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EMBRACE film season

Watch Beloved and The Last King of Scotland with LSE’s BME staff network to celebrate Black History Month.


Dates for staff portraits

School photographer Nigel Stead will be holding two staff portrait photo sessions on Thursday 24 October and Tuesday 29 October.


Emma Taverner

Emma, Department of Economics, invites everyone to wear massive ceremonial George Bernard Shaw beards on graduation day.

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  17 October 2013  

- News

  Susan Scholefield  

Ethics Code and Declarations of Interest: message from the School Secretary

I recently sent an email to all staff and governors asking you to complete a survey to confirm that you have read the School’s Ethics Code and to capture any interests that you may have that should be declared.

This is an extremely important annual exercise. It is one of the key means by which we can ensure we gain a better picture of the many interests in play at LSE and that we are well placed to defend our policy of engagement. The aim is not to inhibit academic freedom, but to ensure that we can take an informed view of the risks to which the School may be exposed.

With this in mind, please ensure that you complete the survey by Friday 15 November. If you have any queries about the survey, email

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Susan Scholefield (pictured above)
School Secretary

  Rob Farr (by Patrick Bremer)   Professor Rob Farr 1935-2013

The School is sad to announce the death of Emeritus Professor Rob Farr, who passed away on Friday 11 October.

Professor Farr joined LSE in 1983 as Professor of Social Psychology and was instrumental in building up the Department of Social Psychology, founded by Hilde Himmelweit. He was internationally known as a specialist on the history of social psychology and particularly well-known for bridging psychological and sociological forms of social psychology - a separation he deplored. His work bridging these traditions produced novel perspectives on concepts at the heart of the discipline: the social self, social attitudes, attribution theory, ideology as well as on the role of laboratory experiments in the development of psychological theory. Much of this was enabled by his scholarly reading and insightful interpretations of George Herbert Mead, Erving Goffman and Gustav Ichheiser. In particular, his work played a very significant role in advancing the reception and elaboration of the concept of social representations for the English-speaking world.

Professor Farr was a wonderful teacher and supervisor, a kind, warm and generous man, who always had time to give to the many generations of students who came to LSE in search of a kind of psychology that is relevant to society. As a colleague he will be remembered by his collegiality, support of young colleagues, and his uncompromising scholarship.

To read a full tribute to Professor Farr, click here.

  LSE Enterprise   Enhancing accessibility

For the fourth consecutive year, LSE Consulting (part of LSE Enterprise) has been charged with analysing the Scottish Futures Trust’s (SFT) annual Statement of Benefits report to find ways in which SFT can better achieve its strategic goals.

The SFT works to improve the efficiency of infrastructure investment in Scotland, with the goal of providing better public services with greater value for money. Benefits tracking is essential to the SFT’s work and planning and the SFT requires an external and independent validation of its management’s quantification of benefits delivered each year.

LSE Consulting has developed and planned the implementation of a rigorous methodology for assessing the SFT’s identified benefits, increasing the accessibility and clarity of the annual reports for a wider audience.

For more information, email Maggie Ellis at

  Chaloka Beyani  

Academic abroad

From 8-13 October Dr Chaloka Beyani (pictured), Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law, undertook an official mission to Serbia and Kosovo in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, to propose durable solutions for internally displaced persons.

Dr Beyani met the Prime Minister of Serbia and other government officials, the Special Representative of the Secretary General as head of the United Nations Mission for Kosovo, and authorities of the institutions of Kosovo.

In September, Dr Beyani also presented his report on Syria to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.


- Notices


Library loan periods

The Library is pleased to announce an extension to loan periods to 105 days for all items from the Main Collection.

This extension applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as LSE staff in teaching and research roles.

    Fourth Floor Restaurant Supper Service

Tasty and nutritious hot food is served in the Fourth Floor Restaurant, Old Building, between 3.30-7pm.

Freshly prepared by the chefs on a daily basis - it's great value and tastes great.

Enjoy a hot supper for only £2 with the Super Saver Supper offer. Vouchers will be handed out daily - like the Facebook page to find out where and when you can pick up your voucher.


Staff portrait dates

Nigel Stead, School photographer, will be holding two staff portrait photo sessions on Thursday 24 October and Tuesday 29 October. The sessions will be held in room G.19, Old Building, from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

New staff (or old staff who need to update their existing pictures) can turn up at any time in these slots - there is no need to book. All pictures are in colour and in a digital format and will be supplied to each department/centre on a CD. Hard copy prints will not be provided. Pictures will be sent after post-production, which can be up to two weeks after the shoot.

The cost is £15 per head charged to the department/centre. Staff are asked to bring their budget codes with them on the day. For more information, contact Nigel Stead at Another session will be held towards the end of term.


AUA lunchtime session

The LSE branch of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) is holding a lunchtime session on Thursday 24 October from 12.30-1.30pm in room 32L.LG.04.

Susan Scholefield, School Secretary, will give a talk reflecting on her first full academic year at LSE.

AUA members and non-members are welcome to attend and booking is not necessary. For more information, email

    Application deadline for Vice-Chair of Appointments Committee role

A reminder that applications are invited from members of the professorial staff to fill the vacancy of the Vice-Chair of Appointments Committee (VCAC) to succeed Professor David Stevenson, who completes his term in office on 31 December.

The role of the VCAC is to act as the independent guardian of academic standards and quality on behalf of the Appointments Committee. The term of office is from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016.

Applications should be made to the Secretary of the Selection Committee, Sofia Avgerinou, via email ( by Friday 25 October. For more information, visit the HR website.

    Honorary Doctorate nominations

Nominations for Honorary Doctorate are invited. Please note that, following a recent review by the Nominations Committee, the criteria have been revised.

The LSE Council may confer an Honorary Doctorate on an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the work of the School and with its mission to improve society and understand the "causes of things".

Unlike Honorary Fellows, Honorary Doctorates do not need to have a direct connection with the School.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations to be considered in the 2013-14 academic year is Friday 22 November. Any Honorary Doctorates awarded would be conferred in December 2014.

Full details, and a nomination form, can be found here. If you have any queries, contact Joan Poole on ext 7825 or email


Computer tip of the week

Excel data validation

Well-constructed spread sheets should have data which is consistently entered and free of errors. You can help yourself with these objectives by using data validation.

For example, you can ensure that only certain types of data, and of certain lengths, go into particular cells. To apply data validation, select the cells where you wish to apply it, click Data - Data Tools - Data Validation - Settings then use Allow: dropdown list to begin.

With a test spread sheet, select the cells where you wish to apply validation and experiment with the Settings so you understand their behaviour. If others are going to use the spread sheet, consider adding Error Alerts to explain what data is acceptable in those cells.

If you have an IT question, check out our online guides and FAQs or attend our weekly Software Surgeries. Alternately, staff and PhD students are invited to enrol for a one-to-one IT Training session, or contact to book a consultation with a training specialist.

A range of additional computer training resources, including our "Tip of the Week" archive, is available via the IT Training website. Subscribe to the IT Training mailing list to stay informed of upcoming courses and workshops.


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features students sitting on the bean bags provided on the lower ground floor of the Library.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.


- Research


LSE counselling report launched in parliament

More funding directed towards counselling and psychotherapy services in the UK could help curb escalating costs in public and mental health and ensure the country’s future wellbeing.

This is the consensus of an independent report by LSE launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday (15 October).

Commissioned by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the report looks at the economic benefits of therapy in the wake of increasing healthcare costs, as well as ongoing constraints on health spending.

Professor Martin Knapp, Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit and Professor of Social Policy at LSE, who authored the BACP commissioned report, says: "A therapeutic treatment that improves health will often have economic benefits. Partly, this is because healthier individuals make fewer demands on the health care system, and partly because healthier individuals are economically more productive, either through paid work or through their non-work activities such as caring for someone else, volunteering or studying."

It is intended that the policy paper will provide an evidence-informed perspective to demonstrate the contribution of counselling and psychotherapy to improving public health across all age ranges and across a range of physical and mental health conditions. More


Europe needs to pull together, says former foreign policy chief

A new report launched at LSE by former foreign policy chief Dr Javier Solana argues for a revival of the European spirit.

The report, A Strategy for Southern Europe, also calls on Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal to develop common policies with the rest of Europe on migration, maritime security, energy and defence.

Prepared by LSE IDEAS, the report analyses the economic, political and social upheavals experienced by Southern Europe in the past five years.

Professor Michael Cox, Founding Director of LSE IDEAS, said: "Southern Europe is pivotal to contemporary economic and security debates, yet its regional identity and integration are under-acknowledged. This report, and the establishment of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme at IDEAS, seeks to redress that by highlighting the importance and potential of the region." More


- Events

  Andrew Gamble


Karima Bennoune


Adama Samassékou


Forthcoming LSE events include....

Social Democracy and the Nation After the Crash
On: Thursday 17 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Andrew Gamble (pictured), head of the Department for Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here": the human rights struggle against Muslim fundamentalism
On: Wednesday 23 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Karima Bennoune (pictured), Professor of International Law and a member of the board of the network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.

The Social-Cultural Foundation of the 21st Century New Pan-Africanist Consciousness
On: Thursday 24 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Adama Samassékou (pictured), founder and former president of the African Academy of Languages.

Work as a Value
On: Tuesday 29 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick.
Discussant: Lord Glasman, Reader in Political Theory at London Metropolitan University.
This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. LSE students and staff can request one ticket via the online ticket request form from around 6pm on Tuesday 22 October until at least 12noon on Wednesday 23 October.


EMBRACE film season

EMBRACE (Ethnic Minorities Broadening Racial Awareness and Cultural Exchange), LSE’s BME staff network, is hosting film screenings on the theme "celebrating Black History Month". The screenings will take place at 6.15pm in room 32LIF B.07.

Please note the screening of White Material on Thursday 17 October has been cancelled.

Wednesday 23 October - Beloved
Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.

Wednesday 30 October - The Last King of Scotland
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, email

  LSE100   LSE100 prize-giving and public lecture

On: Thursday 24 October at 6pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

All staff are invited to attend the second LSE100 public lecture and prize-giving to mark the successes of the students on the second full year of the course.

The public lecture, Thinking and Feeling About Risk: can they be separated?, will be given by Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket required. For more information, visit the event page.

  Richard Caruso  

Understanding the Importance of Your Personal Development and Natural Mentoring Activity to Become a Positive Entrepreneur

On: Friday 25 October from 1.15-2pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Richard Caruso (pictured), Founder and Chairman of The Provco Group and Integra Life Sciences Corporation.

Dr Richard Caruso will be speaking on the importance of natural mentoring and understanding the significance of entrepreneurship. His talk will cover the inception of Integra LifeSciences and the creation of regenerative medicine. He also will discuss his founding of the Uncommon Individual Foundation (UIF).

Dr Caruso, the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the United States, has a particular interest in mentoring. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Uncommon Individual Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation exclusively devoted to mentoring: mentor/protege training, consultation, programme implementation and evaluation.

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required; only one ticket per person can be requested. Please reserve your ticket by completing the online booking form. More


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Why Growth Theory Requires a Theory of the State Beyond Market Failures
Speaker: Mariana Mazzucato
Recorded: Tuesday 8 October, approx 92 minutes

Crowdsourcing a New UK Constitution
Speakers: David Blunkett MP, Richard Gordon, and Carol Harlow
Recorded: Tuesday 8 October, approx 94 minutes

Global Migration and Urban Renewal
Speakers: Rob Berkeley, Tim Finch, Professor Philip Kasinitz, Professor Michael Keith, and Professor Sharon Zukin
Recorded: Thursday 10 October, approx 84 minutes


- 60 second interview

    Emma Taverner  

with..... Emma Taverner

I’m the Executive Officer to the Head of Department in the very wonderful Department of Economics. I took my first degree in English Literature, and my second in Conservation (Manuscripts and Rare Books), and started working in LSE Archives in 1997. When my contract ended, I found a stop-gap job in the Department of Economics in 1999, and have been here ever since.

I love my job, I love the Department of Economics, and I’m very fortunate to work with some extremely smart, amiable and occasionally hilarious people. I also have a part time job with a New York-based company, designing virtual environments (virtual worlds) for training and education for Fortune 500 companies, on platforms such as Second Life and Unity.

I live on the south side of the river at London Bridge, and I’ve been in a relationship with my college sweetheart Alex for 28 years (he lives at Tower Bridge).

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

Assuming that, as Director, I had the power to do anything I wanted, I would:

  • ruthlessly cull pointless meetings, briefings and debriefings, and all manner of report writing
  • identify ways in which our students can be encouraged to feel more camaraderie with one another, and a greater sense of belonging to the School (I have high hopes for the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in this regard)
  • hold a symposium on "The Perception and Reality of the LSE Department of Economics" in order to address some of the misconceptions about economics in general, and the Economics Department in particular. We’re lovely people - honest.

If you were in charge of throwing a fancy dress party for the whole of LSE, what theme would you choose and why?

We already have a fancy dress party for the whole of LSE: graduation day! However, I believe the party atmosphere of the occasion could be improved by replacing the processional march at the end with the theme tune to Monty Python’s Flying Circus (complete with a huge descending plaster foot, and raspberry noise), and inviting everyone to wear massive ceremonial George Bernard Shaw beards.

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

I am currently re-reading Surface Detail by Iain M Banks, one of my favourite writers. It’s set in the distant future, at a time when the conscious mind is able to survive forever after the death of the body, either in simulated environments or rehoused in a new body. The book concerns a war (fought in a simulated environment) between the enlightened civilisation called "the Culture" and a collection of ostensibly benevolent religious societies over the existence of appalling simulated Hieronymus Bosch-style hells, to which the religious societies have been condemning - for eternity - the conscious minds of billions deemed to have broken their laws. The outcome of the war will decide whether these hells are allowed to continue unchecked, or are destroyed, and the trapped minds freed.

It’s a profoundly compassionate book, beautifully written, and examines revenge, politics, gender roles, religion and the nature of humanity in a very unsentimental way. I’m probably making it sound dull: it’s also a very exciting read. There are explosions, battles, jokes, perilous missions, true love!

Have you ever broken a bone?

I have never broken a bone.

What is your favourite smell?

Sun-warmed skin.

What was your worst ever job?

1988, after I graduated: packing agricultural chemicals in an open warehouse in the middle of winter in a field in Cambridgeshire, on night shift (midnight to 8am), dressed in full protective gear, including respirator. It was absolutely freezing and even with gloves I got massive blisters from handling heavy containers. I only kept it up for seven weeks, but the wages were double what I’d earned over the summer as a filing clerk. I also ended up with impressive muscle definition in my upper body!


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Flipping Lectures
  • Moodle Basics Training
  • Presentation Skills

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


Staff courses from HR Organisational and Lifelong Learning

For all staff:

For managers:

Visit Core Learning and Development Programme to find a comprehensive list of other courses available this academic year.

If you have any queries or require additional information, email

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Administrator, Department of Anthropology
  • Assistant Librarian (Teaching Support), Library: academic services
  • Assistant Professor in Accounting, Accounting
  • Assistant Professor in Operations Management, Management
  • Assistant Professorship in Economics, Economics
  • Assistant Professorships in Sociology, Sociology
  • David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellowship in International Relations, International Relations
  • Deputy Registry Manager, Academic Registrar's Division
  • Development Associate, ODAR: major gift fundraising
  • EROB MSc Programmes Manager, Management: EROB Group
  • Educational Developer, Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Ethnography Research Project Officer, Library: academic services
  • Graduate Admissions Administrator, ARD: graduate admissions
  • Grant Applications Manager, Research Division
  • Head of Press and Information, External Relations Division
  • Marketing Coordinator, Academic Registrar's Division
  • Newsletter Editor and Assistant Press Officer (Maternity Cover), External Relations Division
  • Research Officer (Environmental, Climate or Energy Economics), Grantham Research Institute
  • Salesforce Project Manager, Management
  • Senior Student Services Adviser, Academic Registrar's Division
  • TRIUM Recruitment and Admissions Administrator, Management

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


- LSE people

  Peter Carrol  

On Sunday 20 October Peter Carrol (pictured), Communications Officer in the Library, will be running the Amsterdam Marathon to raise money for the charity Body & Soul.

Body & Soul is a pioneering charity that provides practical, emotional, psychosocial and educational support to children, young people and families living with and closely affected by HIV in the UK. It aims to empower its members to overcome the devastation of HIV and realise a positive future.

If you would like to sponsor Peter, visit his fundraising page.


- Nicole wants to hear from you!

  Nicole Gallivan   Do you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share? If so, then I would love to hear from you, contact me at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 24 October. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 22 October. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.