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LSE Africa Summit
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John D. Mahama, is keynote speaker at the LSE Africa Summit's business conference.


Sport Relief
Pull on those trainers, get out your baking trays or indulge your sweet tooth and support this great cause with lots going on at LSE tomorrow.


Andy Farrell
He once chose Cambridge over LSE, but it's clear where the loyalties of the School's Chief Financial Officer lie now, just check him out on Twitter.

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  20 March 2014  

- News

    Panorama, North Korea and the BBC

This week, the BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committee published its findings into the investigation of the making of 'Panorama: North Korea Undercover', which found that the BBC had failed to consider a number of important issues and risks in the making of the programme. LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun responded to the BBC Executive's formal apology to the School, saying: “LSE welcomes the findings of the Editorial Standards Committee and the letter of apology issued to the School by the BBC Executive. The committee highlighted a number of breaches in BBC guidelines in the making of this programme, for which the Executive has apologised.

LSE would like to confirm its strong support for the production of programmes in the public interest and for journalists working to highlight important issues in dangerous parts of the world." More

    Donors and scholars connected

On Thursday 13 March, the School welcomed 260 donors, scholars and staff to the annual Donors and Scholars Reception to celebrate philanthropic scholarships at LSE.
During the 2013-14 academic year, 237 students are being supported by philanthropically-funded scholarships worth over £2.7 million. Many of these met their donors at the event whilst enjoying drinks and canapés in the Senior Dining Room. Three scholarship recipients and scholarship donor George Swirski, as well as LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, gave speeches on the theme of student support.

FM Underhill scholar and LLB student, Eve Wright, said: “The knowledge that somebody has considered me worthy of a scholarship has strengthened my belief in my own ability and potential. This confidence has proved helpful during overwhelming periods and ultimately, my donor’s faith in me has given me faith in myself."

Michal Leszczynski, a BSc Economics student from Poland and a recipient of the Kadas Scholarship, said: "This money did not just improve my career prospects or boost my learning experience – it pulled me out of one reality and tossed me into another one. Among other things, I was able to work in the Polish Prime Minister’s Economic Unit and organise the Polish Economic Forum thanks to the freedom given to me by this scholarship.” More

    British Academy grant for LSE Finance academic

The British Academy’s Research Awards Committee has chosen to support new research by Dr Moqi Xu of the Department of Finance. Xu's work on CEO contract incentives aims to answer many predictions of contract theory models that are still untested and will receive funding of just under £10,000. More

    Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, special issue led by LSE's Dr Claudine Provencher

With colleagues from Canada, South Africa and Australia, Dr Claudine Provencher, an educational developer with the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre and a former LSE Fellow in Social Psychology, recently led a special issue in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology on the theme of ageing and community (January/February 2014, Volume 14, Issue 1).

Building on contributions of academics from social gerontology and social psychology and promoting a dialogue between these two disciplines, this special issue explores the diversity of older persons and of the communities in which they live. In particular, it examines how specific community arrangements can help fulfil a number of social psychological functions such as identity maintenance, quality of life and relational wellbeing and allow for a more empowering social representation of ageing and of older people. It also makes clear that, while discussions about ageing have often focused on issues of dependency and economic burden that accompany this new demographic reality, not enough has been said about the possibilities which ageing brings for local communities around the world. More


  Academics out and about

Earlier this week, Professor Jean-Paul Faguet and Professor Stuart Corbridge spoke at a conference in Cambridge called 'Institutions and their Discontents: rethinking economic development in South Asia', sponsored by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Professor Faguet spoke on 'Decentralisation and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia...and Bangladesh? Lessons for South Asia'. Professor Corbridge spoke on 'Geography, Institutions and Public Policy: is India exceptional yet again?' More


- Notices

    Sport Relief tomorrow

Sport Relief is finally nearly here, so make sure you get involved tomorrow.

