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Welcome to UNSOC!
The United Nations is one of the largest and most operationally diverse societies at the LSE. At our core, we proudly represent the UN’s values, both through academic conferences and through other mediums such as volunteering, speaker events, career support and transferable skills development. In addition to this, we act as the conduit between global perspectives and grassroots student initiatives, with our dedication to success clearly reflected by our standing as a Gold Star winning society. Consequently, at UNSOC our members seek the best, and only the best, from the opportunities available to them.
What We Do:
Model United Nations: #TeamLSE represents the LSE at Model UN conferences around the world, defending the LSE’s title of ‘Best European Delegation’ (based on awards won) against other universities and professional teams. Through rigorous weekly training sessions, our members develop high levels of competency in public speaking, negotiation, research and policy-writing, and this is reflected in the 126 delegate awards won by #TeamLSE over the last 18 months. We also host two annual conferences, LSEMUN and YouthMUN.
Outreach: The division fosters awareness, fundraising and volunteering for the issues our members care about. In the past year, Outreach organised a range of events including multiple speaker panels, fundraising stalls, its landmark Sustainable Arts and Crafts Fair as well as a ‘Challenge for Charity’ Race. We empower members to discover and engage in volunteering by working closely with the LSE Volunteer Centre, providing opportunities and expertise directly to members. Every year, we select a pressing global issue on which to raise awareness and host an ambitious week-long event. Last year, the topic was ‘Child Rights’ and we hosted a week full of events uncovering child poverty and the violation of children’s rights.
Careers: The division of the society which empowers students to engage with a network of organisations and individuals from the world of international diplomacy. The division holds events such as career panels, symposiums and networking events for students to gain insight into the world of international development and the United Nations. Engaging with the core values of the UN, our careers events involve a variety of organisations and firms in the fields of international development, arbitration, political consultancy and the United Nations itself.
From enthralling career panels on how to enhance your skill set, to fundraising for issue that matter to you, to debating issues of world importance at MUN conferences, we cater to a variety of different interests. UNSOC isn’t just a unique community within campus– it is a family, composed of ambitious, welcoming and passionate individuals.
Our commitment to high quality events is reflected through our distinction of Best Society of the Year in 2019 and Runner Up Best Society of the Year in 2020. We also won Best Creative Initiative for our Sustainable Arts and Crafts Fair, Best Conference for YouthMUN 2020, Best Trip for our MUN Trip Series, and Best Collaboration for Diplomacy Ball 2020 (two years consecutively).
Purchasing a membership to our society will grant you access to all of the events that are organized by our three divisions, including our Careers Panels, Weekly MUN Trainings, MUN Conference trips in the UK and abroad, Awareness Week initiatives and our regular socials.
You’ll also be added to our mailing list, which will ensure that you get weekly updates on the activities of the society and any opportunities you can get involved in.
Your membership goes towards funding the operations of all three divisions, including any costs related to organizing panel events and society-wide socials. As a UNSOC member, you’ll meet like-minded, passionate and friendly people with whom you will forge great friendships.
Events and Activities
- UNSOC Week- Held in the first week of term, we hold a series of introductory events so members can learn more about what each division does. Includes a BAFUNCS Panel and MUN Bootcamp.
- UN75 Lecture Series
- Weekly MUN Trainings on Thursdays
- MUN Trip series: ULMUN, CUIMUN, OXIMUN and NottsMUN
- Panel on Careers in Non-Governmental Organizations and in International Economics
- UNSOC Family Scheme
- Outreach Partner Charity Showcase
- Trip to local NGOs and think tanks
- Diplomacy Ball
- Trip to UN Headquarters in Vienna or New York (COVID-permitting)
- Foreign Affairs Reception
- UN Internship Workshop
- UN75 Lecture Series
- Awareness Week
- MUN Trip series: LIMUN, WorldMUN and ScotMUN
- Weekly MUN Trainings on Thursdays followed by Pub Social
- Careers Mentorship Scheme
- Panel on Careers in Diplomacy Panel
- Volunteering for Careers Progression Workshop
UNSOC would love to get in touch with its new members! To facilitate communication directly with our Executive Committee we have put together a UNSOC Freshers Group on Facebook and a WhatsApp group chat. Both pages will receive equal updates about our upcoming events for UNSOC Week, so don’t feel obliged to join both – join whichever you feel most comfortable with. There will also be an opportunity to meet fellow UNSOC members.