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Disadvantaged children more at risk online

Disadvantaged children get less help and support to protect them from the dangers of being online, researchers from the EU Kids Online project have found.


Do you have an idea about how to make LSE a better place to work in?

Then why not put it to Bright Ideas - the School's staff suggestions scheme - which aims to harness your good ideas and thoughts?


Professor Walter Holland

Professor Holland, visiting professor in LSE Health, can’t type but would like to learn, and has never been to Argentina, Brazil and Mexico - 'countries which have always fascinated me.'

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  13 October 2011  

- News

  Houghton Street   Industrial action

UCU has announced a campaign against changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), by means of industrial action short of a strike. This began on Monday 10 October.

In brief, the UCU has instructed members taking part in the action to abide by the terms of their contracts and perform their duties in an efficient manner, requesting them at this initial stage:

  • To work no more than their contractual hours and not to exceed the maximum hours set out in the Working Time Regulations (i.e. a limit of 48 hours a week over a 17 week period)
  • To perform no additional duties
  • To set and mark no work that they are not required to set and mark
  • To attend no meeting where attendance is voluntary on the part of the member.

Although LSE does not accept partial performance of contracts of employment, in the interests of maintaining good employee relations, no deductions in pay will be made from those participating in the action who continue to carry out their contractual duties in full.

However, the School will naturally be assessing the impact of the industrial action on scheduled activities and in particular on the student experience in order to determine whether any change is needed to its approach.

More information for managers and staff can be found on the HR website.


- Notices

  Camera   Staff portrait dates

Nigel Stead, School photographer, will be holding two staff portrait photo sessions on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October. The sessions will be held in room G.19, Old Building, from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

New staff (or old staff who need to update their existing pictures) can turn up at any time in the given time slots and there is no need to book. All pictures are in colour and in a digital format and will be supplied to each department/centre on a CD. Hard copy prints will not be provided. Pictures will be sent after post production, which can be up to two weeks after the shoot.

The cost is £15 per head charged to the department/centre and staff are asked to bring their budget codes with them on the day. For more information, contact Nigel Stead at Another session will be held in November.

  Bright Ideas   Tell us about your bright idea

Have you ever thought of a really good idea about how to make LSE a better place to work in, but didn't know how to take it forward?

If so, why not put it to Bright Ideas - the School's staff suggestions scheme - which aims to harness your good ideas and thoughts. The scheme is coordinated by a small group of volunteers from across the School and supported by the secretary and director of administration.

Our aim is to help LSE become an employer of choice, that listens closely and responds to staff interests and ideas. You may see your idea become reality, and there is even a small, discretionary fund to reward exceptional ideas.

If you have a 'bright idea', tell us about it using the suggestion form.


Moodle-LfY questionnaire

IT Services and the Centre for Learning Technology have had many requests for closer integration between LSE for You and Moodle.

In order to help prioritise aspects of this work, please visit and complete the questionnaires on the homepage.

  HEIF 5   The HEIF5 Bid Fund: first call for bids

Now in its fifth round, the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) supports institutions in developing a broad range of knowledge exchange activities with business, public sector and community partners.

LSE has invested £2 million of its HEIF5 allocation into the 'HEIF5 Bid Fund', a competitive source of funding to support the School's efforts in knowledge exchange in the social sciences. Awards will be made on a competitive basis by the Knowledge Exchange Sub-Committee (KESC) for distribution over the next four academic years.

Working with the pro-director for research and external relations, the Corporate Relations Unit and the External Relations Division, KESC is looking for proposals that are not currently funded from other School resources. Applications are encouraged from all parts of the School, both administrative and academic, and joint proposals are especially welcome.

For more information on the 'HEIF5 Bid Fund' and details of how to apply, contact Tina Basi, HEIF5 manager, at or on ext 1172. The Corporate Relations Unit will advise on the eligibility of proposals and provide guidance on the preparation of applications.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 10 November. More

    Call for applications for residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Northern Italy

Deadlines: 1 December 2011 and 1 May 2012
The residency programme allows for one month of focused work, uninterrupted by the professional and personal demands of daily life, in a diverse and stimulating community of fellow residents.

