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Craig CalhounOpen letter from Professor Craig Calhoun to LSE staff

Dear colleagues,

Welcome new faculty, and welcome back to everyone else! I’m looking forward to a great year at LSE. I hope you are.

The presence of one of our largest-ever classes of new faculty is one source of excitement. Thanks to all new colleagues for supplying pictures and short biographies for our Facewall and attached web page. We’ve publicised your arrival and are pleased with the external response to this latest evidence of LSE’s growing strength. But the purpose is equally internal: I hope it will speed up the process by which you and continuing colleagues get to know each other across departments. LSE has an impressive faculty and, as I contest having spent the last year getting to know people, ever-widening friendships and discussions with colleagues are well worthwhile.

Strengthening and supporting the faculty is in fact the first theme in the interim report of the School’s Strategic Review that has been shared with all of you. The Strategic Review isn’t finished, so opportunities remain to shape its contents, including at the meeting of Academic Board on Wednesday 16 October, aided by new Vice-Chair Professor Martin Loughlin. And faculty self-governance is a School tradition embraced by the Strategic Review, so please participate in this discussion as well as in those of individual departments and other units.

Of course actions are taken while the Review is still in process. All of you will have encountered one, the adoption of a New Academic Career Structure. This changed the system of academic ranks and raised the minimum salaries for each. It also brought a greater emphasis on annual performance review (as well as major and promotion reviews). This will be the basis for making possible more frequent and, I hope, fairer salary adjustments. Review of salary equity is continuing and will bring some adjustments during the current year. So is a review of administrative processes, and I need to acknowledge here that some of these are wanting, and that the migration to the New Academic Career Structure was not without some missteps and difficulties that should have been avoided. All of us in administration are committed to improvement.

To help both in improving administration and in supporting and strengthening the faculty, we have a new senior leadership position. Professor Stuart Corbridge, formerly Pro-Director for Research and External Relations has become Deputy Director and Provost. As "chief academic officer" he will oversee promotions and other aspects of faculty careers and work with the Department Heads to strengthen School support for all aspects of faculty work. He will also work closely with the different pro-directors and me to coordinate and integrate different dimensions of our academic offer from research to student experience. I am very pleased to work with Professor Corbridge and to have a deputy committed to the intellectual vitality of the School, to high standards, and to fair and efficient internal processes.

Professor Corbridge’s former position has been refocused as Pro-Director for Research. While preparation for the REF was necessarily at the top of Stuart’s agenda, he will complete that process this autumn. The new Pro-Director for Research will have a remit to continue improvement of the School’s support for faculty research, both through the Research Division directly and through enhancing the work of our research centres and institutes. We have a new research incentive scheme (still experimental); we need to get this right but also to provide assistance in preparing proposals and administering research grants.

Professor Paul Kelly continues as Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning. As continuing faculty know, strengthening our teaching and improving the overall student experience are among my top priorities. Professor Kelly is leading a Task Force looking at issues from the School Calendar to teaching assessment to whether we should develop MOOCS and other innovations in teaching. How we assess and reward teaching are central concerns, and again, we are trying to improve. One result of Professor Kelly’s work is enhanced course guides. Starting this term but phased in, the guides published in the online Calendar will contain more information, including course survey results and student performance data.

Professor George Gaskell continues as Pro-Director for Planning and Resources, though this is the last year of his term. It is indeed a term that was extended during the transition before I came, precisely because he brings such long experience and deep knowledge of the School that it was thought he would prove invaluable, and that is quite true. The application process for a new Pro-Director for Planning and Resources will be announced shortly, but no one can replace Professor Gaskell. In fact, this year I named Professor Gaskell Senior Pro-Director in recognition of his special role, and after this year he will continue with some special administrative assignments.

Applications are also open for Vice-Chair of the Appointments Committee, a key post central to the promotions and appointments processes at the School. Professor David Stevenson has served superbly and will stay on until January before he takes a well-deserved sabbatical, but his successor needs to be named. Please consider applying - or urge senior colleagues, whom you think would bring both intellectual insight and a steady and fair hand to promotions processes, to apply.

