LSE Students' Union Guide 2009
The ultimate guide to student life at LSE.
THE SCHOOL 03 WELCOME TO LSE from Aled Dilwyn Fisher, LSE Students’ Union General Secretary Welcome to LSE and the LSE Students’ You’re arriving at LSE at an exciting time. All that said, you’ve probably got a Union - the organisation that exists solely The School and the Students’ Union are, thousand questions about what to to make your university experience the as ever, changing. expect from LSE. We hope this guide will best it can possibly be! answer all of them, and maybe even get Based on the success of last year’s you a little bit excited about your time at And welcome also to your LSE Students’ Students’ Union Festival, the LSE are university. Union Guide 2009/10 - your one-stop undertaking the first ever Orientation to shop to find out everything about LSE. improve your arrival at LSE, and we in the My advice is try everything at least once Students’ Union will be running the Ori- - join societies, play sports, make your This Guide was a response to students entation Festival. It will mean a smoother voice heard and enjoy the show at the feeling completely overwhelmed when transition into LSE life than ever before, a UGM every Thursday at 1pm in the Old they get to LSE - the bright lights of fun first two weeks backed full of events, Theatre, be active in the wider London London, the big wigs of the academic as well as a introduction to the amazing community, and, above all, have fun and departments, the crazy, non-stop action things you can experience in London. make the most of your time at LSE! of this, the most active of campuses in The Orientation Festival will showcase the world. what is best about the LSE - its students. Pompous introductions aside - on with You’ll have to chance to mix and try the show. I have a feeling you’re going This really is the most comprehensive out new things through daytime and to love it here... guide out there about this unique univer- evening events that cater to the diversity sity, Students’ Union and city, and should of the LSE community. answer most of your burning questions. At the same time, the Students’ Union is Every LSE student is a member of the Stu- expanding. We have just entered into an dents’ Union - from the freshest Fresher innovative collaboration with another, to your Average Joe PhD. We exist to nearby Students’ Union - the Students’ represent you to the School, campaign Union of the University of the Arts London. on your issues, provide activities on This means we now employ more staff at campus and ensure the welfare of the LSESU than ever before to support societ- whole student body. We’re proud to ies, sports, campaigns and welfare. be probably the most active Students’ Union out there. We’ve also just been granted a new £25million building by the School - which Whether you’re here for one year, three will be ready in 2012 - and will house years or more, you can make a lasting bigger and better versions of our current impact and have loads of fun at the venue, bars, cafes, shops, gym, Advice same time. In the most international uni- and Counselling Centre, Activities versity in the world, your Students’ Union Centre, Media Centre and more! It may will provide the space for you to meet seem like a long time away, but we’ll be people from all over the world, but it’s an designing it this year - and we’ll be look- opportunity you only have once - grab it ing to make sure that students are fully with both hands. involved in its creation. 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 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. 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. 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! RUN BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS co-operation. You can join these clubs Every LSE student is automatically a mem- Students’ Unions are, shockingly, run Wednesday 30th September this year!). ber – it’s totally free – and with that mem- by students. Every year, there are two We support and train volunteers involved bership comes the ability to get involved rounds of elections (on in the first term, in these activities, and provide tonnes of in all aspects of the Students’ Union. In one in the second term) that elect opportunities for getting involved. essence, we care about every aspect of representatives to the Students’ Union your student experience. Executive Committee and School com- If you’re interested in being part of the mittees. most active campus in the world, check during Freshers’ Fayre (Tuesday 29th and REPRESENTING YOU AND CAMPAIGNING ON YOUR ISSUES The Executive Committee is made up Our primary aim is to represent you to (who take a year out of their study, or WELFARE the School and involve students in cam- after their final year, to work for the Stu- The combination of living in London and paigns to improve our education and dents’ Union). These run the organization studying at a world class institution can wider societal issues. We campaign on day-to-day with the help of a profes- be stressful and confusing. Our profes- core academic issues like fees, teach- sional, permanent staff team. The rest of sional Advice and Counselling Centre ing, and library quality; we run welfare the Executive is made up of Volunteer (ACC) is here to offer advice on a range campaigns on things like safety, quality Officers representing key sections of the of issues, be on hand to help you out if of Halls of Residence and provision of student body. things go wrong and also offers hardship out the ‘Student Life’ section of this Guide! of four full-time paid Sabbatical Officers School services such as the Nursery; and funds to support students in financial we also have campaigns around spe- You can hold your elected Officers difficulty. Whether it’s problems with a cific issues like environment and ethics, to account and make sure they’re course or a landlord, our counsellor, and anti-racism, women’s rights, postgradu- representing you on the issues you care advisers, who specialise in immigration, ate students, LGBT students, mature and most about at our weekly Union General housing and academic issues, offer free part-time students, disabled students, Meeting (UGM), the only one of its kind and confidential advice and support and more. We seek to involve as many in the country. It happens every Thursday whenever you need it. students as possible in these campaigns at 1pm in the Old Theatre, and every – and if there’s an issue you care about, student can come along, vote and get SERVICES we want to help you make a difference. involved. One of the most visible aspects of the This sometimes involves waving plac- Students’ Union is its commercial services and entertainments – our bars, café, ensuring the student voice is always STUDENT ACTIVITIES: SOCIETIES, SPORTS, MEDIA GROUP, RAG heard. We also seek to engage students Your Students’ Union funds and sup- reasons: to provide every one of our in wider political and social issues, and ports over 170 societies, 30 sports clubs, members with cheap, friendly and con- have campaigned widely in the past on a weekly newspaper (The Beaver), a venient services and, most importantly, to social justice, environmental sustainabil- radio station, a TV station, a journal, a generate additional money to reinvest ity and internationalism, such as living charity fundraising through Raising and in the wide range of welfare services we wages for School staff and others in the Giving (RAG), and a Dialogue Commis- provide that aim to help and support you local community (see page 43 for more). sion to foster greater understanding and through your time at LSE. Enjoy! ards, gathering petitions, putting papers to School committees, and generally shops, gym, club nights, copy shop and so on. These services are here for two 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, joined by a weekly campus newspaper, ‘General Secretary’ to show solidarity with which continued to be published regularly The Beaver. striking miners. The Review included contributions from The Students’ Union sprang to international In 1989, the LSE Students’ Union hit the prominent academics at the School, prominence during the period from 1967 headlines again when it elected Winston celebrities and, of course, students. to 1971, when protests at the appoint- Silcott, then serving a life sentence for the ment of Walter Adams as Director and murder of a policemen during a riot, as its During the years after the First World War, then against his handling of those protests Honorary President in order to highlight a the Students’ Union started to organise led to riots. Adams had been accused of perceived miscarriage of justice – lead- sports clubs and other student societies, racist policies in his time as a Principal in ing human rights charities suggested and was particularly encouraged in this white-dominated Rhodesia (now Zimba- the arrest was racially motivated. After a by the then Director, Beveridge, who was bwe). The Director closed the School and backlash which saw LSE splashed across also instrumental in obtaining the use of erected security gates, which were pulled newspaper front pages, the Students’ the sports ground in Berrylands in 1922. The down by students, and also tried to expel Union General Secretary, Amanda Hart, Communist Party were banned from using the President of the Students’ Union. There received death threats and was forced School rooms in 1933 and the School ex- were numerous sit-ins involving literally to go into hiding. The following year, Silcott pelled and deported American Communist thousands of students during this period. was cleared of any wrongdoing. Frank Meyer, then Students’ Union President. These actions secured student representa- until 1973 before its recent revival in 2008. The Students’ Union secured its own tion on committees and groups through- Recently, the number of societies, sports out the School’s structure. and activities in the Students’ Union have premises for the first time in 1937, when the expanded rapidly. Controversy has never School purchased a building that had up Raising and Giving (RAG) activities were been far away, however. In 2005, the until then been a public house – the Three developed in 1980 by Tim Barnett (now AU’s annual ‘Barrel’ event – consisting of Tuns. The location of today’s Three Tuns was an MP in New Zealand). The motto of the drinking barrels dry and doing a ‘ fun run’ originally a car park in the ground floor Students’ Union was “Arms the Workers and around campus through lecture theatres of the Clare Market building. By the mid the Students – Education is a Right, Not a and classrooms – got out of hand, leading 1940s, the Athletics Union (AU) had been Privilege”. There was an occupation of the to some students trashing Kings College, established as part of the Students’ Union. Library in 1983 which secured the LSE Nurs- causing £30,000 worth of damage and In 1949, the Clare Market Review was ery. The title of ‘President’ was changed to leading to negative media attention. 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 art New Students’ Centre, to be built Union. If elsewhere on campus then the by 2012. It will be a cutting edge new service is run by the school. The Students’ Union is based in the East home for the Students’ Union, with Building and Clare Market Building, right far more space and opportunities for Our building is an historic one, full of at the heart of campus and just off the students than our present buildings, character and commonly described bustle and activity of Houghton Street. including a new Student Activities Cen- as “lived in” (owing, in no small part, to It’s getting a bit old, but we’re giving it a tre, a much bigger and better gym, an the popularity of our services!). The East new lick of paint and refurbishment over expanded, hi-tech Media Centre, and Building and Clare Market are reach- the summer and, soon, we will have a a huge venue. It will also house the Ac- ing the end of their lifespan, and are brand new building… commodation Office, the Chaplaincy earmarked for redevelopment. In the and the Muslim Prayer Rooms. It will be meantime, we are giving our facilities a NEW STUDENTS’ CENTRE built on the site of the St. Philips build- lovely new refurbishment over the sum- THE NEW HOME OF THE STUDENTS’ UNION ings, which itself is the site of a former mer – so, by the time you arrive, it will LSE is investing £25m in a state of the mortuary! look even better! STUDENT LIFE 09 SOCIETIES The most fun you can have in an LSE classroom. Societies are a big deal at LSE. or belatedly realise your burning desire Sheep Officer for Knitting Society? So- For many students, societies form a major to join the Food Appreciation society cieties are a great way to get involved part of their university experience (in then don’t despair. You can join any of with the Students’ Union and it is advis- between applying for internships and the 150+ societies at the Students’ Union able for at least one member from each drowning your revision sorrows at the Help Desk in the East Building at any society attend the UGM, as there often Three Tuns Pub). point during the year. issues discussed which directly effect Societies are groups of students with a The Students’ Union foots the bill for so- common interest. Simple as that. They cieties so the majority of society events In short, societies are the best thing at are organised through the Students’ are a lot cheaper than similar ones LSE and the more you get involved, the Union, which has over 160 societies on its in London. In addition to this, you’re better societies are and the more new books - an extraordinary number consid- guaranteed that there will be people friends you’ll find. Sign up to as many as ering our size - covering everything from there who share your Econ B woes or you can at Freshers’ Fayre - give it a go! Salsa to Spanish Diversity and Politics to to whom you can moan about your Poker. Past society events have included roommates’lack of hygiene.. SOCIETIES: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Society to the Drama Society’s frequent Not only are societies a lot of fun, but for • Societies cost from just £1 to join and performances. In the unlikely event that the more career minded amongst you, are open to all LSE students. there isn’t a society for you, then it is getting involved can give your C.V. that • You can sign up to societies at Fresh- incredibly easy to set one up! extra oomph to make you stand out ers’ Fayre in Michaelmas Term and from other job applicants. Chances to throughout the year at the Students’ organise events or expand your skills are Union Help Desk. to be found throughout all the societies. • Societies are democratic organisa- You never know, maybe whoever inter- tions: any member can stand for any views you at Citigroup used to be on the committee position, and every member committee of the Hummous society at is entitled to vote. the LSE. Leadership, interpersonal and • If you have any queries about societ- team working skills are just some of the ies, contact Societies Officer, Chris West- Societies help provide the cultural, politi- things you can cut and paste on to your garth (email@example.com) cal and social side of LSE. They put on job applications after sitting on a society • Society budgets are decided by F&S events, host parties and hold workshops. committee. Surprisingly, it is actually true: committee based on their size and There are roles within societies to suit societies will teach you far more about purposes. everyone, whether your skills lie with time management, organisation and organising parties, squeezing money out communication than a lifetime of eco- of investment banks or putting posters nomics lectures ever could. societies. brewery tours with Lager and Real Ale “CHANCES TO ORGANISE EVENTS OR EXPAND YOUR SKILLS ARE TO BE FOUND THROUGHOUT ALL THE SOCIETIES” up on Houghton Street at 7am, societies need you! Societies are useful to meet There are three main positions on society people with similar interests to you, or committees: President (Chair), Treasurer just to scam free stuff at Freshers’ Fayre: and Secretary. However societies also hair products, vodka and USB sticks to have countless other positions that are name a few. If you miss Fresher’s Fayre specific to their society: fancy being the 10 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES ABACUS SU.SOC.ABACUS@LSE.AC.UK ACCOUNTING SU.SOC.ACCOUNTING@LSE.AC.UK ACTURIAL SU.SOC.ACTURIAL@LSE.AC.UK Social networking society for Chinese, The aim of the Accounting Society is to The Actuarial Society provides a first-hand British Chinese and all other LSE students introduce our members to various job insight into this highly-respectable yet alike providing Chinese/Asian orientated opportunities as well as to the exciting unheard-of industry. We organise careers events, nightlife and entertainment future prospect of life as an accountant. talks, business games and skills sessions through out the year ending with an an- Services provided by our society also with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Watson- nual overseas trip organised each year. includes interview skills, CV checks, and Wyatt, Mercer, etc. Social events such as tutorials for AC100 students. 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 ALBANIAN SU.SOC.ALBANIAN@LSE.AC.UK A secular, politically independent society AIESEC is a global organisation that de- Awarded “Best Overall Society” at LSE serving as a forum for the discussion and velops students into leaders by running for the academic year 2007-2008 for analysis of the economic, social, and cul- and participating in an international its high achievements throughout the tural development effort in Afghanistan exchange program. We give members year in LSE campus and beyond, LSE SU as well as the role of the international opportunities to run exchange and lead- Albanian Society is a campus based community in Afghanistan and the wider ership conferences, make new friends society established in 2005 which aims region. from all across the UK in national confer- to promote a better understanding of ences and reach their own potential for Albanian culture, tradition, history and personal development. current affairs. For more information also visit www.lsealbanians.org AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LSESU ANIME ANTHROPOLOGY Amnesty International LSESU is the largest A place for all things ani-manga! Weekly Anthropology has been taught at the human rights group at the LSE. It brings screenings, manga news, anime expo LSE since 1904. The society endeavours together students with a common trips and lots more! to promote the discipline’s virtues to all interest and concern for the protection students. We welcomes anyone inter- of human rights, organising interesting ested in our plant’s vast sociocultural speaker events, on campus and off complexities. We combine both high- campus actions and fundraisers to sup- profile academic events with one of the port the work of Amnesty International most successful live ‘world music‘ nights and take action on human rights abuses on campus. in general. STUDENT LIFE 11 ARABIC SU.SOC.ARABIC@LSE.AC.UK ASIAN CAREERS SU.SOC.ASIAN-CAREERS@LSE.AC.UK ATHIEST AND HUMANIST The Arabic Society is a predominantly A must-join society if you would like to The Atheist and Humanist Society aims cultural based society at the LSE. It is a pursue a career not only in the London to allow a platform for open-minded de- society grounded in aspects of the term but also in the Asia-Pacific region! Bank- bate and discussion surrounding religion, “Arabic”. The society hosts social events, ing, law, consultancy, accountancy, alter- atheism and humanism. It will provide dancing classes, Arabic conversational native careers - you name it, we get it. the chance for members to meet other classes and will invite guest speak- non-believers at the LSE and to engage ers. The Society aims to foster a strong in lively discussions with (hopefully!) some camaraderie within the student body eminent speakers. based on a mutual interest for all that is “Arabic”. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND AUSTRIAN SU.SOC.AUSTIRAN@LSE.AC.UK BACCHUS SU.SOC.BACCHUS@LSE.AC.UK Bringing together Australians, New Zea- The Austrian Society is aimed at uniting The Bacchus Friends Wine Appreciation landers, and anybody else who wishes to Austrians at the LSE as well as cel- Society is committed to developing a join in order to enjoy various aspects of ebrating the rich Austrian culture with theoretical understanding and practical Australian and New Zealand culture. We enthusiasts. Our very successful events appreciation of wine and the industry run various events throughout the year, include, among many other things: the surrounding it. Through organized events, including social events, career-related Austrian Ball in London - including free tutored tastings and educational and events, and special speaker events. waltz-dancing lessons, the Glühwein insightful guest presenters, our aim is to and Punsch stall, trips to Red Bull Racing, provide events which are interesting, Goldman Sachs and Skiing trips! Every- educational, edifying, and most impor- one is welcome to join! tantly, enjoyable for those involved. BALTIC SU.SOC.BALTIC@LSE.AC.UK BANGLEDESH SU.SOC.BANGLEDESH@LSE.AC.UK BORNFREE SU.SOC.BORNFREE@LSE.AC.UK The Baltic Society brings together LSE The LSESU Bangladesh society is one of We represent the Born Free Foundation, students either coming from the Baltics the warmest and most active cultural an international wildlife charity working or having a deep-rooted interested in societies on campus. We host a wide throughout the world to stop individual Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our aim variety of events — from social gather- wild animals suffering and protect threat- is to organise networking events with ings and cultural shows, to prestigious ened species in the wild. politicians, academics, businesses, and speaker events and more formal dos. other societies who share our passion We welcome students from all different for deeper understanding and develop- backgrounds, religions and cultures. ment of the Baltic region. 12 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES BRAZILIAN SU.SOC.BRAZILIAN@LSE.AC.UK BRIDGE SU.SOC.BRIDGE@LSE.AC.UK BRUMMIES UTD SU.SOC.BRUMMIES@LSE.AC.UK If you’re interested in getting in touch Bridge Society will teach you the art To promote Brummie culture to LSE stu- with Brazilian issues and way of life, this is of concentrating, analysing opponent dents (Baltis, Chocolate, Reggae, Ska and your society. Loving this beautiful country play, and taking calculated risks in the new romantic music). To bring Brummies is all it takes to join us, regardless of your dynamic and highly intelligent game of at LSE closer together. To assist homesick nationality. Brazil is well known for its hos- Bridge. That said its not all Hearts and Brummies in adapting to life in the capi- pitality and diversity! Spades. Besides professionally taught tal. To provide diction classes to those classes, and competitions; the social side Brummies who wish to rid themselves of a of BridgeSoc has brought many their stigmatised accent. best LSE memories. BULGARIAN SU.SOC.BULGARIAN@LSE.AC.UK BUSINESS SU.SOC.BUSINESS@LSE.AC.UK CATALAN SU.SOC.CATALAN@LSE.AC.UK LSESU BULGARIAN SOCIETY aims to Founded in 1996, the Business Society The Catalan Society brings together LSE enrich the society’s portfolio through has developed into the largest and students that share an interest for Cata- representing Bulgarian and other nation- best-established society on campus. We lunya, rise awareness about Catalunya alities from the Balkans. Our purpose is to are the first society at the LSE to have and promote its culture amongst the LSE promote Bulgarian culture and traditions organised “Banking for Beginners” and community. together with enhancing the under- “Leaders of M&A” series as well as an- standing of the above mentioned to nual careers trips to New York and Dubai. anyone who feels close to Bulgaria. Visit us at www.businesssociety.co.uk CELTIC SU.SOC.CELTIC@LSE.AC.UK CHESS SU.SOC.CHESS@LSE.AC.UK CHINA DEVELOPMENT SU.SOC.CHINADEVELOPMENT@LSE.AC.UK The Celtic Society is for all Irish, Scottish, The Chess Society aims to improve our China Development Society aims to Welsh, Bretagne Celts and for anybody members’ chess playing abilities in a be at the forefront to promote a global else who wants to have a good time relaxed and friendly environment. We understanding of China’s economic, with people who know how. The society have tournaments throughout the year political and social development by offers an alternative to the standard and run coaching sessions every week organizing lectures for which we invite career-orientated focus of most other for players of all levels. Advanced play- a wide range of speakers. CDS was societies and is chance to let your hair ers may wish to try out for the team, awarded LSESU Highly Commended Best down, for which we have a fast growing which competes in the ULU League. Overall Society, Best Society Event, Best reputation. Society Website 2006/2007 and had Best Series of Events 2007/2008. STUDENT LIFE 13 CHRISTIAN UNION SU.SOC.CHRISTIAN-UNION@LSE.AC.UK COLUMBIAN SO.SOC.COLUMBIAN@LSE.AC.UK CONSERVATIVE SU.SOC.CONSERVATIVE@LSE.AC.UK Tired of religion? So are we. The Chris- The Society that has brought you La Fi- The society supports the Conservative tian Union is a group of Christ-followers esta Latina, the best LSE party every year; Party of the UK and has strong links to on campus who are passionate about the academic conferences in March the Party organisation as well as elected knowing Jesus and introducing him to with world renowned speakers; a trip to Conservatives around the UK, in Parlia- others. We want to facilitate an ongoing Cambridge with the Cambridge Colom- ment, Councils and other authorities.The dialogue about Jesus and his radical bian Society and more. Join us, it doesn’t society hosts many frontbench spokes- message through various events includ- matter whether you are Colombian or people, assists in practical campaigning ing, talks, weekly gatherings, and small not. You’ll realise that Colombia is a mar- and works with other university Conserva- groups. vellous country, full of unexplored secrets, tive societies. beautiful landscapes, amazing food and really friendly people. CONSULTANCY SU.SOC.CONSULTANCY@LSE.AC.UK CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CSSA SU.SOC.CSSA@LSE.AC.UK LSE SU Consultancy Society was estab- Our society aims to demonstrate the The Chinese Students and Scholars lished with the aims to promote consul- impact and importance of Corporate Association (CSSA) is one of the most tancy as a career choice, provide stu- Social Responsibility in all fields including prominent actors in bringing closer the dents with more opportunities to touch law, business and economics. Through 2 great nations of China and the UK. base with consultancy firms and deepen events such as forums and panel discus- We organize social events for Chinese their understanding of the consulting in- sions we highlight a range of CSR issues students and scholars studying in the UK, dustry by holding a series of events such such as green investment and CSR in and also hosts lectures that enhance as company presentations, skill develop- developing countries. We also organise your knowledge of China and Chinese ment workshops and lectures. events to help those interested in a culture. career in CSR. CYPRIOT SU.SOC.CYPRIOT@LSE.AC.UK CZECH AND SLOVAK SU.SOC.CZECH-SLOVAK@LSE.AC.UK DANCE SU.SOC.DANCE@LSE.AC.UK The society aims in bringing Cypriot The Czech and Slovak Society is a Everybody dances. With a general genu- students together, organising events and dynamic society aimed at celebrating ine interest that anybody can connect activities that allow foreign students to the very best of the Central European with, we offer a variety of dances, social become acquainted with the Cypriot Culture. World-famous Czech and Slovak activities, competitions and an annual tradition and culture. beers, fascinating classical music by Dance Show. Dance is a costless way to Dvorak and Smetana as well as high- socialise, keep fit and have fun, that’s paying jobs in countries where a pint why we are the largest hobby-related costs less than a pound await YOU! society in LSE. 14 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES DEBATE SU.SOC.DEBATE@LSE.AC.UK DEVELOPMENT SU.SOC.DEVELOPMENT@LSE.AC.UK DRAMA SU.SOC.DRAMA@LSE.AC.UK The Debate Society is a citadel of The LSESU Development Society aims to The Drama Society is a welcome artistic argumentation. A bastion of rhetorical broaden the student‘s horizon by raising outlet for students at the LSE, putting on sparring. We represent LSE at inter-varsity awareness of important developmental an average of five productions a year. competitions throughout Britain, Europe issues through the creation of a dialogue The society is one of the most active on and the World. We hold weekly practice between students and experts as well as campus and was winner of Best Overall sessions,and organise tournaments that by showing means of active involvement. Society and Best Event at the 2009 Stu- attract competitors from around the The Society organizes talks, seminars, dis- dent’s Union Awards. world. We travel, compete and win... cussion groups, fundraisers, movie screen- usually. ings and essay (and other) competitions to raise awareness on issues faced by developing countries around the world. DUBAI SU.SOC.DUBAI@LSE.AC.UK ECONOMICS SU.SOC.ECONOMICS@LSE.AC.UK ENTREPENEURS SU.SOC.ENTREPENEURS@LSE.AC.UK Founded in 2008, The London School We are one of the fastest growing LSESU Entrepreneurs society is committed of Economics’ Student Union’s Dubai societies at the LSE with an events range to foster entrepreneurial skills of creativity, Society is one of the most active na- which is diverse and unique to the LSE. initiative and problem solving that will tional societies on campus. Through their Our events range from speaker events to enable students to run their own compa- participation our members are able Economics help sessions which are en- nies and to promote student enterprises to learn more about the Arab culture dorsed by the Economics Department, at the LSE by encouraging a community and job opportunities within the region. so you are guaranteed quality when of entrepreneurial spirit. Our events look They will also get the chance to visit the joining the society. to spark as well as develop these ele- beautiful city and witness the massive ments among our participants. developments by joining us on the Dubai Careers Trip. ENVIRONMENT EUROPEAN SU.SOC.EUROPEAN@LSE.AC.UK FASHION The LSE SU Environment Society aims to The European Society aims to create A newly established society, we aim to educate and inform the LSE student com- opportunities for students to engage make knowledge about fashion and its munity about environmental issues. We with all aspects of Europe: its culture(s), various aspects – haute couture, prêt- provide a non-partisan platform for forg- its people, and its politics (in particu- a-porter, ethical fashion etc – more ac- ing partnerships and creating networks lar those of the European Union). We cessible to the LSE population through a which share knowledge and values. organize a variety of public lectures and series of fashion-related information and social events every year, including a trip sharing sessions, talks, and shopping trips. to a European capital. STUDENT LIFE 15 FEMINIST SU.SOC.FEMINIST@LSE.AC.UK FIGHT RACISM FIGHT IMPERIALISM FILIPINO SU.SOC.FILIPINO@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Feminist society is to pro- This society campaigns against discrimi- The Filipino Society aims to promote mote gender equality on campus and nation and exploitation in all its forms. We the Filipino culture to both Filipinos and beyond through awareness raising and hold regular educational meetings, dem- non-Filipinos alike, as well as encourage campaigning about and against gender onstrations and solidarity actions against multi-culturalism and diversity in this rap- discrimination. We strive to provide social the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq and idly globalising world. It aims to provide space for the development of feminist Palestine, in defense of the Cuban and its members with opportunities that ideas and strategies as well as respond- Venezuelan revolutions, and against racist are unique and wide-ranging through ing to sexism with effective protest. attacks and repression of asylum seekers presentations, seminars, social gatherings, in Britain, among other issues. partnerships with other societies, businesses and governments, employer drop in sessions and the like. FILM SU.SOC.FILM@LSE.AC.UK FINANCE SU.SOC.FINANCE@LSE.AC.UK FINNISH SU.SOC.FINNISH@LSE.AC.UK The Film society is one of the fastest The LSESU Finance Society has 2,000 We aim to actively promote Finnish growing societies on campus!! We show members and is seen as the most active culture on campus and create cultural, 2 films a week and usually have one on campus. Our aims are to educate our careers-related and social activities for joint event with another society once a members about finance and aid them in Finnish students and others interested, by week. With outdoor screenings and film their career pursuits. We partner with 30 arranging recruitment and networking trips, we are the most active non-career industry giants in the finance, profession- events, meetings with and lectures by society on campus, so visit our booth! al services, consulting and legal sectors prominent Finns and various social gath- to provide seminars. erings and outings, as well as partaking in the intercultural activities on campus. FOOD APPRECIATION FRENCH SU.SOC.FRENCH@LSE.AC.UK GEOGRAPHY SU.SOC.GEOGRAPHY For anyone who appreciates good food The aim of the French Society is to Without Geography we would be and is up for an array of exciting events promote French culture at the LSE by en- lost. The society aims to promote the dedicated to pleasing your palates abling students to familiarize with French advancement of Geography as an aca- while you enjoy the company of fellow politics, films, food, wine, music and demic and non-academic discipline. foodies. Voted the best new society for more... The French society also provides Supported by the Royal Geographical 2008/2009, the food appreciation society a contact point for French Students and Society. aims to continue spreading the joy with welcomes international students who good times and great food! wish to learn about France, its culture and language. 16 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES GERMAN SU.SOC.GERMAN@LSE.AC.UK GRIMSHAW SU.SOC.GRIMSHAW@LSE.AC.UK HAYEK SU.SOC.HAYEK@LSE.AC.UK The German Society is one of the largest The Grimshaw Club is the student The aim of this LSE-based student organi- and the most active cultural societies on society affiliated to the LSE International sation is to defend classical liberalism and campus with more than 300 members, Relations Department and, established free market economics. It is a society aiming to promote an interest in Ger- in 1923, it is the oldest student society for the mutual exchange of ideas, and many’s language, culture and societal of the School. The Club welcomes all is named in honour of Nobel Laureate life on campus. Our annual German students interested in current affairs while Freidrich August von Hayek, who lectured Symposium brings a diverse line-up of also providing an important social forum at the London School of Economics from high profile German speakers to LSE for a for student and staff members of the 1931 until 1950. week. Traditionally the week is rounded Department. off by the (in)famous Oktoberfest… HEDGEFUND SU.SOC.HEDGEFUND@LSE.AC.UK HELLENIC SU.SOC.HELLENIC@LSE.AC.UK HINDU SU.SOC.HINDU@LSE.AC.UK The LSE Hedge Fund Society is the one The aim of the Hellenic Society is to pro- What is Hinduism and what is its core and only specialised student society in mote Greek culture in LSE’s multicultural message? The Hindu Society explores this area in the UK, with over 600 current environment. We try to do so by organiz- these questions through a series of reli- members. Our aim is to introduce to stu- ing events with Greek music and Greek gious, educational, charitable and social dents the world of hedge funds as well dance. Furthermore, we try to encourage events, including pujas, study classes, as the alternative investment industry. We discussion about Greece and anything public lectures and interfaith events. It is a welcome students from all disciplines. of Greek interest among LSE students by vibrant, fun and inspiring society will blend organising discussion sessions. religion smoothly into your student life. HISTORY SU.SOC.HISTORY@LSE.AC.UK HK PASS SU.SOC.HKPASS@LSE.AC.UK HUMMOUS SU.SOC.HUMMOUS@LSE.AC.UK The History Society is a popular and While we promise exciting Public Affairs Love indulging? The Hummous society at active society, with around 150 mem- and Social Service opportunities and LSE is here to satisfy your wildest hummous bers, including both students of history ongoing support throughout the year, desires. Second year running, events and those with a general interest in the we also deliver a series of social events included a chick hummous-tasting eve- subject. We host lectures from distin- for our members – from a feast in China ning with over 40 types of hummous, a guished academic speakers, put on film Town to a day at Thorpe Park to an tour-de-force of a middle-eastern kitchen, nights and socials, and organise trips to adventure in Cophenhagen. Register to hummous-making master-class, summer museums and art galleries. join the family! 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 INNS OF COURT INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT For all Indonesian and Bruneian students, The Inns of Court Society (IOC) is devoted The International Criminal Court Student and all those affiliated with us! Join to to helping students to become first class Network (ICCSN) is an international be part of our small but rapidly expand- lawyers and barristers. We organize vari- network that brings together univer- ing network of Indonesian and Bruneian ous activities and events including; Trips sity students interested in the ICC and students at the LSE. to the Inns and the Courts, Debates and international criminal justice, and serves moots, Advocacy training, Lecture series, as a forum for discussion and information Socials, and Seminars on qualification. dissemination on issues of international See our website for more details. criminal law and the Court itself INVESTMENT SU.SOC.INVESTMENT@LSE.AC.UK ISLAMIC SU.SOC.ISLAMIC@LSE.AC.UK ITALIAN SU.SOC.ITALIAN@LSE.AC.UK The Investment Society is one of the larg- The award winning LSESU Islamic Society Both for Italians and non-Italians, our est and most active societies at the LSE. - one of the most active and diverse Society organizes social events (e.g. par- The main focus our society is to build the societies - offers a wide variety of ser- ties, food tasting) and academic public knowledge and skills of our members, vices for both Muslims and Non-Muslims; lectures with guest speakers. Our mission enabling them to realise their potentials from talks, interfaith and charity events is to promote Italian culture on campus and career ambitions in the areas of to mentoring and socials. A forum is and involve our members in outstanding investment and finance. provided to gain greater knowledge on activities. this much-discussed global faith. ITCHY FEET SU.SOC.ITCHYFEET@LSE.AC.UK JAPAN SU.SOC.JAPAN@LSE.AC.UK JEWISH SU.SOC.JEWISH@LSE.AC.UK Itchy Feet is the Travel and Backpacking Japan Society is one of the most popular The Jewish Society at LSE is an active Society of the LSESU. We promote travel and diverse national societies in LSE (80% and vibrant society. We run all sorts of on campus around a global citizen of its 250 members are non-Japanese). social and educational events rang- theme and sport a number of different We actively organise cultural events ing from Friday night Shabbat meals to activities. We will in 2009/10 be seeking (e.g. welcome parties, Asian Food Fair, ‘Booze for Jews’ to weekly Lunch and enthusiastic Freshers to join the commit- calligraphy workshop), career events, Learn sessions. We are non-denomina- tee – do ask at our Freshers’ Fair stall. language classes and joint events (e.g. tional and cross communal so no matter Sushi&Film Night with FilmSoc, clubbing how affiliated you are, there will be events with ULJS). something for you. 18 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES KENYAN SU.SOC.KENYAN@LSE.AC.UK KNITTING SU.SOC.KNITTING@LSE.AC.UK KOREAN The Kenyan society is meant to unite all Newbies/Pro’s are more than welcome! The Korean Society was established in kenyans at the LSE. The major aim is to We have weekly workshops for you to 1999 and has been growing ever since. It get students together at social events learn and we do loads of events, some aims to provide a first hand experience to and to find ways to raise funds for chari- for charity, some for fun, many for drink- those interested in Korea and our culture ties in Kenya. ing. It’s not as complicated as you think, and supports the Korean students at LSE we’ll easily have you in a home made in every way possible through a variety of scarf by christmas! cultural and social events. LABOUR SU.SOC.LABOUR@LSE.AC.UK LARA SU.SOC.LARA@LSE.AC.UK LAW SU.SOC.LAW@LSE.AC.UK The LSE Labour Society exists to promote LARA-- the bare-breasted figurehead The Law Society is one of the largest progressive values on the LSE campus, as on the prow of the good ship LSESU. The and most active societies, with over 550 well as supporting Labour Party policies muse of good times, her aim is to edu- members last year. We organise many off campus. cate as well as inebriate. 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 LGBT SU.SOC.LGBT@LSE.AC.UK LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SU.SOC.LIBERALDEMOCRATS@LSE.AC.UK The Lebanese society at LSE aims to The society for lesbian, gay, bisexual LSE SU Liberal Democrats exist to pro- promote Lebanese culture and arts to and transgendered students and their mote the liberal values of the Liberal the students of LSE. friends at LSE. We put on a wide range of Democrats through talks, debates and event throughout the year from careers socials. We regularly attract high profile sessions to tea parties, theatre trips speakers. We fight on issues that mat- and campaigning - and our amazing ter to students and campaign across monthly night in the Undergeround bar, London with MPs, Councillors and AMs. Mind the Gap. For more information, visit our facebook group (tinyurl.com/lselibdems). STUDENT LIFE 19 LINGUISTICS LITERATURE SU.SOC.LITERATURE@LSE.AC.UK LIVE MUSIC SU.SOC.LIVEMUSIC@LSE.AC.UK Learn different languages and find out The LSE SU Literature Society is here to Fresh year and a fresh start for the legend how they work, or even create your own! promote arts and especially literature at that is the Live Music Society. This year is Discover the Mycenaean Linear B script, the LSE. We do a large range of events promised to be even bigger, even louder find a language with 85 consonants but throughout the entire year, including and a whole lot more fun. Yes, Open Mic just 2 vowels, unearth how Hindi and book clubs, writers groups, theatre trips, is back, and we would very much like to English are actually cousins, see how film and poetry nights and much more! see all of you there! Singing, jamming, languages change over time, and more! playing instruments and rocking our resident hangout like they’ve never seen it before. MALAYSIA SINGAPORE MALAYSIAN SU.SOC.MALAYSIA-CLUB@LSE.AC.UK MARITIME SU.SOC.MARITIME@LSE.AC.UK The aim of this society is to unite the As the resident club to Malaysians The London School of Economics’ Stu- Malaysians and Singaporeans in LSE. We studying in the LSE, we aim to act as a dent Union’s Maritime Society is founded would like to help our members adapt platform to bring all Malaysian students in 2009 to create and empower the to the lifestyle and culture of the UK. together as a community, be it celebrat- network of students who are involved in Besides that, we hope to be able to help ing a festival or to engage in intellec- the shipping industry, in order to provide our members develop their career skills. tual discourse. Moreover, we actively a forum for one of the most international promote the Malaysian culture amongst sector of the world economy.If you want the international student community in to become the captain of the world the LSE. economy, join us !!! MATHS AND STATS SU.SOC.MATHS&STATS@LSE.AC.UK MEXICAN SU.SOC.MEXICAN@LSE.AC.UK MICROFINANCE SU.SOC.MICROFINANCE@LSE.AC.UK Intrigued by the intricacies of Gauss- One of the biggest national societies in The LSE SU Microfinance Society seeks ian Elimination... or just plain confused? LSE. Last year (2008-09) consisting of 305 to expand horizons. We strive to be a Then no worries, your Maths and Stats members of which the majority where platform of debate and exchange on Society are here to help. We offer weekly not mexican! Why? Because this is an microfinance and social business issues, homework help sessions under the guid- open society that also throws the best as well as a link between microfinance ance of 2nd and 3rd years, as well as parties (Yes..tequila, but much more!), institutions and dedicated individuals at numerous social events to meet your has great food (as our continuous suc- the London School of Economics. fellow students. cess at the International Food Fair shows) and holds high level academic and political events. 