Residents include an international cohort of scholars, scientists, journalists, writers, artists, non-governmental organisation practitioners and policymakers.

Residencies typically last four weeks, and spouses/partners may accompany residents. There is no charge for accommodation and meals, and travel grants are awarded on a needs basis. Joint applications from co-authors are also welcome.

To apply and for more information, visit

    LSE partnership PhD mobility bursaries – one place remaining for 2011-12 academic year

Deadline: Tuesday 15 November
Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for a partnership mobility bursary to visit Peking University in order to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research and/or on related publications and presentations, and to introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country/region.

This call is for the one remaining place to visit Peking University during the remaining 2011-12 academic year for an exchange to conclude no later than the end of July 2012. LSE will provide financial support to the successful candidate in the form of a flat rate bursary of £2,500. The bursary is intended to contribute to the expenses of the participating LSE student, including those relating to travel, accommodation, living, educational materials and/or other education-related costs.

Students registered for PhD studies in any LSE department and who have already been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months in duration.

More information, including application procedures, can be found here. Any further enquiries should be emailed to

  sQuid   The winners are in – LSE’s ID sQuid payment card

Your LSE ID card incorporates sQuid which can be used instead of cash to make convenient and secure contactless payments for food and drinks in all LSE Catering outlets.

Register your LSE ID card at and load money onto it online from your bank account or by using a debit or credit card.

Anyone using their card as a method of payment can take advantage of the special offers available in LSE Catering outlets. In addition, any users spending £30 or more on their card each month will be entered into a prize draw, with five winners getting £10 added to their loyalty purse.

The winners of the September prize draw were:

  • Guiseppe Berlingieri
  • Jinwoo Kim
  • Ali Dezyanian
  • Connson Locke
  • Hongbiao Zhao

Current sQuid special offers include:

The Garrick
Early bird (from 8-10am): any hot drink only 95p.
Lunchtime special (available downstairs between midday and 2.30pm): daily special hot dish of the day with any two vegetables or bowl of salad for £4.70, plus add a soup or dessert for only £1.

4th Floor Restaurant
Any hot drink only 50p: any day, any time.

Café 54
A regular coffee or tea and a cookie: only £2.

  Disability and Well-being  

Have a question about dyslexia or neurodiversity?

The Neurodiversity Service now has a Moodle site where you can get answers to your questions:

  • In 'Student Experiences' you can hear the stories of how gifted and talented dyslexic and dyspraxic students have achieved success at university

  • In 'What Happens…?' you can learn about the processes that the Neurodiversity Service guides students through to access funding and support

  • In the 'Your Questions Answered' forum you can seek information on any aspect of neurodiversity

  • In 'All About Neurodiversity' there are links to websites with information on adults with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and dyscalculia, including a link to BrainHE, now hosted by LSE.

The Neurodiversity Service is now developing 'Information for Staff' and welcomes your questions and suggestions for the content of this part of the Moodle site. Please post your questions or comments on the 'Your Questions Answered' forum in Moodle, or email

To access the 'Dyslexia and Neurodiversity' Moodle site, click on the 'Disability and Well-being Service' link at the end of the 'All courses' list on Moodle homepage. Then open Dyslexia and Neurodiversity.

    Blind cleaning and servicing

Blind cleaning and servicing will take place in Tower Two from Monday 17 until Friday 21 October.

During this time, blinds will be taken down, taken away, and returned once cleaning and servicing is finished.

For more information, contact Richard Allen at or on ext 6544.


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features a student reading on the terraced wooden floor in the Atrium of the New Academic Building.... it definitely gives a new meaning to 'studying flat out'!

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Atrium  

- Research


Target internet protection at the most disadvantaged children, recommends online study

Disadvantaged children get less help and support to protect them from the dangers of being online, researchers have found.

Children whose parents are less educated or do not use the internet themselves, and children from disability or minority groups are among those more likely to be at risk online or more upset when they come across worrying content, such as violence, sexual material or bullying.

Although the differences are small (some five per cent increase in risk among the disadvantaged groups) they are consistent across most types of risk examined.

Yet disadvantaged children tend also to be the least likely to get access to information and guidance about living a safer life online. This shows that safety advice and resources need to be better targeted at the disadvantaged, say the researchers from the EU Kids Online project, based at LSE. More

  Hospital Monitor   LSE academics question merits of extending competition to improve hospital care

More research is needed before conclusions can be drawn about the effect of recent reforms on hospital quality, let alone about the merits of the coalition government’s proposals to extend competition, warn experts LSE on

Professor Gwyn Bevan and Matthew Skellern argue that the jury is still out on the effects of hospital competition on quality of care within the English NHS.

Professor Bevan and Matthew Skellern review evidence from three recent econometric studies of the New Labour market, which all show a seemingly causal relation between greater competition and lower hospital mortality. These studies have proved highly controversial because they contradict previous findings that competition in the NHS was largely ineffective, or even had negative consequences. More


- Events

  Oliver Letwin MP   Tickets still available....

Are Adverbial Rules Enough?
On: Wednesday 19 October at 6.30pm. The venue will be confirmed to ticket holders.
Speaker: Oliver Letwin MP (pictured), minister of state for government policy.

  Joe Oliver   New event....

Canada: a reliable, responsible contributor to global energy security and economic stability
On: Thursday 20 October at 1pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Joe Oliver (pictured), Canada's minister of natural resources.

  Events Leaflet   Other events include....

New Mobile Technologies: privacy and policy, threats and opportunities
On: Monday 17 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Gus Hosein, visiting senior fellow in the Information Systems and Innovation Group in LSE's Department of Management, Dr Jonathan Liebenau, reader in technology management in LSE's Department of Management, and Mark Selby, vice president of Industry Collaborations at the Nokia Corporation.

Citizenship and Immigration: rights and obligations of individuality
On: Tuesday 18 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Yasemin Soysal, senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: the difference and why it matters
On: Thursday 20 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Richard Rumelt, Harry and Elsa Kunin Professor of Business and Society at UCLA Anderson.

  Mick Jagger Rolling Stones   Exhibition - Different Face of Serbia

On until Friday 14 October in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

This double-header exhibition, finishing on Friday, is a part of the 'Different Face of Serbia' programme, presented at LSE by the Serbian LSE Alumni Society.

The exhibition displays an independent non-governmental image of Serbia, through scientific and cultural output by LSE alumni and other world class authors of 21st century Serbia.

The main part of this exhibition consists of still photos by the eminent British photographer of Serbian origin Brian Rasic (1954), who made a career in the music industry. The second part of the exhibition consists of archive materials and sources used in making of the documentary film Cinema Komunisto, written and directed by LSE alumni Mila Turajlic (1979).

The exhibition is free and open to all with no ticket required. Visitors are welcome from Monday to Friday between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays or unless otherwise stated).

For more information on the exhibition, visit


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Changing Fortunes: income mobility and poverty dynamics in Britain
Speakers: Professor Simon Burgess, Professor John Hills and Professor Stephen Jenkins
Recorded: Monday 3 October, approx 64 minutes
Click here to listen

Cybercrime, Cybercops and You
Speaker: Misha Glenny
Recorded: Tuesday 4 October, approx 81 minutes
Click here to listen

'Same bed different dreams': Asia's rise - threat or opportunity? The view from Australia
Speaker: Malcolm Turnbull
Recorded: Wednesday 5 October, approx 90 minutes
Click here to listen


- 60 second interview

    Walter Holland  

with..... Professor Walter Holland

I qualified in medicine in 1954 from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School. After a variety of clinical appointments, I specialised in epidemiology and social medicine with appointments at the London School of Hygiene and Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene, Baltimore.

I returned to St Thomas’ in 1962 to start the first department of Clinical Epidemiology and Social Medicine in a London Medical School (it later became the Department of Public Health Medicine). I remained at St Thomas’ until my retirement in 1994, when I became a visiting professor in LSE Health.

