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  LSE Staff News  
Margaret Newson
  LSE Election Night 2010   Downing Street    
  News   Research   Notices  

• Election Night webcast

LSE is webcasting its Election Night event, so as the night unfolds you can watch LSE academics discuss exit polls and early results.


• PM's power is undermining the Cabinet

A new book argues that the role of the Cabinet has been steadily eroded as the prime minister's office takes increasing command of Government.


• Margaret Newson

Purchasing manager Margaret had posters of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin on her bedroom wall as a teenager.

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  29 April 2010  

- News

  Fred Halliday  

• Professor Fred Halliday 1946-2010

One of the world's leading Middle East scholars, international relations theorists and analysts of global affairs has died after a short illness.

Professor Fred Halliday, who worked at LSE for more than 20 years, was renowned for both brilliant research and inspirational teaching. Although he left LSE for a new post in Barcelona, which is where he died, Professor Halliday returned regularly to the School to lecture.

LSE Director Howard Davies said: 'Fred was one of the pillars of the International Relations Department - and indeed of the whole School, for many years. An enormously distinguished scholar, and an inspirational teacher, he also threw himself into other aspects of the School's life. Until close to the end he was engaged in fund-raising initiatives in Spain and the Middle East, where his passing will be particularly felt. Fred was a great friend of the Middle East, but also a fearless critic of many regimes there.

'I will miss his advice, and his infectious enthusiasm for life, immensely. Many others in the School community will feel the same. We will, of course, plan a more concrete way of marking his passing when we have digested the shock.' More


• Election Night webcast

This year, LSE is webcasting its Election Night event on Thursday 6 May, so staff keen to get expert political analysis as the night unfolds can watch LSE academics discuss exit polls and early results at

Panellists include LSE Director Howard Davies, Tony Travers, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Professor Michael Cox, Professor Simon Hix and Dr Sara Hagemann. The webcast starts at 9.15pm and will go through to 1am.

  Steven Casey  

• LSE academic wins 2010 Harry S Truman Book Award

Dr Steven Casey, a senior lecturer in the LSE Department of International History, has received the prestigious 2010 Harry S Truman Book Award for his work Selling the Korean War: propaganda, politics, and public opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Selling the Korean War, which previously won the 2009 Neustadt Award in American Politics, was selected from a record field of 33 entries to emerge as the winner of the Harry S Truman book award. This award recognises the best book published within a two year period that addresses an aspect of the life of US President Harry S Truman or the history of the United States under his presidency. Dr Casey is the first non-American to win this award, the previous recipients of which include Dean Acheson, McGeorge Bundy, Bruce Cumings and John Gaddis. More

  Jude Howell  

• Marathon success

Professor Jude Howell, director of the Centre for Civil Society, ran the London Marathon on Sunday (25 April) to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

She managed to complete it, though followed more in the footsteps of a tortoise than a hare!

If you would like to support her in raising money for Breast Cancer Care, you can make a donation at


• Boogie Woogie

A film called Boogie Woogie, set in the contemporary art world was released on the 16 April.

Intriguingly, from an LSE perspective, the film has been made by Danny Moynihan, son of the painter Roderigo Moynihan, who painted the portrait of former director Ralf Dahrendorf (pictured) which currently hangs in the Shaw Library.


- Notices


• Mental health mutual support group for staff

The Mental Health Mutual support group for staff will be meeting on Thursday 6 May at 1pm in U300. This is an informal group for staff who are experiencing mental health difficulties or who may have experienced mental health issues in the past to meet over a cup of coffee and share their experiences of how they have coped with their condition at work.

If you would like to attend or would like more information, email Ann O'Brien in Health and Safety at ann.o'

  LSE Teaching Day 2010  

• LSE Teaching Day 2010 - register now

LSE Teaching Day, taking place on Tuesday 18 May, is a free one-day event dedicated to sharing experience and showcasing successful teaching practice and innovation.

This year academic staff, students and support staff will lead an exciting programme focused on:

  • Feedback and assessment
  • Group working and class activities
  • Technology in teaching
  • Success in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

Dr Jonathan Leape, LSE100 course director, will open the day. The main speech, 'Teaching Skills through Substance,' will be given by Nicola Lacey, Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at LSE.

Professor Janet Hartley, pro-director (teaching and learning) will close the day with the presentation of the Teaching Excellence Awards winners at a wine reception. Poster presentations will also be displayed throughout the day.

Participation is free to all LSE staff, but numbers are limited. Book your place and view the full programme at Registration closes on Tuesday 4 May.


• The HEIF4 Bid Fund: call for bids

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) competitive bid fund aims to support engagement in a broad range of knowledge transfer activities, which convert knowledge, expertise and skills into innovative goods, services and policy. To date, the HEIF 4 Bid Fund has supported a range of activities, both locally and internationally, which engage with audiences and partners from public sector and commercial backgrounds to discuss some of the world's most pressing issues.

The Knowledge Transfer Working Group is now seeking to expand the range and impact of these activities and to encourage innovative and novel ways of undertaking them. This fund is intended to encourage and solicit innovative knowledge transfer proposals from all parts of LSE: academic departments; research centres; and central administrative units. Joint proposals are particularly welcome. The deadline for the summer term 2009-10 call has been confirmed as Monday 17 May.

For further details and information on the application process, please refer to the Corporate Relations Unit web pages or email Natalie Woods at to discuss your ideas.


• Senior Staff Contribution Committee: procedures for professorial salaries review 2009-10

A reminder that the final deadline for submission of professorial contribution statements to Human Resources is Friday 30 April. All professors are required to submit a statement of their academic activities and contribution, written with reference to the criteria outlined in the role profile of the Professor.

The guidance is available on the Human Resources website. Enquiries should be directed to Sally Welch at


• Online Recruitment System - support for managers

The Human Resources Division is offering drop in sessions of one hour, twice a week, to discuss with managers any specific questions or give them an overview of the system.

The sessions take place every Tuesday and Friday between 3-4pm in W200 (second floor, Tower 3). Pop in for any help you might need in using the online recruitment system. For more information, click here.


• Booking hospitality?

The new online hospitality bookings system is now up and running. It’s convenient and easy to use and LSE Catering recommend that all new orders be placed using this method.

Simply visit Catering Services - Hospitality for more information.


• LSE-Columbia University funded exchange of teaching faculty

In May 2009, LSE and Columbia University launched a teaching exchange scheme which is now in its second year. These short-term exchanges would occur between (full-time) teaching staff in complementary departments at the respective institutions.

Faculty participating in an exchange are expected to undertake a teaching commitment that enables substantial engagement with undergraduate and/or graduate students at the host institution and that meets a need in the host department. Visits will normally be for a full term at the host institution.

LSE staff visiting Columbia will be funded by LSE up to a level of £5,000 to support travel, accommodation and other essential extra expenses in New York. Please note that neither institution will fund relief cover for teaching staff absent under this scheme.

The deadline for applications for the 2010-11 session is Wednesday 14 July. Please click here for further information on the scheme including application procedures.

  The 7 Fingers  

• Peacock Theatre offer for Psy - The 7 Fingers

The Peacock Theatre is offering £10 tickets to LSE staff and students for the first performances of Psy, the new show by The 7 Fingers.

Following the smash hit Traces in 2009, The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) return to the Peacock Theatre with an astonishing new circus show. The offer is available on performances from 28 April - 1 May, excluding Saturday 1 May evening.

To book, call 0844 412 4322 and quote 'LSE offer' or visit and enter promo code 'pcdlse' when prompted.

  Press TV  

• A call to arms

Press TV are looking for academics to take part in a new political book review show called ‘Epilogue’.

Epilogue spotlights the best new politics-related books. Expert guests join host Ken Livingstone to talk about the books and the major issues behind them in the 30 minute show.

Press TV would provide you with transport, the book and a guest fee to say thank you for your insights. And if you have a book coming out soon, they will prioritise it for consideration for review and interview you for the show.

If you would be interested in appearing on the show, contact Jad on 020 8728 6451 or email


- Research


• Research shows Cabinet government 'substantially undermined'

Collective Cabinet government has been seriously compromised in recent years, and a semi-official 'department of the prime minister' has been established at No.10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, argues a book published recently.

But Premiership: the development, nature and power of the office of the British Prime Minister, by Emeritus Professor George Jones of LSE and Dr Andrew Blick, senior research fellow, Democratic Audit, concludes that claims of the emergence of a UK presidency are misguided; and despite the changes No.10 is no better equipped to achieve the outcomes it wants. More


• 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 March 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 April 2010. More

  LSE Enterprise  

• Latest opportunities from LSE Enterprise

LSE Enterprise offers you the opportunity to undertake private teaching and consultancy work under the LSE brand. We help with bidding, contracts and other project administration, enabling you to focus on the work itself. To see the latest opportunities click here.

If you would like us to look out for consulting opportunities in your field, email your CV and summary of interests to Rebecca Limer at

Email Marie Rowland-Kidman at to be added to our Executive Education database.


- Events


• Screening of the Prime Ministerial Debate

On: Thursday 29 April at 8.30-10pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

This screening will follow the LSE Cities public debate The Future of Cities in Britain: a pre-election debate organised by LSE Cities in collaboration with LSE London.

The final prime ministerial debate takes place exactly one week before polling day, and focuses on the issue of the economy, jobs, debt and the recession. Tony Travers, director of LSE London and Greater London Group, LSE will provide instant reaction and expert analysis at the end of the debate.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. More

  Catherine Ashton  

• Other upcoming events include....

