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LSE Covid Solidarity Campaign petitions protection for all

On 19 May 2020, a students and staff collective launched the ‘LSE Covid Solidarity Campaign’, to petition the LSE Council, Court of Governors, Director, and School Management Committee to protect all workers and students in this crisis. The petition aims…

Socially-distanced campus to open in September

LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik announced today via email that LSE’s campus shall open as planned in September, with rules enforcing social distancing and public health. The email states that whilst lectures will remain online over Michaelmas term, classes will…

LSESU aiming for “upgrade” through special resolution

The LSESU is trying to update its articles of association via a special resolution, which requires a general meeting set to be held on 1st June at 5pm. The articles of association are essentially the union’s governing articles, which structure…

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…

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…

LSESU calls for rents to end in postgraduate hall

On Friday 17th April, the LSESU sent a letter to Sanctuary Students, a private student accommodation provider who owns Lilian Knowles house, calling for rent payments to cease. Many postgraduate tenants of Lilian Knowles feel that the demand to pay…

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…

LSE alumnus starts initiative to provide free meals to key workers

An LSE alumnus, Bilal Bin Saqib (‘19), is one of the founders of the One Million Meals initiative, which aims to provide free meals to frontline staff and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Saqib, who also served as the…

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…

Guide: What you should know about the LSE response to Coronavirus

The Beaver aims to keep an updated list of all the available information on the LSE response to the COVID-19 pandemic. LSE has an FAQ page with updated information, and the UK government has instructions and help online. Online assessment …