While at St Thomas’, I established close links with LSE. Professor Richard Titmuss lectured in sociology to second year medical students, while I taught epidemiology to his social work students. Professor Brian Abel Smith (former LSE professor) was also chairman of the advisory board of the Social Medicine and Health Services Research Unit, of which I was honorary director. We were responsible for a national system of surveillance of health and growth in primary school children in England and Scotland.

While at LSE, I have spent my time writing books on the past (and future) of public health in the UK, screening in health care, the foundations for health improvement, and the development of modern epidemiology. I have just completed an account of the development of health services research in England between 1960 and 2000.

What advice would you give to new students coming to LSE?

New students should take full advantage of the amazing variety of opportunities at LSE to learn of national and international policies, outside their courses. In their courses they should question their teachers vigorously and trust those who admit they do not know the answers but will find out.

Which of your numerous research projects would you regard as having had the most surprising outcome?

The most surprising results of our randomised controlled trial of multiphasic screening in general practice, was that there was no difference in mortality or morbidity after eight years between those screened regularly, and those who only received their normal medical care.

The other surprising result was of a study of avoidable mortality in England which showed a six-fold difference between different areas in England, not associated with poverty - some of the lowest rates were in deprived areas such as the North East.

What book are you currently reading and which have you enjoyed most in the past?

Chris Mullin’s Decline and Fall. I have enjoyed most the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

Is there anything you cannot do and would like to learn?

I can’t type and would like to learn.

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

I have never been to Argentina, Brazil and Mexico - countries which have always fascinated me.

What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is lobster, which I can rarely afford!


- Training and jobs

    Training for staff at LSE

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Introduction to database structure and design
  • Excel 2010: charts
  • One-to-one IT training
  • Performance and development review for managers

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

    Introduction to working in the higher education sector

Thursday 20 October, 10am-1pm
Wednesday 7 December, 10am-1pm

HR has developed a course for members of staff who are new to the HE sector or for those who would like to refresh their knowledge.

The course will cover current issues and give participants an overview of the sector in general. It will look at LSE and the key issues the School is facing.

There are still places available for the courses in October and December. HR highly recommends this to staff who have recently joined the School.

To book your place, visit the training and development system.

  HR   Jobs at LSE

Below are some of the vacancies currently being advertised to internal candidates only, as well as those being advertised externally.

  • Chair/reader of economics, Economics
  • David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellowship, International Relations
  • Director of information management technology, IT Services
  • Graduate administrator, Geography and Environment
  • LSE fellow in health economics, Social Policy
  • Lecturer in economics, Economics
  • Lecturer in management science, Operational Research Group
  • Lectureship in finance, Finance
  • Lectureship in philosophy, Philosophy
  • Library assistant, Library
  • Nursery assistant, Nursery
  • Part-time library assistant, Library
  • Policy analyst - climate change, Grantham Research Institute
  • Research fellow - economics of climate change, Grantham Research Institute
  • Reshelver (x2), Library

For more information, visit Jobs at LSE and login via the instructions under the 'Internal vacancies' heading.

  LSE IDEAS   Programme assistant at LSE IDEAS

LSE IDEAS is hiring a programme assistant for the MSc Diplomacy and International Strategy.

LSE IDEAS has launched this new MSc programme under the academic leadership of Professor Michael Cox. This is intended as a mid-career qualification for diplomats, civil servants and professionals from both the public and private sector.

The main purpose of the job is to provide office support, for up to 20 hours per week, reporting to the LSE IDEAS centre manager.

Key requirements:

  • Proven IT skills
  • Prior administrative experience (minimum five years)
  • Knowledge of an academic environment
  • Flexibility

Key responsibilities:

  • To provide office support for the programme, its schedule, materials and other programme aspects
  • To assist in the organisation of in house and off site lectures and seminars
  • Maintain electronic distribution lists and overall programme database
  • Maintain the MSc DIS website
  • Support the centre manager on all office matters related to the programme and general office duties

If you are interested, email your CV and a cover letter to For more information, visit LSE IDEAS.


Nicole Gallivan



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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 20 October. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 18 October. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.