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Olympic apps

Two iPhone apps developed by LSE's Complexity Group, to be used during the Olympic Games in the City of London and the City of Westminster, are now available to download.


Are we making an effort to integrate diversity into sport?

Until Sunday 12 August, the Equality and Diversity blog is publishing a series of articles on the theme 'Diversity in Sport'.


Professor Frank Land

Professor Land, who is a former LSE student, reminisces about the 1948 London Olympics and tell us why he is enjoying this year’s Games.

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  9 August 2012  

- News

    Olympic apps

The LSE Complexity Group, together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and ETH Zurich, has developed two iPhone apps to be used during the Olympic Games in the City of London and the City of Westminster.

One of the apps has been developed for the City of London Police to be used by visitors during the two busiest days of the Olympics. Its main application however, will be to provide information to the businesses and residents in the Square Mile, with a special feature that will be activated if and when there is an incident, so that the police can send geographically targeted advice to users.

The second app, called ‘What’s On’, has been developed for Westminster City Council and will be used throughout the Olympics and Paralympics within the City of Westminster. A ‘beta’ version of the app for Android phones will also be made available.

Both apps are free to download from the following links:

  British Academy   Appointments to the British Academy

Professor Michael Storper, professor of economic geography at LSE, has been appointed as a British Academy Corresponding Fellow. Professor Storper, who is based at LSE each year during the Michaelmas term and spends the rest of the year between Sciences Po in Paris and UCLA, was one of only 15 Corresponding Fellows chosen this year.

Professor Mary Morgan, professor of history and philosophy of economics at LSE, has also been nominated to the British Academy governing council. Professor Morgan was nominated by the economics section of the Academy.

  Nabila Ramdani and Bob Geldof  

LSE student named one of 101 most innovative individuals in the world for social good

Nabila Ramdani (pictured with Sir Bob Geldof), PhD candidate in LSE's International History Department, has been named by DNA (Decide Now Act) ‘101 Innovation’ as one of 101 most innovative individuals in the world for social good.

Nabila received her award at the DNA Summit Innovation 101 Power Breakfast held at the House of Lords on Thursday 26 July.

In partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Global Partnerships Forum and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, the DNA Summit is a new annual international forum, designed to act as a collective meeting place for visionaries, helping them work together for social good.

Others honoured include Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Tim-Berners Lee, Jamie Oliver, Piers Morgan, Jimmy Wales, Kofi Annan, and David Beckham. For more information, visit


LSE at the Camden Fringe

There's an LSE flavour to the comedy sketch group Goes Well With Cheese, whose new show 'Zinfandel' makes its debut at the Camden Fringe this weekend.

The cast of the show, which opens tonight, includes Steve Bond from the Centre for Learning Technology, sociology undergraduate Tania Bizoumi and alumnus Mark Richardson.

The show looks at everything that's 'alright' about modern life such as going to the supermarket, walking in the park, getting on a bus and watching the news. Zinfandel is on for three nights only at Theatre Collection (51 Camden Park Road, NW1 9BH), tonight, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August, at 9.30pm.

For more information or to buy your tickets, visit Camden Fringe.

  Chaloka Beyani  

Academic abroad

From 23-31 July Dr Chaloka Beyani (pictured), senior lecturer in law at LSE, visited the Côte d’Ivoire on an official mission in his capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

At the end of his visit, Dr Beyani concluded that internally displaced people in Côte d’Ivoire needed durable solutions, including livelihood opportunities and confidence in their security, in order to be able to sustainably rebuild their lives.

Before that, Dr Beyani was in Kabul, Afghanistan from 12-18 July to look into the framing of a policy on internally displaced persons.


- Notices

  Volunteer Centre  

LSE Volunteering Fair 2012

Do you work with any charities that are looking to recruit volunteers? Our Volunteering Fair is an exciting opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to meet and recruit committed students who are keen to volunteer, engage with the wider community and apply their knowledge and skills to real life situations.

This year's Fair will take place on Tuesday 9 October from 5.30-8.30pm in LSE's Old Building.

We welcome bookings from registered charities with current volunteer opportunities in London. Places are free of charge to registered charities but we expect organisations to notify us if and when they recruit volunteers from LSE.

Please complete the online booking request form to apply.

  Diversity in Sport  

Diversity in Sport

The Equality and Diversity blog is running a series of articles on ‘Diversity in Sport’ for the duration of the Olympics.

The series seeks to discuss where we are today in living up to the Olympic values of inclusivity and diversity. From the black power salute in the 1968 Olympics to the inclusion of women in every team in London 2012, the series will explore issues of disability, gender identity, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.

The series runs until 12 August on the Equality and Diversity blog. Join in the discussion.

  Havana   LSE Perspectives

August's LSE Perspectives gallery is now online. You can view the gallery online here.

The gallery features 12 striking images submitted by LSE staff and students. Each image reflects a unique perspective on a particular scene.

If you have taken any artistic images on your travels, from your home town or even just here in London why not submit them for LSE perspectives so that they can be shared with the LSE community.

For more information and to submit your images, visit LSE Perspectives submissions. Previous galleries can be found here.

  sQuid   LSE ID sQuid payment card prize draw

Congratulations to the winners in the final monthly sQuid prize draw:

  • Oliver Gerstberger
  • Charlotte Andreasen
  • Ilya Sheynzon
  • Daniel Peel
  • Andrew Farrell

From September, using sQuid on your LSE card to make fast and easy cashless payments across campus will be even better value.

A 10 per cent loyalty reward will be added to your account when you pay using sQuid in LSE Catering’s outlets. Further details will be announced soon.

  Skip Fit Lessons  

Skip fit lessons

Security officer and former boxer Daniel Beckley is running skip fit lessons for all staff and students at LSE.

Build up your fitness, burn calories and increase your stamina, all within an hour.

The next lessons will take place from 1-2pm at the Badminton Court, Old Building, on Tuesday 14 August, Tuesday 21 August, Tuesday 4 September, Tuesday 11 September, Tuesday 25 September, Tuesday 2 October, Tuesday 16 October and Tuesday 23 October.

Just turn up on any of these dates with your own skipping rope. All lessons are free. More sessions will take place during Michaelmas term.

For more information, email Daniel at

  New Cross Gate flat   One bedroom flat to let in New Cross Gate

Available from Monday 20 August, this one bedroom flat is in a quiet cul-de-sac five minutes' walk from New Cross Gate station and ten minutes from New Cross station.

One stop from London Bridge station and also on the upgraded overground line. Allocated off-street parking space, access to a private shared garden, modern bathroom and lounge with separate kitchen. Currently unfurnished but can be flexible with furnishings. £800 pcm.

For more information, pictures, or for viewings, contact George Ames on 07816 857502.

  I Need Pampering  

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

I Need Pampering is offering LSE staff and their family members an amazing 80 per cent off hair and beauty treatments at:

Corinne & Co at the InterContinental Hotel on Park lane, London
Hair and beauty experience, usually priced at £400, is available to LSE staff for just £55. Simply enter COR80 at the checkout or call 0208 208 3132.

If you know of any deals that you think may be of interest to Staff News readers, email Margaret Newson, purchasing manager, at


- LSE in pictures


Inspired by the Olympics, LSE Archives has been taking a look back at the first LSE annual sports day, which took place 90 years ago. This picture shows the start of the men's sprint race (c1920s). For more information and photos, see 'The great trees down at Malden gaze down upon our play…' - 90 Years of Sport at LSE.
For more images like this, visit LSE Sports.

  LSE Sports  

- Research


Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the Summer 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 October 2012. More


- Events




Patrick Hennessey (credit Jochen Braun)




Anatol Lieven


Upcoming LSE events include....

Policies for Inclusive and Balanced Growth
On: Tuesday 11 September at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Heiner Flassbeck, director of the division on globalisation and development strategies at UNCTAD, and Professor Robert Wade, professor of political economy and development at LSE.

