Still feeling a bit fragile after Elections Results Night? Don’t worry….we can help you catch up on all of the big events and activities that have been happening in Week 8 at LSESU.
On Monday (3rd March), we hosted the second in a series of special events to mark the completion of the new Students’ Union building with some of the School’s most distinguished alumni. Last week saw Bronwyn Curtis, non-executive director of JPM Asian Investment Trust PLC and board member of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, in conversation with Professor Danny Quah in the Venue. Bronwyn, whose career spans both the financial markets and the media, graduated from LSE with a Master’s degree. As well as hearing her in conversation, the audience had the opportunity to meet Bronwyn at an evening drinks reception.
In the evening, the LSESU Dance Club presented their Annual Dance Show ‘Through the Ages’ on Monday evening in the Peacock Theatre. The society showcase their incredible talents in an eclectic mix of dance styles ranging from hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, to Irish dance, ballet and swing.
[photo from The Beaver]
The LSESU Drama Society returned to the stage for three nights (Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th March) of puppets, music and political incorrectness as they presented Avenue Q: The Musical.
[photos from LSESU Drama Society]
Election fever gripped the SU on Tuesday (4th March) as voting for SU elections opened at 10am until 7pm on Thursday (6th March). It was a busy few days out on Houghton Street as the candidates went all out with their campaigning.
Also on Tuesday (4th March), we held the fourth discussion group of our BME at LSE student engagement project. This discussion focused on social activities and SU space. Read more about the project on our blog.
Award-winning poet Sabrina Mahfouz, along with other special guests, was on campus on Thursday (6th March) for an evening of live literature, performance and debate exploring the theme of climate change. The event, Rhyme and Reason: Reflections on climate change, also featured a live poetry slam on climate reflections. It was hosted by LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, along with arts charity Cape Farewell, as part of LSE’s annual Literary Festival.
It was an extremely tense night in the SU Venue on Thursday after a huge 2842 votes were received in the Lent Term elections. Hundreds of students waited patiently as the results were announced to find out who will be leading the LSE Students’ Union over the next academic year.
Your new Sabbatical Team for 2014-15 are General Secretary Nona Buckley-Irvine, Education Officer Thomas Maksymiw, Activities & Development Officer Alastair Duncan and Community & Welfare Officer Sebastian Bruhn.
The LSESU Media Group were hard at work covering the action as it happened so if you missed out on the announcements or if you just want to relive your favourite moments, catch up on LSESUelects.co.uk.
For full results please visit our blog post. You can see all the photos from the night on our Facebook page.
We recovered from the excitement of Lent Term Elections with a very special Friday Pie Day (Friday 7th March) in celebration of British Pie Week. Our scrumptious and hearty Pieminister pies, sold in the Denning Learning Cafe, were on offer ALL DAY at the amazing price of £3.14!
Saucy: Student Friday hosted a special Bring-a-Buddy event in the Venue on Friday night with 2-4-1 tickets up for grabs.
And finally, guest speakers came together on Saturday (8th March) for the TEDxLSE Society’s conference on the theme of World’s Architects. The conference aimed to encourage and empower people to be architects of positive change in their lives and the world. Speakers included Jeremy Balkin, the founder of global movement Give While You Live, Paul Anderson, environmental lawyer, and Paul Dolan, happiness and behavioural economics academic.
As some of you may have noticed, we are rapidly approaching the end of Lent Term (where on earth did it go?)
After the past week and a half of electioneering at the SU, I am happy to announce that we will be putting on an End of Term party for Postgrads – ‘The Graduate’ - in our new building.
For those of you who have yet to check out the Venue, it’s a pretty sleek club room. We will be hosting the event on Thursday 20th March from 10.30pm, with cheap drinks and a great DJ all night long.
Tickets will be £3 for the first 100 people to buy, and from there on the price goes up. If you know a big group of friends who want to go, you are also in luck - we are looking for some keen entrepreneurs to sell tickets, and for each ticket sold we will give you £1…so why not make money and have a good night in the process? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
If you are interested in selling tickets, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be telling you how you can buy tickets soon.
The LSE Accommodation Office has a lot of information regarding housing for both term-time (this year and next year) and the summer, and their website would definitely be the best place to start. Since we’re nearing the end of Lent term, there’s no time like the present to consider your options.
