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LSE announces first Harold Laski Chair

Prominent political scientist Professor Simon Hix has been named the inaugural Harold Laski Chair at LSE. The Chair has been created by LSE to commemorate its former professor and one of Britain’s most prominent socialists, who taught at the School from 1926 until his death in 1950.


Democratic Audit welcome change in EU referendum question 

Professor Patrick Dunleavy, the co-director of Democratic Audit UK, argues the Electoral Commission's recommended wording for the EU referendum question makes the options "crystal clear" to UK voters.


LSE's Chinese summer

August was a busy month for LSE in China, with the School hosting its annual LSE-PKU Summer School and graduation ceremony, as well as several careers fairs and pre-departure events to welcome new students to the School in six cities.


Lesbians, gays and bisexuals less satisfied with life, new report shows

A major study of sexual minorities in the UK and Australia shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are significantly less satisfied with their lives than heterosexuals.


Internet is both harming and helping older adults

Almost five million Britons aged over 64 do not have any internet skills, with many older people believing digital technology is “too difficult to use” and a luxury rather than a tool for improving life quality.

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National Student Survey 2015

Professor Paul Kelly, Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning, responds to this year's results and outlines how the School is planning to improve student experience in the years to come.

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London faces skyscraper pressure unless planning laws change

Scarcity of land in London could result in the capital becoming a city of residential skyscrapers unless existing planning laws are altered, according to LSE urban economist Gabriel Ahlfeldt.


Practical help to rebuild Syria's economy, rather than bombs and aid, is essential for defeating ISIL, says new LSE research.

Dynamic state-building, rather than aerial bombardment and the provision of aid, is essential for defeating ISIL, according to new two LSE research papers. 


Attending church is the key to good mental health among older Europeans, LSE study finds

A study of depression among older Europeans has found that joining a religious organisation is more beneficial than charity work, sport or education in improving their mental health.


Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators, says new LSE study

Drug possession should be removed from police performance indicators to encourage officers to spend more time solving serious crime rather than targeting low level possession of cannabis, according to a new LSE study.


Link between intelligence and longevity is mostly genetic

The tendency of more intelligent people to live longer has been shown, for the first time, to be mainly down to their genes by new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.


Less able, better off kids more likely to become high earners than bright poor kids
New research, conducted by LSE's Abigail McKnight for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has exposed the reality of a glass floor in British society that protects less-able better-off children from falling down the social ladder as they become adults.

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Single currency has led to increase in generosity, decrease in national pride

New research from LSE shows that countries who have adopted the Euro single currency in the past decade have experienced a decline in national pride. However, the knock-on effect is a more generous approach to spreading wealth from rich to poor and a stronger European identity.

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Seven LSE professors elected new Fellows of British Academy

Seven LSE academics, including LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, have been elected Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research.

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The threats to the global financial system and how policy-makers can respond

A new report from LSE's Systemic Risk Centre outlines how ‘systemic risk’ – and its periodic realisation in financial crises - is an inevitable part of any market-based economy.


Older hospital patients face "widespread and systematic" pattern of poor care

One million older people are affected by poor or inconsistent care in hospitals, according to new research from CASE at LSE.

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UNESCO and LSE launch global model for bottom-up social development

A practical guide to tackling the social problems that arise in Brazil’s shanty towns – home to more than 11 million people – has been launched in Rio de Janeiro at a seminar organised by UNESCO and LSE.


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