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LSE and India

This week, as LSE's Director visits India, the School has announced 50 new scholarships for postgraduate Indian students, and a major collaborative research programme on gender equality in India.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, LSE Catering will be actively promoting LSE’s Fairtrade status in all of its restaurants and cafés from Monday 25 February to Sunday 10 March.

 

Dr Andrea Vedolin

Dr Vedolin, a lecturer in the Department of Finance, wishes she could resist reading too many gossip magazines: 'My days would be so much more productive!'

 
             
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  21 February 2013  

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    LSE announces new India postgraduate scholarships

LSE has announced 50 new scholarships for postgraduate Indian students.

The LSE India Scholarships will enable students from India to study for a Master’s degree at LSE starting in 2013. The awards will range from £3,000 to £32,000, depending on financial need, and are open to all Indian students who hold an offer of a place on an LSE Master’s programme by 30 April 2013.

LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said 'LSE has enjoyed a strong relationship with India for over a century. This has included welcoming thousands of Indian students to study at the School during this time. We want to ensure that LSE’s doors are open to all talented students, regardless of financial circumstances, and are delighted to cement this relationship further by offering 50 scholarships, for graduate study, for students from India.' More
 

 
    LSE to launch major collaborative research programme on gender equality in India

LSE is to develop its highly regarded relationship with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai to establish a major research programme on gender equality.

LSE's relationship with TISS, established in 2007, has been supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, which has provided £1.8 million to fund joint research projects and the exchange of faculty members and PhD students between TISS and LSE's India Observatory. LSE and TISS are working towards building on this collaboration with a focus on women's issues.

The Tata Trust is keen to support a joint programme of research, advocacy and action to create a safe and enabling environment towards achieving gender equality in India. This programme involves an action research initiative that would input to strengthening existing public institutions and policy to respond to gender issues. This will involve further exchanges of research students, alongside the clear input into policy. More
 

 
  Craig Calhoun   The Director blogs from India

Whilst travelling with prime minister David Cameron as part of the largest delegation a British prime minister has ever taken anywhere in the world, LSE's Director Professor Craig Calhoun (pictured) reflects on the School’s historic ties with India and looks forward to expanding these links.

In his blog post entitled 'India, the world and LSE', Professor Calhoun finds that the world looks different from India’s vantage point, and explains why that matters for the School.

To read Professor Calhoun's article and for more updates about his trip to India, visit India at LSE.
 

 
  Latefa Guemar   LSE academic shortlisted in the 2013 Migrant and Refugee Women of the Year Awards

Latefa Guemar (pictured), visiting fellow in LSE’s Gender Institute and a fellow of the Scholars at Risk Scheme at LSE, has been shortlisted in the online category of the Migrant and Refugee Women of the Year Awards.

Latefa was shortlisted for her article Academic refugees: ‘My hope is to contribute to this country - if I’m given the opportunity’ which was published on the Guardian Online and tells of Latefa’s experience of being a refugee scholar.

Latefa joined LSE in 2012 as a participant on the Reconnect with Research course, which provides unique language and research skills support to refugee scholars. The Reconnect with Research programme is part of the LSE Scholars at Risk Scheme, which supports persecuted and displaced scholars.

Latefa said: ‘I was first very surprised but completely delighted to hear that my article has been shortlisted. When looking at the high profile of the jury members, I also felt very honoured. I am pleased that my article highlighted the situation of so many women academic refugees who have to struggle to re-build their life in a new and sometimes, hostile environment. I am very proud to represent their plights, and also their successes. So many of us have much to contribute to British society, if the opportunity is given.’

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 8 March.
 

 
    Enhancing the Visibility of LSE Research: developing LSE’s Google Scholar Citation profiles

The School is currently assessing how best to enhance the profile and impact of LSE research. In addition to existing platforms to reach external audiences such as the LSE website, LSE Experts, and LSE Research Online, there are also freely available online tools that allow academics and their research to become more visible, as well as to link to networks of interest around particular subjects and disciplines.

