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LSE Christmas Carol Service

End the term on a festive note with the School's traditional Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 11 December in the Shaw Library.


School Secretary's briefings

School Secretary Susan Scholefield's next termly briefing with all support staff will take place on 11 and 12 December.


Dr Juliana Cardinale

Originally from Buenos Aires, Juliana, Associate Director of the Forum for European Philosophy, has been living in London for 18 years now but still supports Boca Juniors.

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  5 December 2013  

- News

  South Asia Centre  

LSE Director announces new South Asia Centre during official visit to India

LSE is set to create a new academic centre dedicated to strengthening its research and engagement with South Asia.

LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, announced the creation of the South Asia Centre on the India at LSE blog during his second official visit to the country.

At present LSE has over 70 academics, across a range of disciplines, whose research engages with India and South Asia. The new centre will bring together these individuals, along with many other LSE academics, to support and highlight the world-class research undertaken at the School which is of vital importance to the region. Areas on which the centre will focus include economic growth, politics, poverty reduction, urbanisation, gender, the environment and health.

As well as promoting cross-disciplinary work, the new centre will host a number of public events on themes relating to South Asia, and help facilitate collaborations between LSE and South Asian universities, public bodies and businesses.

The South Asia Centre will officially open in January 2014 and will be led by Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at LSE. More


LSE raises £125m through private investors to support campus redevelopment

LSE has raised £125 million by means of private placement of unrated debt. The money borrowed by the School will be used for the capital redevelopment of its recently expanded campus.

Three major investors were successful in their bids to lend money to LSE for a mix of 15 year, 30 year and 40 year maturities, arranged by Barclays Bank Inc. They are all life assurance companies seeking long term fixed rate income.

The School received the funds on 27 November which will be used to support the capital development programme of the next ten years and beyond.

The two main future capital developments planned are a redevelopment of the East Building and St Clements Building on the main LSE campus, to commence in 2015. This is in addition to a refurbishment, re-modelling or redevelopment of the recently purchased 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which will commence in 2016.

The School is also set to complete the £38 million development of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in the coming weeks.

The primary sources of funding for capital development at the School will continue to be surpluses generated from academic activities and philanthropic support. The new borrowing will enable peaks of investment in capital development to be funded earlier and over a longer period than otherwise would be the case. More

  Jo Hemmings   LSE successfully submits to REF 2014

On Thursday 28 November, LSE successfully submitted to REF 2014, 25 hours ahead of the final deadline (pictured - Jo Hemmings, Research Division, having just pressed the ‘send’ button!).

The School’s REF submission took some two years to prepare and was a cross-School activity involving all academic departments, with central support from staff in Research Division, the Library, HR, IMT, ARD and ERD, and was coordinated by the REF Strategy Committee chaired by Professor Stuart Corbridge.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. For REF 2014, LSE submitted a total of 565 academic and research staff, 66 impact case studies, 1,962 research outputs and a total of 1,565 pages of information. Submissions will now be subject to peer review by academics and research users who make up the REF panels. The results will be announced in December 2014.

  Ethan Ilzetzki   LSE wins Clash of the Titans II

Dr Ethan Ilzetzki (pictured), Lecturer in Economics, has won the second annual Economic Research Council (ERC) Clash of the Titans forecasting competition, finishing ahead of Linda Yueh, University of Oxford, and Michael Kitson, University of Cambridge.

The ERC said: "Professor Ilzetzki's optimism was rewarded, as the unemployment rate has remained lower this year than many people predicted back in December 2012. He was also the closest of the three professors on the rate of inflation, generally aiming for the middle position between Professor Kitson (with higher predicted inflation) and Professor Yueh (with lower inflation)."

Dr Ilzetzki's winning forecasts were:

  Q4 '12 Q1 '13 Q2 '13 Q3 '13
GDP 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.5
Inflation 2.6  2.6 2.7 2.5
Unemployment 7.8 7.7 7.4 7.1
Interest Rates 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Greek Bond Yields 15.5 per cent

This is the first time that LSE has won the competition. Last year, Oxford's Professor John Muellbauer beat LSE's Danny Quah and Cambridge's Hashem Pesaran to claim the inaugural title. More

  Irini Moustaki  

LSE academic appointed honorary doctor by Uppsala University

Professor Irini Moustaki (pictured), a member of the Social Statistics Group in the Department of Statistics, has been appointed an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University.

