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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…

Interview: hopes for closer collaboration between staff and students for LSE’s next sustainability agenda

Amongst the uncertainty and havoc of the current coronavirus pandemic, sustainability and climate justice seem to matter even more  Whilst we are all still trying to figure out how the pandemic translates into our day-to-day lives and near future it…

Who is the real Simon Hix?

By Michael Shapland and Jamie Boucher Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research, professor, and lecturer at LSE, is a significant figure both within LSE’s leadership and the university culture itself. Coming from a state school background to study at the undergraduate…

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’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…

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,…

Group of postgraduate students call for fee refunds following campus shutdown

 Postgraduate petitioners sent a letter to LSE administration on 9 April, asking them to reconsider their summer term fees in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Two masters students deemed it time to speak up about the changed value of…

LSE pulls most disability exam support: “Having an IEA is already isolating and scary, but it felt like I had been forgotten.”

Additional reporting by Morgan Fairless. LSE says that a move to largely long-term, online assessments has “removed the need” for individual adjustments for students with disabilities who previously received special assessment procedures, called Individual Exam Adjustments (IEAs). A number of…

For some students, online shift brings inequality into spotlight

For many LSE students, getting accustomed to the ‘new normal’ of leading their daily lives from home under quarantine has proven difficult. Some students say that these changes have introduced new challenges not faced by many of their peers, complicating…