LSESU Travel Fund Map

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.

This year, the Travel Fund awarded £11,000 worth of funding between 34 students, allowing them to attend trips that would benefit their academic studies, personal development and future careers opportunities. These trips ranged from high profile and prestigious events such as ERSA Congress in Italy to anthropological trips, including one student’s involvement in the Prison Harvest Project in Malawi.   

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Want to know more about where these students went? Then check out our LSESU Travel Fund Map below, which pinpoints all of the incredible locations each student visited this year. You’ll also find links to students’ photographs and personal reports with full details about what they did, the people they met, and how their trip will improve their academic experience at LSE.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Tiphaine Vanlemmens

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

Collaborative dynamics triggered by digital turn - Brest, Brittany 

From 1st - 4th July, the city located at the tip of Brittany hosted a forum discussing the challenges of collaborative practices for society and territories. More concretely, this means how people – civil society, public and private actors – can use digital tools to support horizontal networks of collaboration based on collective intelligence.

I came to Brest due to my interest for collaborative urban planning and the use of digital devices by local authorities. During my academic education in planning, I have been lacking courses on the challenges of the digital age for planners, both in terms of social and technical changes. Going to that forum was a great opportunity to meet with various actors and collectives, all contributing through their projects to a more contributory society. Not only could it help for my personal academic research, which addresses the issue of civic crowdfunding in the urban space, but it was also a chance to build a network that would be useful for my forthcoming professional future.

The three-day event welcomed more than 400 people and was divided into different sessions and workshops, according to different areas impacted by collaborative practices: education, governance, information, or the urban realm. I was one of the only students there and at the forum and my presence was really appreciated.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Donara Barojan

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

UN Lithuanian Mission, New York

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The LSESU Travel Fund enabled me to go to New York for an internship at the Lithuanian Mission to the United Nations (UN). Thus far, my internship has been extremely rewarding and educative. Apart from sitting in various high-level General Assembly, ECOSOC and Security Council meetings, I also had the opportunity to familiarise myself with the work that national missions do at the UN.

My main focus during the internship was international development. I had a chance to participate in the drafting of the Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace Millennium Development Goals in 2015. It was a great honour to take part in such a historical process, which will affect lives of many people in both developed and developing countries. I also attended various Security Council meetings on situations in Ukraine, CAR and Middle East. This internship has broadly expanded my horizons and enabled me to apply skills and knowledge gained at LSE in a wider UN context. Apart from writing reports on the meetings, I have also done a lot of research on CAR, Ukraine and international development in general that was used in Lithuania’s Foreign Policy formulation.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Winnie Karanja

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

Harambe Bretton Woods Symposium, USA

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In April, I attend the Harambe Bretton Woods Symposium (HBWS), held at three sites over four days - Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Mount Washington Bretton Woods - for my acceptance as an Associate to the 7th class of Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance for my venture African StyleHub. The Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance is a network of highly educated young African entrepreneurs from leading universities in African, Asia, Europe and North America, and the 7th class included 25 Associates.

At MIT we met with the Associate Dean of Innovation at MIT, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at Stanford, and Executive Director at the Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. They spoke to us about entrepreneurship, MBA Admissions and provided us with guidance on creating excellent funding pitches. We were able to speak with them regarding our ventures. The following day we presented our pitches at Harvard University. We were joined with professionals, Harvard students, and faculty. Additionally, we were provided guidance regarding brand design for our ventures.

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As the only student from LSE at the event, aside from a Columbia-LSE student, I was able to raise profile of the institution in working lunches, and networking events held as part of the symposium. At events with the Harvard Student Association, I spoke to Harvard students about African StyleHub and my experience studying at the LSE, and at the Department of International Development. It raised the profile of the School as students were interested in finding out about my perspective and experience.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Rai Ghulam Mustafa

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

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The LSESU Travel Fund and the Department of Finance provided me with a valuable opportunity to attend the prestigious 17th World Business Dialogue held in Cologne, Germany. The dialogue attracted 300 corporate executives and 300 student delegates that deliberated and shared valuable information on disruptive innovation and its impact on business models and global society. I was selected from a competitive pool of 1,400 applicants on the basis of my profile and response to essay questions. I represented both the United Kingdom and Pakistan at the dialogue.

The dialogue started with a two-day supporting program on 11th and 12th March that consisted of cultural visits to the Cologne City Museum, Chocolate Museum, Fragrance Museum, Cologne Cathedral and Sports and Olympia Museum and company visits to Ford, Bayer, Detecon and Rheinenergie. The students welcome and opening ceremony then led to the main events of the dialogue on 13th and 14th March. The two-day dialogue was full of inspirational and informative talks given by speakers ranging from entrepreneurs to CEOs of leading companies. The talks on big data and the impact of innovation on society interested me a lot. Moreover, parallel workshops were also held and each delegate was assigned to one workshop each day. I attended workshops on financial shared services in Asia and idea generation. These involved expert opinions of the speakers as well as group activities with the other delegates attending the workshops.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Simon Hicks

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

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Monday 24th March

10:00am: Tour of the Palace of Parliament (formerly People’s House) – one of the community mega-projects in Romania.

2:00pm: Afternoon workshops on the metropolitan area. Guest speakers included Gabriel Pascariu, University of Architecture and Urbanism, Irinel Scriosteanu, Councillor, and Cozia Georgescu, Growth Coordinator.

The first day was really interesting for me as it eluded to the interventionist growth patterns of the communist era, whilst also demonstrating the challenges the current Bucharest planning institutions face in coping with past failures. For example, the Palace of Parliament is the second largest civilian building in the world, yet is still significantly under-occupied.

Tuesday 25th March

10:30am: Public participation in Romania events. Case study for Favorit – a now disused cinema where there is public impetus to renovate.

2:00pm: Urban exploration, guided tours around a sector of Bucharest.

Tuesday eluded to the challenges Romania faces as a relatively poor country with weak administration. The Favorit cinema is one example where there is strong community support for a public project, but the local government has neither the power of capacity to undertake it.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Peter Irwin

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

World Uyghur Congress conference, Munich

I was given the opportunity to travel to Munich in Germany, with the help of the LSESU Travel Fund, to attend the conference entitled Silenced Crimes Against Humanity: Enforced Disappearances, Arbitrary Arrests and Extra-Judicial Killings of Uyghurs in China.

The conference was hosted by the World Uyghur Congress in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and gathered together around 200 participants and around 15 speakers. I was given the opportunity to speak on a panel on the first day of the conference specifically discussing an incident in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Western province of China) five years previous in which hundreds of people were killed and close to 2,000 were injured.

As this was also the first professional speaking engagement that I have had the pleasure to attend and present at, it also gave me some much needed experience in speaking and responding to large crowds. I also feel as though I was able to correspond with both academics and activists who have a great deal of experience working in the field. I was able to develop relationships with many of these participants throughout the course of the week. Some of these relationships have continued to progress and this has allowed me to maintain contact with those that are personally involved in the cause of the Uyghur people. As I continue to speak to these people, it has been incredibly important in my continued research on the topic as I prepare my dissertation.

My research has been infused with a much more human side to it as I heard stories about the experiences of the Uyghur in China and how they have looked to cope with the difficult situation in which they find themselves. As I continue to develop this research, I have been provided important contacts in the field that I can tap for a more unique and individual perspective on the ground.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Noa Robin

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

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Sunday 23rd March

Arrived in Bucharest. We had the whole day to explore and get an initial impression of the city and the people.

Monday 24rd March

Visited the Palace of Parliament. Its construction required destruction of vast parts of Bucharest’s historic district in addition to the relocation of about 40,000 residents. The guided tour provided a fascinating example of the way ideology and power shape and dictate urban planning.

Panel with Gabriel Pascariu from the University of Architecture and Urbanism, Irinel Soriostenu, Councillor of Ilfov county, and Cozia Georgescu. The session focused on the importance of the Bucharest region and on the lack of financial support the rest of Ilfov receives due to the present of Bucharest within its boarders. Bucharest is in essence an outlier that skewed the statistics and data of the whole county. The session discussed the recent development of the city of Ploiesti and the reasons some neighboring counties manage to benefit from the proximity to Bucharest while other fail to do so.

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Changes to LSE Wireless Service

On Thursday 31st July, LSE Information, Management and Technology (IMT) will be decommissioning the lsebasic wireless network service. This means that you will no longer be able to connect to lsebasic.

In addition to this, the lsesecure wireless network is no longer accessible to new devices, in preparation for the complete decommissioning of the service. However, devices with an existing connection to lsesecure will still be able to access it. 

Why is this happening?
IMT is working to upgrade the School’s internet connection to improve speed, capacity and security. Decommissioning the older wireless networks means that IMT can further streamline the wireless service and continue to improve eduroam; a newer, more secure wireless network which is already in use across the School.

Which wireless network should I connect to instead?
Users should connect to eduroam, which will soon be the single wireless network available for LSE staff and students.

eduroam is available across campus including in major lecture theatres, the LSE Library and public areas. eduroam has a wide range of benefits including better connectivity, better security and the ability to seamlessly access WiFi wherever eduroam is available, including at many other higher education institutions across the UK.

How do I connect to eduroam?
Enable WiFi on your device, make sure you are at an area on campus with coverage and choose eduroam as your wireless network. Sign in using your LSE email address and LSE password.

For more detailed guidance, see lse.ac.uk/imt/eduroam.

What should I do if I experience technical difficulties?
If you need assistance connecting to eduroam, contact the IT Service Desk:

Email: it.servicedesk@lse.ac.uk
Phone: 020 7107 5000 (extension 5000)

You can also visit the Walk-In Centre for hands-on assistance. The Walk-In Centre is on the first floor of St Clements, S.198 and is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

LSESU Travel Fund: Nhung Vu

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

LSESU Photography Society - Lake District

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I spent one day going to the Lake District with the LSESU Photography Society. In particular, we went along the Lake Windermere. The LSESU Travel Fund reimbursed my train ticket. We took a boat ride in the lake, allowing us to take a range of photos of the shoreline. We spent most of the day walking along the lake as well as the town of Bowness, taking numerous photos of the lake, the ships, shops and tourists.

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The photos will be used in a photography exhibition which will be open to all LSE students. They will also feature in a photography journal which will be handed out to LSE students. The Travel Fund also allowed me to develop my photography skills as I could capture photos using a range of settings and of certain subjects. Furthermore, it allowed me to learn from other photographers who came along on the trip.  

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LSESU Travel Fund: Maria Godunova

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

European Public Policy Conference, Rome

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I went to the EPPC (European Public Policy Conference) held from 11th-13th April in Rome. The conference was dedicated to the problems that European young people are facing on labour markets and their attitudes towards Europe.

The opening speech was given by the former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreau where he discussed future prospects of Europe, the challenges it is facing and strategies it should adopt in order to achieve better outcomes.

On the second day of the conference, I presented my idea as a part of a workshop. My presentation, 'Three levels of tackling youth unemployment, where to focus?', covered problems of choosing right policies to tackle youth unemployment. In particular, I discussed general macroeconomic policies, labour market policies, and specific policies targeted at young people in different contexts. This presentation gave spur to an interesting discussion during the workshop and many ideas from other participants.

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LSESU Travel Fund: Laura Ancian

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

The Environment Policy in Practice Project

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Friday 21st March

After weeks of intensive budget making, hair pulling and coordinating, the big day we had meticulously planned for had finally arrived. My bag in one hand and my passport in the other, I was ready to explore Northern Ireland. An hour and thirty minutes later we were in Belfast City Airport safe and sound. Cramped up in a tiny coach, we made our way to the Linen House Hostel, the accommodation for our stay. After checking us in and giving the group a couple of guidelines, I led the group to Queen’s University of Belfast. There, we had some lunch and met with Michael Baillie, Professor Emeritus and leading expert in dendrochronology (tree-rings dating). The latter gave us a two-hour long speech on his past and current researches including, but not limited to, oak dendrochronology and the Irish landscape. He gave us some really good insight on the hurdles one may come across when undertaking scientific research. For instance, Mr Baillie’s research uncovered deeply engrained religious bias. Back at the hostel, one of the managers lectured me about the religious division of Northern Ireland, the country’s history and how fascinating it was. 

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LSESU Travel Fund: Knut Ulsrud

The LSESU Travel Fund helps students at LSE to access extracurricular travel opportunities, take part in activities, develop key skills and, more importantly, to really make the most of their university experience. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and more info can be found on the LSESU website. Follow our blog for a series of reports from recipients of the fund this year, where they went and what they did. 

International Institute of Economics and Social Sciences - 10th International Conference, Vienna

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From 3rd - 6th June, I attended the International Institute of Economics and Social Sciences 10th International Conference in Vienna. I was invited to present my dissertation research entitled 'Politicians – Lessons in Justice from the 2009 UK Parliament Expense Scandal'. This was my first academic conference, thus exposing me to a new aspect of being an academic and informing my decision to potentially complete a PhD in the future. The conference was very international with attendees from all over the world, and gave me an excellent opportunity to build my network among social science researchers. It therefore allowed me to learn from my LSE coursework after it was submitted, allowing me to fully utilise my opportunities for learning from my Master’s degree.

My presentation was well received and had an above average number of attendees compared to other presentations at the conference. It thus reinforced LSE’s international reputation of academic rigour and excellence, especially considering I was a Master’s student who presented among PhD students and established professors. At the end of the presentation, I also thanked LSESU for the contribution made towards my expenses associated with attending the conference.

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