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LSE Anthropology Department ranked first in the UK for Research Quality

We have achieved an excellent result in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF), the latest national assessment of the quality of research undertaken in the UK’s Higher Education institutions since 2008. The Department, which submitted all of its researchers to the REF, was ranked top in the UK for the quality of its research outputs. 32 per cent of that research was awarded the highest (4 star) grade, indicating that it is ‘world-leading’. A further 41 per cent was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ (3 star).

LSE Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

Congratulations to Matt Wilde, who has been announced the winner in the category of LSESU Award for Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support.

The LSE's Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards are run by the Students’ Union, supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre and sponsored by the Annual Fund. This year 1362 nominations were received from students, with nominations for 555 individual members of staff.  

BSA / BBC Thinking Allowed ethnography award 2015

Andersson, R. - Illegality IncDr Ruben Andersson, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit within the Department of International Development, has won the British Sociological Association / BBC Thinking Allowed (Radio 4) ethnography award for his book Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe.

The book argues that increasing border controls leads migrants to seek more dangerous routes to enter Europe. It is based on his PhD dissertation awarded from the Department of Anthropology, LSE for which he won the 2014 IMISCOE – Maria Ioannis Baganha dissertation award. One of the judges said: ‘…it was very powerful; it was a very beautifully written very evocative book…’

The shortlist was announced in Thinking Allowed on 15 April and the programme ran a special on the book on 22 April.

Promises, Promises: A History of Debt.David Graeber Head shot

Click here to listen to David Graeber's 10 part series on BBC Radio 4 where he explores the ways debt has shaped society over 5,000 years.

LSE student honoured at prestigious Chinese language competition

Angel Naydenov, undergraduate student in the Department of Anthropology, has won an award for ‘The Best Performance’ at the UK finals of the Chinese Bridge College Student Competition. The competition, which runs annually, contains a three minute speech in Mandarin, two minutes of questions on Chinese language, culture and geography, and a three minute talent show. Angel, who is from Bulgaria and studying Mandarin Language and Society Advanced Level, competed against 30 candidates from 15 universities across the UK to reach the finals, where he went up against another nine candidates. This is the second time LSE has won an award in the competition - last year Edward Knight, from the Department of International Relations, won another individual award for 'The Most Eloquent'.