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Potential for charging cancer patients for some treatments to ensure the continuation of high quality care within stagnating NHS budgets.

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A series of ‘In Conversation’ events with some of the School's distinguished alumni to mark the completion of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre begins later this month.

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Mpungu Moses, a Masters student in the Department of International Development, can work a bit too hard, but always has time for visiting new countries and meeting new people...

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  13 February 2014  

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New Appointments in the Sociology Department

Judy Wajcman has been named the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology. Judy is a global leader in the study of work and employment, science and technology, gender, technology, and related fields. A recent recipient of the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association, Judy is also a past head of the LSE Sociology Department.

Mike Savage has been named the Martin White Professor of Sociology. One of the world's foremost researchers in the study of social inequality, in particular in relation to culture and social change as well as gender, careers, property, and self-perception, Mike is the current head of the LSE Sociology Department.

These two appointments signal the distinction of senior members of the LSE Sociology Department, and their leadership in Britain and globally. With their leadership, the Department is gaining renewed national and international stature. This is the product of work published by a range of faculty members at all ranks, and of a strengthened commitment to teaching.

    Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visits ICEF Moscow

Last Tuesday, Princess Anne, who is Chancellor of the University of London, visited the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) in Moscow on her way to Sochi, where she is leading the UK delegation to the Olympic games. ICEF is a college of the Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE) whose academic programme is governed in co-operation with LSE. In welcoming the Princess HSE President Alexander Shokhin paid tribute to the role of 'professors of the London School of Economics' in contributing to the College's success in integrating into the global academic community including through the international recruitment of teachers.

Afterwards, ICEF Director Sergey Yakovlev and LSE ICEF Project Director Richard Jackman introduced the Princess to ICEF teachers, students, alumni and staff. Princess Anne was particularly interested in how co-operation between HSE and LSE had influenced the transformation of educational standards and the approach to learning at HSE. She also asked students, including some non-Russian students, about their reasons for choosing ICEF and their academic and career plans. More
    Fraxinus – LSE staff member writes soundtrack for new online game

David Scott, Department Manager in Mathematics (currently on a year’s sabbatical) and alumnus of International History, has written the soundtrack music for a new online game. ‘Fraxinus’ is designed to help in the fight against dieback in ash trees, and Dave’s seven minute ‘opus’ went live on the game last week. Fraxinus is a genetic puzzle game, developed by academic research institutions including The Sainsbury Laboratory and The John Innes Centre, and can be found here.

It has been likened to the popular Candy Crush game, but better for the planet. The musical remit was to produce something ambient and organic that would enhance gameplay without being a distraction.

More of Dave's music (under the name Biggtime Productions) can be found on his Soundcloud page, on Facebook and on Twitter.
    LSE Review of Books blog launches new podcast series

The LSE Review of Books blog has launched a three-part podcast series on LSE’s research impact in Brazil. Digital Editor for the Public Policy Group blogs, Cheryl Brumley, travelled to Rio and São Paulo at the end of last year to speak to academics and policymakers in the country about research on topics ranging from favelas, city transformations, and leftist politics.

The first podcast, released this week, takes a closer look at the city of Rio de Janeiro to uncover wider issues that face the world’s fastest growing cities, featuring Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and architectural adviser to the London 2012 Olympics; Washington Farjado, Adviser on Urban Affairs to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; Dame Tessa Jowell, MP and former UK Minister for the Olympics; Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota; Amanda Burden, Director of the New York City Department of Planning; and many others. More
    Update on Alumni Relations

Charlotte Armah, Head of Alumni Relations, has announced that she is leaving LSE to return to her previous career in policy research.

During her six years with the School, Charlotte has overseen a sustained growth in alumni engagement at LSE – the alumni relations programme now supports the interests and activities of over 122,000 LSE alumni drawn from more than 190 countries. The School would like to express its gratitude to Charlotte for her dedication, and wish her well in the future.

Zoe Povoas has been appointed Acting Head of Alumni Relations and will be working closely with Bill Abraham, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, and Patrick Mears (LLB 1979), chair of the Alumni Association, to build on Charlotte's hard work and ensure our global alumni community continues to be fully engaged with the School.


