LSESU Beyond the Classroom is an employability training programme designed to provide you with the opportunities to develop, learn and grow.
The programme offers a series of free, skills-based workshops on topics such as Managing Conflict; Public Speaking; Sponsorship; Campaigns; Event Management; and Social Media.
Last year, for the first time, we also offered sessions such as First Aid; Health and Safety; and Coding.
Sessions have been delivered by leading charities and companies, such as EY; the ONE Campaign; Teach First; and experienced advisers from LSE Careers and LSE Students' Union.
You can attend up to 30 sessions in total, and all sessions are free of charge. Simply head to the What's On page to find out when sessions take place. Last year, more than 500 students attended the programme.
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LSESU Beyond the Classroom is open to taught postgraduate students, research students and undergraduate students. The programme also features a priority booking system for all LSESU representatives, who will be able book sessions first. This will be available to: LSESU Executive Committee Members; LSESU Part-time Officers; LSESU Clubs/ Society Committee Members; and SSLC Reps. Attendance at sessions count towards the LSESU Leadership Accreditation.
1. Annual Fund Grant Applications: 17th October 2017. View the slides here.
2. Safeguarding: 26th October 2017. View the slides here.
3. Mindfulness: 31st October 2017. Read our summary here.
4. Refugees in London: 7th November 2017. View the slides here.
5. Introduction to British Sign Language: 16th November 2017. View the slides here.
6. Personal Branding: 21st November 2017. Read our summary here.
7. Event Management: 23rd November 2017. Read our summary here.
8. Launch of LSESU Pro: 28th November 2017. Read our summary here.
9. How to be Activist: 30th November 2017.
10. Safeguarding: 18th January 2018. View the slides here, and read our summary here.
11. Project Management: 25th January 2018. Read our summary here.
12. The Psychology of Social Entrepreneurship: 8th February 2018. Read our summary here.
13. Conflict Management: 27th February 2018. Read our summary here, and find the slides here.
14. Careers in Sport: 1st March 2018.
15. Introduction to Russian Language: 1st March 2018. Read our summary here.
16. Clubs & Societies CV Workshop: 6th March 2018. Read our summary here.
17. Negotiation Skills: 13th March 2018. Read our summary here, and find the slides here.
18. Public Speaking: 15th March 2018. Read our summary here, and find the slides here.
19. Social Media: 20th March 2018. Read our summary here.
How do I book onto a session?
Sessions can be booked through the What's On page. Please ensure you are logged in to book onto a session and click ‘buy’ to add a session to your basket. Note that all sessions are free of charge.
Students can also book on to events in person by visiting the Activities Resource Centre on the 1st Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, between 10 am and 4pm.
Can I turn up on the door?
Normally yes! We will always try and accommodate as many students as possible to attend an LSESU Beyond the Classroom session; however, a session may be full. To guarantee entry, please book for free prior to a session.
Am I eligible for Priority Booking?
The Priority Booking system is available to LSESU representatives who can book events prior to the rest of the student body. This will be available to: LSESU Executive Committee Members; LSESU Part-time Officers; LSESU Club/ Society Committee Members; SSLC Reps.
How does Priority Booking work?
Priority Booking for each session will open prior to general student bookings. Only students who are eligible for Priority Booking will be able to select ‘buy’ for these tickets once logged into the LSESU website. Only one priority ticket can be booked per person.
Can I bring a friend to a session?
By all means, bring a whole seminar! There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be booked by each student when general ticket bookings are open. You can book for as many friends as you like. They just need to bring their LSESU ID card or other form of identification to the session.
What is PDAM?
Your Personal Development Aide Memoir (PDAM) is a tool developed on LSE For You to help you recognise the skills you have gained at LSE. Your document is automatically updated with your involvement in LSESU, including the representative positions you have held, your involvement as a society committee member, or your attendance at an LSESU Beyond the Classroom event.
What is the LSESU Leadership Accreditation Scheme?
For 2015–2016, you can also be awarded the LSESU Leadership Accreditation for your commitment to personal development through LSESU. Rewards will include vouchers, industry event opportunities and LinkedIn recommendations. The process will help you to understand the skills you have developed with the Students' Union. Using PDAM, your application will include your attendance at sessions, your engagement with clubs/societies and representation, and your reflection on the lessons you have learned.
The existing STARS scheme for clubs and societies will also incorporate committee attendance at Beyond the Classroom sessions and will be viewed favourably in applications to Bronze, Silver and Gold society accreditation.
What if I am unable to book a ticket for an event?
If you are unable to book a ticket for an event, there may be an issue with your membership. If an event is only available for Priority Booking, you may not be eligible to book at that time. If the event is for general student booking and you have an issue, please contact the ARC and we will try to rectify the issue as quickly as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why are the sessions running?
LSESU Beyond the Classroom is now in its second year following a successful pilot in 2014–2015. The programme reflected a need for students to articulate the skills they develop by engaging with clubs, societies and the Union as a whole. LSESU has an ongoing commitment to offer our student groups the very best opportunities for personal development.
How is the programme funded?
LSESU Beyond the Classroom is kindly supported by the LSE Annual Fund. Individual sessions are also delivered in partnership with LSE Careers and a number of external companies and charities. LSESU fully appreciates the ongoing support of these organisations to develop LSE students.