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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre Official Opening

Join LSE and LSE Students' Union for a day of festivities as we celebrate the official opening of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre – LSE’s newest building, currently shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize!

Friday 24 October 2014
noon - 11:50pm
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Join LSE and LSE Students' Union on Friday 24th October for a day of festivities as we celebrate the official opening of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre – LSE’s newest building, currently shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize!

The official opening will be an event like no other, and we've got a whole host of activities, events, talks, performances, celebrity guests and more planned. There'll be something happening on every floor of the building, as well as outside on Sheffield Street – read on to find out more:


If you have any queries, please email the LSESU Events Manager, Abi Tedder:

6th floor, LSESU Weston Cafe

12pm - 1.45pm: Musical performance and mini cream tea giveaway

Pianist Jeff Carpenter will be entertaining guests in the 6th floor Weston Cafe, plus enjoy a free mini cream tea giveaway!


2pm - 4pm: LSE Chill 

LSE Arts presents the first LSE Chill of the year with live music performances from LSE staff and students, while you enjoy even more mini cream teas.



6th Floor, LSESU Exercise Studio

11am - 12.30pm: Volunteering with LSE Careers

Take part in some micro-volunteering with LSE Careers and St Johns' Hospice. LSE Careers Consultants will also be available on the 5th floor throughout the day for you to answer any questions you might have. You will also be able to read about the career successes of LSE alumni, and if that wasn't enough, there'll be a Twitter-based competition with a range of prizes donated by some of our graduate recruitment colleagues up for grabs!



1pm - 2.30pm: LSE Residential Services Photography Competition and Exhibition

Don't miss this exhibition of students' photographs showcasing the best moments of their first two weeks living Halls of Residences. The exhibition will also play audio recordings reflecting some of the sounds and conversations an LSE student can expect to encounter in halls on a typical day – if there is such a thing!





3pm - 4.30pm: LSESU Active LifeStylE Kayak Challenge - How fast can you paddle 500m?

Think you're up to our Active LifeStylE Kayak Challenge? Then head to the LSESU Exercise Studio and try out one of the KayakPro Indoor Kayaking machines used by elite athletes and national teams for training. There'll be a prize up for grabs for the student who sets the best time. If you'd like some help from a couple of friends, why not enter the team competition and take part in a relay challenge to complete 1500m in the best overall time? It's the perfect opportunity to try out kayaking without getting wet!







4th floor, LSESU Gym

12pm - 3pm: Rollapalooza Competition

Come and test your cycling endurance! Rollapaluza is a unique cycle sport: two participants battle it out on a pair of custom-built rollers connected to a huge dial, with split-second digital timing over a simulated 500m distance at speeds in excess of 50mph!

Accompanied by music and an MC, students can compete for some great prizes:

1st Prize – 6 Months free LSESU Gym membership (can be deferred to next academic year) + £100 of Sports Nutrition Products

2 x Runners up – 1 Month free LSESU Gym membership + £50 of sports nutrition products.






5pm - 6pm: Lord Holmes Q&A

Join LSESU Disabled Students' Officer, Mark Malik, for a Q&A with Lord Chris Holmes MBE. Lord Holmes was Director of Integration for the London Paralympics 2012. He is a former British swimmer and has won a total of nine gold, five silver, and one bronze medal at the Paralympic Games.








7pm - 8.30pm: Zoe Smith

Join Commonwealth Gold Medalist Zoe Smith for a weightlifting demonstration and Q&A. Zoe holds the British Clean and Jerk record and is the first English woman to win a Commonwealth Games Weightlifting Medal.





2nd floor, LSE Faith Centre

11am - 12pm: Free Yoga Session


2pm - 3pm: Dialogue

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth, and the renowned sociologist, Professor Bruno Latour, will lead a discussion on the role of religion in society within the context of escalating environmental crisis. Registration for this event will open on Wednesday 15th October.

Please reserve a place to attend this event. 



