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  • Fri 24 Jun 2016 09:41

    Yesterday, a majority of 51.9% UK and Commonwealth citizens voted for the UK to leave the EU. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, and a new Prime Minister will take over in the autumn to oversee the UK’s departure from the EU.

    The Referendum attracted a high turnout, with 72.2% of eligible voters participating.

    What happens now?

    The current status of EU students at UK universities will be addressed during the Brexit negotiations that follow on from this result.

    The UK will not leave the EU for at least two years. It is therefore not expected that the decision will affect current students, including those from the EU.

    What will happen for LSE’s future EU students is uncertain at present, as LSE has not yet had contingency plan discussions. We will be seeking to ensure that LSE works with us to determine positive outcomes for EU students, as well as influence the higher education sector response to Brexit.


    Nona, Jon, Katie and Aysha

  • Thu 23 Jun 2016 11:21


    Today’s the day for voting in the EU Referendum!

    Know these 3 simple things, voters of LSE:

    1. Where your polling station is

    2. What time your polling station opens and closes

    • Polling stations across London opened at 7am, and will close at 10pm.

    3. The Referendum coverage will be streamed in the Three Tuns tonight

    So drop on by if you’re on campus!

    The results of the Referendum are expected at around 7-8am on Friday 24th June. 


    More information

  • Sun 12 Jun 2016 21:32

    For the past 11 months, the LSESU Part-Time Officers have been working to represent, advocate for and lobby on behalf of LSE students. From being featured in national media to securing huge on-campus wins, like LSE’s agreement to divest, they have worked to push boundaries, challenge assumptions and generally improve the LSE experience. 

    Here we’ve summarised their actions and wins during their time as representatives. 

    Jasmina Bidé, Anti-Racism Officer

    This year’s Anti-Racism Officer has worked tirelessly to run campaigns and events that aim to counter all forms of discrimination based on race, religion or nationality. Jasmina has supported and promoted high-profile campaigns throughout the year, beginning with the relaunch of the BME Network, following with Black History Month and Her-Story Week - including her key role in the SU’s milestone Blackout Beaver - and culminating with the huge project on the BME Attainment Gap. She has paved the way to further widen the conversation about race in many ways, notably through the ‘Share Your Experience’ event, focusing on the under-represented effects of xenophobic racism. Jasmina’s friendliness and inclusivity are matched only by her insight and intelligence; she has been a powerful and effective Anti-Racism Officer.

    Julia Ryland, Athletics Union President 

    The AU President’s role is to represent the interests and members of the Athletics Union to the Students’ Union and the School, and this year Julia has not only done this but changed the face of sport at LSE. In addition to dealing with the day-to-day issues of many clubs, she has helped run School-wide events to develop and promote diversity and inclusivity, from her organisation of ‘Tackling Homophobia and Sexism in Rugby’ to her support for Women In Sport week and Call It Out. She has also, in conjunction with the Activities and Development Officer, developed long-term plans with the School to ensure all groups of students are represented in the AU. Julia has been a positive and reliable force for the whole AU, an outstanding sportswoman and an inspiring individual.

    Mahatir Pasha,  BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Students’ Officer

    The third student to hold the title of BME Students’ Officer, Mahatir has solidified as well as developed the work of his predecessors. Mahatir has organised an impressive range of events and supported numerous campaigns to raise the profile and representation of BME students at LSE. At the beginning of the year, his passionate re-launch of the BME Network and efforts to include under-represented groups such as Chinese students were notable. As the year progressed he played a key role in developing Black History Month, raising awareness of the BME attainment gap at LSE and setting up positive affirmation for students through the B_ME Series, which focused on less-spoken about issues in the BME community, such as mental health. Mahatir’s popular events have done a huge amount to empower BME students this year. 

    Isobel Clare, Disabled Students’ Officer 

    As Disabled Students Officer, Isobel has worked extremely hard to break down the barriers for disabled students at LSE. Her work raising awareness of mental health issues around campus, as well as supporting LSESU’s Welfare campaign was especially invaluable: both played a key role in LSE’s reconsideration of its mental health funding. Likewise, setting up the Disability Network and holding events such as the Crafternoon have raised the profile of disabled students’ issues considerably. Isobel has been working tirelessly behind the scenes too, assisting numerous students to make sense of LSE’s systems, which has undoubtedly changed students’ experience of LSE many times over.

