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  • Mon 23 May 2016 17:44

    As part of our campaign to freeze international fees, we highlighted the financial struggles that international students can face when dealing with currency fluctuations back home, to the LSE.

    Previously, students in hardship due to currency fluctuations were not eligible for hardship, but I’m pleased to say that any international undergraduate who experiences these issues will now be eligible for financial support.

    This means that should you run into difficulty, you can apply to the university for money to support you to continue your studies.

    I’m really pleased that the LSE has agreed to adopt this policy change. It’s unfair to expect students to predict how currencies may change over the period of three years, and we hear from students who have to drop out or interrupt regularly because they don’t have the money to live on.

    Please do spread the word and if you do need financial assistance, follow this link!



    Nona Buckley-Irvine
    LSESU General Secretary 2014-16

  • Sun 22 May 2016 20:03

    LSE Students’ Union runs an independent Advice Service to support all students housing queries and academic queries - including resits, deferrals and appealing marks. The Advice Service also allocates the LSESU hardship and childcare funds. (Other services for students, including counselling, can be accessed via the School.)

    The Service is open all year round, and runs both drop-in sessions and bookable appointments. Read on for more details and recommendations.

    Drop-in sessions

    • The Advice Service runs drop-in sessions, where no appointment is necessary, every weekday between 11am and 1pm. These are recommended for urgent problems and simple questions, such as exam procedural queries.
    • In order to get the most out of your drop-in session it is helpful if you bring as much associated documentation with you as possible, such as email correspondence or a tenancy agreement.
    • Very occasionally, the team may need to cancel the day’s drop-in for reasons outside of their control (for example, due to staff illness). So, to avoid disappointment, you can call our Reception on 020 7955 7158 in advance to ensure the drop-in is running if you wish.

    By appointment

    • The Service also provides bookable appointment slots between 8am and 5pm every weekday. These are recommended for more complex and personalised issues, such as applying for extenuating circumstances.
    • To book an appointment, just call our Reception 020 7955 7158 or email
    • Please note, for housing contract checks at least 2 working days are needed for preparation, so please do try to give as much notice as possible.


    The Advice Service team sits in the LSESU Office on the Third Floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. Most appointments are conducted in the sound-proofed Advice Booths on the Third Floor. 

    To speak to the team, please go via the LSESU Reception, also on the Third Floor, who will be able to arrange things for you. 


    The Advice Service has a team of advisers, of different ages and backgrounds, all of whom are here to help. 

    To contact the Advice Service about a matter you’ve already been in touch about, please contact your adviser directly if possible.

    More information

    For more information about the Advice Service in general, see if the page on the LSESU website can fill you in:

    For more information on specific points, please call 020 7955 7158 or email

  • Sun 22 May 2016 19:12

    In 2013-­2014, 1992 of the LSE’s 10,800 students came from other EU member states. Currently around 20% of LSE’s student body is comprised from individuals from other EU member states. The EU Referendum is a big issue for LSE students, and as the organisation that represents those students, it is a big issue for us.

    On 23rd June, a vote will be held on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Every British, Irish and Commonwealth citizen can vote in this if they meet the voting criteria.

    After a motion was raised at the UGM (Union General Meeting), LSESU became the first student body to vote on its official stance towards the UK’s membership of the EU (European Union). 91% of the voters (nearly 400 students) were in favour of the UK remaining a member.

    For these reasons, we’re launching a campaign around the Referendum. It centres around two strands: firstly, we’ll be raising awareness about the vote itself, and secondly, as mandated by the UGM motion, LSESU and other student unions across the UK will join together as a strong and positive voice for EU membership in the run-up to the vote. 

    Raising awareness

    We’ll be raising awareness about the issues involved, helping students to be more informed about their choice, publicising the registration deadline and publicising voting day, and publicising the results.

    To raise awareness of the issues and help students be informed, we’ll be gathering real student thought, connecting points of view, and putting them at the forefront of the campaign. Right now we’re inviting all students - whether you’re pro-EU or anti-EU - to submit reasons, personal experience, thoughts or even images that show why the issue itself is important. You can submit your thoughts to us online, and we’ll be in touch to invite a number of students to be featured. This will take the form of social media testimonies, inviting students to blog, and creating an EU Takeover on our Instagram (

    The registration deadline and voting day will be publicised through our blog content, on our Facebook (, through our Twitter ( and finally via our weekly email newsletters.

    To publicise the results, we’ll be hosting a live screening at the LSESU Brexit Results Night in the Three Tuns. We’ll send out information about this on Facebook, on What’s On and via our weekly email newsletters - stay tuned.

    Being a strong pro-EU voice

    By the UGM motion, LSESU is specifically mandated to ‘endorse and support the “UK Inside EU” campaign through all the duration of the run­up to the national referendum on the renegotiated terms of Britain’s EU membership, projected for Autumn 2017 at the latest’. 

    We’ll be showing the student case for staying in the EU by gathering opinion from the LSE student body. If you have experiences, reasons or insight as to why you’re pro-EU, please let us know what they are. We’ll be in touch with a number of students to invite further participation. 

    Joining the campaign: your options

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