1st Floor, LSESU Denning Learning Cafe

1pm - 2pm: University Challenge quiz

See LSE students, alumni, LSESU Sabbatical Officers and staff battle it out in this very special edition of University Challenge! Teams and contestants include:

Team 1: Tom Maksymiw (LSESU Education Officer), Sneha Solanki (Statistics undergraduate), and Professor Charlie Beckett

Team 2: Sebastian Bruhn (LSESU Community and Welfare Officer), Gareth Rosser (Government undergraduate) and Professor Danny Quah
Host: Alastair Duncan (LSESU Activities and Development Officer)



3pm - 4pm: London 2024: Women in Ten Years panel discussion

Join host Nona Buckley-Irvine (LSESU General Secretary) and special guests to discuss the challenges and priorities for women in London in the coming decade. The discussion panel will be:


SU General Secretary Nona Buckley Irvine (Host)
Gee Grayson (SU Woman’s Officer)
Rowan Harvey (Women's Rights Advocacy Adviser for ActionAid UK and a Governor at the LSE)
Asiya Islam (LSE Equality and Diversity Adviser, Writer/Journalist)
Zoe Olukoga (President of the Women Leaders of Tomorrow Society 2013/2014)
Anisha Shah (President of the Women Leaders of Tomorrow Society 2014/2015)







8pm - 9pm: Q&A with Ken Livingstone

LSESU General Secretary, Nona Buckley-Irvine, sits down with ex-Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to discuss his career, the recent Scottish referendum, the situation in Syria and Iraq, and his views on the world.






Ground floor, LSESU Three Tuns

We'll be hosting an array of performances from some of the UK's most hilarious and award-winning comedians.

12.30pm - 1.15pm: I am I am

Musical Comedy Act I am I am (finalists in the National Musical Comedy Awards, Ex-Cambridge Footlights) kick things off for us in the Three Tuns at 12.30pm.








2pm - 4:30pm: Compere, Ed Gamble

Chortle award-winning star of BBC America’s Almost Royal. Ed has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, Dave’s One Night Stand, hosts the iTunes-topping podcast Peacock & Gamble, and has written for Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and Ask Rhod Gilbert.


An ability to open his mouth and spontaneously say something hysterically funny” - The Guardian












2.15pm - 2.45pm: Jonny Lennard

Writer for Russell Howard’s Good News and finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Competition. A regular on the UK comedy circuit with an offbeat style; Jonny’s Edinburgh show 'Tale Blazer' received wide critical acclaim.










3pm - 3.30pm: Lucy Beaumont

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award and the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer. Lucy was also awarded Best Newcomer Nominee in the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards.


The stage Beaumont is a riot!” - The Scotsman 'A star is born'', Steve Bennett, Chortle







3.45pm - 4.15pm: Pierre Novellie

Chortle Award Nominee 2014, Winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off 2013, finalist in the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year 2012. Pierre was recently seen on BBC 3’s Comedy Gala. He was Vice-President of the Cambridge Footlights, and was also the first comedian to perform at the CERN LHcomedy night, home of the Large Hadron Collider.


One to watch” - Time Out






4.15pm - 6.30pm: Break

6.30pm - 6.45pm: Compere, Ed Gamble



6.45pm - 7.15pm: Phil Wang

Winner of the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award and Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award 2011. Phil has appeared on Fresh From The Fringe (Radio 4), The Comedy Live Lounge (Radio 1), Three at the Fringe (BBC 3), and also featured as a stand-up guest on The Rob Brydon Show (BBC 2).










7.30pm - 8.15pm: Tim Key

Award-winning comedian Tim Key wraps up the comedy line-up, as our headliner for the day. Key tends to read out poetry written on the back of smutty playing cards. Amazingly he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for this in 2009. He's just this minute finished his latest tour, another poetical/ comedical/ theatrical jaunt.


Have a watch





Basement, LSESU Venue

12.30pm - 3pm: Film Screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

If you never got to see Idris Elba's interpretation of Nelson Mandela in the award-winning film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, then here's your chance. Plus, there's free popcorn!









5pm - 6.30pm: Official opening ceremony

The official opening ceremony of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.










9.30pm - 2am: Super Saucy!

Our beloved Saucy Friday is getting super-turbo-charged to round off the day! Drinks deals, DJs and a huge headline act to be revealed...

Check the Saucy event page for details!







Outside on Sheffield Street

12pm: Special performance

Gather around the entrance of the Saw Swee Hock Centre for a surprise act to get the days' festivities started!

12pm - 3pm: Taco Truck

Bring your LSE ID card to get a FREE TACO!








If you think that's all we've got planned, think again. We'll be adding a whole host of sensational performers and special guests to the line up - keep an eye out for more announcements coming soon.