- Notices

    Return of #AsktheDirector

Do you have a question for the LSE Director?

Professor Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) will be live on Twitter to answer your tweets from 3-4pm on Tuesday 25 February.

Tweet a question in advance, or during the ‘live hour’, using the hashtag #AsktheDirector.

LSE Research Festival exhibition - message from Professor Julia Black, pro-director for research

As many of you will be aware, the LSE Research Festival will be holding its fourth annual exhibition this May. I would like to invite you to participate in this initiative, which forms part of the School's efforts to find fresh ways to engage with wider society and each other, and to cultivate a research environment that supports creativity.

The exhibition will be held in LSE’s New Academic Building on Thursday 8 May and submissions are welcomed from PhD students, research staff and academic colleagues from LSE, UCL, SOAS, Cambridge University and the Bloomsbury DTC. You can submit posters, photographs and films until midnight on Friday 21 February, via the online submissions forms.
Please do encourage your colleagues and PhD students to take part and join us in celebrating what makes LSE’s research culture distinctive and imaginative. More

    Y The F Not? Big Ideas Exchange 

The LSE Volunteer Centre has joined forces with LSESU RAG and The Youth Funding Network to host an event on Thursday 27 February to inspire the next generation of philanthropists and social entrepreneurs - Youth TFN @ LSE. At this 'Dragons’ Den' style event, three innovative young charities will pitch their work and explain what they could do with £500 to an audience of LSE students. A ‘crowdfunding’ session will follow where the audience can decide whether and how to support the charities.

The best way to get people giving is by matching donations made at the event and we're looking for people to help us either by contributing to the match funding pot or by coming along on the night and get the donating started! So far, match funding at these events has contributed to The choir with no name (subsequently featured on Radio 4) and 'Streetdoctors' amongst others.

Your support will help motivate young people not just to give now, but hopefully light the touchpaper for giving throughout their lives. Please email David Coles at, the LSE Volunteer Coordinator, if you’re interested in contributing or have any questions.

Cycle4Schooling 2014

Cycle4Schooling 2014 is run by the Al-Madad Foundation - a UK-based charity committed to the promotion of literacy and education for disadvantaged children, with excellent initiatives currently underway in Syria. On Saturday 17 May people will be cycling from London to Oxford to help raise vital funds for essential education projects undertaken by the Foundation in Aleppo, Syria which will make a real difference to disadvantaged children who are currently missing out on an education.
It's open to all levels, so whether a humble beginner or an avid cyclist, there's room for everyone on this challenge! Register here. More


LSE Treatment Clinic

The LSE Treatment Clinic, on the first floor of Tower Two, offers professional treatments at reduced rates for all LSE students and staff, including acupuncture, osteopathy and sports massage from practitioners with over 20 years of experience between them.

Their combined expertise is effective in treating many types of pain, including musculoskeletal pain, repetitive strain injury, tension headaches, posture advice, sports injuries, anxiety, insomnia and migraine.

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, 9am-6pm and can be booked online here. All consultations are strictly confidential and sessions will last between 30 and 60 minutes depending upon the treatment.

    Focus group needed for research on how the PhD is examined

Gill Clarke, a PhD student at Oxford University, is looking to convene a small focus group of PhD supervisors who also have experience as examiners for her research into how the PhD is examined. She is interested in how examiners make judgements and what they are looking for when reading the theses or marking vivas.

The purpose of the research is to discover what qualities examiners are seeking in PhD candidates, if there are differences across subjects in how examiners assess the PhD and whether interviews suggest changes to the PhD examination might benefit future candidates and improve the process.

If you're interested in contributing to her research, please contact Gill directly at
    Street Food at Café 54 in the NAB

Come and check out the new street food options whilst enjoying Café 54's relaxed atmosphere which has recently added a weekly themed ‘food-on-the-go’ option to its delicious menu. Tickle your taste buds with some Gourmet Bratwurst,  satisfy your spicy side with some Mexican Chilli Nachos or pretend it's summer with BBQ Pulled Pork Brioche.