LSE is committed to using one of these online tools, Google Scholar Citations (GSC), to enhance the School’s research visibility by encouraging as many academics as possible to create a GSC profile. In addition, GSC allows individuals to track their own research profile, connect to co-authors and find new key publications in their discipline. Profiles are fully searchable by Google enabling full text publications and citations through LSE Research Online to be found more easily.

The Google Scholar Citations profile only needs to be created once and, following that, all new outputs will be linked to the profile automatically.

The LSE Public Policy Group will be running individual and departmental training sessions in the coming weeks to assist researchers with creating their Google Scholar Profile. If you have any questions or would like to book a session, email Jane Tinkler at j.tinkler@lse.ac.uk or Sierra Williams at s.williams4@lse.ac.uk.
 

 
  One day's waste at LSE   LSE’s Waste on Houghton Street

As part of LSESU’s Go Green Week, the Sustainability Team put a day’s worth of LSE’s waste on Houghton Street. The stunt aimed to draw attention to the amount of waste produced by LSE’s students and staff on a daily basis and to encourage individuals to think about how they can reduce the amount of waste produced.

LSE produced 1,920 tonnes of waste in 2011-12, a figure the Sustainability Team is keen to see fall. The waste also showed clear evidence of poor recycling skills.

Students and staff are reminded to empty coffee cups before recycling and to put left over food in the compost bin. An entire bag of recycling with any food or liquid in it can no longer be recycled, so please think before you bin to help increase LSE’s recycling rates.

If you have any suggestions on how to reduce LSE's waste, email Louise Laker, sustainability assistant, at l.laker@lse.ac.uk. For more information, visit lse.ac.uk/sustainableLSE.
 

 
  Excellence in Research   LSE retains ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badging from the European Commission and Vitae

On Thursday 14 February, Vitae announced that LSE was one of 12 institutions who were successful in retaining the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badging, originally awarded to the School on 15 December 2010.

LSE has been successful in demonstrating 'robust implementation plans to improve how they attract, manage and develop research staff'.

Professor David Stevenson, vice chair of the Appointments Committee and chair of the Research Staff Committee at LSE states: 'Over the past five years, LSE has done a great deal of work to clarify and improve the conditions of employment of its research staff. I was delighted to see these efforts acknowledged through the HR Excellence in Research badging, and it is extremely encouraging news that this has been retained'.

More information on how the School is developing work in this area is available here.

 
 
     

- Notices

 
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  Shirley Banks  

Memorial event for Shirley Banks

A memorial event for Shirley Banks (pictured) is being held on Thursday 28 February from 4pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building.

The event will be an informal gathering of Shirley’s colleagues and friends, with a view to celebrating the enormous contribution she made both to ARD and the School.

As Simeon Underwood has already said: 'she was a real presence in the Division and the SSC: she also had a warm and outgoing personality which brought great pleasure to her many friends inside and beyond ARD'.

Afternoon tea and wine will be available throughout the event, some of Shirley’s favourite music will be playing, and there will be a scrapbook in which anyone can leave a message, photograph etc, in her memory.

There will also be a collection for the Retired Greyhound Trust Croftview, for those who may wish to donate in Shirley’s name.

If you have not done so already, please let Linda Newman (l.newman@lse.ac.uk) know by Friday 22 February whether you will be attending.
 

 
    School Secretary's briefing

The School Secretary’s next termly briefing with all support staff will take place in the Shaw Library, Old Building on Wednesday 6 March at 10.30am and Thursday 7 March at 2.30pm.

Future meetings will take place on Monday 24 June at 10.30am and Tuesday 25 June at 2.30pm and will also be held in the Shaw Library.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
 

 
  Staff News  

Tell us what you think - Staff News feedback survey 2013

The Press Office has put together a short survey for you to let us know how you feel about Staff News. It will be an important way for us to find out how we can improve the newsletter for you.

The survey is open to all staff and should take no more than five minutes to complete. To take part, visit www.survey.bris.ac.uk/lsewebsite/staff_news_2013.

The survey is open until Friday 22 March. We really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback.
 

 
    The Bean Counter café

The Bean Counter, LSE Catering’s new café is delighted to announce that it has now extended its menu.

