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Promotions for LSE Sports Teams
It's been an excellent sporting year at LSE with a number of teams winning their leagues and gaining promotion.

 

Our Constitution – Have Your Say
The Court of Governors is looking to modernise the School’s Memorandum and Articles of Association and wants to know what you think...

 

Ant Bagshaw
Ant has the spirit of an explorer and likes to watch the boats on the river Medway, but don't ask him for a lift anywhere...

 
             
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  10 April 2014  

- News

 
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    LSE receives major gift to create new Southeast Asia Centre

LSE has received a significant donation from Professor Saw Swee Hock to establish a new academic centre focused on Southeast Asia. The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre will bring together researchers for interdisciplinary analysis of policy questions facing Southeast Asia, while strengthening further LSE’s research and engagement with the ASEAN region. Academics affiliated with the centre will benefit from a range of specialist resources, networks, and funding opportunities. The new centre will be led by Professor Danny Quah as Director Designate.
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    LSE holds sixth Asia Forum in Kuala Lumpur

The 2014 LSE Asia Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday 3 April and brought together academics, policy makers, and figures from the business and finance sectors to discuss issues pertaining to Asia and its relation to the rest of the world. It was the first time that LSE has held this prestigious event in Malaysia, and the sixth such event since the inaugural Asia Forum in Bangkok in 2004.

This year’s Forum also coincided with LSE’s first-ever graduation ceremony in Malaysia, which took place on Wednesday 2 April, overseen by Professor Craig Calhoun. More

 

 
    Polis Annual Journalism Conference

The fifth Polis Journalism Conference on the topic of 'Transparency and Accountability' was the biggest and most successful yet with LSE now hosting the UK's most important annual gathering of international journalists.

There were at least 700 attendees watching more than 40 speakers from the media industry. Highlights included keynotes by Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the Guardian and Ian Katz, Editor of BBC Newsnight in conversation with Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News. Other panellists included Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News, Tom Giles of BBC Panorama and Luke Lewis, Editor of Buzzfeed UK. The conference generated significant buzz on social media including 661 tweets by more than 400 Twitter users and the hashtag #polis14 was trending on Twitter for the entire day. Podcasts, videos and further coverage of the conference are available on the Polis blog here.
 
 
    LSE gives evidence to DCMS Select Committee

Polis director and Head of Department, Charlie Beckett appeared in front of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry into the future of the BBC. He argued that the BBC needs radical reform to increase its collaboration with civil society and to serve the citizen in the digital age.
His submission is available for review on the Polis blog here.
 
 
    'Only Connect' on BBC Four

Following a notice in Staff News last year, Mark Seager of LSE's Graduate Admission's Office applied once again to appear on BBC Four’s 'Only Connect', after two previously unsuccessful attempts. This year Mark's team 'Europhiles' was accepted and will be featuring on the ninth series of the show.

In November, they travelled to Cardiff to make some telly and the new series starts on Monday 14 April with the Europhiles’ first appearance on Easter Monday at 8.30pm on BBC Four (Freeview 9, Sky+ 116). The team's second appearance will be on Monday 26 May. Every team plays at least two games so tune in to see if the Europhiles get to the next round!
 
 
    Promotions for LSE Sports Teams

LSESU’s Athletics Union has completed an outstanding season in BUCS (British University College Sport) and LUSL (London University Sports Leagues) with 17 teams winning their leagues and gaining promotion. The leagues began in October and each week LSE's teams have competed across the country. The men’s tennis first team was particularly impressive, winning the BUCS Premiership and Cup Championships beating both Loughborough and Oxford along the way: an incredible result given the sports resources at both of these universities. LSE has risen 15 places in the points table competing with 144 other universities. More
 

 
    LSE wins EU ethical procurement award

LSE has won a European Fair Cotton Procurement Award in a ceremony in Bremen on Friday 28 March which was part of an
EU-funded conference on sustainable procurement in the public sector, attended by delegates from across Europe, India and Mali. The School was recognised as the best university in Europe for its commitment to buying Fairtrade cotton and was particularly praised for taking a leadership role in the HE sector with Fairtrade uniforms for Estates staff and contractors which are explicitly linked to LSE being a London Living Wage employer.

