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James Stannard, Author at The Beaver Online
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Student Mental Health Service Under Pressure

A Freedom of Information request by The Beaver has revealed possible underfunding at the LSE Student Counselling Service. From the academic years 2010/11 to 2016/17, the number of students seeking individual counselling sessions each year rose from 462 to 801.…

Workers Out in Force Against Outsourcing

Thursday night saw Senate House library lock its gates and post security guards on alert as over 100 protesters gathered outside for a demonstration against outsourcing. The activists, waving flags and banging drums, were demanding that non-direct employees at the…

LSE professor argues Toby Young faces “witch hunt”

LSE professor Simon Hix renewed his defence of Toby Young on Twitter last week, claiming that the disgraced right-wing journalist is the victim of a “witch hunt.” Young resigned from the board of the government’s new Office for Students (OfS)…

Cake, Wine and Coffee mark SU’s 120th Birthday

Seven days after the University of London celebrated its 181st anniversary with a black-tie reception at Senate House, a more casual party was thrown at the top of Saw Swee Hock to mark LSE SU’s 120th birthday. Close to 70…

Eco-Friendly LSE gets Top Marks for Sustainability

A new league table released this week by environmental research group People and Planet has given LSE a “first-class” rating for sustainability. The study ranks LSE 14th in the UK, 31 places above King’s College London and highest of all…

Poppy Popularity Hard to Measure

There were mixed feelings on campus last week, as some students proudly wore poppies on their lapels while others held back from buying them altogether. Even LSE’s Director, Minouche Shafik, reportedly went without a poppy during a one-on-one event with…

Student Budgets Suffering from LSESU’s Oyster Card Delays

This week, it emerged that many students are still waiting for their discounted 18+ Student Oyster Travelcards to be delivered, sometimes a month after ordering them. While waiting, students have been forced to use pay-as-you-go transactions to access vital tube…

Tuition fee reforms announced amid political chaos

Prime Minister Theresa May last week announced plans to freeze tuition fees at £9,250 until 2019 and to raise the salary threshold for student loan repayments from £21,000 to £25,000. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that the move could…