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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…

LSE Professor Chairs International Student Assessment

The Migration Advisory Committee, of which LSE Professor Alan Manning is Chair, has been commissioned to complete a detailed assessment of the social and economic impact of international students in the UK. This is following a report by the Office…

The Missiles of October 2017

A specious assumption lies at the heart of the much of the debate surrounding the current crisis in North Korea: that the actions of Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un are the most likely cause of war between their two…

The Iran Nuclear Deal is Under Threat

In April 2015, Iran agreed a landmark deal with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the European Union to significantly limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of Western economic sanctions. Under…

LSESU Scraps Bursary for Part-Time Officers

In an unprecedented development, the LSESU’s ten part-time officers (PTOs) were left reeling from the news that the £1500 bursary that was advertised as a benefit of their position had been scrapped for the 2017/2018 year, six months after they…

Homage to Catalonia

In Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell’s famous account of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War, Orwell wrote that “there are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all”. Today, those words…

Police Crackdown after Catalan Constitutional Crisis

More than three hundred people have been injured by police in Catalonia after the national government staged a crackdown on an illegal referendum held by the Spanish region on Sunday. Local citizens have been taking actions to protect polling stations…

Politicians Divided on Uber Ban

Last week Transport For London (TFL) decided not to renew Uber’s licence in London, stating the company is not ‘fit and proper’ to operate due to worries that it is being run ‘unethically’. Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken out…

Welcome Week Kicks Off Another Year

Monday, the 18th of September, marked the official beginning of the academic year at the LSE, kicking off ‘Welcome Week’ for the thousands of undergraduate, postgraduate and General Course students studying at the University this year. Campus crowds reached their…

LSE’s First Female Director Begins Term

The LSE’s 16th Director, Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik, better known by her nickname Minouche, began her term on the 1st of September 2017 and has since completed her third week. Dr Shafik is the LSE’s first permanent female Director and was…