Fortunately, there is lots more than recruiting new leaders on the agenda for the coming year! As always there are amazing public speakers lined up and a range of special events. One is a conference on the 50th anniversary of the Robbins Report organised by Professor Nick Barr. This is not just a retrospective on the major influence that he had on shaping British higher education but an inquiry into where the university system of the UK stands now. We continue to face pressures and challenges as part of this system - its most globally-oriented part. We also have some exciting opportunities.

We have just succeeded in buying the property at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields that currently houses Cancer Research UK. This will give us a long-term opportunity to continue developing our campus. We are in the midst of considering bids from a range of world-class architects for the replacement of Centre Buildings (the crumbling ones on the East side of Houghton Street which, frankly, are overdue for it). This will bring us another wonderful building, like the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre which will be open by Lent term, and it will bring much needed space. All of these projects together will improve, not just expand, academic space at LSE and shape an attractive campus. Unfortunately they mean that we will have construction on campus for some time to come. The Estates Division will work to minimise the inconvenience - but also keep you informed and ask for your patience. And the result will be brilliant buildings.

Campus aside, our attractions for applications remain strong. Student numbers have again expanded modestly while our academic standards remain exceptionally high. We are pleased that in the 2013 National Student Survey final year students gave the School its highest overall satisfaction level to date, with top marks from 88 per cent. We will be even more pleased when we are over 90 per cent! And while we are discussing evaluations, what welcome letter would be complete without mention of league tables (even though we really should take all these with a grain of salt and I wish the world were not so rankings-oriented). The School was just ranked the top university in London and third best in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. We have risen in today's Times Higher Education World University Rankings and, earlier in the summer, LSE climbed to second in the world for social sciences in the 2013-14 QS World University rankings, just behind Harvard.

The rankings speak to the outstanding work you all do as teachers, researchers, and publicly engaged intellectuals. It is worth noting that even outside of class our students are doing great things too. Just recently a team of LSE students was invited to the Clinton Foundation’s influential global conference as finalists for the Hult Prize. Congratulations to Suraj Gudka (BSc Accounting and Finance), Sofia Zabolotskih (BSc International Relations), Carolina Medina-Gutierrez (MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies), Verena Liedgens (MPA Public and Social Policy), and Jonah Brotman (International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies) for this achievement. Another team of LSE students is organising an African Leadership Summit to be held at LSE in the Spring. Abdul Abdulrahim (Philosophy) and Sakina Badamasuiy (International Relations) are putting together an impressive programme focused on entrepreneurship and the continent’s future, with speakers complemented by music and art. We are privileged to have such dynamic students. This also goes for LSE’s student societies and the LSE Students’ Union. I hope you will take up the available chances to work with them.

I hope you will also take up growing opportunities to work with each other. Join in the activities of your home departments and research centres, and also watch for others in the School’s interdisciplinary institutes like the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and the Institute of Public Affairs, which launches its Crowdsourcing the UK Constitution project next week, as well as a range of events to engage UK politicians in the underlying issues that will shape the coming election. Also in the process of development is an Institute for Global Affairs, and new efforts to enhance cross-departmental work on Global Health and on Entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship and issues in the developing world as well as the formation of new businesses in the UK.

As ever I look forward to seeing you in the Senior Dining Room and generally about campus. I look forward to both formal and informal discussions about LSE, about new programmes, ongoing research, and intellectual issues generally. But if you would rather not talk to me face-to-face feel free to join the live session LSE Communications has organised on Twitter (@craigjcalhoun) on Monday 14 October from 4-5pm. You can pose questions via the hashtag #AsktheDirector. Or you can just send me an email at c.calhoun@lse.ac.uk.

Professor Craig Calhoun
Director of LSE

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Exercise "potentially as effective" as many drugs for common diseases

More trials are needed to inform treatment decisions, researchers urge in a new report.