Professor Moustaki's research deals with latent variables, i.e. variables that you want, but for some reason cannot observe. An example is intelligence, but other kinds of characteristics and attitudes can be considered as latent variables. She is also working on how these variables can be linked to the observable. Professor Moustaki is interested in applications in educational sciences, psychology and other social sciences, as well as in medicine.

The ceremony will take place at Uppsala University in January 2014.

  Daniel Beckley   LSE staff member running for Southwark Council

Daniel Beckley (pictured), LSE Security Officer, will be running as a Liberal Democrat candidate for East Walworth, Southwark, in the 2014 council elections.

Daniel has lived in the area for over 20 years after coming to London from Sierra Leone, and has brought up his three sons locally. He believes in giving all our young people the best possible start in life and will be campaigning for extra childcare hours and more primary and secondary school places in Southwark.

Daniel said: "In life, I dream to be able to do something for people who yearn for a better tomorrow. This is why I am offering my time to help and advise residents and other people within East Walworth. By becoming a councillor, I will be able to reach out to the ordinary men and women within Southwark. All that's really worth doing is what we do for others."

  Student sleep out   LSE students Sleep Out for Spires

Around 20 LSE students braved the winter conditions on Thursday 28 November in a 24 hour Sleep Out organised by the LSE Students’ Union RAG (Raising and Giving) society.

The event, organised by RAG with the help of Students Advocates International, aimed to highlight the plight of the many people who are currently without shelter across the UK and all money raised will be donated to Spires, a day centre for homeless and vulnerable people in Lambeth. The LSE students spent the night on the steps of LSE’s Old Building on Houghton Street.

LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said: "I am happy that the spirit of volunteering and of care for others is strong among LSE students. I am impressed with the significant amounts of time and energy our volunteers give to many causes from tutoring in local schools to helping a range of community institutions. I am grateful for the support given by the LSE Volunteer Centre and for the work of the Students’ Union."

Nona Buckley-Irvine, LSESU RAG President, said: "Homelessness in the UK is a growing problem as the number of people sleeping rough continues to rise. The effects of this are visible on our campus today with eight people regularly sleeping rough, and soup kitchens being facilitated daily in Lincoln's Inn Fields. We hope the Sleep Out will raise awareness of the problem of homelessness in Britain."

The total amount raised so far is £1,538. To donate, click here. More

    20 years of LSE Enterprise

In the early 1990s, several science and engineering-based universities were setting up companies to commercialise their research findings. But would this work for a social science institution? How could an idea be taken to market?

LSE Enterprise was set up in 1991 and two years later consisted of two part-time staff, working on two projects in the spare room at the back of the Finance Division. Adam Austerfield, one of the first employees, recalls that "one project was marketing LSE-designed decision analysis software, the other applied LSE’s expertise in emerging markets to political risk ideas in the City of London. Both those things were ahead of their game and no-one thought getting academics to work with business would take off."

Twenty years later, LSE Enterprise has 20 staff based in London, Madrid and Berlin, carrying out over 150 projects each year. The company has contributed over £13 million to the School and considerably more to its academics. Thanks to the 224 colleagues from almost 50 of LSE’s departments, research centres, groups and units who worked with us this year, our gift aid to LSE will be over £1 million.

To read about this year’s projects, click here. A timeline can be found here.

    Reading Lists @ LSE launched by the Library

The Library’s new Reading Lists @ LSE system has received a positive response from undergraduates, with the site averaging 9,000 visitors each day at the start of the Michaelmas term.

The new service was launched following a six month project to convert undergraduate lists onto the system earlier this year. Reading Lists @ LSE is designed to be a simpler and more intuitive way of providing electronic reading lists, enabling teachers to compile and edit lists easily, while providing a consistent and useful display for students.

The second phase of the reading list upgrade will commence in early 2014, focusing on including postgraduate courses. Work to further develop and improve the system is ongoing, and the Library appreciates feedback from academics and list editors. Please email if you have any comments or questions.


