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First World War Digital Library exhibition launched
LSE Library has launched 'WW1 @ LSE: a common cause', an online exhibition featuring a selection of digital images related to the First World War


Literary Festival
The Literary Festival is underway this week and tickets can still be booked for a number of events.


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  27 February 2014  

- News

    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in the news

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), LSE’s latest landmark building, has transformed the campus, with the Students’ Union and student-focused departments of the School taking up residence at the start of the year.

The first new building LSE has commissioned in over 40 years, SAW's dramatic sculptural form and unusual perforated brick façade was designed by Irish architect O’Donnell + Tuomey. Since opening its doors on 6 January 2014 it has steadily been garnering praise from students, staff and architecture critics alike.

Critics have called the building “richly considered and finished”, “eccentric and deeply satisfying”, “fantastically individual” and “a fold-out marvel [and] lesson in architectural origami”. To read more about what the press is saying about SAW, click here.
    Media studio opens at LSE

The new media studio at LSE is open and already taking bookings. The studio will enable staff across the School to produce videos and podcasts of a high quality. It will also enable academics to undertake interviews with broadcasters from around the world.

Robin Hoggard, Director of External Relations, said, “LSE’s podcasts and videos are already extremely popular, with over five million downloads a year. The media studio will enable us to build on this strong foundation to bring our research and teaching to new audiences. In addition, LSE matches Harvard and Oxford for media mentions. Again, the studio will enable us to build on this incredible reach, by connecting LSE academics live to TV news and current affairs programmes around the world.”

Plans are already afoot to use the studio to produce a MOOC under the auspices of the Institute of Public Affairs and to produce a course on documentary making for students. There will be a formal opening later in the year. Details to follow.

Those interested in using the studio please email
    Worldwide acclaim for LSE subjects

The latest QS World University subject rankings have rated LSE as the best place in the UK to study Economics, Sociology and Media & Communications.

The 2014 rankings also placed LSE as one of the top three places in the world to study Geography, Politics and International Relations, Media and Communications, Accounting and Economics. Overall eight LSE subjects were rated as in the top ten in the world.

The biggest rise this year was for LSE’s Media & Communications department, which climbed a huge 22 places from its position in 2013.

The annual ‘QS World University Rankings by Subject’ is a guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. Using data on reputation and research citations, the rankings highlight what it rates as the 200 top universities in the world for 30 individual subjects. See the full rankings here.
    New Union Agreement

The School has signed a new procedural and recognition agreement with its three recognised trade unions; UCU, UNISON and Unite. This agreement sets out how the School formally works with its trade unions and the support the School provides to enable them to carry out their official duties within the LSE.

Chris McClelland, Deputy HR Director said 'We are really pleased that we have finally reached this point and have an all union agreement in place. The School is committed to working in true partnership with its recognised trade unions and this agreement is evidence of this.'

HR will
shortly be speaking to those Heads of Department and Service Leaders who employ staff in their areas who are trade union officials so they understand what this agreement means for them. More
    First World War Digital Library exhibition and webpage launched

LSE Library has launched WW1 @ LSE: a common cause, an online exhibition featuring a selection of digital images related to the First World War. The exhibition draws on the Library’s collections to provide a selection of materials which highlight the personal, political and social consequences of the conflict. LSE has also launched a dedicated First World War webpage, FWWLSE, featuring details of public events, research and other related media.

Highlights from LSE Library’s online exhibition include the varied role played by women on the home front, such as driving ambulances for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and painting Hammersmith underground station. Other images give an international perspective on the conflict, revealing mass production in a German munitions factory and a decorative album given to the British hosts of Belgium’s war refugees. A selection of images featured in the exhibition are available here.

Elizabeth Chapman, Director of LSE Library Services, says: ‘LSE Library’s digital exhibition on the First World War will help protect and preserve the Library’s collections in the social sciences for future generations of researchers, as well as raise awareness of the unique role that LSE played in the conflict. As with all of the Digital Library’s projects, WW1 @ LSE: a common cause will be free to access, part of the Library’s long-term commitment to build partnerships with the wider public through our unique collections.’

Department of Social Policy

The Department of Social Policy is delighted to announce that Anton Hemerijck, Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis at VU University Amsterdam, has been appointed to the position of Centennial Professor. Professor Hemerijck has been nominated to the Centennial Chair on account of his outstanding contribution to the comparative study of social policy with particular reference to his important contributions to theorizing changing (European) welfare states in times of intrusive social and economic restructuring. He joined the Department in January and will stay until December 2016. More 


Professor Paul Dolan on BBC Horizon

Professor Paul Dolan of the Department of Social Policy featured in Monday's BBC Horizon episode looking at how people make decisions. The episode can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer until next Monday.

