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LSE research project awarded 'Highly Commended' at the THE Awards

The research project How Well Do 'Facts' Travel?|, led by Professor Mary Morgan| and sponsored by SAGE, won 'Highly Commended' in the Times Higher Education (THE) Research Project of the Year category at the 2008 THE Awards. The Staff Development Unit (SDU), led by Chris Connelly, was shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development category.

Research Project of the Year
A multidisciplinary team dominated by young researchers has been hunting facts. They have been trying to discover why some seem to lend themselves to misinterpretation or are seen as gossip or embroidered as rumour, while others manage to retain their integrity as they travel. The project concludes that to survive well, facts need good companions (labels, good associates) striking characteristics or functional roles. Well-travelled facts have differing characteristics according to the academic discipline to which they relate.

Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
In 1999, the School began a drive to improve management training and develop world-class leaders and managers. This resulted in the establishment of the SDU which runs an Introduction to Leadership and Management course. This is open to every aspirant manager in the School and has run every term since 1999, attracting 200 participants. LSE has not neglected the most senior managers, 90 of whom have taken up the services of an in-house Coaching Academy. Senior managers receive 360 degree reviews delivered by external facilitators. These initiatives helped central admin to achieve Investors in People status.

Pro-director Sarah Worthington said: 'It is rewarding to have such public recognition of these LSE activities, which demonstrate refreshing innovation in research and its dissemination, and in staff development.'


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28/10/08 11:17 ((Knowledge Speak))
University of East Anglia researchers win SAGE award, Research Project of the Year
The judges also granted the London School of Economics a Highly-Commended for their project, "Hunting Facts", which looked at what factors cause facts to lose their integrity as they travel, through misinterpretation or transmission as gossip.

27 October 2008