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  • Fri 17 Mar 2017 12:47
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    On Thursday 23 March, there will be a motion on the LSESU implementing the #LSEBlankPage for more affordable printing policy. Anyone wishing to oppose the motion, please contact the LSESU Facebook page or Twitter.

    This Union Notes

    1. In some Departments at LSE (e.g. Management Department) Formative and Summative Essays must be handed to the Department in print, sometimes in duplicate. In other Departments, Formative Submission is digital (e.g. Media Department). In this way, there exists an inconsistency across the university in terms of printing policies.
    2. Students are made to print out their coursework. However, the policy to only upload Summatives on Moodle in some Departments proves that hard copies are not necessary for assessment (see Media Department’s MSc handbook).
    3. Students are required to hand in a printed copy of their dissertations. (See Media Department’s handbook) On the one hand, this produces substantial costs for students. On the other hand, students who can afford to live in London during the summer are advantaged, since they can hand in their dissertation in person. Sending copies by post increases the risk of failing the Dissertation due to the potential failure in the postal service.
    4. The Law Department has a printing fund (see LLB Programme Handbook). This can be seen a point of dispute for the argument of printing accessibility across departments.
    5. LSE is ranked as one of the most expensive universities in the UK [1]. Unlike institutions with a similar status, it has no consistent printing allowance policy. Universities that match LSE in both size and reputation have printing allowances for students’ needs:
      1. UCL: £12 allowance for each academic year [2]
      2. Oxford: £12 (Postgrad Students) [3]
      3. SOAS:  £12.50 (Postgraduate Students) [4]
      4. University of Nottingham: 200 pages (Postgraduate Students) [5]
    6. While the scientific debate is still ongoing, studies about digital vs. paper learning conclude that students using printed material score higher both in multiple-choice and short answer assessment [6] [7].
    7. Statistics by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) claim that there are about 2 Million people affected by sight loss in the UK (2009), the number increasing. The possibility to read from paper would help these LSE students with sight loss problems to process and understand course material [8].

    This Union believes that

    1. The inconsistent printing policy at LSE does not consider the financial diversity across the student body.
    2. The Printing Campaign serves to challenge the printing policy at LSE, aiming to make printing more accessible for the student body.
    3. By challenging the policies, the Printing Campaign aims to bring awareness to the issues of transparency (e.g. price composition of printing fees).
    4. The Printing Campaign strives to create a more accessible campus environment by recognising the economic intersectionality of students by proposing and implementing fair and consistent pricing practices and replacing hard-copy submission by digital submission.

    This Union resolves 

    1. To support the Printing Campaign ensuring achievement of their goals; that is, in the short term, to replace hard copy submission with digital submission, and in the long-term, to Implement an annual printing allowance of 200 pages, black and white, to cover assessment printing.
    2. To set up a meeting with the LSESU Post-graduate and Education officers to help us negotiate with the university until an agreement is reached.
    3. The LSESU to take responsibility for updating students as to the process of what is being done, waiting to be done, and what the situation is.
    4. To lobby the School to establish a universal printing policy that will benefit all departments.

    [1]       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/03/revealed-expensive-universities-study-uk/

    [2]       https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/print-copy-scan/about/print-charging

    [3]       http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/Student-life/ICT/student-printing-service.aspx

    [4]       https://www.soas.ac.uk/itsupport/printing/

    [5]       https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/it-services/computers/print/print.aspx

    [6]        http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/9/paper-or-tablet-reading-recall-and-comprehension

    [7]       http://www.radford.act.edu.au/storage/reading-on-screens-v-paper.pdf

    [8]       http://www.rnib.org.uk/sites/default/files/Eye_health_data_summary_report_2014.pdf

  • Thu 16 Mar 2017 17:12


    We’ve put together 5 good memories we have of societies in Lent Term.