The Department of Social Policy is also launching a new Executive MSc in Behavioural Science in September this year. Further details can be found here.



Academics abroad
Professor David Lewis
Professor David Lewis, Head of the Department of Social Policy, was an invited guest speaker at Harvard Business School on 21 February. He gave a presentation on 'Managing Change in the Social Sector: perspectives from non-governmental organisations and civil society' as part of HBS's 20th Anniversary celebration of its Social Enterprise Initiative.

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet
Professor Jean-Paul Faguet of the Department of International Development is speaking at three high profile events at the World Bank in Washington DC this week. Today Professor Faguet is speaking on 'Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: results of the poverty and social impact assessment of basic service delivery in Ethiopia', and at the Forum 2014 on 'Hard Talk: is decentralisation good for service delivery?' and 'Expert on Call: is local government up to making your project successful?' Over the next few days he will also be speaking at the DFID-World Bank conference - World Development Report 2004 10th Anniversary Conference, 'Making services work for poor people: the science and politics of delivery' on 'If 'all politics is local', is decentralisation the solution?'

    LSE students nominated for Secularist of the Year

Chris Moos, a PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour, and Abhishek Phadnis, a master's student in the International History Department, who are both members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist  Society, have been jointly nominated for the prestigious Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year Award in recognition of their work campaigning on 'fundamental issues such as free speech and gender segregation'. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or an organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the secular cause with a prize of £5,000 given to the winner.

This year's prize will be presented by Kerry McCarthy MP on Saturday 29 March at a lunch event in central London. Previous winners have included Southall Black Sisters, Peter Tatchell, Sophie in 't Veld MEP, former MP Evan Harris and Lord Avebury.

- Notices

    Tell us what you think - Staff News feedback survey 2014

The Press Office has put together a short survey for you to tell us how you feel about Staff News. It's an important way for us to find out how we can improve the newsletter for you, so please do take a look.

The survey is open to all staff and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Take part here. The survey is open until Friday 21 March. Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think.

    Feel Good Food Day on Thursday 6 March

The Fourth Floor Restaurant's feel good food day will be filled with food that is not only good for you and good for the planet, but delicious too. The ‘Feel Good Food’ world cuisine menu will offer reduced meat options and more vegetarian choices.

As well as raising awareness and promoting the sustainable aspects of the food served, the team will show how limiting meat in our diet and using healthier ingredients, seasonal vegetables, fish from sustainable stocks and higher animal welfare produce can benefit your health, the environment and animal welfare. So come along for some delicious food and enjoy the ‘feel good’ experience.

    Stay fit for 2014 with Cardio Kick boxing classes

No sparring, no contact, just 60 minutes of music-driven, hard core exercise incorporating elements of karate, boxing and tai chi to strip fat and shape your body.

The first class is Monday 3 March at 7-8pm on the 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. The first class is free - subsequent classes will be £5 and will be every Monday.

If you would like to attend or need further information, email Amy Mamawag at
    Bright double room available to let in East Dulwich

£700 a month and a quick train (~20 minutes) or direct bus door-to-door to LSE, a bright and spacious double room is available in this friendly two bed homely flat share from March onwards (flexible move-in date). Flat has all mod-cons, separate kitchen and living room, bathroom and huge garden. For more information and pictures, please email Naomi at

    Double room available to rent in Bloomsbury

Double room available to rent in Bloomsbury maisonette, by the British Museum, just 5 minutes from Holborn and Tottenham Court Road tube stations and very close to LSE. The room comes with a double bed, desk, wardrobe and a large book case. The landlord runs the souvenir shop directly below the flat; there is a travel agency on the first floor of the building and the flat is spread over the second and third floor.

Current flatmates are a male PhD student (UCL/IFS) and a female trainee lawyer (BPP), aged 25-30, friendly non-smokers. Cleaning is shared amongst the flatmates. Rent is £523 per month. Utilities bills are separate and come to around £35 per month. Deposit is £692. Please contact Martin for more details, giving some information about yourself and your availability to view the room, at

    Technology tip!
Aligning objects in PowerPoint

Save time when creating PowerPoint presentations by taking the guess work out of whether or not your objects are aligned.

By default, you will see small dotted lines called gridlines and a larger cross of dashed lines called drawing guides on your slides. Either of these may be sufficient to align your objects. However, you can go further by turning on the rulers; right click somewhere on your presentation, or on the blank area outside it, and click Ruler. Wherever your pointer is, as you move it, the position will be indicated on the rulers. You can use this for precise placing of objects.

