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  • Mon 20 Oct 2014 19:14

    Thursday’s UGM: Referendum on NUS

    This motion will be discussed at the LSESU Union General Meeting (UGM) on Thursday 23rd October, 1-2pm, at the Old Theatre, Old Building.

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    Read on for the full motion, info on how to oppose the motion and info on how to vote. 



    To vote on this motion, go to lsesu.com/vote between 10am, Wednesday 29th October and 7pm, Thursday 30th October.

    To formally join a campaign in opposition to, or in support of this motion, please email su.democracy@lse.ac.uk

    Motion in full

    Proposer: Joshua Hitchens

    Seconder: Durgesh Prabu

    This Union Notes:

    The National Union of Students (NUS) does not directly represent students through its officers being elected by just two representatives from each constituent university or college union.

    Of the 75 motions that were submitted to the 2014 NUS national conference, only 41 were voted on by the two delegates from each university or college while the remaining 34 were remitted and voted on by the NUS National Executive Council (NEC). The NEC also voted on 20 other motions that its officers submitted to itself.

    It cost LSESU £34,785 to be affiliated to the NUS in the 2013/2014 academic year and this amount will increase in the future.

    Other organisations such as UNiDAYS and Save the Student offer deals and discounts to students that are accessible without having to pay a fee such as that paid for NUS Extra Cards.

    The universities of: Aston, Cardiff Metropolitan, Dundee, Glasgow, Imperial College London, Southampton and St. Andrew’s are currently unaffiliated to the NUS.

    This Union Believes:

    The vast majority of the 7 million students represented by the NUS have minimal awareness of let alone affinity to the organisation and its work.

    The NUS makes little to no effort to engage with the students it represents and provide them with a simple way of shaping its policies and getting involved in its campaigns. The NUS therefore only truly works for the existing bureaucratic elite of its executive which has voting control of more than half of all motions.

    The NUS regularly adopts policies on controversial issues which have little to do with improving student life and which alienate many of its members. Examples include the passing of: Amendment 101c in the 2014 national conference (“Make opposition to UKIP and the nationalist right a central part of our campaigning in the run up to the general election” (2. National Union of Students, 2014)), a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions policy against Israel by the NEC in its 2014 meeting, and the passing of motion 314 in the same meeting calling for “full public ownership of the banking sector and the creation of a publicly owned banking service  (1. National Union of Students, 2014)”.

    The NUS does not provide value for money in terms of the representation and voice it gives to its student community.

    The amount of money saved annually from disaffiliating from the NUS (a minimum of £34,785) ought to be spent on mitigating the cuts made by the government to the Disabled Students’ Allowance. This should be achieved by the sum of money annually saved by LSESU being given to the LSE as an annual gift to be used for the sole purpose of “help[ing] disabled students with the costs incurred in attending an [LSE] course as a direct result of a student’s disability” (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014).

     The aforementioned sum of money given as a gift from LSESU to LSE should increase to match the average increase in NUS affiliation fees paid by those universities that remain affiliated to the NUS as far as is possible within the constraints of the LSESU budget.

    This Union Resolves:

    To disaffiliate from the NUS and not to consider reaffiliation until such time that it shows itself to be a democratic organisation that is adequately representative and accountable to its membership.

    To request that the Sabbatical Officers of LSESU make efforts to engage with those of other unaffiliated student unions and consider with them the possibility of creating a rival organisation to the NUS that is democratic and accountable to the students which it represents.

    References

    London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014. Student Loans and Grants. [Online]
    Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/moneyMatters/financialSupport/ScholarshipsLSE/UGApp/UgAppHome/loansAndGrants.aspx
    [Accessed 28 08 2014].

    1. National Union of Students, 2014. Minutes - National Executive Council. [Online]
    Available at: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/pageassets/about/minutes/necminutes/NEC_140804_Agenda_FINAL_2.pdf
    [Accessed 16 08 2014].

    2. National Union of Students, 2014. NUS National Conference 2014 Final Proposals (Motions and Amendments) CD10. [Online]
    Available at: http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nusdigital/document/documents/7297/78c97f5c1d7aa700260f736d0fbc2605/CD10_Final%20Proposals%20Post%20Priroty%20Ballot%20DRAFT%2013%20EDITS%20POST%20PRINT.pdf
    [Accessed 16 08 2014].

    See also:

    Last week’s UGM motion

    More info on UGMs



  • Sat 18 Oct 2014 18:37
    You’d think that with all the brilliant minds at LSE, the systems would work smoothly… Well you’d be wrong. There’s at least one service that’s insanely confusing for no reason. Can you guess it?
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    Yep, it’s printing. It’s a nightmare.

    This guide from student blogger Susannah explains how it works. 