 

Lunchtime concerts

Weekly Thursday lunchtime concerts start again on Thursday 10 October with a performance by pianist Anna Fedorova at 1.05pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building.

 

Dr Stuart Gordon

Dr Gordon, Department of International Development, has been both a regular RAF officer and in the Army, and served as a Lieutenant Colonel in Iraq in 2003.

 
             
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  3 October 2013  

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    LSE climbs World University Rankings

LSE has climbed seven places in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The School rose from 39th last year to 32nd in the 2013-14 rankings, the third successive rise since the Times Higher Education teamed up with Thomson Reuters in 2010 to produce its annual university league table.

The rankings use a variety of indicators to assess university performance and show LSE scoring particularly well for its research, reputation, and international outlook.

LSE also rose from 18th to 13th in the ranking’s social sciences subject league table, which uses slightly different weightings to the main league table.

Commenting on the rankings, Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: "It is gratifying to see LSE climbing the international rankings, and that we continue to be rightly recognised as a world-class institution.

"Regardless of league table positions, we will continue to focus on what we do best - producing the very best social science research and teaching that tackles real-world problems."

To see the full global rankings, visit Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.
 

 
    Update on 2013-14 national pay negotiations

The new JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff) pay negotiations for 2013-14 between the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and the higher education trade unions reached the final offer stage in June. The trade unions at the School (UCU, Unison and Unite) are now consulting their members and balloting for industrial action, in response to the 1 per cent final pay offer.

The higher education sector continues to face considerable uncertainty and financial insecurity, and the negotiations have taken place against expectations of restraint, given a public sector pay policy that limits pay increases to 1 per cent.

The pay offer is alongside the offer of a number of sector-wide joint working proposals on other important elements of the unions’ claim, including the further work relating to equal pay and hourly paid and casual work.

As part of it's commitment to national pay bargaining the School is not able to implement the pay award (effective 1 August 2013) locally until the current dispute has been concluded and the School receives notification from UCEA that salaries can be increased.

Whilst the current situation is frustrating we hope that staff will avoid taking any action that could be damaging to students at LSE.

Those wishing to find out more, click here.
 

 
  Margot Salomon   New LSE initiative on human rights and the global economy

The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy, led by Dr Margot Salomon (pictured) and based at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights, is a new initiative set up to provide a dynamic hub for work across disciplines on questions of justice under conditions of globalisation.

Innovative scholarship at the Lab will be complemented by projects aimed at fostering dialogue and learning across practitioner disciplines. This is the case with its first major project on Investment and Human Rights.

The Lab hosts a thriving Discussion Group from across LSE, and will draw on the experience and vision of an outstanding international ‘Sounding Board’ as it expands.

The Lab’s first public event, Greed, Humanity and the Neoliberal Retreat in International Law, will take place on Thursday 31 October. The event will headline Professor Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah who has joined the Lab as its inaugural Visiting Professor.

Dr Salomon said: "The Lab is an exciting and enterprising initiative - it will bring together thinkers undertaking cutting-edge research on the global economic order, initiate and support new paths of investigation from theory to practice, and provide a platform for policy impact. The Lab is open to collaborative engagement as we develop a vibrant multidisciplinary intellectual community. We look forward to the important contribution the Lab will make in addressing inequities of the global economy in their diverse forms."
 

 
   

LSE Library launches new look website

The Library has launched a redesigned website for the start of the Michaelmas term. The redesign culminates a six month project involving extensive user testing and user-behaviour research, redesigning the websites information architecture and a final stage of migrating relevant content to the new site.

The new website will continue to be responsive to the user needs identified during the projects research phase by helping to refine the Library’s web teams understanding of users online behaviour, building this into maintenance processes for the site.

Read this blog post to find out more about the project, and visit the Library’s new website at lse.ac.uk/Library.
 

