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Homeless man found dead near Parliament

Last Wednesday, a homeless man was found dead in the underpass of Westminster tube station, which serves the Houses of Parliament. The Metropolitan police reported the death as “unexplained, but not suspicious.” A Portuguese national, he was a former model…

LSE Security Staff Stops Student Prayer

A video has surfaced on Facebook of an altercation between a member of the LSE Security Staff and an undergraduate student.  Banu Hammad, a first year law student, was allegedly interrupted whilst praying in a corner outside of the Hong…

Faculty Staff To Strike Nationwide Over Pension Dispute

Over the next two months, 61 universities have planned strikes over a UCU pension dispute with Universities UK, whose new pension scheme may leave typical faculty members £10,000 a year worse off. The ‘defined benefit’ pension scheme for faculty members…

Where Have All the Memes Gone?

Memes and procrastination are two words which have almost become synonymous the past few years. Essays are finished uncomfortably close to the deadline and reading gets put on hold in favour of a few more minutes of idle Facebook scrolling.…

LSE Takes Steps Towards Assessment Diversification

Despite growing support for assessment diversification, the LSE’s assessment policies have not changed, as LSE faculty have been slow to adjust. Pressures by students and some faculty members have successfully created a movement for assessment diversification embodied in the Programme…

LSESU UGMs Repeatedly Fail to Reach Quorum

The last three LSE SU Union General Meeting (UGM) motions – regarding more microwaves on campus, more water fountains in the library, and a democracy review – have failed to garner enough votes to reach quorum and be implemented. 250…

SSLC Representatives Discuss Tuition Fees and Diversification

The first Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) Congress of 2018 took place on 22 January at The Venue. The event was led by SU education officer Esohe Uwadiae. After some welcoming remarks, Esohe Uwadiae opened the floor to a debate on…

LSE Opts Out of TEF Re-Classification This Year After Being Awarded Bronze

The London School of Economics has decided not to re-enter the teaching excellence framework (TEF) this year after being awarded the lowest grade of the podium, a Bronze, last year. The decision has been confirmed to The Beaver by a…

BPOC hosts ‘Good Immigrant’ editor

The LSE British People of Colour Society on Wednesday evening hosted Nikesh Shukla,  editor of ‘The Good Immigrant’, the influential collection of essays centred around the experiences of ethnic minorities in contemporary Britain. The author of the crowdfunded 2016 anthology…

London Endowed With New Water Fountains in Mayor’s New Sustainability Initiative

Twenty new water fountains are to be installed in London’s public parks and squares this year as a part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans for a more sustainable London. The initiative was announced by Mr. Khan on 23rd January…