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During next week's Literary Festival, LSE Arts will be displaying this year's photos in a range of locations, accompanied by a variety of treats...

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Felix, LSE's Help Desk Supervisor in the Estates Office, is a dab hand at D.I.Y and had some very interesting items in his wardrobe - a Karate 'GI' suit and a pair of vintage flares...

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  20 February 2014  

- News

    LSE professor shortlisted for Chartered Management Institute Articles of the Year award

An article co-written by Professor John Van Reenen, Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, has been shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Management Articles of the Year awards.

Professor Van Reenen’s article ‘Does Management Really Work? How Three Essential Practices Can Address Even the Most Complex Global Problems’, co-written with Professor Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University, and Professor Raffaella Sadun, Harvard Business School, was one of five articles shortlisted for the award.

In the article, the professors report that standards of management are actually so low in many organisations that even basic monitoring and performance management can bring about dramatic improvements, often leading to higher margins and better wages, simultaneously. Aggregated across an economy, the returns from improved management can be huge. More

    Ten Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries awarded for 2013-14

Ten LSE postgraduate students have been given the opportunity to spend two to three months at one of LSE’s five institutional partners in 2013-14 through the School’s Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries scheme.

The scheme began in 2008-09 with Columbia University (New York), the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po (Paris) and expanded in 2010-11 to include Peking University (Beijing) and the University of Cape Town. Each year, LSE funds up to two places at each of the five institutions with students receiving a bursary of £2,500 in support of travel and living costs.

Mark Maloney, head of Academic Partnerships at LSE, said “We were pleased to fill all ten places available this year with students pursuing a wide range of research interests from different LSE departments. These visits are a great way for students to advance their research and to widen their academic networks, as well as strengthening links between LSE and its partners.” More

Applications are now being invited for next year's bursaries - see below.


Preventonomics: A Better Start – how will it pay?

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) has been selected to deliver a study of the benefits and potential cost savings of early years’ prevention services and support. The Big Lottery Fund’s 'Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start' initiative will invest up to £150 million to help children in up to five deprived areas around the country improve their life chances. PSSRU will investigate which interventions are most likely to ensure this unprecedented investment pays off in financial terms, and lay the groundwork for an ongoing evaluation of costs and savings at a local level. More


The Wellcome Trust visits

The Wellcome Trust Grants Adviser, Paul Woodgate, came to the LSE a few weeks ago to present the Trust’s funding opportunities available for social scientists. The main message was the Wellcome Trust funds a wide range of disciplines through its new schemes. Medical Humanities and Society and Ethics cover any areas that overlap with health related research, humanities and social sciences. The Trust offers a refreshing approach encouraging applicants to discuss project ideas with the Trust’s advisors prior to submission. For more information please contact the Research Division at


- Notices

    Wireless Network Update

If you are currently connecting to the Wireless Network using lsesecurewifi or lsebasicwifi, please note that over the next few months IMT will be migrating users onto the eduroam wireless network service to improve security and to simplify services.

eduroam is the recommended wireless network in use at LSE which allows secure connectivity across campus, including in major lecture theatres and public areas. One of the great benefits of our eduroam wireless network is the ability to connect seamlessly at any other higher education institution in the UK that also uses the eduroam wifi service.

Full details of the requirements and steps to connect to eduroam can be found here.

    #AsktheDirector postponed

Unfortunately the Twitter Q&A session with Professor Craig Calhoun, due to take place from 3-4pm on Wednesday 26 February, has been postponed.

We will let you know when a date for the rescheduled #AsktheDirector is confirmed.

In the meantime, start thinking up some questions!


LSE Student Volunteering Week 2014

Next week is LSE's Student Volunteering Week which looks to get more students involved in helping good causes. There's already some amazing work being done by our student volunteers though - take a look at this blog about Leyla, one of the LSE Volunteer Centre’s Student Volunteering Ambassadors, who is running the Paris Marathon in April raising funds for the Association of International Cancer Research. The LSE Careers Volunteer Centre spoke to her a few weeks ago about her motivations and how her fundraising is going. Read the blog here.

    Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries 2014-15 for LSE PhD students

Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research, publications and presentations, and introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country.

The partner institutions are:
  • Columbia University (New York)
  • the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Peking University (Beijing)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • the University of Cape Town (South Africa)  

For 2014-15, up to ten bursaries are on offer. For each partner institution, up to two flat rate bursaries of £2,500 are available.

Students registered for PhD studies at any LSE department who have been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be between two to three months long.