As well as the high quality barista coffees, speciality teas, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, cookies and cakes initially on sale, we can now offer:

  • handmade sandwiches on home baked artisan breads - plain or toasted
  • freshly made plated salads
  • main course soup with rustic bread
  • hot savoury and sweet pastries
  • yoghurts and fresh fruit salad

The Bean Counter is located in the basement of 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields and is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 3pm.
 

 
  Fairtrade   Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, LSE Catering will be actively promoting LSE’s Fairtrade status in all of its restaurants and cafés from Monday 25 February to Sunday 10 March.

LSE Catering will be promoting existing Fairtrade products, introducing new products, and arranging free tastings and giveaways of Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade is a simple way you can make a difference through everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

For more information on Fairtrade, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.
 

 
  SCR Wine Tasting   SCR wine tasting event

The next Senior Common Room (SCR) event will be wine tasting on Thursday 14 March from 5.30pm, hosted by master of wine Clive Barlow.

Clive, who is one of only 297 masters of wine in the world, will be presenting eight Italian wines on the theme 'Ancient and Modern' and these will be accompanied by antipasti.

For more information and to book your place at this event, visit the SCR website. Any member of staff may attend SCR events.
 

 
    Chair Yoga - wellness at work

Working in an office at a computer for prolonged periods of time can lead to tension, stiffness, and stress throughout the body. Yoga stretches can be done at your desk anytime, and can help reduce strain that develops from sitting for long periods of time, typing, and staring at the computer screen.

In these sessions we will target neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, hamstrings and the lower back. The techniques will be easy to follow and will be practiced seated and standing. No yoga mat, special attire, or previous yoga experience is required.

Benefits:

  • Reduced stress and muscle tension
  • Clear your mind
  • Relieve neck and back pain

The next session is on Wednesday 13 March from 12.10-12.55pm in room 2.04, Tower One. The sessions cost £8 but if you book one week or more in advance, you pay £7. Please note that a PayPal transaction fee of 45p will be added for single early bird bookings, 70p for two bookings.

Book early to avoid disappointment, spaces are limited and the last session sold out very quickly. For more information and to book your place, visit www.kimhuyoga.com/lse.
 

 
  Acupuncture  

Missing the point?

This year's Acupuncture Awareness Week, which takes place from Monday 25 February to Sunday 3 March, aims to educate people about how traditional acupuncture can help improve sleep and aid relaxation.

Among the 82 per cent of us who admit to insomnia, many of us are missing the point when it comes to this ancient Chinese medicine. Traditional acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practised for over 2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting fine sterile needles, painlessly at specific points on the body.

Acupuncture is available at LSE on Wednesdays and Fridays. To book an appointment, visit www.lsetreatmentclinic.co.uk. If you would like to discuss the treatment beforehand, call Hanya on 07789 322 821.

For more information, visit www.introducingacupuncture.co.uk.
 

 
   

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

There are still a few packages left for LSE staff to get pampered at the Karine Jackson Hair and Beauty Salon.

You will receive the following over four separate visits:

Visit one:
Cut and blow dry with personal style and colour consultation, shampoo and conditioning.
Visit two:

Partial foils (10 foils) with in-depth colour consultation, shampoo, conditioning and blow dry.
Visit three:
Follow up cut and blow dry with hair and colour consultation, shampoo and conditioning.
Visit four:
Personal consultation and power facial including exclusive signature head and scalp massage OR consultation on massage therapy and power back massage.

This package is normally valued at over £200 but you can receive everything for just £43. This promotion is valid to new clients only or those who haven't visited the salon in the past 12 months. If you are an existing customer, you are welcome to purchase certificates as gifts for family and friends instead.

To purchase your certificate or for more information, contact Natalie on 0845 686 0185 or 07875 315 744.

If you know of any deals that you think may be of interest to Staff News readers, please contact Margaret Newson, purchasing manager at m.newson@lse.ac.uk.