 
  Spyros Economides  

LSE academic to join the University of Zagreb

Dr Spyros Economides (pictured), Senior Lecturer in International Relations and European Politics, Deputy Director of LSE’s Hellenic Observatory, and a core member of the European Institute’s research unit on South East Europe (LSEE), has been appointed a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, for the 2013-14 academic year.

During his time at the University of Zagreb, Dr Economides will lecture on international relations and European politics and take part in the advanced research seminar and other research activities organised by the faculty.
 

 
  Jude Howell  

Academic abroad

Professor Jude Howell (pictured), Department of International Development, gave a keynote speech on "Civil Society, Corporatism and Capitalism in China" at the Chinese social policy session of the Australian Social Policy Conference, held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, from 16-18 September.

She also gave a talk on "Theorising NGO Accountability and Implementation Issues in China" at a preceding Chinese social policy research workshop at UNSW on Friday 13 September.

 
 
     

- Notices

 
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  Craig Calhoun   #AsktheDirector is back

Do you have a question for the LSE Director? Professor Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) will be live on Twitter to answer your tweets from 4-5pm on Monday 14 October.

Feel free to ask him a question in advance, or during the ‘live hour’, using the hashtag #AsktheDirector.
 

 
  Andy Farrell   Chief Financial Officer

Andy Farrell (pictured), who has served ably as the School's Director of Finance and Facilities, has the new title "Chief Financial Officer".

This reflects his senior role handling all issues of LSE's financial administration, including representing the School in dealings with banks and creditors and reporting to the Council.

Mike Ferguson, the School’s Finance Director reports to Andy, as do Julian Robinson, the School's Director of Estates; Nick Deyes, Director of Information Management and Technology; and Ian Spencer, Director of Residential Services - the three big areas of infrastructural management closely related to finance.
 

 
    Computer tip of the week

Using different mouse speeds in Excel - for navigating in a huge data sheet or selecting very large chunks of data in a sheet

This tip is useful for scrolling quickly and accurately to the row you want. When you have a long spread sheet, you may have noticed that, when highlighting a column and moving down, the scroll speed seems to vary randomly. You can control this speed by careful positioning of your mouse pointer. First, highlight your selection and keeping your finger on the left mouse button:

  • move into the sheet tabs area for slow scroll
  • move slightly lower for faster scroll
  • move into the taskbar for even faster speed
  • move back to the tabs to slow down
  • move back into the work sheet to stop the scrolling
  • practice the moving back and forth to fine tune your own scrolling.

If you have a specific question about how to do something in Windows or Microsoft Office software, look for an answer in our online guides and FAQs, attend a Software Surgery, enrol in a one-to-one IT training session, or consider the other computer training resources available on the IT Training website.
 

 
    Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries 2013-14 - one place remaining

Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for the one remaining place to visit Sciences Po, Paris, in order to work informally with one or more advisors on their PhD thesis research and/or on related publications and presentations, and to attend conferences and workshops both at the host institution and within the wider regional/national academic community.

LSE will provide financial support in the form of a bursary of £2,500 to one LSE student to visit Sciences Po, for an exchange to conclude no later than the end of July 2014. All other bursaries for 2013-14 have been awarded.

Students registered for PhD studies at any LSE department and who have already been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply.

Students should submit their application dossier in electronic format by midday on Thursday 7 November to academic_partnerships@lse.ac.uk. For more information, click here. Any further enquiries should be emailed to academic_partnerships@lse.ac.uk.
 

 
    Diversity Calendar Photo Competition: win prizes for your photography

LSE Equality and Diversity invites entries for its annual Diversity Calendar Photo Competition.

The theme for the competition is ‘Redefining Difference’, encouraging participants to demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking about diversity in their photos. The judging panel will select 12 winning entries to feature in the Diversity Calendar for 2014.

To enter the competition, visit lse.ac.uk/equalityanddiversity, download the entry form and send the completed form and your submissions to Equality.and.Diversity@lse.ac.uk by Friday 1 November.

