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Working Class Diary: LSE Students Share Their Stories

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  1. Martin Garthwaite says:

    I come from a working class background, but by the time that I attended LSE I was no longer working class, but I absolutely understand the issues faced by students from working class backgrounds.

    The underlying theme, it seems to me is the lack of money to be able to fully participate in what is one of the most expensive cities in the world. No student should have to work at LSE to make ends meet, Oxford and Cambridge ban students having jobs, in reality you can work in your college and the funds that colleges have to support students is significant.

    I believe is giving back so make small, monthly contributions to all of the universities that I have graduated from. When you think that you know what inequality is and how disparities will no longer shock you, I was shocked. My college, St Catherine’s at Oxford managed to raise from alumni over £1.5 million in a year and they regularly raise £1 million every year. This is admittedly a large college with about 800 students, but LSE has an order of magnitude more students than this and the annual fund raises about a £1 million or more in a year. Now this is still very good, but I think it shocking that this number is not a lot larger.

    St Catherine’s therefore has significant amounts of money to support it’s students. The whole college system at Oxbridge provides a whole different level of support, from relatively cheap accommodation provided to all undergraduates for three years, to cheap meals in hall, to book and travel grants.

    It depresses that working class students get through places like LSE in spite of the difficulties they face that your working class student at Oxbridge would not face (don’t get me wrong Oxford is shockingly white and very under represented by working class students).

    LSE charges more for its masters degrees than all over universities in the UK, we spend £100s of millions on new buildings, the estate is unrecognisable from when I graduated in 2006.

    No LSE undergrad should have to work at LSE they should be given bursaries so that all they have to do is study. The School can afford this and they should do it.

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