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 –…

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…

Editorial: LSE must adopt a non-detriment safety net

A non-detriment system would set a minimum baseline grade below which no student can fall, allowing for a truly compassionate approach to assessment during these challenging times. Over the past week, The Beaver’s reporting has shown the impact Covid-19 is…

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…

Students voice concerns over ‘business-as-usual’ assessment strategy

Additional reporting by Colin Vanelli As British universities grapple with how to tackle assessments during the Covid-19 global pandemic, LSE is being accused by some of following a “business-as-usual” approach. Various student groups have circulated petitions and letters proposing alleviating…

Arts & Culture: Quarantine Special

Instead of doing my monthly “what to expect this month”, I’m bringing you a quarantine special where you can walk the ruins of Machu Picchu, discover the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, and stream productions from the…

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 …