Throughout the day, teams will be taking part in the LSE Triathlon, running, cycling and swimming using equipment in the LSESU Gym, with each member spending two minutes on each activity. From noon onwards, there's the chance to try out salsa, belly dancing, tai chi or circuits classes in the Old Gym.

Or if something less vigorous is more appealing, come along to John Watkins Plaza in front of the Library from 12pm for a cake sale. Please bring along any goodies you want to donate to the stall at about 11.45am, or make Mary Berry proud and enter the Great LSE Bake Off.

To finish the day in style, join Craig Calhoun and run, jog or walk the LSE Mile around Lincoln’s Inn Fields at 3pm.

All proceeds go to Sport Relief. More

    First impressions count - student handbooks

A number of courses at LSE now have their student handbooks professionally designed by the LSE Design Unit. If you're considering doing the same for your course, the Design Unit has created a template which can be used or the Unit can create a more bespoke design for you.

If you are looking to re-vamp your handbooks, please get in touch with the Design Unit to discuss and see examples as soon as possible. Their workload over the summer is extremely heavy and they want to manage it as efficiently as possible. Get in touch with the team at


LSE Votes 2014: European Parliament election

Ahead of this May's European Parliament elections, LSESU's European Society has launched a handy website with everything anyone wanting to cast their vote needs to know. The website is completely neutral. It simply and concisely explains the voting process with links to the websites of the Electoral Commission, the voting sections of London borough councils and EU delegation embassies in London. So if you're planning to vote, take a look here.

    Honorary Fellowship nominations

Nominations for an Honorary Fellowship of the School are invited. The criteria are as follows:

The LSE Court may elect as an Honorary Fellow any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the School, over the course of a number of years, beyond that which might reasonably be expected.

Honorary Fellowship nominees are expected to have a direct link with LSE either as a member of the School, or as someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the School.

This is an early notification - the deadline for nominations for consideration in Michaelmas term 2014-15 is Friday 11 July.  Full details and nomination forms can be found here.
If you have any queries contact Joan Poole at or on extension 7825.
    Call for submissions for LSE Perspectives

Taken some artistic photos of London? Have some impressive holiday snaps or pictures from abroad that you’d like to share? Send them to LSE Perspectives and your photos could be displayed in the next online gallery which will go live on Tuesday 1 April, so get inspired and send your snaps to  More

Check out previous galleries here.
    Major IT upgrade affecting SITS and LFY, 10-14 April

Every year, IMT is required to upgrade the Student Information System (SITS). The latest upgrade will happen just before the Easter break. It is scheduled to take place over several days and some of the work will take place during normal working hours. IMT apologises for the inconvenience this will cause but unfortunately it is unavoidable in this instance.

While the system is being upgraded, students will not be able to access the Student Information System (SITS) or LSE For You (LFY), as well as several other applications. Work will start at 6pm on Thursday 10 April and will last until the morning of Monday 14 April. The greatest impact will be on Friday 11 April when neither SITS nor LFY will be available throughout the working day. More
    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
    South Eastern Europe at LSE Blog launch

LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe has just launched its LSEE blog which will disseminate academic research on the region and cover current affairs issues east of the old iron curtain, with a specific focus on the Balkans. Take a look at the blog here.

Keep up with the latest news by subscribing to LSEE's mailing list at and follow LSEE on Twitter @LSEE_LSE.
    LSE Teaching Symposium 2014

Bookings are now open for events at LSE’s 2014 Teaching Symposium, which takes place on Tuesday 27 May.

Join this year’s teaching prize winners at a breakfast café, attend a plenary on assessment and learning, and meet colleagues over lunch. The aim of the day is to reflect on and share good practice in teaching and learning across LSE.

More information and online booking at LSE Teaching Symposium 2014.

Alan Revel's Sport Relief challenge

This Friday, Alan Revel, LSE's Events Manager, will be challenging himself in the name of Sport Relief and raising cash to help change lives in the UK and abroad. Starting at 7 am, Alan will be swimming 5km the London Fields' Lido, hopefully finishing around two hours later. Support Alan as he takes to the high seas and help make a world of difference to those who need some help by donating here.

    Sustainability and textile recycling

This week sees the arrival of textile recycling on LSE's campus. The new TRAID bins are on the first floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, allowing students and staff to donate unwanted items of clothing and fabric. Textile recycling bins are already available at most LSE halls of residence.

Across the UK, TRAID re-sells 11,000 items of clothing a week in their stores, and prevents around 3,000 tonnes of textiles from going to landfill each year. TRAID also hosts a number of free events throughout the year on the ethics and economics of fashion and the textile supply chain. More

More for less

Treat yourself to a bargain burger at Baranis, a chic Provençal bar and restaurant on Chancery Lane. As well as good food and drink, it is home to the UK’s only indoor petanque court. Baranis’ award-winning house beef burger with chips and homemade barbecue sauce and a soft drink is currently available to LSE staff and students for just £6. Show staff your LSE ID in the restaurant or mention you are part of LSE when booking to get the deal, which is available Tuesday to Friday from midday. More


USA house swap

Looking for a change of scene? A large Washington DC furnished apartment is available for a house swap in London from 1 September 2014 for a year or two. For further details, contact Susan Collin Marks at More


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features the new signage on the outside of LSE Clement House on Aldwych.

For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Research

    Report calls for wellbeing to be at the heart of public policy design

An independent commission has today published its recommendations that government target public policy-making at 'wellbeing', or life satisfaction, not simply economic growth.

Wellbeing and Policy, commissioned by the Legatum Institute, is the final report of the Commission on Wellbeing and Policy, chaired by Lord Gus O'Donnell, Chair of Frontier Economics and a Visiting Professor at LSE. Professor Lord Richard Layard, Director of the Wellbeing Programme in LSE's Centre for Economic Performance, was one of the five commissioners tasked with exploring how wellbeing analysis can be usefully applied to policy.

The commissioners conclude that GDP is too narrow a measure of prosperity. Instead, policy should aim at increasing people's satisfaction with their lives, using measures of wellbeing as an indicator of success. The report explains how to define and measure wellbeing and demonstrates how it can be used to measure the success of different policies and different countries. More


New criminal offences proposed to protect hospital patients from gross negligence

Hospital patients who have been subjected to gross mistreatment and appalling standards of healthcare will be protected by a new criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ under plans sanctioned by the UK Government.

Law professors Karen Yeung of King’s College and Jeremy Horder of LSE have put forward the recommendation in the wake of the Stafford Hospital public enquiry which called for tougher legislation.

Professor Horder said, “There are a few cases where ordinary people – particularly the elderly and vulnerable – have been subjected to serious failings of care in hospitals in Britain and they have had no criminal redress.

As the law stands today, if you are maltreated in a hospital there is actually more protection from the criminal law if you die than if you do not. If you die, those responsible can be charged with manslaughter but if you don’t die it is much harder to find a criminal offence to deal with the worst cases of gross negligence.” More


Breaking radio silence: the value of communication in public services

Mobile broadband is playing an increasing role in the provision of public services. An LSE report written ahead of the auction of the 700MHz spectrum in the UK and other European countries has found that reserving a portion of the mobile broadband spectrum exclusively for emergency services could lead to an improvement in public safety. The socio-economic benefits of reserving spectrum are estimated to be worth €34 billion, far outweighing the opportunity cost of a one-off sale to commercial operators (estimated to be around €6 billion).

Dr Alexander Grous of` LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance assessed the benefits of mission critical mobile broadband for public safety, looking at aspects such as increased efficiency and socioeconomic value. The report was commissioned by the TCCA, a forum for representing users, manufacturers, application providers, integrators, operators, test houses and telecom agencies interested in TETRA and other critical communications technologies such as 4G LTE. More


- Events

    'Justice Rising: moving intersectionally in the age of post-everything' - on Wednesday 26 March at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is currently Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia. She has written in the areas of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. A founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory workshop; co-editor of Critical Race Theory: key documents that shaped the movement, she has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters, addressing audiences throughout Europe, Africa, and South America. More
    'The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism' - on Wednesday 2 April at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor David Harvey and Dr Murray Low

You thought capitalism was permanent? Think again. Leading Marxist thinker Professor David Harvey unravels the contradictions at the heart of capitalism – its drive, for example, to accumulate capital beyond the means of investing it. More
    'Freedom in Forgiveness' - on Thursday 3 April at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Amanda Lindhout

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of 19, she began travelling the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America and Laos. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she travelled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. More
    'War: what is it good for?' - on Thursday 10 April at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Professor Ian Morris and Professor Christopher Coker

If you had been born 20,000 years ago, you would have faced a one in ten or even one in five chance of dying violently. But in the century since 1914—despite its two world wars, atomic bombs, and multiple genocides—that risk has fallen to barely one in 100. Why? The answer is uncomfortable: despite all its horrors, over the long run war itself has made the world a safer and richer place, because war alone has proved able to create larger societies that pacify themselves internally. More
    'Flash Boys: cracking the money code' - on Monday 28 April at 6.30pm with Michael Lewis

International bestseller Michael Lewis returns to the financial world with a ringside seat as the biggest story in years prepares to hit Wall Street. Currently top-secret, the story is big, important, and involves Wall Street, a cast of misfits and oddballs doing things with stupefying amounts of money...He will speak about his new book in conversation with John Lanchester. The event's location will be confirmed to ticketholders. More
    'Egypt's Revolution: what's in it for minority rights?' - on Thursday 20 March at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building with Moataz El Fegiery, Mariz Tadros and Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Since 2011, Egypt has been struggling to achieve its revolutionary goals of freedom and social justice, a struggle particularly visible in its striving for political and civil rights. In Egypt, religious freedom has become a central issue reflecting disenchantment felt by many facing recurrent discrimination. Today, the debate continues beyond the ratification of the new constitution by referendum and asks what is the future for minority rights in Egypt. In this event, different actors concerned by the issue will come together to present their view and discuss the status of freedom of religion in Egypt. More

    Book launch: Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: thirty countries' experiences - on Thursday 27 March at 1-2.30pm in LG.09, New Academic Building. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available from 12.30pm

This event launches two major new volumes representing the culmination of three and half years work by a large international team of researchers studying the experiences of thirty countries over a period of thirty years.

Abigail McKnight of CASE and LSE, Wiemer Salverda of AIAS and the University of Amsterdam, Brian Nolan of University College Dublin and Ive Marx of the University of Antwerp, four of the six editors, will launch two new books Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: analytical and comparative perspectives and Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: thirty countries' experiences.

These publications are based on the work of the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) research project, which took an interdisciplinary approach drawing on economics, sociology, and political science, to learn from the experiences of 25 European countries together with the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, and South Korea.

The event is free but booking is essential. To book, contact Cheryl Conner at or on extension 6562. More

    Social Protection Actions within the IPA Programme - on Thursday 27 March at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, with Natalia Dianiskova, Selma Kazic, Miodrag Dragisic and Vassilis Monastiriotis

The EU’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is a catalyst for reforms and improvement of conditions in enlargement countries, playing a key role in their journey to EU membership. Guest speakers from the EU, UNDP and UNICEF will showcase IPA funded projects in the Western Balkans, discussing their objectives and results. The panel debate, supported by DG Enlargement, is part of a two-day conference with the LSEE Research Network on South Eastern Europe. The debate will be followed by a wine reception. More

Book your place here.

    MARG Conference - on Thursday 27 March

The Department of Accounting will be hosting the 35th annual MARG Conference (Management Accounting Research Group) on Thursday 27 March.

The theme for this year’s conference is 'Management Accounting and Strategic Partnerships.'

