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The Beaver
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner LSE Students' Union
Publisher Guardian Media Group
Editor-in-chief Sachin Patel
Managing editors -
News editor Phyllis Lui, Eunice Ng
Managing editor, design Ahmed Alani
Opinion editor Nathan Briant
Sports editor Hannah Dyson, Ollie Townsend
Photo editor Ben Phillips
Founded 1949
Political alignment Centre Left
Language English
Headquarters London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London
Circulation 3,500
Sister newspapers Clare Market Review
Official website

The Beaver is the newspaper of the London School of Economics students' union.

Despite being published by the LSE Students' Union, The Beaver has a strong tradition of independence and hard nosed intelligent reporting. Around 4,000 copies are published and distributed free of charge every Tuesday during term time. The Beaver is governed by the collective, a body of around 150 students who have contributed three or more written pieces or photographs to the paper. The collective democratically elects all of the paper's editorial staff. The paper is one of the UK's most active student publications and counts itself among those at the forefront of student issues and campaigns. The paper is made up of News, Comment, Features, PartB (a half-Berliner culture supplement), Social, Sports and a Photo page.

It is published by the LSE Students' Union and printed by the Guardian Media Group.



News typically consists of LSE, University of London and Higher Education stories and is frequently contacted by the national press. Recent examples have included the story of Erik Ringmar, a Senior Lecturer at the LSE, being threatened by the School [1]. This story was picked up by a number of national papers, including The Guardian [2].

In December 2005, the Beaver's exclusive coverage of the infamous LSE Athletics Union 'Barrel Run' was picked up by news organisations around the world. 200 drunk students trashed nearby Kings College, causing tens of thousands of pounds in damage. The Beaver beat police to the scene, got exclusive photos and information on those responsible.

Other prominent news organisations to use the Beaver's photos and coverage include: The BBC, ITV,The Times,The Mirror,The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Metro, The Evening Standard, Times of India, and The South China Morning Post


Comment publishes student opinion pieces discussing issues that are related to the general LSE student population, regardless whether they have wider social or political implications. Letters to the editor are also published, and the extensive range of articles and letters featured reflect the extensive readership within the LSE. From the average student to high level school officials, contributions to the Comment section have been wide-ranging and varied.


Features deals with world politics, society, historical, business and humanitarian articles. It also conducts interviews with leading figures such as Sir Nicholas Stern[3] and Tony Benn.

A recent interview with Nick Clegg was referenced in Hugo Rifkind's The Times column, People[4]


Launched in 2005 PartB is The Beaver's entertainment and culture pull-out. It contains sections dedicated to Music, Film, Theatre, Literature, Visual Arts, Food as well as Rant and Philosophy columns. It also regularly features interviews with persons as diverse as Alan Bennett, Ashton Kutcher, Gerald Scarfe[5], M83, Benga and Skream, Nigel Slater, Stewart Lee[6], Eugene Hütz[7] and Wolfmother[8].

In 2006, PartB was shortlisted for Best Student Magazine in the Guardian Student Media Awards[9], while in 2008 Will Joce was named runner-up in the Student Travel Writer award, and both Bernard Keenan and Daniel Yates were nominated for Student Critic of the Year.[10]


Mixture of match reports from LSE teams and comment on world sports. Has courted controversy in the past with its traditionally dismissive approach to the sporting efforts of rival universities. Highlight of the year was traditionally the last Sports section before Christmas, containing photos of the Athletic Union Barrel. This caused particular controversy under the Sports Editorship of Sam Lehmann, after printing a photo of LSE Director at the event which ended up causing considerable damage to King's Strand campus in December 2005.[11]

In 2000, The Beaver's James Mythen won Sports Writer of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards.


Named after the School's mascot,The Beaver, which was apparently chosen “as representing an industrious animal with social habits”, The Beaver was first published in its recognised format on 5 May 1949. The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds archives of the paper dating back to this first issue, which was christened by George Bernard Shaw, one of the LSE's founding fathers. Since then it has gone through several makeovers, survived LSE's turbulent history and emerged to be one of the most respected and widely read student newspapers in the UK.

Notable Former Contributors

Bernard Levin was an early contributor to the newspaper, particularly of theatre reviews.

Ekow Eshun, the Artistic Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and a contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review edited both Features and Arts.

Justin Webb is a former editor and was the BBC's chief Washington correspondent since 2001. He now presents the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

Jess Brammar was the features editor 2005-2006 and is currently the assistant producer of Question Time.

James Corbett, contributing editor of The Observer Sport Monthly and author of Everton: The School of Science and England Expects was political editor of the paper.

Ibrahim Rasheed, Executive Editor 2002-2003 is a political aide to President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives.

Prashant Rao, Executive Editor 2004-2005 is the Baghdad correspondent for Agence France Presse.

