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  • Tue 04 Aug 2015 18:11

    Following discussions at Trustee Board we are able to confirm that the men’s rugby club will be returning on a probationary period for the following academic year.

    The club will be reinstated on the following conditions:

    Field one team in BUCS for the first year of reinstatement, and provide a non competitive development team

    The previous club had three teams. To manage its reinstatement, reinstatement should be gradual with one team entered in the first year, and more teams fielded in subsequent years depending on progress made. We will also facilitate a development team to feed into the competitive team and encourage that this is used to broaden participation in men’s rugby.

    Use of a coach to deliver rugby training

    From evidence collected from the AU Forum held in week 8 Michaelmas Term (27/11/14), it was noted that teams and clubs with professional coaches not only performed better but tend to prioritise sport over the social side of the club. As a result they had more inclusive club cultures and less problems regarding behaviour of members including Tennis, Women’s Rugby and Women’s Football.

    To issue a one strike system

    Should the SU receive a complaint that the club as a whole has acted in a manner that is contradictory to our policies, and the investigation proves this to be true, the club would be automatically disbanded.

    Elections to be held in Michaelmas term

    This should encourage a further fresh start and open participation to first year undergraduates and Masters students. These will be facilitated by the Activities and Development Officer.

    Bi-termly 121 meetings with the Activities and Development officer, AU President and Club Captain to review progress

    Engagement with the liberation officers, including looking at delivering consent workshops

    While the incident at Freshers Fair last year was distressful for the School community and served to create a hostile environment, it has served as a tool for change in our student community, our university, and beyond that into the national arena in terms of liberation.

    As a Union we have passed a zero tolerance against sexual harassment policy, trained all of our bar staff on how to deal with sexual harassment in conjunction with the Good Night Out campaign, introduced AU Leadership training, successfully lobbied for a change to the School’s support system with respect to the Deans, increased the number of women and BME students both running and winning in elections. 

    Our LBGT+ Alliance and part time officer have challenged homophobia on an unprecedented scale and collaborated with a wide number of societies, as well as our Irish society campaigning for the legalisation of same sex marriage in Ireland. We have said it is finally Time To Talk about mental health, and challenged the inaccessibility of university campus for wheelchair users.

    Next year, we will be striving to continue to embed values into everything that we do as a Union, working for you, with you. With the re-introduction of the new men’s rugby club, we look forward to supporting the AU in continuing their focus on sport and inclusivity and working towards an AU inclusive of all.

    Proudly, we have also been selected as a Union to participate in the National Union of Students Lad Culture Pilot Audit, which will provide us with assistance in embedding our zero tolerance approach to lad culture, as well as more robustly assessing the LSE in their practices. While we have made considerable progress this year, it should be noted that the LSE is failing its students in tackling sexual harassment appropriately and providing the right support. Challenging this will be crucial for us going forward so that we ensure that discriminatory behaviour is challenged across the board.

    If there are any questions regarding the implementation of the new men’s rugby club, please field these towards the new Activities and Development Officer Katie Budd. Otherwise for trustee board related enquiries, please contact myself at su.generalsecretary@lse.ac.uk.

    Progress is a continual process and I am incredibly excited to work with the new executive team, with society presidents, club captains, halls presidents, and students more broadly on making our culture as inclusive as possible. This year has served as a real opportunity to start that process, and with another year ahead we can only strive to do better and continue to lead nationally on liberation.

    In unity,

    Nona Buckley-Irvine

    LSESU General Secretary & Chair of LSESU Trustee Board

  • Thu 30 Jul 2015 16:25

    “The life of the School has always been a life of adventure.”

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    William Beveridge, director of LSE from 1919 to 1937, uttered those words in 1930, when the university was a mere 35 years old. 

    Fast forward to the present. It’s been 85 years since Beveridge’s speech and 120 years since the university first opened its doors. But the adventure hasn’t stopped, thanks to the colourful cast of characters populating LSE’s past (and present). 

    From Kennedys to Rockefellers, winners of the Nobel Prize to musicians, a wide variety of individuals have called the university their stomping ground. 

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    The Fabian Society: In 1895, George Bernard Shaw, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, and Graham Wallas established the university. Members of the Fabian Society, the country’s oldest political think tank, LSE’s founders envisioned “a School of Economics” that would promote a fairer society by studying the causes of poverty and inequality. For Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw, the connection to the school bled into his work. In his 1913 play Pygmalion, the central character Eliza Doolittle enrols in bookkeeping and shorthand classes to enhance her business acumen. Today, LSE is home to the Fabian Society archives.