ExLibris selected to provide new Library Management System and Resource Discovery System

The Library has selected library software supplier ExLibris to provide the new Library Management System and Resource Discovery System.

ExLibris, supplier of the Library’s current system Voyager, was awarded the contract after a competitive bidding process. A team of Library and IMT staff evaluated the bids and selected the preferred systems. Nicola Wright, Anna Grigson, Glenn Humbles and Craig Dunant were part of the team that negotiated the contract agreement with ExLibris.

ExLibris’ solution will be based on two of its leading library software applications. ‘Primo’ will make it easier for Library users to search and access the full range of Library collections including books, journal articles, and digitised archives. ‘Alma’ will support Library staff in the acquisition and management of the Library’s print and online collections.

IMT and Library staff will be working with ExLibris over the coming months to implement the new systems, ready for launch on 1 August 2014.

  Raymond Chapman  

The Revd Professor Raymond Chapman

The School is sad to announce the death of The Revd Raymond Chapman (pictured), Emeritus Professor of English Literature, who died on Tuesday 5 November, aged 89.

Following time at the University of Oxford and King's College London, Professor Chapman spent his academic career at LSE, where he served in many capacities, administrative as well as academic. During the 1980s, Professor Chapman was based in the then Language Studies Department. Whilst working at LSE, he also ministered at St Mary-le-Strand.

His main interest was Victorian literature, not least the literature of the Oxford movement, but he also had a concern for the specifics of the English language, as reflected in the titles of such books as The Treatment of Sounds in Language and Literature and Forms of Speech in Victorian Fiction. Among his many publications were books, articles, and pamphlets on theological and church matters.

He lectured widely in this country and overseas. Until two years ago, he continued to teach at the Institute of European Studies.


- Notices

    Christmas lunch in the Staff Dining Room

Start the festive season with a traditional Christmas lunch in the Staff Dining Room. Join us on Tuesday 10 or Wednesday 11 December from 12.30pm.

Bookings are essential and should be made by contacting Joe on ext 7821.

  Susan Scholefield   School Secretary's briefings

School Secretary Susan Scholefield's next termly briefing with all support staff will take place in the Shaw Library, Old Building on Wednesday 11 December at 10.30am and Thursday 12 December at 2.30pm.

Susan will update staff on the Strategic Review, focusing on people-related matters. Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, will also be at both sessions to give a presentation on Estates.

Future meetings will take place in the Shaw Library, Old Building on Wednesday 5 March at 10.30am and Thursday 6 March at 3pm.

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

    Summer works update

The Capital Development team once again had an extremely busy summer period.

Projects undertaken include improvement works to gas and water meters, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, and a range of smaller projects such as individual offices for new staff and improvements to staff and student areas across the campus.

For more information, see the newsletter.

  LSE Christmas Card  

Send an LSE e-card this Christmas

Why not save resources this Christmas by sending e-cards? A specially designed electronic card, together with the LSE logo and the words 'Season’s Greetings from LSE', is now available for all staff to email out.

There is also room to add your own message below the e-card. Please contact Liz Trumble at for a copy to forward.


Computer tip of the week

PowerPoint animation

There is something called "Death by PowerPoint", you may have heard of it. There are many reasons this can happen. One cause is the overuse of text, cramming your slides full of words, and then there is the lack of movement. Movement - animation - can help maintain interest. You can apply animation to text and images.

To apply animation, select what you wish to apply it to and then:

1. Click Animations - Animation
2. Select the animation you want.

If you are applying animation to text:
3. Click Animations - Animation - Effect Options: experiment with the options available to find the most suitable.

If you want, you can go further and animate by word or letter:
4. Click Animations - Animation then click the icon under Effect Options and choose Effect - Animate text: experiment with the options available.

Warning: avoid too much animation as this too can kill your presentation.

If you have an IT question, check out our online guides and FAQs or attend our weekly Software Surgeries. Alternatively, 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.

    LSE Perspectives

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

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

We are always looking for submissions for future galleries. If you have taken any artistic images on your travels or even just here in London, why not submit them for LSE Perspectives so that they can be shared with the LSE community.