The Distinguished Practitioner Lecture will be given by Keith Luck, CIMA Vice President. Other speakers include David Otley and Chris Ford, Lancaster University Management School, Henri Dekker, VU University Amsterdam, Alasdair Macnab, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Falconer Mitchell, University of Edinburgh, and Warwick Hunt, PwC UK

A small number of places are still available, for further information please contact Justin Adams at
    ‘Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism: some lessons from modern Indian history’ – on Thursday 3 April at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre with Professor Partha Chatterjee

This lecture deals with four strands of trans-regional political movement in India’s 19th and 20th century anti-colonial history: Islamic jihad, nationalism, communism and those who deplored the narrow self-aggrandisement of nationalism and pleaded for an opening to world humanity. All of these strands, with their possibilities and limits, continue to be vibrant today. More

LSE Africa Summit - on Thursday 3 April - Saturday 5 April in the Shreikh Zayed Theatre with the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John D. Mahama

The LSE Africa Summit is a forum in which issues facing the African continent can be examined by a community of leaders, businessmen, academics and civil leaders. Topics to be considered include entrepreneurship, agriculture, innovation, and finance.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John D. Mahama, is keynote speakers of the Summit's business conference, and will be delivering his speech on Saturday 5 April. More


Podcasts of public lectures and events

The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust
Speaker: Professor Timothy Snyder
Recorded: Tuesday 11 March 2014, approx. 94 minutes 

Transforming a City: from London's East End to the West End
Speaker: Alison Nimmo
Recorded: Tuesday 11 March 2014, approx. 91 minutes

Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?: how Europe must now choose between economic and political revival or disintegration
Speakers George Soros, Anatole Kaletsky
Recorded: Thursday 13 March 2014, approx. 88 minutes 


- 60 second interview


with.....Andy Farrell

Wife, four children, one grandson, one dog, two cats. Turned down an offer from LSE in 1974 and studied Economics at Cambridge. Joined LSE in 2003 after 22 years at Xerox, including two years commuting to work in Moscow. Overweight, high IQ, low EQ, eat too much, don't drink, drive too fast. Live amongst the champagne socialists of Muswell Hill. Can be very direct sometimes. Love LSE.

What advice would you give to new students at LSE?
168 hours in a week: 56 for LSE related work, 56 for sport, fun, culture, chill out, 56 for sleep. I should, of course, take my own advice. You learn most from people who don't agree with you.

What is the longest meeting you have ever attended at the School?
Probably a Council away day of over 12 hours. Multi-day meetings were quite common at Xerox. Some meetings are a waste of time: others are great collaborative work.

What would you do if you were Mayor of London for the day?
Ask a woman to take charge: us men have had more than our fair share in charge. If I could be Chancellor of the Exchequer, I'd deal with the scandal of billions wasted on ineffective demand side measures on housing, i.e., housing benefit, and redirect it to investment in affordable housing.

Can you recall the first record you ever bought and/or the album you played endlessly?
I "borrowed" a lot of my older brother's records. Dire Straits "Alchemy" and non-subtle music like Meat Loaf "Bat out of Hell" played too much when I used to drive (too fast) 25,000 miles a year. Mostly drive for pleasure now: a Brummy inheritance.

What is your opinion of social networking sites?
Stopped using Facebook after being stalked by my mother. Follow @AndrewXFarrell to read my drivel on Twitter. It has totally changed my relationship with the SU for the better.

What has been the greatest co-incidence you have experienced so far?
Discovering that Howard Davies and I had both lived in the same road in Oxford, though his house was much bigger than mine. And that our own former Chairman of Governors, Lord Grabiner, is to be next Master at Clare College, where I studied economics all those years ago.


- 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

  HR   Jobs at LSE

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

  • Service Desk Analyst, Information Management and Technology
  • Research Officer - Economist: Cities and Climate Change, LSE Cities
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant (CCCEP), Grantham Research Institute
  • Fellow in Economics, Economics
  • Educational Developer, Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Administrative Assistant – Planning, Governance, Legal and Planning Division

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

Thanks, Maddy