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Ethics Code consultation: message from the Director

LSE's new Ethics Code Consultation Group is working to produce the School's first overarching Ethics Code and is now consulting the LSE community. Consultation closes 5pm, Friday 13 April.


LSE Teaching Day 2012 - Tomorrow is the last chance to contribute ideas for the fourth LSE Teaching Day. Staff are invited to submit proposals for presentations, workshops, panel discussions or case studies for the celebrations on 22 May.


Banu Burns is LSE-PKU Summer School administrator and a PhD student in the European Institute. In the event of a fire, she would save her children, books and computer, and would like to learn to draw, because "I'm terrible at it".  

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  16 February 2012  

- News


Ethics Code consultation: message from the Director

When the LSE Council published Lord Woolf’s Inquiry into LSE’s links to Libya in November, I made a personal commitment that we would both learn the lessons of the report and implement Lord Woolf’s recommendations this academic year. Ethical issues lie at the very heart of Lord Woolf's Inquiry and his first recommendation was for the School to establish an "embedded code dealing with ethics and reputational risk which applies across the institution". To this end, Council has established an Ethics Code Consultation Group, which will work this term to produce the School's first overarching Ethics Code. The group met for the first time on 3 February and have elected Dr Daleep Mukarji (lay governor and former director of Christian Aid) as their chair. I am deeply grateful to Dr Mukarji for taking on this role and to all the consultation group for their thoughtful and diligent work to date.

Key to the success of the code is consultation - and this week marks the start of that process, which will run until 5pm on Friday 13 April. We will only be able to establish a meaningful, workable code if it is drafted with input from the numerous and diverse constituencies that make up our School community. With this in mind, I hope that as many of you as possible take this opportunity to contribute to the drafting of the code.

There are two main ways to contribute. Members of the consultation group will attend a number of meetings during February and March to ask for comments on what an LSE Ethics Code should look like. This will include a dedicated ‘town hall’ meeting in the Shaw Library at 5pm on Thursday 23 February 2012, open to all members of the School community. The group also invites individual written submissions by email to Read the full letter from Director Judith Rees here. An ethics webpage has also been set up to provide further information on the consultation process and timetable.

    LSE Languages Day 2012 

The second LSE Languages Day, co-hosted by the LSE Students' Union and LSE Language Centre, will take place on Tuesday 21 February, International Mother Language Day.

International Mother Language Day was created by UNESCO, the United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organisation, to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Over 20 universities across the country will be celebrating languages in Higher Education with a range of serious and fun events. In Houghton Street there will be a variety of lunchtime activities, and later on in the student bars you can try foreign language karaoke, a language pub quiz and a world music disco.

The LSE Language Centre will be hosting a panel discussion on Multilingualism with Professor Anne Pauwels from SOAS and Dr Dina Mehmedbegović, lecturer in the Faculty of Policy and Society at the Institute of Education, whose latest book on bilingual London children is a fascinating study. This event takes place from 5.15-6.15pm in LG.01, New Academic Building. More

    Equality and Diversity in Lent Term 2012

There is an exciting range of events promoting equality and diversity in the School this term, including films, social events, master-classes for managers, workshops for students and much more.

This is the first of a series that celebrates diversity at LSE and demonstrates its commitment to the Equality Act 2010. Come along to find out more and get involved. Download the Equality and Diversity Lent Term flyer for details of the events.


Security in Transition launches new website

The LSE Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit has launched its brand new website for Security in Transition (SIT), a five-year European Research Council funded research programme led by Professor Mary Kaldor (pictured), exploring the gap between outmoded state responses and contemporary security risks such as terrorism, the financial crisis and environmental degradation. See: for more.


- Notices

    LSE Teaching Day 2012 - call for contributions

The call for contributions to the fourth LSE Teaching Day (LSE TD-2012) is open until Friday 17 February.

We invite LSE staff to submit proposals for presentations, workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions or case studies for LSE Teaching Day that will be held at LSE on Tuesday 22 May.

