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Wellbeing support this winter

Wherever you will be spending the winter break, we understand that you may need advice and support. The webpage below lists the support available to all students, as well as suggestions about what you can do during the Christmas holidays.

This includes a 24/7 mental health support line, financial support, and other key services.

LSE will be closed from Wed 22 Dec to Mon 3 Jan inclusive.

Find out about wellbeing support



LSE Sustainable Projects Fund - Applications for 2021/22 are now open!

The Sustainable Projects Fund has £20,000 of funding for projects relating to sustainability on the LSE campus.

Staff and students are invited to apply with projects relating to: carbon management, biodiversity, waste reduction, education and awareness, wellbeing.

Application deadline is 23 January 2022.

Find out more and read about previous projects

Apply here



Applications open: Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Each year LSE SEAC runs a dissertation fieldwork grant scheme open to both undergraduate and master's students who will carry out dissertation-related research in/on Southeast Asia this academic year (or in 2022/23 for undergraduates). Given the ongoing constraints of the pandemic this can include support for remote research.

There is a maximum of £500 available per applicant which can be used to fund fieldwork expenses such as travel and on-site research costs. As a condition of the award there is a minimum expectation for awardees to write a report on their fieldwork as well as a blog post for SEAC after completion of their dissertation. 

The scheme is open for applications until 13 February 2022. Should your dissertation fieldwork plans relate to Southeast Asia SEAC would welcome an application to the scheme.

Find out more and apply



Congratulations to our MSc Prizewinners 2020/21

We're thrilled to announce the IR MSc dissertation prizewinners for 2020/21! You can also find out more about their dissertations and read their abstracts via the blog post link below.

Congratulations to:

  • Julian Erben and Ana Lankes - joint winners of the Philip Windsor Dissertation Prize
  • Bingzhen Song - Martin Wight Dissertation Prize
  • Leonardo De Agostini - Fred Halliday Dissertation Prize
  • Monica Jade Lung and Sonja Schaefer - joint winners of the Susan Strange Dissertation Prize

We also send our congratulations to Anand Sundar, winner of the Michael Donelan Prize for the highest mark in the IR410 International Politics core course.

Find out more in the blog post



You've Got This - student wellbeing

Uni has its ups and downs. Visit the webpage below for advice on how to incorporate wellbeing activities into your everyday lives at LSE  - whether that's enjoying and appreciating the little things, like treating yourself to a coffee or listening to your favourite podcast, or talking things through with a friend, academic mentor, or peer supporter when things feel challenging.  

Watch the video

Find out more


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LSESU Grimshaw Club's Bluebird Blog

The Bluebird Blog is seeking contributors - students at all levels are encouraged to take part, with no experience necessary.

Express your interest here.



Student papers online: British Foreign Policy Post-Brexit: Pursuing a New Role for 'Global Britain'?

In what ways has Brexit impacted British foreign policy? By tracking and assessing new directions and traditional roles in British foreign policy, this new collection of papers by LSE Master's students addresses this question by scrutinising post-Brexit British foreign policy from the date of departure on 1 January 2020 to Spring 2021.

Find out more and read the BRIFPO papers



BSc Prizewinners 2020/21

We're thrilled to announce the IR BSc prizewinners for 2020/21! 

Congratulations to:

  • Abhijith Subramanian - The Geoffrey Stern Prize - for the best performance by a first-year BSc IR student in the IR100 Theories and Concepts of International Relations examination
  • Carla Louise Broussy - The Goodwin Prize - for the best examination performance by a second year BSc IR student
  • Joseph Raymond Butler - The Coral Bell Prize - for the best degree performance overall by a third year BSc IR student
  • Laura Zampini - The Philip Noel-Baker Prize - for the best dissertation by a third year BSc IR student

Find out more about these prizes on our blog post



Comments from our External Examiners 2019/20

"Student performance was excellent! I enjoyed reading the rich material I was sent to moderate. Of course, student performance is facilitated by quality teaching which is in clear evidence."

Read the comments on our programmes of study from the external examiners for 2019/20



Congratulations to Katrina Lambert, recipient of a Diana Award 2021

We're very proud of Katrina Lambert, 2nd year BSc Politics and International Relations student, for her amazing work and prestigious Diana Award in recognition of her social action and humanitarian work - "an unstoppable advocate for the voices of young people".

Read the roll of honour 2021



Congratulations to our IR LSE Class Teacher Award recipients!

LSE Class Teacher Awards are given to Graduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows and Guest Teachers in recognition of their very special contribution to teaching at LSE. Thirteen of our Fellows and Graduate Teaching Assistants are recipients in 2021.

Winners: Seebal AboudounyaPilar ElizaldeEllen Holtmaat, Marnie HowlettTristen Naylor 

Highly Commended: Shruti BalajiSarah BertrandEmmanuelle BlancDavid EichertJonathan HallEmma SaintAlireza Shams LahijaniEnrike van Wingerden

More information here



LSE Politics/International Relations ranked fourth in 2022 Complete University Guide Rankings by subject

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked fourth in the Complete University Guide Rankings by Subject 2022 league table for Politics/International Relations.

Overall LSE is 3rd in the UK and ranked second both for graduate prospects and research quality.

