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• LSE Enterprise makes £1.98 million for LSE

LSE Enterprise handed over its largest ever cheque to the School this week, thanks to all the academics who worked with them last year.


• Watch it live....

Watch the LSE Director's Dialogue with Paul Volcker, chair of president Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, live on the LSE website on Thursday 13 May.


• Sarah Bailey

Sarah works in both the SDU and the Student Services Centre and was once mistaken for a Chinese gentleman by one of the GPs at St Philips.

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  6 May 2010  

- News


• Election Night webcast

This evening, LSE will be webcasting its Election Night event, 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.

  Vesselin Dimitrov  

• Book on Stalin and the Cold War wins major prize for LSE academic

A book by an LSE academic revealing Stalin’s role in the origins of the Cold War has been awarded the Alexander Nove Prize for the best book in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet studies published in 2008.

Stalin’s Cold War: Soviet foreign policy, democracy and communism in Bulgaria, 1941–48, by Dr Vesselin Dimitrov (pictured), a reader in the Department of Government, was awarded the prize by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. More

  Enterprise Cheque  

• LSE Enterprise makes £1.98 million for LSE

Thanks to the 200 academics from all over LSE who worked with us last year, LSE Enterprise was able to hand over its largest ever cheque, £1.98 million, to the School this week.

LSE Enterprise is a subsidiary of LSE, returning all its profits to the School and supplementing academic salaries by almost £3 million in the 2008-9 financial year.

Projects in 2009 took place in 16 countries, with over 150 organisations. To name just a few, colleagues got involved in:

  • Teaching economics for foreign policy to Foreign Office staff
  • Running a ten-week course for Basque government students on European economic and political issues
  • Training policy makers from the Vietnamese Government in globalisation and public sector reform
  • Producing reports for the British Academy on how humanities and social science research can be better used by decision makers
  • Providing expertise on carbon market regulation
  • Producing the Development and Transition Newsletter for the UNDP
  • Undertaking research on IT efficiency

We will be based on the eighth floor of Tower Three from June and look forward to working with more of you in 2010 - visit for the latest opportunities.

  Chetan Bhatt  

• LSE welcomes....

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights is delighted to welcome its new director, Professor Chetan Bhatt.

Chetan Bhatt is professor of sociology with a strong background in human rights and social justice. His research interests include the religious right and religious conflict, nationalism, and racism. Current projects include work on the sociology of religious paramilitia groups.

On joining the Centre, Professor Bhatt said: 'I am delighted to join the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and greatly look forward to working with my new colleagues and the many students at the Centre. Human rights face substantial challenges today from many different - often surprising - directions. I share the passion of the Centre staff about human rights. I share their dedication in making the study of human rights a dynamic intellectual process, one based on firm grounds but also one subject to constant ethical renewal in changing circumstances.' More

  Tom Billins  

• From London to Paris

Tom Billins, fees administrator at Sidney Webb House hall of residence, is taking part in a London to Paris bike ride on 7-11 July in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

In the past year, Tom has taken up cycling and bought a new bike to use for his 14 mile commute to and from work. He has been on a number of long cycle rides in the country so when he saw the advert for this challenge, he had to take it on.

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They train nurses and support staff to look after those afflicted by the disease and do a superb job. For Tom, this charity is particularly important as they looked after his terminally ill grandmother while she had cancer.

Tom is aiming to raise £1,400 so any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated. To sponsor Tom, visit

  EA Booklet Cover  

• CEP Election Analysis booklet

The Centre for Economic Performance has produced a 130 page booklet which analyses the key policy issues surrounding the general election.

It draws on research from both CEP and other expert sources. We hope it will help people to vote wisely, having considered some of the best and most impartial evidence available.

The booklet is large but can be downloaded from our website at
/CEP_ElectionAnalysis_2010.pdf Analysis of individual topics can also be downloaded from


• Goodbye from LSE

We are very sad to announce the death of former LSE staff member, Professor A S Douglas, who died on Thursday 29 April.

Professor Douglas was professor of computational methods and one of the founders of the Information Systems Group at LSE. He was an important figure in early computing in the UK and an expert in computational crystallography.

Our thoughts are with Professor Douglas' family and friends.


- Notices


• 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.

  Global Polio Eradication Initiative  

• Showcasing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

LSE postgraduate student, Esha Chhabra, invites you to a photographic exhibit showcasing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative - a global health campaign uniting Rotary International, Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, and the CDC.

