What are the current proposed policies?
The Policy Proposals going forward to the next Student Panels are:
Should the LSESU work to increase student access to hot water and microwaves on campus?
Proposer: Siyu Chen
Issue: No available hot water taps on campus; Limited facilities on campus for students to heat up their own food.
- Bring at least one boiling water tap to each main building, fix and maintain the existing ones.
- Bring more microwaves and provide wipes to clean up
- Make sure the above facilities are available to most students. (For example, facilities in UG common rooms are not available to PG or PHD students.)
Should the LSESU work to increase student access to recreational space on campus that doesn't involve alcohol?
Proposer: Joshua Goldman
- There is no recreational space on LSE's campus that isn't the bar (the bar is not inclusive to all students) - many other SU provide a space like this (e.g., Coventry SU)
- By recreational space, we mean a space that isn't necessarily made to study, and where small, recreational activities could be held (e.g., ping pong, pool, PlayStation, boardgames, etc.)
- This could also be a space to create a community feeling
- The different common rooms for LSE students vary highly in quality depending on the department / level of study. As a result, LSE students sometimes experience contrasting student life.
Solution: The solution would be to have a space like this, where the ping pong table and the futsal table that the SU has could be made both accessible and visible to students. Pool/Snooker is also a popular recreational activity common in many common rooms in other universities.
Should the LSESU work to increase the accessibility of menstrual products on campus?
Proposer: Neha Talla
Issue: Limited access to menstrual products on campus for menstruators. When I got my period last on campus I had to ask 3 people to ultimately find out where I could get menstrual products last-minute and it was pretty inconvenient to have to walk around a whole lot to find them finally in the SU building.
Solution: It would be really great if we could somehow set up a system where there are menstrual products available for free for menstruators to pick up easily in every LSE building to ease the discomfort of having to go around a bunch in that situation. Ideally, in a similar spot in every building (I.e. ground floor bathroom/reception) so that everyone knows where to get them from. Even if this isn’t possible, more information should be available on the fact that the bathrooms in the SU building first floor have them, because most of the people I spoke to weren’t aware of this either.
Should the LSESU lobby the LSE to have student representation on the External Funding Ethical Review Board (EFERB)?
Proposer: Maarya Rabbani (Education Officer)
Issue: There is currently no student representation on the External Funding Ethical Review Board (EFERB), it solely consists of the School secretary (Louise Nadal) and faculty members from academic departments. Other Committees, Boards, and steering groups at the LSE have at least one student representative in their membership so this case is definitely an outlier for LSE-SU partnership.
Solution: The solution is to have at least one currently enrolled student and one Sabbatical Officer on the Board to express student perspective in the discussions ahead of EFERB decisions made re: philanthropic/other gifts that LSE receives.
Should the LSESU lobby LSE to get Wednesday afternoons off for all students?
Proposer: Obaloluwa Agboola
- Postgraduate students are unable to join any LSESU activities on Wednesday afternoons
- Postgraduate students are unable to compete in BUCS competition as they are only on Wednesday afternoons
- To some extent, postgraduate students get less exposure to what the LSESU has to offer, which can imply that they would be less likely to participate in wider LSESU events such as elections.
- Physical exercise is very important for mental health and general health, as a student it is important to have access to SU sport as it is more affordable for students
Solution: Get LSE to commit to having Wednesday off for all students, including postgraduates. The lobbying action led by the SU should be constructive and acknowledging the different structural challenges that will be faced in achieving this.
Should the LSESU lobby LSE to have mandatory trainings/workshops for all first-year students on human rights?
Proposer: Luca Loggia
Issue: LSE's stated goal of contributing to the betterment of society is at odds with countervailing dynamics:
- Its reputation for admitting applicants that are politically exposed persons linked to families with official functions having risks of abusing public for private gain and laundering their proceeds. The admission of such students runs the risk of reputation laundering, whereby potentially corrupt families buy their way into respectability.
- A lot of the LSE's alumni will go on to pursue high-impact careers - many in notable pursuits, but many others going on to work in industries with a questionable social/environmental footprint.
Solution: The solution proposed is the introduction of mandatory human rights workshops (10-15 hours) to all first-year students at the LSE (i.e. U1 undergraduates, entering MSc students).
- These mandatory workshops would incorporate an invaluable human rights lens in the LSE 2030 Strategy, which articulates priorities in terms of addressing the university's position in the world as a provider of education, research, and employment.
- These mandatory workshops would make sure that the LSE is not part of the problem, but part of the solution by doing its part to impart a human rights lens to students who will then go as alumni to pursue high-impact careers with consideration for the human rights considerations underlying their line of work.
- These mandatory workshops would act as a deterrent for the most cynical of politically exposed persons. By informing potential applicants on the need to attend human rights workshops, those most inclined to use their degree for questionable pursuits will be less likely to join, benefit from, and taint an academic community by subsequently using their LSE degree for questionable pursuits.
- These mandatory workshops will further elevate the LSE's prestige and reputation by placing it as a leader among universities for prioritising human rights training among its student body.
If you would like to oppose any of the above proposals, or you would like to speak (or recommend someone to speak) at the Student Panel as an expert or person with lived experience, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to hear the discussions surrounding whether the above policies are approved, please come along to our next Student Panels as an observer! You can access the event pages for the panels on the 17th and 18th here.
Find out more about the Policy Proposal and Student Panel process here.