Kandak: fighting with Afghans
On: Wednesday 12 September at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Patrick Hennessey (pictured above), former soldier and now a barrister.

Emerging Economies Riding the Storm: Chile and the rest of the region
On: Wednesday 12 September at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Felipe Larraín, Chilean minister of finance.

The Decline of the US Middle Classes and the Transformation of the Republican Party
On: Monday 1 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Anatol Lieven (pictured), professor in the War Studies Department at King's College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC.

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism and What They Mean for our Economic Prospects
On: Wednesday 10 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Ha-Joon Chang, teaches economics at the University of Cambridge.


- 60 second interview

    Frank Land  

with..... Professor Emeritus Frank Land

My twin brother Ralph and I were LSE students between 1947 and 1950. After graduation and a spell in the Economics Research Division, where I met my wife Ailsa, I joined the food and catering company J. Lyons & Co as an accounts clerk.

Luckily Lyons were just developing the world's first business computer, LEO, and I joined that team. I spent 16 years working with computers at Lyons and successor companies before being recruited by LSE in 1967 to establish teaching and research in the new academic discipline of systems analysis within the Department of Statistics. My wife Ailsa was already in the same department, working on operational research.

In 1982 I was appointed professor of systems analysis, and on retirement in 1992, after spending five years at the London Business School, became an emeritus professor in the Information Systems and Innovation Group in LSE's Department of Management.

What is your abiding memory of the 1948 London Olympics?

Walking from Wembley underground station to Wembley Stadium and finding our place for some of the events amongst mounting excitement. Watching the Jamaican Arthur Wint winning the 800 metres with his unbelievably long stride. Two Italians competing in the field sports, shot put and hammer throw, I think. They did not bother to take off their track suits and casually threw their implements about twice as far as the dapperly attired British competitors. Fanny Blankers-Koen winning four gold medals. Zatopek's apparently agonising runs, beating all comers.

Which event are you most looking forward to at this year’s Games?

Athletics: the most exiting events for me are the middle-distance and long distance running events. I have very much enjoyed seeing Mo Farah achieving glory - and hope he repeats this. Of course the sprints with Usain Bolt can't be missed, but they are over before you can say boo.

Apart from that the track cycling and some of the other events that you hit on via the wide television coverage.

I watched the Danny Boyle orchestrated opening ceremony with low expectations, and was delighted with the overall (and special) effects he created, a triumph. And congratulations to those who let him of the leash.

What would you do if you were LSE director for a day?

Initiate a campaign to get rid of the self-defeating, costly and stultifying attempts to measure academic quality and performance by such measures as the RAE.

What is your opinion of social networking sites?

They take up far too much time and to me provide a kaleidoscope of boring information.

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

Robert Harris' Fear and I have enjoyed a number of his books in the past. Books which have left a lasting impression are, over a long lifetime, legion, but some which stand out are Dostoyevsky's major novels, Graham Greene, Wodehouse and of course works of non-fiction and in particular books with a historic theme.

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

Having worked with computers most of my working life I would like to master the latest innovations instead of having to ask the grandchildren.


- Training and jobs


Training for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Moodle Next Steps Training

  • Writing for Blogs

  • Getting to Grips with Office 2010 and Windows 7

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.

  • Business analyst, IT Services
  • Dahrendorf post-doctoral research officer, Grantham Research Institute
  • Events executive (international and UK), Conference and Events
  • LSE fellow in international development - managing humanitarianism (part-time), International Development
  • LSE teaching fellow, Social Psychology
  • Lecturer in management, Management
  • MSc management and exchanges programme administrator, Management
  • Programme co-ordinator, Management
  • Research administrator, Statistics
  • Research officer, European Institute
  • Residential life officer, RCSD Office
  • Stewardship and communications officer, ODAR: communications
  • Sub wardens, Residential and Catering Services Division
  • TRIUM programme manager, TRIUM
  • LSE fellows in sociology (two posts), Sociology

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


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