WIRELESS NETWORK SWITCHOFF - 29TH AUGUST

On Friday 29th August IMT will be decommissioning the lsesecure wireless network service. Users will no longer be able to connect to lsesecure.

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What wireless network should I connect to instead?

Users should connect to eduroam, the wireless network available for LSE staff and students. eduroam is available across campus including in major lecture theatres, the Library and public areas. eduroam has a wide range of benefits including better connectivity and the ability to seamlessly access WiFi wherever eduroam is available, including at many other higher education institutions across the UK and even overseas.

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Calling all students! Fancy a preview of our amazing Orientation events?

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Orientation Week is all about finding your feet, getting involved, making friends and feeling at ease about the coming year. Whether you’re a new student or not, it’s the best way to kick things off.

Our amazing schedule of events lets you do just that. The action starts in early September and continues far beyond…

Our special highlight will be a huge welcome event on the 29th September – but that’s in addition to pizza parties for students living at home, tea parties for international students, coffee mornings for students with children, opportunities for you to meet this year’s Sabbatical Officers and so much more.

More details will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for them here.

Can’t wait? Nor can we!

Official School Closure: Monday 25th August - Bank Holiday

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Access arrangements on the main School campus on Monday 25th August

Undergraduate students

Except for the LSE Library, there will be no access for undergraduate students to any other LSE building.

Postgraduate students

Based on their current level of access, postgraduates will be able to gain entry to School buildings between 8am - 7pm on production/use of the LSE ID card.

LSE Library opening hours

The LSE Library will be open from 11am-10pm.

Emergencies

Emergencies will be dealt with by a team of Security staff on duty at the Old Building reception desk, Houghton Street. You can also contact Security by calling 020 7955 6555.

Halls of Residences

Halls of Residences are open throughout with staff cover as normal over the closure period.

Bankside, High Holborn, Grosvenor and Northumberland Houses are all open for vacation visitors as well as the three halls in the north - Rosebery, Passfield and Carr Saunders.

Single rates start at £45 B&B, twins and doubles from £60 B&B - staff and students get a 10% discount. Book online

LSESU societies/clubs: Are you ready for Orientation 2014?

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Booked your stall yet for Orientation 2014? Want to know what dates the Freshers’ Fair is taking place this year? Get the lowdown on what LSESU has planned for new LSE students (and current students too!) and what your society or club needs to do in advance:

Freshers’ stalls

We’re excited to announce that this year’s Freshers Fair will take place in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. As this is our first Orientation in our new building, we need to know how many stalls we can put inside - the only way societies and clubs can be guaranteed a stall is by going to www.lsesu.com/activities/howtoguides to fill out a Freshers’ stall booking form AND the Freshers’ stall holders agreement by Friday 29th August. If you do not fill both of these forms before this date, we won’t be able to allocate you a stall.

Freshers’ Fair

It’s happening on Thursday 2nd October and Friday 3rd October. Please ensure you have people available from your society/club to manage your stalls.

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Get access to four of London’s finest venues with a LSESU RAG band

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Now that you’ve got your A-Level results, it’s time to get ready for the biggest week of your life - Orientation 2014. The first step is by buying the LSESU RAG band, which guarantees you access to FOUR of London’s finest venues.

Tickets are on sale via the LSESU website - they WILL sell out so make sure you don’t miss out and get yours ASAP.

While you’re there, don’t forget to like the LSESU RAG Facebook page to get updates on the amazing events and activities they have planned for Orientation. For those of you who don’t know, RAG (Raising and Giving) is the charity branch of the Students’ Union and is hosting the RAG band. Throughout the year they’ll have a whole line up of incredible things to do (think mountains, think hitchhikes) - your RAG life at LSESU starts with the band.

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Nona Buckley-Irvine

LSESU General Secretary

@nonajasmine

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A Few Society Profiles

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You may have read about the hundreds of societies we offer, but it’s difficult to get a good idea of what’s available without learning a bit more about them.

If a society catches your eye, you should definitely check out their Facebook page for the best information on past and upcoming events. But aside from visiting the pages of individual societies, I thought I’d compile a post with some links to past society profiles and events. In past years, student communications staff have attended events and documented their experiences, and having a quick read through their posts can be really helpful in learning more about what’s available. Here’s what we came up with this year:

Society Events & Profiles

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LSESU Beekeeping Society

LSESU Politics & Forum Society in Edinburgh & Gen Sec Debate

LSESU Mexican Society

LSESU Timeless Society

LSESU Development Society

LSESU Anime Society

LSESU Baltic Society

LSESU Amnesty International Society

LSESU Drama Society

LSESU Fashion Society

LSESU Malaysian Society

LSESU Gaming Society

LSESU Photography Society

LSESU Feminist Society

LSESU Actuarial Society

LSESU USA Society

LSESU Baking Society

LSESU Economics Society

Additional Public Events:

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The free lectures held by LSE Public events is another major part of the LSE experience. Here are some reviews of just a few of the lectures held this year. Hopefully they will give you a better idea of what it’s like on an average evening on campus.

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

Gordon Brown’s “My Scotland, Our Britain”

Christine Lagarde on Empowerment

In Conversation with Cherie Blair

In Conversation with Daniel Finkelstein

In Conversation with Martin Lewis

In Conversation with Rohan Silva

The LSE Faith Centre’s "Faith & Politics" with Teresa Forcades

For more information, take a look through our Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts!

Managing your money: our top 5 tips

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Managing your finances when you’re a student can be tricky, especially if this is your first time living away from home. You might feel like you’ve just won the lottery when your first student loan comes in, but resist the urge to spend it all at once. To help you out we’ve put together our top five tips for making that loan stretch the whole year.

1. Make a budget

A good place to start is the Student Calculator. Simply fill in your loan details, as well as income and expenses, and this handy online tool will let you know how your finances are looking. This is an important exercise as it will show you if you have enough money to last the term and will highlight any areas in which you’re over-spending.

2. Get an NUS Extra card

It costs just £12 to get an NUS Extra card, which will get you discounts between 10-50% in 160 participating retailers including the Co-op, ASOS, Amazon and McDonalds to name a few. Also, of that £12, £4 goes to LSE Students’ Union meaning with each card sold to an LSE student, we can put more money towards activities, events and more – all for you! To buy your card, head to the LSESU Reception on the 3rd floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre or visit www.nus.org.uk.

3. Learn to cook

Learning how to cook quick and easy meals at home is a lot cheaper than eating out in London. Check out Sorted Food’s website and YouTube channel where you can follow along to easy and delicious recipes.

4. Get a Student Travelcard

If you often make the same journeys across London for university, work or any social activities, investing in a weekly Student Oyster Travel card can work out a lot cheaper than a regular pay-as-you-go Oyster. Check out the TFL website for more info on the benefits.

5. Look for discounts

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There are discounts available for almost everything if you know where to look! Student Beans has a regularly updated discount page where you can find vouchers for a variety of retailers. A good way to pay less for food is to visit your local market near closing time when lots of items will be discounted, or check out the reduced to clear section of the supermarket.

We hope that these tips will help you to budget successfully - in the meantime, if you need any help or advice visit www.lsesu.com/advice for details on how to contact our trained Advice Service team. 

A-Level Results Day: a post from your LSESU General Secretary

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A-Level Results Day is singlehandedly one of the most important days of your life. I remember my teacher telling me this when I got into LSE three years ago, and I thought no way – degree results will be! But really it is. This is the moment when you are accepted into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world; the opportunities available to you are suddenly endless. You have a place in London to be, and will spend three years (or more!) of your life in the hub of London.

A-Level Results Day IS a life changing day.

I remember mine very vividly because I was practically vomiting with nerves. For those comfortably sitting on those top grades – well done! For those in more of a vomiting state – sorry about that. It’s worth it in the end.

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Orientation Countdown

September is getting closer and closer by the day - stay tuned for information coming out later this week.

We haven’t put out any official club events so DO NOT BUY from any promoters - they aren’t selling tickets for our club nights and you’ll miss out on being with the majority of incoming LSE students!

While we build up to the release of our INSANE events schedule, make sure you’re in all the groups you need to be in:

Intercollegiate Halls

Bankside

Passfield

Rosebery

Northumberland

High Holborn

Urbanest

Sidney Webb

Butler’s Wharf

Students living at home

Lilian Knowles

Grosvenor House

And like our official LSESU Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lsesu

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New Postgrads: Wondering what to expect?

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As I write this, it’s nearing the end of my programme in the Social Policy department, and I’m remembering how concerned and unsure I was when I first arrived in September. The following tips might not be applicable to all programmes, but I thought I’d give a handful of suggestions to give you a better idea of what it’s like to be a postgrad at LSE.

1. Prepare for quite a lot of reading

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This is one of things that probably depends on your programme, so if you’re in something a bit more maths-related, don’t necessarily take my word for it. Every department will have their fair share of reading/work in some form or another, though. I imagine this is what you’re expecting, but I only mention it because it’s hard to picture yourself in your programme until you’ve actually arrived, and at that point it’s sometimes a bit overwhelming. Think ahead, and make sure to bring things that will aid in your studies (for me, that meant lots of highlighters and staples).

2. Don’t worry too much until you get here

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If you’d like to start on your reading, feel free to do so. But don’t feel pressured, or as though you won’t be able to catch up if you haven’t done it. This, again, varies by programme, but my programme sent us some reading ideas before we arrived and I immediately worried it meant I needed to memorize all of it by the first day of term. That wasn’t the case. Depending on your programme, if you dedicate enough time to your courses whilst you’re taking them and during breaks, you should be fine. 

3. Don’t be too concerned about studying in a city

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When I applied to LSE, I was a bit worried that living in a city would make it difficult to meet people. To some extent, that’s true, but there is actually a lot available to people who take advantage of it. If you’re the kind of student who likes to keep to yourself, you are free to do that. But if you’re the kind of student who likes community, there are over 150 societies that you can join, hundreds of events, a handful of pubs on and off campus, and endless other opportunities to get involved. You can easily tailor your experience to fit your lifestyle.

4. Think wisely about where you’ll be living

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There are quite a few housing options for LSE students, including LSE halls and various kinds of private accommodation. Your year will be so much better if you do your research ahead of time, because where you live will have a big impact on your experience. An unpleasant landlord could mean the difference between a great year and a miserable one. Be sure to check out these posts to get informed if you plan on pursuing private accommodation:

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

5. Bring a camera

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This is more silly than practical, but whilst I sometimes find it a bit hard to get out of my stressed study mode while I’m in school, I always look back fondly on the year. Study, celebrate, stress out, go out for drinks, attend events, enjoy yourself, and take some pictures. London is an incredible city, and it’d be a shame to miss out on all it has to offer. You’ll really appreciate the last one when you realise how quickly the year goes by.

I hope you’re excited!

LSESU Travel Fund: Irina Paraschivoiu

The LSESU Travel Fund is a means-tested fund that enables students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, above all, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund, and more info about it can be found on our website.

Between 8th and 11th May, I took part in the Socialist and post-socialist urbanizations: architecture, land and property rights conference organised by the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts. My presentation – entitled From public to private: the case of property change in Bucharest – took place on the first conference panel on 9th May and was a summary of the research I have been conducting on the consequences of privatisation for strategic planning in Bucharest.

Like most other post-socialist countries, Romania experienced a change of residential ownership from almost complete public ownership to almost private ownership. The country’s average percentage of home ownership is 96%, while this goes even further for Bucharest (98.4%). At the same time, Romania has the highest level of population suffering from overcrowding and the highest level of housing deprivation. During my presentation, I argued that the fragmented ownership, corroborated with the city’s administrative division and legislative framework favoured a development which was not targeted at the city’s regeneration. The main policies targeting physical improvements have been ways of transposing national law – energy efficiency programs, consolidation policy – without proposing a coherent vision for the inner city. At the same time, the urban planning law has encouraged derogatory practices, namely encouraging exceptions in terms of height, land use and functions. I concluded that property rights have been favoured over sustainable city development and that different laws have helped sustain different stakeholders’ discourses in relation to the inner city.

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BREAKING NEWS: ULU is dead - welcome to Student Central.

University of London Union (ULU) has ceased to exist. Most LSE students don’t know what it was, largely because it was totally irrelevant, uninteresting, and uninspiring.

For anyone who is interested, it was a Union for all affiliated London universities. It used to act as a strong campaigning body for London students when universities all awarded ‘University of London degrees’ - whereas now we award LSE degrees. In recent years, it became dominated by cliques and represented minority interests.

The political side has gone, but there remains central University of London services for you to access - in the form of Student Central.

Student Central has a swimming pool and some sports clubs and societies that we don’t have at LSE - Harry Potter, archery, and fencing are just some of these.

If you’re interested, have a look and see what you can find.

If you do have a burning desire to get involved with a London students campaigning organisation, check out NUS London on Facebook

ENJOY.

Nona Buckley-Irvine

LSESU General Secretary
@nonajasmine

 

Get on yer bike - free access to Barclays Cycle Hire

Want to explore London this summer without spending a fortune? Then why not try the Barclays Cycle Hire for FREE next weekend as part of its special birthday celebrations?

To mark four successful years, the Barclays Cycle Hire are giving Londoners and visitors free access to bikes across the city on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August.

As part of this offer, you can hire up to four bikes free of charge for 24-hours and can take as many rides as you like as long, as they are kept under 30 minutes.

You’ll need to use your bank card to hire the bikes, but the Barclays Cycle Hire will cover the fee.

So what are you waiting for?! Hop on a bike, take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and keep active all at the same time.

If that wasn’t enough, Barclays have also teamed up with British Cycling to offer free group rides: one ride will take place in Hyde Park on Saturday 16th August, while a women-only bike ride will be held on Sunday 17th August in Regent’s Park to help encourage women to start cycling.

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme launched on 30th July 2010. Since then, more than 32 million journeys have been made.

For more info, head to the TFL website.

LSESU and The Islamic University of Gaza

This weekend we were saddened to hear that on the morning of Saturday 2nd August, the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), to whom the LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) is twinned, was targeted in an airstrike by Israeli military forces.

LSE Students’ Union has shared historic ties with the IUG that date back to November 2009, when a motion was passed at a Union General Meeting that officially twinned the LSESU with the IUG. This motion was successfully renewed for a further three-year term on 21st March 2013 during the Annual General Meeting, thus remaining in effect until 2016. During this period, many LSE students worked closely on projects with IUG.

This twinning mandates us to offer external support where possible. In this instance, we condemn the attack on an educational institution. We emphasize that education should be available to all, and violating this right acts as an injustice to young people. Our thoughts are, and will continue to be, with the students in Gaza.