LSE in the community – COVID-19

People across LSE have risen to the challenges posed by COVID-19 as they have in response to other crises in our history.  I am proud of all the different ways our colleagues and students have found to do their bit "for the betterment of society" at this critical time.
Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

LSE was formed for the betterment of society. This now more important than ever as the world faces the unique challenges of COVID-19. Our departments are leading the social sciences response to help governments and organisations to economic and societal consequences of the epidemic. 

LSE is embedded in London but our student, alumni and staff communities are global and many are looking to help those adversely affected by this pandemic. This is being done through donating time, items and money to front line services that are crucial in how we respond. 

We want to make it as easy as possible for the LSE community to help those that need it, wherever that may be, so we’ve brought together all of the initiatives that are happening across the university in one place. 

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The LSE Volunteer Centre has provided guidance on how the LSE community can help others and brought together a number of roles from partner organisations.

If you are a student or recent graduate you can sign up for updates from the Volunteer Centre by adding ‘volunteering’ in your preferences on LSE CareerHub.

Following social distancing rules is important but there are many organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers to help with the response to COVID-19. This may involve:  

  • Telephone befriending
  • Online tutoring for school children 
  • Helping package goods at a local food bank 
  • Collecting prescriptions or other good for those that are self-isolating
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Social entrepreneurship 

LSE Generate
, the School’s home for entrepreneurship, has already run a funding scheme looking to encourage business answers to the problems COVID-19 presents and is continuing to offer support for other start-ups involving LSE students and alumni. Any member of the LSE community can join in the various part of their SOS programme (Survival. Opportunity. Sanity).

Activities include live concerts, mindfulness and lockdown learnings. They are also providing free digital resources for entrepreneurs and freelancers.

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Being sustainable at home

The Sustainability Team have brought together some top tips to ensure that if you’re studying or working at home you can continue to be green. 

  • Time for tea? Remember to only boil the amount of water needed
  • Sit in a spot with plenty of daylight and follow it around the house to reduce energy use. As well as reducing, it's important we check if our energy tariffs are green, LSE's is! It's the perfect time to switch if not!
  • Taking a break from your laptop? Put it in sleep mode
  • Layer up and turn down your thermostat! Spring is here!