Other winners included the City of Paris which has equipped a third of uniformed staff with Fairtrade uniforms. See a blog post about the conference and the awards here.
 
 
   

Professor Peter Miller receives Honorary Doctorate

Professor Peter Miller received an Honorary Doctorate at Copenhagen Business School on Friday 21 March. The award recognises his work analysing interrelations between accounting, organising and economising in the private and public sectors. More
 

 
   

ICAS Research Grant for LSE Accounting Academic

Dr Stefano Cascino of the Department of Accounting, together with the other members of an international research team, has been awarded £40,000 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) to conduct a research project to investigate if valuation and stewardship are complementary or competing objectives of financial reporting. The project aims to address an important gap in empirical literature and to inform the debate over the current development of the Conceptual Framework by the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB). This project follows 'The Use of Information by Capital Providers' project which resulted in a research monograph published by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) and ICAS in 2013. The findings of this project were presented by Dr Cascino to the IASB earlier this year. More
 

 
   

LSE academic’s research receives significant support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC is supporting work by Dr Gareth Jones as part of the Open Research Area joint programme to study 'Slum Tourism in the Americas: commodifying urban poverty and violence'. The funding, worth a total of €1,011,245 over three years, will support research with partners from the University of Amsterdam, Dr Rivke Jaffe, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Prof. Eveline Dürr. The project will be conducted in Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico and the USA.
 

 
   

International Expert Forum on Future Mobility

Future Mobility, a one day expert forum jointly hosted by LSE Cities and InnoZ, in cooperation with LSE Enterprise, brought together leading experts in future transport and mobility systems from the UK and Germany on Tuesday 25 March. Participants from across government, industry and policy including public transport authorities, transport industry, technology leaders, policy innovators and academics provided a platform for interesting and constructive discussion on future urban mobility and transport systems. The aim was to help build a community of transport innovators to work on future mobility systems and smart urban infrastructure across science, industry, cities and government in the UK, Germany and beyond to address current global trends in shared mobility and sustainable urban transport systems. More
 

 
    LSE Enterprise wins Foreign Office training contract

LSE Enterprise has won the fourth consecutive tender to deliver Economics for Foreign Policy training courses for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. More than a hundred courses of this multi-level programme applying economic theory to political reality have been delivered to date, attended by more than 1,200 participants from across the British foreign service and diplomatic corps.

Courses have been held at British Embassies and High Commissions around the world including Brasilia, Washington DC, Moscow and Tokyo. The latest was in Paris where Professor Christopher Coker of the International Relations Department spoke to participants and staff on 'Europe at a Geopolitical Crossroads: the next cold war?' More
 
 
   

'Banged up and left to fail?' on BBC Three

A BBC Three documentary aired on Monday following the story of Natalie Atkinson who is hoping to start a master's degree in criminal justice policy at LSE in the next academic year. Natalie was a persistent offender in her teens, but has since turned her life around and is now completing an undergraduate degree in policing, investigation and criminology at the University of Cumbria. In the programme, Natalie explains why she feels young adults need more support when they leave prison. It is still available to watch on iPlayer here until Wednesday 16 April. Read an interview with Natalie here.
 

 
    Estates Division and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Estates Division has recently been approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a provider of APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) Training. Two members of the Capital Development team, Gabija Bingelyte, Assistant Project Manager, and Phil Newsham, Project Manager, are currently registered on learning programmes, leading to membership of the RICS. The pathway to accreditation involves practical experience, online workbooks and a final assessment. The Estates Division already has several Fellows and Members of RICS with diverse professional backgrounds. Their knowledge and experience across property and construction disciplines proves invaluable to those working towards their accreditation.
 
 
   

LSE Cities Executive Summer School Short Course
London and Global Cities


LSE Cities has announced that it will be running a course in LSE’s Executive Summer School for the first time this year. The five day course, 'London and Global Cities: governance, planning and design', is an intensive exploration and analysis of how London is governed and managed, drawing parallels with other major cities. Led by Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor Tony Travers and Philipp Rode, the course draws on LSE Cities and LSE London’s research work. Key themes will include governance, planning and design, infrastructure, transport, housing and economic competitiveness. More
 

 
   

Mr Geoffrey Wilson

The School is sad to report that Geoffrey Wilson, LSE's Building Officer for over thirty years from 1963 to 1995 passed away on Wednesday 29 March, following a battle with cancer.