20 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES MUSIC SU.SOC.MUSIC@LSE.AC.UK NORTHERNERS SU.SOC.NORTHERNERS@LSE.AC.UK OIKOS SU.SOC.OIKOSLONDON@LSE.AC.UK This is the place at LSE where all the mu- Last year we got off to a crackin’ start Oikos International is a student organi- sicians meet and enjoy playing a variety with a debate with Tim Leunig (look sation for sustainable economics and of music. Activities include the orchestra, him up!) and a victorious Tug of War for management. If you are interested in choir, jazz band and chamber music. RAG being highlights. This year we hope practical solutions to problems such as Members also get an access to the to reach banterous new heights and energy and climate change, through Music Practice Room. Join us to make spread the Northern word, as well as panel discussions, simulation games and music with us! kickin some more southern arse. trips to zero-energy development sites, Oikos London is the society for you! OPERA SU.SOC.OPERA@LSE.AC.UK PALESTINE SU.SOC.PALESTINE@LSE.AC.UK PEOPLE AND PLANET SU.SOC.PEOPLEANDPLANET@LSE.AC.UK The Opera Society is a place where stu- One of the most active and high profile People & Planet is the largest, student dents interested in opera and ballet can societies on campus which exists to pro- network in Britain campaigning to end come together. We organise discounted mote the ideal of justice for the people world poverty, defend human rights and tickets for performances at the Royal of Palestine. protect the environment. LSESU P&P is a Opera House, English National Opera, large, active and friendly group, working London Symphony Orchestra and more! on numerous campaigns through lob- We also plan social events for our mem- bying, discussion, inviting speakers, fund- bers to get to know each other. Whether raising and entertaining social events new to opera or obsessed with it, this is including our annual ‘Global Dinner’. the place for you! POKER SU.SOC.POKER@LSE.AC.UK POLITICS SU.SOC.POLITICS@LSE.AC.UK POST INSANE Poker Society promotes the game of The Politics society provides a forum for We are the Rolling Stones of LSE’s intel- Poker which is competition in the purest students who share a common interest lectual scene. Both its youngest and sense - person to person where you can in all things political. Whether you are boldest society, founded in the Spirit of bet your skills against the skills of another red, green, or blue; party political or not, the Radicals of 1789, we seek to critique person. if you have an opinion then we want you the contemporary state of the human to join our society! Events include guest existence. Is your dream come true an speakers, debates, and regular trips to internship at Goldman Sachs? This soci- Westminster. ety ain’t for you. STUDENT LIFE 21 PRIVATE EQUITY SU.SOC.PRIVATEEQUITY@LSE.AC.UK PROPERTY INVESTMENT SU.SOC.PROPERTY INVESTMENT@LSE.AC.UK RUSSIAN BUSINESS The Private Equity Society is one of the The LSESU Property Investment society is We organise recruiting events with most dynamic and interactive student the LSE’s only dedicated gateway into Western and Russian companies to dis- societies at the LSE, organizing the world’s real estate. It provides a combination of tinguish and promote highly educated largest student conference on Private extensive educational and networking Russian speaking students from the top Equity and Hedge Funds, the Alterna- opportunities enabling career orientated UK Universities. We also organise Busi- tive Investments Conference. We are a students to gain exposure to the industry. ness and Economic oriented lectures, passionate group of students and young presentations and receptions in order to professionals focused on deepening our give students, media and academics a knowledge of some of the most interest- first-hand insight into Russia. The society ing areas of finance, including leveraged allows for networking, to broaden the buyouts and venture capital. links and contacts for our members. SALSA SU.SOC.SALSA@LSE.AC.UK SCANDINAVIAN SU.SOC.SCANDINAVIAN@LSE.AC.UK SCHEME SU.SOC.SCHEME@LSE.AC.UK Do you feel the rhythm in your veins? The Scandinavian Society is notoriously A new society who’s aim is to bring a The need to accompany it with a little recognized for successfully promoting community spirit to LSE. If you’ve got bit of salsa? We will get you dancing. tradition and culture through some of ideas for events, schemes or just gener- With weekly classes, parties, workshops, the wildest parties known to LSE having ally how to bring a smile to peoples and nights out, the year promises to be attracted such famous faces as Howard faces then join up now! one of excitement. From beginner to Davies himself. We are hoping to come advanced, all are welcome. EVERYONE out bigger and better than ever with has a right to dance! new exciting events and interesting speakers lined up. SERBIAN SIKH-PUNJAB SU.SOC.SIKH-PUNJAB@LSE.AC.UK SINGAPORE SU.SOC.SINGAPORE@LSE.AC.UK We seek to inform and familiarise Coming from relative obscurity, the LSE The LSESU Singapore Society’s vision is students as well as the wider public Sikh-Punjab Soc has grown to be one to facilitate the expression of a unique about Serbia; its past, present and of LSE’s most dynamic, vibrant, happen- national identity and to ease the future. Through panels, debates, and our ing societies. Time after time, bringing introduction of members into a foreign famous yearly trip to Serbia, the Society you the most exciting and talked about environment. With a strong foundation of offers an insight into this Western Balkan events at the LSE, constantly pushing 150 members, events are well received country and the current issues that it the boundaries of possibility to reach and provide an extremely good oppor- faces. unimaginable heights. tunity for fellow Singaporeans to interact. In addition, non-Singaporeans are also highly encouraged to join and soak up the culture. 22 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES SLOVENIAN SU.SOC.SLOVENIAN@LSE.AC.UK SOCIAL POLICY SU.SOC.SOCIALPOLICY@LSE.AC.UK SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTORS Slovenian Society brings together Slove- SPS aims to engage students on impor- Socially Responsible Investing is a rap- nians at the LSE, their friends and anyone tant social policy issues through a variety idly growing trend in today’s financial else that is interested in Slovenia. The of social, networking, educational, policy environment. The society’s aim is to help society organises various events, from forums, and career-focused events and those interested to learn more about SRI more formal events, such as for example activities. SPS offers regular opportuni- and get the opportunity to meet profes- the Slovenian Cultural Day in February, ties for students to learn, connect, and sionals in the sector. This year we will set film nights, recitals and guest speakers, discuss, including Social Policy Week up a socially responsible investment to more informal social meetings. If you during Lent Term. Open to students of all fund, so get involved! have any further questions please fell departments. free to contact us. SPICE SU.SOC.SPICE@LSE.AC.UK SRI LANKAN SU.SOC.SRILANKAN@LSE.AC.UK STOP THE WAR COALITION SPICE celebrates every festival in the Sri Lankan Society is the cultural society Stop the War Coalition was formed Indian Subcontinent, hosts Bollywood representing all the Sri Lankan students in September 2001 to stop the war movie nights, holds special dinners and in LSE. The society aims to bring together declared by the US and its allies against Chaat stalls, organises educational talks students from diverse backgrounds, ‘terrorism’. As a broad and radical and debates with high-profile speakers promote the Sri Lankan culture and network, STWC has become the biggest and much more! With SPICE, you are as- organize various events for the student mass movement in British political history. sured to spend a brilliant time at the LSE, body of LSE in general. Regular socials We raise awareness and advocate civil because the Indian culture can always are organized and “Sri Lankan Dance” is disobedience to achieve our aims. take a new flavour. SPICE up your lives! always a big highlight of Timeless. STUDENT ACTION FOR REFUGEES SWSS TAIWAN SU.SOC.TAIWAN@LSE.AC.UK A society for students concerned with SWSS agitates for socialist ideas on The Taiwanese Society aims to promote the situation of refugees in Britain. campus and is part of united campaigns greater understanding of the rich culture against fascism, racism, climate change and history of Taiwan, as well as foster a and oppression. At LSE we were involved friendly and intimate community among in the occupation of the Old Theatre our members. To this end, we organize against the Israeli attack on Gaza and cultural and social events such as lec- we are involved with the LSE Not for Profit tures, theatre trips, dinner outings, and campaign parties throughout the year. For further information contact: su.soc.taiwan@lse. ac.uk STUDENT LIFE 23 THAI SU.SOC.THAI@LSE.AC.UK THE WORLD KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY TURKISH SU.SOC.TURKISH@LSE.AC.UK The Thai society seeks to engage mem- One of LSE Union’s newest and most The aim of the Turkish Society is to bring bers with various activities throughout promising Societies! World Knowledge the Turkish speaking community together the year ranging from the traditional Society is a nexus between members and and to contribute to the truly interna- Thai ‘rub nong’ (freshers welcome), professionals from international organisa- tional environment of LSE by introduc- annual Thai Night Shows, and concerts tions, NGOs, thinktanks and global initia- ing Turkish culture, politics, economics held by Thai contemporary artists all tives. It is a forum for discussion, education and current affairs through a number of the way from Bangkok. Non-Thais may and networking, with seminars involving events. experience a year of free Thai lessons representatives from some of most im- and Thai food. portant global organisations throughout the year! UKRAINIAN SU.SOC.UKRAINIAN@LSE.AC.UK UNITED NATIONS SU.SOC.UNSOCIETY@LSE.AC.UK VEGETARIAN SU.SOC.VEG@LSE.AC.UK Our society aims to promote Ukraine at The United Nations Society promotes the Veg Soc was formed in October 2008. Its the LSE and in the U.K., provide a forum values and aims of the United Nations objectives are to: campaign for vegetar- for Ukrainians and those interested in at LSE. We organise UN-related debates ian and vegan related issues on campus, Ukraine at the LSE and foster academic, and lectures, the UN Careers evening, provide a platform for vegetarians and political, business and cultural contacts and Model UN delegations around the vegans to meet each other through between the UK and Ukraine. world. If you believe in the UN, enjoy trav- social events, cookery events, provide elling and care about current interna- a support system for any individuals at tional issues, the UN Society is for you. 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 VISUAL ARTS SU.SOC.VISUALARTS@LSE.AC.UK WOMEN IN BUSINESS SU.SOC.WOMEN-IN-BUSINESS@LSE.AC.UK The LSE-Vietnam Society (VNLSE) has a The Visual Arts Society is very active, WiB’s long term vision is to generate membership base of Vietnamese and creative and fun. We have weekly life strong positioning for its members by international students who are currently drawing sessions, freestyle sessions with establishing a much-needed forum for studying at the School. Our main mission all types of art including painting, sculp- business networking, education and the is to introduce and diffuse Vietnamese ture, cartoon etc; regular gallery outings discussion of pressing issues surrounding culture, faciliate understanding and to galleries with DISCOUNT tickets. Finally women in business. We aim to help our promote her rich cultural heritage to our Student Art Exhibition is THE major art members address the above three issues international friends. Each year,we put event at LSE! early on in their careers so that they are up various events, including the annual well positioned to achieve their goals cultural show, Christmas trip, etc. and aspirations in the future. 24 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS From rugby to boxing, volleyball to nationally for all levels of players. Many of participate in sports that aren’t practi- ultimate frisbee, novice to national our teams also compete in the University cal to run at college level, for example champion, the LSE Athletics Union (AU) of London Union (ULU) league, allowing swimming, athletics and fencing. These caters for everyone. With 42 sports clubs us to show the other London universities, sports are a great way to make friends and over 2000 members, you’re sure to and particularly our dear neighbours with a range of students across London find something that suits. Whether you King’s College (more commonly known as the teams are formed from all London are looking to compete in the national as Strand Poly) that not only are we good Universities. finals with basketball, get fit with the at economics, but we can also beat aerobics club, try something new with them at netball, hockey and taekwondo. one of our martial arts clubs or just to FACILITIES Whilst providing an on-campus ski-slope find some drinking buddies, then the AU However, ULU isn’t only useful for a bit of may be beyond our means, you will find won’t disappoint! local rivalry, it also allows LSE students to squash courts, badminton courts and a gymnasium on site. A short train ride “THESE SPORTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A RANGE OF STUDENTS ACROSS LONDON” 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 For a central London university, we netball, tennis and 5-a-side, it is the place have a very impressive participation to be on a Wednesday afternoon. The on rate in sport with students of all stan- site bar provides the perfect place to en- dards, nationalities and levels of study joy a beer, some food and socialise with getting involved. With seven netball, friends (and foes!) post-match. Although eight football and four rugby teams the the journey can put people off, ask any of LSE stands out amongst its academic our teams and they will tell you it’s vital in peers in being able to offer everyone really building up relationships within your a chance to represent their university. team, going over game plans or usually Although securing a place in the first just catching up on the week’s antics! team may be very competitive, many clubs predominantly recruit from those Most sports matches are played on a who have never been involved in the Wednesday afternoon -a time which sport before (capoiera anyone?!), so the School has agreed to keep free for ability comes second to a sense of sports and other enrichment activities. enthusiasm! However, the AU and Students’ Union have become aware of lectures and COMPETITIONS seminars scheduled during this time and All competitive clubs are affiliated with undergraduate lectures will now finish the British University College of Sport at midday at the latest. If you have any (BUCS, previously known as BUSA), who trouble just let the AU Exec know and organise and run inter-university leagues they can see what they can do. STUDENT LIFE 25 AU NIGHTS It’s all about the banter... The AU is renowned in LSE not only for its Next up is the AU Carol held at Christ- in the foyer of the East Building where sporting prowess but also for its love of mas (unsurprisingly), probably the fun- you can find information on the AU Staff all things fancy dress, snakebite and 90’s niest and definitely the messiest event Members, Executive Committee, Club cheese. If you want to meet like minded you’ll have ever experienced. Hardcore contacts, Class timetables and training people, keep fit and avoid becoming a fans of this will sign up with gusto for information. library hermit then look no further than the Calella ‘tour’ in Easter – five days of the AU! similar mayhem, five times the fun! Like all universities, Wednesday night The AU Colours Ball is held at the end out for us and come join in the best part is sports night and is legendary within of Lent term and the AU has a chance of LSE! the AU. Win, lose or draw there is always to get rid of their sweaty sports kit and cause for a celebration. The night starts don their finest suits and dresses. Don’t Plato once said, “You can discover more at our spiritual home, the Three Tuns be fooled by the black tie as there is about a person in an hour of play than where your captains will greet you and even more fun to be had than a usual in a year of conversation.” We take this make sure you are suitably ‘looked Wednesday night (cue eating dessert seriously at the AU, with many believ- after’. with no hands) ing personal development comes in Sign up for clubs will take place at Freshers’ Fayre with all other societies – look the form of a Wednesday night - not a 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?” “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” We have plenty of events planned for All clubs come together to celebrate this year- starting with a ‘Party in the each other’s successes, as Colours Park’. You will be taken by coach to awards are handed out alongside other ‘fortress Berrylands’ where you will be prizes including Sportsman, Sportswom- greeted by a well stocked bar and beer an and Team of the Year. It doesn’t end tent, music, BBQ, bouncy castle and the there. To give you that extra bit of hope opportunity to join in a number of differ- and support to get through the perilous ent sports taster sessions. Before you get exam period, you can look forward to AU party withdrawal symptoms, we are our old school style Sports Day at Berry- having an official welcome party just lands and kick start that Summer feeling! two weeks after. THE BORING STUFF This will be held in traditional AU fashion: All clubs cost £10 for one academic fancy dress, drinks deals and the football year’s membership. In addition, some club trying to prove they are better than clubs also charge a nominal class fee. rugby (tug of war anyone?!) There is an Athletics Union Noticeboard Thursday morning lecture. 26 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS CLUBS AEROBICS BADMINTON BASKETBALL MEN’S AND WOMEN S In shape? Want to get in shape? We Join the club. Book a court whenever The most successful club in the recent his- want all shapes! it suits you. Enjoy. Also provides the op- tory of the AU, the Men’s Basketball team portunity for competitive fixtures against is known to go whole seasons undefeat- other universities ed. With a committed Women’s team as well come and join the dynasty? CAPOEIRA CRICKET FLOORBALL Come enjoy this Brazilian martial art for Enjoy the glorious sound of leather on A new addition to the AU and looking for yourself, with its mix of music, dancing willow? Join LSE’s esteemed Cricket new recruits of any level. Great for those and fighting it ticks all the boxes! Club, a decision you will not regret. who like the sport but not the British Weather! FOOTBALL MEN’S FOOTBALL WOMEN’S GOLF Seven teams, a proud history of silver- As if we’d let the boys have all the fun! Fore! Join the Golf Club – a perfect ware, the largest and loudest contingent LSE’s Women’s Football team is commit- excuse to escape the city and enjoy a out on a Wednesday night – the LSEFC is ted both on the pitch and the ‘play- peaceful (or not so peaceful) back 9. the cornerstone of all that is AU. ground’! HOCKEY (MEN’S AND WOMEN S) HORSE RIDING JITSU With plenty of opportunities for both men Does what it says on the Tin! New and Whether novice or seasoned pro, the and women, hockey is certainly well pro- very popular club, come and get on large and successful Jitsu Club provides vided for at their own Fortress Battersea! board! excellent facilities for training, learning and the perfect platform for competition. KARATE KITESURF LACROSSE Wax-on, wax-off! You can be your very The LSE kiters are taking the world by Thought Chris Ostreicher was a sissy for own Danny LaRusso by joining the ranks storm. Coming soon to a beach near choosing the jazz choir? Then join the of LSE’s well-regarded Karate Club. you… Lacrosse team – where doo-wop tunes are strictly prohibited. STUDENT LIFE 27 MMA NETBALL POOL Fancy yourself as the next Chuck Liddell? Another AU heavyweight, these Ladies Whether you consider yourself a good Or perhaps you think you could take are determined to enjoy their sport and player or a bad player, join the Pool Club Kim-bo Slice? Either way, you’ll want to their social life. From school level to pro, and you’ll become an awesome player. join the Mixed Martial Arts club. the Netball Club has seven teams that span all abilities. Don’t miss out! ROCK CLIMBING ROWING RUGBY MEN’S Tired of hanging around LSE all the time? Proud owners of a rather natty boat- With their idiosyncratic combination of Why not do it literally? house on the banks of the Thames, the mingling with muscle-bound mules of Rowing Club have an enviable environ- men on the rugby pitch and the finest ment to push themselves to the limit. young fillies London’s nightlife has to offer, the LSERFC welcomes all. RUGBY WOMEN’S RUNNING SAILING Acknowledged to have the best propor- Fit? Unfit? Fast? Slow? We welcome all- Britannia rules the waves, so where bet- tional turnout on Wednesday nights of comers! ter to enjoy some fresh sea air and a little any club, join the Women’s Rugby club competitive sailing? to enjoy top quality rugby and a great social diary. SKI SQUASH TABLE TENNIS Unfortunately for us, London boasts no With a dedicated online website provid- Penhold or Shakehand? Flipper or Dubai-style mega indoor ski slope. Not ing a squash ‘ladder’ to allow players to Smasher? Join the Table Tennis Club to to worry, though, since there are two find others of similar ability, the Squash find out! well-attended ski trips a year to make Club is one of the largest and most up for it. popular clubs on campus TAE KWON DO SURF YOGA The Tae Kwon Do Club regularly com- Live the dream, ride the wave! Join us on Who doesn’t want to be more flexible? petes at national competitions, holds our frequent expeditions at home and Whether a lotus-veteran or someone regular training sessions and tutorials and abroad to catch the best barrels Europe who hasn’t been able to touch their is thus the perfect place to develop your has to offer. toes for years; there are classes to suit all abilities. 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 STAFF £100 £210 £150 4 Months £50 £105 £75 Month £22.50 £45 £35 Daily £3 £3.50 £3.50 Anual 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 RAIDS get there 1st! The Hitch Hike is definitely Giving society (RAG) which relies on tal- Apart from all of the fun events that for those of you with itchy feet, a sense of ented, cheeky and persuasive students - we put on throughout the year, we also adventure…oh, and the gift of the gab! like yourselves - to squeeze every penny embark on possibly one of the biggest you can from the general public, and challenges in trying to raise cash for RAG WEEK your fellow LSE-goers; all for obviously a charity – getting your ma n’ pa to sponsor Just when you thought RAG events very good cause. you to bungee jump (which is something couldn’t be more fun, more diverse else we organise to raise money too by and more gripping, you experience an Last year we all decided on the three the way!) is one thing, and getting your intense, immense and irregular week charities of Cancer Research UK, Hope fellow rugby mates to sponsor you get- of hundreds of events one after the for Children and Action Against Hunger ting your hairy chest waxed is another… other, after the other after the other... by and we put on some pretty damn suc- but imagine dressing up like a bit of a Saturday morning you quite possibly feel cessful events to raise a massive £40,000! fool.. for example, as a Smurf, or a pirate, as if a train of excitement, energy and We did everything from putting on a or a Lego-man, to then go and wan- electricity has steamed through your sexy, classy and glamorous Freshers’ Ball, der the busy streets of London or some body, and it takes the whole weekend to waxing some very fit LSE hunks, and similarly massive city to raise money on to recover! gathering a huge number of keen ex- the streets!.. Well, yep, we do that too! plorers to hitchhike to Amsterdam…not We love, love, LOVE to raid London and spending one little penny to get there.. beyond with other Uni’s RAGs, and often all in the name of charity! there is lots of competitions, prizes, sweets and pizza involved! Now, raiding isn’t for FOR FUN.. the faint-hearted; so if you think you can Not only do your fellow RAG members handle the challenge, we’d love to see care about the world and other people, your bargaining and persuasive skills! they also know how to party!! We love to “EXPERIENCE AN INTENSE, IMMENSE AND IRREGULAR WEEK OF HUNDREDS OF EVENTS ONE AFTER THE OTHER” During this one, special week, we get the kick-start the year with an unbeatable, HITCH HIKE whole SU, all societies and all students hilarious and sociable Pub Crawl, which Ok, so Raiding is an enormous chal- involved in raising as much money as has been a massive success in the past lenge in itself, but how about getting possible, by cramming in huge amounts couple of years – last year we got over from London to Amsterdam in 24 hours, of diverse events… from people auctions 120 students involved in Pub Golf on the without using 1 penny to get you there… (where you can buy yourself a delicious 1st Friday of Freshers’ week, hitting the lo- think it’s impossible? Well, think again LSE student, or Howard Davies for the cal pubs, to pot the last hole in the mental because we had around 50 people evening!), to giant tug-of-wars on cam- first club (Crush) night on campus. sneak across the borders and manage pus, to live gigs, to yummy global food to get themselves all the way to ‘Dam to sales, to merchandise flogging, to fashion And don’t worry… RAG isn’t just about party it up in celebration! At the end of shows, to pub crawls, to Silent Discos… having a giggle during Freshers’ time, Lent Term we sling-on our backpacks and ‘Where next?!’ you may ask… well, that we keep that party momentum going defiantly plan our non-expenditure-route is entirely up to you new students to de- on throughout the year, with live music to our chosen destination, and have a lot cide! Anyone can get involved in organ- nights, waxing events, Christmas parties of damn fun in the process. And standard ising an event, and everyone’s ideas are and end-of-year balls… actually, it’s of course, prizes are awarded to those needed and appreciated; so watch out pretty hard to keep up with us! brave, dedicated souls who manage to 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 tonne of cash and a lot of awareness… If you think you have a strong personality, some energy (and cash) especially for so we want to hear from you. We’ll be and a voice that gets you heard… then that week!! having our own Induction meeting during give RAG a go.. and with some great the Freshers’ weeks, to listen to you and to RAG committee position elections com- NEXT YEAR? start organising some bigger and better ing up at the beginning of Michaelmas LSE’s RAG is incredibly young in com- events, that are gunna get us beating term, you can have your go and shining parison to other Uni’s, which is why your other London Uni’s RAGs! out above other LSE students… managed to double the figure we raised We also want to take some big steps in So… come and get your RAG on!! for our chosen charities, and we want to diversifying our RAG – our RAG is not just top it again!... We are calling on all Fresh- about raising money and having a lot ers’ to imagine-up some unique, intriguing of fun in the process… it is also about and incredibly profitable events to raise a informing you guys of the amazing input is absolutely essential. Last year we CONTACT CHARLOTTE GERADA RAG PRESIDENT SU.RAG@LSE.AC.UK STUDENT LIFE 31 THE BEAVER Somewhere between the Morning Star and The Daily Mail... and some say The Guardian! 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 ness and the stakes in loving detail. But LSE student. But if you want to get more history. If you go to the Library archives, we’re also second to none in our report- involved in The Beaver during your you’ll be able to find the past issues ing of the School’s daily life -academic time at LSE, you’ll certainly need to be that charted the famous mini-revolution appointments, society scandals, drunken industrious. of 1968 when students occupied the rampages by the Athletics Union. The School, or the huge protests that erupted conversation continues in the Comment, The paper is run by student volunteers almost forty years later against top-up Features, Social and Sports sections, who edit and write during their time of fees and the Iraq war. In those pages where LSE’s amazing international diver- study; undergraduates and postgradu- you’ll see the first flowering of countless sity shines through. Meanwhile, Part B, our ates contribute roughly equally. For the political, business and journalistic careers separate arts and culture supplement brave hearts, you can run for election to that have gone on to change the world. shows a side of LSE that many people too our editorial board at our democratic If you join us during your time at LSE, often pass over. We have also added a collective meetings – we only expect you’ll probably make it there too. Photo section for the visually inclined, and a strong passion for journalism (with no have embraced the onslaught of new prior experience required)! You won’t media through the use of Twitter and our regret it. That’s where the social habits website at www.TheBeaverOnline.co.uk. come in. You’ll be exposed to an unpar- “THE BEAVER HAS PLAYED A BIG PART IN LSE HISTORY” alleled world of exclusive opportunities, Actually, perhaps it’s not such a and you’ll have a terrific time being part Our flagship News section is nationally ridiculous name after all. Beavers are of the lovely Beaver family. Can it pos- renowned for its reporting of the big supposed to be industrious animals with sibly get any better? student political issues of the moment. social habits. We are completely open Henry Kissinger once said that student to writing contributions from the student politics is so vicious because the stakes body - the only qualification you need are so small. Well, we cover the vicious- to get your name into print is to be an CONTACT E204, EAST BUILDING THEBEAVER.EDITOR@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6705 32 STUDENT LIFE PULSE RADIO Pulse Radio is the voice of the LSE’s quality content and entertainment. So There is something for everyone at Pulse Students’ Union, broadcasting 24-hours a if you’re after pre-release CDs and free Radio - even if its just a wild social life! So day to bring you the latest student news, tickets to review gigs, festivals and shows come along during Freshers’ Fair, have intense debate (a.k.a. gossip) and, of get in with the music team. If you want a chat, sign up for free and get yourself course, the phattest and freshest music to interview world or business leaders join to our welcome party (the first of many) out there! Sound too good to be true?! our news team. Or if you have an ear for where we’ll show you what unversity life Well that’s why we need you... a jingling jingle and tasty background is really about! beats then give our uber-cool produc- SO, HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? WELL… tion team a shout. Radio shows need radio djs. It’s not that However without our “Off Air” team Pulse. absolute essential guide to starting your scary! You’ll be trained by the pros and Those with a creative eye or if you’re LSE life! after we’re done with you, you may well going to be the next apprentice then end up representing LSE at national stu- check in at our marketing and business dent media awards (hosted by Radio 1)! teams. For those of you with the rarest But that’s just the beginning. Our “On skill of all, technical, we love you! Please Air” team works to provide the highest come chat to our tech and web teams! Oh also, YOU HAVE TO listen to our Freshers’ Podcast at www.pulse.dj, it’s an 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 great way of making new friends and shorts, the network welcomes all filmmak- of the Students’ Union. Broadcasting on- having a bit of a chuckle along the way. ers and their ideas. Each year we host line, 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 RAG Reels – a film making competition, “FROM FICTION FILMS TO COMEDY SHORTS, THE NETWORK WELCOMES ALL FILMMAKERS AND THEIR IDEAS pitch his or her idea and find other 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 members interested in helping on their LooSE TV offers the opportunity in train- project, or simply book out network ing and experience for its members in equipment to make their own ideas a the use of filming equipment, editing reality. In this sense LooSE TV is a highly software and in filmmaking technique. flexible society and provides the perfect LooSE utilises impressive, professional platform to gain valuable experience camera equipment and editing soft- towards a career in Media, or simply a ware, purchased using donations from is a must-join society CONTACT LOOSE TV STUDIO, E203, EAST BUILDING WWW.LOOSETV.CO.UK LOOSE.TV@LSE.AC.UK 34 STUDENT LIFE CLARE MARKET REVIEW Fluff, trash, chewing gum for the mind, cartoons by Spike Milligan would face work and graphics, surrounding us with horoscopes, Hollyoaks and whore-gazing off against Bertrand Russell’s geopolitics. the liveliest and most listenable voices of -from pop-bitch to hot-pix our student Throughout its life, low and high writing our generation. media landscape is littered with tabloid cultures would be routinely collapsed, fare that many of us routinely use to while the values of wit and incision Clare exists materially in both paper provide pleasurable punctuation to our were always upheld. Relaunched last and electronic forms. Unlike most other busy lives. academic year after a three-decade paper media Clare will not find its pages vacation, Clare looks to provide more of balled up and strewn around the Quad But when we look to our media for hon- the same, in a marketplace where more like postindustrial tumbleweed. Termly- est reflections of our own intelligence, to of the same is something appetizingly published books, perfect-bound and quell for a moment its writhing libido and different. lovingly crafted, heavily designed with sticky demands for consumption and original artworks -if students could afford really talk to us, it suddenly becomes It functions as a journal in its contribu- bookshelves Clare would sit proudly elusive, rolling over without a word. tion to academic thought, providing a upon them. The electronic edition exists platform for LSE students to be published in a content-generative relationship with The Clare Market Review is both a alongside globally recognised academ- the paper edition. Adumbrations and journal and a review, and in these guises ics, its relevance is checked by a peer- playful experiments grow from here into has been produced at LSE since 1905. review board of senior LSE academics. fully-formed articles. In the early days Beatrice and Sidney It is also a review, where art and culture Webbs systemic appraisals of gover- mingle, an intervention in the tabloid If it is held that Clare is the home of qual- nance would sit next to Bernard Shaw’s landscape of student media, providing ity writing at the LSE Students’ Union, the rolling accounts of the arts. Later, ribald debate and commentary, original art- 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 précieuses 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. 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 skills and experience for your CV, whilst new people, have fun and make a making a real difference to people’s difference in the local community, then lives. Volunteering can also help you to volunteering is for you. You can give as find your dream job. Employers want to much time as you like, when you like. see evidence of how you cope in situations that may arise in your working life. WHY? As a result of his volunteering one LSE stu- Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity dent volunteer has been offered a sum- to meet new people, have fun and dis- mer internship at the charity where he cover London. You will also gain valuable volunteers. Big companies are also get- CONTACT VOLUNTEER CENTRE, CAREERS SERVICE, 6TH FLOOR, TOWER 3. WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/ VOLUNTEERCENTRE VOLUNTEER@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6519 CONTACT JARLATH O’HARA STUDENT ACTIVITIES MANAGER J.O’HARA@LSE.AC.UK 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 • Legal, technical and secretarial the International Criminal Court Office support staff (training available) SPEAKING EVENTS of the Prosecutor engaged students in a • Website, publications and PR staff In addition to our mediation work, the three-hour dialogue on current develop- • Mediators (professional training/ Commission is committed to promot- ments in international criminal justice certificate courses are available) ing dialogue and the ‘dialogic ethic’ and the role of the Court in international • Liaison officers to the public, NGOs on campus through various channels. society. and other universities Last year, public speakers hosted by the Commission included the Jerusalem TEAM DC WANTS YOU! Peacemakers, a grassroots interfaith The Dialogue Commission is looking for network based in Israel and the West energetic and committed individuals to Bank; we also co-sponsored an event 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 made by any student and are judged DEV CROPPER AWARDS without the people who devote huge by the Union Awards panel. John Devenand Cropper was a final year amounts of their spare time to Union student of Government at LSE when he activities and make LSE a more enjoy- AU COLOURS died suddenly in London on March 25th able place to be. There are three major The AU Summer Ball is the highlight of 1998. During his three years at LSE, Dev awards for individuals which are pre- the AU social calendar and in between was intensely involved in the commu- sented at The Union Awards in Summer the banter, the Colours presentation nity life of the School and beyond. He Term. These awards are as follows: ceremony takes place. Awarded by the was actively engaged in the political AU Executive, these awards recognise life of the student body and served on serious commitment to sport at LSE. the Students’ Union Executive. He often HONORARY STUDENTSHIPS The highest award the Students’ Union contributed to The Beaver, and he was can bestow upon a LSE student and ULU LAURELS involved in other public interest causes means that the individual is given life- If you ran an organization as irrelevant including Students Against Racism and time membership of the Students’ Union. and ineffective as ULU (The University of the GMB. As a way of commemorating This award is granted to those who London Union) you wouldn’t think they’d Dev’s exemplary service to the student have displayed continuous outstanding be much to celebrate…and you’d community at the LSE, the Students’ Union achievement across a broad range of be right. Inspite of this the only event Executive Committee has decided to of- Union Activities. that ULU still actually seems to run is an fer an annual award to a student starting annual award ceremony called ULU their final year in 2010/2011 academic OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD Laurels. Given that only five people in year. This award, of £2,500, will be made London actually know what ULU is this is to the recipient on a termly basis through This award is to reward those who have probably the easiest chance you’ll ever the LSE Scholarships Office. devoted an enormous amount of their get to win £20 in unmarked Waterstone time over the past academic year it to vouchers. Union activities. Fellow students or other members of the school community will nominate Nominations traditionally open in April candidates for the award. The principle SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION AWARD with the award ceremony taking place criterion for consideration for the award in May. See the ULU website for more is involvement in and contribution to This award seeks to reward all those details: www.ulu.co.uk student life during the nominee’s first five who have made a significant contribu- terms at the LSE. tion to a society (or societies) in their POET LAUREATE time at LSE. Much like its national counterpart, the In the event of two or more nominees Students’ Union Poet Laureate is com- being judged to have made an equally SOCIETIES AWARDS pletely within the gift of the government outstanding contribution to the corpo- The vast number of hours put into the or, in our case, the Sabbatical Officers. rate life of the student body, the panel smooth running of our 160 plus societies This will be the first time a poet laureate will make the award to the student felt would certainly never go unrecognised. will be ordained at the LSE, but it is hoped to be in greatest financial need. The The Societies Awards reward the societ- that he or she will make an immeasur- Union is indebted not only to Dev, but ies that have had the biggest positive able contribution to the cultural life also to his family. The Award is a fitting impact on campus over the course of of the School. Contact Emmanuel on tribute to the irreplaceable contribution the academic year. Nominations can be firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Dev made to the LSE community. 38 STUDENT LIFE UNION AWARDS MEDIA GROUP AWARDS The Award is financed by LSE alumni and providing the internship for the 2009 win- The MGAs reward contribution to the friends of Bernard, and is managed by ner. All students at LSE are eligible to enter. LSE Media Group through its constituent the Students’ Union. The objective of the They must write a column of up to 1,000 bodies: Pulse Radio, The Beaver, LooSE TV competition is to encourage the quality words on some aspect of their experi- and the Clare Market Review. Judged by of student journalism within LSE, and to ence of being a student at the School, re- the Media Group heads, the Commu- celebrate a distinguished graduate of lated to the character of the School and nications Officer and various profes- LSE, Bernard Levin (1948-52). Bernard is its campus, situated as it is in the centre sional journalists, these awards are the considered by his contemporaries as of London. culmination of a year’s hard work for one of the greatest and most admired the Students’ Union publications, and journalists the School has produced. Register your interest in participating for are awarded at a “lavish” ceremony in Bernard was a brilliant debater in the the Award NOW, with the Students’ Union central London. Student’s Union, a brilliant performer in Treasurer: email@example.com, and the annual Student Review in the Old you will be sent an entry form, a booklet BERNARD LEVIN AWARD FOR STUDENT JOURNALISM Theatre, and contributed to the Clare about the Award, with samples of previ- Market Review and The Beaver while he ous winners’ entries, and examples of This is the fourth year that this award has studied at LSE. He was awarded the CBE Bernard Levin’s own special writing style. offered the winner an internship within a for his work as a journalist. The final date for entries is the end of national media organisation, £500, plus a Lent Term 2010. For more information on ‘Bernard Levin’ night out at the theatre The Times contributed internships for the and dinner for two in Covent Garden. first two Awards, and The Daily Mail is awards, see www.lsesu.com 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) EVENTS the evenings at LSE. Bill Clinton, Nelson gyrate to the latest hits and classic You will never be bored at LSE. In fact, Mandela and Alan Greenspan are just tunes. The Underground Bar is the spe- you will probably start to get annoyed at some of the high profile speakers we’ve cialist room where every week you can how many things are going on: there’s had over the past few years. Most are sample some of the best music from just not enough hours in the day. un-ticketed: just show up a few minutes around the world. This is THE essential night out. beforehand and you’ll get a seat. The Societies put on thousands of events more popular lectures are ticketed: stu- each year: from debates to food fayres, dents can pick up theirs at the Students’ Wednesday night is AU night. Fresh from charity auctions to pantomimes. Most Union reception: first come, first served. their weekly matches, our sports teams are free, some cost a few pounds. Sign If you miss out on a ticket, fear not: a venture into the Three Tuns for a little light up to societies at Freshers’ Fayre, and queue for returns is usually available, but refreshment, before venturing onto a watch out for posters around campus in get there early and be prepared to wait! West End discothèque. The members of term time. Halls and departments throw the Athletics Union then retire to their their own parties, and the various parts Some lectures are followed by recep- respective bedrooms before waking up of the Students’ Union will doubtless tions full of free booze and snacks. bright and early for their 9AM lectures.