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  • Thu 26 Nov 2015 17:19

    Read on for a full outline of the motion, plus details on the proposer and seconder.

    The Union General Meeting takes place this week at the earlier time of 12-1pm in the 6th floor studio of the Saw Swee Hock Centre. 

    To submit a motion, or speak for or against this motion, please email This motion will be debated at the UGM and then opened to public vote - go to between 2pm on Thursday 3rd December and 5pm on Friday 4th December.

    Should LSESU condemn the brutal massacre in Paris?

    Name of Proposer: William Mitchell

    Name of Seconder: Molly Farrow

    This Union notes

    • That on the 13th November 2015, a series of coordinated attacks left 129 dead, with 433 people admitted to hospital. 
    • That this massacre was one of the most deadly attacks to occur on French soil since the Second World War. 
    • One of those killed tragically, Valentin Ribert, was a former member of the LSE community, who completed his LLM in International Business Law in 2014. 
    • The attacks are contextualised by a rise in religious extremism globally, as well as the growing power and influence of the Islamic State. 

    This Union believes

    • That the brutal massacre and wounding of innocent people in Paris was absolutely unjustified and abhorrent. 
    • That the tragic loss of so many innocent lives should be matched with a measured yet unyielding response to extremism and terrorism both at home and abroad in a way that vindicates the victims and ultimately aiming to bring about peace. 
    • The rise in religious extremism both in France and elsewhere ought to be better understood and that its causes should be debated in a free and constructive way. 
    • That the propensity to act in a knee-jerk fashion politically, socially and individually should be constrained by rational reflection and a long term strategy to restore peace at home and abroad. 
    • That the brutal killings throughout the world are equally apparent and we ought to show our solidarity with victims of all religiously motivated terrorism. This Union resolves: 

    This Union resolves 

    • To resist the urge to spontaneously respond in a purely retributive sense; a comprehensive solution will not be a achieved by spilling more blood. That is, the SU acknowledges that one cannot bomb away an ideology. 
    • To encourage debate to better understand the causes of radicalisation and how best to avoid it and its violent consequences.
  • Thu 26 Nov 2015 16:09

    As some of you may be aware, the higher education sector in the UK is in for a radical overhaul as the marketisation agenda becomes firmly embedded in the government’s approach to HE. 

    Over the past few weeks I have been working with NUS and the School to establish what the key issues are in the green paper and to organise a consultation period to establish LSESU’s response. 

    The paper has many worrying tenets which include

    • The exemption of universities from FOI requests
    • The introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework, linked to the ability to raise fees

    • A distinct lack of detail on widening participation and fair access 

    • State power over the allocation of teaching grants
    and… many omissions like support for international students. 

    We are told that the green paper is very *green* and so our response is crucial in shaping the policy that emerges - that means we need your views! 

    Next week, I will be holding three consultation sessions on some key areas to gather your views for both our response, and the LSE’s.

    These are:

    Monday 30th, 4-5pm, Bao Yang meeting room, 6th floor: FOIs, SUs, Ministerial Power

    Thursday 3rd, 3-4pm, 1st floor outside the ARC: Widening participation and fair access 

    Friday 4th, 11-12pm, Bao Yang meeting room, 6th floor: Teaching Excellence Framework and fees 

    Your input is crucial. We will be lobbying the LSE on their response and the more that you contribute, the more representative this is of your views. 

    I look forward to seeing you there! 


    LSESU General Secretary

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  • Wed 25 Nov 2015 16:11

    So far it has been an incredibly busy term, and we’ve still got two and a half weeks left. A lot has been going on with regards to LSE Education and below are some key updates from the term so far!

    Education Strategy

     As you will hopefully have seen, the school is in the process of developing a new Education Strategy 2015-2020. As part of this strategy, the school will be writing an Education Covenant with the potential to reshape what an LSE Education looks like. As part of this process we have been conducting a wide ranging consultation with students, which will directly impact on the changes that are made.

     This consultation has included a continuation of last year’s ‘Re-Imagining Your Education’ series with events such as ‘The Academics Speak’ and ‘The Unconference’. The events have allowed us to gain suggestions directly from students regarding what they want from their time at LSE and what needs to be different. The final Re-Imagining event of the term, focused specifically on the Education Covenant will be taking place on Wednesday 2nd December at 6pm in the Saw Swee Hock 6th Floor Studio.  

    The final element of our consultation has been an online survey to gain as wide a range of student views as possible. Over 300 students have now told us what needs to be different, make sure you don’t miss the chance to do the same. Our survey is available here and is open until Friday 4th December.

     Beyond the Classroom 

    This term we have successfully launched the SU’s new ‘Beyond the Classroom’ programme and it is going from strength to strength. We have already offered weekly skills sessions on recruiting volunteers, working with children and managing conflict, with plenty more to come next term. We also launched the ‘SU Talks’ public lectures with ‘A case for the Arts’ to great success and will be continuing with ‘What should be the role of a public broadcaster?’ on Wednesday 9th December from 7pm in the Saw Swee Hock 6th Floor Studio.


    The situation with timetables and room bookings has caused, and continues to cause problems and extra stress. Throughout the process I have been communicating with the school and until the issue is resolved, I will now be sitting on the project board responsible. When we are provided with further information, we will ensure to communicate it to you.

    With the other sabbatical officers I have been and will continue to push for adequate compensation for the inconvenience to students. On a related not, I have already met with Paul Kelly (Pro Director Teaching & Learning) and Hannah Bannister (Head of Student Services) on multiple occasions to lobby for an earlier release of the Summer Term Exam Timetable.  After the problems with exam timetables in the last two years, the response from the school has not been good enough. It is time an exam timetable was delivered on time and much further in advance than Lent Term Week 10. I will continue to lobby hard and am confident we can secure a response from the school.

     Teaching & Study Space

    I have been working closely with the school in the early conversations around the design of 44 Lincolns Inn Field. We have already run some department specific consultation and as the process continues we will further be consulting with students.

    With the centre buildings development we are also speaking to the school regularly regarding noise and disruption. If you are experiencing an problems or have any complaints regarding access, noise, or the centre buildings development in any way then please get in touch at

    A final few pieces of really great news regarding space! In response to the continued demand for space from students, the 4th Floor of the Library is now open with a capacity of over 200. It is a phenomenal new resource for students, so if you haven’t already make sure to check it out. This term has also seen the opening of the PhD Academy on the 4th floor of library, which is a dedicated space specifically for PhD students.

    I will be writing again in the next couple of weeks with a full term wrap-up including any further updates and major wins from the Michaelmas Term. If in the meantime, if you have any questions, queries or comments then don’t hesitate to get in touch either by email or by dropping by the 3rd Floor Office in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.