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A lively debate took place at the UGM yesterday on two motions. The first, to no platform fascists, Holocaust deniers and rape apologists. The second, to unite against Islamophobia and support the Real Student Rights campaign.
The No Platform motion fell, with 172 voting for and 431 voting against and 11 undecided.
The motion against Islamophobia passed, by 347 votes to 118, with 32 undecided.
Thanks to all who took part in the debate and voted online.
My weekly update – and it’s been a busy one, so hold on to your socks.
The Winter Ball was a resounding success, with great attendance and almost half a grand raised for charity. I’m glad everyone had a good time, and I’ll be working hard to make sure that future events are bigger and better – there are some plans already in the pipeline, and I look forward to sharing these with you in good time. Suffice it to say, there is a lot I want to offer postgrad students in terms of careers and keynote debates alongside social events, so if you missed the Ball this time around or fancy something other than a party there’s plenty more to come!
Postgraduate Course Representatives
Last week I met with the course representatives from all Postgrad departments to talk about the possibility of setting up a bi-termly forum to discuss School-wide education issues at LSE.
With a high attendance of course reps, a unanimous vote indicated that everyone was in favour of setting up such a meeting as a method of bringing pressure upon the School to make changes to its currently unaccountable education policies. As such, I am pleased to announce that the Postgraduate Course Representative Congress (PCRC) is now a permanent feature of the relationship between the SU and the postgrad student body.
This is an important step in mobilising students to affect real policy change here at LSE, and will allow students and the SU to speak with one voice on the most important educational matters at the School. We are very much at the beginning of this process, so expect more updates in the future.
On Wednesday, yours truly attended the Academic Board meeting to discuss School-wide education issues. I can happily announce that, due to the efforts of the SU alongside other senior members of the School management, we have secured an ‘Opt-Out’ policy on lecture audio recording.
What this means is that from now on, Departments and individual academics will have to actively opt-out of recording, which will take place unless specified. This is one step closer to universal recording – something that I and the SU as a whole are actively campaigning for – and will allow us to hold to account those academics that chose not to join the rest of us in the 21st Century and allow their lectures to be recorded.
After the flurry of activity this week, I’ll be starting next week to organise events and initiatives for next term and beyond. As mentioned previously, there is a lot more to come, so keep tuned in to my weekly updates and the Newsletter!
Have a good weekend,
Events for this week:
LSE Choir Lunchtime Recital
Date: Friday 6th December
Venue: Shaw Library
Catch a sneak preview of the Christmas Concert performance. Haydn’s Nelson Mass and traditional carols are on the programme.
Soloists: Soprano - Emily Le Roux-Rutledge, Alto - Amelia Thomson, Tenor - Knut Ulsrud, Bass - Jasper Heeks
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The Houghtones and RAG Christmas Concert
Date: Monday 9th December
The Houghtones and RAG are hosting their very first Christmas Concert, so please come and join the festivities! Think Christmas carols, mince pies, tinsel, the lot!
We will have special guests joining us, so watch this space!
Tickets will be £2 and Christmas refreshment will be available at a very reasonable price, with all the proceeds going towards RAG!
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Music Lecture: The Origins of the Classical-Popular Music Schism
Date: Thursday 12th December
Venue: 32L LG04
The Origins of the Classical-Popular Music Schism: London concerts and their audiences in the 18th and 19th centuries
Simon McVeigh, Professor of Music at Goldsmiths University of London will talk on this interesting topic.
Illustrated with a range of recordings and depictions of musical events, the talk will address the social and economic factors in London’s concert life that laid down the basis for our musical structures today.
Everyone is welcome to attend our Mature & Part-Time Meet and Greet at 10am this Friday!
Hi Research Students,
I am very happy to inform you that two Postgraduate Research Students have been selected to be co-editors of the postgraduate student journal ‘The Graduate’.
We are now looking for research students to be part of the editorial committee and submissions for the first edition of the journal on the theme of power. Check out the website to find out more.
Common room for Postgraduate Research students
Don’t forget that there’s a common room just for Research students on the second floor of the East Building – great place to chill out with a mince pie! The code is C789XZ.
There’s also a Postgraduate common room in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LG.05A, with kitchen area & comfy chairs - great for catching up with friends and group study.
Improving conditions for Research students
The Research Student Consultative Forum met this week to discuss pertinent PhD issues involving work spaces for PhD students. These discussions have illuminated some questions we need to discuss to improve our education.
Some of the key issues that departmental PhD representatives discussed were:
I am currently clarifying information on how to present potential solutions to the above (see next week’s email).
I would love to speak with you to see how these results compare with your experience, and what we can do to improve your time at LSE.
If you would like to get in touch, the best place to start is by replying to my blog post or by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, join me at Delauney’s on Thursday, 12 December between 2pm and 4pm to discuss these issues with other PhD students.
For those of you heading back home next week, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas.
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