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• Pay award for staff

The 2009-10 national pay negotiations have now concluded and as a result, all staff on the LSE pay spine will receive a pay rise of 0.5 per cent.


• Off the edge

The programme for LSE's second Literary Festival is now available online, with highlights including events with Dan Cruickshank and Susie Orbach.


• Maureen Wade

We speak to Maureen Wade, Director of Library Services, who retires at the end of this week after more than 30 years working in the LSE Library.

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  14 January 2010  

- News


• Pay award for staff

The 2009-10 national pay negotiations have now concluded and, as a result, all staff on the LSE pay spine will receive a pay rise of 0.5 per cent.

The rise is applicable to pay from 1 August 2009 and the new rate of pay and arrears will be implemented by LSE in this month's salaries. Normal incremental increases and employer contributions to pension have already been applied as appropriate.

For more information, please refer to the all staff email sent yesterday from LSE Director Howard Davies.

  Ulf Axelson  

• Department of Finance lecturer and former student take top two prizes at annual awards

A senior finance lecturer at LSE and a former PhD student have won prizes for outstanding academic papers published in the internationally-renowned Journal of Finance.

Dr Ulf Axelson's (pictured) article was awarded the Brattle Group Prize for best corporate finance paper, while Dr Peter Kondor, who wrote his paper at LSE as part of his thesis, won the Smith Breeden Prize, an award for best paper in any area other than corporate finance. More

  Mary Morgan  

• Fruit flies and lab mice make the case for re-thinking social science case studies suggests award-winning professor

Just as biologists study fruit flies and laboratory mice so social scientists have good reasons for putting case studies at the heart of their research, argues an LSE academic who has won a British Academy award to develop her analysis.

Professor Mary S Morgan, who is Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at LSE, has been appointed to one of the Academy’s Wolfson Professorships, funded with £150,000 over three years. Hers is just one of four major research studies to win the award, designed to recognise the most outstanding scholars in the UK and allow them to concentrate on their research.

Her project, entitled Re-Thinking Case Studies Across the Social Sciences, aims to transform these disciplines’ understanding of the value and function of case studies. More


• LSE students join world leaders to propose global economic and financial reforms

A group of staff and students from LSE are participating in an international conference together with world leaders and Nobel Prize winners to propose global economic, financial and political reforms.

The New World, New Capitalism symposium in Paris, which began last week, will also examine the progress made so far in tackling the global economic disaster. As an academic partner in the conference, LSE has sent 30 graduate students from a variety of subject areas, along with Maurice Fraser, senior fellow in European politics, and Razeen Sally, senior lecturer in international political economy.

Mohammad Vesal, a PhD economics student, presented a summary of one of the student roundtable discussions.
He said: ‘The topic was whether we should change our view of the world and we discussed whether we should change our values, related to the idea of global governance. The conference was very useful. It gave an interesting insight into how policy is formed.’ More


• News from CARR

Bridget Hutter, director of CARR, has had a chapter published in a book entitled Learning from Catastrophes: strategies for reaction and response. In the book, twenty-two of the world’s leading experts in risk management and disaster recovery identify the factors that can trigger low-probability, high-consequence events, and specify the operating principles that can reduce severe risk and enhance readiness and resilience in the face of catastrophes.

Sharon Gilad, ESRC research officer at CARR, gave a talk entitled ‘New Forms of Regulating Retail Finance’ in Israel on 28 December.

  Victor McNaught-Davis  

• Goodbye from LSE

We are very sad to announce the deaths of two former LSE staff members.

Victor McNaught-Davis (pictured) died on 21 December 2009. Victor was Director of Estates at LSE for some ten years until 1983.
Brian Whitworth, former LSE sports ground groundsman, passed away on Boxing Day. Brian worked at the LSE sports ground for around 40 years.

Our thoughts are with both of their families and friends.


- Notices

  Bruno Serdouro - Memories of Poland  

• Photo Prize Exhibition 2010 - last chance reminder

The deadline is almost upon us, but there is just enough time for you to submit your photos. Photos must be received by LSE Arts by 5pm this Friday (15 January).

The theme of the competition is ‘risk’, and it is open to all LSE staff and students. Selected entries will be professionally printed, mounted and exhibited in LSE’s Atrium Gallery in the Old Building during March - April 2010.

As well as the selected photos, prizes will be awarded for the best photos at a reception in the Atrium Gallery once the exhibition is installed. Last year’s exhibition attracted some excellent entries and the exhibition and reception were well attended by staff and students, as well as members of the public. Don’t miss this great opportunity to participate in the arts programmes within the school, and to showcase your artistic talents.

For more information on how to submit your photos, click here.


• Get in shape for the new year

LA Fitness will be back at LSE promoting the gym membership deal on 18 and 25 January on Houghton Street and outside the New Academic Building.

