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“Since being founded in Lent Term this year the
LSESU Mature Students Society has gone from strength to strength.
It was really
important for us to create a space in which mature students (those over 21 when
they start their undergraduate programme or over 25 when they start their postgraduate
programme) could share experiences. Age does not necessarily dictate how you
will experience life at the LSE but the overwhelming feedback that we’ve had
from mature students is that their younger cohort sometimes just can’t provide
that supportive ear that someone at a similar point in life can. The MSS
provides a social network for older students and aims to offer low-commitment
relief from the stress of studying, working and caring responsibilities.
The MSS trip to Cambridge has been a
particular highlight this year with 14 students heading to Cambridge for
punting, pinicing and a walking tour of the city. It was fantastic for us to be
able to take members to another of the UK’s prestigious universities and the
weather was glorious. More recently, our end of year picnic was a wonderful
opportunity for students to share stories of their time at LSE, as well as
feeding back to those who will still be here for the 2017/18 academic year with
change they’d like to see whilst enjoying delicious home-made picnic food and
some very unexpected sunshine! So many students have told us how glad they are
that this network now exists for older students and we feel we’ve built a
fantastic community full of wonderful people.
There’s still a long way to go to make LSE
a great place to study as a mature student. Next year the society hopes to
liaise better with careers to support career changers and provide a working
network for those in different industry, as well as lobbying the school for
some simple changes which could really improve the mature student experience
and putting on our usual social events.
We can’t wait to welcome a new cohort of
mature students to the university, and the society, in September and look
forward to all the opportunities we’ll have to improve the mature student
Helen Duffy (MSS President)
“Since my first year at LSE, clubs and societies at the Students’ Union have been telling the SU they need a more efficient payment and reimbursement system. Last year a UGM motion was passed stating that LSESU should move to a better system as quickly as possible.
As a former club captain, I understand the frustration that delays in reimbursement can cause and in my manifesto, I promised to improve this. Over the summer I have been working hard with the LSESU Activities and Finance teams to deliver the reimbursement app which student groups have needed for so long.
The app is finally here and ready to use! I know how much of a difference this will make in enabling student groups to run great activities for students and making their lives easier!
The link to download the app and access the user guide is here
Treasurers and Club Captains/Presidents: Please attend the start of year briefing on 4th October for more information.”
“The Students’ Union this academic year is running a campaign asking LSE to ensure that all students pay the same tuition fees for the entirety of their degree. International students at LSE have long struggled with their tuition fees increasing from year to year of their study and the SU has campaigned against this. But, recent changes to Higher Education means that LSE can now also increase tuition fees each year for home and EU students.
Education should always be seen as a right, not a privilege. At a time of rising fees and increasing costs associated with education, the direction our country is taking with respect to education is agonizing. The implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework also clearly demonstrates the UK government’s unapologetic approach to marketising what should be a critical part of all our lives.
Universities continue to treat students more and more like consumers involved in a business transaction, and less like partners in the process of education and development. Despite the access difficulty for some, or the multiple thousands of pounds of debt students are riddled with after education, universities continue to exploit the demand for a degree and quietly increase fees. LSE has followed a number of universities around the country and opted to increase its fees for home students.
At a time of incredibly low student satisfaction at LSE, it is unjustifiable to further increase fees for students. An institution that stands proud in its belief of educating people and being founded for the betterment of society, should be leading the HE sector and publicly rejecing any fee increases for continuing Home and EU students, as well as committing to fix fees for international students.
Say no to the increase in student fees by signing the following form”
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