Deadline for complete applications, including references, is midday on Tuesday 13 May. Most visits start after October, but if you wish to apply to Peking University for a visit beginning in August or September this year, the deadline for notifying Academic Partnerships is earlier, on Monday 31 March.

Contact Academic Partnerships with any queries on More

    LSE Chill

The next Chill evening is this Friday 21 February and will feature performances from Haero, Not Dark Yet and Music Society Barbershop Chorus.

With live music and a time-limited open bar, come and relax after a week of studies and stresses! More
    Leadership in Action course

There's just one day left to apply for the Leadership in Action course. This popular three-day intensive course, designed for doctoral students and early career researchers, will equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead successfully in your field and beyond.

LSE has a small number of bursaries, worth £1,000 each, to cover course fees for successful applicants. The course will run Tuesday 1 – Thursday 3 April , 9am – 5pm.

For more information and an application form, please contact Jenny on Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 February.
    Body Combat marathon

Are you a fitness fanatic? Want to help raise money for a good cause? Then read on…

Fist and Feather® will be hosting a three and a half hour body combat marathon in aid of The Bethany Chiddle Fund on Sunday 23 March. Bethany is five years old and was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy - funds are desperately needed so that she can continue with therapy to enable her to walk unaided.

If you'd like to get involved, tickets are just £20 and can be bought from Amy Mamawag on More
    Skip fit lessons

Unfortunately Tuesday's skip fit lesson had to be cancelled at late notice, but normal service will resume next month with the first class on Tuesday 4 March. So join LSE security officer and former boxer Daniel Beckley to 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 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

    Sport Relief 2014

Carla Bonina, Research Fellow in the Management Department, Luca Taschini, Research Fellow in the Grantham Research Institute, and Cecilia Bustamante an Assistant Professor at the Finance Department will be swimming 5K for Sport Relief on Sunday 23 March this year. Support LSE's very own 'Mermaids Reloaded' here.

NUS extra card

Did you know that all staff are eligible for the NUS Extra card? Add it to your 'I Love Covent Garden' card for a wallet full of discounts!  All you need to do is go along to the Student Union with your staff ID and passport size photo to start enjoying bargains such as half price Spotify, discounts at Co-op and Amazon. More

    Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, LSE Catering will be promoting LSE’s Fairtrade status in all its restaurants and cafes from Monday 24 February to Sunday 9 March.

As well as highlighting existing Fairtrade goods, they will also be introducing new products and arranging free tastings of Fairtrade food and drink.

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives. More


One bedroom holiday cottage in Spain available to rent

Set in the middle of an Andalusian fruit farm, just a short distance from the Costa del Sol, this recently built holiday home has fabulous views over the neighbouring countryside.
The cottage has one bedroom plus a bed sofa, and one bathroom, so sleeps four to five people. Very close to the bustling town of Coín, there are some lovely shops and restaurants only a kilometre away. The pool is yours whenever you want it, and it’s perfect for young children.

For more information and photos, click here or email Rachel at


Technology tip!

Antivirus software provides a level of protection against the most common and prevalent malware threats, helping to safeguard your computer or device, and any other also connected to the LSE network. LSE’s Antivirus Policy states that antivirus software must be installed on LSE-owned computers.

IMT offers a free, full version of Sophos Antivirus to current LSE staff and students, which can be configured to run automatic scans. More


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the Sacred Desert Window by Christopher Le Brun PRA in the Faith Centre of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research

    Universities stand to benefit in recessions, new research shows
New research from LSE shows that universities across the world actually benefit during recessions, wielding far greater recruiting power to attract talented graduates compared to the private sector. In tough financial times the stability of the academic world wins out over the boom-and-bust cycle of the private sector, according to the latest evidence.

Economist Dr Michael Boehm, from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and Bonn University, said not only do universities wield more recruiting power in a recession, but the young graduates they attract are highly talented and more productive over many years. More

- Events

    Literary Festival events  
'Paths of Glory' - on Monday 24 February at 6-8.30pm, including the interval with complimentary drink in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Richard Daniels, Michael Leader
A screening of Stanley Kubrick's anti-war film 'Paths of Glory' followed by a panel discussion. Book tickets here.

'Self-Help: myth or reality?' - on Tuesday 25 February at 1.15pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Dr Julian Baggini, Professor Paul Dolan and Professor Barbara J Sahakian
Is the idea of being able to improve yourself just a myth or can we really change ourselves for the better? This panel will discuss how behavioural science, neurological science, the arts and philosophy can change your life. Book tickets here.

