Cumberland Lodge provides students and staff an opportunity to explore health policy themes in a relaxed, relatively informal atmosphere. The 2020 weekend’s theme was "Contemporary and Vested Interests in Global Health”. Who better to tell you about the experience than a student and staff member who attended the weekend?
"I had a lovely time at the lodge. Coming from the city, it’s really refreshing to be in the countryside and to smell the fresh air. I enjoyed the strolls at the park with my colleagues, playing (or learning) Pandemic or just chatting and getting to know my colleagues better in a relaxed environment. The pub quiz was great and it was lots of fun! LSE students not only study hard, but also play hard!
Besides fun, LSE ensured that we learnt something too! The presentations were all great. The ones that interested me the most was those by Prof McGuire, Dr Wouters and Dr Barlow. Prof McGuire's use of equations to explain pages of written text is mastery. Behind the "humour", the technical jargon and the equations (which we can't escape from!), is the message of positivism to dream, and do your little bit to make the world better. Dr Wouters and Dr Barlow's work shared a similar vein of using data to find evidence to determine the true stories behind the narratives that we have been fed from the media. And I never knew that a "standardized patient" exists until I learnt the term from Prof Lagarde. The roleplay sessions were really fun and I think there is lots of hidden acting talent in the Health Policy Department!
Overall it was a fun and inspiring weekend!"
- by Stella Kwek, MSc IHP-HE
"Professor Alistair McGuire, Deputy Head of Department and Chair in Health Economics, discussed sustainable development goals, and how to measure progress towards achieving universal health coverage. I gave a lecture on the influence of corporate interests on health policy and whether trade institutions allow companies to influence policy internationally.
Dr Mylene Lagarde, Associate Professor, ran a session on how we measure health care quality, including an interactive session where students mimicked the experiments she does sending ‘standardised’ patients to doctors in low-income countries.
Cumberland Lodge ran a session on free speech and the debates that arise when considering whether and how to regulate free speech. Dr Olivier Wouters, Assistant Professor of Health Policy, gave a talk about how we estimate the cost of bringing drugs to market and the transparency/data issues involved.
There was also free time during the weekend when students played a ‘Pandemic’ board game and walked the parks. Students also went to the Queen’s local church on the Sunday morning, played tennis and some even ran all the way to Windsor and back."
- Dr Pepita Barlow, Assistant Professor