Literary Festival 2017

LSE Literary Festival 2017: Revolutions

Next year’s Literary Festival theme marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, but also a plethora of other anniversaries of revolutions in music, literature, international relations, politics, religion and science.

We intend to explore the theme in its broadest sense: from rebellions and resistance to reform, change and progress; and from cycles and renewals, to fragmentation and chaos.

If your academic unit has an idea for a Festival event or would like some more information, contact Festival Manager Louise Jones at Proposals should be submitted by Friday 16 September.

What's new

Official School Closure: Monday 29 August

Staff and postgraduates will be able to gain entry to LSE buildings between 08:00-21:00 on production/use of your LSE ID card.


Staff working in Aldwych House, 95 Aldwych, 1 Kingsway and Queen’s House will need to give the building security staff advance notice if they wish to access the building for work on Monday 29 August.


Emergencies will be dealt with by a team of Security staff on duty at the Old Building reception desk.


Undergraduate students

Study areas and computer facilities will be available at the following locations and at the following times on production of LSE ID card:

  • Shaw Library, Old Building 4th  Floor Restaurant, Teaching Rooms and OLD B.25: 08:00-21:00
  • NAB open spaces: 08:00-21:00
  • 32LIF open spaces and teaching and seminar rooms: 08:00-21:00
  • Saw Swee Hock Building: 08:00-21:00

LSE Library will be open from 8am-midnight on Monday 29 August.


Halls of Residences are open throughout with staff cover as normal over the closure period.
Carr Saunders, Passfield and Rosebery operate as bed and breakfast hotels:

  • Single rooms £47 per night including full English Breakfast
  • Double/twin rooms from £76 per night

Staff and students get a 10 per cent discount. Book online at

Visa Information for Students

If you require immigration advice please refer to the information provided by the International Student Visa Advice Team on their webpages.

LSE Careers is open all summer

LSE Careers is open all summer and we’re here to help whether you know what you want to do or not!


You can get your CV checked before you head home, have a one-to-one appointment (we’re open until 8pm on Thursdays), and use the space and facilities in the Resource Centre.


If you’re not in London remember you can book a telephone or Skype appointment as well.

Southern Trains Disruption and Flexible Working

With the ongoing disruption to Southern Trains, we are aware that many of our staff are suffering problems in their daily commute both in and out of London.


With a number of train services being axed from this week, we appreciate that there is no immediate end in sight to the ongoing difficulties many staff are facing with their journey.


To that end, staff and managers facing challenges with attendance may wish to refer to guidance on the HR website  about temporary flexible working arrangements that may help ease the strain. 

National Pay Negotiations 2016-17

All staff should note that the national pay award for 2016-17 continues to be in dispute and the School is therefore unable to implement any uplift to the salary scales from 1 August 2016 at this point in time.  As soon as we are able to, the School will implement the pay award and this will be back dated to August 2016 for all staff. 

The current position is that the employers’ organisation (UCEA) has made a full and final offer of 1.1 per cent, which has been rejected by the University and Colleges Union (UCU).  Several strikes have taken place by UCU members, with no further industrial action likely to take place until Michaelmas Term.  A number of other unions are also balloting their members this summer on whether to take part in any further industrial action on this issue.

We will keep you informed as we receive information either regarding progress with implementing the pay offer, or further industrial action that arises as a result of this dispute.

Public events

Anti-Semitism in the Modern Age 

Speaker: Professor Yehuda Bauer

Date: Wednesday 07 September 2016, 6.30-8pm


Women in Science: past, present, and future challenges 

Speakers: Dr Patricia Fara, Professor Melissa Hines, Dr Cailin O'Connor

Date: Tuesday 27 September 2016, 6.30-8pm


How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist's view of Popper 

Speaker: Sir Paul Nurse

Date: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 6.30-8pm


See Diary and events for more.  


See News and media for more.