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BREEAM Outstanding rating for New Students' Centre

The New Students' Centre has become the 17th building worldwide, the first in higher education in London and the second in higher education to achieve such a high standard of sustainability.


Lent term support staff briefings

Adrian Hall's support staff briefings will take place on Wednesday 7 March at 10.30am and Thursday 8 March at 2pm.


Hendrik Scheer

Hendrik, a third year student, invites the entire School community to help raise money and celebrate the School's diversity at the LSE Community Festival on Sunday 4 March.

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  1 March 2012  

- News

  New Students' Centre   LSE achieves BREEAM Outstanding rating for New Students' Centre

LSE's £24 million New Students' Centre has achieved a BREEAM design rating of Outstanding, becoming only the 17th building worldwide, the first in higher education in London and the second establishment in higher education to achieve such a high standard of sustainability.

Test body BRE Global assessed the interim stage of the development and rated the New Students' Centre with a score of 86.45 per cent, giving it the rating of Outstanding and exceeding LSE's original specification to achieve BREEAM Excellent.

The New Students' Centre is being constructed on the site of the old St Philips building on Sheffield Street. The centre will house the Students' Union - including a venue, pub, learning café, roof terrace coffee/juice bar, fitness centre, media centre, advice and representation centres, an inter-faith prayer centre and the LSE Careers Service.

Julian Robinson, director of estates at LSE, said: 'We are delighted that the New Students' Centre has been recognised as BREEAM Outstanding, which is the result of a lot of hard work from everyone involved in the project. Sustainability has been a key factor for the School from the very start of this project so it is pleasing to have achieved our aim of creating not only a suitable home for our Students' Union, but one of the 'greenest' buildings on campus.' More

  Conor Gearty   The DNA of human rights

'What are human rights and where do they come from?', asks Professor Conor Gearty (pictured) in the latest Burning Issue lecture from LSE.

In the online public lecture, entitled 'The DNA of Human Rights', Professor Gearty, professor of human rights law and a practising barrister, looks at the history of human rights and ideas that have informed their development, such as democracy and dignity.

He challenges the notion that human rights are a western idea, a mere 'cultural accessory', or that they can be used to justify 'necessary evil' - as an excuse to go to war or to torture as part of interrogation, for example.

The lecture explores the reality of what it is like to be deprived of one's human rights through interviews with a victim of torture and a psychologist. More

  Michael Sandel (photo by Kiku Adatto)   LSE lectures to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4

Should a banker be paid more than a nurse? Should universities give preference to applicants from poor backgrounds? Should we bribe people to be healthy? These are the big questions that BBC Radio 4 listeners will hear from LSE when Harvard academic Professor Michael Sandel (pictured) visits on 8 and 9 March to give a series of three public lectures.

In his lectures, entitled ‘The Public Philosopher’, Professor Sandel will challenge his audience to apply critical thinking to the sort of ethical dilemmas most people rely on gut instinct to resolve.

Michael Sandel is professor of government and lecturer in political philosophy at Harvard. He is one of the university's most popular lecturers: his lectures to Harvard undergraduates are so popular that students have to be turned away.

The lectures will take place at 5.45pm and 7.45pm on Thursday 8 March and at 6.30pm on Friday 9 March. Each event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. The lectures will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 9am on 3, 10 and 17 April. For more information, visit the event pages - Should a banker be paid more than a nurse?, Should universities give preference to applicants from poor backgrounds? and Should we bribe people to be healthy?


- Notices

  Adrian Hall   Lent term support staff briefings

All support staff are invited to attend one of the termly briefings, chaired by Adrian Hall (pictured), Secretary and Director of Administration.

The briefings will take place on Wednesday 7 March at 10.30am in the Shaw Library, Old Building, and Thursday 8 March at 2pm in the Vera Anstey Room, Old Building.

The main subject for discussion will be the Ethics Code Consultation (please see below for further details).

    Update on Ethics Code Consultation

The Ethics Code Consultation is now into its third week. Several School committees have already considered the difficult question of how to summarise the School's core values in an elegant, succinct, and informative manner.

