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'Reflections' - on Monday 31 March

Aimed at 11-18 year olds, a panel of award-winning young adult authors discussing self-portraits - how much of themselves do they include in their writing?


National Centre for Research Methods survey
Have your say on the NCRM's recent work looking at how social research skills are taught and learnt amongst those at the start of their academic careers. 


Dr Tiziana Leone

With music tastes varying from Radiohead to Verdi, there's no telling what will be playing if you visit Tiziana in her joinery workshop...

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  27 March 2014  

- News


Professors at the Palace

On Tuesday 4 March, Professor Sonia Livingstone has just collected her OBE, for services to children and child internet safety, at Buckingham Palace. Sonia is the first academic in the field of media and communications nationally ever to receive such an honour. The Duke of Cambridge presented Professor Livingstone with her medal and congratulated her on her important work.


Language Centre student wins prestigious award

Edward Knight, a first year International Relations student who is also studying an advanced Mandarin degree course at the LSE Language Centre, won the ‘Most Eloquent Award’ at the 13th Chinese Bridge University student Language Proficiency Competition UK Final on Saturday 22 March.

It is the first time an undergraduate student in the UK not studying Mandarin Chinese as their degree has won such prize at national level - congratulations to all involved!


Sport Relief at LSE

Following last Friday's activities, the School has so raised nearly £500 for Sport Relief.

The taster sessions were enjoyed by all who attended. The Students' Union triumphed in the LSE Triathlon, although there was some stiff opposition from staff, particularly one individual who set an impressive target on his own against the teams of four.

The cake sale hit all the right spots with some delicious buns and biscuits, and a spectacular winner of the Bake Off which would have made even Mary Berry proud.

The day's final event, was the LSE Mile, where runners and walkers, including the Director Craig Calhoun, took in a few laps of Lincoln's Inn Fields. See more of the day's action here.

    From 'How to change banking culture' to 'How to design better cities' - new open enrolment executive programmes at LSE

Taking place at LSE for the sixth year running, the Executive Summer School continues to offer a diverse schedule of short, academically challenging courses. Sixteen courses are scheduled over two intensive sessions from Monday 23 June to Friday 4 July, including four new areas of study targeted at global executives. These courses draw upon the expertise and experience of faculty from LSE's Management, Finance and Accounting departments, in addition to its highly recognised LSE Cities international research centre.
The programmes Academic Director, Professor Danny Quah, said; "These new courses will face up to the immediate current challenges confronting today’s executive, while at the same time they provide in-depth, enduring, and rigorous knowledge on those crucial forces that will continue to shape the modern business environment." More
    Academics abroad
Dr Shani Orgad
On Friday 4 April, Dr Shani Orgad, Department of Media and Communications, will be delivering a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Media Studies Finnish Association.

Based on her book Media Representation and the Global Imagination (Polity), Orgad’s speech ‘The Others are Coming’ explores how contemporary media represent immigrants and migration. Orgad begins her lecture with the example of Paddington Bear to provoke people to think about how today's media invite us to imagine immigrants and question why the media are so often inhospitable but when they are - as in the case of Paddington - hospitality is almost always conditioned on the migrant becoming similar to 'us' (the host society).

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet
Professor Jean-Paul Faguet is lecturing today at Addis Ababa University and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education on a new study he co-wrote 'Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: lessons from Ethiopia'. Professor Faguet will also be visiting the World Bank. 

- Notices

    The Women's Library @ LSE

Following the completion of The Women’s Library @ LSE Reading Room, work has now commenced on the construction of a Teaching and Activity Room in the Library, to be followed by an Exhibition Space. The Exhibition Space will be located in the Escape area, and the Teaching and Activity Room will be located on the Lower Ground Floor. Both works are expected to be completed later this year.

The Exhibition Space will display key items from The Women’s Library @ LSE Collection and will be free to access to the public. The Teaching and Activity Room will allow the Library to increase access to the collections, with both new areas playing an integral role in the wider redevelopment planned for the Lionel Robbins Building.

The building work will take place behind internal walls on the lower ground floor in order to minimise the impact on students working in the Library. The Library expects the impact on students study to be minimal, and notices will be placed in the effected area during the work.

The Women’s Library @ LSE collection can be accessed from The Women’s Library @ LSE Reading Room on the fourth floor of the Library, which is due to open on Monday 31 March.
    LSE - Sciences Po Faculty Mobility Scheme 2014-15

LSE and Sciences Po have been institutional partners for the past decade. The annual faculty mobility scheme is the newest initiative in our academic collaboration. The scheme enables faculty to spend at least a month in a host department at the other institution in order to engage with other students; to foster networks between colleagues and help wider departmental and institutional interests.

There are two options in the scheme to give maximum flexibility.

  • Mode A: shorter visits of one month, whereby visiting faculty deliver at least eight hours of teaching (or a short course) and spend at least four hours with PhD students
  • Mode B: longer visits of three months, whereby visiting faculty deliver at least 20 hours of teaching, spend at least 10 hours with PhD students and deliver a departmental or public lecture

Participants will continue to receive their normal salary and a travel grant from their home institution. They will also receive a subsistence allowance or salary from the host institution.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7 May. More


LSE blogging survey

The LSE Public Policy Group runs five academic blogs on behalf of the School. The oldest, British Politics and Policy, has been running since February 2010 whereas the newest, USAPP focusing on American politics and policy, is only seven months old. We would really like to get colleagues feedback about how often they read the blogs, what they like about them and what we could do better. Please spare us five minutes to take this short survey here.

    National Centre for Research Methods survey

Dr Daniel Kilburn, an LSE alumnus who now works for the ESRC’s ‘National Centre for Research Methods’ (NCRM), which is involved in the funding, delivering and researching the teaching/learning of social research methods and skills amongst those working in UK academia (from PhDs up to professors). For the past year, he has been researching how social research skills are taught and learnt amongst those at the start of their academic careers; work which has involved lots of talking to ‘experts’ and observing teaching and training across the country.

NCRM has now summarised its early findings and wants early-career academics and researchers to comment on it. The NCRM team wants to engage as many early-career academics  and researchers as possible to get their feedback on the work done so far. Take a look at the research and give your feedback here.

Senior Common Room Annual Dinner

Any member of staff may attend the Senior Common Room Annual Dinner on Wednesday 21 May. The guest of honour and speaker this year is LSE Emeritus Governor Loyd Grossman OBE. Booking information is on the SCR website.

Information on how to join the SCR is also on the website.

    Are you up for a challenge? Ready to take on the world?

LSE has joined the Global Corporate Challenge. Whatever your current level of activity, if having fun and taking a virtual journey around the world sounds right up your street, then GCC has a place waiting for you.

Form a team of seven with your colleagues, choose a team captain and on Wednesday 28 May, begin a 100 day virtual journey around the world with 55,000 other teams from all across the globe. The more active you are each day, the further your team will progress and the higher you’ll race up the leader board.

Once your team is confirmed, each of you will receive a starter kit with two GCC Pulses (accelerometers that track your activity). Walking, running, cycling, swimming, ballroom dancing whatever you’re into - everything counts as you aim for at least 10,000 steps a day.

Keep an eye out for more information about how to start your adventure coming soon...

    LSE Arts: call for exhibition proposals

LSE Arts has hosted many interesting and socially driven art projects in the past and you have the opportunity to hold your own exhibition to draw attention to the issues you think important. The Atrium Gallery in the Old Building is the perfect space to display your pieces; recent exhibitions include Photo Prize 2014, Rainbow Jews and The World, So Rich. For more information about holding exhibitions in the gallery, email, or click here.

Thanks from Alan Revel

Thank you to all those who supported LSE's Event Manager, Alan Revel, in his sponsored swim for Sport Relief. So far, he's raised over £800, far more than he was expecting. Alan completed the 5km swim in two hours ten minutes. The cycle ride to work straight after actually proved tougher than the swim! Help Alan raise even more and congratulate his efforts by donating to the great Sport Relief cause here.

