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  • Thu 27 Oct 2016 11:16

    There are a lot of voting myths about LSESU Elections, so we’ve debunked 5 of them for you!


    Myth 1: The SU doesn’t actually do anything, so what’s the point?

    This is a  common breed of complaint, often found frolicking on the idyllic plains of ignorance, or otherwise breathing in the heady airs of superiority on the hillside of hubris.

    Because you may not be aware of what the SU is doing at any given moment, it does not mean that nothing is getting done. For example, previous elected officials have got LSE students free access to the FT and LSE student only study space in the Library, and this is only a few of the things that the SU does.


    Myth 2: I don’t care if they screw up - it doesn’t matter because I’m a Masters student and I’m only here for a year.

    This is a very good reason why you should vote. If you’ve had problems this year, would you really want to inflict those upon the next generation of students by the status quo continue?

    For those of you who lack a social conscience, let’s take a more realist approach. By allowing LSE to get away with poor performance and failing to hold it to account (i.e. by not voting effectively in elections), you are directly contributing to the failure of the university, and, ultimately, undermining the value of your very expensive Masters degree. This will hurt you personally when you mention to a future employer, years down the line, that you went to LSE and they reply ‘Oh, LSE - central London right? Yeah, not as good as it used to be.’

    Conversely, if you think things are great as they are, isn’t it within your best interest not to let a bunch of SU muppets wreck LSE’s reputation? Can you really trust uninformed and naïve undergraduates - who will often vote out of personal affiliation to particular candidates - to make the best decisions?


    Myth 3: All the candidates are career politicians, looking to forward their own personal agendas and advance their careers.

    There may be some truth to this claim for some candidates. But, if you genuinely believe this to be the case, voting is the only way to prevent this from becoming the case. After all only LSE students can vote in elections, so we decide who represents us.


    Myth 4: It’s only little old me – one vote won’t make a difference.

    Seems a shame to waste it, eh?

    Last year’s round of elections was extremely close and we even had a By-Election for the Position of General Secretary. Your vote will count!

    And don’t forget that you vote using the Single Transferable Vote system. This is a preferential system, which means that you can vote for as many candidates as you like, by numbering them 1, 2 and so on right up to 500 (ok, so no position actually has 500 candidates, but you get the point). Elections are rarely won in the first round of voting so make your second choice (and third, fourth, fifth choice) count too!

    So even if your first choice isn’t elected, you still get to have a say.


    Myth 5: I Don’t have time


    It’s done online, so can be done from home or on campus. It takes less than a minute.


    Given these complete myths about voting, LSESU Michaelmas Term Voting opens Wednesday 26th October at 10am and closes on Thursday 27th October at 5pm. So naturally you should go to, and Vote!

  • Wed 26 Oct 2016 14:41

    How can you make an impact? That was the central question posed to attendees at the ‘Aiming for Change: A workshop on effective campaigning techniques’ session, a collaboration between the LSESU Campaigns Network and Beyond the Classroom Program.

    LSESU Community and Welfare Officer Riham Mansour introduced the event, noting that LSESU has an illustrious history of campaigning for change. From the establishment of the Students’ Union and fortnightly ‘Clare Market Debates’ of the 1890s, to the Anti-Vietnam war demonstrations in 1960s and the Free Education Occupations in 2015, LSE Students have led the national student movement on campaigns and activism for over 100 years. This event was for students who want to make a change themselves, and to signpost them towards the support offered to them on the LSESU Campaigns Network.

    Indeed, if you have an idea for an LSE, national or international campaign, you can get the benefit of 1 to 1 planning and event support, as well as up to £1,000 of project funding via the network. Additionally, Riham noted how participation in the Campaigns Network is one of the qualifying streams for the LSESU Leadership Accreditation, an award designed to recognise students who engage and volunteer with LSESU!

    Attention then turned to the two key facilitators of the event, Bárbara Sepúlveda Hales and Cerian Jenkins. Participants were split between the two speakers for a small group session on planning an effective campaign.

