15 of LSE’s Most Excellent Sports Clubs

We love sport at LSE. Not just playing it, but everything else too… Joining the AU (Athletics Union) here is a sure-fire way to enjoy yourself - you’ll make lifelong friends, share some incredible experiences and probably have the best nights out of your life.

Regardless of your actual sporting ability, you’ll be able to find a sports club that fits you here.

All our sports clubs make LSE amazing in their different ways. They’re the real deal. Here are just a few that we love.

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Registering With a GP

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When you arrive in London, it is highly recommended that you register with a GP. Most government-funded healthcare treatment is free for UK residents, but fixed charges apply for some services. The NHS website has some really excellent information about how to register (How do I register with a GP?), so I thought I’d highlight some of the most important points here. If you live in halls, your welcome packet will probably have some information about how and where to register, so be sure to take a look at that information as well. 

  1. First, locate your nearest GP surgery. I lived in Rosebery Hall last year, and the most convenient GP surgery was The Amwell Practice on Naoroji Street. If you don’t live in halls, use the NHS’s GP locator to find your closest GP.
  2. Find out what paperwork is needed, and fill it out before you arrive. GP surgeries typically ask for the GMS1 form. 
  3. Bring a proof of identity and a proof of address. When I registered, I brought a copy of my passport and a letter from the Accommodation office stating where I lived. Utility bills and council tax bills may also be accepted. Check with your specific GP surgery.
  4. Make an appointment. Once you’ve registered, you can get a Health Check or make an appointment for specific concerns.

For more information, check out the NHS website and these additional resources:

How do I register with a GP? (NHS)

Registering with a GP (LSE)

FAQs about GPs (NHS)

When to see your GP (NHS)

What are A&E departments (NHS)

The LSESU Employability and Development Programme

How do I get the skills I need to become chief exec of a campaigning charity, a government minister, head of marketing at Ernst & Young, or a brilliant teacher?

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The LSESU Employability and Development Programme is a series of free training sessions that will allow you to develop exactly the sorts of skills you’ll need after LSE.

The Programme launches on 13th October with a big launch event, which you’ll need to book to attend. Tickets are free, and are released from 6th October onwards.

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A Little Intro to… Tom, Your Education Officer!

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This happy chap is Tom Maksymiw, your Education Officer for 2014-15. Tom is here to improve your experience of academic affairs, dealing with teaching quality, feedback and study space, as well as representing the student voice on teaching and learning developments. Let’s get to know him a little better!

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A Little Intro to… Sebastian, Your Community and Welfare Officer!

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Ladies and gentlemen, may we proudly introduce your Community and Welfare Officer for this year, Sebastian Bruhn!

Seb is responsible for strengthening and sustaining the LSE community, and making sure your opinions on student welfare are heard loudly and clearly. He’ll also take care of matters relating to accommodation, representation and general student support. Let’s get to know him a bit better! 

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The Lowdown on LSE’s Literary Festival

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We are delighted to confirm the dates and theme of next year’s LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival, the 7th Festival to be held at LSE, exploring the interaction between the arts and social sciences.  It will be taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme Foundations. 

This theme in part reflects on the multitude of important anniversaries and centenaries taking place in the next year (Magna Carta, Waterloo, WWI, WWII), whilst also celebrating an idea at the heart of LSE, encapsulated in our motto, 'to understand the causes of things'.  

 

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What to Expect: Academics

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Although I’d like to recommend that you wait until you’re settled in London to do most things, it’s important to know a bit about your programme before you arrive. Each academic department has its own website, which you can easily find following this link. On top of that, you will likely receive correspondence from your department before you arrive. Be sure to look closely at what they write to you, as the more you know before you arrive, the easier it’s going to be to adjust.

Whilst you won’t necessarily be expected to know everything before you arrive, read through your documents thoroughly. For the Social Policy department, I was surprised to find that a page summary of my dissertation topic was expected at the end of the first week of Michaelmas Term. That may not be required for your department, but it’s best to expect that you may be required to submit bits of information to your department within the first few weeks. That way, you won’t be caught out. For the specifics, consult your admission documents and your department website. 

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Looking through the course offerings for your department is another excellent idea. Each department lists its course offerings on its website, but you can also find that information by following the links provided by the Available programmes 2014/15 page. Be aware that there are enrolment caps for most courses, so you’ll need to come prepared with back-ups in case you can’t get into your first choices.

Also keep in mind that you may request to take courses from other departments, as long as you can explain your reasoning to the director of your department and obtain approval. The graduate course guides are helpful for choosing courses if you’re considering looking outside of your department. The link provided is for the 2013/14 academic year, but it should be updated soon, and it can act as a helpful guide until then. 

This may be a lot of information, but don’t worry! As long as you’ve read up on what’s expected from your department, you should be fine. Enjoy the rest of your summer, prepare lightly for your programme, and get excited about Orientation!

A Little Intro to… Your Activities and Development Officer, Alastair!

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This dapper gent is Alastair Duncan, your Activities and Development Officer for 2014-15. Alastair’s role includes developing sports, societies, the Media Group, RAG (Raising and Giving), volunteering and LSESU club nights, as well as championing our Sports Ambassador Scheme. But let’s get to know him a little better…

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5 LSE Alumni Who Smashed the Nobel Prize

Beauty? Check. Brains? Check. 16 Nobel Prizes? Check. 