As you move an object, e.g. a shape, near another object, above, below, or next to, you will see a line which connects the two objects when they are centre-aligned. The object you are moving can “snap” to this line allowing for precise alignment. You can then move this along this line to bring it nearer, or move it further away from the other shape.

Practice with some shapes to see how it all works. More


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features Melvyn Bragg, the award winning author and broadcaster, at the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival discussion ‘Who is it who can tell me who I am? Understanding Dementia through Art and Literature’ on Tuesday 25 February.
For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research

    New report suggests LSE is not the 'bankers' school'

LSE should no longer be referred to as the 'bankers' school', according to 'Alternative Aspirations', a report published last week by the LSESU's Artichoke Society, the organisation for fulfilling, socially beneficial graduate careers. Their research revealed that 90 per cent of students aspire to roles outside of investment banking with 49 per cent of undergraduates saying they were motivated by interest in work and 13 per cent seeking to benefit society. Only 14 per cent of those asked said they were motivated by salary.

The report surveyed first, second and third year students and asked a number of questions to gauge career motivations, preferences and plans. It shows that less than half of all students have a career plan, that public policy is as popular as investment banking and more popular than management consulting among all students, and that teaching is an unpopular career option.

Dan Martin, an LSE Governor and Chair of the Artichoke Society said: 'This research challenges the stereotypes about LSE students and demonstrates the diversity of aspirations among young people. We need to recognise this diversity and offer students insights into the whole breadth of options available to them, rather than allowing those sectors with the most resources to dominate our campus.' More

    'One size fits all' approach to global marketing a recipe for failure according to new LSE research

Major global brands are at risk of failing to win new customers from Eastern countries because they don’t take into account key cultural differences when marketing their products, new research has found.

According to researchers from LSE and ESCP Europe Business School, some of the world’s most recognised brands fall into the trap of marketing their products in a global way, while ignoring cross-cultural differences in consumer psychology.

Dr Ben Voyer, a visiting fellow in the Department of Psychology at the School, says the psychology of consumers in the East is often vastly different to the West, leading to recurring market failures when new products are launched. More

- Events

    Literary Festival week

The sixth annual Literary Festival is underway this week and there's still time to book tickets for the events over the next few days. With speakers including AS Byatt, Michael Rosen and Kenan Malik, there's something for everyone. More

    'Peacebuilding: what is it and why is it important?' - on Tuesday 4 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Judy Cheng-Hopkins

Peacebuilding has become a buzzword over the past decade. Yet, there are many diverging ideas of what peacebuilding is and what it entails. The United Nations is not exempt from such uncertainty, diverging interpretations, and misunderstandings, as well as the resulting conceptual and practical debates. More
    'A Question of Law' - on Wednesday 5 March at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Dr Chaloka Beyani, Professor Julia Black, Professor Emily Jackson, Dr Peter Ramsey

Should we be allowed the right to die? Can the UK do more to prevent international human rights abuses? What can the law do to prevent another recession? Are juries worth having? Tweet your questions to @LSELaw using #LSElaw.  More

    'China's Urban Policies: dilemmas facing the world's largest urban population' - on Thursday 6 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Professor Vernon Henderson

With the majority of its population now urban dwellers, China faces a unique set of challenges. Vernon Henderson examines the policy options as Chinese cities continue to grow. More

    'Rhyme and Reason: reflections on climate change' - on Thursday 6 March at 7pm in the Three Tuns, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre with Sabrina Mahfouz and special guests

Join award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz and special guests for an evening of live literature, performance and debate, as she explores climate change in the UK through storytelling and lively poetry performances. More

    Y the F Not?! - on Thursday 27 February at 7pm in the Senior Dining Room

The LSE Volunteer Centre has joined forces with LSESU RAG and The Youth Funding Network to bring you an event to warm the heart with an evening of fundraising, live music and comedy. Three small charities will be pitching their ideas to the audience to try and win your money and your time.

Tickets cost £10 which you pledge to the charity of your choice. Tickets can be bought on the door and the first 50 tickets sold include a free drink. More
    LSE Arts Photo Prize 2014 Awards - on Saturday 1 March at 7.30pm in the New Academic Building
Over 250 photos were submitted to the competition and now three winners have been chosen. Nick Byrne, chair of the Arts Advisory Committee at LSE will announce the winners at the start of the Literary Festival closing reception. The winners will have their photos printed and displayed in the Atrium.
For more information email
If you haven’t spotted your submission pop-up across campus this week, there's a final chance to spot them in the Atrium where your images will be projected during the first week of March!
    ‘Adapting to Climate Change: the challenges of the least-developed countries’ - on Monday 3 March at 5-6pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, News Academic Building with Quamrul Chowdhury and Dr Robert Falkner

A lead negotiator for the G-77 specialising in climate change and sustainable development, Quamrul Chowdhury has represented developing countries for over 35 years in multilateral environmental negotiations, including the UNFCCC process and the Kyoto Protocol. This LSE100 lecture will explore the impact of climate change on the least developed countries and the challenges of climate-smart development and adaptation.

