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.
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.
Catch up on Sessions!
1. The Launch Event: Monday 10 October 2016
Read our summary of the session here
2. Leadership Styles: Tuesday 18 October 2016
Read our summary of the session here and get the slides here
3. Annual Fund Grant Applications: 18th October 2016
Get the slides here
4. Aiming for Change: A workshop on effective campaigning techniques: 24th October 2016
Catch up with the event here
5. Social Media for Clubs and Societies: 25th October 2016
Get the slides here
6. Volunteer Recruitment: 27th October 2016
Get a review here
7. Managing Conflict: 1 November 2016
Get 4th year Beth Warne's washup here and the slides here
8. Event Management 15 November 2016
Get 3rd year Joe Donaghey's review here. Also, here's the slides,
the event planning template (word, excel) and the event evaluation template
9. Sales Techniques 18 November 2016
Get the slides here and the review here
10. An Introduction to British Sign Language 22 November 2016
Slides here and Megan Beddoe, 3rd year's review here
11. Negotiation Skills 22 November 2016
Get the slides here
12. Public Speaking 25 November 2016
Get Perdi Blinkhorn, your LGBT+ Students' Officer's review here
13. First Aid 29 November 2016
Read Joe Donaghey's review of the session here
14. Chairing an Effective Meeting 1 December 2016
Get the slides for the session here and the write up of the session here.
Check out the template agenda here.
The Beyond the Classroom: Shadowing Scheme is an LSESU and LSE collaboration, designed to give students the opportunity to see LSE life and professional life from a different perspective.
Students will be given the opportunity to shadow a professional within LSE for up to a day, in order to learn about a particular management role which could inform their career choice. We want to give LSE students an informal opportunity to view professional life in higher education.
Students, staff and alumni will be paired based on their interests, by subject or career aspiration.
The day does not have to be overly formal – the informal opportunities to have a coffee and discuss day-to-day life are often the most rewarding element of the project!
Applications for the Shadowing Scheme are now closed. There will be another opportunity to apply for the scheme in the next academic year 16/17.
LSESU Beyond the Classroom: Volunteering Opportunities is a space for students to discuss volunteering opportunities at home and internationally.
Opportunities range from the LSESU Welcome Team to the British Council and research opportunities around the world, as hosted on LSE Career Hub by the LSE Volunteer Centre.
Frequently Asked Questions
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: email@example.com
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.