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Why Don’t Referenda Work? Blame Older Voters

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By Aruna Krishna, Deputy News Editor A recent piece of research conducted by a LSE faculty member concludes that referenda that are favourable to the elderly are unsuitable for eliciting long term political benefits. The research showed an overwhelming tendency for older voters to vote for their generation’s self-interest. In an ageing population, where older people are–or will soon be–the majority demographic group, this means that political decisions seen as having…

Teaching Excellence Framework: Beneficial to Whom

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By Bhadra Sreejith The Teaching Excellence Framework will be one of the  features of the higher education and research bill, which will go to committee stage next month. This will rank universities’ educational quality as either gold, silver, or bronze, based on criteria which include “teaching quality”, “learning environment” and “student outcomes & learning gain”. The rankings, which are widely based on the National Student Survey, are not expected to be…

Celebrating Gender and Sexual Diversity on Campus

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By Perdita Blinkhorn, LGBT+ Officer Last week was Pride Week, an annual event organised by the LSESU LGBT+ Officer in collaboration with Pride: The Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) Alliance, which aims to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ community at LSE. With a whole host of events lined up for the week, it proved to be yet another engaging and eye opening SU celebration. In recent years, various…

Reinventing LSE Library

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By Yap Lay Sheng In recent years, the LSE library has witnessed a series of developments to redefine its role in the community. One such notable investment is the recently set up LSE LIFE. Announced as part of a slew of ambitious reforms aimed at arresting the decline in student satisfaction rates, the centre was initialled endowed with more than £5 million as “an academic, personal development centre” targeted at enhancing…

UGM Debates Mandatory Consent Workshops

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By Beth Loynes, Deputy News Editor Last week’s UGM voted on implementing mandatory consent workshops for all new students starting next year. The motion was proposed as part of the Consent Campaign, which kicked off with a series workshops and seminars in week 8. It follows a number of recent reports on the scale of sexual assault on campuses, with Babe finding that 50% of female students are sexually assaulted…

Fabric Saved: Club Reopens on Strict Conditions After National Campaign

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By Aruna Krishnan, Deputy News Editor Good news for ravers: Fabric’s owners have reached a deal with Islington Council allowing them to reopen. The venue was shut in September this year after the council revoked its licence following the deaths of two clubbers. It said Fabric had a “culture of drug use”, which the staff were “incapable of controlling”. One of Britain’s best known nightclubs, Fabric thrived on dance music and has…

Immigration, Inequality and the Politics of the White Working Class

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By Saskia Neibig On Monday the 21st , the Sheik Zayed Theatre was packed full of people who had come to hear Labour MPs and academics in a panel event entitled “The New Minority: White Working-Class Politics in an era of Immigration and Inequality”. The main speaker was Dr. Justin Gest who co-founded the Migration Studies Unit in 2006. The Unit is the multi-disciplinary research group that hosted the event,…

Women Leaders of Tomorrow Walk the Catwalk of Success

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By Beth Loynes On Friday 25th November, the Women Leaders of Tomorrow will launch their first ever business fashion show in collaboration with the LSESU Dance Society. “The One Way Project” aims to inspire ambitious individuals on how to dress to impress in the world of work. Showcasing both formal looks and black tie outfits from various cultures, the event will provide an international guide on how to walk down…

LSE US Centre Scrutinises Election Results

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By Aruna Krishna, Deputy News Editor In the summer of 1987, Benjamin Franklin, after finishing the Constitution Convention at Philadelphia was asked what form of government was agreed upon to which he replied, “Republic. If you can keep it.” The United States of America has voted and elected Republican Donald Trump as the 45th President. The  LSE US Centre on November 9th organised a Public event with a host of dynamic panelists…

Students Defy Sleep as World Wakes to Darker Dawn

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By Bhadra Sreejith, News Editor What happened on the 8th of November 2016 will go down in history as the greatest upset in American political history. It was, perhaps, the greatest political surprise of the 21st century. The LSESU had planned an election party for excited students who wanted to watch the election alongside “Key political lecturers” who would be “offering analysis and opinion at different stages of the event”,…