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Ladies and gentlemen, may we proudly introduce your Community and Welfare Officer for this year, Sebastian Bruhn!
Seb is responsible for strengthening and sustaining the LSE community, and making sure your opinions on student welfare are heard loudly and clearly. He’ll also take care of matters relating to accommodation, representation and general student support. Let’s get to know him a bit better!
Seb studied History and International Relations at LSE and was involved in different societies and sports, including squash (yes, we have an awesome squash court). He was an active member of the United Nations Society and the Rosebery Student Committee - where he organised various events and trips for his fellow students.
Seb likes to know what is going on around the world, and is interested in international politics, modern history, religions, and cultures. When he’s not contemplating these mysteries he gets lost in a book or in one of London’s markets or museums.
Seb is full of ideas to improve your student experience at LSE. This year, he’s aiming to organise celebrations of diversity and culture, strengthen relations with halls and committees, encourage environmental initiatives and improve support for disabled and disadvantaged students at LSE.
If you want your voice to be heard, Seb’s the guy to get in touch with! Come by the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to speak in person, or get in touch over email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter (@Seb_Bruhn).
We are delighted to confirm the dates and theme of next year’s LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival, the 7th Festival to be held at LSE, exploring the interaction between the arts and social sciences. It will be taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme Foundations.
This theme in part reflects on the multitude of important anniversaries and centenaries taking place in the next year (Magna Carta, Waterloo, WWI, WWII), whilst also celebrating an idea at the heart of LSE, encapsulated in our motto, 'to understand the causes of things'.
Within this over-arching theme we intend to explore the following areas: Unity in Diversity, Place and Identity, LSE’s Foundations, High Culture and Heritage. We are open to ideas to make this another diverse and exciting programme of events. As in previous years we are very keen for students to be involved in the Festival and there are a number of ways you can do so.
Would your society like to host an event either during the Festival or in the run up to it?
If you have any ideas for events on the themes above do get in touch with your suggestions. Societies are welcome to suggest events to be hosted formally as part of the Festival in the NAB during the last week of February, or as part of the Festival fringe in the run up to the event- fringe events can take place anywhere on campus and can be more diverse in format, e.g. pub quizzes, speed dating. The Festival has a limited budget so do bear this in mind when thinking of event ideas and include if possible any ideas for additional funding.
Would your society like to perform at the Festival?
We have included music/dance/drama performances as part of previous Literary Festival which have been a great contribution to the Festival atmosphere, usually taking place in the communal areas of NAB during the Festival week. We are open to any suggestions on how to liven up the Festival.
Can your society help with promoting the Festival in the run up?
If you have any ideas to help promote the Festival to students, do get in touch with Laura Gaskell (email@example.com). That could be interviews with the speakers, writing/poetry competitions, features on Festival themes in print/online/on the air… Any way to get students excited about the Festival and thinking about its themes.
For formal events as part of the Festival programme, proposals need to be submitted to Laura Gaskell (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 September to be considered by the Literary Festival group. For fringe events/performance/promotion ideas, get in touch with Laura Gaskell (email@example.com) by the end of October.
If there are any ideas you’d like to discuss, just email Laura Gaskell with your suggestions.
Check out the programme for last year’s Festival on the LSE public events page:
Although I’d like to recommend that you wait until you’re settled in London to do most things, it’s important to know a bit about your programme before you arrive. Each academic department has its own website, which you can easily find following this link. On top of that, you will likely receive correspondence from your department before you arrive. Be sure to look closely at what they write to you, as the more you know before you arrive, the easier it’s going to be to adjust.
Whilst you won’t necessarily be expected to know everything before you arrive, read through your documents thoroughly. For the Social Policy department, I was surprised to find that a page summary of my dissertation topic was expected at the end of the first week of Michaelmas Term. That may not be required for your department, but it’s best to expect that you may be required to submit bits of information to your department within the first few weeks. That way, you won’t be caught out. For the specifics, consult your admission documents and your department website.
Looking through the course offerings for your department is another excellent idea. Each department lists its course offerings on its website, but you can also find that information by following the links provided by the Available programmes 2014/15 page. Be aware that there are enrolment caps for most courses, so you’ll need to come prepared with back-ups in case you can’t get into your first choices.
Also keep in mind that you may request to take courses from other departments, as long as you can explain your reasoning to the director of your department and obtain approval. The graduate course guides are helpful for choosing courses if you’re considering looking outside of your department. The link provided is for the 2013/14 academic year, but it should be updated soon, and it can act as a helpful guide until then.
This may be a lot of information, but don’t worry! As long as you’ve read up on what’s expected from your department, you should be fine. Enjoy the rest of your summer, prepare lightly for your programme, and get excited about Orientation!
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