Unfortunately, applications for summer 2014 are not yet available, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking into. The temporary booking webpage will hopefully be updated within the next few months, and this is where you will need to look for mid August to late September accommodation opportunities.
If you applied to live in LSE halls before you arrived, you’re probably already familiar with the LSE halls at a glance webpage. It is your best resource for hall-specific information, and it includes documents like What we provide in each hall and the current table of room fees, which is an excellent guide, even if next year’s fees will change.
The Accommodation webpage also has information about private accommodation, and that might be also worth looking into, depending on your personal circumstances and preferences.
We have a plethora of excellent housing advice available in past posts, and I cannot sufficiently express how important this information could be for students searching for private accommodation. Hours of time, research, and student concern went into these posts, and some of them include legal details for your protection. If you’re considering private accommodation at all, please look at the following links for more information:
Looking After Yourself: Avoiding Housing Scams
Common Landlord Problems
Student Housing Guide (Part 1: Housing Options; Halls of Residence vs. Private Accommodation)
Student Housing Guide (Part 2: Searching for the Perfect Property)
Student Housing Guide (Part 3: Sorting Out Contracts and Moving In)
Finding a Home from Home Part 1
Finding a Home from Home Part 2
Finding a Home from Home Part 3
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This article describes the opinions and thoughts expressed in the third discussion group of the BME at LSE project. The theme was elections and campaigning.
The project aims to improve BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) engagement at the LSE Students’ Union. For more information about the project, read here.
In general, there was agreement that the Students’ Union elections are a great opportunity and platform to express opinions and create change. While most students acknowledged positive aspects to participating in the SU elections, this article will also describe some of the negative aspects as well as possible improvements suggested by students in the discussion group.
This week we had the Research Student Consultative Forum, where your PhD representatives discussed some important departmental issues. Some key points that came up were:
Importance of having working space on campus to encourage PhD students to work on campus: Thanks to your feedback in the survey, LSE Estates have said that they will increase planned PhD department space in the new Global Social Sciences Building and the newly acquired UK Cancer Research building, along with other dedicated PhD spaces on campus.
Importance of defining the kind of courses that must be part of our Doctoral training (research design, methodology, skills training)
The roll out of Piirus by the CLT and Library. This is a research networking tool that has a strong search engine to help PhD students find other researchers at LSE that are doing similar kind of research (either in terms of topic, key words, methods). We can also find other researchers who are already part of the Piirus network in University of Warwick. About 200 invitations will be sent out to LSE PhD students towards the end of March to join up to Piirus. If you are interested in joining, please email Dr. Jane Secker at CLT (email@example.com)
We would also like to highlight some other initiatives that we would encourage you to join.
General Secretary: Nona Buckley-Irvine
This year’s race for General Secretary was incredibly close! Every one of your votes mattered. Nona won with almost 46% of the votes (937) in the second round, 65 more votes than Sam Barnett’s 872 votes. Your General Secretary will negotiate and set the agenda between the School and the SU, deal with press enquiries and media requests, represent the Union when liaising with external organisations, chair the Board of Trustees, and sit on School decision-making bodies including the Court of Governors, Council, Finance Committee, Equality and Diversity Committee and Estates Committee.
Education Officer: Thomas Maksymiw
Your Education Officer will lead change in teaching and learning within LSE, raise awareness of academic issues, and liaise with students, course representatives, academics and the directorate to ensure that they have a voice and representation within the SU and the University. They will also lead on national education policy and sit on School decision-making bodies including the Academic Board.
Activities & Development Officer: Alastair Duncan
This was an extremely close one! Alastair Duncan won in the fourth and final round with 361 votes, 10 votes more than Marnie Gill’s 351 votes. Your Activities & Development Officer will be responsible for leading the development of sports clubs, societies, student media, volunteering programmes and student events and exhibitions. They will also champion extracurricular activity, liaise with students involved in activities ensuring that they have a voice and representation within the SU and the University, and work on events such as Freshers’ Fair, Varsity, Welcome Ball and Tour. They will also chair the Activities Committee.
