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Running a society has become a full-time job during Covid-19 pandemic

The new academic year is off to a very unconventional start. With lectures moving online and in-person classes taking place under strict social distancing measures, there are very little certainties to hold on to as the year begins. Student activities…

“We were already working at the edge”: Young academics express anxiety over job security and surging workloads

Their testimonies reflect a sense of betrayal by the university over a perceived abandonment of fixed-term staff, concern about the looming workload as the university pivots to blended learning, and fear for the quality of teaching, given the university’s approach.

Into LSE’s return: on-site testing, Library restrictions, and socially distant classrooms

Colin Vanelli & Yasmina O’Sullivan In preparation for LSE’s return to campus, LSE hosted a staff town hall which outlined many of the proposed systems for protecting staff and students from risk of COVID-19. These proposals include a test-and-trace system…

Pandemic and protests: Chicago and the employees of ‘Abigail’

Names have been changed for privacy. Image taken by @twentytwo39 Last summer, I worked at ‘Abigail’, a major retailer in Chicago. From chatting with clients all day to spacing out hangers on clothing racks. I went home every day tired,…

#BlackLivesMatter resources

This is a working list of resources for #blacklivesmatter – if you have any extra resources you would like to add, DM us on Twitter or Instagram @beaveronline.  Many thanks to Angbeen Abbas, Dylan Stevens, Ashley Masing, Sadia Sheeraz, Colin…

LSE students reveal disparity across departments’ assessment approaches

Additional reporting by Yasmina O’Sullivan. Described as a “weight lifted” by some, and “ridiculously deluded” by others, the move to online exams has widely changed the way both students and staff view the exam period. With exam strategies differing greatly…

Interview: hopes for closer collaboration between staff and students for LSE’s next sustainability agenda

Amongst the uncertainty and havoc of the current coronavirus pandemic, sustainability and climate justice seem to matter even more  Whilst we are all still trying to figure out how the pandemic translates into our day-to-day lives and near future it…

Who is the real Simon Hix?

By Michael Shapland and Jamie Boucher Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research, professor, and lecturer at LSE, is a significant figure both within LSE’s leadership and the university culture itself. Coming from a state school background to study at the undergraduate…

Interview: LSE’s no disadvantage policy, and how the School got there

Colin Vanelli & Morgan Fairless. Additional reporting by Lucy Knight and Yasmina O’Sullivan  On 24 April, LSE published its much anticipated “no-disadvantage” framework, which stops short of several letters, petitions and Union feedback asking for a “no-detriment” policy. The Beaver…

LSE’s homeward bound Chinese students

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many LSE international students have chosen to return to their families and home countries. Students who have managed to return to China spoke to The Beaver about their experiences returning home, transitioning to…