 
 
     

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This week's picture features LSE's Connaught House urban bee colony. Student and staff volunteers care for the bees with help from bee expert, Dr Luke Dixon, and support from the Estates Division. LSE's Beekeeping Society is open for all who are interested in learning about urban beekeeping and honey tasting. For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  Connaught House Bees  
 
     

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    Home workers "happier and more productive"

Employees who are able to work from home are more productive than their office-bound colleagues because they are less distracted, grateful for the flexibility and the time they save on commuting is ploughed back into work.

These findings, from LSE, endorse a general move towards more flexible working practices in the UK, although the private sector is lagging behind in this respect.

Dr Alexandra Beauregard from LSE’s Department of Management says working from home does not suit everyone, however.

"The happiest employees are those who can work partially from home and partially in the office. They report the highest levels of work/life satisfaction because they can juggle personal responsibilities yet are not socially isolated," Dr Beauregard says.

The arrangement does not work as well with extroverts who are better suited to the social interaction an office usually provides. More
 

 
   

Exercise "potentially as effective" as many drugs for common diseases

Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, a review of evidence suggests.

The report by Huseyin Naci, a researcher at LSE and a fellow of Harvard Medical School, and Professor John Ioannidis, director of Stanford University School of Medicine, is published on bmj.com.

The researchers argue that more trials comparing the effectiveness of exercise and drugs are urgently needed to help doctors and patients make the best treatment decisions. In the meantime, they say exercise "should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy."

Physical activity has well documented health benefits, yet in the UK, only 14 per cent of adults exercise regularly, with roughly one third of adults in England meeting recommended levels of physical activity. In contrast, prescription drug rates continue to skyrocket, sharply rising to an average of 17.7 prescriptions for every person in England in 2010, compared with 11.2 in 2000.

But there is very little evidence on how exercise compares with drugs in reducing the risk of death for common diseases. More
 

 
   

Creative industries not harmed by digital sharing, report finds

A new report released by LSE's Department of Media and Communications contradicts widespread claims about the decline of creative industries as a result of copyright infringement.

The report shows that the gaming, film and publishing industries are growing and new business models are emerging based on digital sharing.

For some in the creative industries, copyright infringement may actually be helping boost their revenues, the report finds.

Industry data shows that while the music industry has stagnated somewhat in the last four years, since 1998 it has experienced overall growth with internet-based revenues as a significant component since 2004. In the UK, online sales now exceed CDs or vinyl as a percentage of total revenue for recorded music.

Dr Bart Cammaerts, Senior Lecturer in LSE's Department of Media and Communications and one of the report’s authors, said: "Contrary to the industry claims, the music industry is not in terminal decline, but still holding ground and showing healthy profits. Revenues from digital sales, subscription services, streaming and live performances compensate for the decline in revenues from the sale of CDs or records." More
 

 
   

LSE and Kids Company launch new report on vulnerable children

A leading UK psychologist has compared London’s most vulnerable children - those living in violent cultures - to the children residing in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch from LSE was speaking at a conference last week to launch a report on the work of UK charity, Kids Company.

"For many children who live in London, violence and criminality are a way of life. They witness shootings, stabbings and even killings of friends and relatives," Professor Jovchelovitch said.

"Many of them have been shot or stabbed and suffer emotional and sexual abuse. They live in one of the most cosmopolitan and rich cities in the world, but their situation is comparable to that of children in Rio’s slums."

Professor Jovchelovitch said this environment led to long-term physical and mental health damage, but the work of charities such as Kids Company gave "visibility" to their plight and filled gaps left by the government sector. More

 
 
     

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  Anthony Giddens  

NEW EVENT - Turbulent and Mighty Continent: what future for Europe?

On: Thursday 31 October from 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Giddens (pictured), former Director of LSE and a member of the House of Lords.

The European malaise goes deeper than the euro crisis alone, protracted and still unresolved though that may be. The EU and its member states must respond to deep-rooted changes affecting all the industrial countries.

Pro-Europeans should recognise that now is the time for a far-reaching rethink of the European project as a whole to create a model appropriate to the exigencies of the twenty-first century.

This event marks the publication of Professor Lord Giddens new book Turbulent and Mighty Continent: what future for Europe?

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. More
 

 
  Anna Fedorova (photo by Bernardo Arcos Mijailidis)   Lunchtime concerts

Weekly Thursday lunchtime concerts start again on Thursday 10 October with a performance by pianist Anna Fedorova (pictured) at 1.05pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building.
 

 
  Mariana Mazzucato   Other forthcoming events include....

Why Growth Theory Requires a Theory of the State Beyond Market Failures
On: Tuesday 8 October from 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Mariana Mazzucato (pictured), RM Phillips Chair in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex.

Red Fortress: the secret heart of Russia's history
On: Wednesday 9 October from 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Catherine Merridale, author.

Reclaiming Democracy in the Square? Interpreting the Anti-Austerity and Pro-Democracy Movements
On: Thursday 10 October from 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Heba Raouf Ezzat, Assistant Professor at Cairo University, Marlies Glasius, Professor of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, and Armine Ishkanian, lecturer in NGOs and Development at LSE.
 

 
  Audre Lorde   Lunchtime film screening to celebrate Black History Month

On: Wednesday 9 October from 12.30-2pm in room 32L B.09

In celebration of Black History Month, LSE Equality and Diversity are screening Audre Lorde - the Berlin years.

The film celebrates a little-known part of Audre Lorde's life when she was a visiting professor in Berlin. During this time, Audre (pictured) ignited the Afro-German movement, empowering black women to write and publish, and challenging white women to recognise the significance of their privilege.

Places are limited so book your free ticket at lseblackhistorymonth.eventbrite.co.uk. Bring your lunch and friends and be inspired.
 

 
  Amr Shalakany   "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers": liberalism and revolution in modern Egypt

On: Thursday 10 October from 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Amr Shalakany (pictured), Visiting Professor in LSE's Department of Law.

Of the many Arab Springs, revolution in Egypt stands out for its decidedly legalistic tone. For the last two years, political battles have been mostly fought at court, judges increasingly perceived as enemies of the people, and rule of law slogans on separation of powers or judicial independence suspiciously inspected for counter-revolutionary ploys.

The Shakespearean call to kill all the lawyers has never been as palpable since Henry VI. Old anxieties rise again over the emancipatory potentials of liberalism as ideology, and lawyers as its governing elite. And so it all comes back: can law and revolution be compatible?

Twitter hashtag: #LSEshalakany
 

 
    Conference on Culture and Social Change: the role of aesthetics

On: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE
Speakers: Peter Bearman (Columbia), Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths), Claudio Benzecry (Connecticut), Georgina Born (Oxford), James Brassett (Warwick), Roberto Franzosi (Emory), Laurie Hanquinet (York), Sarah Nettleton (York), Cristiana Olcese (LSE), Marco Santoro (Bologna), and Mike Savage (LSE).

Bourdieu’s seminal work has influenced the agenda of sociology of culture like no other. As a result, art - as symbolic representations of culture - is still mainly perceived as a means of distinction. Attention has been given to dynamics of art production and art consumption actively contributing to the reproduction of existing power relations. This focus has been at the expenses of other relevant cross-class dynamics: mainly the role of aesthetics in meaning development, and its impact on social relations.

This conference aims to put aesthetics at the centre of the sociology of culture’s emerging research agenda and to lay the basis for an understanding of culture and the arts beyond entertainment and the consolidation of existing social boundaries.

For the Call for Papers, click here. The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday 15 October. This event will cost £50 for the two days, booking will be available soon through LSE’s Online Store. For more information, visit lse.ac.uk/sociology/events or email Dr Cristiana Olcese at c.olcese@lse.ac.uk.

 
 
     

- 60 second interview

 
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    Stuart Gordon  

with..... Dr Stuart Gordon, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development

I’ve been at LSE for two years. Prior to that I was at the Royal Military Academy and, in the past have been both a regular RAF officer and in the Army. I served as a Lieutenant Colonel in Iraq in 2003 with US forces in Baghdad.