 
 
     

- LSE in pictures

 
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This week's picture features the brightly lit café, The Bean Counter, on the lower ground floor of the newly renovated 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields. Re-designed by the architectural practice Jestico + Whiles, the building is due to be fully completed in April 2013.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  The Bean Counter  
 
     

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  Literary Festival 2013

 

 

 

David Abulafia

 

 

Pat Barker

 

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival: Branching Out

Tickets are now available for 2013 LSE Literary Festival. Highlights include:

Narrative, Memory and the Mind
On: Wednesday 27 February at 5.15pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Lisa Appignanesi OBE, prize-winning writer, novelist, broadcaster and cultural commentator, Professor Anne Applebaum, Philippe Roman Chair in history and international affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2012-13, and Charles Fernyhough, writer and psychologist.

My Mediterranean
On: Friday 1 March at 12pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor David Abulafia (pictured), professor of Mediterranean history at the University of Cambridge.

The Art of Parodies
On: Friday 1 March at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Ewan Morrison, author, Martin Rowson, multi-award winning cartoonist and writer, and D.J. Taylor, author.

Art in Conflict
On: Saturday 2 March at 1pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Pat Barker (pictured), author.
 

 
  Duvvuri Sabbarao  

New LSE event....

India - Macroeconomic Challenges, Some Reserve Bank Perspectives
On: Wednesday 13 March from 2.30-4pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Duvvuri Subbarao (pictured), governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Dr Subbarao will reflect on challenges from the Reserve Bank perspective and illustrate the dilemmas encountered in making policy choices.

This lecture is in honour of Dr Indraprastha Gordhanbhai (IG) Patel who was the ninth director of LSE from 1984 to 1990.

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. LSE staff and students can request one ticket via the online ticket request form after 10pm on Monday 4 March until at least 12noon on Tuesday 5 March. More
 

 
  Elhanan Helpman   2013 Economica Coase Lecture - Foreign Trade and Investment: firm-level perspectives

On: Thursday 21 February from 6:30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Elhanan Helpman (pictured), Galen L Stone Professor of international trade at Harvard University and a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

During the last decade the analysis of foreign trade and investment has been re-oriented toward the roles played by firms with different characteristics. This has been enabled by the emergence of rich data sets that provide new stylised facts on trade and investment.

In response, new theoretical models have been developed to explain these patterns and to re-examine a host of issues, such as the effects of trade policy on productivity and trade openness on inequality. The lecture will review these developments.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket required. For more information about the lecture series, visit the Economica website.
 

 
  LSE Chill   LSE Chill - this Friday

The next LSE Chill session will take place this Friday (22 February) from 5.30pm in the 4th Floor Café bar. The session is open to all and will feature some dynamic acts.

The line-up for the evening is as follows:

6-6.30pm Rupert Andrew
Singer and guitarist Rupert Andrew performs a mix of his own pieces and covers.

6.45-7.15pm Alex Dunn
A solo artist, Alex Dunn sings and plays acoustic and clean electric guitar and takes inspiration from acts like Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, REM, Mark Knopfler and Peter Gabriel.

7.30-8pm Not Dark Yet
Not Dark Yet is a three piece London based band. Daniel Fisher from the US sings lead and plays lead guitar, David Stokes plays bass, and the multitalented Ross Harper sings and plays the drums.

If you are interested in performing at the last LSE Chill session of the academic year on Friday 24 May, email arts@lse.ac.uk with your name and details of your act. For more information, visit www.lse.ac.uk/arts.
 

 
    LSE Research Festival

Come and join us at the Research Festival exhibition on Friday 1 March from 6-9pm in the New Academic Building.

Posters, films, photographs and apps will provide a brilliant showcase of research undertaken by PhD students, researchers and academics from LSE, University of Cambridge, UCL and SOAS.

For more information and to download your invitation, visit LSE Research Festival.
 

 
    Business History Unit seminar

On: Monday 4 March at 5.30pm in room 3.01, third floor of Tower Two

At this event, organised by LSE's Business History Unit, Peter Scott and James Walker of the Henley Business School, University of Reading, will discuss ‘Was Inter-war Britain an Unsuitable Environment for American Retail Methods? A Case Study of Marks and Spencer’. More
 

 
   

Podcasts of public lectures and events

Putinism: the ideology
Speaker: Professor Anne Applebaum
Recorded: Tuesday 12 February, approx. 81 minutes
Click here to listen

EU on a Cross-road and the Future of Our European Project - a View from Central Europe
Speaker: Miroslav Lajčák
Recorded: Wednesday 13 February, approx. 57 minutes
Click here to listen

Live from Downing Street: the inside story of power, politics and the media
Speaker: Nick Robinson
Recorded: Thursday 14 February, approx. 91 minutes
Click here to listen

 
 
     

- 60 second interview

 
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    Andrea Vedolin  

with..... Dr Andrea Vedolin

I joined the Department of Finance in 2010 as a lecturer. Most of the time, you will find me in my messy office on the second floor of the Old Building, where I do research or prepare for lectures. In my spare time I’ll go to the theatre, see a concert or train for a triathlon.