    Bárbara discussed her experience as International Network Coordinator of the Observatory Against Street Harrasment in Chile. A campaign that began with four women has inspired an international movement against street harassment in South America, and a bill proposed by the exclusively voluntary organisation gained an extraordinary unanimous ratification in the Chilean Congress. Answering questions from participants, Bárbara noted how funding from UN and EU development funds, a strict non-partisan approach, and a heck of a lot of meetings have made the campaign a model example for feminist campaigns in South America.

    Ceri led an interactive session with participants, asking them what issues they wanted to focus on as campaigners. She utilised her expertise as founder of the Gender Quality Network and from the successful #IseeTara Campaign, that gained over 160,000 signatures on a petition and won support from the public, press and political landscape to move a trans woman from an all-male prison to a safer location. Ceri then went on to lead a session organising a campaign that she’s organising here at LSE, the Self-Care Aware Group for mental health, which participants were invited to join right away!

    The session was a brilliant example of students who want to get involved in making positive changes, and we look forward to another year of impactful campaigns at the LSE!

    You can sign up for the following sessions as part of the Campaigns Network

    1. LSESU Campaigns Network: Developing a strategy and power mapping

    8th November, 6pm-7pm LG 19, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

    Come along for a session on developing a strategy and power mapping as part of the LSESU Campaigns Network!

    2. LSESU Campaigns Network: Lobbying locally and nationally

    15th November 

    LG 19, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

    Come along for a session on Lobbying locally and nationally as part of the LSESU Campaigns Network!

    3. LSESU Campaigns Network: Mobilising support, using the media and e-campaigning

    22nd November 

    LG 19, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

    Come along for a session on mobilising support, using the media and e-campaigning as part of the LSESU Campaigns Network!

    More info 

    Find out more about the LSESU Campaigns Network here. Find out more about LSESU Beyond the Classroom here

  • Wed 26 Oct 2016 12:40

    You have 48 hours to cast your votes in the LSESU Michaelmas Term elections where a large number of roles are up for grabs. From Mature & Part Time Students’ Officer to GTA Representative, and everything in between, these elections will have a direct impact upon your life as a student at LSE. Use this quick guide to find out more about what’s going on this week and then make sure you vote!


    Candidates Standing

    The full list is available on the LSESU website.

    The following positions are being contested at this election:

    • General Course President
    • GTA Representative
    • Mature & Part-time Students’ Officer
    • Member of the Academic Board x2
    • Member of the Court of Governors x5
    • Member of the LSESU Trustee Board (1 Year and 2 Year terms available)
    • NUS Delegate x2
    • Postgraduate Students’ Officer
    • Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer

    How to Vote

    This is the only website you need:

    Voting opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th October and closes at 7pm on Thursday 27th October.

    Who Can Vote

    You, me, your friends, your class teacher (possibly), that guy who graduated this summer (probably not, unless he’s back doing a masters here).

    If you are having trouble voting online, for any reason, then you can present a valid form of ID and your student number to a member of designated Union staff who shall then ensure that your vote is cast. 

    You can also email if you have any other problems.

    Why You Should Vote

    The Michaelmas Term elections are one of the few chances for everyone to get behind a common cause of furthering student democracy on campus. While attendance at hustings this week is not compulsory, and no one has to click “attending” on Facebook events led by candidates, the single act of voting in candidates to represent LSE students for this academic year is an important activity for us to all engage in.

    Where You Can Access the Results

    The LSESU website will be updated with the winners as soon as possible but for the latest results as they come in, make sure you follow us on our Twitter and Snapchat channels to get the most out of the coverage available.

    How You Can Stand Next Time

    The next elections are in the Lent Term where the sabbatical officers get chosen among an array of other officer positions. Check back in February 2017 for details of how to get involved. Until then, get working on those slogans!

    Any further questions? Drop us a message on Facebook or Tweet us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.