Community & Welfare Officer: Sebastian Bruhn
Your Community & Welfare Officer will be responsible for creating and sustaining the LSE community and being an active voice on student welfare issues at LSE. They will negotiate with the School to improve issues such as Halls of Residences and increased off-campus housing support, catering, equality and diversity issues and access to higher education. They will also work hard to maintain good campus relations, for example with the faith and national and cultural communities on campus through the Interfaith Forum, and lead on the Community Festival alongside the Activities & Development Officer.
Anti-racism Officer: Esther Gross
Esther won by 56 points in the second round! Your Anti-racism Officer will campaign and hold debates and events on all issues to do with preventing racism in the SU and more widely.
Disabled Students’ Officer: Mark Malik
Your new Disabled Students’ Officer Mark Malik won by 576 in the first round! This is a liberation position, and Mark will ensure that the concerns of disabled students are heard. He will campaign for equality for disabled students and aim to prevent discrimination within the SU and more widely.
Environment & Ethics Officer: Nadia Raslan
Your Environment & Ethics Officer develops sustainability initiatives at the LSE, and runs campaigns on issues of ecology, social justice, peace and solidarity.
International Students’ Officer: Indo Vickerson
On a campus where 71% of the 9,765 full time students are from outside of the UK, the International Students’ Officer is elected to ensure that the concerns of international students are heard.
LGBT Officer: Alex Leung
The LGBT Officer is a liberation position, and they will ensure that the concerns of LGBT students are heard. The person in this role will campaign for LGBT equality and aim to prevent discrimination within the SU and more widely.
Women’s Officer: Gee Linford-Grayson
The Women’s Officer is a liberation position, and she will ensure that the concerns of women students are heard. She will campaign for women’s equality and aim to prevent discrimination within the SU and more widely.
RAG President: Katie Budd
Katie won by 872 votes in the first round! The RAG President leads the Raising and Giving society, the fundraising arm of the SU.
AU President: Taylor Rampton
The AU President runs the Athletics Union and ensures that different sports and clubs are fairly represented.
AU Executive: Sam Middlebrook (Little Sam), Joshua Alexander-Passe, Maddy Wright, Carwyn Evans and Molly Brien
The AU Executive run the Athletics Union and ensure that different sports and clubs are fairly represented.
Democracy Committee: Rayhan Uddin, Laura Weigold, Lena Schofield, Conor Rohan and Martha Petrocheilou
The 5 Democracy Committee students ensure that democratic processes and procedures are free and fair and open to all students.
Trustee Board: Ingvild Lockert, Kabu Senapitak, Rahat Siddique and Indo Vickerson
The Board of Trustees has the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for everything the SU does. It oversees the strategy and governance of the SU.
Thank you to all of the candidates, and congratulations to all of your newly elected representatives!
Here are a few photos of just a handful of this week’s hard-working campaigners. Election results start in just a few moments!
Your LSESU Media Group have been working incredibly hard to make elections at LSE even more exciting!
PuLSE Radio, LooSE TV and The Beaver have been collaborating to bring you a whole new website featuring all the candidates manifestos, videos from Hustings and round tables as well as updates throughout this week.
lsesuelects.co.uk is where you can follow results night online too. Think of it as your second screen elections companion. Just less Jon Snow (sorry Jon).
There are also lots of stats to compare trawl through, perfect for LSE students who aren’t afraid of embracing their inner-hack.
We can’t wait to see what these clever multi-media types have in store for us for Results Night so make sure to head to the SU Venue tonight and join in the online debate and reactions by following and talking to @lsesu and @LSESUMediaGroup.
Oh, and make sure to vote.
Go on. Make That Change. Michael Jackson says so.
Tomorrow night we’ll be hosting one of the biggest and most anticipated nights in the LSESU calendar - Elections Results Night.
Join us from 8pm in the Venue in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre as we announce live who will lead YOUR Students’ Union in the next academic year.
If you can’t make it, don’t panic! Your SU Media Group - The Beaver, LooSE TV and PuLSE Radio - have been ‘beavering’ away (yes, we said it…) on an exciting new website at www.lsesuelects.co.uk to bring you live video coverage of the night, first interviews with the winning candidates and of course, those all important results!
If you’re still undecided on who to back in the elections, check the website for some great videos including roundtable discussions with the candidates and last week’s hustings.
