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  • Tue 31 May 2016 10:00

    If you haven’t booked yourself a post-exam treat yet, GO GET ONE. There are some amazing discounts on flights and holidays for students via StudentUniverse…

  • Sun 29 May 2016 19:34

    On 23rd June 2016, a vote is being held on whether the UK should leave from, or remain in, the EU (European Union). 

    We’ve boiled things down to the key advance facts: who can vote, how to make sure you’re registered and what to do if you can’t vote in person. 

    What is the EU Referendum?

    A bit of background first. A referendum is a vote that is taken on a question. In this case, the question is: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

    The UK is currently one of 28 nations that form the EU (European Union). This is an economic and political partnership, which is intended to allow goods and people to move across states as if they were one country (known as the ‘single market’). It has its own currency, the euro, which is used by 19 of the member countries. It also has its own parliament and it now sets rules in a wide range of areas. Click here to read a basic guide to the EU.

    Why is a referendum being held?

    Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, promised to hold one before the end of 2017, if he won the 2015 general election. This was in response to calls from the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). They argued that Britain had not had an option on membership since 1975, when it voted to stay in the EU in a referendum, and several changes had happened since. 

    Who can vote?

    Everyone who matches the the following criteria can vote: 

    • You are registered to vote in the UK
    • You are aged 18 or over on 23 June 2016 
    • You are any of the following:
      • A British citizen living in the UK
      • An Irish citizen living in the UK
      • A Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
      • A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
      • An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the last 15 years

    Click here for a full list of the Commonwealth member states. 

    How do I register?

    To vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at

    In Northern Ireland, you’ll need to download a Northern Ireland registration form to ensure you can vote.

    To vote from overseas, you can apply for a postal vote or to place a proxy vote - read on for more information. 

    The deadline for registering to vote is 7th June.

    Do I need to re-register to vote in the EU referendum?

    Anyone who was registered to vote for the elections that took place across the UK on 5th May (including the Mayoral Election) will be registered for the EU Referendum. You do not need to re-register.

    If your circumstances change - for example, you move home between now and the registration deadline - you’ll need to re-register using the address of your new property. Make sure you do that before 7th June at

    How to check whether you’re registered

    If you’re not sure if you are already registered, you’ll need to check by contacting the electoral registration office that represents your area. If you receive a polling card in the post, that means you’re already registered. 

    To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode at

    What to do if you can’t vote in person

    If you can’t vote in person, you can choose to vote by post or by proxy (someone else places your vote for you).

    By post

    By proxy

    • Individuals who are registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by proxy. 
    • Once you have completed and signed your application form, send it to your local electoral registration office. The deadline is usually 5pm, six working days before the poll. 
    • If you haven’t already arranged to vote by proxy in a previous election, you will need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June to vote by proxy in the EU referendum.
    • The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 (16 in Scotland) and are registered individually. A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative. Click here to find out more about casting your vote by proxy.

    More information

    We’ll be posting more information about voting, including what to expect at the polling booth, in the run-up to the polling day (23rd June).

  • Sat 28 May 2016 12:00

    Seven years ago, LSE announced a competition to decide who would design the new student centre. Five companies were shortlisted and Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey eventually won. They went on to create the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre we see before us today, named after a generous benefactor. 

    Here are 7 things you may not have known about the building we love!

    1. The design was inspired by LSE’s campus itself

    O’Donnell and Tuomey wanted to create a building with a similar feel to the buzzing Houghton Street. They dedicated the ‘totem pole’ through the centre as a poster space, to enable students to communicate.

    2. It’s named after Professor Saw Swee Hock, an LSE alumnus from Singapore

    Professor Saw received his PhD from LSE in 1963 and kindly donated £2 million towards the construction of the centre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his graduation. It cost £24 million to build in total.

    3. It stands on the site of the former St Philip’s Hospital

    The hospital was originally used as a hospital for war refugees, before becoming a treatment centre for women who had suffered from ‘occasional lapses into immorality’ and contracted an STI!

    4. There are 175,000 bricks in the building, in 7 different shades

    This includes a number of ‘special bricks’ which were cast at angles, which can be seen at the front of the building. The perforated bricks create a sense of privacy (especially important for the gym and faith centre) while still allowing a view across campus and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It also features two concrete spiral staircases, nicknamed the ‘baby elephant’ and the ‘fat elephant’ by the architects.

    5. It’s carbon neutral

    The building has a very high BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) rating of ‘Excellence’, due to being carbon neutral, self-regulating temperature-wise and the fact that 90% of the waste generated by its construction was diverted from landfill.

    6. It’s a high achiever

    The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre was named London Building of the Year in 2014 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, beating the Shard and was recently announced as a National award winner, too. LSE was named AJ100 Client of the Year in 2014 because of it. 

    It also won the 2012 New London Award (NLA) in the Education category for building design, and was shortlisted for the New London Awards 2014 (Civic Building Category), the Constructing Excellence Awards 2014 (Client of the Year) and the Building Construction Industry Awards (BCIA Building Project of the Year £10-£50m).

    7. It’s not their first

    The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre isn’t the first building that O’Donnell and Tuomey have designed in London - they’re also behind the Photographers’ Gallery in Soho. 

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