A lecture by Catherine Ashton, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
On: Tuesday 11 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Baroness Catherine Ashton (pictured).
One ticket per person can be requested from 1pm on Tuesday 4 May.

LSE Director's Dialogue
On: Thursday 13 May at 5-6pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: LSE Director Howard Davies and Paul Volcker, chair of president Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
One ticket per person can be requested from 10am on Tuesday 4 May.

Islam, Secularisms and Law across Europe
On: Tuesday 4 May at 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor John Bowen, the Leverhulme visiting professor of anthropology at LSE.

Victims or Survivors? The Emerging Economies and the Economic Crisis
On: Wednesday 5 May at 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Thomas Mirow, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction Development.

Do No Harm: international support for state building in fragile situations
On: Thursday 6 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Jon Lømoy, director of the Development Co-operation Directorate at OECD, Dr Funmi Olonisakin, senior research fellow in the Conflict, Security and Development group at Kings College, and Professor James Putzel, director of the Crisis States Research Centre, LSE.


• The Risk University: organisational risk management in English higher education

On: Tuesday 4 May, 1-2.30pm, CARR seminar room G305
Professor Michael Huber, professor for higher education studies at the University of Bielefeld

Risk has become a critical feature of good governance in English policy making, also in higher education. While the introduction of risk management into academia has attracted manageable attention, the introduction of risk management at the university level has been greatly overlooked.

This presentation will discuss early results of an exploratory study on the implementation of risk management at English universities. More


• Join the conversation: conference backchannel workshops

Thursday 6 May, 2-3.30pm
Wednesday 12 May, 11am-12.30pm

The Centre for Learning Technology is running two 'conference backchannels’ workshops which will introduce participants to hashtags and tools such as twitter and delicious (which is used for saving and sharing favourite websites).

Live events are increasingly accompanied by a participatory ‘backchannel’, online activity taking place simultaneously in the background. Backchannel activities include communicating via twitter and sharing related web links using social media tools, all made possible through the use of a shared hashtag (keyword). Conference backchannels, connecting both delegates and non-delegates, are becoming increasingly common at academic conferences.

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS, suggests: ‘Twitter and other social media are transforming the impact of live events by connecting networks of people as they happen. Anything we do in one place can be opened up, amplified and involve an almost infinite range of audiences in a multi-directional discourse’.

These workshops are part of the LSE Teaching Day 2010 programme and are open to all LSE staff and PhD students. To reserve a place, email


- 60 Second Interview

    Margaret Newson  

with..... Margaret Newson

Margaret has been the School’s purchasing manager since 2003 and works in the Finance Division. After the rotten winter we have just had, Margaret is enjoying the new cricket season and looking forward to going to the Chelsea Flower Show in May.

What is your favourite LSE sculpture?

The penguin - it makes people smile which the other new sculptures (the blue flashing lights and the pile of bricks) don’t.

Where in the world have you always wanted to go but never quite made it ……… yet?

Cork - to look up my Irish connections from my great grand parents.

With which famous person would you like to have dinner and why?

Nick Drake (singer songwriter from 70’s) - to tell him to cheer up and lay off the drugs.

Which poster graced your bedroom wall as a teenager?

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

If you were marooned on a desert island, which LSE department/centre/division/student society would you take with you?

My colleagues in the purchasing section - Pete Crowe, Dee Cordwell, Mark Papworth and Alan Langley - who are a pleasure to work with. I think we would get on well and manage to survive on the island without resorting to cannibalism.

What is the last film you saw at the cinema?

At the request of my young niece 'Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: the squeakquel' - well she enjoyed it.


- Training


• Academic, personal and professional development courses for staff

Courses on offer next week include:

  • Tuesday 4 May
    Moodle basics training
    Writing for the media (a four-week course)
  • Wednesday 5 May
    Managing internet resources: introduction to social bookmarking
    Copyright, the internet and teaching online
  • Friday 7 May
    Facebook myths and facts

For a full listing of what is available and further details, including booking information please see


- Media bites

  Simon Hix  

• Financial Times (28 April 2010)
Options contend in chance to reform voting
'If first-past-the-post fails to deliver single-party government, it certainly doesn't deliver much else,' says Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics at LSE, in Alex Barker's report on different electoral systems.

  Julian Le Grand  

• Guardian (Society) (27 April 2010)
We must not sacrifice the child trust fund, says Julian Le Grand
Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss professor of social policy at LSE, writes in support of the Child Trust Fund, which would be axed under the Liberal Democrats.

  Spyros Economides  

• BBC World Service (23 April 2010)
Spyros Economides, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and European Politics at LSE, discussed whether there was a feeling of inevitability to the Greek decision to accept the sixty billion dollar international rescue package.



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