LA Fitness will be offering an exclusive membership deal to staff and students at a rate of only £35.95 a month. In addition to this, LA Fitness will also be holding free health checks in Tower Three for anyone who is interested, bookings are to be made through Amy Mamawag at or ext 5223.


• See the new online recruitment system

HR would like to invite you to come and see the School’s new online recruitment system ‘live’, meet WCN the supplier, and ask any questions.

The events will take place at 12.30pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 19 January
  • Wednesday 27 January

These events are open to all staff, particularly those with an interest in recruiting. If you would like to come contact Sarah Pedder at and she will confirm the venue.


• Calling all musicians - LSE talent concert auditions

The LSE Talent Classical Concert for students and staff takes place on 11 March in the Shaw Library as part of the prestigious LSE Lunchtime Music series. This is a popular and well attended annual event.

If you play or sing to a high standard, or know someone who does and would like to perform as a soloist or in a group, please contact or without delay with some details on what you could offer and any performing experience you have. We are looking for performances of eight minutes max. Auditions will take place in January.


• Have a green new year

The Sustainability Team has issued the following advice for your return to LSE in 2010:

  • The Sustainability Team is organising a New Year Relove event on 15 January from 12–2pm in New Court. It's a great chance to make sure any unwanted gifts find a deserving home. Either bring your unwanted items on the day or contact the Sustainability Team for drop off
  • Bring any Christmas cards you are not going to recycle as next year's gift tags to the paper and card recycling bins
  • Visit to find out where your nearest Christmas tree recycling point is. Most local authorities offer this free service

• Reprographics Department price review

The Reprographics Department has recently reviewed its charging structure for the first time since 2007.

Whilst most prices will remain the same, due to market conditions and material costs, some of the finishing costs and stationery charges will change.

Revised prices will come in to effect on 1 February and will be available to view on the Reprographics web page from that date.


• A big thanks from the Planning and Corporate Policy Division

The Planning and Corporate Policy Division would like to thank everyone who responded to the recent customer survey. The results were very positive, but also illuminated a few areas for improvement.

The lucky winner of £50 in Amazon vouchers was Mike Warriner, Front of House Manager at Northumberland House.


- Research


• Discussion papers from CARR

CARR has recently published two discussion papers. The first is by Noel Whitty, Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham, and is entitled Rights as Risk: managing human rights and risk in the UK prison sector. The paper explores the co-existing demands of organisational risk management and Human Rights Act compliance.

The second paper is by David Demortain, ESRC research officer at CARR, and is entitled The Many Meanings of ‘Standard’: the politics of the international standard for food risk analysis. The paper examines the case of the international standard for risk analysis in food safety.

Both papers can be downloaded here.


• Research opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any research opportunities should contact Michael Oliver in the Research and Project Development Division at or call ext 7962.

The Research and Project Development Division maintains a regularly updated list of research funding opportunities for academic colleagues on their website.


• RPDD Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the December edition of the RPDD newsletter. To sign up for research news, recent research funding opportunities, research awards that are about to start, and examples of research outcomes, click here. The next issue is out at the end of January 2010. More


- Events

  Literary Festival  

• LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2010: off the edge

11-13 February 2010
LSE's second Literary Festival will push the boundaries of social science, exploring what can be learnt in the borderlands between disciplines. Speakers include AS Byatt, Colin Thubron, Ben Okri, Giles Foden, Lionel Shriver, Professor Marina Warner, Mark Lawson and Susie Orbach.

Free and open to all, events for all the family. Tickets are available online and at the SU reception from Monday 25 January. A PDF of the programme is now available online here.

• Other upcoming events include....

Getting fiscal consolidation right: lessons from Sweden
Thursday 14 January at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Anders Borg and George Osborne MP

The War on Drugs: an upper or downer for development?
Monday 18 January at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Misha Glenny and Michael Hartmann

Beyond the 'Berlusconi Common Sense'. A New Model of Politics for the 21st Century
Tuesday 19 January at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Paolo Mancini

  The Golden Road  

• Intimate portrait of contemporary Britain and economic migration revealed in new exhibit at LSE

The Golden Road is a major new commission by Birmingham-based photographer Andrew Jackson, which takes as its starting point the perennial and often contentious issue of immigration.

The exhibition has now opened in the Atrium Gallery. A reception will be held there on Monday 18 January at 7pm, in which LSE pro-director Sarah Worthington and Peter Sutherland, Chairman of the LSE Court of Governors, will introduce and open the exhibition.

In addition to the reception, Andrew Jackson will be speaking as part of LSE’s Talking Pictures series in the Shaw Library, Old Building on Wednesday 20 January at 6.30pm. In this talk, Andrew will discuss the development of his practice over the past decade leading to the production of The Golden Road. For more information on this talk, click here.

These events are free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email

  Alexandra Dariescu  

• Alexandra Dariescu, piano

Thursday 21 January at 1.05-2pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building

Winner of Prix Maurice Ravel 2008 at the International Academy in France, she has recently appeared at the Barbican and Wigmore Hall.