Topics for submission may include:

  • challenges and innovations in teaching
  • supporting student learning
  • feedback and assessment
  • research led teaching
  • technologies in teaching and learning

Proposals should be submitted using the online submission form. All submissions will be reviewed by the programme committee, chaired by Professor Janet Hartley, pro-director for teaching and learning.

If you have any questions, email or email

    Could you be a warden?

Deadline for applications: Thursday 1 March
The School is looking to appoint four wardens from 1 September 2012 for London residences: High Holborn and Grosvenor House; Passfield Hall; Rosebery Hall; and Northumberland House.

LSE halls are fantastic places to live and work. Located in and around central London, they play a crucial role in delivering the 'student experience'. Wardens have a key function in the halls, being responsible for the good order of the LSE residence community, the social well-being of resident students and the maintenance of an acceptable standard of conduct within the residence. In this role, the wardens are supported by teams of sub-wardens, recruited from the LSE post-graduate student body.

For full role responsibilities, eligibility criteria, description of each hall, please see

For an informal discussion about each of the posts, please contact Rachael Elliott, head of residential life on 020 7106 1153 or by email at Applications must be received by 11.59pm on Thursday 1 March. Interviews will be held in the week beginning 12 March.

    LSE Annual Fund call for funding applications

The Annual Fund supports projects that would otherwise not be possible and is inviting applications for funding from across the School. Visit apply for funding, where you will find details on applying, including guidelines, contact details and the link to the online application form.

Please submit your application by Wednesday 9 May at 5.30pm - late submissions will not be accepted. More

    LSE Perspectives - call for submissions 

LSE Perspectives features photographs taken by LSE students and staff and is published every month. Every new gallery publishes 12 images submitted by members of the LSE community. We are looking for submissions for next month’s gallery.

If you have taken any artistic images - such as this picture taken in Essaouira, Morocco, by Othmane Mechatte - on your travels, from your home town or even just here in London why not submit them to LSE Perspectives so that they can be shared with the LSE community!

For more information and to submit your images click here. Every month the Arts team selects 12 images and publishes them online. Previous galleries can be found here.

    Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries 2012-13

Deadline: Tuesday 22 May
Aiding LSE PhD students to conduct research at: Columbia University, New York; the National University of Singapore (NUS); Peking University (Beijing); Sciences Po (Paris); or
the University of Cape Town.

Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners 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.

For 2012-13, up to ten bursaries are on offer to visit one of the above five partner institutions. For any one partner institution, up to two flat rate bursaries of £2,500 are available.

Students registered for PhD studies at 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.

The deadline for submitting complete applications including references is: midday on Tuesday 22 May 2012. Full details about the Partnership Mobility Bursaries, including application procedures, can be found here. Any further enquiries should be directed to 


More for less - take advantage of special offers for LSE staff

LSE Department of Social Policy graduate Dessislava Baker is offering LSE staff and students a 20 per cent discount off the Zaggora HotPant range when purchased online.

Just type in the code LSELOVE when you make your purchases online to get the 20 per cent discount at 


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features.....

Joy Gerrard's sculpture Elenchus/Aporia in the central atrium of the LSE New Academic Building

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Events


Climate Change and the New Industrial Revolution: what we risk and how we should cast the economics and ethics

On: Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, and chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.

Five years on from the Stern Review there have been important changes in the world which are likely to have a profound impact on our response to the two defining challenges of the century: overcoming poverty and managing climate change. Lord Stern will discuss how we can bring economics and political economy to the analysis of our response to these challenges in the context of a special but difficult decade in the global economy.

These three events are free and open to all with no ticket required. More

  Events Leaflet   Other upcoming events include....

On Friendship
On: Tuesday 21 February at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Dr Mark Vernon.

Fantasy versus Reality
LSE Literary Festival and First Story prize-giving event
On: Thursday 23 February, 6pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Caroline Bird, William Fiennes, Meg Rosoff, Philip Womack
Tickets now available online.

Science and the Media
Hire Intelligence LSE Literary Festival event
Date: Wednesday 29 February, 5.15-6.45pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Jim al-Khalili, Professor Pedro Ferreira, Professor Elaine Fox
Tickets now available online.

