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Monday 16th October - Inspiring Women Panel
This event brings together incredible women, succeeding in different industries and inspiring in different ways, to share their stories with you. Over the night they will answer a series of questions related to what they do and obstacles they have overcome, followed by a Q&A. Hopefully, you will leave feeling inspired! In collaboration with Women in Politics, Women in Business and the Intersectional Feminist Society.
5.30pm - 8.30pm. 1st Floor Cafè, Saw Swee Hock.
Tuesday 17th October - Film Screening of ‘Hidden Figures’
We’ll be screening ‘Hidden Figures’ in collaboration with the Intersectional Feminist Society - snacks will be provided!
5.30pm - 8.30pm. KSW.G.01.
Wednesday 18th October & Thursday 19th October - Michaelmas Term Elections: Hustings.
This week we will introduce the candidates for all of the positions for our elections! They will outline their manifesto and receive questions from the floor.
There are TWO chances to hear from your candidates:
1. Wednesday, 18th October, 18:00
2. Thursday, 19th October, 18:00
You can submit questions for your candidates in advance by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask them on the night!
6pm, 6th Floor, Saw Swee Hock
Thursday 19th October - Black Students’ Social
A chilled night for black students to meet one another. This social is delivered in collaboration with ACS. There will be snacks!
5.30pm – 8.30pm. 1st Floor Cafè, Saw Swee Hock.
Friday 20th October - University Challenge Trials
Come along to the first round of LSESU’s University Challenge trials. Bring some friends or join a team on the day to be in with a chance of representing LSE on the TV!
Even if you’re not tempted by TV fame, come along for some competitive fun and snacks on a Friday evening. Hosted in collaboration with LSESU’s Quiz Club.
7pm - 9pm. 6th Floor, Saw Swee Hock.
All week - Black Sound
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.
Until 4th November. Black Cultural Archives (Brixton), free, just turn up!
All week - London Literature Festival.
If you’re a poet and you know it, or if you simply adore reading, you should definitely check out the programme for London Literature Festival. There are some amazing talks, readings, and workshops, featuring big names such as Philip Pullman and Hillary Clinton. It’s literally around the corner from LSE at the Southbank Centre, so perfect for an in-between lectures exploration.
Until 1st November. Prices vary - but there are many free events too. Booking is required for most events.
Wednesday 18th October - Women on Stage.
This talk focuses on women in the theatrical profession throughout history, with particular reference to the London stage, including the likes of Nell Gwynn and the prevalence of cross-dressing.
London Metropolitan Archives, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
Saturday/ Sunday - Veg Fest
More than 250 animal-free food and drink stalls, plus juice bars, lifestyle advice and more for vegan converts and the vegan-curious.
Olympia London, 11am - 5pm. £8 in advance, £10 on the door (with NUS student card). However, organisers advise that you book ahead as it gets busy.
Saturday/Sunday - Fabric’s 18th Birthday
After what has been a tough few years for Fabric, the world famous nightclub has made it to its 18th birthday, and they’re celebrating in true Fabric-style, with a 30-hour long party.
Various prices, 11pm-5am
As everyone knows, caffeine is every university student’s lifeblood. Which is why it is very important to know exactly where to find your daily fix of coffee around campus. In case you missed our Coffee Tour during Freshers Week, here is our virtual tour!
Wright’s Bar is a regular haunt for LSE students who like food and coffee at a good price. Directly outside Old Building, it’s very convenient for anyone who has an early morning lecture in Old Theatre. Coffee only costs 50p (whereas a latte in Starbucks or Costa is at least six times the price). It only takes cash, but there’s an ATM right next to it.
Garrick is opposite Wright’s Bar, and it’s a pretty good place to meet up with friends or classmates for group work since it’s got a lot of tables and space to spread around. It also serves hot food in the basement if you’re in the mood for a hot lunch. Since it’s a LSE space, it takes LSE sQuid and Loyalty, as well as cash and contactless.
Fleet Street Press
Fleet Street Press is one of the places that gets introduced every single year when it comes to coffee spots. If you want to look fancy getting a coffee, this is the place to be.
The Bean Counter
The Bean Counter is in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Again, great place for just getting a coffee or meeting up with classmates for group projects. If your classes are mostly in 32L, this is a good place to hang out.
Fields Cafe is tucked inside Lincoln Inn Fields, so if you don’t walk through the park you wouldn’t even notice it was there; some students go through all three years of their degree without even knowing of its existence! It has a nice selection of cakes and snacks, so if you don’t mind a slightly longer walk, this is a good place to be.