For information on how to submit your photographs, visit LSE Perspectives submissions. Missed November's gallery? Previous galleries can be found here.

  KickStart Ghana   The Great BIG Small Charity Draw for KickStart Ghana

Dave Coles, Volunteer Coordinator in LSE Careers, would like to spread the word about this year’s The Great BIG Small Charity Draw for UK charity KickStart Ghana, a charity of which Dave is a trustee.

The draw is really simple. Kickstart Ghana supporters just need to buy a raffle ticket for £1 to be in the running to win a host of prizes including a luxury holiday, iPad Minis, a UK weekend trip, a London Eye experience, and much more. The best part is that for every £1 ticket bought, KickStart Ghana gets 92 pence.

KickStart Ghana has also signed up to Easy Fundraising, a website that allows you to raise money for charity while spending online. For more information and to sign up, visit the website.

For more information on KickStart Ghana’s work, email Dave at


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the interior of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. Taken from the top of the main stairwell, the brightly coloured geometric panels contrast with the stark concrete walls.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  Saw Swee Hock Student Centre  

- Research

    Recessions can be good for your health, but only if you are male

Boys who leave school or university during a recession experience better health in later life than if they left during a boom, but the situation is reversed for girls, according to new research from LSE.

Researchers analysed the long-term health of more than 10,000 people across Europe who left full-time education between 1956 and 1986 in the context of national unemployment rates at the time of leaving. Greater unemployment rates during the school-leaving year were associated with better health at ages 50-74 among men, but worse health among women.

The research, Are economic recessions at the time of leaving school associated with worse physical functioning in later life?, is published in the latest edition of Annals of Epidemiology. It coincides with European Commission figures released last week which indicate that Eurozone youth unemployment is at a record high of 24.4 per cent.

Philipp Hessel and Mauricio Avendano of LSE Health argue that permanent changes in lifestyle in early adulthood could provide an explanation for why men fare better in recessions. It is thought that temporary economic downturns may promote healthy living in young men who cannot afford to indulge in smoking, alcohol and over-eating, while providing more time for sport and other physical activity. They can also encourage some to become more motivated to achieve and become independent earlier, leading to better long-term career prospects and therefore better health. More


Research e-Briefing

Click here to read the November 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 January 2014. More


- Events

  Lola Okolosie




Harvey Molotch






Christopher Pissarides


Forthcoming LSE events include....

Feminism in the Media
On: Tuesday 10 December at 6pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Natalie Hanman, editor of Comment is Free at, Lola Okolosie (pictured), writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists, and Tracey Reynolds, Reader in Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University.

From Moral Panics to States of Denial: a celebration of the life and work of Stan Cohen
On: Tuesday 10 December at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford, Professor David Downes, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at LSE, Daphna Golan, founding research director of B'Tselem, Thomas Hammarberg, human rights defender and former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and Professor Harvey Molotch (pictured), Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University.

Lunchtime Concert
On: Thursday 12 December at 1.05pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building
Performer: Marina Nadiradze (piano)

Is Europe Working?
On: Thursday 12 December at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides (pictured), Regius Professor at LSE.
This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Tickets will be released on Thursday 5 December.

In Conversation with the Hon Mr Justice Peter Jackson
On: Thursday 12 December at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: The Hon Mr Justice Peter Jackson, High Court Judge.

    LSE Chill - this Friday

The next LSE Chill session will take place this Friday (6 December) in the 4th Floor Café Bar, Old Building. Come along at 6pm for a time-limited open bar and snacks. The session is open to all and will feature some dynamic acts.

The line-up for the evening is as follows:

6-6.30pm Tara Priya
Tara is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco, California.

6.45-7.05pm Anuradha Santhanam
Anuradha is a singer and will cover some classic rock.

7.20-7.50pm – The Houghtones
The Houghtones are LSE's a cappella group.

If you are interested in performing at future LSE Chill sessions, email with your name and details of your act. For more information about the acts, visit the LSE Chill webpage.

  Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers   The Culture of Ilegalja: Albanian militant self-organisations in late socialist Yugoslavia

On: Tuesday 10 December from 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House
Speaker Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (pictured), University of Bournemouth

Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on Albania and Kosovo. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bournemouth.

This event is free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. More

    LSE Christmas Carol Service

On: Wednesday 11 December at 5.30pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building.

End the term on a festive note with traditional carols and readings. Featuring the LSE Choir.

Free and open to all students and staff. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

    Conference on Culture and Social Change: the role of aesthetics

On: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Speakers include 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), with others presenting papers.

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.

This event costs £50 for the two days. Booking is now open through the LSE E-Shop - booking closes on Monday 9 December. For more information, visit or email Dr Cristiana Olcese at


Podcasts of public lectures and events

The Future of EU Enlargement
Speakers: Dimitar Bechev, Robert Cooper, Lawrence Meredith, and John Peet
Recorded: Tuesday 26 November, approx. 90 minutes

The Body Economic: why austerity kills
Speaker: Dr David Stuckler
Recorded: Wednesday 27 November, approx. 56 minutes

Approaches to Eradicate Poverty Over the Next Generation
Speaker: Mark Goldring
Recorded: Thursday 28 November, approx. 91 minutes


- 60 second interview

    Juliana Cardinale  

with..... Dr Juliana Cardinale

I'm the Associate Director of the Forum for European Philosophy. It's an educational charity based at LSE that takes philosophy out of the ivory tower. We put on a termly programme of public events, all free and open to everyone. It's great fun.

I'm from Buenos Aires, a great city with wonderful sunny weather, most of the time. I have been living in London for 18 years now but I still support Boca Juniors. I love philosophy, yoga, cycling holidays and watching Star Trek movies, and any European football team that has good Argentinian players and a nice strip.

I worked as an economist for seven years, mostly in United Nations Development Programme projects in the Argentinian Ministry of Economy. During that time I became interested in philosophical questions concerning the foundations of economics, so I went to King's College London where I completed a PhD in Philosophy. I have been working at the Forum for European Philosophy since June 2006.

If you were marooned on a desert island, which LSE department/division/ centre/student society would you like to have with you?

The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, of course! Having said that, it could take the group longer than most to settle on the nature, value and functions of our allowed desert island items.

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

For me, the most interesting public lecture is always the one we are about to organise at the Forum for European philosophy.

However, listening to Amartya Sen presenting his book The Idea of Justice at LSE was fantastic. It was the first time I attended a lecture given by him and it was very meaningful to queue up to get my book signed by him.

What is your favourite season in the UK?

My favourite season in the UK is summer. I really enjoy the long days. People in Britain smile a lot more then.

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

I have always wanted to go to Polynesia. Year-round warm climate, volcanic peaks, coral reefs, white sand, palm-fringed beaches and turquoise-blue lagoons. However, RyanAir does not fly there.

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

Finding myself one evening in the same tube carriage with somebody who would turn out to be my future husband. This has changed my life forever in the most beautiful way.

Have you ever won a competition?

Well I am pretty sure this will not count as it did not involve much effort from my part, but back in Buenos Aires I once won a gigantic chocolate Easter egg in a raffle.


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • English Through Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Government, Intergovernmental and Archival Sources
  • NetworkED: innovation via Thin LMS

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.

  • Administrator (MSc and Undergraduate), Media and Communications
  • Assistant Maintenance Technician (Electrical), Estates: facilities and projects
  • Assistant Professor in Development Economics, International Development
  • Assistant Professor in Law (Evidence), Law
  • Assistant Professor in Law (Financial Regulation), Law
  • Assistant Professor in Management, Management
  • Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Philosophy
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Urban Geography, Geography and Environment
  • Associate Professor in Philosophy, Philosophy
  • Chair/Associate Professor in Economics, Economics
  • Foundation Partnerships Associate, ODAR: major gift fundraising
  • Library Assistant (two posts), Library: public services
  • Programme Administrator (Executive Global MSc Management), Management
  • Research Officer, Systemic Risk Centre
  • Research Project Officer, Grantham Research Institute
  • Senior Subwarden (Bankside House), Residential and Catering Services Division
  • Sustainability Officer (Waste and Procurement), Estates Division
  • Undergraduate Admissions Manager, Academic Registrar's Division

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, email or call ext 7060.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 12 December. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 10 December. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.