Find out more



Professor Tomila Lankina is a winner of the LSE Student Union Teaching Awards 2021

Congratulations to Professor Tomila Lankina who has received the Award for PhD Supervision in the LSESU Teaching Awards 2021. These are student-nominated awards.

Congratulations also to Alireza Shams Lahijani and Marnie Howlett who were highly commended for 'Exceptional Teaching in an Unprecedented Year'. 

Read the full list of winners



Congratulations to Ed Unwin, named LSE Student Volunteer of the Year 2021, and five other students from the department were nominated

We are thrilled to learn that Ed Unwin, a second year BSc IR student, has been named LSE Student Volunteer of the Year. Ed's voluntary work at City Year UK has provided a pathway for the charity to support more pupils and young adults. 

Also congratulations to the five other students from the department who were also nominated for their volunteering: Dowon Kim (BSc IR and History), Noah Gershon (BSc Politics and IR), Pauline Reineke (MSc IR), Rory Moore (BSc IR) and Tanya Marwaha (BSc IR and Chinese).

Read more about all their work here.



Congratulations to the winner and runners-up of the Marco Lam Blog Prize 2021 for undergraduate students!

This year, in honour of the late Marco Lam, the Department has again awarded one student with a prize for outstanding blogging. This year's subject is "What do the responses to the global pandemic tell us about the state of the international order?".

First place was awarded to Matthew Prescod (1st year BSc International Relations), second place went to Nazifa Azad (1st year BSc International Relations) and third place to Sol Partidge (1st year BSc Politics and International Relations). 

Read their blog entries.



VIDEOS: Day in the Life of an LSE International Relations student

With all our students studying online in very different situations around the world, we asked you to show us your average day at LSE from home.

Watch the videos here



Rory Moore, BSc International Relations, has been recognised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UN for the impact of his work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Rory set up ‘Coronavirus Community Volunteering’ at the start of the outbreak among friends as a way of supporting elderly and vulnerable people in his rural village with day-to-day activities, and it has since become the largest COVID-19 volunteering network in the world, reaching 40 different countries across six continents.
Rory received the Points of Light award from Boris Johnson, who called Rory “an inspiration and a testament to the power of youth” in a personal letter.

Read more here



Student Volunteering Week

Read about what Sewon Hwang (BSc IR, 2021) and Ed Unwin (BSc IR, 2022) have been up to this past year and learn what makes volunteering special for them.

Find out more.



Student event bloggers

We're offering students the opportunity to work with faculty and get a 300-word review of our prestigious public events published on the LSE website. We'll be sending out an email shortly before each of our public lectures, requesting expressions of interest from IR students of all levels and giving further information, so keep an eye on your email!



LSE Volunteering Awards 2020

A number of our students have been nominated for the LSE Volunteering Awards. Congratulations to Alex Lashley, Anais Fiault, Daniel Lawes, Emily Otvos and Tze Wong. Read about why they were nominated for their volunteering

Congratulations to Alex Lashley (BSc IR 2021) who has been awarded LSE Volunteer of the Year 2020 for his work with Care4Calais and Bright Futures UK. Read more about his work.

Congratulations also go to Aminah Nihal (BSc IR 2021) and Emily Otvos (BSc IR 2020), who received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community. They are the co-founders and leaders of the Interfaith Group at LSE, and contribute to the community in a number of other ways.

Read about Alex, Aminah and Emily's work on the LSE Volunteering blog



Join an undergraduate mental health workshop

Looking after your mental health is an important part of university life, and even more so this year when the pandemic is making many of us feel anxious, stressed or lonely. You can connect to others, share mental health experiences and learn wellbeing tips and tools at our student mental health sessions.

  • Wellbeing essentials for students – a 2-hour workshop exploring what mental health is, how wellbeing can support mental health, where to find support and how to talk to others about mental health. Workshops are running throughout October and November.
  • Tools and techniques for student mental health – a short course delivered over four weeks, covering focus and attention training, changing habits, dealing with difficult emotions, and transforming worries. Sign up now to begin in November.

These workshops are delivered as part of the mental health charity Mind’s Mentally Healthy Universities pilot programme. Find out more on the LSE Mentally Healthy Universities webpage



Yulian Dragoslavov

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Yulian Dragoslavov, a student on the MSc in International Political Economy 2019/20 in our department. He will be deeply missed by students and staff here in the Department of International Relations.

We realise that this may be a difficult time for many of you, so please seek help and support from the Department and LSE’s Counselling services if you need it. You can request an online appointment with the Counselling Service on the LSE website or you can contact them on Our Faith Centre can also offer spiritual support. Or contact your academic mentor, or another member of the department who would be glad to speak with you.

We are considering ways of remembering and celebrating Yulian’s life.

On our blog you can read some thoughts and tributes from his teachers and supervisors in the department



LSE Photo Prize 2020

Congratulations to Sharif Kazemi (3rd year, BSc International Relations and History) who has come second in the annual LSE Photo Prize with his photo 'Endurance'.

Find out more and see the photo



LSE Festival: Research Competition
Congratulations to our winners!

The LSE Festival 2020 hosted a research competition for students and staff. We're very pleased to announce the winners from the Department of International Relations:

More information


Check out our great range of student events for you to explore IR outside the classroom.

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