    LSE Smart Mugs
Help reduce the negative environmental impact of using disposable cups by purchasing an environmentally friendly smart mug from LSE Catering. Mugs are just £8.50, which includes a tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

The distinctive black and red mugs are sold and accepted in:
• LSE Garrick
• Fourth Floor Café Bar
• Café 54
• Mezzanine Café
• The Bean Counter
• SDR Café Bar (members only)  More

Times Higher Education subscription special offer

The Times Higher Education is offering an exclusive 50% discount offer for all UK university staff for a year's subscription to the Times Higher Education magazine and online resources. Take advantage of the offer here.


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 18 February, Tuesday 4 March, Tuesday 11 March and Tuesday 25 March.

Just turn up on any of these dates with your own skipping rope. All lessons are free. For more information, email Daniel at

    Technology tip!

Imagine: You want to know whether you have worked excess hours in a given month and by how many. Or you need to know how much you will save when making bulk purchases of various things from food to computer items or paper clips to theatre tickets. Do you know how to work these situations out in Excel? Attend IMT’s Sherlock’s Challenge to learn the skills necessary for these and other very useful formulas and functions. You will develop the practical skills necessary for everyday workplace, and personal, calculations. More

- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the spiral staircase leading down to the basement of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research

    LSE research asks 'Is it time to introduce user charges for NHS cancer patients?'

An NHS cancer specialist researching fiscal sustainability of health care systems at LSE has outlined in a new research paper, published in the latest edition of the Journal of Cancer Policy, the potential role for charging cancer patients for some treatments to ensure the continuation of high quality care within stagnating NHS budgets.

Dr Ajay Aggarwal, argues in the paper, co-authored with Professor Richard Sullivan, Director of The Institute of Cancer Policy at King’s College London, that “user charges could provide a potential means of sustaining spending proportional to the projected rise in the number of cancer cases, whilst embracing technological innovations which could potentially improve outcomes.” More

    More jobs, better jobs, needed to tackle poverty in cities according to report co-authored by LSE academics

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Cities, Growth and Poverty shows that the quality and quantity of jobs is the most important factor linking economic growth and poverty. Dr Neil Lee from LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment led the study, along with LSE colleague Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and researchers from The Work Foundation, Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

The report looked at the 60 largest cities in the UK in the period between 2000 and 2010 and how employment and output growth impacted on poverty. Significant increases in economic disparities between British cities were found in this period, with London and surrounding cities experiencing more rapid growth than elsewhere.
    Safer Internet Day - LSE based research projects EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile publish new reports

Children’s perceptions of online risks and problematic situations may greatly differ from those of adults, with the line between positive and negative online experiences being very thin. This can lead to teenagers participating in risky pursuits, such as sharing sexual pictures with friends. These are some of the conclusions of a new report from EU Kids Online, a research project based at LSE to mark yesterday's Safer Internet Day. More

Smartphones and tablets enable children to engage in more online opportunities, but are also exposing them to more risks. This is one of the findings of a new report from Net Children Go Mobile, a research project co-ordinated by LSE, published today to mark yesterday's Safer Internet Day. The report finds that 51 per cent of children own a smartphone and 45 per cent use it daily to go online. Twenty per cent own a tablet, but 30 per cent use it on a daily basis to access the internet. Smartphone and tablet users engage more in communication and entertainment activities, the report finds. They also have a higher level of digital skills, safety skills and communicative abilities. They are, however, also more likely to be exposed to online risks.

- Events


In Conversation with...

To mark the completion of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, the first brand new building on campus for more than 40 years, LSE and the LSESU are organising a series of ‘in conversation’ events with some of the School's distinguished alumni, including Martin Lewis and Daniel Finkelstein. They will take place in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to celebrate this new chapter in LSE’s history and will be open to LSE students, alumni and staff. More

    'Social Movements, Political Violence and the State' - on Monday 17 February at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor Donatella Della Porta

From Gezi Park in Istanbul to Tahrir Square in Cairo, as well as in the heart of Europe, threatened regimes have faced down massive protests with brutal repression. But when do mass social movements go underground and choose violence? More
    'Is there a Sexual History? A Conversation with Professor Jeffrey Weeks and Professor Clare Hemmings' - on Tuesday 18 February at 6pm in the New Theatre, East Building