* invite you to an endless stream of meetings, parties and awards ceremonies. www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPubli- Once a month Mind the Gap, the LGBT Consider this an excuse to buy some cLecturesandevents/ Society club night, packs in a mixed more outfits! crowd for a night of pop, cheese and dance before heading off to Soho for Public lectures are free lectures given even more fun. by academics and public figures in CONTACT KATY CUSHEN EVENTS COORDINATOR K.CUSHEN@LSE.AC.UK / 020 7955 7158 40 STUDENT LIFE ARTS & LITERATURE LSE Literary Festival 2010 - Thursday 11- Saturday 13 February Some people believe that LSE is a bland, If you are planning a project, exhibition inhospitable, alien place, devoid of all or musical event in a public place at LSE artistic expression where people only you need to submit a proposal the AAG. care about economics and politics. In For further information please send your fact, although LSE does not have any enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. arts courses (apart from a few anomalous literature courses!) it does have a LSE LITERARY FESTIVAL vibrant and thriving arts scene with many LSE’s first ever Literary Festival, exploring students taking part in everything from the links between the arts and social painting to film making. sciences, and drawing on LSE’s Shavian foundations, was held in the New Regular exhibitions are held in the Atrium Academic Building last year to great of the Old Building and there are free acclaim. Speakers included Antony music concerts in the Shaw Library, an Gormley, Will Self, Professor Lord Gid- LSE orchestra and choir with their own dens, Victoria Glendinning, Ben Okri, Jo professional conductors and various film, Shapcott, Mohsin Hamid and Michael art and photographic competitions and Holroyd. All events were free and open exhibitions around the School as well as to all, with tickets set aside specially for an artist-in-residence. LSE students at the SU reception. The School’s Director, Howard Davies, was A number of initiatives take place This year’s promises to be bigger and Chair of the 2007 Man Booker prize judg- throughout the week including exhibi- better, and student involvement is being es. He is also a regular fiction reviewer for tions and interactive art. Arts Week is actively encouraged. So, if you would the Times and launched LSE’s Reading hosted with the aim that it will highlight like to see how literature can enrich your For The Future at the Hay Festival in May the opportunities that are available, en- social science experience put the dates 2007. Around campus you will notice a courage students to get more involved, in your diary now! number of sculptures. There are 11 in total and bring a little more creativity to the and were donated to the school by Louis campus. Odette, an alumnus of the 1944 General Course. If you have any inspired ideas for the festival, or would like to be involved Every year an anthology of LSE’s best in some way, please contact Louise creative writing is collected and pub- Gaskell, Literary Festival Co-Ordinator, ARTS WEEK lished by the Students’ Union Literature at email@example.com. Arts Week is a venture initiated by the Society in a publication know as The LSE Students’ Union Arts Forum in order Muse. It is always very well received and Even better, encourage the societies to raise awareness of art at LSE and to definitely worth picking up a copy. you join to take part. For podcasts and further enhance the arts culture of LSE. videos of last year’s Literary Weekend, Arts Week involves a collaboration of a The School has an Arts Advisory Group and to join the mailing list for this year’s, number of societies including the Business which meets termly to discuss issues please visit www.lse.ac.uk/space- for Arts, Dance, Drama, Literature, Live relating to the Arts at LSE, as well as forthought or www.lse.ac.uk/events. Music, Music, Photography, Swing Dance, considering proposals and distributing Urban Music, and the Visual Arts Society. funding for artistic projects and ventures. GET INVOLVED The Studentsâ€™ Union, campaigning, politics, election... GET INVOLVED 43 CAMPAIGNS Improving our education, changing the world Campaigns aren’t just about waving paigned on political and social issues in by lobbying from the Students’ Union. placards and chanting, but they are wider society to win progressive changes The Students’ Union has also traditionally about getting as many students as that benefit students and their local been at the forefront of the fight against possible involved in shaping their own communities, whether that means lob- higher fees, and was a focal point for education and future. Whether you suffer bying the Mayor for cheaper transport, protests against wars in Vietnam and from poor teaching, a lack of resources winning a Living Wage for cleaners at later Iraq, when over 1000 LSE staff and on your course, a dodgy landlord or LSE, or lobbying the School to adopt an students held sit-ins and joined a two unfair wages, the Students’ Union is there ethical investment policy to ensure that million strong demonstration in London. to take on your issue and unite all our we don’t spend LSE’s money on war, hu- members to make positive change. man rights abuses or environmental de- Ultimately, when we unite together, we struction. We have always believed that are stronger – and that’s the reason why these issues are not only important in Students’ Unions exist. their own right, but also that as students with talent, energy and passion, we can “WE ARE A MEMBER OF NUS, WHO CAMPAIGN NATIONALLY AND LOBBY THE GOVERNMENT” One of our most successful recent really make a difference. That’s why our campaigns is over teaching, and led to societies’ campaigning spirit and initia- We don’t just campaign alone – we the Teaching Taskforce – a project that tives like Raising and Giving (RAG) are so are a member of NUS, who campaign the Students’ Union worked on with the effective and rewarding. nationally and lobby the government. School, and has seen £2m invested in We are also part of the London Citizens proposals to improve LSE teaching. These Historically, it was the Students’ Union network, who unite Schools, trade unions, proposals came from the study body via that fought to have Houghton Street community groups and even religious the Students’ Union, and we are looking pedestrianised through mass sit-ins after congregations to campaign across the forward to making sure they continue to a student was injured by a car. Many fa- capital for things like a Living Wage, an be implemented. We also lobbied the cilities of the Library were also improved amnesty for asylum seekers, and more. 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 cam- 44 THE SCHOOL UGM Thursdays 1PM, Old Theatre Part pantomime, part debating chamber The weekly Union General Meeting SPECIAL GUESTS (UGM) is unique to the LSE Students’ Howard Davies, LSE’s Director, speaks Union – we are the ONLY Students’ Union to the UGM every term about what the in the country that still has a weekly School is up to, and then answers ques- meeting where any student can pro- tions from LSE students. He’s had a grilling pose, speak on and vote for (or against!) in the past from students on teaching, improving the policy that shapes the facilities and accommodation, and he’s Union’s campaigns and ultimately the even composed and sung songs to the School. crowd! The UGM has been the scene of fierce de- The NUS President, Wes Streeting, will also bate for decades on everything from the address students once a year, allowing standard of teaching and the standard of us to hold the leader of the national or- sports facilities to the situation in Iraq – and ganisation that speaks on our behalf to even the situation in Neighbours! account. See p63 for dates of Wes and People of every political persuasion get Howard’s appearances. up and speak and you’ll be entertained by some of the top debaters in the TYPES OF MOTION country going at it. Heckling, jokes and Business Motions – normal policy motion. banter are strongly encouraged! Financial Motions – any motion requiring spending of Union funds. Discussed in But the UGM does make a difference; its 2nd week on the order paper. policies passed at the UGM become Amendments to the Codes of Practice the campaigns run by the Union, and – edit the main governing body of the ultimately shape the way the School is union. Discussed in its 5th week on the run. When the Union passed policies to order paper. campaign for better teaching standards, make comments on what we’re doing. Union officers took those ideas to the Following questions to all Students’ Union Emergency Motions – motions on a School, which eventually became a Officers, The Beaver, Pulse, Loose and situation that arises after 5pm on the major part of the Teaching Taskforce School Committee Representatives have Monday. Must be submitted to the Gen- that has seen £2 million invested in their reports and then we go into the eral Secretary by 1pm on the Thursday improving teaching and learning. After debate on policy. (so just before the UGM), who will decide a UGM policy calling for a Living Wage whether it is genuinely an emergency! for all LSE employees, the Union took CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR Amendments – these amend the mo- that campaign to the School and after The UGM has a Chair and Vice-Chair tions put forward. You can submit them protests, detailed policy papers and elected at the start of term – the jobs to the UGM Chair on paper by the end lobbying, we won a Living Wage for LSE are often compared to everything from of the first speech against a motion, after cleaners that will mean they are lifted UN Peacekeeping to being a school which the amendment will be debated out of poverty. The UGM begins with teacher! The Chair makes sure the meet- and voted upon. If it passes, it becomes reports from the Students’ Union Officers ing runs smoothly, and the Vice-Chair part of the main motion. so that students can ask questions and 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 NUS Twinning Taskforce to develop the links The LSE Students’ Union is a member of The Finance and Serices Committee between our twin university in Palestine. the National Union of Students (NUS). NUS is the national voice of students, and (F&S) is made up of all the Sabbatical Officers, the Societies Officer, the Environ- ULU campaigns nationally as the voice of ment & Ethics Officer as well as four As LSE is a member of the University of over 7 million students. NUS campaigns lay members elected in the Lent Term London, the Students’ Union is auto- to fight for fairer funding for higher elections. Its key responsibilities are to matically a member of the University of education, improve student welfare, approve and amend societies’ budgets London Union (ULU). The future of the and strengthen Students’ Unions through as well as keep a close eye on the ac- University of London is uncertain, ergo training and support. The NUS also has counts of all of the Union’s commercial so is the future of ULU. LSE has recently autonomous Liberation Campaigns such services. Essentially, if you’re a society gained its own degree awarding pow- as the Women’s Campaign. For just £10, treasurer these are the people you’ve ers, loosening the ties with UL even you can buy an NUS Extra Card in the got to charm if you want the benjamins. further. Quad during your first week, which gives TASK FORCES For the time being, ULU is based in Malet top stores. And that £10 goes partly back Students’ Union Taskforces exist to involve Street in Bloomsbury. It provides sports to our local Students’ Union and partly to as many students as possible in the run- and societies for interests that can only the National Union to fund campaigns ning and planning of some really impor- be catered for by pooling resources and work to support students throughout tant events or campaigns that we run. across London, as well as UL-wide sports the UK. Taskforces can be created by students leagues. The LSE Students’ Union also through UGM motions, and are usually develops links with other universities and elected at UGM. See p47. Our amazing colleges in both further and higher edu- Global Week has a task-force, convened cation across London that are not part by the Communications Officer. There of the University of London. you student-only discounts at loads of 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 46 THE SCHOOL COMMITTEES Interesting fact: the School even has a ‘Wine Selection Committee’! PROGRAMME REPS Lay Governors (alumni or distinguished highest level of School policy. If you think Programme Representatives represent figures who are not directly employed you can put forward the student point- students on particular courses to their by the School but help decide its future). of-view against the heavyweights of the departments, and sit on Staff-Student Current Governors include Cherie Booth political, legal and financial world, then Liaison Committees. Each department’s QC (better known as Cherie Blair, wife run for Court! structure is different, with some Pro- of Tony!), Shami Chakrabarti (Chair of gramme Reps elected in large lecture Liberty), Stelios Haji-Ioannou (founder of ACADEMIC BOARD theatres, and others elected via email. Easyjet), Baroness Virginia Bottomley (for- The highest academic committee in Either way, they provide a valuable mer Conservative minister), Lord Frank the School, Academic Board is the most service by giving students a say in how a Judd (former Labour Minister, as well as important body in the School regard- Department and course is run, and they former LSE Students’ Union Executive ing issues to do with courses, teaching, feed in concerns from the student body member!) and Will Hutton (former Editor learning and academic standards. as they arrive. of The Observer). The Chairman is cur- Look out for information from your rently Peter Sutherland (Chair of BP and The Committee is chaired by the Goldman Sachs). School’s Director, Howard Davies, and department at the start of your first in theory all permanent academic staff term if you think this is a role for you. Every year, five students are elected in can attend and vote – it is the UGM Your Students’ Union will be supporting the Michaelmas Term Elections to join of academia! The General Secretary, Programme Reps with training, advice the General Secretary on the Court. Education and Welfare Officer and Post- and meetings throughout the year. If you These are then Student Governors and graduate Students’ Officer of the Stu- think this is something you’d be interest- have the full rights of other Governors – dents’ Union sit on the committee along ed in, and are interested in developing so it’s a big deal! One of those elected with 3 students elected in the Michael- your skills through being a Course Rep, to Court will also sit with the General mas Term Elections, one of whom must let us know! Secretary on Council, LSE’s highest be a postgraduate. decision-making body. Nothing hap- SCHOOL REPS pens at the School in any department Academic Board approved the Teach- Students are represented on a number of or area without it being approved by ing Taskforce, a process initiated by the committees throughout the School. These Council first. Students’ Union and which proposed positions are elected in the Students’ a number of policies to affect teach- Union Michaelmas Term Elections. Any Student representatives on Court and ing on which the Students’ Union had student can stand and get the chance Council have successfully put forward campaigned after UGM motions. The to represent students at the highest levels the quality of teaching, ethical invest- Academic Board agreed with every of School decision-making. See p52 ment, a Living Wage and much more single one of the recommendations, and in recent times. A paper presented by now £2 million will be put into improving COURT OF GOVERNORS the Students’ Union this year has led to your teaching! Court of Governors is where, funnily improvements on timetabling to keep enough, the Governors of the School more of Wednesday afternoons free That alone should tell you how important meet and discuss key strategic matters for sports and other activities, and to the Board is – so do consider running in and policy areas. Members of Court the School prioritising the Orientation your first term if you have a passion for include the Senior Management of period at the start of the year. Students improving teaching and learning for your the School, Academic Governors and Governors give students a voice at the fellow students! 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 Hustings at the UGM and in Halls and chance to have a say. Students need many people. For some, it’s a way to get posters all over campus. Not everything to have a legitimate and strong voice involved with the Students’ Union and about elections is old-fashioned, though; to the School and the more people improve LSE. For others, it might be the students can find information about who vote, the louder and more united start of a career in politics. candidate’s positions online and cast that voice can be. Your representatives votes online. ultimately speak for you, so you have Elections provide an opportunity for an incentive to make sure the ones you students to make their voices heard and There are two rounds of Students’ Union want get elected! The Students’ Union express views on how the school and Elections – the Michaelmas Term Elections can only thrive with participation in its Students’ Union should be run. in Week 4 of Michaelmas Term and the elections at every level – from Fresher to Lent Term Elections in Week 8 of Lent Term. PhD student. amusing spectacle. For two days each MICHAELMAS ELECTIONS See you on Houghton Street! term, Houghton Street turns into a swarm • Postgraduate Students’ Officer of budding politicians offering leaflets, • General Course Representative begging for votes, wearing costumes, • Court of Governors (5 Student holding signs, and pledging to improve Representatives) your student experience. You’ll see • Academic Board (3 Representatives) If nothing else, LSESU Elections are an CONTACT SHANTI KELEMEN RETURNING OFFICER SU.RETURNINGOFFICER@LSE.AC.UK 48 THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS Are you passionate about the environ- their residences. This is often done via the beginning of term – come and get ment? Want a fairer world? Care about Sustainable Champions and Environ- your stationery cheaply! human rights? ment Officers on your Hall Committees. • Environmental Management at the Please contact your Hall Committee Students’ Union – implementation of an In this year’s People and Planet Green or the E&E Officer if you want to get Environmental Management System, in League, LSE was awarded a first class involved in your hall- it’s one of the best order to make Green the norm. award for environmental performance ways to make a big difference. and was ranked second overall. This is Moreover, the School has a number of fantastic progress from last year and CAMPAIGNS & PROJECTS a reflection of the commitment of the On-going campaigns and Projects include: student body to environmental and ethi- other brilliant projects, especially: • Reuse Scheme – donating unwanted cal activism. That said, the single biggest • Living Wage Campaign for cleaning items at the end of term to charities, thing that prevented us from being first staff especially in halls. in the league was the green status of • Sustaining and expanding LSE’s status • Zero Waste Project – phasing out the Students’ Union itself - that is why this as a Fair Trade University plastic bottles and increasing recycling. year a large part of the focus will be on • 100% Renewable Energy Campaign • The School has a comprehensive Greening the Union by expanding recy- • Plastic Free LSE Environmental Policy at www.lse.ac.uk/ cling, creating a proper environmental • Ethical Investment policy- the subject collections/environment, and strives to policy, changing who we bank with and of much controversy last year which saw become more energy and resource much more. the LSE Not for Profit campaign highlight efficient. the issue. E&E INDUCTION • Climate Change Action week , a Here’s some projects in the pipeline: Look out for the E&E Induction during number of events and workshops, • Roof gardening and vegetable beds Freshers’ Festival, where you can learn followed by participation in the annual • Living Wage for cleaning staff in about the E&E Societies, the E&E Forum, National Climate Change demonstra- Residences and how to live sustainably and ethically tions in December • Get the LSE finally Plastic Free in London. • Environment and Ethics week , a • Cheaper public transport number of events and workshops, often • Water fountains E&E FORUM organised by societies, in Week 2 of Lent • Environmental Policy for the SU The heart of the E&E campaigns are the Term • Expanding recycling, especially in the Students’ Union societies and the weekly • Fair Trade Fortnight , campaigning for Union Areas E&E Forum. The E&E Forum meets weekly fair trade, and run by People and Planet • Making the new Union building as and organises and coordinates cam- Society Green as possible paigns in working groups of interest, usu- • Ethical Christmas Market • The Hub- a co-ordination of all the ally in collaboration with societies such • Sustainable Consulting Student Group, different events and societies in the as People and Planet, Oikos London, the which runs sustainability projects in coor- Environmental/Ethical area Green Party, Citizens for Social Justice dination with the School • … and whatever you can think of! Projects in collaboration with the School CONTACT HERO AUSTIN ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS OFFICER SU.ENVIRONMENT@LSE.AC.UK and many more. In halls, students sometimes run their own include: E&E campaigns to make a difference to • Reuse Sale of items left in Halls at the THE SCHOOL 49 GREEN LSE Even the Tories are going green now... LSE is pursuing a strict zero waste policy. have recycling facilities. Recycling is a computers There are simple ways to reduce waste: great way to save resources and energy. • Put a ‘hippo’ in your toilet (available Watch out for labeled bins. Usually, the from Thames Water), which can reduce • Instead of plastic mugs, use a thermos following items can be recycled, but it needless water waste through flushing mug for your hot drink. differs in each London Boroughs: by 1/3 • Instead of plastic bottles for water, use • Only fill up a kettle to boil the amount a reusable drink bottle. There are water • Paper and Cardboard you need (although make sure it is fountains across campus where you can • Glass above the minimum amount specified get water, like the one pictured. They • Cans on the kettle) are sometimes hard to find but just ask. • Plastic Bottles Moreover, the tap water in London is safe • All electrical items have SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS to drink. After all, why pay for water? to be recycled according to EU legisla- Each hall has Student Sustainabil- • Instead of plastic bags, consider using tion. Each hall has a container for broken ity Champions. They help to promote cotton bags. electrical items you can use. environmental awareness within the • There are special bins for butts and hall. Contact your Hall Committee or used chewing gum. SAVING ENERGY the Environment and Ethics officer if you • Use recycling facilities across the Electricity is a luxury – two billion people want to get involved. campus. Fair Trade & ethical do not have access to electricity. It’s pretty simple: There are a wide range of Fair Trade products available in the Students’ • Switch off lights and equipment when Union Shop and all catering outlets on a room is not in use campus. Fair Trade makes a difference • Make sure the washing machine is full to hundreds of thousands people world- and wash your clothes at 30°C, which wide. The Students’ Union Shop offers a is the ‘Dark Colours’ setting at LSE Halls wide range of recycled paper, and our (almost all washing powders can handle Print Shop uses 100% recycled paper. this) • Turn off computers/laptops overnight. HALLS Waste from leaving computers on LSE Halls pursue a strict zero waste policy overnight wastes an estimated £115m according to the waste hierarchy: and 700,000 tonnes C02, and it’s a myth that turning them off reduces their • First Reduce… lifespan! Some modern mother boards • …Then Reuse… still consume energy when the computer • … and finally Recycle. is shut down, so disconnect them from the mains All Halls have a Reuse Scheme. Unwant- • Only print something when you abso- ed items can be donated at the end of lutely have to, and try to format the font term and are given to charities. Alter- and layout to minimise the amount you natively, you can take your unwanted print. Make sure you use the double- items directly to a Charity Shop. All Halls sided printing facilities on many LSE CONTACT HERO AUSTIN SU.ENVIRONMENT@LSE.AC.UK CONTACT VICTORIA HANDS V.E.HANDS@LSE.AC.UK 50 THE SCHOOL SABBATICALS ROBIN LOW COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER SU.COMMS@LSE.AC.UK What is a Sabbatical you may ask? They This year proposes to be one of the The Communications Officer oversees are elected annually to work full time most memorable in recent times. With the Media Group, publications (like this for you for the following year. They can changes made over the past 12 months, very booklet!), the Students’ Union web- be found in the Kingsley Rooms in the the Union is now in a better position to site, advertising, marketing and cam- corner The Quad working feverishly hard support and further each student’s own paigns. With a specialty in banter and for your benefit, hopefully! If you wish to development. They are to work for you, all things sport, particularly football, drop hold them to account just peer through so make sure they are up to scratch me an email and we can start commu- one of their many windows or come in. each week at the UGM. nicating (see what I did there…). THE SCHOOL 51 GEORGE WETZ TREASURER SU.TREASURER@LSE.AC.UK ALED DILWYN FISHER GENERAL SECRETARY SU.GENSEC@LSE.AC.UK EMMANUEL AKPAN-INWANG EDUCATION & WELFARE OFFICER SU.EDWELFARE@LSE.AC.UK According to fictional coke baron, They call me the ‘Big Daddy’, ‘Cam- Surprisingly I’m exactly the kind of per- Tony Montana, “first you get the money, paigner-in-Chief’, and ‘El Capitano’, son you really do want to see. I’m here if then you get the power, then you get anything but the title of ‘President’ which you need any help, advice or guidance. the women”. Although the women I crave. I’m the public face of our Union, The Education and Welfare Officer looks are unlikely to materialise, with overall the go-to-guy for the School when after our high quality Advice and Coun- responsibility for our services, society you’ve got up to mischief, and Chair the selling Centre, and represents students budgets and environmental objectives, Executive Committee. Just re-elected, I to the School on most educational and the Treasurer certainly has the power. can help you with anything! 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 GENERAL COURSE REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED IN OCTOBER 2009 SU.GCOURSE@LSE.AC.UK POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS OFFICER ELECTED IN OCTOBER 2009 SU.POSTGRAD@LSE.AC.UK has speaking rights. Represents General Course students to Represents Postgraduates to the Students’ These Officers are volunteers who, with the Students’ Union & School. Provides ser- Union and School. Campaigns for improve- the Sabbaticals, are the legally respon- vices specifically aimed at Gen Coursers. ments to the provision of academic and sible trustees of the Students’ Union. Helps integrate GenCourse students. 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 Advises and aids International Students. Campaigns against discrimination based of Mature and Part Time Students. Liaises Represents the views of International Stu- on race, religion or nationality and with the EdWelfare Officer on academic dents to the Students’ Union Executive supports students who have been the and welfare issues. and the School. Coordinates Global Week. 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 Represents students with disabilities, well- Represents female students within the the 3,000 LSE students at LSE and Univer- being issues or illness. Works with the LSE Union to ensure equality. Runs campaigns sity of London Intercollegiate Halls. Sup- Disability & Wellbeing Office and Circles on issues that are important to female ports students in private accommodation. (the staff-student disabilities network). 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 Coordinates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Runs Students’ Union elections, ensur- societies work more effectively and and Transgender (LGBT) campaign to ing that the rules and regulations are make the most of the Students’ Union. tackle homophobia and defend, extend observed by candidates. Adjudicates on Runs societies inductions and training. and deepen the rights of LGBT students. 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 Coordinates sports activities. Chairs the justice, peace and solidarity. Works with Athletics Union Executive and represents LSE’s sustainability initiatives in Students’ all sports clubs and their members to the Union and LSE premises. 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 postgraduate ( 52.9 % in 2008-9 to be students hail from Africa – something sciences institution. While league tables exact). In total, 70% of LSE students come the School is trying to improve – and an undoubtedly have problems of method- from outside the UK ( 51 % from outside even smaller proportion are from Wales ology and receive a lot of criticism, they the EU). Last year, female students ( 53 %) (although it is unclear whether the can used to wow friends and family, and narrowly outnumbered male students. School is going to remedy this). “LSE IS A SOCIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTION RENOWNED FOR ITS RESEARCH AND TEACHING” LSE offers an incredible public lectures 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 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 investment banks, consultancy groups, The largest single group of LSE students speak regularly at LSE. If you ever see an accounting firms, law firms and interna- in terms of nationality are students from expensive entourage of vehicles or a tional organisations. the UK (second place goes to the USA), gathering of people with placards and although at points LSE has more coun- banners ready for a protest, it usually LSE’s student population of around tries represented among its students means somebody important or contro- 9000 full-time students is generally 50% than the UN. Sadly, only 2 % of LSE’s versial is going to speak. 56 THE SCHOOL HISTORY Political influence, protest and Peace Prize winners... 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 Noting the stagnation of research and nomics initially Geography in 1902, then humble surroundings and moved to its teaching for the economic and political Philosophy (1903). Under Director William present location. By this point, LSE had elite of the country at the time, and Beveridge (later pioneer of the National already been the scene of momentous modeling themselves on the coverage Health Service, the NHS) in the 1920s, LSE events, especially the founding of the of social sciences in the curriculum at expanded further. The Old Building was Suffragettes Movement for womens suf- the Sciences Po in Paris, the Fabians built and opened in 1922, and remains frage and liberation. expanded into subjects beyond Eco- as LSE’s main building today. In fact, THE SCHOOL 57 some LSE buildings are much older, in- After a week long sit-in of hundreds of at LSE, including John F. Kennedy, Kwame cluding St Philips Building (1903, originally students and particularly a hunger strike Nkrumah (first black African Head of the Strand Union Workhouse), the Library of around 100, the LSE gave in, and State or Government) and Clement At- (1916, originally a warehouse), Aldwych removed the suspensions on Adelstein tlee (British Prime Minister after World War House and some buildings on the ‘Island and Bloom. Two). 28 current British MPs and 42 Lords Site’ opposite the St. Philips Buildings are from the Nineteenth Century! are LSE alumni. Business and financial But 1968-9 would see more protests leaders like George Soros, Mervyn King against Adams. Adams erected a (Bank of England Governor) and Stelios Beveridge hired Friedrich von Hayek as security gate at the front of LSE, which Haji-Ioannou (Easyjet founder) once sat in a Professor, and the Nobel Laureate’s students tore down in mass riots. This led the same lecture theatres and class- debates with Maynard Keynes were the to the School being closed for three rooms that you will soon fall asleep/learn central economic clashes of the time, weeks. Riots, sit-ins, occupations and in. Cherie Booth QC (wife of Tony Blair) is defining the development of contem- other forms of mass protest received in- one of many leading legal figures among porary economics as a discipline. At the ternational attention. Since then, LSE has LSE graduates, along with Charles Web- same time, LSE continued its socialist continued to expand, with the building ster, one of the founders of the UN. LSE’s tradition with leading left-wing academ- of the Towers, and now has around 9,000 most famous philosopher is arguably Karl ics, like Harold Joseph Laski. full-time students. The Summer School Popper, who in fact founded the Depart- was set up in 1989, and numerous aca- ment here, although one could argue this demic projects have proliferated since. has caused more problems than it has 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. solved (Philosophy students: get used to “LSE IS THE WORLD’S LEADING SOCIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTION, AND HAS A HUGE INFLUENCE IN ALMOST ALL AREAS OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS” 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 In 1967, David Adelstein, Students’ Union Today, LSE is the world’s leading social wrestler Val Venus and TV naturalist Sir President, and Marshall Bloom, President sciences institution, and has a huge influ- David Attenborough. In fiction, West of the Graduate Students’ Association, ence in almost all areas of politics and Wing President Jed Barlett has a PhD were suspended for protesting against economics most recently, on climate from LSE. Recently, even Monica Lewin- the appointment of Director Walter change with Prof. Lord Stern and his sky did a Master’s here! Adams, during which time an LSE Porter Stern Report on Climate Change, and died of a heart at attack (caused on ID cards, where research into its costs Overall, LSE boasts 14 Nobel Prize Win- presumably by over-excitement at and disadvantages has provoked wide- ners including Amartya Sen, Friedrich the sit-in protests). Adams, as head of spread attention. von Hayek and Bertrand Russell. It might a university in white-ruled Rhodesia seem hard to believe, but you too will (before it became Zimbabwe), was con- FAMOUS ALUMNI meet people who will go on to change sidered by many to be complicit with In the world of politics, 32 international the world. the racial policies of the Smith regime. Heads of State or Government studied 58 THE SCHOOL GETTING AROUND The hidden secrets of the LSE campus. Use these wisely... LSE is a collection of odd buildings in Each room at LSE has a number: even out in September every year, so make central London. LSE’s student popula- the toilets. Rooms are identified with the sure you clear out your stuff beforehand. tion has grown incredibly over the past letter of the building it is in (e.g. A) and few years, and it is a constant struggle a number which indicates the floor and You use these lockers at your own risk. to acquire the real estate necessary to room. 1-99 are on the ground floor, 0-099 They are not high quality lockers and are house everybody. It’s an urban university on the basement level and 100-199 often broken into. Our advice is to avoid so space is at a premium don’t expect on the first floor, etc. Some rooms have storing anything valuable like laptops any idyllic Oxbridge surroundings. Do names instead of numbers (e.g. OT is the or your year’s notes in them. There are expect some nice new buildings, some Old Theatre). You’ll soon get used to it. also day lockers for short-term use. They wheelchair inaccessible buildings and a Check the map at the back of this guide require a one pound deposit and if you few crumbling shacks that are going to for a full map of campus, including leave belongings in there overnight, they be knocked down soon. which doors are wheelchair accessible. may be cleared out. All the buildings have names and letters. LOCKERS SKYBRIDGES The names are sometimes descriptive There are a few thousand lockers at LSE, Skybridges are a useful way to get (Old and East), sometimes historical and most of which are located in the base- around LSE. With an Indiana Jones style some times downright confusing (we ment of the Old Building. They are free to leap of faith you can be whisked from have a St. Clement’s and a Clement use: you just need to find a free one and one building to another without improv- House, for example). The letters are short- supply your own padlock (for sale at the ing your tan. They also provide a way of hand abbreviations of these names. Students’ Union Shop). They are cleared accessing buildings during evenings and THE SCHOOL 59 weekends, when most School buildings • Vera Ansey Suite convenient location. them. This is why they are still marked sec- shut their main doors. Frequented by the LSE ‘big wigs’ who ondarily as for “Women” and “Men”. At have meetings in the room next door. present, LSE has no Gender Neutral Toilets. Here are all the bridges at LSE: • Clement House toilets - usually nice. Contact Education and Welfare Officer, • Old Building 3rd Floor to East Building • NAB toilets Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang if you would 4th Floor like to add your voice to the campaign • Old Building 4th Floor to St Clement’s GENDER NEUTRAL TOILETS of GNTs at LSE. Go to www.transyouth.org 5th Floor Gender Neutral Toilets are a safe space for a map of GNTs across the UK. • Old Building 2nd Floor to Connaught for transgender people and people who House 2nd Floor are gender-undefined. Whether for trans- SHOWERS • Old Building 5th Floor to Connaught sexual people who may still look ambigu- LSE also has a few showers, incase you House 6th Floor ous during transition, or for those who do need to freshen up. Again, they are a • Clare Market Building to St Clement’s not conform to the gender stereotypes bit of a minefield but luckily the worst Building of their self-identified gender or their birth shower room (near the East Building • St Clement’s Building to the Library: sex, Gender Neutral Toilets are provided gym) will be refur bished by October. this is one of the nicest, but for most as a safe environ ment which is free of students one of the least useful bridges. harassment that may not be available Here’s a full list: It connects St Clement’s Building to the in gender-specific toilets. There are no • Old Building basement Lionel Robbins Building, but only the criteria for using GNTs. You do not have • East Building 1st Floor research bit. However, it is quite a nice to be trans or gender-undefined to use • Lakatos Building basement bridge with stools and tables which some people use for studying. 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 wheelchair but its friendly staff are willing THE UNDERGROUND the building. to help, or you can ring the assistance Access for people with limited mobil- bell outside the main entrance on ity/ wheelchairs is via the Clare Market Houghton Street. Building (C) lift (through main entrance, THE QUAD This is the Students’ Union run café and between Three Tuns and Students’ Union at night becomes a venue for various QUAD MEZZANINE Shop) to basement. A disabled toilet is events, like Fresh on Fridays. Access for Alpha Book are not wheelchair acces- located with other toilets in basement people with limited mobility/wheelchairs sible, but ask the Students’ Union Help corridor. is via the East Building (E) lift (right of Desk to phone through for someone to Students’ Union Help Desk) to basement, come to you. then turn left and go through double BUT I’M NOT DISABLED... Accessibility is an issue everyone should THE THREE TUNS be aware of. Lifts are in short supply at LSE, The main LSE bar has level access at the so please give priority to wheelchair users. STUDENTS’ UNION SHOP main Houghton Street entrance and a If you can, take the stairs. Be considerate: See details for The Quad for lower level. disabled toilet at the back with other small things like opening doors for your The shop is difficult to get round in by toilets. fellow students goes a long way. doors. THE SCHOOL 61 STUDENT SERVICES The big glass fronted area opposite Wa- about any aspect of student life at LSE, your graduation ceremonies (should you terstones is called the Student Services and will direct you to the appropriate pass!) Centre (SSC) – and it could be very im- facilities that you need. They look after portant to your life at LSE. The SSC houses the Student Mentoring Scheme and the a range of different divisions who deal Student Progress Panel, which will decide ADVISERS TO WOMEN & MALE STUDENTS with applications, fees, registration and on your progress if you do not automati- If you ever have a specific issue or progression, meaning basically anything cally progress to the next year/ stage of problem that you want to seek informal and everything to do with your degree. study (i.e. if you fail a course or several advice on before seeking professional courses, or did not complete a course help, there are the Advisers to Women Registration and Assessment – works to requirement). See their website for more and Male Students. maintain your student record at LSE, from at www.lse.ac.uk/collections/stu- the moment you register, to your course dentServicesCentre/studentSupport/ The current advisers are: choices and ultimately to your results. Its sscAdviceReception. htm. • Dr Shani Orgad (firstname.lastname@example.org), main contacts are: room S110 (1st Floor, St. Clements BuildFinancial Support Office (financialsup- ing) - Adviser to Women Students • Undergraduate course queries: email@example.com) – give advice on awards • Dr Matthew Engelke (m.engelke@lse. firstname.lastname@example.org and scholarships, and provide guidance ac.uk), room A609 (6th Floor, Old Build- • Graduate course queries: to anyone experiencing hardship. ing) - Adviser to Male Students • Result queries: Visa Office (email@example.com) – as- They will deal with any contact in the firstname.lastname@example.org sists international students with any visa strictest of confidence, and, if necessary, • Documentation requests: issues. will assist you in gaining any additional email@example.com registry@lse. ac.uk help. They deal with gender-specific as Exam and Ceremonies Division (ex- SSC Advice and Reception Team – firstname.lastname@example.org or ceremonies@ deal with general or specific enquiries lse.ac.uk) – timetable exams and run well as general issues. 