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


'Gender and the Hindu Right in India' - on Monday 3 March at 6.30-8.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Nishrin Jafri Hussain, Angana P. Chatterji, Meena Kandasamy and Kalpana Wilson

With the forthcoming Indian elections in which the current Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, the panel will discuss questions such as 'what are the implications of the rise of the Hindu Right for gendered violence in India?' and 'what would a possible victory for Narendra Modi at a national level mean?' More

    'After the Fall: world order or disorder after 1989' - on Tuesday 4 March at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Jacques Rupnik, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Michael Cox, Professor Karoline Postel-Vinay and Dr George Lawson  

It was thought the end of the Cold War in 1989 ushered in a more stable world shaped by an irresistible combination of capitalism and liberalism. But did it? New wars in failing states, the spread of nuclear weapons, rising terrorism, and in 2008 the great financial crash, all point to an international system where the certainties of a 20th century Cold War had given way to a new century full of uncertainty and danger. More

'Diversified but Marginal: the GCC private sector as an economic and political force' - on Wednesday 5 March at 4.30-6pm in Room 2.04, New Academic Building with Dr Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog will explore the passive and isolated role of business in the Gulf private sector by looking at how, despite all the diversification, it remains structurally dependent on state spending and subsidies, and how its interests are at odds with those of GCC citizens at large. This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis. More


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Reforming Europe in a Changing World
Speaker: José Manuel Barroso
Recorded: Friday 14 February 2014, approx. 75 minutes

Social Movements, Political Violence and the State
Speaker: Professor Donatella Della Porta
Recorded: Monday 17 February 2014, approx. 87 minutes

An American Century or an Asian Century?
Speakers: Professor John Ikenberry, Professor Michael Cox, Professor Arne Westad
Recorded: Tuesday 18 February 2014, approx. 86 minutes


- 60 second interview


with.....Gabbi Neenan

I've worked in the LSESU Shop for 19 years, driving my colleagues mad most of the time with my insistence on singing along to every tune on the radio and demanding regular cups of tea!

What is the best part of your job at LSE and also the part you enjoy least?
The best part is working with everyone in the SU Shop - they're a great bunch! The bit I enjoy least is having to get up in the morning!

Which are your two favourite shops in London?
HMV (God Save the Dog!) and Wright's Bar, of course!

What, or who, makes you laugh?
Lots of people, from Laurel and Hardy to Harry Hill!

What are the best and worst presents you have ever received?
The best present was a trip to Hollywood from my boyfriend Phil for my fortieth birthday. And I don't think there's any such thing as a bad present!

Name three things you cannot do without.
One in laughter; two is music; and the third is pie, mash and liquor!

What is your favourite work-time snack?
Mini Cheddars...YUM!


- 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

    Triple P – Positive Parenting

LSE has received local authority funding to pilot the Positive Parenting Programme. The Programme is free to a group of up to 45 employees and partners who are parents of children under six years old. It includes a 90 minute seminar on Thursday 6 March led by Matt Buttery and online learning. Anyone who attended the 'Balancing work and being Dad' course will know Matt. The programme aims to help raise happy children and manage their behaviour. More

There are still a few places available so if you're interested in attending the seminar on Thursday 6 March at 12– 2pm in Room NAB 2.06, book here.

If Thursday 6 March is inconvenient, you can enrol for the online programme here.

More information and other workshops can be found here.


Workshop: What is Knowledge Exchange? - on Wednesday 5 March at 4-5pm in OLD 3.21

This workshop covers the concept and practice of knowledge exchange; policies of knowledge exchange activities in research project funding; how LSE academics can make use of them; and how to find funding for knowledge exchange activities. Book here.

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Assistant Chef Manager, RCSD: Catering Services
  • Assistant Librarian, Discovery and Metadata Library: Collections Services
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, International Development
  • HR Manager - Information Systems, HR Specialists
  • Fellow in Demography/Population Science, Social Policy
  • Fellow in Environment, Geography & Environment
  • Research Officer, Health and Social Care
  • Research Programme Administrator, International Development
  • 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 6 March. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 4 March. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy