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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.

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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 (su.societies@lse.ac.uk)

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


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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


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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

su.edwelfare@lse.ac.uk 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: su.treasurer@lse.ac.uk, 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 arts@lse.ac.uk.

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 events@lse.ac.uk.

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 Students’ 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.


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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!


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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


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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…).


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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.


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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,


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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 (s.s.orgad@lse.ac.uk),

main contacts are:

room S110 (1st Floor, St. Clements BuildFinancial Support Office (financialsup-

ing) - Adviser to Women Students

• Undergraduate course queries:

port@lse.ac.uk) – give advice on awards

• Dr Matthew Engelke (m.engelke@lse.

ugcourse-queries@lse.ac.uk

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 (visa.office@lse.ac.uk) – as-

They will deal with any contact in the

result-queries@lse.ac.uk

sists international students with any visa

strictest of confidence, and, if necessary,

• Documentation requests:

issues.

will assist you in gaining any additional

pg-coursequeries@lse.ac.uk

registry@lse. ac.uk

help. They deal with gender-specific as Exam and Ceremonies Division (ex-

SSC Advice and Reception Team –

aminations@lse.ac.uk 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 (s.underwood@lse.ac.uk) 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 studentsupport@lse.ac.uk 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: su.advice-centre@lse.ac.uk ,

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 su.returningofficer@lse.ac.uk 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


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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


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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

su.soc.lgbt@lse.ac.uk. 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.


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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


DON’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:

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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.


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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


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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


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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, Idiot’s Guide to living on your own, Where to go.


LONDON LIVING 117

LIVING IN HALLS LSE offers a portfolio of ten halls and

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