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    John F. Kennedy: The 35th president of the United States is one of a number of world leaders the university counts among its former students. However, although Kennedy did enrol as a General Course student in 1935, he never began his studies due to illness and the school paid back his fees as he returned to the U.S. LSE was however responsible for the introduction of Kennedy to American billionaire David Rockefeller, a student at the university between 1937 and 1938. 

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    Mick Jagger: The Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist was a finance and accounting student at LSE in the early 1960s, but dropped out to pursue his career in music. During his time at LSE, he was just getting started with the band, going to classes during the week and playing gigs on the weekends. He admits while at the time it was a “totally stupid decision,” he didn’t particularly like the academic life. Mick Jagger has since been knighted for his contribution to popular music.

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    Malcom X: Just ten days before his assassination, Malcom X addressed a full house in the Old Theatre after receiving an invitation from the Africa Society. The Beaver covered the speech and reported on Malcom X’s “brilliant rhetoric.” Tim Gospill, editor of The Beaver at the time, noted Malcom X was “quite intimidating” and possessed considerable charisma. 

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    Angelina Jolie: This past February, LSE welcomed UNHCR Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and First Secretary of State William Hague to campus to launch the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security. The centre will undertake research on women in conflict areas and promote policy solutions to end sexual violence in conflict. Jolie and Hague are co-founders of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI). 


    Interested in exploring more about the players in LSE’s storied past? Join the anniversary celebration and follow along on Twitter at #LSE120.


    See also:

    Celebrating 120 years of LSE

    LSE History

    LSE Campaigns: Changing the World is Just How We Roll

  • Tue 21 Jul 2015 20:46

    - @antoniajennings

    Antonia Jennings, a postgrad student at LSE, explains the best ways to find private accommodation in London. 

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    Coming to study at the LSE doesn’t mean you have to live in LSE accommodation! Away from LSE halls there are plenty of privately-rented rooms and houses, all across the city. If that’s something you’d like to do, read on for a few pointers on starting your search.

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    Where to look

    You should start your search online. The most popular website for finding an available room in a house is www.spareroom.co.uk. Others include www.gumtree.com/london/room+to+rent, uk.easyroommate.com and www.roombuddies.co.uk. There are loads more that a quick Google search will give you, but these are the main websites used by students.

    These websites will give you details on the specifics of the room, the location of the property, and the current other occupants of the flat/house. It’s worth trying to meet your future housemates before you move in together, to have a sort of mutual interview. If you can’t do this, then a Skype interview might be a good idea! You can then get a better idea of whether your lifestyles will be a good housemate fit.

    Once you’ve found a place you like, make sure you read your contract. Find out how long you are committed to the room for, whether bills are included, how much the deposit is, and what you will have to do if you want to leave the property. Unfortunately, London landlords are notorious for bad behaviour, so make sure you know exactly what your rights are from the beginning! Renters Rights London (http://www.rentersrightslondon.org/) are a great resource for what you are entitled to as a renter in London.


    Areas

    London is sooo big, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where you should be living! Students truly live all over the city. As a general rule, price of accommodation is highest in zone 1, with each subsequent zone a little cheaper. The ‘zone’ system in London is primarily used to calculate transport fares, but it also provides a good indicator of distance from LSE and price.  You can see the zones in the underground map below, in the white and grey shading.


    Transport costs are something to factor into your property search. While you might find an extremely cheap property in zone 3, be aware that the cost of travelling to and from campus every day will be high, and you might actually be financially better off in zone 2! As an LSE student, you are eligible for a student oyster (travel) card. Make sure you get one as this will save you 30% on all London transport! Transport for London (TfL) has a list of student fares here:

    https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/tube-dlr-lo-18-plus-student-fares.pdf

    In terms of specific areas, Hackney, Shoreditch, Southwark and Camden are all areas with particularly high numbers of students. To know exactly where to go, looking up local attractions, online reviews of areas and speaking to anyone you know who’s been to London is a good place to start. Spareroom has a ‘Where to live wizard’ which can help you too: http://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/where_to_live_wizard.pl


    This is by no means a comprehensive outline of where to live in London, but hopefully it will give you a good idea of where to start. Please add your own tips and suggestions below in the comments!

    And finally, GOOD LUCK!