    Elena Bignami, Environment and Ethics Officer

    Elena has been highly active in her time as Environment and Ethics Officer, beginning this time last year with the ReLove Fair, a donation offering for British Heart Foundation, which she is currently running again. Elena’s support of the Divest campaign, which lobbied LSE to divest from fossil fuels, was hugely impactful, contributing a great deal to its ultimate success. Elena ran a very successful Green Week, with activities ranging from art competitions to a display of ‘One Week’s Waste’ outside the Library, as well as organising our first ever trip to COY11, the Conference of Youth, in Paris. Behind the scenes, Elena liaised with the School on a variety of green issues, and has lobbied for a wide range of developments in student interests, from lowering carbon emissions to increasing the number of water fountains on campus. Elena has been a calm and dedicated force working consistently to improve campus for current and future students, and has been very successful as a result. 

    Damien Kemfack, International Students’ Officer

    In his role as International Students’ Officer, Damien represents the views of international students to the LSESU Executive and the School. Damien has been a powerful voice for LSE’s international students throughout the year, from supporting the re-launch of the BME Network to raising points at high-profile events such as Town Hall meetings with Craig Calhoun and B-Me events. His support for the BME Attainment Gap project was extremely influential, and his contribution to the #students4migrants campaign was so powerful that it became an image adopted by national news sources. To top it all, he played a key role in making Global Village Week 2016 happen. Damien has been a persuasive and passionate advocate for international students, and the SU has benefitted greatly from his contributions. 

    Bryn Laxton-Coglon, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender + (LGBT+) Students’ Officer 

    As the elected officer representing LSE’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) community, Bryn has been a popular and accessible figurehead. In addition to dealing with individual issues and working with members of the LBGT+ Alliance, Bryn ran an effective and popular Pride Week, consisting of events that raised awareness of LGBT+ issues across all levels at LSE, and played a key role in the special LGBT edition of The Beaver.

    Boian Nikiforoff-Kharisanoff Vega, Mature and Part-time Students’ Officer 

    Boian has been working to unite, inform and educate Mature and Part-Time students about the work of the SU, and has become a high-profile voice on campus. He has been working behind the scenes to aid and assist students with specific issues and queries, as well as talking with elected officers about the SU itself, with a view to improving its structures. 

    Tayfun Terzi, Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer

    As Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer, Tayfun has accomplished a huge deal in the interests of PhD students. From carrying out a wide-reaching survey to gauge the specific needs of research students, to developing highly effective modes of direct communication, the results of Tayfun’s efforts can be seen across the board. There is a higher attendance at PhD-aimed events, a higher understanding of the function of the SU, and - most importantly - Tayfun’s work has impacted the views of the School, notably with regards to the rights of Graduate Teaching Assistants. Tayfun has been a dynamic and determined advocate for PhD students’ interests, as well as an effective and astute negotiator. 

    James Wurr, RAG President 

    James has been a hugely successful leader of the RAG (Raising and Giving) arm of LSESU. His team were key in planning, organising and executing the most popular and successful Welcome Week yet, with RAG club nights selling out in minutes. He followed this strong start with a powerful and well-organised year: from classic RAG staples such as Jailbreak and RAG Gets Lost, to cross-university parties such as the RAGs of London Ball. His team have raised an incredible £132.6k over the course of 11 months, which has been due in no small part to James’s strong leadership, instinct for promotion and high organisational skills. 

    Lena Schofield, Women’s Officer

    As Women’s Officer, Lena has been a force to be reckoned with in representing women students and women’s voices across the SU and to the School. As leader of the Women’s Network, she supported the collaborative event Women In Journalism, and she has spoken out to remind the student body about inherent issues with events like UN Women’s LSE Get Free, and putting the threat to the LSE Nursery’s future into perspective as a gender equality issue. Behind the scenes, she has taken great steps to influence the School in taking sexual harassment seriously, by successfully lobbying LSE to agreeing to design an anonymous online reporting form for reporting harassment next year.