62 THE SCHOOL DON’T FORGET... CHAPLAINCY Finance, law and consultancy firms are, It is a grand ceremony and you need to LSE’s Chaplaincy is the guardian of all inevitably, the most prominent recruit- hire robes to attend. Your LSE experience things spiritual on campus. Although it ers on campus, but the Careers Service need not end there, though. The Alumni features Christian clergy, it caters for a works hard to attract other organisations Relations Office will keep in touch with number of inter-faith initiatives at LSE, to campus. It organises the International you, sending you the LSE Magazine and and is open to people of all faiths and Organisations Day - the first event of its giving you the occasional phone call. none. Chaplains will speak to you in kind - which showcased opportunities in LSE has an active alumni community, confidence about any matter – spiritual, organisations such as the UN and World with groups ranging from the Jamaican academic, personal – and give informal Bank. However, public and third sector Alumni Group to the Environmental help and advice. While they do organise firms have limited recruitment budgets, Initiatives Network. The LSE alumni com- some Christian services, like morning so don’t expect to see them giving munity is an impressive one: lawyers, prayer sessions and Eucharist, they also away smoothies on Houghton St. politicians, bankers and celebrities form run small lecture series on a variety of a massive worldwide network which you topics, social events and tours to historic If investment banking or law doesn’t will be part of. You just need to pass your and spiritual locations in the city. appeal to you, then be prepared to exams first. actively seek out opportunities, plug your There are currently three Chaplains at LSE: contacts and receive multiple rejection The Alumni Office also host plenty of • Reverend David Peebles (Anglican) letters. The Careers Service is also home events and reunions for alumni to attend, • Fr Iain Matthew OCD (Catholic) to the LSE Job Shop for part-time vacan- with a special programme for Graduates • Rev John Scott (United Reform Church) cies and the Volunteer Centre. See p100 of the Last Decade (GOLD). Every LSE •Fr Alexander Fostiropoulos (Orthodox) student also gets lifelong library mem- ALUMNI RELATIONS bership with borrowing rights, should you Rev David Peebles is the full-time Chap- Graduation at LSE happens in July and find yourself with an urge to borrow that lain. Above all, David is a very nice guy December (for twelve month taught Microeconomics and Behaviour book who knows a lot about LSE and living postgraduates and some PhD students). one last time. 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! 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 Pro-Director for Research and External Minister, as well as former LSE Students’ goes for its governance and structure, too. Relations Union Executive member!) and Will Hut- The top position at LSE is called the After that, you get down to Directors Chairman is currently Peter Sutherland Director, currently Howard Davies (previ- of particular administrative divisions, (Chair of BP and Goldman Sachs ). ously Deputy Governor of the Bank of like Director of Finance and Facilities England). At other universities, this is usu- Andy Farrell, Secretary and Director of In the academic world, the highest ally called Vice-Chancellor. The Director Administration Adrian Hall, and Librarian body is the Academic Board, which oversees the entire strategic direction of and Director of IT Services Jean Sykes reports to and is chaired by the Director, the School, and is its public face. (the three of these are also menacingly and discusses issues to do with courses, referred to as ‘The Triumvirate’). teaching, learning and academic ton (former Editor of The Observer). The Howard Davies, LSE Director, colloquially standards. In theory, all permanent known as ‘Howie D’, appears at a UGM The day-to-day running of the School is academic staff can attend and vote every term to be grilled by the students done largely by the Director’s Manage- – it’s the UGM of academia! Under all he serves – so come along to ask him ment Team (the DMT), made up of the of these big committees are scores of any question you want! Director, the Pro-Directors, the Director of standing committees, advisory groups Finance and Facilities, and the Secretary and ad hoc committees. There’s even a and Director of Administration. Wine Selection Advisory Group, although Beneath the Director are the three ProDirectors or Deputy Directors, each with its meetings and membership remain a a specific responsibility (other institutions COMMITTEES have Pro-Vice-Chancellors or Deputy The highest decision-making body of the Vice-Chancellors). Currently, they are: School is called Council - nothing hap- Rest assured, the Students’ Union and pens at the School in any department or student representatives sit on almost • Professor George Gaskell – area without it being approved by Coun- every committee, however small, and we Pro-Director for Planning and Resources cil first. Council’s membership comes from will work as hard as possible to unwrap • Professor Janet Hartley – the Court of Governors where, funnily the puzzle that is LSE and report back Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning enough, the Governors of the School what happens to our students! • Professor Sarah Worthington – meet and discuss key strategic matters mystery to students! STUDYING Your degree, Teaching, Assessment, Plagiarism, Help and Support STUDYING 65 YOUR DEGREE Ideas of spending the first term locked BSC/BA of study. For more information please see in the library emerging into the light of You will take 4 units each year, for three www.lse.ac.uk/resources/schoolReg- day only to grab a cup of coffee from years. In your first year, your three best ulations/TaughtMastersDegrees.htm the Quad are as unrealistic as they are marks will be averaged to produce a inefficient. Equally the strategy of exces- mark for your first year, which counts as The scale for marks awarded in a Mas- sive snakebite consumption combined one whole unit. This will count towards ter’s programme is as follows: with 4 weeks of returning to halls only your final degree classification. 0 - x% Bad Fail when the sun has risen is also academi- (x +1)49% Fail cally ineffective. It’s best to find a happy • For first class honours you will need five 50 - 59% Pass medium between the two. Tempting as it first class marks; or four first class marks 60 - 69% Merit is to blow your student loan on amassing and an aggregate of at least 590 70% and over Distinction textbooks, experience indicates that ap- • For upper second class honours you proach often leads only to disillusionment. will need five upper second class marks The value of x depends on the Depart- (or above); or four upper second class ment or Institute in which you are studying. Week seven burn out is a common marks (or above) and an aggregate of phenomenon. Having worked solidly at least 515 PHD through the term students often find that • For lower second class honours you Students initially apply for an MPhil/PhD by this point they have failed to develop will need Five lower second class marks before being upgraded to a pure PhD any sort of life outside of the classroom (or above); or four lower second class student. The student has a supervisor and therefore have no place to rest their marks (or above) and an aggregate of who oversees the development of the weary minds. Academic failure often at least 440 research. It involves submitting a thesis of ensues. In short, strike a balance! • For third class honours you will need maximum 100,000 words, which is exam- Eight third class marks (or above) ined by 2 academics, who also have an Taught students take courses adding up • A pass degree will only be awarded as oral examination of the candidate. If the to the value of 4 units each year. Most a result of the application of the penalty candidate is successful, they become a courses are worth a full unit, some are rules. For more information regarding Doctor; if the candidate does well in the half unit courses. Assessment is usually the rules and regulations for BSc and BA oral examination, amendments to their through unseen examination, sometimes degrees please go to www.lse.ac.uk/ thesis can be made if it wasn’t quite with a coursework element. Marks are resources/ schoolRegulations/BA- satisfactory; in some cases, the candi- given out of 100 for each course. BScDegrees.htm date may be asked to re-submit their Exams, coursework and even unassessed LLB oral examination; and if they don’t think essays are usually awarded a numerical The rules and regulations are slightly dif- it was really up to PhD level, you can be mark based on the following scale: ferent for the LLB. For more information on considered for an MPhil, or simply be First Class Honours 70 - 100 the Bachelor of Law Degree please go failed com pletely. Many PhD students Upper Second Class Honours 60 - 69 to www.lse.ac.uk/resources/ school are also Graduate Teaching Assistants Lower Second Class Honours 50 - 59 regulations/bachelorOfLaws.htm (GTAs) who teach undergraduates. thesis within 18 months, or take another Third Class Honours 45 - 49 Pass 40 - 44 MASTER’S Fail 30 - 39 The regulations for Master’s Degrees Bad Fail 0 – 29 differ and depend on your programme 66 STUDYING TEACHING LECTURES Graduate Teaching Assistant. Silences sented with or directed to a document Each course unit is usually taught by lec- tend not to go unnoticed and students entitled ‘Course reading list’. Although turers and then consolidated by smaller are expected to make regular contribu- you should not disregard its contents, you classes. Lectures are an opportunity for tions. Absence from two consecutive should treat it with a great caution. Don’t you to listen to an academic, take notes classes will elicit an e-mail which will be try and plough through every single item and then work on the material on your sent to you and your tutor. on the list; there’s not enough time. The own later or discuss it in class. Although key material that you will need for your the lectures are not compulsory it is a SEMINARS course is usually found in two or three good idea (as anyone who has realised Seminars are usually larger and longer books, articles or journals. Identifying how short the Easter holidays can than classes, lasting between 1 1/2 and these may prove to be a problem. Some become when catching up) to at least 2 hours. These sessions are more of a fo- lecturers will have been kind enough to attempt to go to most of them. Lectures rum for an exchange of ideas, under the highlight these ‘core texts’ on the reading at LSE are given to between 50 and 1000 guidance of a lecturer who specialises lists whereas others will unhelpfully re- students at a time! in the line of study. They often begin with spond to enquiries into essential reading the Lecturer speaking for an extended with ‘consult your reading list’. You can CLASSES period followed by an interactive discus- alternatively employ the common sense Classes are less formal and on average sion pursuing the line of thought that the approach; don’t read a comprehensive there are 10 – 15 people per class. At LSE Lecturer has laid out. three volume work on a subject if a 100 the classes are less about receiving new page overview is available. If you do information and more about discuss- READING LISTS have to consult longer texts, use them ing your ideas and opinions with other At the first lecture, class or seminar for selectively as it is often enough to get the students which is often facilitated by a each of your courses you will be pre- idea of an author’s argument. STUDYING 67 TUTORS & ACADEMICS ACADEMIC ADVISORS this arrangement knowing that they classes are usually facilitated by Gradu- Every student is assigned an Academic can approach their tutor at any time ate Teaching Assistants (GTA’s) whereas Advisor at the beginning of the year. should anything arise. Some tutors seem graduate students often receive both Your tutor (in theory) is available for unaware of who their tutees are. There from an academic. However all aca- any advice or problems be they of an are mixed opinions as to whether the demics have an office hour which is an academic or personal nature and to tutor should be an academic advisor or opportunity for you to go and speak to refer you, as necessary, to the appropri- not. Nevertheless, if a good relationship is them face to face about anything you ate support agencies within the School. built up between tutor and tutee it is of want to discuss in regards to the course. Your Academic Advisor should maintain real benefit to students. DEANS regular contact with you through direct one-to-one meetings and other means Last year the LSE set up a Teaching Task In the academic world as it relates of communication, such as emails, in or- Force which looked at the role of Tutors, to students, the Deans are kings and der to keep a check on your academic how much contact time students had, queens. Well, sort of – they are the top progress. The number and nature of as well as having ‘volunteer only’ tutors. people to whom problems and issues the meetings vary from department to As a result of this over the next few years of student progress and conduct are department. Your tutor is also responsible the role of tutors is going to be adapted reported. Students can appeal to the for informing the departmental tutor and to better suit student needs. If you are Deans if they feel they have extreme School if they feel your attendance or dissatisfied with your Academic Advi- difficulties, and they are available at all progress is unsatisfactory so if you have sor or find them unapproachable, you times to listen to any student prob- any problems which may affect either can change them by contacting your lems. In a sense, the Deans are like the of these it is advisable that you see your departmental tutor at undergraduate ultimate Personal Tutors, as they are a Academic Advisor as soon as possible. level or your programme administrator at supplementary assistance to your own They also comment on and provide a postgraduate level. academic advisors and departmental general assessment of your termly class reports via LSEforYou. “IF A GOOD RELATIONSHIP IS BUILT UP BETWEEN TUTOR AND TUTEE IT IS OF REAL BENEFIT TO STUDENTS” conveners – they are the highest posi- ACADEMICS tions that deal with the School’s relations LSE’s academics are at the cutting edge with individual students, and deal with a of the social sciences; influencing opin- wide range of academic and pastoral ion, helping shape society and sparking issues. debate. They are frequently called upon to advise governments and international The Dean of Undergraduate Studies is organisations and provide an education Dr. Jan Stockdale (Ug.Dean@lse.ac.uk), grounded in the real world. LSE has in- who can be found in room A203 (2nd The benefit one gains from this is de- ternationally renowned experts in many floor of the Old Building). The Dean of pendent on the tutor’s commitments. areas and fields of study all contributing Graduate Studies is Dr. Julian Fulbrook Many tutors will ensure that they meet to wider debate through various media. (Pg.Dean@lse.ac.uk), who lives in room with their tutees regularly and discuss a Academics at LSE frequently publish A203. The Associate Dean for the Gen- range of issues with them over coffee. books many of which may appear on eral Course is Mark Hoffman (gc.dean@ Other tutors see meeting once a term your reading list and may be available lse.ac.uk), available in room A201. You as sufficient and may sit down with their in The Economists Bookshop upon their can contact them separately or go tutees to discuss their termly reports with release. Undergraduate students tend to see them during their office hours, them. Some students are satisfied with to receive lectures from academics but displayed outside their offices. 68 STUDYING DEPARTMENTS POSTGRADUATE of the Staff-Student Liaison Committee SSLCS At LSE there are 23 academic depart- and the nomination of a representative Student Staff Liaison Committees are ments and interdisciplinary institutes. to the School’s Undergraduate Students’ termly meetings arranged by depart- Each of them has a convener who holds Consultative Forum as well as providing mental tutors and are responsible for the position for three years. Your supervi- a direct channel of communication be- overseeing the nominations and elec- sor is there to advise you on course se- tween the School and any student who tions of student representatives both to lection and will monitor your academic is encountering academic or pastoral the departmental SSLC and the School achievement throughout the year. Your difficulties. If you wish to take a course level undergraduate student forum. supervisor is the first point of contact for outside your degree regulations or trans- Departments organise these differently any academic or personal advice. fer to another degree your departmen- depending on their size. tal tutor will have to agree it first. Each department has a departmental For example the Economics Department manager who can help you with matters COMMON ROOMS can vote directly for candidates to rep- relating to your degree programme Most departments have a room for use resent their interests in elections that take and the courses offered. by their students for study and discus- place early in the Michaelmas Term and sion, but these rooms are often used for are held electronically. SSLC meetings UNDERGRADUATE teaching and meetings. The Students’ are an opportunity for students to discuss Undergraduates belong to one of 21 Union believes more social space and all aspects of undergraduate teaching academic departments at LSE. If you are common rooms are needed at LSE. If such as the quality of teaching in lec- following a ‘joint’ degree, for example your department doesn’t have a com- tures and classes, Library and IT services the BSc in Government and Econom- mon room, speak to the Education & and anything else that staff or students ics, you will be allocated to one of the Welfare Officer so we can make your wish to raise. Feedback is an important two departments, normally the first voice heard. part of this process and completing the mentioned in the title. All departments ‘feedback loop’ is an important part of have a course convener who normally the departmental tutor’s role. holds office for a period of three years. In addition each department has a SOCIALS Departmental Tutor, who in addition to Most departments, usually near the your tutor can provide advice on more beginning of the year, hold some sort of complex academic and personal issues. social event. This is an opportunity for you to meet and mingle with Academics Your departmental tutor is there to researchers, staff and other students in provide departmental induction pro- your department in an informal setting. grammes for new and continuing students. They also monitor the academic There is usually food and subsidised and pastoral care provided by mem- drinks on offer so it is well worth attend- bers of their department, including the ing. Be wary of drinking too much at provision of reasonable adjustments for these events though, as telling a profes- students with disabilities. The fundamen- sor in no uncertain terms exactly what tal responsibilities of departmental tutors you think of the quality of their lectures are to arrange regular termly meetings may not go down well. STUDYING 69 ASSESSMENT ESSAYS of Michaelmas term). You may not be sets as soon as possible rather than One of the meanings for essay in the excellent at writing essays from the start waiting until 2 hours before it’s due in to dictionary is ‘to attempt’. As essay is an - this is quite normal. But with plenty of begin reading the chapter that you will attempt to communicate and argu- practice and feedback on your writing need to answer it. Although they are the ment or knowledge of a subject matter in the formal academic style you may bane of many a student’s life at LSE they to the reader. The mark you receive for find you become a lot better. The LSE often count as part of your final grade an essay is not a reflection of your intel- Teaching and Learning Centre provides for that course. ligence but rather your ability to com- sessions on Essay and Dissertation writing. municate your knowledge effectively. COURSEWORK Essays are a good way to learn. The PRESENTATIONS process of writing will help you clarify You will also be expected to give coursework both online via Moodle so your thoughts on a subject or topic. presentations to the rest of the class on that it can be electronically checked for They show you can understand ideas a given topic. Although this may seem plagiarism and a hard copy in person to on a certain topic. They are useful as like a dreadful prospect, such assign- your Department office. It is always best a means of gaining feedback on your ments should not be shunned as it is an to start coursework as early as possible. academic progress. excellent way to get to grips with a topic Many students have coursework due in and gain real understanding. These at the same time on the same day. In the At LSE for many courses they are an assignments only really pose a problem preceding hours computers everywhere important part of overall assessment. due to their preparation time and are are occupied so it is best not to leave it Students are usually required to submit not as daunting as they originally seem. until 15 minutes before the deadline to formative coursework during the term. Although the first year for undergradu- print and bind it. Always make sure that The purpose of formative assessment ates is effectively worth 1/9th of the final you put your candidate number and is to provide students with informal degree you should try and use it as a not your name on assessed coursework feedback from their course teachers gradual introduction into university life, as LSE operates an anonymous mark- in preparation for summative assess- as going back to books after a year’s ing policy. Make sure your coursework is ment. The marks awarded for formative unbroken hedonism can be a shock. submitted in full and on time as failure assessment do not count towards formal You will usually have to submit the to do so may result in you losing marks. If assessment of the course or programme. PROBLEM SETS & EXERCISES for any reason you are unable to submit Summative coursework on the other A problem set is essentially a list of prob- coursework on time speak to your tutor hand does count towards your final lems or exercises which is based on the as soon as possible. module grade. Some departments material that is taught in lectures and provide provisional grades and/or writ- classes. The goal is to become familiar PLAGIARISM ten feedback on summative coursework with the material in order to hopefully In the academic world plagiarism by during term time, others provide no understand the topic better. You will usu- students is considered academic fraud feedback and no grades until after the ally receive these every week or every or dishonesty and generally means try- final Exam Board. Please refer to the two weeks for some courses and many ing to pass off another person’s thoughts administrator for each course to find out are done online via Moodle. Many stu- or words as if they were your own. The how coursework is dealt with. dents work in groups to solve them but school takes plagiarism extremely seri- you will be required to hand in your own ously and it should be avoided at all Essays can be a cause of anxiety individual problem set. You will probably costs, particularly in coursework includ- (especially if you have 4 due in week 5 find that it is best to start the problem ing 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 wrong and often do it unintentionally by in Bloggs 2001’. If you are in any doubt an appearance before an Academic failing to include quotations or give the about quoting or referencing your aca- Misconduct Panel, a ZERO for the whole appropriate citation which is an easy demic advisor (formerly personal tutor) an entire course, or even expulsion from mistake to make when making notes will be able to advise. LSE. Although this is a generic definition by copying and pasting text from web plagiarism often goes beyond this and pages. Self-plagiarism is the reuse of The LSE Teaching and Learning Centre includes not referencing properly and significant, identical, or nearly identical provides sessions and online information submitting work that you have submitted portions of your own work without this on how to avoid plagiarism - www.lse. at other institutions or at LSE again. fact of citing the original work. ac.uk/collections/TLC, www.lse.ac.uk/ Examiners usually have a good ‘nose’ library/insktr/citing_referencing.htm Many people who plagiarise do not even for plagiarism, and plagiarism-detection A few points to remember: realise that they have done something software is increasingly sophisticated. • All text quoted directly from another STUDYING 71 source must be indicated by the use of posters are displayed around the School, You will not be able to receive your quotation marks, with page references and further information is available from results if you owe the School or University to the source the Teaching and Learning Develop- any money. Official confirmed results will • You do not escape this requirement by ment Officer. be mailed to your permanent home ad- changing particular words if the sense is dress and published on LSE for You. the same as the original on which your If you have any special requirements for text is based your examinations as a result of a physi- MOCK EXAMS • If you summarise or paraphrase sen- cal, mental or psychological disability or For those who wish to experience an tences or passages from a source you condition you can contact the Disability exam environment before stepping into must give exact page references Office up to seven weeks before the the real thing, the Students’ Union offers • You must not give the impression that your first exam. a number of mock examination sessions you have read works which you have If you have mitigating circumstances in the Summer Term. You must bring only seen cited elsewhere? such as a temporary illness, personal along your own exam paper and writing materials, but we will provide a room, 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 “BEFORE ANY EXAM YOU SHOULD FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH WHEN AND WHERE THE EXAM WILL BE HELD” will inform you of the room, your candi- 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 date number and seating details. You difficulties, or bereavement, which you Students’ Union do not provide a facility must take a copy of this to all of your ex- feel may have affected your examina- for the papers to be marked but those aminations. Your candidate number must tion performance which you bring to taken within the department are often also be written on all of your assessed the attention of the Board of examiners marked by your class teacher. Answer- work as well as the examinations books then you must write to the Student Ser- ing questions on past papers tends to themselves. This is to ensure anonymity vices Centre within seven days of your be a good revision method and many during the exam marking process. last examination. It is possible, in very students tend to bring these to the ses- exceptional circumstances, to sit the sions. They’re useful to practise with and Before any exam you should familiarise examination before or in the following allow you to try different approaches to yourself with when and where the exam Michaelmas Term. However, a number the exam. will be held. Make sure you take only of conditions must be that your met in permitted materials into the examination order to be eligible for this and the provi- For examination papers dating back to room. You will be told before the ex- sion only applies to students who cannot 1994 go to https://library-2.lse.ac.uk/ amination period exactly what you are otherwise graduate or progress because protected-exam but bear in mind and allowed to take into the exam. Smoking of the missing exam(s). the course may have changed since is not allowed but you can take in drinks those papers were written. and sweets as long as you eat them Results for undergraduates and gradu- quietly. LSE offers a series of lectures and ate students on a 9 month programme follow-up practical/ clinic sessions on are published in mid July. Results for different aspects of study and learning. graduate students on a 12 month pro- In addition to the website, information gramme are published in late November. 72 STUDYING PROBLEMS FAILING APPEALING ber to include dates of when things Failing a course or even your entire year The grounds for appeal at LSE are happened, and supporting evidence is not the end of the world. There is a extremely limited. There are a number (i.e. a letter from a doctor). Your letter whole list of options open to you if you of options you have when appealing a will need to explain why you did not find that you did not do as well as you mark for an examination. submit mitigation earlier, and should de- had expected in exams. If you want scribe in detail how your circumstance advice and information on what to do You can ask for a re-calculation of your affected your exam performance. A if you fail, contact the Education and marks. If you would like a recalculation, letter of mitigation tends to work best Welfare officer. please note that a re-calculation is not for borderline marks i.e. 49 as the board the same as a re-mark, as LSE is quite strict of examiners may choose to exercise MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES in that you are not allowed to question discretion and push up your grade in During your time at the School you may the academic integrity of the examiners. light of your circumstances. In your letter become ill or experience other personal This is simply an administrative check to you need to include your name and circumstances such as bereavement ensure that the marks given to you were contact address. or an accident, which may affect your added up properly. You should be aware academic performance when complet- that if the original calculation of marks The Education and Welfare Officer will ing coursework or sitting examinations. was higher than the recalculated mark be able to help you once you have These are mitigating circumstances than it will be replaced by the recalculat- drafted an initial letter. which are unexpected, significantly ed mark that you will be given, therefore disruptive and beyond your control. If it is possible for the mark to go down after It is possible for you to submit a request you wish to make the examining body a recalculation. You could can also sub- under the Data Protection Act to see of LSE aware of your mitigating circum- mit mitigation reasons late, and request your exam transcripts; however they stances then you must complete a that the Exam Board re-considers your might contain examiners notes on them. mitigating circumstances form or write a classification in light of them. This can be a useful indication of what letter detailing your circumstances and marks you received for your questions. attach detailed documentary evidence If you would like to do this then it is pos- Please note that you would not be able (e.g. a doctor’s letter) and submit it sible for you to send a letter stating the to use this information to appeal your to the Course and Assessment team reason and the fact that you do not exam marks. You will need to make a within the Student Services Centre on believe that the mark you were given request via the Data Protection Officer the ground floor of the Old Building. In was an accurate reflection of your per- in the Examinations Office to request this. your letter you should explain how the formance in the exam. Contact r.e.maguire@ lse.ac.uk. You may circumstances have affected you and wish to note there is a charge of £10 for you may wish to consider detailing how To make an appeal, you need to write to this. www.lse.ac.uk/collections/data- it has affected your studies during the the Academic Registrar, Simeon Under- Protection/makingRequests.htm year, your preparation for an assessment wood (email@example.com) within or examination and the assessments/ a month of receiving your official marks. examinations themselves. If you have an You need to state which mark you are existing medical condition for which you appealing and the course code. receive special examination arrangements (e.g. rest periods), then you do not If you are submitting a letter of mitigat- need to submit mitigation. ing circumstances late, please remem- CONTACT EMMANUEL AKPAN-INWANG EDUCATION AND WELFARE OFFICER LSE STUDENTS’ UNION SU.EDWELFARE@LSE.AC.UK ROOM E299 | 020 7955 6709 STUDYING 73 HELP & SUPPORT TLC check LSE Training (http://training.lse. extensive teaching experience with a The Teaching and Learning Centre pro- ac.uk/) for full details of resources and strong academic background in one vides support on teaching and learning courses to support their learning. of the specialisms offered at LSE. across the School helping to improve the quality of teaching at the School and enabling both staff and students get the LANGUAGE CENTRE most out of the LSE experience. The Language Centre can help you to learn or improve a second language The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) or take a language as part of your offers study support to all students. There degree. The LC offers English for Aca- is a series of lectures and workshops demic Purposes. They also offer French, throughout the academic year covering German, Russian, Spanish as well as essay writing, time management, prepar- English Literature degree options. You ing for exams and dealing with stress can if you wish take one of the many etc. One-to-one appointments can also certificate options in Arabic, French, be booked with a TLC study adviser to Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, discuss strategies for quantitative/quali- Turkish, Greek, Russian, Portuguese and tative subjects or with the Royal Literary German. These courses run from about Fund Fellow to improve writing style. October to June. The LSE Language Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Centre is in many ways unique; no 020 7852 3627. Students are encouraged other centre specialises in creating to register on the TLC Moodle course courses targeted at the needs of Learning World (LW) from the beginning social science students. All teachers of the Michaelmas term and to regularly 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 Once you have registered and have your the staircases are way too narrow, with in the crown. To others, it is a place of LSE ID card track down a couple of books the steps too far apart, making it hard to academic revelations. But to many, it is a on a reading list just for practice. Most stu- walk up or down without looking like a big, beautiful place where you get fined dents rarely feel the need to go outside one-legged pirate. Even the Wikipedia a lot of money for hiring books you never of the Library for undergraduate reading. article about LSE mentions students’ an- read. But, without a doubt, LSE’s Library noyance at this fact! is an unique and amazing resource. And THE BASICS it’s not just any old library – it’s only the To get into the Library, you use your LSE There are, of course, lifts. In the past, these world’s largest social sciences library to ID Card to swipe through the turnstiles. haven’t worked terribly well, but they boot! There are over 450 computer worksta- have recently been replaced and should tions in the Library, as well as over 200 be fine from now on. For many, this is a The British Library Of Political and Eco- laptop points. As with all of LSE cam- shame, as the malfunctioning voice in nomic Sciences (as it is otherwise known) pus, the Library is covered by wireless one of the lifts is quite amusing. is in fact effectively two libraries in one, internet. In Michaelmas Term (first term), the Course Collection and the Main there will be an Information Point near OPENING TIMES Collection. The Course Collection is the the entrance where you can get an Michaelmas Term smaller but the more useful of the two audio tour of the library (also available Monday - Sunday, 8am - midnight. as it houses multiple copies of the core online as a podcast). There are numer- Christmas & Summer vacations reading texts along with other books ous guidebooks available, especially the Monday - Friday, 9am-8pm on the reading lists. The different floors Student Library Guide and the Floorplan Saturday - Sunday, 10am-8pm can be accessed by a lift or architect and Location Tips guide. Lent Term, Easter vacation and Summer Term Norman Foster’s famous staircase which is unique and nothing like the circular It may not be the world’s most pressing staircase in the Reichstag in Berlin. injustice, but many LSE students think that Monday –Sunday, 24 hours STUDYING 75 FINDING BOOKS However, you’ll probably mostly use the didn’t scan your book out properly. All The easiest way to find books is to use Self-Service Machines on the Ground you do is hand the book to the very kind the online Library Catalogue to search Floor and in the Course Collection. It staff who de-magnetise it and let you by title, author or keywords. You can see: is debatable whether the automated out (unless you have actually tried to process is actually faster, but it does ac- steal a book, in which case you should • Whether books are available (or when celerate the decline of human interac- keep running). they will be returned) – you can reserve tion in post-modernity. SET TEXTS books for when they’re returned, except for Set Texts (and you can only reserve 6 To use the machines, you need to scan Set texts have orange labels on their at a time) the barcode on your LSE ID Card, and spines. These books are most in demand. • Whether they are in the Course Col- type in your Library PIN (available on They can be taken out for 24 hours. Up to lection (Ground Floor, for most popular your LSE for You space). Just follow the three set texts may be borrowed at one books, and only accessible via a turnstile simple instructions and you’ll be able to time and carry a penalty of 50 pence to LSE people) or Main Collection (the walk out of the Library with your books per hour if not returned on time. Set texts rest of the Library, including journals and without setting off the security detectors cannot be renewed of reissued. periodicals); – however, it is highly likely that you will • The classmark of the book (its unique be forced to blush on at least one oc- ONE WEEK LOANS alphanumerical code) – A-G on the casion during your time here as you pass One week loans have red labels or red Third Floor, H-JV on the Second and through the gates and hear that excru- strips on their spine. Up to 6 one week JX-Z on the First. ciating beep that tells you the machine loans may be borrowed at one time. One week loans may be renewed, unless Then you go find it! You can also search a hold has been placed by another for Journals, ebooks and electronic re- user. A fine of 30p per day is charged on sources (many journal articles are avail- overdue one week loans. able online). The Library also has Closed Access Materials available on request THREE DAY LOANS by filling out a Fetch Request and giving Three day loans have blue labels or blue it to staff who then, rather kindly, fetch it! strips on their spines. Up to 6 three day There is also an Archives and Rare Books loans may be borrowed at one time. collection for PhD and MSc dissertation Full-time student can borrow them for students. See www.lse.ac.uk/library/ 3 days, Part-time students can borrow archive/default.htm for more. them for 1 week. A three day loan may be renewed, unless a hold has been BORROWING BOOKS placed by another user. A fine of 50p Libraries contain books that you can per day is charged on overdue three borrow, and LSE’s is no different in that day loans. respect. To borrow a book at the Library, you can just take a book to the Help NORMAL LOANS Desk on the Ground Floor, show your LSE Normal loans have white labels. Course ID Card to the helpful staff and have students can borrow them for 3 weeks it scanned as borrowed in your name. while Staff and Research students can 76 STUDYING THE LIBRARY borrow them for up to 105 days. A fine and off campus using the various Library keep it down! You will hear horror stories of 30p per day is charged on overdue Passwords you can find in your LSEforYou of massive arguments and even fights normal loans. account. See www.lse.ac.uk/library/ in the Library, especially at stressful times elelib.htm for more. such as exam time. Many of these stories RECOMMENDED TEXTS are exaggerated but to avoid getting Recommended texts carry yellow labels RESPECT YOUR LIBRARY! into heated exchanges, follow some or yellow strips on their spines. These are Don’t Feed the Mice – Don’t Bring simple rules that reduce tension: books recommended as background Food into The Library! • Don’t hog study space – try not to reading on LSE course reading lists and can be borrowed for 1 week. A fine of If you see anyone on Facebook in the spread your books, papers and belong- 30p per day is charged on overdue Library, they are probably setting up an- ings across whole tables, as this stops recommended texts. other group to complain – like the one others using that space. And if you leave, about mice in the Library. please take your stuff with you – if you OVERALL BORROWING ALLOWANCES: Recently, there has indeed been a make it any better! Especially at exam • Taught students: 20 items vermin problem – and that’s all the time, space is precious. (undergraduate and taught course more reason for you not to bring food postgraduate students) into the Library, because that’s what • Don’t hog computers – yet another • Research students: 30 items the little creatures are after! So please Library-related Facebook group has (MPhil and PhD students) don’t feed the mice by eating in the been set up to protest again “BRB” mes- • Staff: 40 items Library – take a break, leave the Library, sages being put on computers when A combination of certain amounts of have some food in a relaxed environ- people leave without logging out. Again, the following materials may be bor- ment, and come back to your work later. computers are prime real estate, but if rowed totalling 20, 30 or 40 as above. After all, you’ll work better if you factor in you’re not using them, others could be. breaks, and it’s an issue of welfare and If you’re looking for computers, check You can renew your loans online by care for other students, who probably out the boards in the Library lobby and using the Self-Service option on the don’t appreciate mice running over computer room C120 that tell you where Library’s online catalogue. You will need their hands while they type away on there are computers free in the School. to enter your Library card number and keyboards! Senate House Library puter you can telephone 020 7955 7229 Keeping Quiet, Not Hogging Study As an LSE student you can use any (Monday-Friday, 9.00-17.00). Space or Computers and Respecting of the libraries of the various institu- Others tions and colleges of the University of leave a note saying “BRB”, that doesn’t PIN. If you do not have access to a com- Renewals and further borrowing is not London. However in most cases you will possible once you have accumulated Beyond not bringing in food, good library not be allowed to borrow books. One £10 or more in fines on your account. etiquette is pretty simple – try to keep exception is Senate House Library lo- the noise down, don’t talk on your mo- cated on Malet Street which is about 15 ELECTRONIC LIBRARY bile (except in designated mobile areas, minutes walk from LSE. It uses a different There is now an extensive Electronic like toilets) and show respect to others. system from the BLPES, and the fines are Library, with Electronic Journals and The Library is a large, open building, and cheaper as well. Article Finders that can be accessed on noise travels – so please try extra hard to STUDYING 77 IT FACILITIES Not just for geeks... COMPUTERS usual host of Microsoft Office software of that facility. You can arrange meet- There are public computers -computers and some specialist tools. ings, synchronise with your phone and for use by students and staff -located laptop, look up the name of any student around campus and in halls of resi- You can talk, drink and eat in some of staff member and organise your entire dence, and plenty of spaces to plug computer rooms; but not in others. life -check out the IT Services website for in your computers or connect to the Check out the signs and be considerate help guides and details of their excellent wireless network. On arrival you will need to your fellow students! Some computers training sessions. to activate your LSE account, which will have notices that they are reserved for generate a user name and password students with ISSAs. If you haven’t got H: SPACE used to log on to computers, the wireless one, don’t waste your time trying to log This is the name given to your personal network, email and electronic resources. in! Opening times vary. folder on LSE’s servers, available at every Most computers are located in the EMAIL even on your personal computer (see IT Library, but there are computer rooms in Email is the most important communica- Services web-site). Taught students get each major building, usually the base- tion tool at LSE. Your department, teach- 200MB storage, research students and ment. At peak times it can be a struggle ers, societies and friends will all email staff get 500MB. to find an available computer station, you with alarming frequency, so get but there are always spare computers used to reading and replying to them. LSE FOR YOU somewhere. Use the plasma screens in The School runs on Microsoft Exchange, LSE for You is the School’s way of dealing the lobbies of some buildings to find out which works very well with Microsoft with the huge administrative nightmare PC availability around campus, or go to Outlook and less well with other email of thousands of students in countless de- itservices.lse.ac.uk/WAP on your WAP- clients. You can check your email online partments on hundreds of courses. It is an enabled mobile phone. Computers are at exchange.lse.ac.uk, too, but you will online facility that harnesses the School’s kitted out with Windows XP, Internet, the need Internet Explorer to get full use out administrative systems and enables stu public computer you log on to and 78 STUDYING IT FACILITIES Not just for geeks... dents and staff to view and update their it to suit their needs, though you will bars and even public streets. Upper personal details. You can: view your class probably never need to worry about this. Street, in Islington, has a free municipal attendances, exam results, certificate of Not all courses use Moodle, if yours does wireless facility along the entire street. registration (use this to print proof of your you will be notified of this in the course Other universities around the UK and student status) and class reports. You can introductory lecture. Europe also allow you to log on to their also pay your fees, apply for accom- wireless networks as a guest with your LSE modation and book rooms (if you have PRINTING credentials: see www.eduroam.org for been granted booking rights for your There are black and white printers details. society). It will be a very important facility in most computer rooms, and colour during your time at LSE. printers in the Library and C120. It costs A great service LSE offers is the Laptop 4p per A4 side in black and white print, Surgery. It is a completely free service lo- MOODLE 30p for colour. To save paper, LSE printers cated in S198, St Clement’s Building. They The Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic print on both sides by default. offer advice and hands on assistance Learning Environment or Moodle as it to students with problems connecting is better known is a free open-source To print, you will first need to top-up to LSE resources from personally owned course management system designed your printing account using either the laptops and mobile devices. They will to create a sort of online learning com- coin value loaders (located in major configure, diagnose, retrieve data, munity. Moodle is somewhat distinct computer rooms) or at the Library Copy disinfect and fix most problems you can from Web–CT as it gives the opportunity Shop. Next, click print on your document have with your laptop. to view information such as resources, at a public computer, and then log in to documents, images etc along with one of the special computers next to the SUPPORT & TRAINING providing opportunities to discuss that printers. Select the document you want, If you’re having problems, IT Services of- information in wiki-style one click forums, and then click print. fer a range of support including virtual IT and chat spaces assistance, face to face support, in halls SCANNING support and a range of online guides to It is designed to help universities and There are two public scanners on cam- common problems. colleges create an opportunity for pus: one on the lower ground floor of the interaction. Moodle was created on the Library, the other in the print room of C120. If you’re worried about your IT skills, principle that people actively con- Instructions are located near the scanner there are also a number of free training struct knowledge as they interact with and also on the IT Services website. courses available for students. IT Training their environment as well as when they offers all students hour-long supervised construct something for others to experi- LAPTOPS/WIRELESS workshops in Microsoft Office and HTML. ence. Therefore Moodle is not merely just LSE is a very laptop friendly place. Almost There is an LSE certification scheme for another source of information; it is an everywhere on campus is covered by students who have attended supervised arena for collaboration, discussion, and a wi-fi signal, and there are an increas- workshops, and the European Computer debate. More and more colleges, univer- ing number of ‘plug in points’ where you Driving Licence is available to students sities, and even businesses, are turning can plug your laptop in to power and at a reduced rate. to Moodle to host and deliver courses Ethernet sockets. Some halls offer wireless online. Moodle’s open sourced software facilities, too, and every room in halls has means that people can also develop an Ethernet socket. Off campus, you will additional functionality and customise find plenty of wireless hotspots in cafes, CONTACT LIBRARY FIRST FLOOR | 020 7955 6728 WWW.LSE.AC.UK/ITSERVICES IT.HELPDESK@LSE.AC.UK STUDYING 79 PHOTOCOPYING Cheapest in London... With some essential course books only of the card reader when you’ve finished PRICES available to borrow for 24 hours, you will photocopying. A4/A3 MONO COPY 3p/6p A4/A3 COLOUR COPY 25p/50p A4/A3 COLOURED SHEET 3p/6p become very familiar with photocopying machines during your time at LSE. It also offers colour copying, laminating and if you’ve got a dissertation that Unless you’re interning for Boris Johnson needs binding this is place to come. Just you won’t get cheaper photocopying in ask the friendly Print Shop staff for more London than at the Students’ Union. We information. Copy cards cost £1, and even beat the LSE library by a penny for include 10 copies. every sheet, so over the course of the year you’ll have saved yourself enough OPENING TIMES: money to afford a Movida cocktail. Just Term time don’t forget to take your copy card out 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 where the Students’ Union’s International Go out and mix with students from all or nightlife- it’s almost impossible to get Students’ Officer comes in. As Interna- over the world! Attend the Sushi dinner bored of London. tional officer, I aim to be your first point of night; go and try out Capoeira; dance to contact for ANY problem you face as an Bhangra music; watch the Arabic movie; international student. learn how to play the bagpipes; develop LSE boasts of a very high academic reputation but it is still often said that LSE a passion for baseball! students learn more from sitting among It’s my responsibility to ensure that you friends and debating a topic, than they have a truly memorable and enjoyable What makes LSE special is our international ever do during lectures and classes. All of experience from the moment you set student body. What defines LSE, however, this combines to make studying at LSE a foot in halls/flats to the moment you’ve is our close bond with each other’s views, brilliant experience,in its own unique way. completed your final exam in June. It’s cultures, religions, and experiences. So, difficult adjusting to a new environment once again, welcome to the beginning ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICER all of a sudden, so we hope this section – of a new chapter. Your time here will be and the guide in general - proves useful. amongst the best in your life. For all the exciting aspects of an LSE This city creates, stages and lives culture student experience- there are bound to with a passion, and this is reflected in our be difficulties. Visa complications. Culture Students’ Union. Being at LSE, amongst Shock. Accommodation problems. Crav- such a diverse student body, is a unique ings for ‘home food’. You name it. This is opportunity. CONTACT SURAJ GIRIJASHANKER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICER SU.INTERNATIONAL@LSE.AC.UK 82 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE VISAS UKVISAS countries to apply for their student visa cate showing you have taken the X-ray UKvisas is the Government depart- online. To see which countries currently at home. During peak times (especially ment responsible for visa matters arising support Visa4UK visit www.visa4uk.fco. September) the queues for X-rays are overseas. gov.uk/CountrySupport.aspx huge. You could be held at the airport for Its main aim is to make travel and migra- For the countries that do not support tion work for Britain. In most cases, que- on line applications, they have to be ries can be answered from information made on paper and submitted to the available on the UKvisas website: visa application centres in your country EXTENDING YOUR STUDENT VISA www.ukvisas.gov.uk. Note: The UKvisas of residence. To find the website for your If you are given a visa which is expiring office in London is unable to process visa country’s visa application centre, see before you complete your current course applications. www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/ of study , you should contact the Student wheretoapply Union Advice and Counselling Centre many hours! www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/ The first step for all international students howtoapply/tbscreening to discuss the ‘Visa Correction Scheme’. is to read through this website: FEES This Scheme allows applications to be www.ukvisas. gov.uk/en/howtoapply/ It will cost all students a fee of £99 for made to the UK Border and Immigration infs/inf5students a visa. This fee is subject to review and Agency to correct the visa. change, depending on local application This site provides a detailed FAQ section centres. It is not refundable, unless you If you wish to continue studying after your applicable to all international students refuse to submit the required biometric current visa expires, then you will need who need a visa. data with your visa application. to apply to extend your visa prior to it’s DO YOU NEED A VISA? For more information about UK’s biomet You will need a visa if you: ric data policy, please see www.ukvisas. If you wish to continue studying at LSE, • are not an EEA (European Economic gov.uk/en/howtoapply/biometricvisa the LSE Visa Office operates a ‘Batch expiration. Area) national Scheme’ where applications for an ex- • are stateless (you don’t have a nation- HEALTH SCREENING tension of your visa can be submitted on ality) Students applying for UK visas valid for your behalf. You should contact the Visa • hold a non-national travel document, or longer than six months in certain coun- Office at least 2 months before your visa • hold a passport issued by an authority tries now require a certificate to show is about to expire. that is not recognised in the UK. that they are free from infectious pulmo- (Source: UKvisas) nary tuber culosis (TB). The screening pro- If you wish to continue studying at cess is a chest X-ray, which will determine another institution, you should contact HOW TO APPLY whether signs of infection are detected. that institution about the assistance they www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply We strongly recommend that you get provide. an X-ray done from home BEFORE you This website has all the necessary infor- come to the UK, and make sure you get Detailed information on applying to mation on where and how to apply for a valid signed and authorised certificate extend your Tier 4 (General) Student Visa your UK student visa. In some countries, to bring with you to the UK. You will not be can be found on the Border and Im- it is possible to apply for your visa online. allowed into the country without having migration website www.bia.homeoffice. ‘Visa4UK’ allows applicants in many an X-ray taken, or without a valid certifi- gov.uk. 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 83 WORKING IN THE UK DURING YOUR STUDIES need to apply for your National Insur- are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Repub- ance (NI) number. This number is neces- lic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Most students will be eligible to work in sary to ensure you get charged the right Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, the UK. Whether you are permitted to level of income tax and is for national Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The work will be detailed on your visa. insurance contributions (paid by every Netherlands, Nor way, Poland, Portugal, worker in the UK to fund contributory Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. UKCISA advises ‘Check what your benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance passport sticker (entry clearance or (JSA),and state pensions). residence permit) or identity card says. If If you are travelling to countries outside of the Schengen area, you should contact that country’s embassy in the UK for in- tion permission and your identity card WORKING IN THE UK AFTER STUDIES says “Restricted work, p/t term time, f/t Some students can now remain in the UK there. For a list of foreign embassies in the vacations” or your passport sticker says for up to 2 years after completing their UK visit www.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/ “Work (and any changes) must be au- studies to gain work experience under pdf/londondiplomatic-list-june thorised” or “Able to work as authorised the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) rules. Find out by the Secretary of State”, you are al- how you can remain in the UK as a post- For an extensive FAQ section on the lowed to work during your studies. If your study worker by having a read through Schengen visa, see www.ukcisa.org.uk/ passport sticker or identity card says “No www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/work- student/immigration.php work”, you must not work in the UK’ ing_after.php If you have student immigration permis- Alternatively, an employer with a licence • Students’ Union Advice and Counselling sion that allows you to take employment, can apply for Tier 2 visa if they wish to Centre: email@example.com , you can work up to 20 hours a week employ you. The Student Union Advice (+44) (0)20 7955 7145 during term-time and full-time during your Centre provided detailed Advice on • www.ukcisa.org.uk The Council for holidays or do a work placement which is the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) and other International Student Affairs (UKCISA) part of your course. immigration applications. provides excellent, detailed advice to all Detailed information on working in the ‘SCHENGEN’ VISA you are in the UK with student immigra- formation about immigration procedures LINKS & INFORMATION international prospective and current students (and their families, and teachers). • www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/informa- UK during studies can be found on the UKCISA website; www.ukcisa.org.uk/ If you are not a European Economic tion_sheets.php link that provides useful student/working_during.php Area national and want to travel to information (advice) sheets on topics Europe, you may be required to apply ranging from ‘Culture Shock’ to Financial If you have already been issued with for a ‘Schengen’ visa before you travel. Support for all international students. a student visa that will not allow you to This scheme will allow international • www.hmrc.gov.uk HM Revenue and work, contact the Students’ Union Advice students wishing to visit countries within Customs: responsible for tax, customs and Counselling Centre. They will be able the European Economic Area (EEA) to and excise duties, frontier protection and to assist you in making an immigration travel between these countries using National Insurance application that will allow you to change only one visa. • UKvisas contact details: your condition regarding work. (+44) (0)20 7008 8308 The 21 countries that partake in the If you wish to work in the UK you will scheme (forming the Schengen space) www.ukvisas.gov.uk/enquiries 84 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE SETTLING IN Studying abroad is both exciting and join, the wider range of people you are overwhelming. Unfortunately, you will likely to meet. Select a few societies you be away from the comfort of home. are particularly passionate about and This, coupled with adjusting to a brand run for positions on their committees. new environment can often take some There’s no better way of making friends time to adjust to. ‘Culture Shock’ affects than working together with those with a most international students, in a variety common interest (committee positions of different ways. What is important to will look great on your CV too!) remember is that you’re all in the same boat and it will pass with time. There is no - Make the most of the Student Induction fool-proof method to overcome this, but Programmes. They’re designed to ease there are certainly measures that can be the transition from life at home to here taken to minimise it. Street at university. (Be sure to attend the International Students’ Induction, which - Keep in regular contact with family I’m hosting!) and friends from back home. You will find that it will in fact help you to make new - Your student mentor, school and friends here. departmental representatives and your academic advisor are all there to assist - Find out places where you can find you in any way possible. If you’re facing some familiarity. The LSE Students’ Union problems with fees or visas, you can website provides some links for restau- also talk to the Student Services Centre. rants serving food from your country, and Never ever hold anything in – if you’re other sites like Timeout London and Up- facing ANY sort of trouble, talk to some- mystreet.com will be useful. Check them one. It will undoubtedly be of help. out and see where you can find cultural activities taking place around London. to be a volunteer during freshers’, and - Link with a faith community if appropri- participate firsthand in the organization ate. The LSE chaplaincy locates local - Put yourself out there- remember, of events. And if you’re staying in halls, Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, or everyone is on the same boat! Undoubt- don’t miss out on the events organized Temples. There are also several active edly the best way to meet people is at your halls (welcome parties etc.), es- religious societies (for example – the through the freshers’ festival. There is pecially during the first couple of nights. Islamic Society have allocated a Prayer something for everyone here in terms It’s a particularly good idea to get to room on campus for Friday prayers). of events during the festival. Watch know the people you are going to be out especially for the International Film living with for the next year! Festival and Unwind where you are most - Don’t forget that if feelings of isolation or disorientation persist and are affecting likely to bump into international students. - Go to freshers’ fayre and check out your studies, there are people here who You don’t have to participate in every LSE’s 150+ societies yourself. Chances can help you. We want you to enjoy your event during the festival (but then again, are there will be your national society time at LSE, as well as get the most out of there’s nothing stopping you!). If you’re there. But don’t restrict yourself. Remem- it. Like I said – never keep your thoughts feeling like being extra active, sign up ber, the more diverse the societies you and feelings bottled up. 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 85 TIPS £2.80!) , paying for a pint in rupees at an end up being insanely busy, with the last - Dress sensibly- You can never hear too authentic Punjabi pub-‘Glassy Junc- thing you want to be doing is hunting many complaints about the weather tion’ in Southall, dropping by the Brixton around for familiar food. Its always best in London, and there is a reason for market for an Afro-Caribbean shopping to be prepared before those hunger this. British weather definitely lives up to experience(and jerk chicken!) or smoking pangs for home food kick in. expectations and is as unpredictable as away apple shisha over mint tea to the you are told. Don’t wait for temperatures beats of Arabic pop on Edgeware road. to drop - get coats and warm clothes in - Make careful selection of your courses. It will be prudent to attend lectures on advance. The last thing you want is to be - Travel (once you’ve gotten used to different courses in the first few weeks, unprepared for an unexpectedly cold London, of course!)-Your international to make up your mind on which course day. And one of your first investments experience doesn’t have to be restricted to ultimately select. Attend the initial should be an umbrella- which you should to just London or the UK. And trips don’t few lectures and classes so you have carry around at all costs. necessarily have to burn holes in your the chance to change if you don’t pockets! Cambridge, Lake District, Edin- enjoy them! LSE lectures (in every single - There is more to London beyond burgh, Paris, Rome, Sharm-el-Sheikh- its all course) are there for all students, regard- Holborn. While it might be tempting to about how far you’re willing to go! Check less of whether they take it or not. stick to the areas around LSE, remember out STA travel ( www.statravel.co.uk), you’ve come this far away from home, Expedia (www.expedia.co.uk), mega- - Register with the doctor and dentist there is no harm in venturing out a little bit bus (www.megabus.com/uk), Easyjet -this shouldn’t be left till needed! St. Phil- further. London is a world within a world (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www. ips unfortunately cannot register every and if you want a truly global experi- ryanair.com) for cheap travel ideas! student at LSE. It only registers you if you ence, don’t miss grabbing a won-ton live within a certain area. Go have a noodle soup which is rumoured to be - Bring instant food from home. Although chat with them to see which NHS centre as good as Hong Kong at ‘Wong-Kei’ in pretty much everything is available in you are eligible to register with. Chinatown(for the unbeatable price of London, your first couple of weeks may 86 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE PHONING HOME There are various mobile phone networks difficult to keep up with the latest deals.. everything else, but there is always a in the UK. The biggest ones are T-Mobile, To keep updated, have a look at hidden cost attached, which is usually 3, Orange, O2 and Vodafone. You can www.carphonewarehouse.com or extremely high! For example: You need buy a ‘pay-as-you-go’ mobile, or one that www.phones4u.co.uk to pay for the cost of calling the UK comes with a fixed contract. access number (which you pay in the Carphone Warehouse is definitely normal way from your phone) as well as Pay-as-you-go (as the name suggests) the bigger and more popular choice. paying for the international part of the is a pre-paid phone which needs to be However, many students go directly to call (which you pay using the credit on topped up with credit before you make the mobile network shops (e.g. an actual the telephone cards). So you’re actually calls. The fixed contracts usually require ‘3’ shop) and buy phones from there – paying a lot! Some cards have prices you to take out a fixed term contract with but note that this method will limit your that are pretax. You usually have to add the mobile network provider, and each choice of deals and networks, and another 17.5% VAT on top of those call- month you will be charged a nominal hence from one international student to ing rates. amount and given a certain number of another, I would advise that you check free calling minutes and texts. (For ex- out either of the 2 websites above Rates are often rounded to the nearest ample: £35 a month for 500 minutes and before settling for purchasing a contract penny, so for example if it says 5p per 500 texts). Usually this option is cheaper directly from a network. minute, it may cost 5.5p per minute (10% 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 more!) “THEY SEEM TO BE CHEAPER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A HIDDEN COST ATTACHED” LANDLINES Another facility that LSE Residences provide is landline calling. Every room in LSE halls of residence has a telephone (from looked into. Secondly, since the contract Also, some networks often have affiliated which all LSE students in halls and other will require a standing order payment international pay-as-you-go mobile con- LSE extension numbers can be called every month deducted from your bank tracts. For example – www.mobileworld. for free). This telephone can be used to account (direct debit), the network co.uk is s a network offering a sim card make local and international calls as well. companies are usually reluctant to set that allows international and local calls Pick up a ‘PRIMUS’ leaflet from the recep- contracts up for international students un- and text messages for cheap rates. Alter- tion of your halls, and this will have all the less they pay a refundable deposit (e.g. natively, what a lot of students like to do, details on the service, including how to £150-£200), which will be credited back is to purchase ‘Calling Cards’. However, activate it and charges per call. into your account after 6 or so months. be careful if you buy calling cards from The reason for this is that all new students newsagents and other shops. will not have a credit history/rating in UK Finally, to keep in touch with friends and family back home, you needn’t spend yet, and a deposit is a bit like insuring that This industry is not well regulated - many any money at all! There are many online you will be able to pay the contract for advertisements which you may see are applications, which allow unlimited voice the period of the time. misleading, and some of the compa- chatting (pc-to-pc) for absolutely free. nies do not provide a good service to Some examples are MSN messenger, Ya- Now there are many different combina- customers! Also, be wary of calling cards hoo Messenger, Gmail Talk and of course, tions and deals that mobile networks given to you (for free) by people on the the much loved, Skype! www.skype.com devise and offer every day, and it’s quite streets. They seem to be cheaper than 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 87 GLOBAL WEEK & TIMELESS GLOBAL WEEK tural and artistic traditions to be found one big musical, packed full-to-bursting The largest explosion of colour and within the walls of LSE. Last year, more with LSE talent! So TIMELESS! provides culture and chaos on campus- the one than 150 students from across the globe a night of mind-blowing, heart-thrilling, week where LSE truly lives up to its name were united in an unforgettable evening soul-stirring entertainment… but apart as the most international university in the of Dance, Drama, Music and Film, put from all that, just what is it all for? UK! There’s just about something for ev- together entirely by students from LSE, eryone- from massive international food and staged at the prestigious Sadler’s TIMELESS! has always been about having festivals- where you get to sample every- Wells Theatre in Islington (the home of a great time, making amazing friends thing from ‘Moussaka’ to ‘Nasi Lemak’ at ‘West Side Story’). and creating an awe-inspiring show, dirt cheap prices, film screenings from WHILE giving something back to those around the world, dance workshops, Now we’re no experts, but by our reck- around us, AND those further away who lectures on third world development to oning, that probably makes TIMELESS! the could do with a bit of help. Building on international themed club nights. This biggest and most global student show the £10,000 raised for CARE Education year promises to be bigger, better, louder in the world. But don’t fool yourself into and the Prince’s Trust in 2008, last year’s and more vibrant- so be sure to run for thinking this is some good-for-nothing, show raised almost £10,300 for World a position on the Global Week taskforce wise guy, Talent Show. Of course we love Vision and Happy Home Orphanage, (which is open to anyone!) talent, but we don’t do Talent Shows. Kenya. This year, of course, we’re looking TIMELESS! 2010 TIMELESS!, unlike many of its rivals, is not a ‘LSE’S GLOBAL FAIRYTALE’ parade of self-aggrandising adolescents GET INVOLVED. Let’s face it: students at LSE come from strutting their stuff in a London ‘mega- So if you’re interested in getting involved, all over the place. But if there’s one thing theatre’, orchestrated by some out of artistically, technically or spiritually, in this that brings us all together while celebrat- date and out of work C-List celebrity. singing, dancing, screaming, (moaning?) ing our distinctiveness, it’s art. The LSESU At its heart, there’s always a story. There musical extravaganza, find us (it really Global Show, TIMELESS!, was created in are always charming characters and won’t be difficult) at Freshers’ Fayre. 2007 to celebrate the vast array of cul- enchanting worlds... it is, to put it simply, to go one better. 88 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE GENERAL COURSE & MATURE STUDENTS The General Course is a year long, study man, via firstname.lastname@example.org to source of inspiration for us to change, abroad programme for visiting students, find out more. learn and grow. were taking an undergraduate degree. MATURE & PART TIME LSE attracts an intelligent, diverse and All LSE services and facilities – and the Mature and part-time students often international range of people. Your Students’ Union – are open to General face intense pressures different to those classes are likely to be both welcoming Course students. faced by other students. These include and challenging. You will have oppor- higher expectations in terms of effort tunities to interact with fellow students The first General Course students came and performance as well as extra in the various cultural, sporting, religious, to LSE way back in 1910, and its modern burdens in the form of childcare, work national, international, political or intel- day equivalent sees over 300 students and accommodation. Moreover, with lectual societies of the students’ union. come to the School for a year of study fees rising and the government freezing and fun, and to see what it’s like at a all student grants and loans, in the midst Extra-curricular activities are also pur- British, yet international, university. of recession, mature and part-time sued in the bar or in cafeteria, or, occa- The Students’ Union has a General students will come up against problems sionally, the library itself. The crèche too Course Representative, elected in Mich- both in their academic and non-aca- has created bonds among both parents aelmas Term Elections in Week 4 of demic lives. and children. “YOUR CLASSES ARE LIKELY TO BE BOTH WELCOMING AND CHALLENGING” I will work hard to make your stay as safe, who undertake study at LSE as if they 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 gen- 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 erally treated as full members who input It is important in these circumstances concerns you may have or conduct joint into the entire workings of the Students’ to maintain that mature and part-time campaigns. Union – and long may that continue! students, despite differences, are not an isolated minority. Academic demands There is, however, no substitute for the Previous Students’ Union General Course exist on all students in the form of access weekly Union General Meeting in terms Representatives have worked to provide to reading lists, books, quality lectures of having your individual and collective top quality services and events for and seminars, essays and presentations, voices heard. I will attend every week students, as well as helping to integrate exams and theses, job searches and and hope to meet many of you there. “Gen Course” students into the rest of career decisions. Balancing academic LSE life. work with paid work or family obligations or extra-curricular activities is also no If you are an aspiring activist in your longer alien to most undergraduates. home university, or just think you can do a good job of providing a loud voice We all face an uphill struggle as we for the Gen Course population, then choose do nothing less than the whole- consider running for the General Course sale reconstruction of our entire life as Rep position in Michaelmas Term Week 4 we enter university. Yet it is precisely our – email our Returning Officer, Shanti Kele- colleagues who can be the greatest CONTACT VLADIMIR UNKOVSKI-KORICA MATURE & PART TIME STUDENTS’ OFFICER SU.MATURE@LSE.AC.UK 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 discrimination on the basis of age, dis- Executive who can feed in concerns to body – and probably the most diverse ability/ability/impairment, sex/gender, this committee on the student’s behalf. community in Britain. However, respect to transgender, medical status, nationality/ Indeed, any student can come along equality and diversity are never a given, language, physical appearance, politi- to this Forum, so if you feel you have an and the Students’ Union and School cal opinion, religious belief or sexuality is issue you want to raise yourself, contact strive hard to make sure that equal op- unacceptable. the Students’ Union Officers stating that portunities are defended and extended you want to attend. If you feel equal op- in all areas. In short, we seek to make The Students’ Union has officers respon- portunities are being breached within the sure that diversity on paper is translated sible for ensuring that equality and diver- Students’ Union, contact the relevant of- into integration and respect in reality. sity are at the heart of our campaigns, ficer on the Executive. Within the School, services and operations. The Anti-Racism there are procedures for harassment and The Students’ Union has a clear Equal Officer, LGBT Students’ Officer, Mature tackling other issues that relate to equal Opportunities Policy that states that and Part-Time Students’ Officer, Students opportunities. 90 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Students’ Union Students with Disabili- Luke’s priorities for 2009-10 are: ties (SWD) Officer for 2009 is Luke Moore • to encourage participation of nondisabled students through societies and • to co-operate with the Disability & a forum. He can advise about accessibility at Wellbeing Office, LSE Circles Network • to hold accessible, weekly surgeries the LSE or point you in the right direc- and LSE Students’ Union Disability & • to chair termly Students’ Union SWD tion for support. Luke says “ I have found Well-being Society to listen to the forums before the School’s Disability & the support I receive at LSE invaluable. concerns of students Diversity Consultative Forum I was pleasantly surprised by how good • to organise Disability Awareness Week • to petition for more awareness training the provisions and understanding are • to raise the profile of disabilities & for all staff to work with the academic when I first arrived. Nonetheless, this does wellbeing issues at LSE departments to provide the greatest pos- not mean that there are not frustrations • to publicise resources available sible provision for students with disabilties. which I’m sure many of you will meet • to increase awareness & motivate with. Please feel free to come and talk disability friendliness with articles, posters, to me at any time, about any type of workshops & Students’ Union recognition problem, and I will do my best to help.” awards CONTACT LUKE MOORE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OFFICER SU.DISABILITY@LSE.AC.UK 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 If you are dyslexic, or think you may be, SUE HAINES DISABILITY & WELL-BEING OFFICE MANAGER S.HAINES@LSE.AC.UK JANE SEDGWICK MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING ADVISOR J.SEDGWICK@LSE.AC.UK The Disability & Well Being Office is the lar problems, if it’s not something she strategies to help you make the most of first point of contact for all LSE students can sort out herself. your studying. Linda is the advisor to ask for. She can provide a screening and referral service, and/or work with you on a range of with disabilities. Its brilliant staff can help you acclimatise to life at the LSE, access JANE SEDGWICK further services you may require and ar- Room A41 | 020 7955 6523 range reasonable adjustments, making Jane works in School and in Residences, teaching and learning more accessible assessing and referring students in crisis for you. It’s based in A40, in the Old and monitoring progress and well-being, Building. in order to help students stay on course. Mental ill health can be as debilitating CSV as other illness/medical conditions/dis- Every year, the Disability & Well-being abilities. Office have a placement for a Community Service Volunteer who is on hand to NICOLA MARTIN offer varied practical personal and study Room A40 | 020 7955 6034 assistance. Nicola is the main person who sorts out access arrangements for students with SUE HAINES long-term medical conditions or disabili- Room A40 | 020 7955 7767 ties. Book a meeting with her as early as Sue is the friendly person usually behind possible to discuss an Individual Student the main desk. She is very helpful in Support Agreement (ISSA). This will detail knowing who to approach with particu- other services you may require, like: 92 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE OPPORTUNITIES CIRCLES NETWORK ment to the Speakers’ Bureau is done by Our experienced team comes from a The LSE Circles Network is a peer support Circles and the Disability & Well-being diversity of backgrounds and provides network for students with disabilities, Office. Hopefully this is something you services and support covering many to support others and be supported might like to consider getting involved areas - including: informally. with and would find an invaluable experience. The Disability & Well-being Office may re- • Internship and placement scheme opportunities with top employers within fer you to Circles, but you can also con- EMPLOYABILITY the investment banking, legal, chemicals, tact them by email (see above). Circles Leaving the secure environment of the media, public and other sectors aims to make it easier for students with a LSE and entering the world of work can • Recommendations of disability range of disabilities, medical conditions appear an extremely daunting prospect inclusive employers and/or special needs to study, survive as a person with a disability. Will my • Help with CV and application form and succeed at LSE, through practical employer be willing to pay for the adjust- writing assistance and support groups. ments that I need? Should I disclose my • Mock interview opportunities with key disability on my CV or at all? How can I employers Practical assistance can range from account for the gaps in my education? • Advice on how to perform well at reading aloud to being a ‘human What about assessment centres, online interviews and assessment centres alarm-clock’ to phone someone in the tests and telephone interviews – this is all • Invitations for you to attend specialist morning. Whatever assistance comes to new to me, will I fall at the first hurdle? recruitment events and workshops 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 • Information, advice and guidance on “WE SUPPORT DISABLED UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATES, PROVIDING PRACTICAL ADVICE AND GUIDANCE THROUGH THE ENTIRE RECRUITMENT PROCESS” 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! members to plan study time. EmployAbility exists to answer these SPEAKERS’ BUREAU questions and ease your transition from Students who are experts in their own education to employment. A not-for- disability are an invaluable asset in profit organisation, we support disabled promoting disability awareness and undergraduates and graduates, provid- contributing to staff training. Through ing practical advice and guidance participation in the Speakers’ Bureau, through the entire recruitment process. you’ll receive training to confidently and clearly describe the realities of living We also work with employers to break and studying with a disability, helping down barriers to employment, creating cultivate an appreciation of the diversity a more inclusive working environment for of experience within disability. Recruit- 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 its members. Help form Students’ Union Students’ Union Students with Disabilities you join and he will notify societies of policy by proposing and voting on mo- Officer in the Lent Term, so do get in requirements, keeping you anonymous. tions. Luke can lend a hand drafting a touch! You can help make a difference To improve accessibility, students with motion about accessibility/disability and to the lives of students with disabilities/ disabilities/medical conditions may rally extra backing from other supportive medical conditions through all these enter Freshers’ Fayre half-an-hour early students. Also contact him if you find the areas, so contact Luke for more informa- with a special card – see Luke or collect UGM inaccessible to you. tion & guidance! FURTHER REPRESENTATION FORUM In Student Union terms, you’re repre- Next year we will build on the work of ATHLETICS UNION sented at three different levels: the LSE the Disability and Well Being Society by The Athletics Union has welcomed stu- Students’ Union, University of London setting up a Disability and Well Being dents with various disabilities before. Con- Union (ULU) and the National Union of Forum. The approach of this forum will tact Luke if you need specific help/info. Students (NUS). be one of relaxed discussion, leading to UGM Luke Moore is willing to share some tasks people as possible to come along, The LSE Students’ Union is unique in still and insight with students who might be whether they have a disability or not. Dis- holding a weekly democratic forum for interested in standing for the post of LSE ability rights are far from boring! a card from the Disability & Well-being Office! campaigning. We encourage as many 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. LSE Ouch student: • If you’re a British citizen who requires Circles Network www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/lifefiles/student more help than can be met through the www.lse.ac.uk/collections/circles RADAR – the disability network: School’s provisions, then contact Social Disability & Well-being Office: www.radar.org.uk Services. www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ National Bureau for Students with • Check out the mind-mapping software disabilityoffice Disabilities: installed on PCs on the LSE campus. It has LSE Learning World: www.skill.org.uk helped many students plan essays and www.learning.lse.ac.uk Working Without Hearing: prepare presentations. www.workingwithouthearing.com • Don’t be discouraged by the highly YOUR RIGHTS & CAREERS competitive atmosphere with people Disability Rights Commission: ENTERTAINMENT ACCESS: chasing internships etc, we’re not all like www.drc-gb.org London Theatre Access: that! Find the people who can help you EmployAbility: www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/access and enjoy making the most of the univer- www.employ-ability.org.uk Tourism for All UK: sity experience. www.tourismforall.org.uk 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 95 WOMEN At LSE we aim to raise awareness of cur- taken from the Fawcett society. rent issues that specifically affect women A rape is reported to the police in the UK and encourage everybody, regardless every 34 minutes. Yet only 14% of cases of gender, to join us in our campaigns which are reported to the police ever fighting for gender equality - on and off reach a courtroom and only 6.1% lead to campus. conviction. The threat and reality of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment There is a vibrant group of students at continue to restrict women’s ability to use LSE who campaign throughout the public spaces without fear. The reclaim year on gender-related issues. Last year the night march offers an opportunity for we focused, amongst other issues, on us to claim back this human right. a woman’s right to choose (abortion rights), opposed the Miss university of This year LSE students will be walking London beauty pageants, and marched through the streets of London on Saturday through the streets of London on the 21st November. It is a women-only march Reclaim The Night march. against rape and male violence, which will be followed by a mixed rally. Join us WOMEN AT WORK for a truly empowering experience. Many women who graduate from LSE WOMEN’S FORUM go into careers in the business world, yet they are often unprepared for the inequalities they face there. The Students’ Union operates a Women’s an extremely active Women in Business Forum designed to enable like-minded society which aims to expand its mem- students, regardless of gender, to col- Currently women working full-time earn bers’ understanding and awareness of lectively decide on a campaigning on average 17% less an hour than men industry across various disciplines. agenda and which events to hold. It is a working full time, and out of the 27 Euro- great opportunity to make the Students’ pean Union countries, the UK continues SHOCKING FACTS... Union more representative as well as to have the largest pay gap Data from the National Management getting to know more of your fellow stu- Salary Survey in 2001 revealed that dents. Women need a strong voice and The Students’ Union is committed to rais- the average female manager earned everybody’s input is welcome. To make ing awareness of this inequality and put- £34,789, while the average male man- sure you don’t miss a meeting sign up to ting pressure upon both businesses and ager earned £40,289. Women managers the Women’s mailing list during Freshers’ the government to rectify this inequality. therefore earned around 86% of the aver- Fayre and look out for our posters. The Careers Service at LSE can provide age annual managerial salary of men. you with information and support if you The Women’s Officer is there to provide want to pursue a career in business, The Equality and Human rights commis- where the glass ceiling frequently blocks sion estimates it will take 73 years before women from attaining senior executive equal numbers of women are in the positions. The Careers Service office can boardroom of the FTSE 100 and it wont be found at W610 in Tower 3. In addition, be until 2225 before parity is realised in the Students’ Union funds and supports all of the UK’s boardrooms. * Information help and support for female students. 