As part of the campaign, Esha travelled to India in February 2010 to help vaccinate children against polio and it is Esha's photos that are going to be on display.

The exhibition will run from 1-31 May at the Citigroup Centre, 25 Canada Square, London E14 5LB. There will also be a special reception on Thursday 13 May at 6.30-9.30pm, hosted by Esha and Nawaz Imam, the coordinator of the exhibit.

If you plan on viewing the exhibit during May and/or will be attending the reception, please RSVP to Esha at or Nawaz at


• CARA grants from refugee academics

The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) is offering grants to support refugee academics to move towards gaining employment in the UK that is relevant to their skills and experience.

The 'Scholars at Risk' scheme, which is run from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, works closely with CARA and are already supporting academics whose lives or work were being threatened in their home countries.

LSE staff members may want to pass these details on to academics who they know may benefit from the grant. For more information, visit


- Research


• Discussion paper from CARR

CARR has published a discussion paper by Jeanette Hofmann, research officer at CARR, entitled 'The Libertarian Origins of Cybercrime: unintended side-effects of a political utopia'.

The paper examines the problems and unintended consequences of cybercrime. To download the paper, click 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 April 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 May 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

  Paul Volcker  

• Watch it live....

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 (pictured), chair of president Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

This event will be webcast on LSE Live.

Other upcoming events include....

Aftershock: Europe and the post-crisis world
On: Monday 10 May at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Philippe Legrain

Lessons of Rwanda and Darfur: some questions for human rights activists
On: Monday 10 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Mahmood Mamdani

Islam Quintet: night of the golden butterfly
On: Tuesday 11 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Tariq Ali

Banking on the Future: the fall and rise of central banking
On: Wednesday 12 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Willem Buiter, Howard Davies, and David Green

China's 21st Century Market-Authoritarian Challenge
On: Thursday 13 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Stefan Halper


• Podcasts of public lectures and events

'Running While Others Walk': the challenge of African development
Tuesday 27 April, 6.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Thandika Mkandawire
Click here to listen

What About Women?
Tuesday 27 April, 8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Lynne Featherstone, Harriet Harman, and Theresa May
Click here to listen

The Future of Cities in Britain: a pre-election debate
Thursday 29 April, 6.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Tessa Jowell, Lord McNally, and Bob Neill
Click here to listen


• Green Impact Awards and Celebration of Sustainability at LSE: residences sustainability champions and sustainable future consulting

Friday 21 May, 12.30-1.30pm, Shaw Library, Old Building

Teams of staff across the School have been taking part in the Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme, greening work practices and creating positive changes in behaviour. This award ceremony acknowledges their achievements in year one of the project.

The event also acknowledges LSE students who have contributed their time and initiatives to sustainability projects as members of the Residences Sustainability Champions network and of the Sustainable Future Consulting Group.

For more information, contact Fei Conteh at

  Ruti Teitel  

• Transitional Justice in the 21st Century

On: Monday 10 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Natasa Kandic, executive director of the Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade, Professor Ruti Teitel (pictured), Ernst C Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at the New York Law School, and David Tolbert, president of the International Centre for Transitional Justice

To mark the official launch of the London Transitional Justice Network, this panel will explore the unprecedented expansion and challenges for transitional justice in the 21st century. This event is supported by the LSE Annual Fund. More


• Screening of Hard Rain

Tuesday 18 May, 12.30-1.30pm, New Theatre, East Building

On 20 July 1969, lost in the Sahara desert, Mark Edwards was rescued by a Tuareg nomad who took him to his people and sat him down outside a tiny hut. He turned an old radio cassette player on and Bob Dylan sang A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Armstrong and Aldrin have just landed on the moon. Dylan is piling image upon image and Mark gets the idea to illustrate each line of the song. Hard Rain is the result. Photographs from around the world illustrate Bob Dylan’s prophetic song, setting the scene for a moving and unforgettable exploration of the state of our world at this critical time.

For more information, contact Fei Conteh at


• Evolutionary Psychology in the Round

Monday 24 May, 3.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Robin Dunbar, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford

Evolutionary Psychology has long consisted of two camps that don’t see eye-to-eye. One, with its roots in psychology, has tended to focus on the universals of cognition, while the other, with its roots in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, has had its focus on behavioural flexibility and variety.

