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  • Fri 05 Feb 2016 17:01

    The EGM will be held from 12-12.30pm on Monday 8th February in the 6th Floor Studio, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

    Proposer: Joshua (Chun Fung) Ip

    Seconder: Nadia Taiwo

    Opposition: none (to formally oppose this motion, please email

    The Union Notes:

    • Following the ‘Earlier Exam Timetable Release’ Motion passed on the 27th November 2015 with 502 ‘Yes’ Votes and 1 ‘ No’ Vote, the LSE has been very slow in making a decision – a response to all students were given through email only on the 28th January 2016. [Took more than two months]
    • Majority of the LSE students want to appeal this decision about no earlier exam timetable this year (in email on the 28th January 2016 09:38am by Cheryl Edwardes, Deputy Head of Student Services)
    • Majority of the LSE students think the inconsistency in changing the school structure with approximately two weeks earlier examinations and only one day earlier exam timetable release is ridiculous, unacceptable and stupid.
    • Majority of LSE students feel that the Registry has not been performing its full potential ability to maximise students’ satisfactions.
    • Many members of staff are also frustrated with the decision made in the email by Cheryl Edwardes, Deputy Head of Student Services.
    • The LSE Registry has failed in AY2013/14, AY2014/15 to deliver exam timetable on time.

    The Union Believes:

    • There should be no excuse in not being able to publish exam timetable at least two weeks earlier. The decision is causing distress across campus. It is costing LSE’s students’ satisfaction.
    • The Registry Team should work over-time to achieve students’ demand for an earlier exam timetable release this year.
    • Publishing exam timetable earlier this year is possible.
    • Publishing exam timetable earlier this year should and must happen.
    • The Registry should prioritise this task before anything else.
    • The Registry Team should work at least two extra hours every day just on solving exam timetable for this academic year.

    The Union Resolves:

    • Emergency meetings with Paul Kelly, Head of Registry, Deputy Head of Registry within five term dates of this motion being passed to have exam timetable earlier this year.
    • Emergency meeting with Craig Calhoun to ensure this motion is taken seriously and enforce Paul Kelly and the Registry Team to work to their full maximise potential in solving this issue.
    • All these meetings above, the SU should try to have General Secretary, Education Officer, Community and Welfare Officer and the Postgraduate Officer there. But do prioritise the urgency over having the full set of members.
    • Condemn the LSE for the lack of consistency in changing school structure and no change in exam timetable release.
    • Condemn the LSE Registry and Paul Kelly for their incompetence to solve this problem given the amount of time taken.
    • The General Secretary Nona Buckley-Irvine and the Education Officer Jon-Rhys Foster to update all students as to the process of what is being done, waiting to be done and what the situation is. The suggested way to do this is via a weekly email.
    • All students should be emailed weekly on an update with a set of bullet points summarising by the SU with the process, not a hyperlink.
    • To lobby for LSE to make exam timetable release EARLIER - that is by Week 7 in Lent term of AY 2015/2016.


    ‘This year’ refers to AY2015/16

  • Fri 05 Feb 2016 13:27

    Next week, the annual excuse to eat pancakes is back again. Finally. 

    Pancake Day is Tuesday 9th February, and the SU is celebrating by selling pancakes plus toppings for just £1.50.  

    They’ll will be available from 12 noon until 2pm from the First Floor Cafe while stocks last. Enjoy!

    • If you love pancakes as much as us, tweet @lsesu (and we can celebrate together)
  • Fri 05 Feb 2016 13:03

    There has been some recent coverage concerning a forthcoming motion to be debated at the UGM about whether we should ban the recently approved Free Speech Society.

    As is the case with all motions like this, any student is able to put a motion forward and all students are able to vote on it.

    The Free Speech Society has already been approved by the Students’ Union, through the elected Activities Committee, and students will now debate whether to reverse the decision made.

    In a democracy like ours, LSE students get to ultimately decide what’s best for our Union and what we should put time and resources to. 

    On a broader point, we have to carefully balance wanting to have free speech and ensuring that students have a supportive university environment. There can be a tendency to conflate free speech with the freedom to offend, and it is important that we draw a distinction between the two. They are not one and the same, and the freedom to offend can be used in a way that further marginalizes already marginalized groups.

    In Students’ Unions, we are led by students and as such, in a membership organisation like ours we should be allowed to decide how we should be run and what we should facilitate.

    Sometimes this will mean students will decide particular views or groups aren’t welcome in our spaces. This doesn’t stop people engaging in these activities outside of university. 

    As a Union, we have a proud history of facilitating pluralistic political environments in line with our members interests and defending the speech of others, especially in light of recent legislation around PREVENT, which does pose a real threat to the freedom of expression by Muslim students.

    On the motion itself, I hope that students do take an active interest in the debate, and reinforce that it is the students of LSE that get to decide how their Students’ Union is run.


    Nona Buckley-Irvine
    LSESU General Secretary 2014-16

    Further Reading

    In support of banning the Society

    Against banning the Society