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 someone about it, if you have worries and an extra special Mind the Gap. If introduce students to the scene. The LSE regarding coming out to friends and you’d like to get involved then drop the SU hosts the only regular student LGBT family, or if you’re interested in becoming LGBT Officer an email or simply turn up night in London in the form of Mind the more involved in LGBT campaigns, he is to the LGBT forum. Gap (MTG) which takes place on the your first point of contact. His office hours first Monday of every month. This attracts are advertised on the LSE Students’ Union EXTERNAL LGBT SERVICES a large number of students from all Lon- website. If you’d prefer to meet outside If you have any questions regarding your don Universities. office hours, feel free to contact Scott. sexuality, a good service available is the Anyone is welcome to join the LGBT LGBT FORUM Their helpline operates from 10am-11pm, Society at Fresher’s Fayre, online at the The LGBT forum offers students an seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The Students’ Union website, or by emailing opportunity to discuss the progress of number is 020 7837 7324, the recruitment email@example.com. Be sure to drop by ongoing campaigns, to coordinate hotline for volunteers is 020 7837 7606, and the Society’s Annual General Meeting the activities of different societies, and their textphone number is 020 7689 8501. in Freshers’ week to meet the outgoing to propose and plan individual events. Their information website provides 24 committee members and help elect the Would you like to see LGBT Pride Week hour access to a database of informa- new committee. host a specifically LGBT-Straight alliance tion and resources relevant to the LGBT event? Inquire about cooperation with community - www.queery.org.uk. London Lesbian and Gay switchboard. OFFICE HOURS the Amnesty Society on an informational Scott MacDonald, the Students’ Union event regarding LGBT rights worldwide? The NHS has a wide variety of free and LGBT Officer, is here to ensure that your This is where to show up. confidential sexual health services for experience at the LSE is a positive one. He LGBT people in London. Similarly, the will be holding weekly office hours during LGBT PRIDE WEEK GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, term time. Whether you’ve encountered This year will see the first ever LSE Stu- also provides a number of great services homophobic or transphobic sentiments dents’ Union LGBT pride week. It will en- across the capital; their website is on or off campus and want to talk to tail a week of political events, debates, www.gmfa.org.uk. 9.000 STUDENTS, ONE LSE 97 ANTI-RACISM It don’t matter if you’re black or white 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 one another – this is to be expected. But budget to the current situation in Gaza are you from?’ which you actually find there is always a risk of impenetrable and West Bank. Discussions of the sec- interesting! Last but not least think of all cliques forming which do not promote ond type can cause tension between the great places you’ll be able to stay in a friendly open atmosphere and it is groups on campus, and given that no your 3 months of summer holiday. up to us at the union to think of ways to topic is off limits, the union is active in avoid this such as a fund for joint-society ensuring all debate is carried out in a So where do I fit in? As anti-racism events. However the vast majority of tolerant and respectful manner. officer, the most important part of my groups are friendly and inviting and the role is to be the first point of contact many nationality societies are all too Finally the only thing to do is to wish you any student who feels they are being keen to share their country’s culture and a warm welcome and to say I hope you discriminated against because of their ways of enjoying it with anyone and enjoy being a student at the London nationality, race or skin colour. There everyone. School of Economics as much as I have have not been a great number of so far. Given the qualities and opportu- people who feel this way at the school, Giving the variety of our students’ nities of LSE, I hope you can make the and we hope it continues like this. My backgrounds it is no surprise that there most of your time here and leave with a role is two fold and does not only involve is an extraordinary range of views on set of friends, opinions and experiences dealing with these rare occurrences, but the political, social and economic issues that is truly international. preventing them in the first place. For of today. This undoubtedly creates an example, students who share the same impassioned atmosphere of debate on first language or country of origin might campus, and you’ll find yourself discuss- feel more at ease spending time with ing everything from how to spend the CONTACT BEN JONES ANTI-RACISM OFFICER SU.ANTI-RACISM@LSE.AC.UK DONâ€™T PANIC Advice and Counselling, Work, Financial Support, Safety, Fun Stuff DON’T PANIC 99 ADVICE & COUNSELLING CENTRE The Students’ Union Advice and Counsel- renewal. If you believe your application to Remain ling Centre, based in Room E297, East is complex, you do not have the support- • Nationality Building, provides a professional advice ing documents or for any other reason, and counselling service to LSE students please come to our office and talk to CONSUMER and can help you with a wide range our advisers. • mobile phone contracts of issues. We provide legal advice and • Visa correction: if the British Embassy • fitness club contracts assistance in a number of areas, which or High Commission has made a mistake • other consumer issues includes, but is not limited to: and given you the wrong end date for your visa, you can get it corrected. Post- Please feel free to contact us for any HOUSING graduate students should have been other issues not listed.Our experienced • contract checking given a visa which is valid for the length advisers can see you during drop-in • illegal eviction of their course plus 4 months, for under- hours or by appointment outside of • harassment graduates, the length of their course plus these times if necessary. The service is • disrepair 2 months. free, independent, impartial and confi- • rent arrears • Appeal : for those whose visa ap- dential. The Counsellor is available to see • possession action plication has been refused, The Advice students on Fridays by appointment. • tenancy deposits and Counselling Centre can advise on • homelessness procedure and policy on appealing to OPENING HOURS • other landlord/tenant issues the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Term time drop-in hours: • Working in the UK: the Advice and Mondays and Fridays: 10.30am til 4pm IMMIGRATION Counselling Centre can advise you on Tuesdays - Thursdays: 10.30am til 1pm. • Entry clearance: for Prospective your legal rights to work in the UK, both Vacation drop-in hours: students who are abroad and in need as a student and after completion of Mondays to Fridays: 10.30am til 1pm. of advice on policy and procedure in your studies. obtaining a student visa. • Tier 1 (Post Study Work Visa) Tier 1 • Extension (Renewal) of Student Visa: (General) Formerly HSMP the Advice and Counselling Centre • Work Permits offers advice on complex cases of visa • Settlement Visas and Indefinite Leave 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 area and with key words relevant to the back is frustrating. Ask your employer to at University, many students find it neces- kind of job you want. complete form P38(S) which means your sary to take up part-time jobs in order to wages will be paid gross. fund their studies. It can be difficult to bal- Check out the Careers Service Job Shop ance work and study, ensuring you do not at www.thecareersgroup.co.uk/lse/ 4) Part time workers are entitled to over-commit yourself. It is recommended jobshop/Page23.asp for more. holiday. Their entitlement to holiday is that you avoid working more than 16 pro rata -so if you normally work three hours a week during term time so that it KNOW YOUR RIGHTS days a week, you get 12 days a year (the does not affect your study. If you work outside the Union, be careful! equivalent of four weeks’ working days). Students can get a raw deal if you are JOBS IN THE STUDENTS’ UNION not vigilant, so you should know your 5) Under the Working Time Regulations, The Students’ Union is committed to em- rights, particularly if you’re in temporary or you are entitled to at least a 20 minute ploying students as part-time casual staff. agency work. break if you work more then six hours in Please ask at Students’ Union Help Desk one shift, and you shouldn’t be asked to (Ground Floor, East Building) for informa- Advice on employment is available from work longer than eight hours in 24 if you tion about vacancies, or look out for post- the Students’ Union Advice and Coun- work at night. However, there is no re- ers. The jobs are worth having because selling Centre or from Unite the Union’s quirement under the minimum standards the LSE Students’ Union pays its casual Student Worker Campaign at www.unite- that your employer must pay you for this staff more than any other university’s workingstudents.org. Simple advice is to: break. Union in the country! 1) Make sure you have a clear contract 6) Students are entitled and encour- JOBS AT LSE with your employers, and that they stick aged to join trade unions, who can There are jobs available at LSE for its to it. assist you with issues of wages, taxes students. Some of these will be advertised and conditions, bargain on your behalf, through posters; some Departments 2) Make sure you are being paid at least and protect your health and safety. You send emails to their students looking for the minimum wage – you should be paid can join Unite the Union, the UK’s big- workers. There are some excellent, well a London Living Wage of over £7.45 per gest trade union, for as little as £10. See paid jobs open to LSE students within the hour. Under the Employment Rights Act, www.amicustheunion.org/Default. School. Departments will advertise of the you are also entitled to receive a fully aspx?page=3136 or www.uniteworking- Careers Service Job Shop. itemised pay slip. Make sure you read students.org for more details. yours carefully and question anything you The Careers Service Job Shop is a don’t know. valuable resource for finding part-time The National Union of Students (NUS), of which LSE is a member, recently suc- and temporary work in London. It is 3) Before you start working, ring the Inland cessfully lobbied to get the Agency and used by employers to find LSE students, Revenue and get them to send you a tax Temporary Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill and employers specifically tailor their code. All local tax office phone numbers passed through parliament, one of the advertisement to our students. You can listed on the HM Revenue & Customs biggest rebellions by Labour MPs against use its search function to find jobs at the website. Without the correct code, you their government since 1997, which will right time (morning, afternoon, evening or will probably be put on emergency tax, lead to changes to improve rights on weekends), of the right type (from care which is much higher than most students these issues. work to telephone sales) in a specific should be paying. Waiting to claim tax DON’T PANIC 101 BANKS Most student bank accounts offer all but in a couple of months it won’t be Ways of transferring money from abroad sorts of freebies and great deals. As an able to pay for the shopping. The real to a UK account include electronic LSE student most banks know that you’ll prize in student banking is getting the transfer, a banker’s draft and travellers’ probably be earning a considerable biggest interest free overdraft. Having cheques. This will obviously depend on amount of money after you graduate. this larger safety net will ensure that a lot of factors. Be sure to ask your bank They also know that it is human nature you are less likely fall into the territory what their arrangements and charges not to bother to change accounts once of unauthorised loans, which will mean are concerning sending money to and you graduate. Because of this the Banks huge penalties (roughly £30 a day). from home. The overdrafts on many want you, ‘banking’ on the fact they’ll be Even if you’re “minted” and unlikely to student accounts may not be available able to get any money they lose on your need to worry about overdraft limits it’s to international students. account back (with interest) when you worth considering the company with the end up buying one of their crappy fixed biggest 0% overdraft. It is effectively free Each branch of each bank will have rate mortgages in twenty years’ time. money after all – why not take most of it a sort code. When providing details for out then dump the money in a high inter- standing orders/direct debits, you will of- As a result, you should make sure you est account for your three years at uni? ten be asked to provide your sort code get the best student account possible. • Multiple accounts – this student clas- and account number. The sort code Here are a few tips so that you avoid sic is currently on the wane as banks would look something like “11-22-33” potential pit-falls: have tightened up the application whereas the account number is a simple processes for student accounts. You now 8 digit number. • An advertisement isn’t an endorse- have to guarantee your only account is ment - bear in mind that over the with them, bringing an end to the days British banks have introduced strict summer a number of high street banks of the £4000 overdraft... the bastards. regulations about opening bank ac- will have visited Students’ Unions all over counts. Security procedures have been the country, exchanging briefcases full INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS implemented which can lead to delays of nonsequential, unmarked fifty-pound On your arrival in the UK you will need for students who try to open an account notes for a space at the university during to open a bank account as soon as you on arrival in the UK. Hence, processing Freshers’ Fayre. This has been known to can. Although many banks offer student the required documents, and allowing impair the judgement of cash strapped accounts certain benefits and free for your account to be set up could take Unions and they have even been known perks, most of these are not the same anything from 2-4 weeks! to accept offers from banks that don’t as an international (or international stu- provide the best deal for students. It dents) account. Each bank has different So make sure you come prepared with could even happen at a university you policies when dealing with international some cash in hand (for daily expen- are attending… students. A few handy notes about the diture, at least until you get your bank • Forget freebies – don’t ever go for a banking system: account sorted out), or apply for a bank account based on the goodies, a ‘gift card’ (an instant pre-paid card on free railcard sounds like a great idea In central London, there are ‘cash-points’ which money can be transferred from but just remember they’re trying to bribe everywhere. A cash-point is basically an home). The bank will probably ask for you for a reason…. ATM machine, and allows free cash with- documentation that confirms things like • All about the overdraft – when things drawals. Some ATMs however, charge you your identity (passport), student status, get tight this will be your lifeline. A few up to £2 for a withdrawal. We advise you to London address and overseas perma- free cinema tickets may look great now walk a few more steps and find a free one! nent address. 102 DON’T PANIC FINANCIAL SUPPORT Living in London is expensive, especially UNDERGRADUATES Students who have registered with if you’re paying international fees! Get- Undergraduate students in particular sufficient funds for the duration of their ting a part time job can be one answer must ensure that they have secured programme of study where something but you will also need to budget your sufficient funds to cover the cost of leav- unexpected has subsequently occurred expenditure carefully as it is very easy to ing LSE accommodation after the first to disrupt these arrangements or to run up massive debts. Try and maintain year of study and the annual increase cause additional expenditure. The un- a daily or a weekly budget of allowable in tuition fees. There are no scholarships expected circumstances must have oc- expenditure, and separate them into available for subsequent academic curred after the date of first registration categories. It will be hard preparing for years of study. at the School. The School can not assist your budget now, but within a month or students who have knowingly registered two, I’m sure you will become proficient TAUGHT POSTGRADUATES without sufficient funds for their fees and in keeping a budget! Taught Postgraduate students who are living costs; Students who require as- studying on a two year programme may sistance with an emergency, one off cost FINANCIAL SUPPORT OFFICE apply for a scholarship for their second (e.g. a plane ticket home). Please note The School expects students to have suf- year of study, providing they meet the that there is a separate application form ficient funds to study, but financial help eligibility criteria for one or more of the for emergency, one off costs. is available from the Financial Support scholarships being offered for the session. Office and the Students’ Union Advice Information about the scholarships to be International students are expected Centre. offered for a particular session is avail- to ensure they have additional funds able on our website from the preceding to cover disability related costs before November. beginning their programme. POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH If you do not fall into any of these Postgraduate Research students may categories (e.g. you are an Overseas A Drop-in service is offered between 1 apply for a scholarship for a subsequent student experiencing financial difficulties and 2pm Monday to Friday, in the Stu- year of study, providing they meet the which may have been foreseen), you dent Services Centre (Monday, Wednes- eligibility criteria for one or more of the are unlikely to be eligible for support. day and Friday during vacations) where scholarships being offered for the session. students are able to consult a member For 2008/09 overseas students may be SHORT TERM LOAN of FSO staff. Students are advised to particularly interested in the Overseas An emergency Short Term Loan facility ensure they have visited the FSO website Research Student Awards Scheme (OR- is available for students. Students may before attending. SAS) amongst other awards. Information apply for a loan of up to £500, repayable about the scholarships to be offered for within four weeks. Students must provide SCHOLARSHIPS a particular session is available on our evidence of how they will repay the Once the academic session has started, website from the preceding November. loan. All application forms are avail- The Financial Support Office (FSO) is responsible for administering a range of scholarships and hardship funds. no further scholarships are generally able from the Student Services Centre available. Students are expected to STUDENT SUPPORT FUND website at www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ ensure that they have sufficient funds to For students experiencing financial dif- studentServicesCentre/financialSup- cover both their fees and living costs for ficulties which could not have been fore- portOffice/internal/EmergencyAs- the full duration of their programme. seen. These funds provide assistance to sistance/emergencyFinancialAssis- support the following groups of students: tance.htm 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 and whose funding is limited available A Welfare Panel interviews all applicants For full and part-time students who incur from the second term.* except for the Women s Right to Choose a council tax liability. This fund is avail- fund and the Students with Disabilities HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS FUND: Fund in those cases where attending an The Fund is intended to assist students All applicants are means-tested, except For unexpected medical costs; available who are homeless or at the risk of for the Disabled Students and the Women all year round. becoming homeless due to hardship in s Right to Choose Funds. General advice meeting housing costs. This fund is avail- is also offered on debt, grants, loans and able from the second term.* other possible sources of financial help. landlords for deposits; available from the DISABILITY FUND second term.* The fund is intended to assist students CONTACT FINANCIAL SUPPORT OFFICE (FSO) ATRIUM, OLD BUILDING WWW.LSE.AC.UK/FINANCIAL SUPPORTOFFICE FINANCIAL-SUPPORT@LSE.AC.UK able from the second term. MEDICAL COST FUND SMALL CLAIMS FUND interview would cause undue hardship. For court issue fees for students suing who incur extra additional cost as a IMMIGRATION FUND result of disability. This may includes the The fund is intended to assist students cost of equipment and travel. Available who incur financial hardship through all year. making an ‘in-country’ postal application for extension of their student visa. *Although these funds run from the sec- In addition the fund is also intended to ond term, emergency payments may be assist students who are seeking asylum possible from the first term. 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 PAYING You need a TV Licence to watch or re- If you’re unwilling to rip off someone cord TV programmes, irrespective of what else’s internet – the best way to get the channel you’re watching, what device best deal is to get a phone/broadband you are using (TV, computer, laptop, mo- bundle. bile phone or any other), and how you receive them (terrestrial, satellite, cable, via TELEPHONE the Internet or any other way). If you use For most students a mobile phone or television-receiving equipment without a Skype is perfectly adequate for keeping valid TV Licence, you risk prosecution and in touch with friends and family. You will, a fine of up to £1,000, plus court costs, however, have to pay line rental if you and you will need to buy a TV Licence if want the internet. At the time of going to you still need one. A colour licence costs print the best deal for an internet/phone £142.50. Students requiring further infor- package was from Tiscali. Always remem- mation should contact TV Licensing on ber that if you terminate the contract 0844 800 6734. To find out about the many before the end of the stipulated period ways you can pay for your TV Licence, you will pay a cancellation charge. including Direct Debit, visit www.tvlicens- ELECTRICITY/GAS ing.co.uk/students2009 Always check your meter when you INCOME TAX/NI move in and out of any new place, just if you do get a job during your time at only temporary so be prepared for a rise to make sure you don’t get ripped off. University you will no doubt be hit by back up to 17.5% once we’ve ridden out Given the ongoing rises in fuel costs it income tax and National Insurance. If the credit crunch! might be worth trying to sign up with a you don’t work for the entire year it’s company which caps its prices. extremely likely that you will be over- INTERNET COSTS taxed (due to HMRC cunning pro rata With banking, shopping and paying your WATER system) – always remember to apply for bills online this is something you’re going Yup, you can’t live without it but you will a tax refund at the end of the tax year – to have to sort out early once you’ve have to pay for it. Again, always check which in the UK is April. moved into a new house. the meter when you move in. For both VAT FREE INTERNET try to “estimate” the amount you have Because poor people, like students, There are a number of municipal and used instead of collecting a proper me- do not contribute enough money to localised free wi-fi services. Upper St, ter reading. Always double check and the running of the country through the Islington, many bars, cafes and libraries complain if they’re over charging you. In income tax system -15% tax is added to offer free wireless internet access. It is London it’s typical for water companies everything sold in the UK except chil- not advisable to ‘steal’ wireless internet to apply rates; an unmetered charge dren’s clothes (so if you’re short you’re without permission from your neighbours. based upon the property and the num- quids in). This is almost always already in- Although many people leave their wire- ber of occupants. cluded in the price, so usually you don’t less box unprotected, you may be break- even notice. The current rate of 15% is ing the law. water and energy companies will usually DON’T PANIC 105 SAFETY CASH MACHINES example, keys or a can of deodorant), and cover the top with your thumb or an When you go to a cash point try to go but you may not carry a weapon. Be anti-spiking lid when walking around. If in daylight if possible. Always be aware aware that your attacker might be stron- you suspect your drink has been spiked, of people standing too close to you and ger than you, or may take what you are contact a member of staff or tell a always conceal your PIN when you enter using in self-defence and use it against trusted friend. Always take care when it into the key pad. There are many cash you. It is often better just to shout fire’, drinking. point thieves operating in London, often ‘police’ or ‘who are you?’ loudly and run in pairs, one distracts you while the other away or use an attack alarm rather than THEFT AND BURGLARY steals your money so please be vigilant. ‘help’ as it can get more results. Mark your personal property with your postcode, or your parents’ postcode. Use 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 go- DON’T GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEAL FROM YOU. MAKE SURE YOU KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR PROPERTY ing and walk tall. 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 Try not to listen to a personal stereo displayed when you key in *#06#, if not, You might like to spread your valuables when out jogging. It will help you to stay look behind the phone battery. Register around your body. For example, keep more aware of your surroundings. If you your phone with your network operator. your phone in your bag, your house keys think you are being followed, check by in your trouser pocket and your money crossing the street – more than once if Make a note of all relevant security in your jacket. Carry bags with clasps necessary – to see if they follow. If you numbers for your phone, video, laptop facing inwards, or the strap over your are still worried, go to the nearest place and any other valuables that might be shoulder. Ensure it is shut at all times. where there are other people – a pub or targeted if you were to be burgled. Do When you are sitting place the bag anywhere with lights on – and call the po- you know the number to call to cancel between your feet. lice. Don’t call from a phone box where your cards if they were stolen? Keep the the attacker could trap you inside. emergency number for your credit card If someone tries to take something from company, bank, and your mobile phone you, it may just be better to let them take If a car slows down or stops beside you it rather than to get into a confrontation and you feel threatened, shout to gain and risk injury. You can use reasonable other people’s attention. If you have a Make sure that your belongings, such as force in self-defence. Don’t give people personal attack alarm, set it off. Get away your television or radio cannot be seen the opportunity to steal from you. Make as quickly as you can. If you can, make through a window and never leave cash sure you keep a close eye on your prop- a mental note of the number plate and or credit cards lying around. Try not to erty – especially mobile phones, money, description of the car and write down use a computer case when carrying a and laptop computers – when you are at details as soon as possible afterwards. laptop, use a less obvious bag and never home or out and about. company where you can find it quickly. display items of high worth in public. DRINKING You are allowed to protect yourself with Never leave drinks unattended in pubs something you are carrying anyway (for or clubs. Try to have your drinks in bottles 106 DON’T PANIC EMERGENCIES EMERGENCY SERVICES If you see fire or smoke: In the UK, the emergency number to den. The location of the fire assembly point for each building is displayed near call for police, fire or ambulance is 999. • Sound the alarm immediately by each fire call point. Fire call points are to Please make sure your call if a real emer- pressing a fire call point be found near each entrance/exit. gency before phoning. • Leave by the nearest exit • Do not use lifts OUT OF HOURS WORKING The LSE emergency number is 666 from • Only try to tackle a fire if you can If you decide to work in any School build- any internal phone. do so without endangering yourself or ing during the evening or at the week- others end, remember that you can only enter FIRE SAFETY • Go immediately to the fire assembly and exit the School via the Old Building The School has sophisticated fire safety point entrance. Fire exits may be locked. Make systems installed in its buildings. These • DO NOT re-enter the building until told sure that you know two different open systems vary from building to building. that you may do so by an LSE Fire War- routes out of the building. DON’T PANIC 107 HARASSMENT & SEXUAL ASSAULT HARASSMENT per cent of callers to the Rape Crisis vetted by the police. They also have a Reported incidences of sexual harass- Federation Wales and England knew meter showing the cost of the journey. ment at the School are low but they their assailant. Women are not the only Private hire cabs should be pre-booked. can happen to both male and female victims of sexual assaults. Men are also Use a reputable company. Avoid cabs students. Harassment covers a wide sexually assaulted, or experience violent that tout for business at bus stops or range of unsolicited behaviour from relationships in their lives. Sexual assault outside venues. unwanted comments and gestures of and rape are more likely to happen in a sexual nature to demands for sexual less busy areas. You can reduce the risk favours and sexual assault. In short is is of this type of attack by following the behaviour which violates an individual’s general guidance earlier in this section. dignity, and/or creates an intimidat- “HARASSMENT CAN CAUSE DISTRESS AND HARM TO THOSE ON THE RECEIVING END” ing, hostile, degrading, humiliating or If you are attacked, you must decide offensive environment. Harassment whether to defend yourself, which may can cause distress and harm to those put you at risk of further injury. Or it may If you are at all uneasy about the cab on the receiving end. Other forms of not be possible to defend yourself. or the driver, don’t get in. If you get in, harassment include racial harassment, Either way, you did not ask to be raped always sit behind the driver. If still un- harassment on the grounds of sexual or assaulted. It is not your fault. You did easy, ask to be let out where there are orientation, bullying, age harassment not deserve it. lots of people in a well-lit area. Such conduct is unacceptable and you If you have been raped, you may or may See p121 On Friday nights the LSE do not need to stand for it. not want to report it to the police, or to Students’ Union runs an hourly night bus see a nurse or counsellor. The police are from the Peacock Theatre to the halls. and harassment of disabled people. Many people are often unsure if what specially trained to work with those who they have experienced constituted have been sexually assaulted. harassment but any incident can be reported to the Education and Welfare If you want to report the crime straight- Officer, Women’s Officer, LGBT Officer away, whether you get medical help or or Anti-Racism Officer. You can also go straight to the police, try not to wash choose to resolve the issue informally or change your clothes. If you want to and will not become formal until you report the crime at a later date, this is decide. okay too. We can all prevent inadvertently TAXI SAFETY harassing others by being sensitive to If you are going to be out late, try to the reactions and needs of others and arrange a lift home or pre-book a cab. making sure that our words and actions Cabs in London are either Private Hire do not cause offence. or Taxis. SEXUAL ASSAULT By law, only taxis can display an il- Despite popular beliefs, rape by a luminated Taxi sign. They are insured, stranger is very uncommon. Around 97 mechanically sound and drivers are CONTACT RAPE CRISIS 08451 221 331 WWW.RAPECRISIS.ORG.UK 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 overnight will be removed by security it – talk to each other and watch out for with a substantial lock and preferably staff. When you have found your locker, each other in a sensible way. two locks wherever it is parked, particu- secure it with a strong lock of at least six larly if left in racks around the campus. millimetres thickness. INSURANCE We would advise using a sold secure The campus is very open, especially It is a good idea to insure your belong- gold rated lock, see www.lcc.org.uk or during the working day. In common with ings against theft and damage. If you www.soldsecure.com all other large cities, ‘walk in’ type theft are in halls of residence some of your is a feature of the environment. ‘Walk belongings are insured, read your policy Lockers are widely used inside the in’ thieves are trespassers who walk into to find out which ones. Endsleigh are the School. Do not put valuable items into any buildings from the street looking for only insurance provider recommended lockers, particularly wallets, purses and chances to steal. by the National Union of Students, and laptops. Please do not use the lockers in have a number of products and services or near the changing facilities as perma- ‘Walk in’ thieves thrive in a relaxed envi- nent storage lockers – anything left there ronment. Don’t let them get away with geared towards the needs of students. DON’T PANIC 109 HEALTH & SWINE FLU If you thought Freshers Flu wasn’t enough… ST. PHILIPS ommended that you register with your WHAT IS SWINE FLU? The St Philips Health Centre offers a local medical centre. If you return home Swine flu, a new strain of influenza A comprehensive service for LSE students on holidays or weekends you can be H1N1, has managed to spread over 100 and staff within the local catchment seen by your home GP as a temporary countries world wide leading the World area and covers more medical prob- resident. If you have never lived in the Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a lems that the Students’ Union Advice UK and/or do not have a NHS (National pandemic. The virus, first reported as an centre can. You will be required to Health Service) number you will need outbreak of flu in Mexico, quickly spread. register before your first consultation, so to register with the medical number to have some documentation with you. receive one. NHS Medical care is free You can phone to book an appoint- and available to anyone residing in the WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SWINE FLU? ment with a doctor any time between UK for more than 6 months. Symptoms within the U.K have tended to 9am and 5pm. The health centre is staffed by 3 profession- be mild with most suffering nothing more For NHS Registration – Please register than a common cold and recovering online: www.spmc.info within a week. Symptoms include: fever, al GPs who provide 24 hour care for their cough, headache, fatigue, sore throat registered patients. Other students and Medical Centre is on LSE campus. Your staff can use the Medical centre during registration will be processed within the day but should contact their own GP seven working days. If you need to see for home visits and out of hours requests. a doctor/nurse urgently please contact HOW DOES SWINE FLU SPREAD? the medical centre on 0207 955 7016. The Flu virus is spread by coughs and Appointments with the Medical Centre are and a runny nose. sneezes so ensure you have those tissues available every weekday but it is advised Please do not wait until you are ill handy. After coughs and sneezes re- that you book a few days in advance. It before registering. member to ensure the tissue is disposed is possible for the GP to visit you at home of and you’ve washed your hands. Remember to Catch It, Bin It, Kill It! should you become to ill to come in. If St Philips run a Contraception Clinic you require a home visit you should call Monday to Thursday during term time at the first available opportunity. Clinics for and an Osteopath clinic on Thursdays. urgent medical appointments are held at You can also make appointments for WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE SWINE FLU? 11.00am & 3.00 pm, each day Monday - the Dental Service by telephoning 020 If you suspect your suffering from Swine Friday. A Saturday morning clinic emer- 7955 7444. Flu check your symptoms online at www. gency clinic is available at the University of London Union. nhs.uk. If your symptoms fit the bill then Nurses and osteopaths, are available phone NHS Direct on 08454242424. They’ll at the surgery by appointment. Dental be able to provide advice on relieving There is also an urgent clinic every day that treatment is provided. The fees payable your symptoms and the next steps you is suitable for medically urgent problems, are specific for staff and students of the should take. Avoid visiting hospitals or GP requiring immediate attention. These are LSE but are no longer National Health surgeries unless you are advised to do so. operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Service (NHS) fees. There are two sessions, 11.00am to 11.30am and 3.00pm to 3.30pm. If you are a UK citizen it is strongly rec- CONTACT ST PHILIPS BUILDING: 020 7955 7016 WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/MEDICALCENTRE/ CONTACT NHS DIRECT: 08454242424 WWW.NHS.UK WWW.DIRECT.GOV.UK/SWINEFLU 110 DON’T PANIC ALCOHOL & DRUGS If you thought Freshers Flu wasn’t enough… ALCOHOL lieve that you should know what you’re CANNABIS Although it is socially acceptable, getting into. Please remember that igno- aka. Skunk, Weed, Hash, Marijuana. alcohol can be just as powerful as any rance is not an excuse when it comes to Comes in either the form of dried leaves other drug. The health guidelines on al- drugs and the laws that cover them. (Marijuana) or a resin (Hashish). The drug cohol consumption are that as a rough itself induces feelings of relaxation, hilarity, estimate, a pint of ‘normal’ beer(‘lads Drugs also vary widely in terms of legal- introspection and paranoia. Long term sauce’) is two units and a measure of ity and social acceptability as well as smoking can cause lung cancer and the spirits(‘banter juice’) or a single small the experience and, as a result, we’ve current strength of the drug available glass of wine is one unit. A unit is the assembled this ‘cut out and keep’ guide on the street is believed to trigger serious amount of alcohol that your body can so you’ve got a reference guide so you mental health problems. Street price: process in 1 hour. These guidelines sug- know what you’re being offered the next From £15 an ‘eighth’ of an ounce for resin gest that men should consume a maxi- time you go to Camden. Please note, all and £25 an eighth for marijuana. mum of 21 units a week and women the drugs we have mentioned here (with around 14. If you drink a lot more you the exception of alcohol) are illegal. may be causing damage to your body. THE EXPERIENCE COCAINE aka. Coke, Charlie, Showbiz Sherbert Cocaine most commonly sold as a white Alcohol acts as a relaxant and reduces Before we start it’s worth remembering crystalline powder: cocaine hydrochlo- feelings of anxiety and inhibitions making that any drugs related experience de- ride. The drug is often finely chopped you feel more sociable. Alcohol will often pends greatly on a number of things: with a razor blade or NUS card, and then exaggerate the mood you were in when snorted through a rolled banknote. This you start drinking. Long term excessive • Quantity and quality of said drug produces an instant feeling of elation, consumption can cause liver dam- • Your own mental and physical health confidence and indifference to pain, as age, heart disease and other illnesses. If • Your mood and expectations of well as an imagined sense of competen- you are concerned about your own or the drug cy. Frequent use affects your libido and someone else’s drinking then there are • Where you are and who you’re with regular use could lead to the membrane specialist helplines who will discuss any between your nostrils falling out – not matters with you. They are confidential AMPHETAMINES pretty. Street price: now stabilised at and you do not need to have a serious aka. Speed between £30-£60 per gram. problem before you contact them. You An off-white powder that can be swal- can also contact the doctors at the lowed, snorted, injected or smoked, CRACK Health Centre for help and advice. ‘dodgy’ drug dealers some times mix it aka. Rock, Pebbles, Bam Bam with chalk or talcum powder. Popular Crack is cocaine made into a smoke- RECREATIONAL DRUGS around exam time due to stimulant able form which means you can transfer Let’s face it we all take drugs, even your effects. But what goes up must come a high dosage very rapidly to your brain. mum takes drugs. From the caffeine in down and you’ll be feeling pretty low Smoked in a pipe, its highs and lows are your iced frappuccino to heroin in your for a number of days after taking this similar to those of cocaine but due to school playground: drugs are every- substance. Be warned; it places strain on increased purity are far more intense. As where. It would be a lie to say that no the heart and can trigger latent schizo- a result, the come down can vary from students experiment with drugs and phrenia. Street Price: £8-£12 per gram headaches to panic attacks with most although the Students’ Union does not of powder – purer versions are obviously users ‘binging’ to reduce the effects. On condone taking illicit substances we be- more expensive* top of respiratory problems, binge use 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 gus ergot and usually is taken as tabs tion, sometimes described as “an out of aka. Smack, Gear, Golden Brown (squares of paper). A “trip” begins within body experience”. Side effects include Pure heroin is a white powder but it usu- 30 minutes and can last for 12 hours. Bad being physically incapable of moving, ally comes in the form of a brown pow- trips are of course more likely if the user and high doses can make it difficult to der containing caffeine as well as other is either unhappy or anxious. Paranoia, breathe which can cause heart failure. delightful ‘cuts’ such as stone and glass. depression and dizziness also accompa- Street price: £15 – 40 a gram Injecting heroin into your system delivers ny the more well known hallucinations. a short feeling of “orgasmic” pleasure. Reliving previous trips when not on the Mixing with other drugs like alcohol drug can also take place. Street price: makes the risk of an overdose far more Between £1-£5 for a tab likely. Large doses can also make an individual fall into a coma. Street price: KETAMINE As a result of the invasion of Afghanistan, aka. Special K, Vitamin K, or just old K has now dropped to £40 per gram. Most of the Ketamine available on the street, which comes in form of a white LSD powder, is illegally produced. It causes aka. acid, also by the print on the tabs both changes in perception