I work on conflict issues and have spent much of my time in the last few years working on and in Afghanistan.

If you could teach a new subject at LSE, what would it be and why?

I think it would have to be a course on the social construction of "disasters". I am often horrified at how some natural disasters become aid orphans and why others attract so much concern. I'm also fascinated by the way in which the responses to particular disasters are products of a social imaginary rather than an objective reality.

What has been the most interesting LSE public lecture you have attended?

There are probably two that vie for my attention. The first was Amartya Sen's lecture this year. He has long been an intellectual hero of mine.

The other was the presentation by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, on Delivering Food Assistance in a Shrinking Humanitarian Space on Tuesday 17 September. I was lucky enough to chair it but she was an amazing person and an inspiring and enthusiastic advocate of food security.

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

Old Trafford Stadium on derby day. As a life long Manchester United fan I would love to go to see a home derby match against Manchester City or to see them beat Tottenham Hotspur, my father's favourite team.

The other alternative would be a visit to the Seychelles - my wife would probably prefer the latter.

What has been the greatest coincidence you have experienced so far?

Whilst serving as a soldier in Iraq in 2003, bumping into an Médecins Sans Frontières representative that lived a mile away from my house in the UK.

What is your favourite work-time snack?

Anything baked by Dr Mahvish Shami, a colleague in the Department of International Development.

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

Horse riding, but it might take a fairly brave horse and a considerable area of soft ground.

 
 
     

- Training and jobs

 
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    Step Up Programme

The new Step Up Programme from HR (Organisational and Lifelong Learning) provides participants with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level Three Award.

This programme is suitable for all staff who are currently Grade Five and above, and who are either new to management/team leading or who have perhaps joined the School as a new manager/team leader, but perhaps with no formal training. It is also suitable for those that manage and influence others through project working, and therefore have some organisational impact upon the work of others.

This is a three day programme with a three to four week gap in between workshops and is therefore run over a three month period. Participants must complete three workplace assignments linked to each of the modules to gain the qualification which consists of:

  • Understanding leadership
  • Understanding how to motivate and improve performance
  • Understanding organising and delegating in the workplace

For a full programme description and to book a place, click here.

To find out about other courses available from HR (Organisational and Lifelong Learning), see the Core Learning and Development Programme.
 

 
  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Assistant Professor in Accounting, Accounting
  • Assistant Professor in Operations Management, Management
  • Assistant Professorship in Economics, Economics
  • Assistant Professorships in Sociology, Sociology
  • Confucius Institute Office Manager, Confucius Institute
  • Data Librarian, Library: academic services
  • David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellowship in International Relations, International Relations
  • Grant Applications Manager, Research Division
  • Helpdesk Technician (Maternity Cover), Estates Division
  • Law Department Manager (Maternity Cover), Law
  • Policy Analyst and Research Advisor, Grantham Research Institute
  • Research Assistant (Media Policy Project), Media and Communications
  • Research Officer (Quantitative Social Research), Sociology
  • Service Desk Manager, Information Management and Technology

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

 
  LSE Enterprise  

Business Development Manager: health economics and related markets

Salary: Competitive base, bonus, contributory pension
Duration: One year fixed term (in the first instance)

LSE Enterprise is recruiting a Business Development Manager to research, evaluate and develop three potential business plans in the field of health economics and related markets. Based in central London, your aim will be to initiate and launch at least one new business.

The Business Development Manager is a key appointment to assist LSE Enterprise as it develops a new phase of expansion. The role is to identify, inspire and communicate opportunities for new business cases from a range of pre-existing assets. During the year you will work with academics, pharmaceutical companies, patient groups and healthcare organisations. Specifically, you will investigate whether the team’s existing methodological framework for technology assessment, its predictive toolkit for risk-sharing agreements and its extensive patient network have market potential. This will lead to business plan development and investment proposals.

For more information and to apply, click here. The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 14 October.

 
 
     

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