The Fight for Free Speech: 40 years on
Index on Censorship 40th Anniversary LSE Literary Festival event
On: Thursday 1 March, 7-8.30pm
in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Pavel Litvinov, Michael Scammell
Tickets now available online.

A Moment of Mishearing
LSE Literary Festival event
On: Friday 2 March at 6-8.30pm (including interval with complimentary drinks) in the
Speakers: Amit Chaudhuri, Ian Jack
Tickets now available online.

Under the Cranes: literature, film and the city
LSE Cities Literary Festival film screening and discussion
Date: Saturday 3 March at  5-6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Michael Rosen, Emma-Louise Williams


Financial Crisis and Responding to "Socially Useless Banking": challenges for the 21st century and lessons from the past

On: Monday 20 February at 5.30pm in CLM 1.03, Clement House
Speaker: Sarah Wilson, University of York

This Business History Unit seminar is free and open to all with no ticket required.

    Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process in Afghanistan

On: Monday 20 February at 6.30 - 8pm in NAB 2.04, New Academic Building
Speakers: Rina Amiri, senior advisor on Afghanistan for the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the US Government, Andy Carl, co-founder and executive director of Conciliation Resources, Horia Mosadiq Afghan human rights activist, journalist and researcher for Amnesty International, and Dr Lisa Schirch, director of 3P Human Security and professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.

As pressure mounts for a negotiated settlement to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the panellists will discuss what a viable process would include and how it might proceed, exploring ways to engage civil society to advance a more inclusive peace process, and drawing on experiences in other countries. More

    European Community of Democracies - towards a new foundation of Europe

On: Monday 20 February from 6.30-8pm in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB
Speaker: Ulrich Beck, professor of sociology at the University of Munich and British Journal of Sociology LSE Centennial Professor.

German euro-nationalism is not inevitable. Europe's crisis is an opportunity to enlarge democracy. More

    Barcelona Project: leading the way out of crisis?

On: Wednesday 22 February at 3-7.30pm in COW1.11, Cowdray House and the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

This conference will include two workshops and a public lecture, which will take place from 6-7.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

The key speakers are Antoni Vives, Barcelona’s deputy mayor for urban habitat, and Vicente Guallart, its chief architect, who will speak on Barcelona’s urban regeneration programme.

The debates will be chaired by Professor Ian Gordon, LSE London and the Spatial Economics Research Centre, Professor Ricky Burdett, director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, and Professor Paul Preston, chairman of the LSE Catalan Observatory.

All events, hosted by the Catalan Observatory and LSE Enterprise, are free and open to the public. For more info, Visit for other events like this. More

  Houghton Street   Run While Others Walk: an LSE Student Community event

Taking place on Sunday 4 March, the LSE Student Community Festival is a one day student-run festival bringing together students, staff and alumni to celebrate the diversity of the School.

The Festival will incorporate a range of activities over the course of the day. The main event will be a run/walk around Lincoln's Inn Fields to raise money for LSE student support, including scholarships, hardship funds, and the LSE African Initiative. Students choosing to participate will be paired up with alumni with similar interests - a great opportunity to meet new people and hear about life after LSE. The event will raise money for LSE student support (including scholarships and hardship funds) and the LSE African Initiative.

Open to all, participants must register and pay a £5 registration fee in order to be entered into the raffles or participate in the run/walk. For more information or to get involved, visit Facebook, see or email


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation
Speaker: Professor Richard Sennett
Recorded: Monday 06 February 2012, approx 90 minutes 

Crises and Revolutions: The Reshaping of International Development
Speaker: Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Recorded: Tuesday 07 February 2012, approx 85 minutes

OECD Labour Markets in the Great Recession
Speaker: Professor Christopher Pissarides
Recorded: Thursday 09 February 2012, approx 74 minutes


- 60 second interview

    Banu Burns  

with..... Banu Burns

I work part-time in Academic Partnerships as the LSE-PKU Summer School administrator. My job responsibilities include dealing with enquiries from interested students, assisting with marketing activities, processing applications and payments, setting up the administrative systems etc.

That aside, I am also a PhD student in the European Institute. My research focuses on the causal mechanisms behind the emergence of the EU Minority Protection Conditionality in the context of enlargement. This is my third year and, hopefully, I am nearing the end of the programme. As you can imagine, it is a very stressful period of my life.

Tell us a little about this year's LSE-PKU Summer School.

The LSE-PKU Summer School is a two week international programme which has been running since 2004. It is co-organised by two leading academic institutions, LSE and Peking University. The programme focuses on China and Asia and offers students the opportunity to choose from a number of undergraduate level courses.

For August 2012, we have courses in some new areas like anthropology, social policy and economic history, as well as those from last year in economics, management, international relations, media etc. We've also got more courses led by some great Peking University academics, such as Dr Rui Wang's 'Demystifying China: understanding business and marketing strategies in China'.

Participants have the opportunity to enjoy an international academic environment in one of the greatest settings in the world, Beijing city. Last year we had a total of 346 participants from 49 countries and their feedback on the programme was very positive. From my point of view, it has been very rewarding to hear past participants' high opinions.

What three items would you rush to save from a fire?

My children, my books and my computer. Most precious trio in life.

What type of food do you enjoy most?

Greek and Turkish food in general and meze food in particular. I not only like tasting but also cooking. I sometimes bring in my Greek or Turkih experiments to share with my colleagues in the office.

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

Drawing, I am terrible at it.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?

I might sound like a sad case but the Jean Monnet room in Cowdray House; it has become my second home in the last three years. Additionally, it has a great vista of activity on Portugal Street.

What would your friends say is your greatest quality?

It depends who you are asking! I suppose most would say that multitasking is one of my greatest assets, but if you ask my colleagues in Academic Partnerships, then I think they might also add my baking abilities.


- Training and jobs

    Research staff: perfect your one page pitch!

This half-day workshop on Tuesday 28 February from 9.30am-1.30pm (including a working lunch) will take you through the paces of pitching your work for radio and print.

Radio producer Dinah Lammiman and the Guardian's Comment is Free editor will explain what they require from a one page pitch, and advise on exploiting topical links, foregrounding story and hooking reader interest. There'll also be the opportunity to try some valuable pitching exercises. Find out more and book at Perfecting your one page pitch.


Training for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Mindfulness and Stress Workshop, 21 February at 1pm
  • Creating Accessible PDF Documents, 23 February at 11am
  • Performance Development Review: making it happen and doing it well. 24 February at 10am
  • PhD Thesis Surgery, 24 February at 11am 
  • Excel 2010: pivot tables, 27 February at 3pm
  • Using Freedom of Information Requests for Research, 28 February at 12 noon.

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

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Project manager, LSE Enterprise, for more on this position (not advertised through Jobs at LSE), click here
  • Accounts manager RCSD, Finance Division
  • Administrative assistant, Research Division
  • Administrator within LSE Communications, External Relations
  • Assessment regulations manager, Academic Registrar's Division
  • Assistant projects manager, Estates: projects and operations
  • Careers consultant (experienced), LSE Careers Service
  • Careers consultant (trainee), LSE Careers Service
  • Communications manager, LSE Cities
  • Contract accounts manager (research), Research Division
  • Development communications manager, ODAR: communications
  • Help desk technician, furniture request co-ordinator, Estates Division
  • India blog/portal editor, Communications
  • LSE fellow (one year post), Philosophy
  • LSE fellow (two year post), Philosophy
  • LSE fellow in European politics, Government
  • Lecturer in anthropology, Anthropology
  • Lecturer in early modern international history, International History
  • Library assistant, Library: user services
  • MSc administrator, Finance
  • Postgraduate programme administrator, Management: MESG
  • Professor in international history, International History
  • Professor of management, Management: MESG
  • Purchasing assistant, Finance Division
  • Research degrees officer, Academic Registrar's Division: student administration
  • Research economist, Spatial Economics Research Centre
  • Research executive, ODAR: research and academic liaison
  • Research officer, LSE Health and Social Care
  • Research officers (two posts), LSE Health and Social Care
  • Senior registry assistant (registration and examinations), Academic Registrar's Division
  • Undergraduate programme administrator, Government

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


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