Colin Vanelli
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International Relations and History undergraduate, Beaver Editor. Tweets @colinvanelli

Breaking: In-person graduation back on for summer 2021

LSE will hold in-person graduation celebrations in summer 2021, the Students’ Union announced in a statement. The move reverses the School’s earlier plans to hold them digitally, which attracted significant controversy and which the SU had promised to fight against.…

LSE’s poorest students fell behind last year. New exam policies face an urgent task.

LSE’s low-income and working-class students fell behind last year, even as gaps faced by other disadvantaged groups narrowed. With many students completing substantial portions of this year from home, home inequalities have been exacerbated further, putting the spotlight on LSE’s…

Wilson Zabala, stalwart LSE cleaner, died in September. His colleagues say no one told them.

Wilson Zabala, a member of LSE’s cleaning staff who colleagues remember for his quiet, ever-positive disposition, died on September 20, 2020 in Spain after a prolonged illness. He was 44. Known by his colleagues as unflinchingly positive and full of…

Breaking: LSE cancels in-person graduation ceremonies

LSE has become the latest UK university to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies, saying that the School “[does] not believe that large-scale campus events will be possible for the foreseeable future” in an email to 2021 graduands and 2020 graduates. In-person…

LSE to waive rent and release contracts for non-returning students

LSE will not charge rent to students who are unable to return to LSE accommodation under current travel guidance, an LSE spokesperson told The Beaver. Students who do not wish to return to LSE halls for the remainder of the…

Sir John Hills, LSE Social Policy giant, dies at 66

Sir John Hills, global expert on inequality and social exclusion and Professor of Social Policy at LSE, died this week. He was 66.

Police crack down on Ye Old White Horse amid campus lockdown gatherings

Metropolitan Police responded to nighttime gatherings at LSE on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Witnesses told The Beaver that police activity appeared to focus on the Ye Old White Horse, a pub on campus which was serving takeaway pints, and the…

Black, Bangladeshi, Pakistani LSE students face 30% gap in first-class awards compared to white, Chinese peers

Black, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani students suffer from deep, persistent attainment gaps, according to six years of grade data obtained and analysed by The Beaver. The findings should raise pressure on LSE to intensify efforts to combat systemic racism at the…

David Graeber, LSE’s anthropology heavyweight, dies at 59

David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology at LSE, died yesterday in Venice at 59 years old, as announced by his wife on Twitter.

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…