    LSE Refugee Week: Asylum Monologues


    LSE Student Action for Refugees (STAR) and the United Nations Society, in cooperation with the Middle East Centre and generously supported by the LSE Annual Fund, hosted LSE Refugee Week. One of the events that week was Asylum Monologues. LSE STAR, together with the charity Iceandfire, put together a night that of stunning performances - featuring the harrowing verbatim testimonies of people who have experienced human rights abuse.

    Read more about the week here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/156889639148/supported-by-lse-annual-fund-refugee-week

    Malaysia Night 2017: The Promise


    The LSE SU Malaysia Club put on a night to remember with their play ‘The Promise - An LSESU Malaysia Club MNight Production 2017’. It was at times hilarious, at times touching and altogether fabulous.

    Read more about the night here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/157438265133/mnight-2017-the-promise

    Rap Soc


    Three LSE students and friends added a new society in the mix this term with the creation of the Rap Society. Rishav Shah, Jay Vekaria and Rishi Dattani are the founding fathers of LSE’s first Rap Society and they’ve been actively producing content online.

    Read more about the society here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/156128874128/society-spotlight-rap

    Women Leaders of Tomorrow – Red Lips Project


    LSESU Women Leaders of Tomorrow launched the 'Red Lips Project’ for the third year in a row. The launch night featured Kavita Dattani (Director of Development in Action), Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau (Editor in Chief of The Market Mogul) and Kalpana Shah (Chairman of Riverstone Managing Agency).

    Read more about the night here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/157496520653/the-red-lips-project-2017

    TEDxLSE – Student Speaker Competition and On the Brink


    In the lead up to their flagship conference, On the Brink, TEDxLSE held a Student Speaker Competition, with the winner gaining a place on the list of speakers at the conference. This year, these included Tom Blomfield, CEO of Monzo Bank and neuroscientist, Dr. Tara Swart.

    Read more about their events here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/157864943503/society-spotlight-tedxlse

  • Thu 16 Mar 2017 16:35
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    We’ve put together 5 good memories we have of sport in Lent Term. 

    Medals in Taekwondo

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    The LSE TKD Club sent a team of 6 fighters to the first ever LUSL Spring Taekwondo Competition held on 11th February at University of East London’s Sportsdock. We are proud to announce that 5 out of 6 fighters collected a medal, with 2 Silvers (Marcus and Weimin), and 3 Bronzes (Sarah, Odelia, and William).

    Read about their victory here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/157487497738/lse-taekwondo-bring-home-the-medals

    Women’s Rugby – Development Day

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    For the second year running, the Women’s Rugby team held a development day in Barking. The event was hugely beneficial for the development of the players as well as building confidence in the young girl’s own abilities as it also gives girls the opportunity to get involved in a sport that they might not have otherwise had access to.

    Read more about the day here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/158477599698/womens-rugby-development-day-2017

    Fencing victory

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    The team has been consistent in their success all season. From the first ever LUSL Individual Fencing Championships, held at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre. Despite having one of the smallest teams there, and having existed for half a term only, LSE Fencing managed to come away with six gold medals out the 18 that were up for grabs! Now they have won the South Eastern Cup!

    Read about their first victory here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/153217899248/lsesu-fencing-six-golds-in-two-months

    Athletics Union

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    The AU have held many individual events this term including AU Pride and Fight Night. All their commitment to their clubs that form the AU has been evident this term, as always, supporting their clubs games and individual events. It’s been a good term.

    View all it all here: https://www.facebook.com/LSE-Athletics-Union-151752282243/

    Mens basketball player goes international

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    LSE student and LSESU Sports Ambassador Isaac Low, embarked on an opportunity to represent his country through his sport, basketball. Playing for his national team, Isaac was privileged to travel to Hong Kong for the 21st Super Kung Sheung Cup Invitational Championships. The Gold Tier Sports Ambassador attended the tournament with participating teams from Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Malaysia and the United States.

    Read about his experience here: http://lsesu.tumblr.com/post/155724146348/lsesu-mens-basketball-player-goes-international