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LSE accused of 'whitewashing Christ from the calendar' after changing term names

by Donna Birrell

The London School of Economics (LSE) has announced it’s dropping traditional Christian titles for it’s academic term dates.

Terms will no longer be named Michaelmas, Christmas, Lent or Easter - they're being changed to Autumn, Winter break, Winter Term and Spring break.

The LSE says the new names will be more widely-recognisable and better reflect the international nature of its community.

The LSE, which is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, says the School Management Committee took the decision to change the names after discussions and consultations last term.

The move has prompted criticism among some clergy on social media.

Marcus Walker, a priest in the Diocese of London described the move as ‘pathetic’. Posting on Twitter he said this is ‘happening explicitly within the context of the erasing of Christianity from the LSE’s terminologies.’

Calvin Robinson, a conservative Anglican deacon wrote on Twitter :

‘LSE is whitewashing Christ from the calendar…We truly live in a post-Christian Britain and it is ugly.’

The new term names won’t be adopted until the 2023/2024 academic year.

The LSE is also changing some of its role titles and their offices.









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