Professor Dunbar will argue that these are just two sides of the same coin, and that, properly speaking, evolutionary theory really functions as an overarching framework theory that allows the many different sub-disciplines that fall under the general rubric of psychology to be integrated in such a way as they can talk to each other.

This lecture forms part of the CPNSS 20th Anniversary Celebrations and is the first of three public lectures under the general theme of Philosophy in Psychology. Other lectures include:

  • Cognitive Science and the Mereological Fallacy
    Monday 7 June, 3.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB
    Speaker: Peter Hacker, Oxford

  • Problems in the Logic of Personality Studies
    Monday 21 June, 3.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB
    Speaker: James Lamiell, Georgetown

All of these lectures will be followed by a reception. Space is limited so please RSVP, specifying which lectures you wish to attend, as soon as possible to More


• Community Energy Saving

Tuesday 25 May, National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall, Chester

LSE Housing and Communities and the National Communities Resource Centre invite you to a one day workshop on Community Energy Saving.

This workshop will include presentations from government bodies, major regional and local bodies, as well as non-profit organisations and community representatives working in this field. It will offer insights into the potential opportunities community energy saving brings, whilst addressing some of the challenges in this area.

The cost is £75 per delegate with discounts for second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation. Reduced rates are available for representatives of non-profit organisations, community-based and environmental groups, tenants and individuals working in this area.

For more information, contact Anna Tamas at or call 020 7955 6562. More


- 60 Second Interview

    Sarah Bailey  

with..... Sarah Bailey

I have worked at LSE for seven years and I am very lucky to have two roles, both of which I really enjoy. I work three days per week in the Student Services Centre as the coordinator of the LSE Student Mentoring Scheme and as the new arrivals web editor. I also work two days per week in the Staff Development Unit as the central induction champion and I coordinate various development projects.

What do you do to make LSE fun and interesting?

I am a very upbeat person so I always have a chat and laugh whenever I encounter colleagues on campus. Also, my two roles at LSE both involve meeting new people which makes every day interesting.

What would you save from a fire?

My cat 'Fergie', family photos and my radio.

What has been your most embarrassing incident so far?

Far too many to mention. However, I was once mistaken for a Chinese gentleman by one of the GPs at St Philips.

Where is your favourite place on the LSE campus?

The Shaw Library.

What role(s) did you have in your school play(s)?

I once played a wave where I shook a piece of blue silk up and down for what seemed like hours. I also played Delilah in Samson and Delilah.

What annoys you?

Rude people on public transport who don't give up their seats to others who obviously need them more. In fact, I cannot abide bad manners in any shape or form……rant over!

What would you do if you were LSE Director for the day?

Support Manchester United!


- Training


• Academic, personal and professional development courses for staff

Courses on offer next week include:

  • Tuesday 11 May
    Moodle next steps training
  • Wednesday 12 May
    Copyright, the internet and teaching online
  • Thursday 13 May
    One to one voice training

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


- Media bites

  John Hills  

• Financial Times (6 May 2010)
Doubts cast over 'broken Britain' claims
John Hills, director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE, comments on a Financial Times analysis which claims that life in Britain's most deprived neighbourhoods has improved during Labour's time in power.
'Progress has been made,' he said. 'It is a mistake to think things have got worse and that parts of the country have just been left behind to fester.'

  Michael Bruter  

• Guardian (4 May 2010)
You pick up the pencil. Now what are you thinking?
According to LSE's Dr Michael Bruter, between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the electorate will make up their minds on who to vote for in these last few days before the election. LSE is embarking on a five year research study into the psychology of individual voters.
'We haven't looked in depth at this issue since the 1960s,' says Bruter. 'And then the respondents were asked simply: "Would you consider yourself a Labour or Conservative voter?". Not a very interesting question.'

  Frank Land  

• BBC News (30 April 2010)
British computer pioneers and their links
LSE Emeritus Professor Frank Land is included in a 'family tree' of British computer pioneers - Professor Land graduated from LSE in 1950 and after a spell as a research assistant in the Economics Research Division, joined J Lyons the teashop and food company. They had just built the world's first business computer, LEO (Lyons Electronic Office), and in 1952 Professor Land joined the very small team of people working on the application of LEO to business data processing.



Nicole wants to hear from you!

Do you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share? If so, then I would love to hear from you, contact me at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 13 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 11 May. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Nicole Gallivan