A number of individuals have made direct submissions to the consultation email address, Every member of the School community has the opportunity to contribute before the consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 13 April. As the Director said in announcing the consultation, '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.'

As part of the consultation, a range of students, academics, governors, and staff attended an open 'town hall' meeting in the Shaw Library on Thursday 23 February. Dr Daleep Mukarji, former director of Christian Aid and chairman of the Ethics Code Consultation Group, led the discussion, which was also attended by LSE Director Judith Rees and representatives of the LSE Students' Union. Detailed notes from the discussion are available on the Ethics Code Consultation webpage.

  Good food heart   Good for you, good for the planet

LSE Catering will be promoting another 'Feel Good Food Day' on Wednesday 7 March in the Fourth Floor Restaurant.

The Oriental inspired menu will aim to demonstrate that using healthier ingredients, seasonal vegetables and limited meat, dairy or egg-based dishes can benefit your health, the environment and animal welfare.

Come along and enjoy the ‘feel good’ experience.


Here to help - LSE's Staff Counselling Service

The LSE Staff Counselling Service aims to support all staff in their work, whether full or part time.

A number of staff have already accessed and benefitted from the opportunity to look at personal or work difficulties in a confidential space. The service can offer quick access and a range of appointment times.

Please note the service will remain open throughout the Easter break.

If you would like discuss any issue, complete an online registration form on the website, email, or call 020 7955 6953.


Scanner available

Estates have an Epson GT15000 scanner up for grabs and free to a good home.

The scanner hasn’t been used for some time but should be in working order. If you are interested or for more information, email Mandy Hooker at


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features students hard at work during a lecture by Dr Kate Meagher from the Department of International Development.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.


- Research


Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the February edition of the Research Division newsletter.

To sign up for research news, recent 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 March 2012. More


- Events

  Events Leaflet





Richard Layard




James Caan



Upcoming events include....

LSE Literary Festival event
Noughties: narrating the student experience
On: Friday 2 March at 5pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Ben Masters
Tickets available online

LSE Literary Festival event
Faith, Doubt and Certainty in a Secular Age
On: Saturday 3 March at 3pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Richard Holloway and Alex Preston
Tickets available online

Mental Health: the new frontier for the welfare state
On: Tuesday 6 March at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Layard (pictured)

The Future of Egalitarian Capitalism, in Light of its Past
On: Wednesday 7 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Kathleen Thelen

Start Your Business in Seven Days
On: Tuesday 13 March at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: James Caan (pictured)
This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. LSE students and staff are able to collect one ticket from the New Academic Building SU shop from 10am on Wednesday 7 March.


The Americanisation That Never Was? The First Decade of Top Management Training in post-war Germany, 1954-64

On: Monday 5 March at 5.30pm in room 1.03, Clement House
Speaker: Armin Grünbacher, University of Birmingham.

This is the last Business History Unit seminar of Lent term. It is free and open to all and no ticket is required.


Robust Regulation in the Offshore Petroleum Industry: an assessment of different approaches

On: Tuesday 6 March from 1-2.30pm in room KSW 3.01
Speaker: Professor Preben Lindøe, professor of societal safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

This presentation will summarise and compare some of the key elements in the debate on the prevention of major offshore accidents in Norway, the UK and the US. The presentation will combine an historical perspective on major accidents, a contextual perspective with economic-market, political-administrative-legal orientation, an expert-professional perspective and consideration for social-cultural values.

For more information, visit the event page.

  Mukesh Kapila   Speaking Out Against Mass Atrocities

On: Thursday 8 March from 6.30-7.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Dr Mukesh Kapila (pictured)

Dr Mukesh Kapila will discuss his experience speaking out against mass atrocities. As UN humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Sudan between 2003-04, Dr Kapila reported genocidal violence during the initial crisis in Darfur to the most senior levels of the UN before breaking the silence and propelling Darfur into the international limelight.

Dr Kapila recently returned to the Chad/Sudan border to observe the continued displacement of civilians and severe humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.

Dr Kapila will speak for 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session focusing on practical mechanisms to prevent future mass atrocities.

This event is free to attend with no ticket or pre-registration required. For more information, visit the event page.

  Hellenic Observatory Workshop  

Hellenic Observatory Workshop on Social Change: theory and applications (the case of Greek society)

On: Friday 9 March from 11.30am-6pm at LSE.

Headline Lectures

  • Social Change and Changes in Reflexivity
    Professor Margaret Archer, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Warwick.
  • Developments Leading to the Greek Crisis
    Professor Nicos Mouzelis, emeritus professor of sociology at LSE.

Session I: Social Change: theory and applications

  • Belonging and the Many Faces of Social Change
    Dr Vanessa May, lecturer in sociology at the University of Manchester.
  • Title to be confirmed
    Dr Matthew Adams, principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Brighton.

Session II: The Example of Greek Society

  • Greece in Crisis: the rise of populism in an age of austerity
    Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, lecturer in politics at the University of York.
    Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos, Ministry of Finance Research Fellow in the Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou, fellow in comparative politics in the Department of Government, LSE.
  • How Greek Social Reality Changes and Why?
    Dr Athanasia Chalari, A C Laskaridis Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Hellenic Observatory, LSE

Attendance for this event is free for all, but you still need to register through the LSE’s e-Shop. The closing date for registrations is Tuesday 6 March.

A draft programme is available to view here.


Houses of Parliament Open Lecture

On: Friday 9 March from 11am-12.30pm at Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 2LW
Speaker: Andrew Kennon, head of the House of Commons Committee Office, which has responsibility for all aspects of select committees’ work.

This is the first of a new series of free lectures to be delivered at Westminster by senior figures from within Parliament. The event is open to all staff and students from universities across the UK.

At this event, Andrew Kennon will talk about recent developments in the work of select committees and their relationship with the House.

For more information on the lectures and to book your place, email or phone the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service on 020 7219 1650. Booking is essential.

  Institute of Social Psychology   Getting it Wrong About the Riots: why the official explanations and policy responses will only make things worse

On: Wednesday 14 March from 6-8pm in room NAB LG.01
Speaker: Professor Steve Reicher, professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews.

Following the riots of August 2011, rioters were portrayed as amoral and criminal outsiders. The government response was based on tougher policing and greater intervention in the rioting communities. This approach, encapsulated in the branding of rioters as 'feral', mirrors responses to previous riots both in the US and the UK. However, in time, both the explanations and the responses have come to be seen as flawed and to misrepresent the nature of crowd action.

Drawing on both past research on crowds and riots, and also detailed analysis of the events of August, Professor Reicher will provide an alternative explanation of why people participated in the riots and what they did during the rioting. He will also argue that effective responses must be based on inclusion and engagement rather than exclusion and containment.

For more information, contact the Institute of Social Psychology.


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Of Public Intellectuals, Universities, and a Democratic Crisis
Speaker: Michael D Higgins
Recorded: Tuesday 21 February, approx 87 minutes
Click here to listen

Climate Change and the New Industrial Revolution - what we risk and how we should cast the economics and ethics
Speaker: Professor Lord Stern
Recorded: Tuesday 21 February, approx 58 minutes
Click here to listen

The Politics of Resistance and the Arab Uprisings
Speaker: Professor Charles Tripp
Recorded: Thursday 23 February, approx 94 minutes
Click here to listen


- 60 second interview

    Hendrik Scheer  

with..... Hendrik Scheer

I am a third year BSc government student at LSE. Originally from Germany, I lived in Shropshire for two years before coming to London.

At LSE I am a member of the activities committee, the LSE Community Festival Committee and spent two and a half years with the LSESU Rowing Club.

Please tell us about the aims of and plans for the LSE Community Festival.

The LSE Community Festival is a unique project organised by current LSE students, alumni and staff. The idea developed over two years ago following a survey completed by students and alumni. It was requested that an event be organised that would bring together the entire LSE community to raise money and celebrate the School’s diversity.

The Community Festival aims to raise money for LSE student needs, including scholarships, hardship funds, LSESU societies and clubs and the LSE African Initiative. Students, alumni and staff will raise money via sponsorship for running or walking around Lincoln’s Inn Fields. At the same time live entertainment, a bar and inter-society/halls competitions will take place in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

The Festival has already attracted the attention of major companies such as Deutsche Bank and Ernst&Young, which have agreed to sponsor the event. Participants have to register online at and in return will receive a goody-bag with products by Lynx and other companies, and a t-shirt.

How many people do you expect to be taking part and is it aimed at any specific group?

The event is not aimed at a specific group but at the entire LSE community. We are expecting a total of 500 LSE students to participate. To date more than 200 students have already registered online. Student societies have also expressed great interest in setting up stalls for the event to advertise their services. Members of staff, including Stuart Corbridge (pro-director) and Andy Farrell (director of finance and facilities) have already signed up.

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

Though dead, probably Al Capone. He was born to an immigrant family and rose to become one of the most influential and ruthless figures in the criminal world to date. I believe that he was an extraordinarily powerful person with a very complex character and life story. Especially, his later 'career' is of great interest to me. I would like to hear about his thoughts when he was finally arrested and convicted, not for the serious crimes he was involved with but for tax evasion. Similarly I would like to ask him about the time when his influence finally diminished.

What, or who, makes you laugh?

I am a simple person - it is easy to amuse me.

Marmite - love it or hate it?

Hate it.

What are the best and worst presents you have ever received?

Best: my best present was given to me by my granddad. When I was younger my granddad gave me a small Bible. He received it from his granddad before the war. My granddad then carried it with him during the war. I was very young when he gave it to me but after my granddad died I understood the importance of this present and always turn to it in remembrance of my family.

Worst: I had to take Latin in school for five years and was not the greatest fan of it. A close family friend was a Latin teacher at the time and decided to give me a book written in Latin (a fairy tale) for my birthday. I never got around to reading it and, to date, I am not sure whether he meant it as a joke or was seriously expecting me to translate/read it.


- Training and jobs

    Training for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • PowerPoint 2010: polished presentations in 10 steps
  • Data protection and research data
  • Copyright, the internet and teaching online
  • Project management
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Introduction to blogging
  • Achieving good quality sleep
  • Word 2010: essential tips and techniques

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

    An introduction to the Equality Act 2010 for managers

Following on from the success of last term’s lunch and learn session on the Equality Act 2010, several requests have been made to repeat this course for the benefit of those managers who could not attend.

The session will take place on Friday 16 March from 12.30-2pm in room CON 7.05, Connaught House. Lunch will be provided.

The session will highlight managers’ responsibilities to fulfill specific equality duties, namely:

  • Setting equality objectives
  • Collation of information on protected groups
  • Publishing information in a format which is accessible to all
  • An introduction on how to carry out Equality Analysis (which replaces Equality Impact Assessments).

To book a place, visit the online training system.

The session will be jointly led by the School’s equality and diversity adviser, Carolyn Solomon-Pryce, and Dr Ossie Stuart. Dr Stuart, a wheelchair user, is an academic with over 12 years' experience as a lecturer and researcher. Since 2001, he has devoted his time to equality issues, as both consultant and trainer.

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Building liaison officer, Library: user services
  • Head of LSE Annual Fund, ODAR: Annual Fund
  • LSE fellow (one post for one year), Philosophy
  • LSE fellow (one post for two years), Philosophy
  • Lecturer in anthropology (two posts), Anthropology
  • Network specialist, IT Services
  • Operations coordinator, Summer School and Executive Programmes
  • Porter, Library: public services
  • Post-doctoral research assistant (economics of climate change), Grantham Research Institute
  • Post-doctoral research assistant (green growth), Grantham Research Institute
  • Professor in international history, International History
  • Remote support officer, IT Services
  • Research economist, Spatial Economics Research Centre
  • Research economist, Centre for Economic Performance
  • Research executive, ODAR: research and academic liaison
  • Training, web and social media manager, IT Services: user services

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


Nicole Gallivan



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