In October, the Nobel Prizes for 2014 will be announced (or most of them, anyway). LSE is no stranger to the Prize, with 16 of our alumni and staff members having won it in the past.

Bertrand Russell being a legend.


Who’s top in our countdown of LSE Nobel Prize winners?

5. 1979Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
Noted for his contributions to the field of economic development, Arthur Lewis has an impressive resume. He was the first economic advisor to Ghana following their independence; the deputy managing director of the UN Special Fund; and the first president of the Caribbean Development Bank. He gained his knighthood in 1963 for his contributions to economics. 

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4 Super-Saving Student Discount Cards

1. The NUS extra discount card

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You’ve probably heard about the NUS extra discount card around campus, but perhaps you’re not sure if it’s worth it. Here at your Students’ Union, we believe it definitely is. So, to give you a better idea of what a great deal it is, we’ve created a list some of the best discounts the card offers.

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These are just a few of the discounts you can get with a NUS extra card. Saving a few quid here and there really adds up, and you’ll quickly replace the cost (just £12 for 12 months). You can get your card any time here.

2. The 16-25 Railcard

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If you haven’t already got one, you should check out the 16-25 Railcard. It will get you 1/3 off of each trip, including all Standard and First Class Advance fares. Just a warning- if you plan on traveling between 4:30 and 10am Monday - Friday, a minimum fare of £12 will apply.

The best thing about this card, though, is that you’ll probably make back what you spent on it (£30/year) with the savings from your first journey. It’s definitely worth it if you plan on traveling anywhere in the UK by rail. And as I mentioned before, you can get an 11% discount on it with a NUS Extra card- a double deal! Also, paired with the 18+ Student Oyster photocard, you can get 34% off of your daily cap and pay as you go fares during off-peak hours

3. The 18+ Student Oyster photocard

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You’ll definitely be needing an Oyster card- there’s no doubt about that. The best deal for students is the 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which costs £10 and gives you 30% off adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram passes. You get the most benefit from this card if you travel often. 

Even if you don’t travel much, definitely get an Oyster card! You can use it anywhere in London, and the fares are significantly higher for paper passes, so you’re getting a substantial discount. Keep in mind that in order to get the student card, you’ll need to enter details about LSE. Apply after your official course start date to avoid any issues.

4. The National Theatre Entry Pass

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This one is less essential, but if you like entertainment, you might want to consider getting a National Theatre Entry Pass. It’s free for anyone aged 16-25, and it gets you discounts and quite a few other perks at the National Theatre on the South Bank. 

Here are a few of the things it gets you, as listed on the website:

  • Access to exclusive workshops and events
  • Regular updates and news 
  • £5 tickets to all NT productions 
  • Discounts at the NT Bookshop, cafes, Backstage Tours and Costumes and Props Hire

The National Theatre holds lots of events and shows, so it’s an excellent deal. If you’re only going to be in London for a few more months, I’d recommend getting one as soon as possible so you can experience all the benefits. Check out the National Theatre website for information about what’s on and how to buy tickets.

For more information, check out LSE’s Student discount cards page.

A Little Intro to… Nona, Your General Secretary!

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For all those who haven’t yet met her, we’re delighted to introduce your General Secretary, Nona Buckley-Irvine! She’s the chief representative of LSE students this year, and she’s here to make sure you get the best experience possible at LSE. Let’s get to know her a bit better!

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How the LSESU Shops Will Save Your Life

If you’re starting at LSE then there’s a lot of important information you have to soak in. And one of the most important questions you’ll have is: where can I buy chocolate and chewing gum on site?

Fortunately, your Students’ Union shops have your back - and now you will never have to suffer through a 4pm energy slump or bad breath ever again.

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There are two LSESU shops: one in the NAB just off Kingsway, and one on Houghton Street.

In the NAB shop you can buy Coca-Cola for 69p and chewing gum for 45p, but that’s not all! You can print for 4p a sheet, and get your dissertation bound more cheaply than at Rymans. They mainly sell food and stationary, but come on, what more can you want?

If you do want more, then head to the Houghton Street shop. Here you can buy LSE memorabilia (the perfect Christmas present) as well as Fair Trade clothing, worldwide travel adaptor plugs mosquito killers, food and stationary.  

They’re fairly priced, and it saves you running around a busy central London looking for a new pen in your hour of need.

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Nothing says I love you like an LSE chipmunk. Nothing. 

Feeling lazy?

Yeah, us too. That’s why we have an online shop

LSE Campaigns: Changing the World Is Just How We Roll

One thing LSE is known for is being politically savvy - and having the courage to act on our opinions. It’s just how we roll. Ever wondered how that reputation came about? We did some investigating…

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Origins

LSE’s Student Union is one of the oldest in the country, and we’ve had a reputation for political activism since day one. When the Union was founded in 1897, a central regular meeting was established: the fortnightly political debate known as the ‘Clare Market Parliament’.

Communist controversy

Student opinion has always been strong here. In the 1930s, the Students’ Union banned the Communist Party from being active at LSE. Frank Strauss Meyer, then President of the Union, was expelled for selling copies of the Student Vanguard, a left-wing student newspaper he founded. He was deported to America in 1934.

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