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The Beaver is the newspaper of the Students' Union at LSE. The first issue was published in 1949 and LSE Library has been collecting it ever since.

The print issues dating from 1949-2011/12 have been digitised and made available through LSE Digital Library. The digitisation was supported by alumni through generous funding by the LSE Annual Fund.

LSE Library exerts no editorial control over articles published in The Beaver and makes the back issues available as they were published originally. The Library will investigate complaints and remove defamatory or offensive content. Please contact with any comments or concerns you might have.

The following text is taken from the article "The Beaver" in Wikipedia [*]. The LSE Library is not responsible for its content.

The Beaver

Despite being published by the LSE Students' Union, The Beaver has a strong tradition of independence and hard nosed intelligent reporting. Around 2,000 copies are published and distributed free of charge every Tuesday during term time. The Beaver is governed by the collective, a body of around 100 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, Social, PartB, Sport, and Photo.

Current issues are published online:


The Beaver's news section has consistently been among the strongest in UK student media, consisting of LSE, University of London and Higher Education stories from across Britain, frequently being quoted in the national press.


Comment publishes opinion pieces discussing issues that are relevant to the LSE community, regardless of whether they have wider social or political implications. Letters to the editor are also published, and the extensive range of articles and letters featured reflects the broad readership of the paper.


Features deals with international relations, global politics, business and science articles.


Launched in 2005, PartB is The Beaver's arts and culture supplement. It contains sections dedicated to music, film, literature, theatre, fashion, visual arts, food, television and satire. It regularly contains interviews with prominent cultural figures.


The Sports section contains a mixture of match reports from LSE teams and comment on world sports. It has courted controversy in the past with its traditionally dismissive approach to the sporting efforts of rival universities.


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

  • Richard Bacon - former Executive Editor, now Conservative Member of Parliament for Norfolk South

  • James Corbett - former political editor, now contributing editor of The Observer Sport Monthly and author of "Everton: The School of Science and England Expects"

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

  • Simon Garfield - former Executive Editor, now journalist and author of "Mauve" and "Our Hidden Lives"

  • Stephen F. Kelly - contributor, then producer at Granada Television, now author and broadcaster

  • Paul Klebnikov - former editor, first editor of Forbes' Russian edition, was shot dead on a Moscow street late at night on July 9, 2004 by unknown assailants

  • Bernard Levin - early contributor to the newspaper, particularly of theatre reviews

  • John Stathatos - 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"

  • Justin Webb - former editor, was the BBC's chief Washington correspondent, now presents the Today programme on BBC Radio 4

  • Sam Jones - former Executive Editor, now the Financial Times's Defence and Security Editor

Missing issues - Can you help?

The LSE Library lacks a few issues of The Beaver, indicated in red on the "Browse" page, e.g. Beaver #186 (Missing -- can you help?). If you own or know of copies of any such missing items, please contact so we can negotiate access and facilitate the digitisation of that missing content.

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