What is the best part of your job at LSE and also the part you enjoy least?

I love my job and it is too hard to pick one best aspect. The part I enjoy the least is trash sorting. I really do not understand how I am supposed to put all my trash into these tiny little holes in the green recycling bins. That’s the reason I spill coffee all over myself almost every day.

Which is your favourite LSE sculpture?

My favourite LSE sculptures are The Three Fates in front of Tower Three. It would be really interesting to know why these sculptures are in front of a university building. Does it mean we cannot change our fate or that we can alter our destiny?

If you could change places with someone past or present, for a day, who would it be and why?

If I could change places with someone past or present for a day I would change places with Bashar al-Assad and shoot myself to the moon (of course the next day, I would want to sit in my messy office again). Why? What I read in the newspapers everyday truly breaks my heart.

What is your favourite piece of music?

There is too much good music to choose one piece.

Do you have a temptation you wish you could resist?

I wish I could resist reading too many gossip magazines. My days would be so much more productive!

What is your earliest childhood holiday memory?

My earliest childhood holiday memory is spending summer in Tuscany with my family. When I saw the sea, I started running as fast as I could and jumped into the water. Two seconds later I ran out again after I had realised that the water tasted nothing like the Swiss lakes I was used to, but of salt.

 
 
     

- Training and jobs

 
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Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • The Logic and Logistics of Specific Exam Arrangements (SEA)

  • Citing, Referencing and Creating a Bibliography

  • One-To-One IT Training

  • Excel 2010: data analysis

  • Developing Your Web Presence

  • Introduction to Financial, Market and Company Data

These are just some of the events running next week. To receive a monthly list of all events, subscribe to the staff training and development email by clicking here. To find out more about training and development across the School and for links to booking pages, see lse.ac.uk/training.
 

 
    Staff courses from HR Organisational and Lifelong Learning
  • Developing Yourself as a Manager
    Tuesday 5 March, 10am-4.30pm
  • Creative Problem Solving
    Wednesday 6 March, 10am-4.30pm
  • Equality and Diversity for Managers
    Thursday 7 March, 9.45am-1pm
  • Getting Ahead: a personal development programme
    Tuesday 12 March, 10am-1pm
    Tuesday 19 March, 10am-1pm
    *Please note that this is a two part course and both dates will need to be attended.
  • Minute Taking
    Wednesday 20 March, 10am-4.30pm
  • Project Management (level two)
    Thursday 21 March, 10am-4.30pm
    Thursday 4 April, 10am-4.30pm
  • Introduction to Management
    Wednesday 27 March, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Presentation Skills
    Wednesday 10 April, 9.30am–4.30pm
  • Strategic Thinking
    Tuesday 16 April, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Time Management
    Tuesday 16 April, 10am-5pm

To book a place and for more information, visit the training booking system via Core Learning and Development Programme. For further information, email Hr.Learning@lse.ac.uk.
 

 
  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 in English law, Law
  • Departmental office administrator, Government
  • Events and teaching coordinator, Government
  • LSE fellow in global politics, Government
  • LSE fellow in government, Government
  • Lecturer in social policy, Social Policy
  • Lecturer in social psychology/economic psychology, Social Psychology
  • MSc management and exchanges programme administrator, Management
  • Postdoctoral fellows (up to five positions), Anthropology
  • Principal research fellow (adaptation), Grantham Research Institute
  • Research officer, PSSRU
  • Research officer in economic history, Economic History
  • Systems specialist (Apple), Information Management Technology Division

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

 
 
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Nicole Gallivan

 

 

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