• AC Grayling to speak at LSE

The LSESU Atheist and Humanist Society presents the philosopher and author, AC Grayling, who will be giving a talk entitled 'Disbelief' on Thursday 21 January at 6.30pm in E171, New Theatre.


• Obama Nation? Rating the President's First Year in Office

Wednesday 20 January, 6.30pm, Old Theatre
Speakers: Professor Michael Cox, Professor Rob Singh, Dr Robin Niblett, and Justin Webb

One year on from Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States, the LSE IDEAS Transatlantic Programme brings together a panel of experts to discuss the progress his administration has made. Have relations with Europe and the Muslim World been rebuilt after the discord of the Bush years? Have the US and its allies now got a strategy to win in Afghanistan? Will the US-China relationship come to define the age of Obama and can the United States survive this economic crisis as the preeminent superpower?

This event will launch a major report detailing the Administration’s successes and failures from its first year in office. Copies will be available to purchase on the night, priced £5. IDEAS events are free and open to all unless otherwise stated.


• The study of cognition and culture today

Below is a special series of lectures supported by the LSE Annual Fund. All lectures will be held in the Seligman Library, room A607, Old Building. For more information, contact Professor Charles Stafford at

Lent term 2010

  • Monday 18 January, 6pm
    The origin of concepts
    Susan Carey (Harvard)
  • Tuesday 2 February, 6pm
    Reconciling social science and cognitive science views of the self, the person, the individual etc...
    Maurice Bloch (LSE)
  • Thursday 18 February, 6pm
    How do humans acquire novel cultural skills? The neuronal recycling model
    Stanislas Dehaene (College de France)
  • Monday 1 March, 6pm
    Hearing God: how American evangelicals learn to experience God as real
    Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford)
  • Monday 8 March, 6pm
    The naturalness of social institutions: evolved cognition as the foundation of social norms
    Pascal Boyer (Washington)
  • Thursday 18 March, 6pm
    Acting together: How people share actions, tasks, and memories
    Natalie Sebanz (Radboud)

Summer term 2010

  • Tuesday 27 April, 6pm
    To learn is to improvise a movement along a way of life
    Tim Ingold (Aberdeen)
  • Monday 24 May, 6pm
    Culture as an evolutionary phenomenon
    Rob Boyd (UCLA)
  • Thursday 10 June, 6pm
    The early ontogeny of collective intentionality and normativity
    Hannes Rakoczy (Gottingen)
  • Wednesday 30 June, 6pm
    How do the languages we speak shape the way we think?
    Lera Boroditsky (Stanford)

- 60 Second Interview

    Maureen Wade  

with..... Maureen Wade

Maureen joined LSE Library in 1978, as a specialist in government publications and has done various jobs since then, ending up as Director of Library Services. She will be retiring on 16 January 2010.

She has been involved in several Library building projects, including the major Norman Foster-designed redevelopment in 1999-2001. She is married with three children - one of them is currently a student at another university and keeps Maureen up-to-date with student concerns, particularly on library matters.

What has been your biggest challenge while working at LSE?

Leading the library team in the big Norman Foster redevelopment project ten years ago. We had to move the whole Library twice (just moving the books took 14 weeks), then operate in temporary buildings for 18 months, while working on the detailed design for the redevelopment with the architects. I was really proud of the library staff - they worked their socks off and kept the Library open the whole time. We had a big party afterwards!

In retrospect, is there anything you would have done differently?

If I had a superpower I would move the Library walls outwards, to make more room for students and the collections, not to mention library staff.

What do you love about LSE and what would make it an even better and more unique institution?

I think the best thing about LSE is the students - they give the School its buzz and intellectual energy. I love to hear them chatting in Houghton Street - ranging from what they did last night to international politics and obscure aspects of economics. The Director likes to quote that LSE students borrow five times as many books as the average UK student - and they really do.

How would you make LSE better?

More lovely new buildings like the NAB.

How do you plan to spend your time when you retire?

I am thinking of becoming a student again and studying something just for fun - nothing remotely useful or of any value to the economy.

What was your best subject at school?

English literature. In fact one English teacher tried to make me teacher's pet, so I had to behave very badly to retain my street cred.

If you had to choose a theme tune, what would it be?

Always look on the bright side of life' - it is my philosophy and remembering Monty Python's Life of Brian always makes me smile.


- Media bites

  Robert Wade  

• Financial Times (13 January)
Icesave is a classic case for third-party mediation
Letter to the Financial Times from Professor Robert Wade, LSE, about the 'Icesave issue'.

  Luis Garicano  

• Wall Street Journal (12 January)
What our spies can learn from Toyota
'We have 16 separate intelligence agencies. No wonder people aren't connecting the dots'.
Article by Professor Luis Garicano, LSE, and Richard Posner, University of Chicago Law School.



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The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 21 January. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 19 January. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Nicole Gallivan