'"Who is it who can tell me who I am?": understanding Dementia through art and literature' - on Tuesday 25 February at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Melvyn Bragg, Dr Andrea Capstick and Professor Justine Schneider
This panel discussion will explore ways of understanding dementia and dementia care through art and literature, including theatre, participatory videos and the novel with insights from research and personal experiences. Book tickets here.

'Why Remember? Reflections on the First World War Centenary' - on Wednesday 26 February 7pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor Michael Cox, Dr John Hutchinson and Professor Margaret Macmillan
This panel discussion will reflect on the consequences of the First World War and the value of remembrance, including the impact on international relations, the effect on nationalism and the home front, and what photography and narration of the war can tell us about our society. Book tickets here.
    'In Conversation with Rohan Silva' - on Tuesday 25 February at 6.30pm in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Kicking off the 'In Conversation with...' series to celebrate the opening of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is next week's ‘In Conversation with Rohan Silva’. Rohan Silva is entrepreneur in residence at Index Ventures and a research affiliate at MIT. Rohan is also a policy fellow at Cambridge University and serves on the Boards of Trustees at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the London Contemporary Music Festival. He is a former senior policy adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron. Rohan is an alumnus of LSE, having graduated with a MSc in Government. Book tickets here. More

    LSE Arts first ever Pop Up exhibition: Photo Prize 2014

During next week's Literary Festival, which runs from Monday 24 February to Saturday 1 March, LSE Arts will be displaying all Photo Prize competition submissions and giving away some free treats at a new location every day in its first ever pop up exhibition!

Look out for tweets from @LSEpublicevents with the hashtag #LSEPhotoPopUp for updates on each day's venue and freebie. More

'Neoliberal Development in Palestine and the Regional Context' - on Monday 24 February at 6.30-8pm, in Room 1.04 in the New Academic Building with Dr Adam Hanieh

Dr Adam Hanieh will discuss his new book, Lineages of Revolt, and recent fieldwork in the West Bank to examine the political economy of Palestinian neoliberalism in the most recent period. Dr Hanieh will explore the essential contours of Palestinian Authority development strategy, its links to donor-led imperatives and the Israeli occupation, as well as the wider regional political economy.

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

    'Avoiding Negligence and Profusion: organising the business of trade between Britain and India, 1813-1870' - on Monday 24 February at 5.30pm in 3.02, Tower 2 with Michael Aldous

Why did entrepreneurs in the mid-19th century Anglo-Indian trade turn away from the joint-stock corporate form of ownership, despite decreasing costs of incorporation, instead using the supposedly weaker partnership form of organisation to undertake both mercantile and manufacturing activities?
    'Crisis and Famine in Island Greece: sovereign debt, political violence and topologies of memory in Chios' - on Tuesday 25 February at 6-7.30pm in Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, Cowdray House with Nicolas Argenti (pictured) and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

The sovereign debt crisis engulfing Greece since 2010 is not only shaking people’s belief in their government and their future, it is also fundamentally reshaping people’s experience of the past and its relation to the present.

Hellenic Observatory Seminars are free and open to all on a first come, first served basis.
    'Qatari Foreign Policy and the Changing Regional Order in the Middle East' - on Wednesday 26 February at 4.30-6pm in Room 2.02, Clement House with Dr Lina Khatib

Qatar has established a reputation for adopting a foreign policy based on pragmatism. However, the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East has recently witnessed a number of key changes that are recalibrating the distribution of power in the region. Are those changes testing Qatar's pragmatism? Is the Middle East witnessing the birth of a new political order?

This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis.
    'How Climate Change Might Save the World?' - on Thursday 27 February at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre with Professor Ulrich Beck

Public discourse and politics of climate change are blocked by the dominance of apocalyptic imaginaries and by the inability of sociological thinking to analyse the transformation of politics and to imagine new openings. To combat the sources of climate pessimism, we need a new cosmopolitan outlook, in research and politics, capable of grasping the epochal transformations of society and politics set in motion by the global risks of climate change.

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


'Avenue Q' - on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 March at 7.30 pm in the Old Theatre

It's time for the LSESU Annual Musical! Staged by the Drama Society and Music Society, this year's production is the masterpiece of puppetry 'Avenue Q'.

'Avenue Q' tells the story of Princeton, an idealistic young puppet trying to find his purpose in life - without running out of money, messing things up with the girl next door or making a fool of himself, of course. Warning: the show contains puppet nudity and may not be suitable for your granny...

Tickets are available now for performances on Monday 3 March, Tuesday 4 March and Wednesday 5 MarchMore


'Through the Ages' - on Monday 3 March at 7pm in the Peacock Theatre

Continuing the musical theme, it's the LSE Dance Society's annual show, this year with the theme 'Through the Ages'. Enjoy watching some fantastic dancers tripping the light fantastic through the years. Tickets go on sale today and can be bought from the Society on Houghton Street from 11am-2pm every day until showtime.

    LSE HR Conference 2014 - 'Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t: visible and invisible diversity at work' - on Thursday 22 May at 10am-4pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

The full day programme includes keynote talks by both Professor Robert Livingston, Director for the Centre of Leadership, Ethics and Diversity, University of Sussex and Sarah Churchman, Human Capital Director Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Wellbeing, PwC. There will also be an LSE faculty research showcase and a distinguished panel of practitioners and academics discussing “From an HR perspective, is it more difficult to manage visible or invisible diversity?” More

Podcasts of public lectures and events

Economics, the Enemy?
Speaker: Dr Philip Roscoe
Recorded: Tuesday 11 February, approx. 73 minutes

Risk Sharing and Cooperative Finance
Speakers: Farmida Bi, Paul Mills
Recorded: Wednesday 12 February, approx. 96 minutes

Ethics and the Media: after the Leveson inquiry
Speakers: Professor George Brock, Baroness O'Neill, Gavin Millar
Recorded: Thursday 13 February 2014, approx. 89 minutes


- 60 second interview


with.....Felix Nelson

I’m Felix Nelson and I work in the Estate Office as the Help Desk Supervisor. I’ve worked in the Estate Office for sixteen years - before that I worked for the cleaning contractors, so all in all I’ve worked at LSE for about 27 years. I have five children - the youngest is 19. I love working out at the gym and I run a local martial arts school in south London. I love to travel and I’ve visited many different countries - my favourite destination is Jamaica.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?

My favourite place on campus has to be the porters' & security rest room in the basement area of Old Building. It’s somewhere you can go and chill out for half an hour, watch the news, have a quick game of pool and a chat with friends.

Do you like to go to the LSE eateries and which one do you like best?

It used to be the Robinson room on the third floor of Old building, but I don't think anything has matched it since it closed. If you want fast, cheap food though Wright’s is the place to go.

Are you any good at D.I.Y? Any examples?

I love D.I.Y, doing simple things like painting and wallpapering, putting up shelves and even building cupboards. I get a lot of satisfaction from doing things around the home.

Do you have, or have you ever had, any pets?
I do love animals but I don't have any pets at the moment. For many years I kept tropical fishes: they were expensive to look after but gave me and my children a lot of pleasure. We could spend hours just looking at them.

What three items would you rush to save from a fire?
My Karate 'GI' suit has got to be one of my favourite things - my wife called it my baby! After every training session, the first thing I do is put it in the washing machine and get it pressed and ready for the next training session. I have thousands of old photos of family, friends and places I’ve visited. I’ve got a pair of flared trousers which I’ve had for 30 years I’m sure I’m gonna fit into again, so I’m not getting rid of them!

Who is your favourite musician/singer?
My favourite musician in Bob Marley and my favourite singer is Celine Dion.


- Training and jobs

    Training and development opportunities for staff

Courses scheduled for next week include:

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


Information Session: Research Fellowships - on Wednesday 26 February at 1-2pm in OLD 3.21

Research Fellowships give you a period of leave in order to conduct a significant piece of research. This session gives an overview of the types of fellowships available in the social sciences and humanities with different sponsors and advises how to apply for them. Book here.

    MindView Mind Mapping and Project Management Presentation - on Wednesday 26 February at 11am-12:30pm in NAB 1.14

MindView is a comprehensive, visual learning tool designed to help develop and organise ideas. Based on the proven Mind Mapping® theory, it enhances creativity, clarifies thinking and improves memory. MindView is ideal for visual outlining of written documents; storyboarding and creating presentations and making timelines, and very useful as a project management application. It also aims to compliment LSE’s Inspiration Mind Mapping software, already available on all LSE PC’s.

This free presentation has been organised by IMT Assistive Technologies and the Neurodiversity Team at LSE, and will be delivered by David Kidd from MatchWare. Tea and coffee will be provided. Contact Sebastiaan Eldritch-Böersen with any queries at

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Business Analyst, Academic Registrar's Division
  • Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science, Social Policy
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Economic Performance
  • Deputy Advice Manager, ARD: Student Administration
  • Fellow in Comparative Politics, Government
  • Research Officer - Economist: Cities and Climate Change, LSE Cities
  • Research Officer - Cardioproof project, LSE Health and Social Care
  • Website and Digital Communications Manager, Grantham Research Institute

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 27 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 25 February. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy