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The Progressive Agenda Now

On Thursday 14 November the BBC will record this LSE event with Professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.


England’s social classes slow to evolve

New research from LSE shows that the class structure in England is evolving far more slowly than previously believed.


Tricia Coyle

Tricia, LSE’s Director of Alumni Relations for North America, names brownies as her personal kryptonite: "I'm helpless in the face of their gooey goodness."

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  31 October 2013  

- News

  What Works Growth Centre   What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth launches

A ground-breaking new project that will analyse and showcase the policies that can help to drive local economic growth has been launched at a national event with Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Local Growth, Michael Fallon MP, Minister for Business, and Joanna Killian, Chief Executive of Essex County Council.

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, a partnership between LSE, Centre for Cities and Arup, will put evaluations of the policies that matter to growth - skills, regeneration, housing and employment - under the spotlight to give local decision makers the evidence they need about which policies work. It will improve evaluation standards so that we can learn more about what policies are most effective and where, and it will work with local partners to set up a series of demonstrator projects to show how effective evaluation can work in practice.

Professor Henry Overman, Director of the Centre, said: "The evidence base covering local growth policy areas like skills, housing and employment is huge and this can be overwhelming for policymakers. The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth will help local decision makers use the available evidence to make better informed decisions about which policies are most likely to drive local growth and where." More

  Arne Westad  

LSE academic wins the Asia Society Bernard Schwartz book award

Professor Arne Westad (pictured) has won the most prestigious US Asian Studies book prize, the Asia Society’s Bernhard Schwartz Book Award, for his new book on China’s international history.

Professor Westad, Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International History, was awarded the $20,000 prize by the Asia Society for his book Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750.

The award recognises the book’s outstanding contribution to the understanding of Asia. Over 100 books were submitted and finalists were selected by a jury composed of a number leading experts in journalism, academia, policy and publishing from Asia and the United States.

Professor Westad said: "I am delighted to have won the Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award for 2013. With Restless Empire I aimed to show how China’s worldview and Chinese attitudes have evolved. It is a great joy to know that the end result is well received." More

  Ricky Burdett (photo by Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd)   LSE academic joins Bill Clinton on Rockerfeller Foundation's Resilient Cities judging panel

LSE Cities’ Director Ricky Burdett (pictured) joins former presidents Bill Clinton and Olusegun Obsanjo and Deutsche Bank co-CEO Anshu Jain on the Rockerfeller Foundation’s Resilient Cities judging panel.

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the names of seven distinguished judges from around the world who will select the first round of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network.

Nearly 400 cities across six continents applied to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, which was announced on The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100th anniversary in May 2013.

The judges are:

  • President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
  • Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, LSE
  • Dr Peter Head, Chair, Ecological Sequestration Trust
  • Dr Helene Gayle, President, CARE USA
  • Anshu Jain, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank
  • Dr Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation

"We are honoured to have such an esteemed group of leaders, who share our belief that building urban resilience is a 21st century imperative, to select the first cities to benefit from the 100 Resilient Cities network," said Dr Judith Rodin.

  The Revolving Shed   Annual Fund backed drama takes to the Fringe

Annual Fund support has enabled the LSESU Drama Society, The Revolving Shed, to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it has appeared for the third time.

This year LSE’s talented actors performed Buoy, an East London based comedy, a total of 19 times at Edinburgh’s C Aquila venue, following performances of How To Catch A Rabbit in 2011 and Blake’s Doors in 2012.

"The university’s presence at the festival now rivals other institutions that have had shows there for decades," said project leader Alexander Willett. "The originality of the company, in only presenting new writing informed by the debates presented whilst studying at LSE, has allowed it to be a formidable presence at the Fringe and a favourite amongst critics."

Thanking the Annual Fund for its support, he added: "This opportunity for promising writers, actors, directors and producers is an invaluable start to a career in theatre. Since graduating, individuals have gone on to gain professional acting contracts or produce shows at prominent Off-West End theatres - the experience gained with The Revolving Shed allowing them to stand out within a notoriously precarious industry." More

    What's a little spying between friends? Phone-tapping between allies is nothing new says LSE historian

Evidence that Britain tapped the phone calls of American diplomats in the interwar years has been uncovered by an historian at LSE.

While examining newly released materials at the National Archives over the summer, Dr Antony Best, Senior Lecturer in International History, discovered the transcript of a telephone call between an American official in London and the Secretary of State in Washington.

The official, Norman Davis, was the leader of the American delegation to a conference on limiting UK, US and Japanese naval forces which took place in 1934. The transcript had clearly been made without the individuals’ knowledge.

Dr Best said: "Britain was clearly tapping the phones of the American embassy in peacetime. And it’s highly likely that we would have been treating other foreign embassies in the same way. So while the current furore over the claims that the US has been spying on its friends is understandable, it’s really nothing new." More

  Keith Panter-Brick   Professor Keith Panter-Brick 1920-2013

The School is sad to announce the death of Professor Keith Panter-Brick, who passed away on Friday 18 October.

Professor Panter-Brick joined LSE's Department of Government in 1950 and was there until his retirement in 1985. He helped to build the fields of international relations and area studies into one of the foremost programmes in the world, often working closely with Donald Cameron Watt.

His teaching extended to the Department of International Relations, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and institutions overseas. To students he was helpful and humane, gentle but entirely firm in upholding academic standards. He supervised students from Asia and Africa and helped to bridge departments and disciplines by combining philosophy, politics, and economics.

He devoted most of his life to research on civil war and decolonisation in Africa, spending many periods of sabbatical leave teaching at universities in Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In particular, he was seconded from 1965-67 as Professor of Public Administration at Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria.

To read a full tribute to Professor Panter-Brick, click here.

  Finance Division Wear it Pink  

Wearing pink and eating cake

Friday 25 October was the annual "Wear it Pink" day in support of the Breast Cancer Campaign.

LSE's Finance Division held a cake sale and raffle organised by their very own pink fundraising team - Linda Sclanders, Carly Wilkinson, Sherry Vaid, Margaret Newson, Margaret Benjamin, Kristy Rottenberry, Rosina Choudhury, Sara Whyte, Bal Bimrah, Katie Irving, Matthew Grierson, Genein Cox-Desuosa, and Naushin Mohamed.

With the help of other colleagues from across the School, the Finance team raised over £300 and would like to thank everyone who contributed.

Congratulations to all other departments and divisions who also held events and raised money for this year's "Wear it Pink" day.

  Kent Deng   LSE academic speaks at House of Lords panel discussion

Dr Kent Deng (pictured), Reader in Economic History, took part in a panel discussion hosted at the House of Lords by Lord Timothy Clement-Jones on "The China Plan: economics of a superpower" and "China's Investments: who benefits?".

The discussion, which took place on Monday 28 October, marked the release of BN Magazine’s September-October 2013 issue on the same topic.

  Katerina Dalacoura  

Academic abroad

On Friday 25 October, Dr Katerina Dalacoura (pictured), Associate Professor in International Relations, gave a lecture entitled “The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: secularism and democracy”, at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara, Turkey.

Dr Dalacoura also gave a lecture on the same subject at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Centre in Bologna, Italy on Thursday 10 October.


- Notices

    LSE’s Information Security Policy

All LSE staff and students, whether or not you’re aware of it, have ethical and legal responsibilities concerning the data you use as part of your everyday work and study activities. These responsibilities include issues to do with the collection, usage and storage of personal data in its various forms.

LSE’s Information Security Policy forms a part of the School’s ongoing commitment to enhance and clarify the measures you can take to meet these responsibilities and make sure you stay within the data protection laws that govern information use within the UK. It will help you become aware of how to classify your data and take steps to protect it, making sure that, as a community, we safeguard information while still making it available to those who have the right to access it.

Everyone at LSE is encouraged to read and abide by the Information Security Policy in the course of their work and study. To view the Information Security Policy, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding information security at LSE, contact the IT Helpdesk at

    LSE Choir and Orchestra

Just economics and politics? Think again. While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School which includes the LSE Choir and Orchestra, both of which are open to staff and students.

The Choir and Orchestra take part in two official School concerts a year, which take place in the beautiful St Clement Dane's Church in December and March.

For more information on joining, click here.

    Last chance to enter the Diversity Calendar Photo Competition

The deadline for submitting your entries for the Equality and Diversity Photo Competition is Sunday 3 November.

The theme for the competition is "redefining difference", urging all participants to demonstrate creative thinking about diversity.

Twelve images will be selected to go into the School’s Diversity Calendar for 2014. This is your opportunity to see your work published and circulated across the School, and to win a prize. If you haven’t already sent in your entries, do it now.

To enter, visit, download and complete the entry form and send it with your photos to by Sunday 3 November.

    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 For more information, click here. Any further enquiries should be emailed to

    LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition

Can you convey your research visually? LSE Research Festival is now accepting submissions from academic and research staff across the School for next year’s Research Festival Exhibition.

Entrants are asked to convey their research through a poster, photograph or short film. A prize will be awarded in each category.

Last year, over 600 people visited the exhibition, including members of the general public. The LSE Research Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to encourage engagement with research being done at the School, as well as offering researchers the chance to gain fresh perspective on their project.

Workshops are being run later this term on making research based posters and films.

The submissions deadline is midnight on Friday 31 January. For more information, to view last year’s entries, and to submit your work, visit Follow us on Twitter @LSEResearchFest.


Director's Christmas Party for Children

Attention all parents - the invitations for the Director's Christmas Party for Children of LSE Staff will be sent out next week and this year the party will be held on Saturday 7 December from 2-5pm.

Look out for the invitation. If you have not received the invitation by Monday 11 November, email


Computer tip of the week

Save PowerPoint as a slideshow

A common way to run a PowerPoint presentation is in the familiar PowerPoint environment. This is actually the development area and though it does no harm to run a presentation here, it does look unprofessional to an audience when they see the ribbons and other tools you use to create your presentation.

A way to run your PowerPoint presentation and not see these elements is to save it in a slightly different way. First ensure you have saved your presentation in the usual way; it will have .pptx at the end. Then, to save as a slideshow, click File - Save As - PowerPoint Show(*.ppsx). Give your presentation a new name if you wish, but this is not necessary. Then try your show. You will see it open immediately and it will work in just the same way as usual.

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.

  EUI   European University Institute Doctoral Programme Presentation

The European University Institute (EUI) is organising a presentation on Wednesday 6 November to introduce its Doctoral Programme for the 2014-15 academic year, and LSE staff have been asked to inform any students that they think may be interested.

The meeting, which will take place at 1pm at the Senate House of the University of London, will present PhD programmes in economics, history and civilisation, law and political and social sciences.

The EUI is located in Florence, Italy, and offers a structured doctoral programme with close supervision and opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research. The Institute is looking for highly motivated and qualified researchers to further complement the already outstanding quality of our current scholars. Grants for doctoral candidates are available.

For more information about the EUI’s PhD programme, click here. Interested students can register for this event by emailing

  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 5 November, Tuesday 19 November, Tuesday 26 November, and Tuesday 10 December.

Just turn up on any of these dates with your own skipping rope. All lessons are free.

For more information, email Daniel at


LSE Treatment Clinic

The LSE Treatment Clinic, which welcomes LSE students and staff, is on the first floor of Tower Two (enter from the Tower One/Tower Two reception, first floor and follow the signs to the LSE Treatment Clinic).

The clinic offers professional treatments at reduced rates for LSE including acupuncture, osteopathy and sports massage from practitioners with over 20 years of experience between them. Their combined expertise is effective in the treatment of pain, including musculoskeletal pain, repetitive strain injury, tension headaches, posture advice, sports injuries, anxiety, insomnia, migraine, among many other ailments.

The practitioners are:

  • Hanya Chlala
    Acupuncture available in a dual bed setting on Wednesdays and Fridays

  • Laura Dent
    Sports massage available on Mondays

  • Tim Hanwell
    Osteopathy available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm and can be booked online at All consultations are strictly confidential and sessions will last between 30 and 60 minutes depending upon the treatment.

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

Staff and students can now get a special discount for Alexander Technique lessons taking place at the Bloomsbury Centre, just a five minute walk from LSE.

If you spend a lot of time sitting or standing, reading or using a computer then how you use yourself in these and many other daily activities can have a profound effect on how well you function.

Lessons can relieve back pain and RSI, help improve posture, lessen depression and anxiety and make you sound better. Improvements in these areas lead to a better general appearance and enhance your confidence.

Lessons cost £35 (when 10 lessons are pre-booked) for LSE staff/students (normal lesson fee £45), or you can take part in a four week, small group, evening course starting on Tuesday 5 November at 7.30pm costing £70 for LSE staff/students (normal price £80).

For more information, contact Alun Thomas on 07817 091385 or email


Single room in SE13 to rent

A single room is available to rent in a flat located on a quiet street, close to Hither Green station, in SE13.

The room is clean and well furnished, with gas central heating, a single bed and broadband. The tenant will share a bathroom (with shower) and a kitchen (with dishwasher) with another person.

The flat is near shops, a café, two parks, and Hither Green rail station. London Charing Cross is a 23 minute train ride from Hither Green and the flat is 40-45 minutes door-to-door from LSE.

The room costs £500 per month inclusive of gas, water, electricity, and council tax. Would suit a mature and responsible student or professional. The room will be available from January to July 2014. For more information, call 07799 803645.


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features a student checking his smartphone in the lobby of the Old Building.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  Old Building  

- Research

    England's social classes slow to evolve

New research from LSE shows that the class structure in England is evolving far more slowly than previously believed.

A study of surname distributions over the past 800 years reveals it takes at least half a millennium for the UK’s elite class to shake off their lineage and converge with the average members of society - at least 400 years slower than economists had earlier predicted.

Dr Neil Cummins, an economic historian at LSE, says that despite significant political, industrial, social and economic changes over the past eight centuries, social mobility in England has been much slower.

"Just take the names of the Normans who conquered England nearly 1,000 years ago. Surnames such as Baskerville, Darcy, Mandeville and Montgomery are still over-represented at Oxbridge and also among elite occupations such as medicine, law and politics," Dr Cummins says. More

    Gentrification plays central role in conservation decisions

There is a strong link between increasing gentrification and the designation of conservation areas, according to research from LSE.

The study, Game of Zones: the economics of conservation areas, by Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt (LSE), Kristoffer Moeller (TU-Darmstadt, CMS Berlin), Sevrin Waights (LSE, CMS Berlin), and Nicolai Wendland (TU-Damstadt), provides a detailed analysis of restrictive conservation policies within the UK and the associated economic and social costs, and benefits, to local homeowners.

It found that the presence of affluent residents and residents who hold a degree significantly increases the chances of an area being given conservation status. This type of resident is more likely to express a particular appreciation for heritage, and lobby for preservation. More


Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the October 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 November 2013. More


- Events

  George Loewenstein   New LSE events

Behavioural Economics and Diet
On: Tuesday 12 November at 5.15pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor George Loewenstein (pictured), Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dirty Wars
On: Wednesday 27 November at 6pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Jeremy Scahill, award-winning investigative journalist.

  Richard Dyer  

Other forthcoming LSE events include....

Only White Men: serial killing in European cinema
On: Monday 4 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Richard Dyer (pictured), Professor of Film Studies at King's College London.

The Great Tamasha: cricket, corruption and the turbulent rise of modern India
On: Tuesday 5 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: James Astill, political editor of The Economist.

  M Sornarajah   Greed, Humanity and the Neoliberal Retreat in International Law

On: Thursday 31 October from 6.30-8pm in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor M Sornarajah (pictured), Professor John Linarelli, and Dr Margot Salomon.

Demands for sovereignty over their natural resources and development as advocated by developing countries under the international law claims of the 60s and 70s for a New International Economic Order (NIEO), could find new possibilities today as the neoliberal tenets that challenged the NIEO retreat.

Changes in the international investment regime - from the influence of the rise of BRICS to developed countries now being sued by TNCs - might see a return to ideas of economic sovereignty and public welfare. Covering international investment and international economic law, human rights, as well as development law, the panellists will consider recent shifts in international law and whether we are moving towards a legal order that serves the interests of humanity.

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

  John Doris   Talking to Our Selves: reflection, skepticism, and agency

On: Tuesday 5 November at 2pm in room CLM.3.02, Clement House.
Speaker: Professor John Doris (pictured), Professor of Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University in St Louis.

At this event, which is co-organised by the LSESU Philosophy Society and the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, Professor Doris will explore the intricate relationship between philosophical ethics and social psychology.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, email or visit

    Lunchtime film screening to mark Trans Day of Remembrance

To mark Trans Day of Remembrance, LSE Equality and Diversity are screening Tomboy on Wednesday 6 November from 12.30-2pm in room B.09, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Tomboy is a film about a 10 year old girl, settling into her new neighbourhood outside Paris, who is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it’s too late for the mistake to be clarified.

The screening is free and open to all but places are limited - book your ticket at

  Ali Mirsepassi   The "Human Sciences'' on Trial in Iran

On: Thursday 7 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Ali Mirsepassi (pictured), Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology and Director of the Iranian Studies Initiative at New York University, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE during Michaelmas term.

Why the "human sciences" have become the target of a major government crackdown in Iran today. This talk will focus thematically upon a specific conceptual shift.

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

  Roberto Mangabeira Unger   The Progressive Agenda Now

On: Thursday 14 November from 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger (pictured), Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard University.

The progressive left lacks the imagination to tackle the fundamental problems of society. Renowned social theorist Roberto Unger calls on fellow progressives in Britain to think beyond current institutional arrangements.

This event will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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

  Roger McGough  

SCR Event: poetry reading by Roger McGough

On: Tuesday 19 November at 5.30pm.

The SCR committee is pleased to announce the first SCR poetry reading event. Roger McGough (pictured), presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, will be reading a selection of poetry including verses from his new collection.

All staff members are invited to attend SCR events. For more information, visit the SCR website.

  Calliope Spanou   The 13th Hellenic Observatory Annual Lecture: The Greek Ombudsman and Public Administration during Challenging Times

On: Monday 25 November from 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Professor Calliope Spanou (pictured), The Greek Ombudsman.

This event will focus on the establishment, 15 years ago, of the Ombudsman institution in Greece, highlighting its place and role in the political-administrative system of the country.

Professor Spanou will also present current challenges in the context of economic austerity, lack of trust in institutions, as well as demands for a new relationship between citizens and the state in Greece.

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

    Greek Politics in Crisis: challenges to the open society

On: Friday 29 November from 9am-5pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building

This one day conference, organised by LSE's Hellenic Observatory and the Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels, features an ambitious and exciting programme, bringing together eminent speakers to debate and discuss the major challenges facing Greece and all of Europe.

For more information, visit the Hellenic Observatory's event page. Click here for the conference programme.

This event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Registration is through LSE's E-shop and must be completed by Friday 22 November.


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Shaping Higher Education Fifty Years After Robbins: what views to the future?
Speakers: Bahram Bekhradnia, Rajay Naik, and David Willetts MP
Recorded: Tuesday 22 October, approx. 111 minutes

Richard Titmuss: forty years on
Speaker: Howard Glennerster
Recorded: Wednesday 23 October, approx. 76 minutes

"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here": the human rights struggle against Muslim fundamentalism
Speaker: Karima Bennoune
Recorded: Wednesday 23 October, approx. 78 minutes


- 60 second interview

    Tricia Coyle  

with..... Tricia Coyle

I’m LSE’s Director of Alumni Relations for North America, based in the LSE Foundation Office in New York.

Tell us about the work and objectives of LSE’s office in New York City.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise philanthropic support for LSE from the 20,000+ alumni and donors in North America. We do this by engaging with alumni and donors in any number of ways including one-on-one meetings, by encouraging alumni to volunteer as mentors or recruitment ambassadors, by supporting the local LSE Alumni Associations which organise social and networking events, by helping graduates take advantage of career mentoring, and by providing opportunities for alumni to continue their own educational journey.

What I like best is reminding graduates of the intellectual excitement of their Houghton Street days by organising talks with faculty members who are visiting North America. They are always well received.

What is the strangest, funniest or most unusual thing to have happened whilst you have been liaising with alumni in North America?

Well, life is full of odd coincidences. Several of the beloved sculptures at LSE - like the penguin outside Waterstone's Economists' Bookshop and Baby Tembo the elephant - were donated by Canadian alumnus, Louis Odette. He wanted to donate more art, including two life-size versions of Tembo and somehow thought I was the person who could help make this happen. I’m not.

After liaising with colleagues, I had to explain to Mr Odette by phone that the elephants would not fit on Houghton Street. Ironically, I was in Toronto at the time and not ten minutes later crossed paths with the very elephants in question, displayed on a public plaza. They are 12-15 feet tall!

Are you any good at gardening? What plants are your favourite?

Not at all. My tomato patch and herb garden were brutally savaged by deer a few weeks ago. So, despite having once worked for the New York Botanical Garden, I show no signs of being a grower.

But I am a maker. Whether it's sewing a leather jacket or tailoring a coat, hand knitting socks or baking bread, I normally have several projects going at once. I don't watch very much TV.

How do you keep fit?

I’m not naturally athletic and perhaps a little bit clumsy, but I run three or four times a week and practice yoga. Both are challenging but help balance out my baking habit. Brownies are my personal kryptonite; I'm helpless in the face of their gooey goodness.

What three items would you take to a desert island with you?

Easy - my scuba gear. Clearly, this island would have an abundance of healthy coral reefs plus a few shipwrecks to explore. That probably counts as all three.

Which celebrity do you think would make a good US president?

Who do I think would have the intelligence and wisdom to lead the US in facing complicated problems like mitigating climate change, promoting economic equality and growth, addressing humanitarian challenges in the developing world, confronting the spiralling cost and lack of access to quality health care for our aging population, arresting the Western diet’s contribution to chronic disease, defending human rights around the globe, and navigating the changing landscape of privacy and intelligence gathering in the digital age, while working in an environment of partisan politics, where political victories are mistaken for legislative achievement? Definitely not Miley Cyrus.


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Developing Emotional Resilience in the Workplace
  • Starting with Research Funding
  • Excel 2010: pivot tables

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

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Application Analyst, Information Management and Technology
  • Assistant Professor in Accounting, Accounting
  • Assistant Professor in EU Law, Law
  • Assistant Professor in Economic Geography/Regional or Urban Economics, Geography and Environment
  • Assistant Professor in Law and Anthropology, Law
  • Assistant Professor in Management, Management
  • Assistant Professorship in Economics, Economics
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Intellectual Property and Trade Mark, Law
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Private Law, Law
  • Head of Development Communications (Maternity Cover), ODAR: major gift fundraising
  • Head of Health and Safety, Governance, Legal and Planning Division
  • Office Coordinator, Management
  • Research Assistant (Family Life Courses and Later Life in Europe), Social Policy
  • Research Information Analyst and Open Access Officer, Library: academic services
  • Research Officer (Environmental, Climate or Energy Economics), Grantham Research Institute
  • Research Officer (Family Life Courses and Later Life Health in Europe), Social Policy
  • Research Programme Administrator, International Relations
  • Senior Project Manager, Information Management and Technology
  • Senior Student Services Adviser, Academic Registrar's Division
  • Web Developer (.Net), Information Management and Technology

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


- 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 7 November. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 5 November. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.