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LSE to purchase Land Registry building The School’s commitment to ensuring for its students the quality of campus its reputation deserves moves a step further with the purchase of the Land Registry’s Head Office building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The building will be used for academic, research and teaching purposes and LSE will take vacant possession in May 2011. Julian Robinson, director of Estates at LSE, said: ‘This is a serious landmark building for a serious university. The purchase of the Land Registry will enable LSE to further its objective of creating a world class estate commensurate with its academic reputation.’

STUDENT LIFE Charlotte Gerada (BSc Social Policy with Government 2010) reflects on her new role as General Secretary of the LSE Students’ Union (LSE SU) for 2010-11. I’m the new LSE SU General Secretary, and I’m pretty much what it says on the tin – General! I’m the primary representative figure to the School, echoing the student voice on important LSE decision making bodies, with the aim to guide the School in the direction that students believe it should head in. Many alumni will remember the SU Gen Sec from their days at the School, and I think the core of the job has stayed pretty much the same. I have just graduated with a BSc Social Policy with Government degree – which I absolutely loved. I was born in Portsmouth and have lived there my whole life, but both

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my parents are Maltese and moved to the UK in their late teens. As I’ve always been active in LSESU’s Raising and Giving Society, and was president in my final year, I was constantly nudged by my sabbatical predecessors to run for a position in the Students’ Union, but honestly doubted my ability to win the ‘El Presidente’ position. So, I got packed off to a National Union of Students feminist empowerment day, which left me feeling both frustrated about women’s poor representation in presidential positions in unions nationally, and absolutely alive with optimism about being able to win the fantastic Gen Sec role at LSE. My broad aim this year is to make the student experience as positive as mine. Coming from a challenging socio-economic background, I was incredibly lucky to have received an LSE Scholarship – the Bill Bottriell Award – so financially I felt ‘normal’, but finding internships and gaining a

similar footing academically was a challenge. My areas of focus are three-fold. First, I am coordinating our response to the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding, released in October. Our belief is that increasing fees will further discourage students from non-traditional backgrounds from applying to university. Second, I aim to improve the student experience further at LSE, by supporting more inclusive, engaging and exciting events and campaigns that cross-cut social, national and cultural groups on campus. And third, personal development and career prospects will be a focus of my attention. LSE has a wealth of widely supporting departments and resources for student welfare and it would be great to develop some of the services they provide and make more students aware of the support they are entitled to. I love my new role. LSE is an enormously exciting place and to be elected SU Gen Sec is a real privilege.

The School on video For many undergraduates, starting university will be the biggest challenge they have faced so far. LSE’s Student Mentoring Scheme, which aims to help students settle into life at LSE and beyond, is the focus of a new short film produced by the School that can be viewed online. The Stories from LSE series aims to give an insight into life at the School through the tales of people who study and work here. In the latest film, economics undergraduate and student mentor Jerusha asks what it takes to become a mentor, and interviews both mentors and mentees on how their involvement in the scheme has helped them. The series can be viewed online alongside videos about the cutting edge research being produced by LSE’s academics, vodcasts of public lectures, and speeches by Howard Davies, on a new Director’s Channel. LSE Research videos can also now be viewed on YouTube. lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/ videoAndAudio/Home

Gay lib anniversary Our thanks to reader Eric Thompson (BSc Econ 1956) for reminding us that 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of the Gay Liberation Front in the UK, held at LSE on 13 October 1970. He writes: ‘That was a contribution to making British society more open-minded and compassionate – and thus better in my books – of which the School can be truly proud.’ LSE is home to the Hall-Carpenter Archives, Britain’s major resource for the study of lesbian and gay activism in the UK since the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957. For more information see lse.ac.uk/library/archive/holdings/ lesbian_and_gay_archives.aspx

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Magazine for alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Volume 22, Number 2, Winter 2010