London All the information on buses and tubes. 020 7222 1234 - 24 hour service www.londontransport.co.uk 140 LONDON LIVING CONTACTS DISABILITY Skill A national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of impairment in post-16 education, training and employment. 0800 328 5050 www.skill.org.uk The British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk 0845 251 9002 Dyslexia Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. www.dyslexia-inst.org.uk The Muslim Women's Helpline Provide confidential information and advice to women of the Muslim faith. 0181 9048193 0181 9086715 National AIDS Helpline 0800 567 123 - freephone Terence Higgins Helpline 0207 242 1010 Young Person's freephone helpline Anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. 0808 808 1677 Smoking cessation 07980 308620 firstname.lastname@example.org Cruse Bereavement Care Promote the well-being of bereaved people. ASH Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco www.ash.org.uk OTHERS Support line Work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies 020 8554 9004 email@example.com SELF HARM Harmless Harmless is a user led organisation that provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals. 0115 928 2468 www.harmless.org.uk/index.php SMOKING QUIT helpline 0800 776600 LONDON LIVING 141 LOCATION MAP 142 LONDON LIVING HALLS MAP HALL Bankside Butlers Wharf Carr-Saunders Grosvenor House High Holborn Lilian Knowles House Northumberland House Passfield Hall Rosebery Hall Sidney Webb House INTERCOLLEGIATE HALLS Canterbury College Hall Commonwealth Hughes-Parry International Lilian Penson Nutford House ADDRESS 24, Sumner Street, SE1 9JA 11 Gainsford Street, SE1 2NE 18-24 Fitzroy Street, W1T 4BN 141-143 Drury Lane, WC2B 5TD 178 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA 50 Crispin Street, E1 6HQ 8a Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BY 1-7 Endsleigh Place, WC1H 0PW 90 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TY 159 Great Dover Street, SE1 4WW PLACES 617 281 156 220 448 360 370 227 316 450 SINGLE RATE up to �143 up to �105 �103 �169 - �229 �157 - �165 �129 - �141 �140 - �180 �132 - �160 �90 - �117 �113-126 MINUTES FROM LSE 25 25 25 5 10 25 20 20 25 30 11 � 18 Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EE Malet Street, WC1E 7HZ 1-11 Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EB Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EF Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AS Talbot Square, W2 1TT Brown Street, W1H 6AH 228 270 414 300 410 330 199 �150 �167 - �199 �138 - �148 �146 �126 - �150 �112 - �140 �129 20 20 20 20 15 25 25 LONDON LIVING 143 CAMPUS MAP