Daily headlines (03/04/08)

Daily Mail
Labour's new poor
A study for Tory leader David Cameron by senior party MP Iain Duncan Smith identified in 2006 the growing failure among white boys. Last year, academics from the London School of Economics delivered similar findings for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a research group highly respected on the political Left. The foundation said half of children who leave school without any good GCSEs are white British boys. It blamed an 'anti- education culture' among white boys and said those who fail at school are likely to be sucked into crime. Their attitude to schooling was not shared by girls who tend do much better, it found.
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London School of Economics - Philanthropists hand over £100m
A London university has raised £100 million through fundraising. The London School of Economics achieved the figure following a campaign that saw it receive donations from more than 90 countries, including 22 gifts of £1 million or more. There have been more than 12,000 donors since the campaign was launched in 1997, and its success has seen the LSE's endowment grow by £14 million. Howard Davies, the LSE's director, said: 'We set out an ambitious target early on and we are now announcing the success of that target, so I think we have been one of those universities that have shown what philanthropic support can achieve.'

There may be trouble ahead
The sector has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, with fees and overseas income boosting overall prosperity, but not all universities are in a position to keep expanding. Alan Thomson assesses the financial strengths, weaknesses and trends in higher education.

Manchester is the only institution to make it into the top five in all six of the income categories in the Grant Thornton-Times Higher Education financial tables. It earned the most in fees from students from outside the UK and European Union in 2007 with an income of £56.8 million. This put it ahead of the London School of Economics, which earned £54.4 million, the University of Nottingham (£50.4 million), University College London (£49.1 million) and the University of Oxford (£41.9 million).

Hepi predicts fee cap rise but no boost in subsidy
The Government may top slice universities' income from student tuition fees or force students to pay more of their tuition costs upfront, if it raises the current £3,300 fee cap.

Nick Barr, professor of public economics at the London School of Economics, said: 'The one [of four potential fees regimes] to choose is whichever offers the best chance of evolving over time into a system in which the default interest rate on all loans is the Government's cost of borrowing, with targeted interest subsidies where they serve a useful social policy purpose.'

Post-65 employment - Right-to-work campaign kicks off
Academics are setting up a national campaign calling for the right to keep working after the age of 65. Henry Wynn, a professor of statistics at the London School of Economics, has set up UK Academics for Continuing Employment. New age-discrimination laws mean that academics may ask to stay on after the normal retirement age, but procedures are 'stacked against' them, Professor Wynn said, and they must apply for their own jobs. A legal test case against mandatory retirement, brought by Heyday, the Age Concern network for people in or nearing retirement, is currently at the European Court.

Hefce shuffles library cards
Five of the UK's seven research libraries that receive special funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England are to be designated 'national research libraries' and to have their support merged into a single stream. As recommended, five libraries - Cambridge University Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (London School of Economics), the Bodleian Library (University of Oxford), the School of Oriental and African Studies library and the John Rylands University Library (University of Manchester) - will be designated national research libraries and will be funded from a central pot.

The Age, Australia
Beijing claims Dalai plotting Olympic attacks
Andrew Fischer, a Tibetan researcher and fellow at the London School of Economics, said China's claims of Tibetan suicide squads were ridiculous. Mr Fischer said China was trying to change the non-violent image of Tibetans into one of violence and brutality to link it with Xinjiang separatists, who have a history of violent protests including multiple bombings.
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Christian Science Monitor
Afghan opposition courts Taliban
As frustration with the poor security conditions has chipped away at the government's support, analysts say that the Front is announcing the talks now in order to increase pressure on Karzai.
'[They] are trying to use the Taliban to enhance their leverage vis-a-vis Karzai, to force him to make concessions in terms of ministerial posts and other appointments,' says Antonio Giustozzi, a research fellow at the London School of Economics.
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Agence France Presse
Asia-Pacific news calendar
Friday, April 11, Singapore: London School of Economics and Political Science hosts a forum on issues facing policymakers.
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Late-edition headlines

US News and World Report
The Unlikely Front-Runner to Become Mayor of London
The 43-year-old [Boris}] Johnson now looks like the man to beat. One poll gives him a 12-point lead over Labour's Ken Livingstone, 62, who's been mayor since 2000, when the post was created. And although most observers think the May 1 election will be much closer, 'it is now Boris's to lose,' says Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics.

The Register-Guard
China claims Dalai Lama behind plan of suicide squads
Andrew Fischer, a fellow at the London School of Economics who researches Chinese development policies in Tibetan areas of China, dismissed Wu's warnings as 'completely ridiculous.' What China is trying to do 'is justify this massive troop deployment, a massive crackdown on Tibetan areas and they're trying to justify intensification of hard-line policies,' Fischer said.

National Business Review, New Zealand
Kiribati's strange problem, stranger solution
A lot of the central Pacific atoll nation's revenue comes from its skilled crewmen and women who are employed in the region's shipping lines. But alcoholism has caused an alarming number of dismissals in the recent past and this is impacting on remittances. The government has asked crew training schools to include counselling against alcoholism in their curricula. The country's president, an alumnus of the London School of Economics, has ordered a thorough inquiry.

Financial Times (31 March)
Tibet untamed: why growth is not enough at China's restive frontier
Article includes comment from Dr Andrew Fischer, an expert on Tibet in the Crisis States Research Centre and DESTIN at LSE.

Independent (22 March)
Letters: Water for the world
Britain must sign up to international water agreement - letter to the editor signed by experts including Dr Mark Zeitoun, Centre for Environmental Policy and Governance, LSE.

LSE academics and staff on TV/Radio

News at 10
Professor Willem Buiter, chair in European political economy at LSE appeared on last night's programme discussing what the Bank of England should do to stop the lending slowdown.