Sam Jones, Executive Editor 2005-2006 is the hedge fund correspondent for the Financial Times.

Sir Benjamin Martill, noted philanthropist and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University College London

Simon Garfield, journalist and author of "Mauve" and "Our Hidden Lives", is a former Executive Editor.

Richard Bacon, a former Executive Editor, is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Norfolk South.

Fatima Manji a former features editor is a BBC reporter in the East of England

Former Executive Editor Tim Gopsill was a member of the collective of Leveller magazine, a political magazine which was involved in a well-recorded contempt of court case in 1979. He currently edits the magazine of the National Union of Journalists.

John Stathatos, a former Executive Editor, is a photographer, writer and art critic whose publications include The Book of Lost Cities and A Vindication of Tlon: Photography & the Fantastic.

Robert Kilroy Silk, a eurosceptic right wing British politician, former Labour MP and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! contestant, was a former theatre critic for the paper.

Paul Klebnikov, though amongst former Executives & Collective members was not unique in achievement after leaving The School, he deserves an extra mention in TheBeaver's History. He took over the paper, summer 86, at a bottom low and turned it around (Crawford, Lewin & Makris were in his team and went on to edit the paper in their own right later on --Crawford & Lewin co-edited). Paul was the first editor of Forbes' Russian edition. Paul Klebnikov was shot dead on a Moscow street late at night on July 9, 20 assailants.

Stephen F. Kelly (1970-73) Later Producer Granada Television. Author and broadcaster.

Former Executive Editors

  • 2009-2010 Shibani Mahtani
  • 2008-2009 Joseph Cotterill
  • 2007-2008 Kevin E.G. Perry
  • 2006-2007 Sidhanth Kamath
  • 2005-2006 Samuel Gad Jones
  • 2004-2005 Prashant Rao
  • 2003-2004 Mark Power
  • 2002-2003 Ibrahim Rasheed
  • 2002 Charlie Jurd; Tom Whitaker; Catherine Baker; Iain Bundred
  • 2001 Chris Wills
  • 2000 Ian David Curry; Mukul Devichand
  • 1999 Daniel Lewis
  • 1998 Matt Brough
  • 1997 Craig Newsome
  • 1996 Nicola Hobday; Liz Chong
  • 1995 Rachel Cuthbert; Susha Lee-Shothaman
  • 1993-1995 Ronald Voce
  • 1993 Kevin Green
  • 1992 Neil Andrews
  • 1991 Simon William; Sarah Eglin; Madeline Gwyon
  • 1990 Edward Bannerman; Simon Williams
  • 1989 Thomas D.G. Parker; Christopher Flook
  • 1988 Mark Moscher; Stavros Makris; Benjamin Charles Gilbey
  • 1987 Alexander Crawford; Sivan Lewin
  • 1986 Nina Kaufman; Nick Holmes; Haider Ali; Paul Klebnikov
  • 1985 Giles Perritt; Gilli Weedon; Ed Richards
  • 1984 Iqbal Wahhab; Irene Nyborg-Anderson; Eleanor Edwards; Lucy Cohen
  • 1983 Richard Bacon; Jim McCallum
  • 1982 Chris Collet; Penny Marshall; Matthew Price
  • 1981 Colin Bates; Margaret Cameron-Waller
  • 1980 Simon Garfield; Keir Hopley
  • 1979 Ylva Jenkins
  • 1978 Martin & Carol Saunders
  • 1976 Anton Chapman
  • 1974 Peter Trimmins
  • 1973 Rosie Hurst; G. Foy
  • 1972 Stephen F. Kelly
  • 1971 Elisabeth Faulkner; John Stathatos
  • 1970 Martha Greenyer
  • 1968 Alison Barlow; Lynn McCann
  • 1967 James Wickham; Nigel Bowen; Gus Ullsterin
  • 1966 David Baume; Alex Finer; Frank Mansfield; Jerry Pastor
  • 1965 Tim Gopsill; Rick Upson; Jon Smith
  • 1964 Stan Fischer; Brian Soddy
  • 1963 David Mills
  • 1962 Mike Cunningham; Mark Harris; Graham Murray
  • 1961 Richard Stevenson; Kishore Bhimani
  • 1960 Brian Levy; Don Esslemont
  • 1959 Nedis Demetrakos; Demetrios Demetrakos
  • 1958 Brian Steward; Paul Sithi-Amnuai
  • 1957 David Watkins
  • 1956 John S. Sidle; Derek Shaw
  • 1955 Marguerite Watkins; Malcolm R. Ross
  • 1954 Roland Freeman; C. Ian Jackson
  • 1953 John M. Dunkley; Sander Rubin
  • 1950 Brian Morton-Smith
  • 1949 Charles R. Stuart


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Coordinates: 51°30′49.90″N 0°06′58.77″W / 51.513861°N 0.116325°W / 51.513861; -0.116325

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