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  • Sat 18 Oct 2014 18:37
    You’d think that with all the brilliant minds at LSE, the systems would work smoothly… Well you’d be wrong. There’s at least one service that’s insanely confusing for no reason. Can you guess it?
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    Yep, it’s printing. It’s a nightmare.

    This guide from student blogger Susannah explains how it works. 

    Oh printing. During the first year of my postgrad here at LSE, I gave up on using the School’s printers and bought my own. But you don’t have to!

    The LSE website is fairly convoluted on this topic, so I wanted to share with you the abridged version of how to get your printing on.

    Where can I print?

    The good news is that there are printers all over the place. You can get the complete list of them here. Personally, I love using lesser known computer labs like the one in the basement of Clement House or the postgrad one in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

    How the heck do I pay?

    Ugh good grief. There are three ways to pay so let’s make this clear.

    1. Use the value loaders for cash payments – these can be found in the library and the Old Building computer lab in the basement. Probably your simplest option, especially if you’re in a rush.

    2. Visit the Copyshop in the Library as they can take payment in cash or card. This magical place is located on the ground floor of the Library next to the silent study area. They are open Monday to Friday 10.30am - 6.45pm and Saturday and Sunday 11.00am - 5.45pm.

    3. Log on to your online print account. The way this happens is by FIRST topping up your LSE Wallet Account and THEN applying it to your online print account. So, go here and use a card to top your wallet. Next, log in to your online print account here and choose the top up tab. You can then apply anywhere from £0.01 to £10.00 to your printing account. I promise it’s only complicated the first time!

    How do I print from my own laptop or mobile?

    So there are a few different ways to do this, but let me give you the easiest option. Log in to your mobile printing website here (yes, another account…ridiculous) and select web print. This allows you to upload a document for printing without having to install print drivers. Win!

    If you want to explore all the options for mobile printing, follow this guide.

    Any money saving tips?

    First of all, print as little as possible! I too am one of those people who started my course feeling like I needed a physical copy of all my readings. It’s just not true, or sustainable. You can read from a screen.

    Another tip is to choose the multiple page option – this is especially great for long articles and PowerPoint presentations.

    Now go forward and print my friends! If you need any more info, tweet @lsesu.

    See also:
    5 Ways to Get It Together
    5 Quick Ways to Renew Your Focus While Studying
    Freshers’ Guide to Using the LSE Library
    Places to Study in London

  • Sat 18 Oct 2014 12:00

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    5 Reasons You Should be the Postgrad Research Students’ Officer 

    We talk to ex-Postgrad Research Students’ Officer Maria Carvalho to find out more…

    What were your top 3 things about being an Officer?

    1. The best thing about being the Officer was working with such an enthusiastic and motivated team at the Student’s Union, along with other Centres at the School. I never fully appreciated the many services that the School provides just to keep the LSE running, and to make the student experience the best it can be. 

    2. It was mind boggling to see what goes on behind the scenes, and the amount of dedicated Staff the School provides. 

    3. It made me realise that the LSE does have a lot to offer – it is just a matter of students being proactive in accessing the services. 

    Give us 2 reasons that someone should run for your position.

    1. Anyone who is passionate about improving the PhD experience at LSE should run for this position. It gives you the chance to meet many PhD students and learn about their experiences – giving you more authority on the kind of initiatives that are important to pursue. You can create your vision and choose the projects you’d like to work on.

    2. It allows you to be both a leader and team player – which is incredibly rewarding.  

    What was the 1 most challenging thing?

    The biggest challenge was communicating the many events and initiatives that we – and other Centres at the School – have organised for students. The trick is to find out how to reach them and get them to attend. 

    What are you going to be doing next and how has being the Mature and Part-Time Students’ Officer helped your future plans?  

    There are so many different things that I am pursuing now that I wouldn’t have done without this role. 

    Firstly I am creating an animation business called ‘Black Cilli’ with a friend to ‘explain’ academic research. We thought of creating this business after we did an animation video for the SU Summer Festival  ‘Re-Imagine Our Education’ debate.  As I work with several key stakeholders at LSE, we have already managed to gain some business through these contacts. 

    I am also now working as a CV Advisor for the LSE Careers Services – a role I learnt about through working with the LSE Careers Services team. 

    The role gave me the confidence to figure out what were my strengths and weaknesses, and learn to play to my strengths. I realised I really enjoy working on projects with teams and working with different stakeholders to realise a vision, and make some changes. So I expect that I will be getting involved with more of those kinds of jobs in the future. 

    What 1 tip would you give next year’s officer? What do you wish you’d known before you started?

    How to access my Research Student Officer email! That was a faux pas on my part, I did not realise I was not receiving people’s emails – so apologies for the late email replies!

    As Postgrad Research Students’ Officer, you have the power to set the SU’s priorities, take action and influence your course, department and School as a whole. Run to be Postgrad Research Students’ Officer and make a change on the issues that matter to you.  

    See also:

    What’s the Postgrad Students’ Officer?

    What’s the Mature & Part-Time Students’ Officer?

    What’s the BME Students’ Officer?

    How to Nominate Yourself for Election

    More info on elections

  • Sat 18 Oct 2014 11:00

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    5 Reasons You Should be the Mature & Part Time Students’ Officer 

    We talk to ex-Officer Laura Mertsching to find out more…

    Laura, what are your top 3 things about being an Officer?

    1. All the great people I met; I made some really close friends thanks to my position.

    2. When you can see progress happening 

    3. When you actually can help people, like all the effort we put into improving and increasing the availability of information for students with children, and connecting them socially too.

    Give us 2 reasons that someone should run for your position.

    1. It’s an incredible opportunity to get to know LSE, the union and the most interesting people in it!

    2. My LSE experience definitely improved through being this involved in the union – I knew much more about what is going on and identified way more with the university than many of my fellow students.

    What was the most challenging thing?

    It’s quite hard to get to know all the little and big processes within the university, across all the departments, and who is responsible for what. It can be annoying to work through all the different institutions before you find who can help you with your project.

     

    What are you going to be doing next and how has being the Mature and Part-Time Students’ Officer helped your future plans?  

    I realised that I’m quite good at organizing things, bringing people together in teams and working on joint projects. In future I’d like to do that more and be involved further within the union!

    What tip would you give next year’s officer? What do you wish you’d known before you started?

    I wish I had known my fellow Part-Time Officers better – either before or during the year – that would have made my job a lot easier!

    As Mature & Part-Time Students’ Officer, you have the power to set the SU’s priorities, take action and influence your course, department and School as a whole. Run to be Mature & Part-Time Students’ Officer and make a change on the issues that matter to you.  

    See also:

    What’s the Postgrad Students’ Officer?

    What’s the Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer?

    What’s the BME Students’ Officer?

    How to Nominate Yourself for Election

    More info on elections