and hal- LSD is made from the parasitic fun- lucinations as well as a floating sensa- 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 leg- and progestogen pill which, if taken 5 days after intercourse as ‘post-coital ends) surrounding sex at University and regularly, stops ovulation. It’s easy to use, contraception and is about 96-98% ef- you can rest assured not everyone is hav- does not interfere with intercourse and fective. No protection against STIs. ing sex all the time at LSE so you should is 99.9% effective. However there are not feel pressured into doing something side effects such as headaches nausea INTRAUTERINE SYSTEM you do not feel comfortable with. and possible weight gain. It is unsuitable This is a hormonal device that is placed for women those with a family history in the uterus and works by releasing pro Condoms are available for free from the of strokes and high blood pressure. No gestogen. It also needs to be fitted by a Education and Welfare Officer, Womens protection against STIs. Doctor. If it is fitted in the first five days of and LGBT Officers and hall of residence the menstrual cycle it works immediately. THE MINI PILL The IUS is proven to be over 99% effec- Containing progestogens only it makes tive in preventing pregnancy. It normally Safe sex is sex using barrier methods of it difficult for the sperm to enter the works for up to five years. No protection contraception (such as condoms) to womb and also for the womb to accept against STIs. reduce the risk of sexually transmitted a fertilised egg. Once again it is easy to diseases (STIs). Without these there is an use and no interference with intercourse. MALE CONDOM increased risk of exposure to a number Side effects include irregular periods. The most popular forms of contraception of STIs, including the Human Immuno- It is estimated to be 99% effective. No it is a thin latex sheath that is put over deficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that can protection against STIs. the penis prior to intercourse. It works by welfare reps. lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency trapping the sperm during climax. When Syndrome (AIDS). Different people prefer THE MORNING AFTER PILL used properly and with spermicide it is different methods of contraception. If This form of contraception is an emer- 99% effective. Oil-based lubricant, such you are unsure which to use you can visit gency measure to stop you becoming as Vaseline, creams or lotions can make a family planning clinic where advice on pregnant if contraception fails or was holes in latex condoms. There may also sex and contraception are free. Below not used. It contains a high dose of be problems if the sheath comes off is some information regarding different hormones and although it is referred to ruptures and some sensitivity is often lost. methods of contraception. as the ‘morning after’ pill it can be taken However it offers consider able protec- up to 72 hours after intercourse but the tion against STIs during vaginal or anal WITHDRAWAL earlier it is taken the more likely it is to intercourse. The male withdraws his penis shortly be- work. No protection against STIs. fore ejaculation. Simple, highly unreliable FEMALE CONDOM and not recommended. No protection COIL against STIs. A coil (intrauterine device or IUD) is a are made of polyurethane, and not small flexible plastic and copper device, latex. So it is unlikely to provoke allergies, THE PILL sometimes T-shaped, which is inserted and should not be damaged by oil- About 100 million women worldwide by doctor into the uterus. It works by based lubricants. When used correctly use this method. In the UK roughly 1/3 of prevent ing the egg from settling in they are about 95% effective. Although women of reproductive age take the pill. the womb. There is no interference in not as popular as the male condom Although there are several types of pill intercourse but is unsuitable for women some women are keen on using it as a available in Britain there are two main with heavy periods or a history of pelvic way to control their own fertility. types of pill. Firstly there is the oestrogen infections. The coil can be inserted up to Often referred to as the Femi-Dom they DON’T PANIC 113 DIAPHRAGM tions. The patch can also fall off without You can also make your own dental The Diaphragm is soft rubber device, this being noticed thus ceasing to act dam by vertically cutting open a con- fitted into the vagina before intercourse as a contraceptive. No protection dom and spreading it flat, or by cutting to cover the cervix. It must be used in against STIs. the fingers off a rubber glove and slitting conjunction with spermicide which is a open the little finger side, leaving the substance that kills sperm. The cap need NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING thumb finger on the glove to be placed not interfere at all with intercourse and Also known as the rhythm method, now in the vagina. Remember to check all may protect against cervical cancer. a widely discredited theory, it works barrier methods, including condoms and The Diaphragm itself can be slightly on the principle that ovulation can be dental dams, for holes or perforations messy and will initially need to be fitted predicted and intercourse avoided at before use. by a Doctor. It offers little or no protec this time. How ever it can be up to 90% tion against STIs however it is 97% effec- effective if you have a highly regular TOYS tive when used properly. cycle. No protection against STIs. Sharing sex toys, for example vibrators, CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION DENTAL DAM toys before using them on your partner Known as ‘the jag’ in Scotland this form A dental dam is a thin latex sheet used or your self, especially if they have come of contraception is injected into the to limit transmission of bodily fluids dur- into contact with vaginal fluid, sperm, or muscle (usually the arm). The Injec- ing oral sex or mutual masturbation. In menstrual blood. Barrier methods such tion contains hormones which, like the cunnilingus or analingus, a dental dam as condoms and dental dams can also pill, prevent a woman from becom- covers the vulva or anus to allow oral be used on sex toys. ing pregnant. In Britain there are two stimulation of these areas. In female- types the first is Depo-Provera (medrox female genital contact, also known as yprogesterone), which is by far the more tribadism, the use of a dam as a barrier SEXUAL TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS commonly-used. It protects you almost inhibits the transmission of genital fluids Trust us, you don’t want these! STIs are fully against pregnancy for 12 weeks. The and thereby offers protection from STIs. prevalent amongst sexually active other is Noristerat (norethisterone) which During tribadism with another body part, young people. The best way to avoid provides contraceptive protection for a dental dam can be used as a barrier getting one (or more!) is to use a barrier eight weeks. The Injections are about to decrease the risk of transmission, es- contraception. Condoms are the most 99% effective. No protection against STIs. pecially if a woman’s partner has open common and effective, but using more cuts or sores on the applicable body than one form of contraception is even CONTRACEPTIVE PATCH part, for instance leg or stomach, or if better. A relatively new form of contraception the woman has vaginal cuts or sores. is always a bad idea. Be sure to clean See www.brook.org.uk for more infor- it often described as the skin version of the pill. It comes in the form of a self Lubricant can be used between the mation, support and advice on sexual adhesive patch. The patches last about stimulated area and the dam to create health. a week at which point it will need to be a higher level of sensation. When used replaced with a new one. Because it is correctly and consistently, dams de- so new there is not much information as crease the risk of HIV and oral-to-genital to what the potential side effects are. or genital-to-genital herpes transmission, About 2% women’s skin reacts badly to as well as genital warts and a number of the patch causing them to suffer irrita- other STIs. 114 DON’T PANIC WELL BEING Lectures, Classes, Essays, Debt, Homesick- WHAT HAPPENS IN COUNSELLING? ensure that the counselling service is ap- ness, Jobs, Late Nights, Early Mornings… Counselling involves talking, thinking and propriate and effective, the counsellor sometimes at LSE it can seem like it’s just doing. The counsellor may prompt you meets regularly with a trained supervisor one thing after another! Life as a student by asking questions and making obser- external to the institution. From time to at LSE can be a difficult and stressful vations that will help you to look at things time it is necessary for students to be experience. Just as it is important that in different ways in order to help you to referred to another agency either within you work, it is just as important that you find alternative ways to deal with your or outside LSE. If this occurs, the counsel- relax and take time out when necessary. problems. You will be actively involved in lor will ask for the student’s consent. This year student welfare is a top priority all aspects of the counselling. WHAT IF I FEEL EMBARRASSED? so the Students’ Union will be providing regular enrichment activities to improve WHAT IS A COUNSELLOR? People sometimes feel embarrassed your experience as a student here. The A counsellor is a trained professional talking about intimate matters. The Students’ Union is always there to provide experienced in dealing with a wide counsellors are trained to respect your help, support, information and advice or range of emotional and personal feelings and discuss any topic you may just somebody to listen. What follows is problems. Sheila Gill is a nationally ac- raise without judging or criticising you. some information and advice that may credited counsellor and trainer. She has make your time here a little less stressful. co-authored a number of books on the WHO SEEKS COUNSELLING? theory and practice of counselling. She Students, both undergraduates and COUNSELLING subscribes to the ethical code of The postgraduates, from diverse national People sometimes experience emotional British Association for Counsellors and groups and academic disciplines seek or personal problems that they find hard Psychotherapists. counselling. Problems and difficulties to cope with by themselves. These prob- students in the past have sought help lems may be to do with changed circum- LENGTH OF COUNSELLING with include: stances (setting into university life), difficul- Counselling may take less time than you • Settling into LSE/London ties in relationships, unexplained changes think. This will depend on the nature of • Loneliness and homesickness in mood, such as feeling low, anxious or your problem and will be discussed with • Depression stressed. When this happens, you may feel you during the first session. Sometimes • Unexplained change in mood such it useful to see a professional counsel- one session will be enough to restore as feeling miserable/tense/tearful lor. For students with deadlines to meet your confidence in order to solve your • Anxiety/panic and the constraints of the examination problem. At other times several sessions • Exam stress system, such difficulties can at times feel may be needed up to a maximum of 6. • Harassment overwhelming and have a serious impact A session lasts about 45/50 minutes. Stu- • Issues about sex and sexuality on their ability to sustain academic dents will be invited to arrange a review • Unplanned pregnancy performance. Counselling can help by date to ensure progress is maintained. • Self harm exploring with you the problems you ex- • Suicide (If you have suicidal thoughts/ perience and your attempts to solve the IS THE SERVICE CONFIDENTIAL? thoughts of self harm/currently self harm, problem. New ways of coping will also be The service is absolutely confidential, it is advisable to make contact directly explored. The approach to counselling at which means your identity and anything with your doctor. the Students’ Union is based on system- you talk about with the counsellor will • Acute concern on behalf of another atic and cognitive behavioural therapies not be shared with anyone. All docu- student and is focused on problem solving. mentation will be kept locked away. To • Disability DON’T PANIC 115 dealing with a range of emotional and LONDON NIGHTLINE personal problems. She is available on London Nightline has offered a tele- Note: It is advisable for every student to Fridays at the Advice Centre, between phone helpline, and now an email be registered with a general practitioner. the hours of 10:00 – 15:00. For details service, to students in London since Students who live in the catchment area of the LSE Student Counselling Service, 1971. They are a confidential listening, of St Philips Medical Centre can register please see TLC website or http://www. support and information service. Night- with a doctor there. lse.ac.uk/collections/studentCounsel- line receive thousands of calls each lingService/ year from students like you, from all over • Serious medical conditions DOES IT COST ANYTHING? the city who are looking for information DISABILITIES or just someone to talk to. Calls can be If at any point during you time at LSE you about anything and everything, includ- WHERE IS IT LOCATED? become ill, develop a disability, mental ing academic work, relationships, health The Advice and Counselling Centre at health problem or become aware of a and depression. the Students’ Union. See p99 possible learning difficulty, contact the The counselling service is free to LSE students. Disability and Well Being Office. They will HOW DO I MAKE CONTACT? be able to help! They will talk through any Either telephone or drop into the Advice problems you are having and help you find and Counselling Centre. The counsellor solutions. If you suspect you might be dys- is available on Fridays 10am-3pm. Sheila lexic they will be able to test you and then Gill is a trained counsellor experienced in 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, Idiotâ€™s Guide to living on your own, Where to go. LONDON LIVING 117 LIVING IN HALLS LSE offers a portfolio of ten halls and ing or new events, possibly expanding In addition to these, Sustainability private flats, spanning a range of prices, the horizons of individual halls then Champions within each hall volunteer facilities, sizes and locations. The variety don’t be afraid to raise them with the to promote particular simple changes means that all first year undergraduates President or other committee members and ideas which can make a big dif- and most new postgraduate students in your hall. ferent to the carbon footprint of the are guaranteed a place, with the best hall. If you would like to get involved, ratio of students to hall places of any In addition to your committee, the War- gain some great experience and meet London university. Your time in halls dens team is responsible for ensuring the new people within your hall talk to your should be enjoyable experience for all. general safety and security of residents, hall Environment Officer, or Hero, the as well as acting to enable pleasant Students’ Union Environment & Ethics As well as the committees in place in relations between residents. You will be Officer. each hall, there is a large support net- introduced to your team of Wardens work helping you to settle in to London shortly after arrival, and again these are UNIVERSITY OF LONDON and everything being at LSE brings. The friendly and approachable people who In addition to the diverse collection of team of wardens and hall staff will be live on site and can signpost you to par- halls offered by LSE, many students find ale to point you in the right direction ticular services including contraception, their home in London within one of eight when it comes to advice, maintenance health services, and counselling. intercollegiate halls. est pub or local attractions. You’ll be It’s important you feel at home in The opportunity offers a more varied introduced to them shortly after arrival, whichever residence you are in. No student body than the social scientist but their details can all be found on student should feel intimidated by either dominated LSE with the chance to the Accommodation Office website. their fellow residents or hall staff on any interact with musicians, linguists, engi- Remember if you have any queries or issue whether race, language, culture, neers and scientists and enable you to issues during your time in halls, talk to sexuality etc. If you are experiencing expand your network in London. If you your wardens or the Students’ Union any problems within your residence, do do encounter any difficulties during your Residences Officer. approach the committee and Warden stay in UL halls, do let the Residences if possible. Officer or Education and Welfare Officer issues, or even identifying the near- SUPPORT AND WELFARE know, and the matter will be taken up. elected committee, consisting of current ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY students, already in their second or third Both the LSE Students’ Union and the year of study who possess a wealth of School have made huge steps forward knowledge about the hall, its location, in terms of environmental success over local area and facilities available to the past few years. We are committed new students. In order to do this, every to changing the way in which residents hall charges a termly common room and students think about the environ- fee of between £10 and £15 funding film ment, and our halls play a big part in nights, boat parties and other activities this. A number of different initiatives are throughout the year. Remember, this in place across the halls, including a na- is your money, and your committee, so tional Student Switch Off campaign and should you have any ideas for interest- Zero Waste Management programmes. Each residence will have its own 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 so there’s no real rush once your hall ing a deposit. Details on the scheme guaranteed for all new undergraduate contract finishes. Spend some time can be found at: www.direct.gov.uk/ students, and for most postgraduates looking around – visit different areas and en/TenancyDeposit/index.htm it won’t be long before you are thrown discover what you really want. into the London property market and Expect to pay at least £100 per week the trials and tribulations it brings. For The Students’ Union Advice and Coun- per person anywhere in London. Obvi- many it’s the first time away from home, selling Centre offers a FREE contract ously the further in to the centre, the living in a private property, and whilst the checking service. The University of Lon- more you’ll pay, though it will depend on experience is both enlightening and en- don Housing Service also offers contract how many people you share with, living joyable for most, it also brings a number checking and advice. space and how few mice as flat mates of important areas to think about. FINDING A FLAT you want to live with! GUARANTORS If you are a student without a regular COUNCIL TAX Searching for a flat in London can be a income, you will need to show your Council tax is a regressive tax payable time-consuming and tedious job. Most landlord proof of how you will pay your to your local council in order to satisfy flats are advertised through letting rent. Usually, this will take the form of a local services and amenities such as re- agents and various property websites. guarantor: a person willing to cover your fuse disposal, libraries and street lighting. Letting agents will usually charge an liabilities and provide proof of their in- Each property is placed in a particular administration fee of between £30-100 come. Often, it is a requirement to have band, with prices ranging depending per person when you sign a contract. a UK national as your guarantor. This is a on the size of the property, however cal- particular issue for international students: culations of value are generally based Good websites include www.gumtree. please seek advice at the Advice and on inaccurate and out-of-date data, com, www.ononemap.com, www.find- Counselling Centre if you have any which often leads to the individual pay- aproperty.com and http://housing. problems. The Students’ Union is current- ing significantly more than they should. london.ac.uk. ly developing a Rent Guarantor scheme The average annual levy on property in for international students which hopes to England was £1,175 in 2009. CONTRACTS be in place for September 2010. Most letting contracts for shared flats Registered full-time students are exempt will be Joint Liability Assured Shorthold RENT & DEPOSITS from paying council tax assuming all Tenancies. Bit of a mouthful, but essen- Rent will almost always be paid monthly, individuals in your property are students. tially it gives you some legal protections in advance. You will also be expected to If you happen to be living with non- (landlord can’t just chuck you out) and pay a refundable deposit of approxi- students, unfortunately council tax is also some responsibilities. If one person mately six weeks rent in advance. This payable (with a 25% discount if there is doesn’t pay up, everybody in the flat is means you will have to pay around 10 just one non-student in the household). jointly liable. Do get contracts checked weeks rent when you sign a contract Students cannot be held liable for coun- before signing, and look out for further on a new place. Wave goodbye to your cil tax in this situation, but would normally information about rent, guarantors and Student Loan! Make sure your landlord be expected to make a contribution. landlord obligations when considering subscribes to the Tenancy Deposit Pro- private accommodation. Due to the tection scheme, which provides protec- To ensure your council tax exemption, high turn-over of property within London, tion to you by preventing landlords and you will need to print off your certificate contracts can be started at any time letting agencies from unfairly withhold- of registration from LSE for You and take LONDON LIVING 119 it along to Student Services with your LSE the worse it will get. When you move in sion. Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk for ID card to get it stamped. Only after remember to check the current meter more information and to pay online. this can you send it to your local council ratings for water, gas and electricity if to achieve the exemption. Don’t put you haven’t got a top-up meter in your SQUATTING it off! Many LSE students have ended house. Most bills can be paid by direct Squatting is a free, but often very up with court hearings over council tax debit, straight to the utility company – insecure way of living. Whilst the price bills they weren’t even liable for. There at least this way you’ll know it’s been difference can seem incredibly tempt- are particular issues around council tax paid (assuming there’s money in your ing, there are many legal risks which and students undertaking PhDs. Again, account!). you should be aware of. London has if you encounter any problems, contact the ACC. many squats often illegally attained and In addition to utilities, you’ll probably inhabited, and the Students’ Union does also find yourself entering into contracts not advise students to squat in proper- BILLS for phone lines and internet access, all ties which are not legally empty. Remember that unlike in LSE accom- of which can add up, so make sure you modation, living privately comes with budget properly and know your exact For more information on squatting in the added bonus of lots more bills to outgoings each month. Despite ideas to London, see www.urban75.com/Ac- pay. Don’t ignore the letters landing on the contrary, you do still have to buy an tion/squat.html your doormat – the longer you leave it, TV licence if you’re watching live televi- 120 LONDON LIVING LIVING ON YOUR OWN MAKING A BUDGET positive effects on all aspects of your life, If you want to avoid that embarrass- from concentrating in class to bending ing phone call home to ask for more better during your yoga workout. money, then budgeting might be worth the loss of kudos. Having said that, the WASHING Orientation Festival 2009 is where your Learn how to use a washing machine! budget should be spent, from joining the Someone in halls will have expertise in Hummus Society to getting your ticket this field…Watch and learn (or persuade for the biggest student night in London, them to take on your washing as well). Crush! When your account says you are Either way, no-one will like you if you’re overdrawn to the tune of £250, and the stinking the place up. Apparently you parents have said “no”, then perhaps shouldn’t mix colours with whites, and it’s time to politely ask your bank for an reds should be washed on their own. extension to your overdraft. For the more Cottons adds a whole new dimension prudent students you can follow our of confusion to the situation. Although it SU Treasurer’s advice, to make a list of might be tempting to take your sweaty income for the term, as well as necessary shirts to a charity shop and then buy expenditure (fine dining, beer, designer them back for £2.50, all nicely washed clothes), and luxury expenditure (statio- and ironed, you’ll be much better off nery, coursebooks, rent). buying some detergent and learning how to use the machine. If you are COOKING AND EATING already an expert at washing, try and Fast food = good food. At least, that’s help out a novice. INTRO what the faceless Multi National Corpo- You may think moving out and living rations tell you with their zombifying pro- TRAVELLING on your own is a fantastic opportunity paganda. If you can’t cook, then learn. Travelling in London is at first a nightmare, to party late, get up to mischief, and There are hundreds of recipes online, but quickly becomes easier. First thing to leave your room as untidy as possible. and getting cooking equipment can do is make sure you pick up your student In reality it’s an up heaving experience be surprisingly cheap. Although buying oyster card, available during Orientation. which means you have to grow up – fast. food out means no cooking, washing up, If you’re not sure how to get somewhere, Tempting as it may be to stay at home or waiting, being able to get creative head to www.tfl.gov.uk and it will plan (where you can expect a nice meal with your new found culinary skills is as your route around the city for you. If ready for you after a hard day’s study- rewarding to the body as it is to your you are looking to expand your cultural ing, your clothes are miraculously re- wallet. Fortunately, food on-the-go in horizons by exploring some of Europe’s moved from the bathroom floor, cleaned London isn’t all that bad: there has been finer destinations there are many low and ironed, and appear in your ward- a recent boon of fresh and healthy budget airlines who offer incredibly low robe, and some magic person makes eateries that sell a good lunch at a fairs across Europe, so keep your eyes your bed for you while you are away) reasonable price. Just remember, like peeled! (Try www.kayak.co.uk to find the reality is that the time has come to Mrs. Pritchard told you at primary school: the cheapest flights around). look after yourself. In all, moving out puts “It is important to maintain a healthy, an end to the gravy train. balanced diet.” Eating right will have LONDON LIVING 121 TRANSPORT London is a very congested city, and journeys, you should get an Oystercard. When traveling on a bus using an Oys- given LSE’s very central location, almost A typical tube journey, which costs just tercard, touch it once against a card everyone commutes. Running a car in £1.50 with an Oystercard, will set you reader. It is not necessary to touch again London is unaffordable and impractical. back £4 if you are paying cash. before you leave the bus. If you do, It is advisable to walk whenever possible. you’ll be charged for the price of two When that isn’t possible, London’s public If you are paying for your travel with your journeys! Most buses have a front door transport system is one of the best in the pay-as-you-go credit, the Oystercard and a middle door. As you will soon find world (when it works). However, it tends has a nifty thing called ‘daily capping’. out, you should enter the bus through to get overcrowded during peak times. It means that however many journeys the front and leave through the middle. The main forms of public transport are you make in one day (4AM to 4AM), you The exception to this are the long, articu- the Tube, Buses, Trams and Docklands will not be charged more than the price lated ‘bendy’ buses. On these, you can Light Railway. London is separated into of the Day Travelcard or Bus Pass for the enter and leave through any door. ‘zones’ by Transport for London. The zones you have traveled through. To closer to central London you are, the get even more out of this, present your TUBE lower the zone number. There are 9 Oystercard and your 16-25 Railcard (see The Tube or ‘underground’ is the world’s zones in total, spanning the whole of below) to a ticket office at any tube sta- oldest and longest underground railway London. The prices of fares and travel- tion. They will then register your Oyster- system. Using the tube is extremely easy cards reflect how many zones you are card for an additional 30% discount on and usually quick, reliable and safe. It travelling through. the daily cap (off-peak only). Bargain! is best for medium to long journeys but OYSTERCARD & DISCOUNTS You can check the balance on your An Oystercard is an electronic card Oystercard and add credit at any tube which can be loaded with credit to stations as well as many newsagents. Tube services run from 5am-12am spend on travel. It is undoubtedly the When traveling by bus and tube, every approximately. Often, servicing and cheapest and most convenient way to time you touch your Oyster card before planned engineering works make the travel on public transport, so get one! travel, the remaining credit balance is tube unavailable for public use. These Most students are entitled to apply for a displayed. If your balance is too low to are usually carried out at weekends Student Oystercard, which entitles you make a journey your card will be refused or on public holidays. During these to a 30% discount on Travelcards or Bus at the entrance and you will need to times, replacement bus services should Passes (for one week or more). However, add more credit. operate, but journey times may be can sometimes end up taking longer if you cannot obtain a discount on 1-day- used for short journeys. longer than normal. The Tube network BUS is separated into various lines – each of Buses are often the easiest and cheap- which has a specific route. Many stations Applications for Student Oyster Cards est way of getting around. London’s bus are interchanges between lines. Often, can be made online at tfl.gov.uk/pho- system is very well designed, and you will to reach your desired tube stop, you will tocard or alternatively a form can be usually find a bus going where you want have to change lines within the under- picked up from the Students’ Union Help to. Some buses run 24 hours, while others ground network – at no additional cost. Desk. There is an application fee of £5. change from a day bus to a night bus. Oystercards can electronically store Bus Night buses are prefixed with an N, have When traveling on the Tube, you must Passes, Travelcards and pay-as-you-go the same number but sometimes slightly place your Oystercard on the reader both credit. Even if you plan to make very few different routes. at the start and end of each journey. Travelcards or pay-as-you-go journeys. 122 LONDON LIVING TRANSPORT There are a few stations which have no A 16-25 Railcard (available to 16-25 year Last year over 200 women were sexu- ticket barriers. At these stations, it is impera- olds and all university students) allows all ally assaulted in illegal minicabs. Often tive that you find the card reader and tickets to be reduced by a third of the these situations start off with a random place your card on it. Otherwise, you may price. In 2009 this card cost £26 for a year. stranger asking whether you’d like a lift. have to pay a fine of £20 or face prosecu- The only restriction is that if you travel at Never accept these offers: they may be tion. The Tube gets very crowded and or before 10am Monday to Friday (ex- criminals in disguise. hot during the summer, so always carry a cept during July and August) a minimum bottle of water. fare will apply. www.16-25railcard.co.uk Maps of the Tube are available for free TAXI travel around London. But most certainly at Tube stations and online. Unfortunately Taking a taxi will probably get you to not the safest, so take precautions. After we are unable to reproduce them in this your destination quicker than any other years of cycling around London you’ll guide due to copyright restrictions. Tube form of public transport, and is definitely learn a few facts, but for those not in the services within the zones shown. There is the safest option to take when traveling know here’s the low down. If it is big, red, also a Tube Access map, which details home late at night. There are three types moves a lot faster than you and fills you the 48 stations which have step-free ac- of taxis in London: Black cabs, minicabs with fear, chances are it’s a bendy bus. cess to the platform. www.tfl.gov.uk and unlicensed taxis. Black cabs can Best not get into a race with it, it’ll always be hailed on the street. They are reli- win. Make sure you are always in sight RAIL able, safe and driven by expert drivers of the driver, watch the bus indicators You can travel outside of London by who have taken extensive training and never ever try and pull in front of train or by coach. Though coaches are (‘the Knowledge’). They are also quite a moving bus. Those green tracks scat- cheaper, trains are much faster and expensive. tered around London are cycle-lanes, CYCLING The healthiest and greenest way to deliver a more comfortable journey. www.nationalrail.co.uk they’re for you. Stay in them and you’ll Alternatively, you can opt to travel in a be safe. Be aware of your surroundings licensed minicab. They are cheaper than constantly – a pot-hole is no problem for Booking in advance (sometimes up to Black cabs, but not as reliable. A minicab the four-wheel drive, the same is not true 12 weeks for maximum savings) on to must be booked in advance. A minicab of the cyclist. specific journeys will save you incredible driver is not allowed to pick up custom- amounts on train fares. Buying two single ers directly from the road. You can order Never ever drink and cycle. It is against tickets may sometimes be cheaper than a minicab by telephone, or from outside the law and a danger to everyone on a return. www.megatrain.com and the Minicab company’s office. Make the road, yourself included. www.virgintrains.co.uk offer very cheap sure you agree the fare before starting fares on certain routes. For example, a the journey. You can find a list of local Despite being about as unfashionable standard open return to Manchester can companies from Yellow Pages, which is as possible – a cycle helmet can save cost £230. Booking in advance, you could available online at www.yell.com (under your life – make it a rule that you never pay as little as £2 for the same journey. the category “taxis and private hire get on your bike without it on. Currently, only some of the National Rail vehicles”). stations in London accept Oystercards. If Traffic lights apply to all road users. you plan to use some local London train Never get into an unlicensed illegal mini- Red means stop and is applicable to services as part of your journey it may be cab. A licensed minicab should have a everyone. So don’t speed through a red must be booked in advance. yellow licensing disc on its windscreen. 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 as well. www.nationalexpress.com and Netherlands (via Channel Tunnel). London is getting better and is an excel- • Megabus – cheaper than national www.eurostar.com lent way to keep fit. For the best cycle express. A limited number of tickets on • RailEurope - railway service to the routes from your hall/residence to the each bus are available at £1! However, following places – France, Germany, LSE visit www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner the cost rises as more people book Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and edit the search options so that only seats and as the date of travel gets Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Bel- ‘Cycling’ is selected. This will chose the closer. Tickets can be booked starting gium, Luxembourg, Hungary and Croatia. route most recommended by cyclists. about 6 weeks before the date of travel. www.raileurope.co.uk You can also get cycling maps of London From London, coaches depart from the • International Rail - for travels to other delivered to you, for FREE. Again, simply Greenline Coach Station (nearest tube is European cities. go to tfl.gov.uk Victoria). www.megabus.com www.internationalrail.com COACH EUROPE from London throughout Europe. The two main coach company networks Once again, the two main ways (ex- www.nationalexpress.com/eurolines that provide for travel all around UK are: cluding air travel) to travel to and from • Eurolines -operated coach services Europe is by train or by coach: • National Express -the largest coach NOTE: To travel outside of UK – you may require a ‘Schengen’ visa. This will de- company. Students have the option • Eurostar -direct railway service from pend on your nationality (passport). For of buy a Young Person’s Coachcard London St. Pancras to France, Belgium more information, see ‘VISA’ section. 124 LONDON LIVING FOOD AND MARKETS You can’t eat out every night FOOD SHOPPING its original price. Every supermarket Caribbean food markets that has local The cheapest place to buy food in Lon- branch has specific days on which most art displays and reggae music in the don is usually from one of the big super- of their edibles expire and hence those background! market chains such as Tesco,Sainsburys, days are usually busy with customers • Greenwich Market: Church Road, Morrisons and Asda. These stores can be buying reduced food in bulk! For ex- Greenwich, SE10. Open Thursday-Friday found in most places around London. ample, Sainsbusy’s usually bring in fresh 7:30am-5:30pm and Saturday-Sunday Several also offer online shopping in stock on Mondays. Therefore Saturdays 9:30am-5:30 pm. Pretty undercover case you feel like lazing around at home and Sundays are ideal to grab some market packed with handcrafted items, instead of going shopping. The nearest cheap food. collectables and antiques. www.greenwich-market.co.uk supermarket to LSE is a mid-sized Sainsbury’s, located opposite Holborn tube Fruit and vegetables are usually cheap- • Portobello Road Market: Portobello station – 5 minutes walk from LSE. er and fresher if bought from a market Road, W10 & W11. Open Saturday 5:30 or at a greengrocer rather than from a am – 5pm. (Shops are open Monday- There are also discount supermarkets supermarket. In most of the busy streets, Saturday). The largest market in London scattered around London. They usually there are fruit-sellers that sell fruit for very selling everything from antiques and stock unknown or own brand goods at low prices. In fact, there is one right next clothes to food, books and bric-abrac. very good prices. These goods are quite to Holborn tube station. www.portobelloroad.co.uk often of the same or higher quality than • Shepherd’s Bush Market: Uxbridge known brands (usually produced in the MARKETS Road & Goldhawk Road, W12. Open same factories). Aldi and Lidl are the There are over 300 markets in London Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and kings of this market and are particularly selling a vast variety of goods (food and Saturday (8:30am-6pm) and Sunday good for cured meats, alcohol and con- more!). These markets are located away (8:30am-3pm). Go there and feast your tinental ingredients. Netto and Iceland from the bustling high street branded money on exotic fish, Halal meats, Afro- are best avoided. shops and hence are ideal for students Caribbean vegetables and lots more. to find bargains on fresh food, and other Learning to cook will be a good skill to goods such as plants and antiques too. have during your time at university. Not Also, be sure to visit a Farmers’ Market. These are places where the farmers and only will you save loads of money and • Billingsgate Fish Market: Trafalgar growers come along to sell a wide variety eat the food you want to, but you’ll also Way, Isle of Dogs, E14. Open Tuesday – of produce directly to the public. They find yourself extremely popular, too! Saturday (5 am – 8:30 am). Almost every offer fresh, seasonal and often organic type of fish and seafood sold! www. food that are high in quality. Everything If you use the same supermarket regularly, billingsgate-market.co.uk from meat, cheeses, fish, fruits, vegetables, you should apply for its loyalty card. Show • Borough Market: 8 Southwark Street, breads and vegetables are sold.Be sure this each time you shop to collect “points”. SE1. Open Friday 12pm-6pm and Satur- to visit www.farmersmarket.net, www. The more you shop, the more points you day 9 am-4pm. One of the city’s oldest lfm.org.uk accumulate and eventually you will be and largest (sheltered) food markets granted free shopping coupons based on selling food from all over the world. how many points you have. www.boroughmarket.co.uk • Brixton Market: Brixton Station Road, Most supermarkets sell food that is SW9. Open Monday to Saturday (9am- near its expiration date cheaper than sunset). Visit one of Europe’s largest LONDON LIVING 125 ETIQUETTE Britain is a green and pleasant land, on your left hand side. Your glass should you in shops, bars and restaurants. where the monarch rules with an iron be on the right hand side. • Shake hands, but beware that some fist and the lower classes look up to their • At very formal occasions, it is com- religions prohibit women from having masters. In fact, Britain is no longer any mon to start the meal with a toast to the contact with men. of these things (apart, perhaps, from Queen. the class hangup), but there are certain • Ask to be excused to go to the toilet. norms and customs which every one in • When you get your bill, if it says “service Britain should be aware of, if only for the not included”, you should add around sake of amusement. 