Remember voting closes at 7pm on Thursday 6th March. It only takes two minutes to have your say on who will represent YOU and your views within the Students’ Union and the School in 2014-15.
Also, don’t forget that Community Voting has now been introduced for the Liberation Officer positions. This means that you can only vote for the Disabled Students’ Officer, Women’s Officer and LGBT Students’ Officer if you self-define as being part of this liberation group.
Voting can be done online at www.lsesu.com/vote - just log in with your School username and password. A full list of candidates and their manifestos can be found on the LSESU website.
Price of membership: £2
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The LSESU Politics and Forum Society is the LSESU’s official politics society, and hosts a variety of debates, conversations, lectures, and other events each term.
I had the chance to attend their General Secretary Candidate Debate yesterday in the Learning Café of the new Students’ Union building. Unfortunately, not all of the candidates were available to attend, but some really excellent questions were addressed by both Nona Buckley-Irvine and Sam Barnett regarding their stances on working with the AU, fostering inclusivity, and addressing the high costs associated with living in London.
Our current General Secretary Jay Stoll also briefly spoke about what his position entails, mentioning that the Sabbatical Officers do quite a lot for the students, even if it’s not readily apparent. He emphasized that the officers are “often fighting your cause, but you can’t really see us.”
To read about their views and the views of the other candidates for the General Secretary position, Abi Aryan, Mengxuan Lonoy Gee, and Musty Kamal, visit lsesu.com/elections. You can also keep up-to-date on all aspects of their campaigns, including a video of this debate, with the LSESU Media Group's excellent elections website here.
And the LSESU Politics and Forum Society isn’t all about student politics! Back in October, I attended one of their Thursdays@Forum events where groups were divided into different regions and debates took place over a free bottle of wine. Along with a few other students from the LSESU USA Society, I joined the “American Committee,” where we discussed a range of issues, from domestic politics to foreign policy. It was a great way to extend conversations outside of the classroom, and I’d highly recommend checking it out.
Next week, the society will be announcing their next event with a speaker you won’t want to miss, so be sure to check their Facebook page for more information.
To join the LSESU Politics and Forum Society click here or head to the Activities Resource Centre (ARC) on the first floor of the Students’ Union Building.
The Bernard Levin Award celebrates a distinguished graduate of the London School of Economics, Bernard Levin, one of the greatest and most admired journalists the School has produced.
The award began in 2007. It was developed by Sir John Burgh, David Kingsley O.B.E and Elizabeth Anderson, working with other interested friends of Bernard, LSE Alumni and the LSE Students Union.
These are just photos of the hustings for the Sabbatical Officers, but there are lots of other part-time positions to read about, too. Check out the candidates and their manifestos here, and remember to vote at lsesu.com/vote!
Kimberley Wilson, Jenny Garrett, Polly Courtney, Rowena Ironside and Edwina Dunn (left-right)
Last month, we welcomed an amazing panel of women speakers to LSESU to discuss the question, ’Why is ambition still a dirty word for women?’.
The event - organised by the What I See Project and facilitated by your Women’s Officer, Imogen Young - saw guest speakers share with students their fascinating backstories and their relationship with ambition.
Kimberly Wilson, a 2013 Great British Bake Off finalist and psychologist, spoke of her time on the show as well as her experience working with female prisoners, while former investment banker and now author, Polly Courtney, told us about her decision to end a high-flying job in the City in favour of pursuing a successful writing career.
Other guests on the panel included Jenny Garrett, executive coach and author, and Chair of Women on Boards UK, Rowena Ironside. The event was also chaired by What I See founder, Edwina Dunn.
If you missed this event, don’t worry! You can now listen to a full podcast of the panel’s discussions on the What I See blog.
It’s done online, so can be done from home or on campus. It takes less than a minute.
So that’s it! The last of my SU Voting Myths. I think that I have exhausted the commonly-cited range of excuses, but please do let me know if I’ve missed out anything – send me your excuses to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll publish the best next week along with my replies.
If you’re still unsure who to vote for, take five minutes to read up on all the candidates and their manifestos. Voting opened online at lsesu.com/vote at 10am today and will close at 7pm on Thursday (6th March).
Don’t forget to cast your vote - it’s worth your time!