Public attitudes and expectations about sexuality change: two eminent writers on sexuality discuss the ways in which the history of sexuality is written and consider its implications. More
    'Gujarat: human rights violations, impunity and the Indian general elections' - on Wednesday 19 February at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Carla Ferstman and Suresh Grover

Asking key questions of human rights and impunity arise in the aftermath of the Gujarat carnage of 2002 and the rise of Narendra Modi as a national leader and politician. More
    'Croatia's EU Membership: expectations and realities' - on Monday 24 February at 5pm with Croatia's Prime Minister, Zoran Milanović

In July 2013, Croatia became the EU’s 28th member state after a decade of negotiations. Will reality meet the expectations?
Tickets will be released on Thursday 13 February More
    'It's OK to be Gay' - on Wednesday 26 February at 1.15-2.45pm with Alice Arnold, Evan Davis (pictured), Stella Duffy, Claire Harvey and QBoy
For many lesbian, gay and bisexual people, coming out to family and friends can be a frightening moment in their lives. This panel of well-known figures will add their own coming out stories to a collective narrative which hopes to make the coming out experience a positive one for future generations. Tickets can be booked online. This event is part of LSE's Literary Festival taking place from Monday 24 February – Saturday 1 March. More
    'An American Century or an Asian Century?' - on Tuesday 18 February at 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor John Ikenberry, Professor Michael Cox, Professor Arne Westad and Dr Kirsten Schulze

The great defining debate of the 21st century now seems to revolve around one fundamental question: will the future belong to the new rising powers of Asia revolving around the great economic power-house called China or the old Transatlantic powers of the West still led by the United States? More
    'Power-Sharing's Diminishing Returns: ethnic accommodation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia' - on Tuesday 18 February at 6-7.30pm in COW 1.11, Cowdray House with Dr Cvete Koneska

Dr Cvete Koneska currently works as a Central and Southeast Europe analyst for Control Risks Group in London, advising companies and governments on political and security risks in the region. Her book After Ethnic Conflict: policy making in Bosnia and Macedonia will be published later this year. More

    'Experiencing Revolution: the case of Iran' - on Wednesday 19 February at 6.30-8pm in  Room 1.04, New Academic Building with Dr Naghmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University

On 11 February 1979, a revolution was declared in Iran to the surprise of many observers and participants. But what does a revolution feel like to those in its midst before the term is even used to define this great upheaval? Using archival documents and ethnographic interviews, the theoretical and empirical issues of bridging the gap between historians’ understanding of the revolution and the ways it was experienced are explored.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis.
    'Gujarat: human rights violations, impunity & the Indian General Elections' - on Wednesday 19 February at 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Ms Carla Ferstman, Mr Suresh Grover and Dr Biju Mathew

Panellists will explore questions related to impunity and human rights following the ferocious violence that erupted in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, with the connivance of the state. The violence resulted in 1,500 deaths and the displacement of up to 200,000 Indian citizens, mostly Muslim. It followed an incident in which almost 60 Indian citizens, mostly Hindu, were burnt alive aboard a train in the town of Godhra in Gujarat. Numerous human rights organisations and international bodies have repeatedly alleged the involvement of the Gujarat state in the carnage, including the alleged complicity of its chief minister, the BJP politician, Narendra Modi. Contributors will discuss how the Indian media have presented Narendra Modi, the international human rights context, and current human rights legal cases, including ones in which UK citizens were killed during the pogrom. More

    'Labour Market Participation among Palestinian Women: religiosity or "rational modernity"?' - on Thursday 20 February at noon-1.30pm in Room 3.21, Old Building with Dr Randa Nasser, Birzeit University

Dr Randa Nasser will discuss the findings of her study seeking to examine the factors that may influence labour market behaviour of women in Palestine. While both “Western” and local Palestinian feminist researchers argue that the Islamic religion, people’s religiosity, and the resulting patriarchal ethos explain low labour participation among Arab and Muslim women.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis. More
    'War and Peace in Time of Ecological Conflicts' - on Thursday 20 February at 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Bruno Latour from Sciences Po, Paris and LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Sociology

How could new definitions of 'science' and 'politics' help us to cope with increasingly intense geopolitical debates about ecological mutations?

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis. More

'The Theory of Failure and the Failure of Theory: state collapse, state-building and Western intervention' - on Tuesday 25 February at 6.30-8.00pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor Stephen Krasner (pictured) and Professor Michael Cox

Understanding how the West became democratic and rich is one of the great theoretical and empirical challenges for the social sciences. But how the West might then promote political and economic change in poor and undemocratic states – many of which have ‘failed’ as states - is perhaps the great policy challenge of the contemporary era. Modernization theory and approaches that focus on state capacity suggest that the West can intervene and do a lot to make or remake states that have failed. Rational choice institutionalist analysis - the more persuasive theoretical orientation - suggests a rather different answer.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a seat please email Romy at by Monday 24 February


Podcasts of public lectures and events

A European Dream Deferred: how to restore Europe's promise and potential
Speaker: George Papandreou
Recorded: Monday 3 February, approx. 91 minutes

What Have You Got to Hide?
Speakers: Hazel Blears MP, Annie Machon, Professor Sir David Omand, Matthew Ryder QC
Recorded: Wednesday 5 February, approx. 107 minutes

Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems
Speaker: Cardinal Peter Turkson
Recorded: Thursday 6 February, approx. 91 minutes

Engaged Social Science: impacts and use of research in the UK
Speakers: Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Mark Easton, Penny Lawrence, Aileen Murphie, Jeff Patmore, Professor Lord Stern
Recorded: Wednesday 29 January, approx. 85 minutes


- 60 second interview


with.....Mpungu Moses

My name is Mpungu Moses, I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. I was born, raised and studied in Kampala, Uganda. I graduated in Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics in 2011. Before I came to the UK, I was working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda where I hope I will return at the end of my programme at LSE.

As well as a career at the Ministry, I would like to contribute to improving the social welfare in my country by ensuring social benefits to the elderly, unemployed youth and other groups such as orphans are prioritised. Living in the UK has opened my eyes to how an ideal Uganda should be in the next 50 years. Communicating social safety measures is one idea I would like to emulate from the UK, though there are a lot of bottle necks to its implementation in my country. It may not sound feasible today, but with proper design and implementation it could help Uganda and other low income countries move to another level.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?
Wright's Bar and the Quad.

If you could choose any guest for any LSE event, who would you choose?
Dr Ken Shadlen.

What is the first news story you remember catching your attention?

About Dr Stuart Gordon’s adventure in Afghanistan.

What is the last film you saw at the cinema?
To be honest, the cinema is not my thing; I'm actually a soccer fan and that takes most of my interest. However I do take some time off and watch 'Series' but in my room or at a friend’s place.

What are your hobbies?
When I was a bit younger, a few years ago, I used to play soccer with my colleagues on the local pitch. However, due to my tight work schedule, I find myself sometimes working the whole week without a rest. So now, I go to the beach when I get some free time or go to a pub and watch my favourite club Manchester United, though that's mostly on weekends.

If you were offered the trip of a lifetime, where would you go and why?
This is a tricky question but, before I came here, my childhood dream was to visit London or New York because, coming from an Anglophone country (Uganda), the British and American cultures influence the daily lives of very many people, including my own. However, I would like to visit North Korea one day because sometimes many countries are portrayed in a negative way, when they might be the opposite. For example, last year I got a chance to visit Iran and I learned that Iranians were welcoming, peaceful, loving and very educated people, which wasn't what the popular international media was depicting.


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Using Mendeley to Manage References
Safe Posture and Avoiding RSI
Powerpoint 2010: polished presentations in ten steps

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. More


  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Website and Digital Communications Manager, Grantham Research Institute
  • Research Officer for Cardioproof project, Health and Social Care
  • Registry Manager, ARD: Student Administration
  • Fellow in Environment, Geography & Environment
  • Research Economist - Education and Skills Programme, Centre for Economic Performance
  • Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science, Social Policy

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


- Get in touch!

  Nicole Gallivan   If you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. Do get in touch at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 20 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 18 February. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy