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Student Publication Libel Checker

Listed by LSE Students' Union


Application deadline: Mon 29 May 2023




4.00 - 6.00 *Variable shift pattern. Approximately 4-6 hours per week during Autumn and Winter term time (including weekends).


Please note the interviews are expected to be held from the week commencing the 12th June. Please kindly note in your application if you are unable to attend these dates.


We are looking for a professional individual who has a keen eye for detail and a strong knowledge of media law (including libel and defamation).

About the Job: 

Our libel checkers support our sector-leading and award-winning Student Media groups and Societies to produce content which is high quality and within the law. You will check the student newspaper’s online and print articles to ensure that there are no legal and reputation issues, and with an ad-hoc approach support our Societies who produce a range of magazines, blogs and journals.

There is a broad spectrum of contentious and polarising media matters that are covered by our groups, so this job is sometimes fast-paced, energising and empowering.

Who are we?

Part business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professionally run, but different. Professional teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives and fulfil potential; we help make it happen.

Founded in 1897, LSE Students' Union is one of the oldest Students' Unions in the UK and is the representative and campaigning body for students at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  Like other Students' Unions, it also funds and facilitates student activities on campus, including 200+ societies, 40+ sports clubs through the Athletics Union (AU), the Media Group and Raising and Giving (RAG) charitable fundraising initiatives.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a professional individual who has a keen eye for detail and a strong knowledge of media law (including libel and defamation). Having strong communication and interpersonal skills is important as you will support the Students’ Union to direct and sometimes negotiate with student leads on contentious issues and the editorial process.

This role is perfect for a student looking to take on a professional opportunity to make change through empowering the student voice at the LSE whilst studying. Please note, however, that you’re not able to hold a position on a student publication committee and be in this role at the same time due to the conflict of interest, so do bear that in mind when applying.

Why apply?

Because you’re excited by the challenge! The exact opposite of corporate, we’re progressive, daring and creative individuals working to make a difference in unconventional workplaces. Plus…

Benefits and Perks

  • Flexible working whilst you study
  • London Living Wage
  • Development opportunities (including training)
  •  LinkedIn Profile Engagement

How to Apply?

Please follow this link to apply. We want to ensure all systems, policies and processes are free from bias or discrimination and are fair and accessible. To apply for this role, please upload the following documents:

(A) Our Equal Opportunities form.This will only be seen by our HR team (and will therefore have no impact on shortlisting), but it does help us gather and analyse demographic information about our applicants and so that we’re able to contact you if shortlisted for an interview. 

(B) A statement (500 words maximum) to tell us about your suitability for the role. Please use the attached job description to help write this. Please ensure your personal statement does not include any personal information (e.g your name, date of birth) and keep it to one page of A4.

If you would like to have an informal chat about this role, please contact: Warren Bingham-Roberts (Societies Manager) –

Interviews will be held for shortlisted candidates early-mid June. If you are aware that you unable to make these dates, please indicate this in your application.

Compulsory Requirement - The UK Government sets the legal regulations that we are required to follow. As an employer we have to ensure that everyone is eligible to work in the UK and this is done by us checking and making a copy of the correct original identification/documentation before your first day of work. Currently we require you to have the right to work in the UK, as we are not a Home Office approved sponsor.

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