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  • Sat 30 Apr 2016 19:37

    Exceptional (aka extenuating) circumstances, a process that most universities have, allows students to inform their institution that something has impacted upon their performance. At LSE it’s slightly different.

    LSE has a Fit To Sit policy. This essentially means that by attempting an assessment - even by simply entering the exam room - you are declaring yourself fit to take it. Should you later realise this was not the case, submitting an exceptional circumstances form or appeal may be not be successful.

    It’s normal for stress levels to increase in exam mode. While there’s a range of support available from LSESU, LSE and De-Stress Fest, it’s important to identify if your studies are being significantly affected by stress so that you’re not being assessed unfairly.


    Knowing Your Options

    If, for whatever reason, you feel you’re not ‘fit to sit’, there are some options available to you. These are: 

    1. Postponing your exams until next year - also known as deferring.

    • If you are absent from an examination or fail to submit a dissertation you will receive a mark of zero (i.e a fail) for that course, which will count as an attempt. However, under certain circumstances the School will allow students to postpone one or more assessments to the next academic year. 
    • Deferrals will not be granted after a scheduled assessment has taken place.
    • You can seek permission to defer an exam after you have received all tuition and by no later than the day before an exam. In certain exceptional circumstances, requests to defer may be considered on the day of an exam (e.g. if a student suddenly falls ill and is not fit to sit). 
    • Application details are on the LSE website:

    2. Ensuring that you have individual exam adjustments in place. 

    • These allow you to adjust the circumstances under which you’re assessed to ensure they are fair. 
    • Common adjustments are made to writing time, the food, drink or medication you’re allowed to bring with you, having a smaller exam room or individual room, rest breaks, having a scribe/amanuensis or reader, specialist furniture, specialist equipment or use of a word processor.
    • You’ll be eligible for these if you have a disability, health condition (physical or mental) or learning need. 
    • Application details are on the LSE website:

    For more information on your options: 

    For advice on your specific circumstances:

  • Fri 29 Apr 2016 16:58

    There are public holidays in the UK on both Monday 1st May and Monday 30th May. The LSE building access info is as follows:

    LSE Library

    • Monday 1st May: Open 24 hours, but with no staffed services
    • Monday 30th May: Open 24 hours, but with no staffed services

    For undergraduate students

    Study areas and computer facilities will be available at the following locations and at the following times on production of an LSE ID card:

    • Shaw Library, 4th Floor Restaurant, Teaching Rooms: 08:00 - 21:00
    • NAB open spaces: 08:00 – 21:00
    • 32LIF open spaces and teaching and seminar rooms: 08:00 – 21:00
    • Saw Swee Hock Student Centre: 08:00 – 21:00

    For staff and postgraduate students

    Staff & Postgraduates can gain entry to School Buildings between 08:00 – 21:00 on production/use of an LSE ID card.


    • In the case of an emergency, please go to the security staff at the Old Building reception desk in Houghton Street. 
    • They can be contacted by telephone on 0207 9556 555.

  • Wed 27 Apr 2016 10:00

    Four cute penguins are chilling around campus.

    To celebrate the start of De-Stress Fest, our biggest ever celebration of chill, which begins tomorrow (Thursday 28th April), we’re giving a free smoothie to everyone who finds one. 

    Take a selfie and tweet it using ‪#‎suchchill‬ to get yours!