Fleet River Bakery
The Fleet River Bakery is just down the road from the New Academic Building. While it may look a little small, there’s actually a very spacious basement where you can just sit for hours (especially since they have wifi). If you want a little change of environment to give yourself that boost in productivity, this is a good place to go.
There are also a bunch of other cafes sprinkled around campus, such as Café 54 in the NAB, the café on the 4th floor of the Old Building, the Plaza Café just outside the Library, the cafés on the 1st and 4th floors of Saw Swee Hock, the Daily Grind in the Towers… Wherever you go, don’t worry, because a cup of coffee is just around the corner.
Nominations for Michaelmas term elections are now LIVE! You have until Monday 16th October @ 3pm to stand for a position.
So why should you stand? Elections are the best way to have your say on how your SU is run, and give you the opportunity to change things you care about at LSE.
Plus, it doesn’t look too shabby on your CV too…
You have nothing to lose - get standing!
Here is a quick overview of the positions available - for the full list of posts click here, and to stand, click here.
Info: As Postgraduate Students’ Officer, you would be one of the SU’s five paid Sabbatical Officers who represent all students and lead major campaigns, projects and events.
Responsibilities: Representing postgraduate students within LSE by raising awareness of academic issues, liaising with students and academics, and the directorate to ensure that all Postgraduate (Taught & Research) students have a voice within the SU and university.
For a full description and to stand, click here.
Info: The Democracy Committee ensures that LSESU functions in a democratic manner, in accordance with the Constitution. You will work as a team of 5 to achieve this, working alongside the UGM chair and Returning Officer.
Info: The main function of the General Course President is to represent General Course students during their short time here at LSE.
Responsibilities: Organising events throughout the year and ensuring that every General Course student has a great time at the LSE. PLUS, you’ll play a crucial role in helping to organise the General Course Ball in Summer Term.
Info: This position is reserved for Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Responsibilities: The Graduate Teaching Assistant Rep is the main representative of GTAs both within the Students’ Union and LSE as a whole, a group that is often under-represented within both institutions, and your work will be centred on improving GTA conditions.
Info: The Mature and Part-time Students’ Officer is the main representative of both mature and part-time students within the Students’ Union and LSE as a whole, championing a group that is often under-represented in elected positions across both institutions.
Responsibilities: campaigning on issues that affect your constituency and working to improve the student experience for Mature and Part-Time students. You will also have the chance to put on events for your constituency throughout the year.
For a full description and to stand, click here.
Info: The Academic Board is the principal academic body of LSE, and all major policy issues affecting the academic life of the School and its students go through here. It is chaired by the Director of LSE, and all academic staff such as professors and teaching fellows can attend.
Responsibilities: Attend 6 Academic Board meetings during the academic year and consulting students and course reps on the issues they care about.
Note: You should also be free on Wednesday 01 November 2017, 11am - 12pm for the training for your role.
Info: The Court of Governors is one of the highest decision-making bodies at LSE, second only to the Council in its scope and authority. The court discusses all key issues relating to school policy, as well as dealing with constitutional matters as and when they arise.
Responsibilities: Prepare for, and attend 3 Court of Governors meetings during the academic year and represent the views of all students at these meetings.
Note: You should also be free on Friday 27th October, 4pm - 6pm for the training for your role.
Info: One place at NUS Conference is reserved for a woman as set out in NUS’ rules. As an affiliated member of the National Union of Students (NUS), an organisation with over seven million members, LSESU is entitled to send voting delegates to the National Conference in March, where you can join in the debate on the key issues facing students across the UK.
Responsibilities: Prepare for, and attend the NUS National Conference in Glasgow in March 2018, vote for the various student representatives and feedback to students about what happened at the National Conference.
For a full description and to stand, click here.
Info: The Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer is the main representative of PhD students both within the Students’ Union and LSE as a whole.
Responsibilities: campaigning on issues that affect PhD students and organising events for your constituency throughout the year, as well working with groups such as GTAs and the PhD Academy to improve the provision of services for PhD students.
Info: Specifically, this role addresses all issues surrounding the experiences of LSE students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Responsibilities: As well as representation and campaigning, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in other LSESU events.
Info: This role is reserved for a postgraduate research student. LSE Students’ Union is a charity and a company, so our Trustee Board has overall responsibility for the legal, strategic and financial health of the Students’ Union. This means that it is the ultimate decision-maker and has the ultimate responsibility for all the organisations’ activities.
Responsibilities: Some examples of what the Trustee Board is responsible for include setting targets that are included in our strategic plan and approving areas of expansion for the SU.
You can find a copy of the guidance document for elections here.
A register of the complaints and actions from Lent Term Elections 2016 can be found here.
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