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LSE students reveal disparity across departments’ assessment approaches

Additional reporting by Yasmina O’Sullivan. Described as a “weight lifted” by some, and “ridiculously deluded” by others, the move to online exams has widely changed the way both students and staff view the exam period. With exam strategies differing greatly…

Minouche: SMC pay cuts, furloughs, and delayed spending

In an email to LSE Staff, Director Dame Minouche Shafik has laid out the initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the School’s financial situation. Facing financial strain, the university will furlough some staff who cannot work in the current…

Go Fuck Your Banana Bread

Hey, listen: go fuck your banana bread.  Alright – wait. Please don’t go.  I’m sorry for telling you to go fuck your banana bread. Ah, shit, there I’ve said it again. I don’t know what’s going on. Why do I…

Interview: LSE’s no disadvantage policy, and how the School got there

Colin Vanelli & Morgan Fairless. Additional reporting by Lucy Knight and Yasmina O’Sullivan  On 24 April, LSE published its much anticipated “no-disadvantage” framework, which stops short of several letters, petitions and Union feedback asking for a “no-detriment” policy. The Beaver…

LSE to release ‘No-disadvantage policy’ based on whole-course grade adaption, extensions, and deferrals

Pro-Director for Education Dilly Fung is set to email students today unveiling a “No-disadvantage” policy. The policy entails four measures: revised marking, adjustments to the extension policy, self-certified deferral, and extended exceptional circumstances.  LSE has decided not to follow a…

LSE’s homeward bound Chinese students

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many LSE international students have chosen to return to their families and home countries. Students who have managed to return to China spoke to The Beaver about their experiences returning home, transitioning to…

Comment: Departments should push back against LSE’s ‘league tables over students’ policy – they are our only hope

Over the past weeks, The Beaver has extensively covered the impact of Covid-19 on students, documenting how privilege, inequality, and mental health problems have become aggressively exacerbated by the pandemic. It’s not only those of us with mental health problems…

Students’ Union blasts proposed exam guidelines as LSE rejects ‘non-detriment’

Additional reporting by Morgan Fairless. The Students’ Union has blasted LSE’s proposed guidelines for exam boards in the upcoming assessment window, saying “we are deeply disappointed that SMC has decided not to move towards a no-detriment policy.” Responding to an…

The next Msc challenge: writing a dissertation under lockdown

For many of LSE’s postgraduate students currently starting work on their dissertations, the rapid pace and unpredictable duration of the COVID-19 crisis has raised unprecedented academic challenges. As the final proposals for most departments were formally handed in last Friday,…

Comment: Spread kindness and compassion, not hate and negativity.

In life, what is most desirable is often the least likely outcome. The Covid-19 pandemic epitomises this. As the new coronavirus traverses the world – forcing many countries into severe lockdowns and others to implement strict social distancing measures –…