10% for a tip, unless the food or service has been particularly bad. Waiting staff CONVERSATION earn very low wages and depend on The cliché is true: the Brits love to talk these tips to supplement their income, so about the weather. If you are ever stuck don’t penny pinch! for something to say, a polite comment IF YOU ARE EVER STUCK FOR SOMETHING TO SAY, A POLITE COMMENT ABOUT HOW RAINY OR SUNNY IT IS OFTEN GOES DOWN WELL Don’t • Burp, fart, pick your nose or spit in public. about how rainy or sunny it is often goes DRINKING It’s not nice! down well. There are certain things that • People in Britain tend to buy drinks in • Invade someone’s’ personal space the British don’t like to talk about with rounds when you go for a drink it is com- unless you know them very well. Hugging, people they barely know. Topics to avoid mon to ask those you are drinking with kissing and touching are off limits, sorry! include, but are not limited to: money what they would like. When it is their turn, • Reserve study or computer spaces then (especially earnings), age, appear- they should do likewise. disappear for hours. It’s so annoying. ance, sex and anything personal. Really, • If you spill someone’s pint, offer to buy • Speak loudly in the Library it’s not a it depends on context and how well them another. common room! you know someone: at dinner parties, • You don’t need to tip at pubs and animated conservations about politics most bars. If you are at a flash venue, are considered bad manners. your drinks are delivered to your table or you get your change back in a little silver At LSE, there are many students from plate, then tipping is at your discretion. a variety of national, cultural, religious, • One of the most annoying parts of political, economic and parental back- going out in Britain is the toilet attendant. grounds. Bear this in mind when speak- They stand by the sinks in clubs and bars ing to people: it’s not nice to offend, so waiting for you to wash your hands, tread carefully! expecting a pound tip for giving you a squirt of soap and perfume. Tipping is usu- EATING ally expected if you use their goods. • Don’t talk with food in your mouth it’s very bad manners. Do • If there are several knives, forks and • Stand in line. The Brits love to queue. spoons set out at your place, use the • Open doors for people, especially those outside cutlery first, then work your way in with disabilities or mobility problems. for each course. • Say please and thank you lots, especial- • If there is a plate for bread, use the one ly to people who are nice to you or serve 126 LONDON LIVING EATING Around campus QUAD CAFE THE BEST OF THE REST... GARRICK - ALDWYCH The Quad, East Building WRIGHTS BAR - NEXT TO THE OLD On the site of the former ‘Columbia Bar’ Term time: Monday - Friday: 9am – 9pm BUILDING ENTRANCE the Garrick is the LSE’s premium catering The prices may fluctuate with the weath- experience. It was also paid for by an If you’re looking for fine dining, look er but without a doubt this is an LSE LSE alumnus who met his future wife in elsewhere. However, the Quad Cafe institution. This is the favoured venue to the Brunch Bowl and wanted to create is the home of affordable, healthy pick up lunch for a huge spectrum of LSE another social space on campus where and tasty lunches. There’s also a huge societies, from some of our most famous students could meet in an alcohol-free range of hot and cold drinks on offer professors to our cleaners. Maria and environment, and also meet future -and they can even make smoothies Giuseppe may not be serving traditional spouses. on demand. The Students’ Union cafe Italian cuisine but at these prices you offers breakfast, and serves pani- can’t complain. Their all day breakfast is If the intention was to bring people nis and other hot food until the early the stuff of legend... together it’s equally certainly true that evening. The food is reasonably priced, the Garrick divides the LSE population and there’s a good range of healthy FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE BRUNCH into two. Those who eat in the Garrick food as well as some cakes for when BOWL - 4TH FLOOR, OLD BUILDING and those who think its horrendously you’re feeling particularly decadent. Under going extensive redevelop- overpriced. Having said that the Garrick Filled bagels cost about £1.50, salad ment last summer the space has been comes into its own when you’re look- boxes and sandwiches around £2 transformed from a school canteen ing to get an all expenses paid meal and hot meals for under a fiver. As of into a school canteen design by IKEA. courtesy of the Bank of Mum and Dad. this year the Café is going a little up This multi-purpose space will be home The ‘grab and go’ option in the morn- market, you’ll order hot food from the to your lunchtime meal as well as your ing is also a godsend for early morning counter and we’ll deliver it to your graduation reception. lectures in the Old Theatre. HARE KRISHNA - OUTSIDE WRIGHT’S PLAZA CAFE - OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY BAR, HOUGHTON ST Fulfilling all your dietary needs when you Just before 1 o’clock you may notice need a quick five minute break from the Clement’s Inn (outside Tower 1) groups of students milling around on library. The best thing about the plaza is Term time: Monday - Friday: 8am - 3.30pm Houghton Street pretending to look busy. that it’s open every day of the week, so No matter how they try to dress it up you can always nip in for a coffee if your If you’re looking for the best pure grade they’re only waiting for one thing and mind starts to wander during a Saturday A Colombian on campus this is the that’s free food from the orange Krishna revision session. There’s a good range of place to go. With new seating and tricycle. Whilst visually not the greatest fair trade teas and coffees although the umbrellas, this is the smoker’s choice and advertisement for vegan food, it is all sandwiches are a bit on the expensive the tastiest coffee on campus. You can organic and has certainly built up a cult side. One top tip to remember is that also enjoy the finest Monmouth coffee following amongst masters students. if you’re on campus on a Sunday its whilst soaking up the “architectural However, not everyone’s happy with the usually worth visiting the plaza before it beauty” of the three Towers. It’s a great Krishna’s free food peddling -expect a closes at four because they give away place to go if you’ve missed breakfast continuation of last year’s turf war with all the sandwiches which they haven’t and have to dash to an early morning Wright’s bar. been able to sell for free. table whether your in the Quad or in the Tuns (we’ll even provide cutlery!!!) COFFEE CART Russian class in one of the Towers. LONDON LIVING 127 CAFE PEPE - 3RD FLOOR, salads and drinks for LSE students be- in a Neapolitan brick oven. Very quick CLEMENT HOUSE tween 11am-12 noon and 2pm-10pm. service, very cheap prices (around £5 Most students will probably spend their each) and huge portions make this entire time at LSE without ever finding FIRE & STONE - 31/32 MAIDEN LANE, out where Cafe Pepe is. This is not surpris- COVENT GARDEN ing given the fact that it’s hidden on the Nice pizza place with a twist: the top- INDIAN VEG - 92-93 CHAPEL MARKET, N1 3rd floor of Clement House - its not even pings for each pizza is based on a differ- An all-you-can-eat vegan Indian place, open early making it useless as a venue ent country. Some weird ingredients, but very popular with Rosebery residents to get your pre-class caffeine fix. It does, it usually works. Check their website for due to the attractive price tag: just £3.50 however, serve hot soup and panini and special offers: every lunchtime you can each. the fact no one goes there makes it the get a beer and a pizza for £5.50. place incredibly busy every lunchtime. SAPPHO MEZE BAR - 9 CLAPHAM HIGH perfect spot for dangerous liaisons. BIERODROME - 67 KINGSWAY STREET, SW4 CAFE AMICI - 1 KINGSWAY Belgian bar and restaurant with an amaz- Family run Greek meze restaurant. £10 Despite the Italian name their pasta is ing selection of (expensive) beers and a per head for an enormous meal of what- average, go for the baked potatoes couple of good offers on food. Beat the ever they’ve cooked that day! Too many instead which are always fantastic. Clock is the one to go for: arrive between courses to remember, let alone eat. They 5.30pm and 7.30pm and pay for the time will cater for veggies and vegans. NEAR LSE you order (e.g. 5.30pm = £5.30). Try the ECCO - 186 DRURY LANE mussels or the spitroast chicken. BEST TAVA - 17 STOKE NEWINGTON ROAD, N16 Extremely close to High Holborn Hall and about 10 minutes walk from campus is WAGAMAMAS - 1 TAVISTOCK STREET, One of countless Turkish places around this great little pizzeria where you can COVENT GARDEN Stokey/Dalston. Good food cooked in pick up a fairly authentic 11” pizza for Healthy noodle place. Check their front of you. Try the lahmacun (turkish around £4. The furniture’s a little weird web-site for frequent buy one get one pizza, £1.40) or one of the grilled kebabs. but this place is a little gem. free offers. DON QUIXOTE - 101 KINGSWAY KNIGHT’S TEMPLAR - 95 CHANCERY The best ribs in London. Sit upstairs in Their ‘club sandwiches’ are made right LANE the diner and go for the ‘pig out for a in front of you and are always a good Part of the Wetherspoons pub chain, tenner’: full rack of babyback ribs, fries, option for lunch. The fact this place stays does standard pub grub at ridiculously slaw and unlimited soft drinks for £10. Go open ridiculously late make it the ideal low prices. Toilets are award winning; the on Tuesday nights for half price steaks. destination after Fresh or a late night decor is amazing. Go on Tuesdays for library session during the exam period. Grill Night. BODEAN’S - 10 POLAND STREET, W1F You probably don’t want to go there if you’re on a diet. HAWKSMOOR - 157 COMMERCIAL ST, E1 The best steak in London. Hugely expen- ELSEWHERE sive but worth it! Ginger Pig meat, triple FRANCO MANCA cooked chips and huge desserts. HUMMUS BROS - SOUTHAMPTON ROW MARKET ROW, BRIXTON, SW9 The UK’s first (and only) hummus bar. The best pizza in London. Organic buf- Eat in or takeaway their yummy topped fallo mozzarella, home made lemonade hummous at very low prices. Half price 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 Temple station. traditional DD’s sandwiches. within 5 minutes walking distance from • Tinsel town: American style halal diner • Tesco’s on Goodge Street (tube to each other, on Kingsway, around the cor- which serves great food and milkshakes. Goodge street tube station, or 15 minutes ner from LSE. They do not serve Halal subs, The nearest train station is Farringdon. walk from LSE) has a Kosher section but you can still make your own sand- • Brick Lane – Known as the ‘Curry Mile’ where one can buy dips etc, but does wiches using tuna or veggie fillings. There around some parts of UK. It’s a massive not have a dry Kosher food section. are also countless Subway branches, all line of Bangladeshi restaurants serving • Euston Hillel -situated on Endsleigh over London. great curries and South Asian delica- Street, near UCL, sells a variety of • Ola Café and Bristo – Located at the cies for reasonable prices. A lot of the Kosher foods at lunchtimes, ranging end of Shaftesbury Avenue (and just restaurants are Halal, but make sure you from sandwiches to hotdogs and around the corner from High Holborn ask before you eat, just to be on the safe vegetarian burgers (nothing meaty). halls). It’s good for a bit of variety, and side. It’s reachable by hopping onto the • Ruebens -Kosher restaurant situated the quality of the food is high, but so District Line or Hammersmith and City Line on Baker Street, a few minutes walk are the prices. and stopping off at Aldgate East Station. from Baker Street station. Downstairs is • Café Pepe – In Clement House (D • Edgeware Road – Mini ‘Middle East’ a somewhat expensive restaurant, whilst building), which serves great paninis. The with rows of Arabic restaurants and super- upstairs is a cheaper deli selling a wide Quad and the Students’ Union shop also markets, providing excellent kebabs (and range- of Kosher traditional meaty foods. serve Halal food – wraps and paninis. sheesha too!). It can be a bit expensive, • Six-13 - Kosher restaurant on Wigmore Aside from that the Brunch Bowl also hence students avoid going there on a Street, with a wide range of delicious serves some Halal sandwiches and wraps. regular basis. Reach by getting the tube food, but is extremely expensive. to Edgware Road tube station. Also, you • Bevis Marks is a large fancy restaurant Outside Holborn: can have a glance at www.citymuslims. situated in the East End of London. It sells • East London (Whitechapel and Green org/halalfood.asp mainly ‘meaty’ dishes, and the food is Street): There are lots of Halal Indian delicious, but it doesn’t fit most students’ Restaurants and fried chicken shops, KOSHER budgets. It is right next to Be-vis Marks and its very cheap as well! All you need Courtesy of the Jewish Society Synagogue, on Bevis Marks Road. to do is hop on the district line from • The Quad Cafe sells all types of the LONDON LIVING 129 DRINKING On campus & elsewhere THE THREE TUNS definitely worth a visit. Here’s the low tremely cheap drinks there may be very Clare Market Building, Houghton Street down on the ‘spoons in our local area: little room to move when it is busy (which Term time: Monday - Thursday: 11AM - is often) but this is one of the best pubs THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR - CAREY STREET in London. Just get there early, grab a Is the classier if more expensive option, booth and enjoy the sumptuous sur- In the beginning this WAS the Students’ with high ceilings and fancy decor. It’s roundings. Union. Things have moved on a little bit the favoured option as venue for LSE since those days but ‘the Tuns’ is still a Students’ Union society events. 11PM, Friday: 11AM - 2AM YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE WINE OFFICE COURT, 145 FLEET STREET focal point on campus. At the time of going to print the Students’ Union was THE SHAKESPEARE’S HEAD - Hidden away, just off Fleet Street this pub preparing to bring you a new look Three 63 KINGSWAY is what the word ‘quintessential’ was Tuns. Unconfirmed reports suggested all The more traditional Wetherspoons of invented for. With sawdust on the floor, a change. The Tuns will however still play the area with gratuitous use of “mood myriad of small rooms on different floors host to the regular Quiz Night, AU Night lighting” to hide how disgusting the and in winter an open log fire, this is the and not forgetting Crush! furniture is. A number of students have classic English pub. A must visit. also had purses and wallets stolen here THE UNDERGROUND as well. Avoid. Opening hours: various CITTIE OF YORKE - 22 HIGH HOLBORN With its cosy cellar bar and train com- The Underground is also the venue for THE PENDEREL’S OAK - partment style booths, this is a great pub the hugely successful Postgrad party, as 283 HIGH HOLBORN to go to with a small group of friends. well as great number of society events. Surly staff but it’s open till 1AM everyday. The Students’ Union has recently invested in a decent sound system and will be SAM SMITHS redecorating this bar over the summer to The yin to Wetherspoons yang – these make this into the ultimate events venue pubs are packed full of character and for societies on campus. charm. If you’re looking for the traditional English pub experience you can’t go WETHERSPOONS far wrong with visiting of these pubs. Also, Or ‘spoons for short, this is the ultimate most of them are concentrated in Lon- pub chain, with at least one pub in every don’s theatreland which is in LSE’s back town in the UK – which means there a garden. Sam Smiths also make all their hell of a lot of these in London. Whilst the own drinks which is the reason they’re typical Wetherspoons feels like a soul- able to sell you the cheapest pint in less warehouse exclusively dedicated London. Don’t be put off by the lack of to ensuring the inebriation of manic brand beers; their Sam Smith incarna- depressants, the ones close to LSE aren’t tions are far better. Here’s the top three actually that bad. They’re also open late in the local area: which is fantastic for those of us who like to practice “Mediterranean style” drink- THE PRINCESS LOUISE - ing. With daily meal deals and a huge 208 HIGH HOLBORN selection of ales, wines and spirits their With its Victorian partitions and ex- 130 LONDON LIVING CLUBS Get your rave on! CRUSH social networks. But the best finds are Every Friday from October we’ll be host- often spotted by those keen-eyed party THE BEST STUDENT NIGHTS IN LONDON: ing what we modestly believe will be animals who scan the city’s walls for Monday: the best students’ night in London. For all fly-posters detailing the most secret and Tiger Tiger (Haymarket): the music that’s currently topping the hit special events, or just by simply meeting £5 entry, £3 double vodka red bull parade as well as a few student classics and chatting to likeminded clubbers Cheapskates (Soho): head on down to The Quad. If it’s fresh when you are on a night out. £4 entry, all drinks £1 Tuesday: 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 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ARE USUALLY WHEN THE BIG NIGHTS ARE ON AT THE MAJOR CLUBS, BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF CHEAP STUDENT NIGHTS London has to offer for those that enjoy Sports Café (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 a late night. The party scene on your Clubs can cost anything up to £20 to Thursday: new doorstep makes vibrations in club get in, depending on the venue, day of Onanon (Piccadilly Circus): and music circles all around the planet. the week, and acts on that night. Most £5 entry, £2.50 double vodka red bull Whether you are into techno, salsa, of the big clubs charge in the region Friday: hip-hop or dub-step, there is a place of £12-15 on a weekend night, whilst Crush (LSE Students’ Union): that caters for your tastes. Friday and smaller places on a weeknight may only Free before 10pm, best deals in town Saturday are usually when the big nights charge £3-4. Drinks will almost certainly are on at the major clubs, but there are be more expensive than the pub, but plenty of cheap student nights through- there are some good offers at some of out the week to keep your feet moving the more student focused nights during until the weekend. the week. It can be difficult at first to find nights Whilst it is very rare to hear of bad and clubs that are up your street. A incidents at clubs, do be aware that good starting point is to pick up a brown you will normally be around people who ‘Don’t Panic’ pack from the Three Tuns, are drunk and using drugs, so be a little in which all the upcoming month’s par- wary and make extra-sure that all your ties are listed and advertised and info on personal belongings are safe. Some where to find out more about the club people go out and take things too far, scene – plus, you get a cool poster for so just make sure that you have a good your new room. bunch of mates with you if you plan on going over the edge. Similarly, be sure Checking online on your favourite clubs’ you know how to get home should you website or going to fanzines and forums need or want to at any point. is really useful, as is browsing events on 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 Split between two floors this is the Stu- of the Quad. All the books are reduced E68, East Building - Entrances on Hough- dents’ Union’s very own mini-market. On from their published price, including core ton Street & in the Quad the top floor (level with Houghton Street) texts for the many courses on offer at LSE. www.lseshop.com there’s the full range of LSE branded They’ll purchase books throughout the Term time: products from mugs to hoodies and year, particularly after your exams. Monday - Friday, 9am – 5.30pm caps. You can also find diaries and an Holidays: impressive selection of greetings cards Monday - Thursday, 10am – 5pm for whenever you forget a family mem- Friday, 10am – 4pm ber or friend’s birthday. CONTACT ALPHABOOKS@LSE.AC.UK 02079557802 132 LONDON LIVING SHOPPING ..or how I blew my student loan in one afternoon. AROUND LSE the scenesters amongst you, veritable gander at Dover Street Market, which Oxford Street has everything that you cornucopias of fashion. With everything exhibits everyone from Christopher Kane could possibly desire in terms of High from the so-called ‘low street’ of young to Valentino and has super marked Street names, including the massive flag- designers featured at The Laden Show- down sample sales on occasion. Then ship stores of: Topshop, House of Fraser room and Lik + Neon to probably the of course if you’re just Ab Fab Dahhhh- (which closely resembles Nordstrom’s), highest concentration of retro/vintage ling, then you must go to Harvey Nic’s in H&M, Benetton, Niketown, and if you’re shops in London. Knightsbridge. It’s also home to more tourist souvenir Camden will fulfil the needs of anyone FURNITURE/GADGETS ETC. shops than you could shake a stick at, so who’s still wearing punk/goth fashions Apparently shopping isn’t just about you’ll never be at a loss for shot glasses but is handy to pick up obscure posters, clothes. You may find yourself in need of with Tower Bridge on or ‘I<3 London’ T shirts trinkets and less savoury parapherna- things like bookcases, saucepans and lia type things… A word of warning, lamps as well. If so, places like Ikea and Covent Garden is like a mini, closer Ox- pretty much as soon as you step out of Argos are great. Both have online stores, ford Street, but if you’re not a high street Camden station you will be approached and you can get stuff delivered to, and person, it also houses lots of vintage by people selling ‘cannabis’. Unless you signed for in, halls. Ikea tends to have its shops nearer to Endell Street or designer want to be sparking up a joint full of branches out past even the suburbs, but boutiques towards Seven Dials. oregano, don’t buy it. there are branches of Argos everywhere. FURTHER OUT If you’re feeling a little more flush with A short bus ride will bring you to Spit- cash than is normal for students, then alfields and Brick Lane, which are, for head over to West London and take a on more of a shoestring budget, Primark. LONDON LIVING 133 OUTER LONDON Stop Press! There’s more to life than Covent Garden... NORTH LONDON new jobs and 4,000 new homes. Home relatively expensive housing not many Perhaps an area of London which is to many notable galleries such as the students from LSE choose to live here. rough around the edges, but with its White Cube and the Whitechapel Art However it has traditionally fashionable many parks and open spaces along with Gallery many Young British Artists live and areas such as Notting hill which is also interesting and affordable market places work in this area and this gives it a cut- the scene of The Notting Hill Carnival, an coupled with affordable rents, North ting edge feel. annual event attracting 1.5 million peo- London is becoming an increasingly ple making it the largest street festival in popular place to live amongst students. MUST DO IN EAST LONDON the world. It also contains the principle Home to both Arsenal and Tottenham While you are at LSE: visit Brick Lane, operating centre of the BBC and a vast, football clubs you may find that you will London’s curry capital with a vibrant art brand new shopping complex. be forced to ally yourself with one or the and fashion student area. It also contains other. Many trendy bars and restaurants some of the city’s most fashionable West London is one of the most economi- line the streets from Angel Islington all nightclubs such as 93 Fleet East and cally active areas outside of central Lon- the way to Old Street and which tend to Cafe 1001. don with much of London’s office space attract a mixture of people. located here as well as Heathrow airport. SOUTH LONDON MUST DO IN NORTH LONDON South London is generally the area south Some of London’s best museums such as While you are at LSE: Visit Camden of the River Thames. The world famous the Victoria and Albert Museum as well Market, one of the most popular visitor Ministry of Sound can be found near to as the Natural History Museum are in this attractions in London, which sells craft Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, a part of the city so it is well worth a visit. and clothing amongst other items. great place to find cheap deals on food and clothing. EAST LONDON MUST DO IN WEST LONDON While you are at LSE: Visit the Natural His- One of the most diverse places in the Alternatively there are a number of mar- tory Museum. The NHM is a place which world; over 300 languages are spoken kets such as Borough or Brixton Markets promotes the discovery, understanding, here on a daily basis. An incredible which sell food from all over the world. enjoyment, and responsible use of the range of food is available for the many If you wish to relax you could check out natural world. restaurants that line its streets. This part one of South London’s ‘commons’. Al- of London has a rich and fascinating his- though there are not many underground Explore their world-class collections, tory playing an intricate role in shaping stations it does have an extensive fantastic exhibitions and cutting-edge modern Britain from its involvement in tramline and overground suburban rail research at their landmark buildings. the formation of the Labour Party to the network. enfranchisement of women. East London was traditionally one of London’s most MUST DO IN SOUTH LONDON deprived areas but now the area is in a While you are at LSE : Head down to the state of regeneration and the Canary Royal Observatory in Greenwich and Wharf development (a destination for stand on both sides of the meridian line. many LSE students) is testimony to that. WEST LONDON The 2012 Olympic Village will be based A leafy relaxing part of London contain- in East London creating at least 3,000 ing 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 ukf.net/organic. Vegan London offers • Mildred’s – vegan, organic, interna- to have fun, exercise and take political a directory at www.veganlondon.co.uk. tional, with beer/wine and take-away action at the same time is the monthly Other guides for organic and vegetar- available. 45 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F Critical Mass Bike Ride through London ian/ vegan options include www.aloto- 9AN. (not only bikes, but also wheelchairs, skat- forganics.co.uk and www.happycow. • Fresh & Wild - Soho – wholefood store ers etc). See www.criticalmasslondon. net/europe/england and cafe. 69-75 Brewer Street, W1R 3FL. org.uk for more. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/freSome of the main organic shops, like shandwild. Organic Shops, Cafes and Restaurants Planet Organic, are listed here by Lon- • Planet Organic Torrington Place – 22 Organic food is not only much healthier don region: Torrington Place, WC1E 7HJ. helps keep farmland in a healthy condi- CENTRAL WEST LONDON tion, instead of risking erosion and the • Alara Wholefoods – 10-15% student dis- • Beatroot Vegetarian Café – 92 Berwick loss of rich soil due to intensive, industrial count and hot food within 10 minutes of Street, W1F OQD. farming. LSE. 58-60 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB. • Wholefood Butchers – organic Butch- • Neal’s Yard Wholefoods – 21-23 Short ers. 31 Paddington Street, W1M 4DR. Lots of information on organic food can Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AS. • Villandry Foodstore & Restaurant – 170 be found at the Soil Association’s web- • Food For Thought – renowned vegan Great Portland Street, W1N 5TB. site (www.soilassociation.org). The Soil and organic café with takeaway avail- • Planet Organic Westbourne Grove – 42 Association provide an online directory able. 31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH. of organic outlets at www.whyorganic. WC2H 9PR. org/involved_organicDirectory.asp. • Dayles Ford Organic – raw food and NORTH For a directory of London organic shops organic. 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. • Planet Organic Islington - 64 Essex Road, and food outlets, see www.infolondon. www.daylesfordorganic.com London, N1 8LR. due to the lack of pesticides, but it also LONDON LIVING 135 • Antimony Balance Organic Juice Bar – across London. 020 8355 8597. 24 Old SOCIAL CENTRES 47 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JB. Dover Road, SE3 7BT. Social Centres are a good way to get • Saf Restaurant – vegan, organic, inter- • Well Bean Health Foods – shop and involved and meet like minded people: national, with beer/wine and takeaway home delivery within 3 mile radius. 020 available. 152-154 Curtain Road, EC2A 8858 6854. 9 Old Dover Road, SE3 7BT. • London Action Resource Centre 3AT. Near Old Street. Islington • Dayles Ford Organic – café. 44B Pim- – hosts weekly meetings of climate • Mother Earth – 282 St. Pauls Road, Lon- lico Road, SW1W 8LP. change organisations like Rising Tide don, N1 2LH. www.daylesfordorganic.com and Social Ecology Reading Group. 62 • Tony’s Hemp Corner – vegan and or- • Orgasmic Organics – organic store. 020 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES. ganic cafe, with salad bar and takeaway 8297 5225. 26 Staplehurst Road, SE13. www.londonarc.org available. 10 Caledonian Road, N1 9DU. • G. Baldwins & Co. – organic shop and • The Autonomy Club – Angel Alley, 84b North East mail order. 020 7703 5550. 171-173 Wal- Whitechapel High Street, London, E1. • Mother Earth Health Food & Organic worth Road, SE17 1RW. Nearest tube: Aldgate East. Market – 5 Albion Parade, Albion Road, www. baldwins.co.uk • RampART: an occupied building in Stoke Newington, N16 9LD. • SMBS Foods – Traidcraft produce and East London hosting cultural and politi- • Food For All – 3 Cazenove Road, Stoke wholefoods. 75 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP. cal events, including a community cin- Newington, N16 6PA. Though organic food is certainly ex- ema, exhibitions, benefit gigs, discussions, pensive, many organic shops have bins meetings and workshops. NORTH WEST where packaged food in perfectly good www.rampart.co.nr • inSpiral Lounge – 250 Camden High condition can be found and taken for • 56a Infoshop – a resource for local Street, Camden Lock, NW1 8QS. free. It sounds weird but the art of ‘Skip- people, campaign groups and proj- • Organic Pizza – 404-406 Finchley Road, ping’, as it is known, is very environmen- ects as well as selling books, music and NW2 2HZ. tally friendly, since perfectly good food is clothing. Includes a radical archive of • Wild Organic – 73 Prince of Wales often mistakenly taken to landfill. More- international info, a seed trading project, Road, NW5 3LT. over, there are weekly free food actions, Fareshares whole foods co-op and a DIY • Earth Natural Food – 200 Kentish Town such as Food Not Bombs, an interesting bicycle repair workshop. Open Thursdays Road, NW5 2AE. group at www.londonfnb.org 2-8pm, Fridays 3-7pm & Saturdays 1.30- EAST ‘VEG BOX’ SCHEMES SE17. www.urban75.org/london - great • Futures Vegetarian Take Away – vegan, ‘Veg Box’ schemes are boxes of organic resource for various groups. organic and international, and do deliv- vegetables and fruits delivered weekly – eries. 8 Botolph Alley, EC3R 8DR. a great way to get your healthy vitamins ORGANIC CLOTHING • Rootmaster – vegan, pan-Asian, inter- delivered to your door. Here are some • Clothworks – 020 8299 1619. national and organic. Just off Brick Lane good examples: www.clothworks.co.uk 5.30pm. 56 Cramp-ton Street, London and in a converted bus! Elys Yard, Old • Greenfibres – 01803 868001. Truman Brewery, E1 6QL. • Abel and Cole – free delivery. 020 7737 www.greenfibres.com • POGO Cafe –vegan, organic and 3648 www.abel-cole.co.uk • Natural Collection – 0870 331 3335. international, with live music on some • Farmaround Ltd – 020 7627 8066. www.naturalcollection.com nights. Open Wed-Sat 12.30pm-9pm, Sun www.farmaround.co.uk. 11am-9pm. 76 Clarence Road, E5 8HB. • Fresh Food Company – 020 8969 0351 • Sparkes GG – also do home delivery www.freshfood.co.uk. 136 LONDON LIVING LONDON ON THE CHEAP No matter the size of your overdraft or this slot their restaurant next door serves HEALTH how rich mummy and daddy are, you’ll pretty cheap food all day. The only Just because you’re poor doesn’t find living in London an expensive past downside is, with its metal plates and mean you have to be unhealthy. time, with things inevitably getting tight (surprisingly) miserable staff this isn’t a Visit www.lafitness.co.uk/vouchers. as the end of term approaches. To help very good venue for a date. aspx?voucher=1daypass and you’ll a you out during the lean times we’ve put one day free pass to an LA fitness gym together a list of all the things it’s pos- Conferences and Events join the LSE of your choosing. Our local LA fitness at sible to get for nothing or nearly nothing gravy train! To pull in the best speakers LSE the Waldorf also runs free Pole Dancing in London. If you are experiencing genu- has to put on the best spread. Plenty of sessions every Wednesday evening. The ine financial difficulties, we recommend LSE events have food related after parties mind boggles… you apply for financial support. usually in the atrium (where the Student Services Centre is) or the Shaw library. If Tim Henman’s woefully poor perfor- THE ILLEGAL BUT FREE BUS All you need to do is flirt with one of the mances at Wimbledon achieved any- Boris Johnson may hate them but stewards guarding the entrance and thing it was scaring politicians so much students and poor people love them. If you’ll get access to all the free wine and about the future of British tennis that you’re willing to take the risk the ‘bendy’ hummous related dips you can consume. they actually let people play on public 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 tennis courts for free. Unfortunately most “LONDON IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES IN THE WORLD...NOT IF YOU ARE AS CHEAP AS US” note that ticket inspectors do periodically 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. get on these buses, and the fines are Also, never underestimate the power extremely heavy if you get caught and of the departmental party. Although FREE GIGS/MUSIC you could face a court order. Ouch. some (like Government Department) are The iTunes Festival: this festival has only underperformers never, ever turn down been running for two years but it’s an invitation to an IR party. already extremely popular fixture of the The Students’ Union does not condone fare evasion, and students should London festival list. For the whole of July beware that they could end up with a Plaza Café on Sunday evenings it has Apple give anyone with an iTunes store criminal record if caught. been known for sandwiches to be given account the chance to win tickets to away for free with your tea in a desper- see a huge variety of bands playing at ate bid to ensure that they aren’t binned. the Roundhouse in Camden. During this FOOD Free Hare Krishna food not only do they marathon 31 days of music you could drop by campus, if you’re away from LSE If all else fails Sainsbury’s 8p noodles are see anyone from Paolo Nutini to Flo Rida. you could visit them outside SOAS. Their the poor man’s (or woman’s) staple food All you have to do is go to this website: central London temple on Soho Street of choice. Also, if you want free ‘Jelly www.ituneslive.co.uk from the 1st of June which is just off Oxford Street also serves Beans’ check out the Jelly Belly website: to apply for tickets and then sit back free vegetarian meals. All you need to www.jellybelly-uk.com and click on the and wait to find if you win. Even for those do is get there between 12.30 and 13.00 ‘samples’ link. Everyday they send out who don’t apply 200 tickets are held every Monday to Saturday. If you miss 100 free sample packs to a lucky few. back to be given out on the door. LONDON LIVING 137 Rota held ever Saturday this is a free free. The only catch is that you’ll have • Wella Studio London club night held at the Notting Hill Arts to find a child to go with you (who pays Mortimer Street – (0) 20 7637 7172 Club (nearest tube Notting Hill Gate) in £1.50) and you’ll have to watch some which up and coming bands selected uber dross like Hannah Montana. Only If, however, you don’t want to take the by the Rough Trade label play their lat- really worth it if you actually have kids. risk of the Training academy there’s al est songs. Although some bands don’t www.myvue.com/kidsam to pre-book. ways: Hair by Fairy which offers an excel- make the grade the inti mate nature lent hair cut and blow dry for £12.50. It’s of this venue makes this event. The only FREE CLOTHES also near by LSE in Neal’s Yard, Covent problem is the extortionate drinks prices Swap-a-rama at Thursdays at Favela Garden which makes it doubly nice. although the regulars seem to get round chic – ok, so it does cost money to get in this by smuggling in hip flasks. (£3 before 9pm , £5 after) but this night FOR EVERYTHING ELSE... has to be the most cost effective way of Freecycle! www.freecycle.org FREE TV SHOWS dramatically overhauling your wardrobe. On the series of forum websites which London is essentially where the vast Its like any normal club night but when are part of the freecycle network mem- majority of the UK’s television shows are the klaxon sounds you have to swap an bers offer items which they no longer produced. And as TV license holders why item of clothing with the person nearest want or can request things that they’d not go and see shows being recorded? to you. By the end of the night you’ll be like to have. These forums are organised The following websites provide a good in- wearing a completely different outfit, on a local basis so you can easily track troduction to this world of free entertain- although bear in mind it’s harder to tell down items in your local area. Students ment but you will have to check these when clothes clash in the darkness. have managed to pick up all kinds of website regularly as tickets tend to come furniture and huge TVs on there. up fairly sporadically. Bear in mind this is HAIRCUTS TV so there’s a lot of dross out there. Training academies hairdressers in Lon- MONEYSAVINGEXPERT! don are either expensive or awful. You Run by former LSE Students’ Union The Applause Store: www.ap- could do what some students do and General Secretary, Martin Lewis, this is an plausestore.com let the hair grow till the holidays or you amazing and resource for, as the name BBC Shows: www.bbc.co.uk/tickets could visit one of the training acade- suggests, money saving. Discounts, cou- Be On Screen: www.beonscreen.com mies. The training academy haircuts vary pons, loopholes and all sorts of other tips Clappers: www.clappers-tickets.co.uk from free to the low sum of five pounds. are outlined in loving detail. Sign up to Lost in TV: www.lostintv.com There can of course be problems, these the weekly email newsletter to as many SRO Audiences: www.sroaudiences.com people are training after all, but as long of the tips are time sensitive. TV Recordings: www.tvrecordings.com as you don’t mind having your hair www.moneysavingexpert.com styled to match whatever is currently in CINEMA vogue you should be fine. The Scoop every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in June this “amphitheatre” • Toni & Guy Training Academy right next to City Hall has free open air New Oxford Street - (0) 20 7836 0606 screenings of a number of film classics • Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy such as Withnail and I and The Sound Grosvenor Street – (0) 20 7491 0030 of Music. Kidsam at Vue Cinemas every • Vidal Sassoon weekend you can watch films absolutely Brook Street - (0) 20 7399 6903 138 LONDON LIVING CONTACTS LSE SWITCHBOARD HEALTH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 020 7405 7686 or 0 from a internal phone NHS Direct Homesickness Nurse-led helpline providing confidential 020 7250 5700 LSE KEY NUMBERS healthcare advice and information. www.thesite.org Accommodation Office (V210) 0845 4647 - 24 hour service Deals with everything related to LSE Halls www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk of Residence, and can assist students in UKCOSA The best advice service for international finding private-sector accommodation. Samaritans students. 020 7955 7531 Offers confidential emotional support to www.ukcosa.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org any person who is suicidal or despairing. LSE Financial Support Office 08457 909090 - 24 hour service Meningitis Research Foundation email@example.com Research to prevent meningitis and sep- Financial hardship help for students ticaemia, and to improve survival rates 020 7955 7751 Nightline and outcomes. They promote education firstname.lastname@example.org Confidential listening support and infor- and awareness to reduce death and www.lse.ac.uk/admin/financial-support mation for students in London disability, and give support to people 020 7631 0101 affected email@example.com 080 8800 3344 +44 (0)20 7955 6392 Relate British Council Email: Nursery@lse.ac.uk Advice about relationships. Check the More information about studying in the UK. website to find your local centre. 0161 957 7755 ACCOMODATION 0845 1 30 40 16 www.britishcouncil.org.uk University of London Accommodation www.relate.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org private accommodation in London. Sexual Health The Department for Education and 020 7862 8880 Family Planning Association- the UKâ€™s Skills (DFES) www.lon.ac.uk/accom leading sexual health charity working to Information about fee status and govern- improve the sexual health of all people ment policy on international students. Shelter throughout the UK. www.dfes.gov.uk/international-students Provides advice about all housing issues, 0845 310 1334 including homelessness. www.fpa.org.uk LSE Nursery Parish Hall, St Clements Lane Office Information and advice about www.shelter.org.uk LEGAL AFFAIRS Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) 0808 800 4444 - 24 hour service National Aids Helpline Free, confidential, impartial advice. To find T 0800 567123 your nearest CAB, consult the website. Alone in London www.nacab.org.uk Find out what service near you will be LSE Student Counselling Service www.citizensadvice.org.uk able to offer support if you are thinking email@example.com www.adviceguide.org.uk about living in a squat. http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/student- 020 7278 4224 CounsellingService/ 020 7852 3627 LONDON LIVING 139 Equality and Human Rights Comission National Express Coach Services Know Cannabis Provides advice and assistance in cases 08705 808080 This website can help you assess your of racial discrimination. cannabis use, its impact on your life and 0845 604 6610 Black Cabs how to make changes if you want to. www.equalityhumanrights.com 0871 871 8710 Drinkaware - Unit calculator Drinkline Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender National Rail Enquiries Students London Lesbian and Gay 24 hour information on fares and time- CRIME Switchboard 24-hour information, support tables for mainline trains Victim Support and referral service. 08457 484950 national charity which helps people 020 7837 7324 www.thetrainline.com affected by crime. We provide free and The Pink Practice National Express Coach Services with your experience, whether or not you A counselling and psychotherapy prac- 08705 808080 report the crime. 0800 917 8282 confidential support to help you deal tice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans- 020 7268 0200 gender people in Leeds and London. Black Cabs Lines open Mon-Thur 9am-7pm. 0871 871 8710 07005 968 111 MONEY WORRIES DRUGS www.victimsupport.org DEPRESSION www.studentdepression.org DrugScope Student Loans Company provides information on a wide range of CALM General enquiries - 0800 40 50 10 drug related topics The Campaign Against Living Miserably Your account - 0870 24 222 11 020 7520 7550 is targeted at young men aged be- www.slc.co.uk www.drugscope.org.uk tween 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and National Debt line web service. Anyone, regardless of age, Advice about dealing with debt. Talk to Frank gender or geographic location can call 0808 808 4000 0800 776600 - 24 hour service the line. Students with Children National Drugs Helpline The Daycare Trust - campaigns for high 0800 776600 - freephone 0800 585858 www.thecalmzone.net Mind quality affordable childcare for all. Great source of information. RELEASE 08457660163 020 7840 3350 Help in dealing with the police, the courts www.mind.org.uk/ www.daycaretrust.org.uk or drug problems. 020 7603 8654 TRAVEL ADFAM Transport for London For the families and friends of drug users All the information on buses and tubes. 0204 7405 3923 020 7222 1234 - 24 hour service www.londontransport.co.uk 140 LONDON LIVING CONTACTS DISABILITY ASH Skill Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a A national charity promoting opportuni- campaigning public health charity that ties for young people and adults with any works to eliminate the harm caused by kind of impairment in post-16 education, tobacco training and employment. www.ash.org.uk 0800 328 5050 www.skill.org.uk OTHERS Support line The British Dyslexia Association Work with callers to develop healthy, posi- www.bdadyslexia.org.uk tive coping strategies 0845 251 9002 020 8554 9004 firstname.lastname@example.org Dyslexia Dyslexia Action is a national charity and Cruse Bereavement Care the UK’s leading provider of services and Promote the well-being of bereaved support for people with dyslexia and people. literacy difficulties. www.dyslexia-inst.org.uk The Muslim Women’s Helpline Provide confidential information and SELF HARM advice to women of the Muslim faith. Harmless 0181 9048193 Harmless is a user led organisation that 0181 9086715 provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self National AIDS Helpline harm, their friends and families and 0800 567 123 - freephone professionals. 0115 928 2468 Terence Higgins Helpline www.harmless.org.uk/index.php 0207 242 1010 SMOKING Young Person’s freephone helpline QUIT helpline Anyone bereaved by death to under- 0800 776600 stand their grief and cope with their loss. 0808 808 1677 Smoking cessation 07980 308620 email@example.com LONDON LIVING 141 LOCATION MAP 142 LONDON LIVING HALLS MAP HALL ADDRESS PLACES SINGLE RATE MINUTES FROM LSE 24, Sumner Street, SE1 9JA 617 up to £143 25 Butlers Wharf 11 Gainsford Street, SE1 2NE 281 up to £105 25 Carr-Saunders 18-24 Fitzroy Street, W1T 4BN 156 £103 Grosvenor House 141-143 Drury Lane, WC2B 5TD 220 £169 - £229 5 High Holborn 178 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA 448 £157 - £165 10 Lilian Knowles House 50 Crispin Street, E1 6HQ 360 £129 - £141 25 Northumberland House 8a Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BY 370 £140 - £180 20 Passfield Hall 1-7 Endsleigh Place, WC1H 0PW 227 £132 - £160 20 Rosebery Hall 90 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TY 316 £90 - £117 25 Sidney Webb House 159 Great Dover Street, SE1 4WW 450 £113-126 30 Canterbury 11 – 18 Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EE 228 £150 College Hall Malet Street, WC1E 7HZ 270 £167 - £199 Commonwealth 1-11 Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EB 414 £138 - £148 20 Hughes-Parry Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EF 300 £146 20 International Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AS 410 £126 - £150 15 Lilian Penson Talbot Square, W2 1TT 330 £112 - £140 25 Nutford House Brown Street, W1H 6AH 199 £129 25 Bankside 25 INTERCOLLEGIATE HALLS 20 20 LONDON LIVING 143 CAMPUS MAP