    Oh printing. During the first year of my postgrad here at LSE, I gave up on using the School’s printers and bought my own. But you don’t have to!

    The LSE website is fairly convoluted on this topic, so I wanted to share with you the abridged version of how to get your printing on.

    Where can I print?

    The good news is that there are printers all over the place. You can get the complete list of them here. Personally, I love using lesser known computer labs like the one in the basement of Clement House or the postgrad one in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

    How the heck do I pay?

    Ugh good grief. There are three ways to pay so let’s make this clear.

    1. Use the value loaders for cash payments – these can be found in the library and the Old Building computer lab in the basement. Probably your simplest option, especially if you’re in a rush.

    2. Visit the Copyshop in the Library as they can take payment in cash or card. This magical place is located on the ground floor of the Library next to the silent study area. They are open Monday to Friday 10.30am - 6.45pm and Saturday and Sunday 11.00am - 5.45pm.

    3. Log on to your online print account. The way this happens is by FIRST topping up your LSE Wallet Account and THEN applying it to your online print account. So, go here and use a card to top your wallet. Next, log in to your online print account here and choose the top up tab. You can then apply anywhere from £0.01 to £10.00 to your printing account. I promise it’s only complicated the first time!

    How do I print from my own laptop or mobile?

    So there are a few different ways to do this, but let me give you the easiest option. Log in to your mobile printing website here (yes, another account…ridiculous) and select web print. This allows you to upload a document for printing without having to install print drivers. Win!

    If you want to explore all the options for mobile printing, follow this guide.

    Any money saving tips?

    First of all, print as little as possible! I too am one of those people who started my course feeling like I needed a physical copy of all my readings. It’s just not true, or sustainable. You can read from a screen.

    Another tip is to choose the multiple page option – this is especially great for long articles and PowerPoint presentations.

    Now go forward and print my friends! If you need any more info, tweet @lsesu.

    See also:
    5 Ways to Get It Together
    5 Quick Ways to Renew Your Focus While Studying
    Freshers’ Guide to Using the LSE Library
    Places to Study in London

  • Sat 18 Oct 2014 12:00

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    5 Reasons You Should be the Postgrad Research Students’ Officer 

    We talk to ex-Postgrad Research Students’ Officer Maria Carvalho to find out more…

    What were your top 3 things about being an Officer?

    1. The best thing about being the Officer was working with such an enthusiastic and motivated team at the Student’s Union, along with other Centres at the School. I never fully appreciated the many services that the School provides just to keep the LSE running, and to make the student experience the best it can be. 

    2. It was mind boggling to see what goes on behind the scenes, and the amount of dedicated Staff the School provides. 

    3. It made me realise that the LSE does have a lot to offer – it is just a matter of students being proactive in accessing the services. 

    Give us 2 reasons that someone should run for your position.

    1. Anyone who is passionate about improving the PhD experience at LSE should run for this position. It gives you the chance to meet many PhD students and learn about their experiences – giving you more authority on the kind of initiatives that are important to pursue. You can create your vision and choose the projects you’d like to work on.

    2. It allows you to be both a leader and team player – which is incredibly rewarding.  

    What was the 1 most challenging thing?

    The biggest challenge was communicating the many events and initiatives that we – and other Centres at the School – have organised for students. The trick is to find out how to reach them and get them to attend. 

    What are you going to be doing next and how has being the Mature and Part-Time Students’ Officer helped your future plans?  

    There are so many different things that I am pursuing now that I wouldn’t have done without this role. 

    Firstly I am creating an animation business called ‘Black Cilli’ with a friend to ‘explain’ academic research. We thought of creating this business after we did an animation video for the SU Summer Festival  ‘Re-Imagine Our Education’ debate.  As I work with several key stakeholders at LSE, we have already managed to gain some business through these contacts. 

    I am also now working as a CV Advisor for the LSE Careers Services – a role I learnt about through working with the LSE Careers Services team. 

    The role gave me the confidence to figure out what were my strengths and weaknesses, and learn to play to my strengths. I realised I really enjoy working on projects with teams and working with different stakeholders to realise a vision, and make some changes. So I expect that I will be getting involved with more of those kinds of jobs in the future. 

    What 1 tip would you give next year’s officer? What do you wish you’d known before you started?

    How to access my Research Student Officer email! That was a faux pas on my part, I did not realise I was not receiving people’s emails – so apologies for the late email replies!

    As Postgrad Research Students’ Officer, you have the power to set the SU’s priorities, take action and influence your course, department and School as a whole. Run to be Postgrad Research Students’ Officer and make a change on the issues that matter to you.  

    See also:

    What’s the Postgrad Students’ Officer?

    What’s the Mature & Part-Time Students’ Officer?

    What’s the BME Students’ Officer?

    How to Nominate Yourself for Election

    More info on elections