    Skip fit classes

The next skip fit classes are on Tuesday 1 and 15 April
at 1-2pm in the Badminton Court, Old Building. There will be no classes on Tuesday 8, 22 and 29 April, but skipping ropes will be back with a vengeance after Easter with the first class to get burning off those extra calories from the chocolate eggs on Tuesday 6 May.

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 - Excel’s calculation preview

If you need to get a quick calculation preview of a range of numbers in a spreadsheet without creating a formula, select the range of interest and look at the bottom of the screen near the clock. The Average, Count, and Sum results will be shown there.


- LSE in pictures


This week's picture features.....
For more images like this, visit the Photography Unit.

  NAB Artwork  

- Events


‘Reflections’ - on Monday 31 March at 6-7.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre with James Dawson, Kate Kingsley, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jon Robinson.

The culmination of the 2013-14 LSE and First Story creative writing competition sees a panel of award-winning young adult authors discussing self-portraits - how much of themselves do they include in their writing? This is a  free event aimed at 11-18 years olds, followed by a complimentary drinks reception, including soft drinks. 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

    ‘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

    '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

    LSESU Visual Arts Society - from Monday 28 April to Friday 6 June at 10am-8pm
The LSESU Visual Arts Society brings together a fantastic collection of work from across the student body. The nature and variety of the collection reflects the diversity within the school and showcases the superb creative talent of many LSE students. More


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Excel at Your Job, Be Home for Dinner
Speaker: Sharon Meers
Recorded: Monday 17 March 2014, approx. 77 minutes  

Will China Dominate the 21st Century?
Speaker: Jonathan Fenby, Isabel Hilton, Wu Jian Min
Recorded: Tuesday 18 March 2014, approx. 100 minutes

Is Everything You Hear About Macroeconomics True?
Speaker: Professor Wouter Den Haan
Recorded: Wednesday 19 March 2014, approx. 81 minutes  


- 60 second interview


with.....Dr Tiziana Leone

I am a lecturer in Demography in the department of Social Policy. My key area of interest is reproductive and maternal health in low income countries. Outside of the office, my interests before I had two children who took the majority of my social life, were movies, indie music and joinery. Iranian movies and Miyazaki’s animes are my two greatest passions. I have struggled over the years to find people to go with to see Kiarostami’s movies - probably the last straw was when I took my partner to see Shirin, a movie entirely about the audience’s involvement the film where you only hear the movie and see the audience in the cinema… So going to the cinema on my own in the early afternoon has become one of my favourite treats. As for joinery, it’s great to spend some time in a workshop and not be sat in front of a PC. I’ve also made some nice furniture - I copied an Arne Jacobsen table paying £50 for the material rather than £2000 for an original, although admittedly mine does have 'some' flaws… I dream one day to retire and be a full time Geppetto (Pinocchio’s Dad).

Which has been the most interesting LSE public lecture you have attended?
I think rather than the most interesting the most entertaining has been the one we organised with Hans Rosling talking about population growth last year. He's a real hero for data geeks like me.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?
The top floor of the NAB. Just wish I could get an office there…

What is your favourite type of music?

Indie and opera. Radiohead and Verdi go along very well.

Where did you go on your last holiday and what were the pros and cons?
It was a very family-orientated camping holiday at the seaside in Italy. It was slightly dull and cramped but we had great seaside just two minutes walk away and, unlike Cornwall, the sea temperature was perfect even in June! As an added bonus, you could get the best buffalo mozzarella freshly made every day…

How do you like to relax?
Knitting and watching cheesy costume dramas.

Name three things you cannot do without?
A latte in the morning, a watch, BBC Radio 6.


- 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.

  • Assistant Professor in Criminology, Social Policy
  • BSc Programme Manager, Accounting
  • Educational Developer, Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Fellow in Social and Organisational Psychology, Social Psychology
  • MSc Programmes Administrator, Statistics
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Public Affairs
  • Web Producer (Corporate Publications), Information Management and Technology

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 10 April. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 8 April. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy