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What is an LSE Education? What should it be? What could it
As LSE SU Education Officer, those are the fundamental
questions I have to think about on a daily basis – and they are questions which
every single LSE student has an opinion on. When defining what the LSE should
deliver, it is vital that students are leading the conversation - that is the
point of the Re-Imagining Your Education series.
Continuing from last year, the Re-Imagining series will
give students the opportunity to lead discussions on the future direction of
the school, and the offer it should be making to its students. Throughout
Michaelmas Term, the Students Union will be hosting a number of consultation events
with students, asking them specifically what they want from an LSE Education
and giving them the chance to interact with senior academics and management
from within the school.
The first event of the term will be What is an LSE
Education? taking place on Thursday 8th October from 7pm-9pm. This
is a chance to hear senior academics including Craig Calhoun, Director of
the LSE, put forward their vision of LSE.
The event will include a panel
discussion on the state of LSE Education and a networking reception to further
discuss the LSE with leading academics. Further events will be announced
throughout the term.
The Re-Imagining series is your opportunity to shape the
debate of what LSE should be, to influence those making decisions within the
school and to lead the conversation of what an LSE Education should mean.
Without you input, it is impossible for the LSE to change – make sure you’re
part of it.
Hands up who has a cold already… And it’s only week 2.
It almost seems inevitable that you will get a cold in the next few months, and it always come at the worst time. (Although, is there ever a good time at LSE?)
There are loads of places on campus and in the city where you can seek help, and lots of ways you can take care of yourself this term - so you can defend against and deal with freshers’ flu - or anything else that comes your way.
1. Eat well, rest up, keep warm.
While this sounds like the perfect combination for reading week, it’s also something to think about when you feel ill. Little things like a glass of orange juice in the morning, or quick naps, can help you to feel a little better and increase your chances of quick recovery.
It’s hard not to feel guilty if you can’t make a lecture or class because you’re feeling poorly. Sometimes, however, you may find that you really do need to take a day out to recoup. Email your teacher in advance so that they know and read through the lecture slides in bed - it’ll be better than doing nothing.
WHO CAN HELP: The LSE Teaching and Learning Centre can give you one-to-one advice if you need it on academic problems. You can also talk to your academic adviser if you’re worried you are missing to much time at School through illness.
2. Book a doctor’s appointment early - don’t leave it too late.
If you’re worried that it may be more than a cold, or something even more serious, then book an appointment at your local medical centre (see below). This is a good way to check that everything’s okay and give you some treatment if required.
Often the earlier you catch something, the quicker the recovery so don’t worry if you think you’re wasting the doctor’s time.
WHO CAN HELP: St Philip’s Medical Centre allows you to register with them and book an appointment swiftly. They’re on campus so are easy to reach. If you can’t get an appointment then you can also visit an NHS walk in centre.
3. Know the symptoms.
It’s really important to know that symptoms of more serious illnesses, including meningitis, can be mistaken for general aches and pains - and vice versa - but if you are concerned that you’re unwell then you need to get it checked out.
Symptoms of meningitis include a stiff neck, a severe headache, a sensitivity to light, vomiting and drowsiness. It’s a fast moving illness so if you think that these apply to you, then seek medical attention quickly.
WHO CAN HELP: Only you can know how you’re feeling and if something isn’t right then it’s definitely okay to seek medical help. You can visit the St Philip’s Medical Centre (as above), or take a look at the NHS Choices website for further information on symptoms and diagnosis. If the situation does develop and you have a positive diagnosis then let friends, halls wardens, and/or academic advisers know. They’re also available at any time if you have any concerns.
4. If suitable, take up any government led medical advice on vaccination.
Keep an eye out for an Public Health England information that gets released each year regarding flu jabs, and other precautionary measures.
This year, the government has also suggested that 17 and 18 year olds take part in the MenACWY programme which is providing protection through vaccination against some forms of meningitis.
WHO CAN HELP: Speak to your doctor or call 111 for non-emergency medical advice.
5. Keep an eye out for friends.
If friends in halls, your house, or on campus, are feeling unwell then look out for them and let them know about the services available to help them (as listed here!).
It can be quite worrying when you don’t want to get behind with work, or you don’t feel at home in London. There are lots of places on and off campus where you can receive support so if you think you need help then you can definitely contact them.
WHO CAN HELP: If you’d like to email LSESU first for advice then you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in.
Whether you’re feeling ill and you want to go home for a weekend, or you can’t make a lecture because you’re unwell, then it’s absolutely fine to do what’s best for you. The School and the SU can support you if an illness becomes serious, or if you need some advice even if you feel a little poorly.
If you fall ill during exams, or you’re worried that your illness will effect your performance, then please click here.
Good news rugby fans. We’re opening the Three Tuns for every Rugby World Cup game this month - screened live!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never seen a game before or if you don’t know your line-out from your scrum - all are welcome.
Read on for the full list of fixtures being screened.
See you there!
KatieLSESU Activities and Development Officer
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