 

 
   

Academics abroad

Dr Konstantina Davaki

The European Parliament's committees on Employment and Public Affairs (EMPL) and Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) held a public hearing on 'Work-life balance and gender equality' on Wednesday 19 March. Dr Konstantina Davaki, Research Fellow at LSE Social Policy Department was invited as academic speaker. She argued that work-life balance should be understood as dynamic and susceptible to change over the life course of people and that policies should encompass all current household arrangements and care of children, elderly as well as of people with disabilities. A holistic and intersectional approach was presented as the best tool to assess the gendered effects of policy measures. More

 
 
     

- Notices

 
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    Staff Survey Action Plan

It has been just over 12 months since the School received the results of the Staff Survey and communicated them. The Staff Survey Steering Group and departments have reviewed the findings and developed plans to address key themes. The School would like to thank all those who have worked on individual plans and taken part in focus groups looking at specific School-wide findings. The School Action Plan is now finalised and can be viewed here. 'You Said We Did' posters highlighting some of the key School-level actions will shortly be displayed around LSE, these actions include revised contribution pay arrangements and the new Career Development Review scheme for professional services staff.

There are more initiatives in development, for example, leadership programmes for BME, female and disabled employees to help promote equality and diversity. Further work is also envisaged on issues such as tackling stress at work. These are just some examples and the actual report contains a more comprehensive overview, so please take a few moments to read it. The key findings have been fed into the School’s Strategic Review. The next Staff Survey is due in the 2015-16 academic year and the School hopes the positive results of all this work will be reflected then. More
 
 
    Our Constitution – Have Your Say

The School’s Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&As) date back 100 years and have never been radically overhauled. The Court of Governors, which effectively ‘owns’ the constitution, has confirmed that now is the time to modernise and streamline the Articles and would like all members of the School community to have the opportunity to comment.

Comments may be submitted via the website here or by emailing articles@lse.ac.uk. Responses will be gathered and analysed by the Head of Governance and used to produce a second draft for further consultation in School committees during the summer term.
 
 
    Website review: report and recommendations

In 2013, Precedent Communications reviewed LSE's website to establish how it compares with the best in the higher education sector, assess how well it works for its target audiences, and review the balance of central and devolved web management. The report summarising Precedent's findings is available here.

The report's recommendations cover six themes: role and purpose; navigation and function; search and taxonomy; content and functionality; design and user interface; and governance and resourcing. To steer the LSE website, and oversee the programme of changes arising from the recommendations, a new board - the Web Governance Board - has been established, chaired by Susan Scholefield. The Board met for the first time in January this year. The School wishes to thank all those who contributed their time and input to the review.
 
 
    The Cloud comes to LSE

The Cloud guest wireless service is now available at LSE and is open to anyone trying to access free, fast internet without a LSE account. Accessing The Cloud WiFi is simple and can be done from any mobile device. The Cloud should be visible and available to join from within the mobile device's wireless network list. Simply create an account and you are ready to go.

LSE staff and students should still connect to eduroam, the LSE's standard secured WiFi service, as normal. More
 
 
    The Women’s Library Reading Room opens

Access to LSE Library’s Archives and Special Collections is now available from The Women’s Library Reading Room, a new 40 seat study area on the 4th floor of the Library.

The opening hours for the Reading Room service are:

  • Mondays - Fridays: 10.30am-5pm
  • Saturdays: 11.00am-6pm (from Saturday 3 May)

When using the Reading Room service, visitors are asked to reserve their place in advance and place a request for the materials they wish to consult. Details on how to prepare for a visit to the Library’s Reading Room are available on the Library’s website here.
 

 
   

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
 

 
    Global Corporate Challenge - find your team!

Have you got your team together for the Global Corporate Challenge yet? Each team of seven, led by a team captain, will begin a 100 day virtual journey around the world with 55,000 other teams from across the globe on Wednesday 28 May. The more active you are, the further your team will progress and the more virtual locations you will unlock. So get involved in some healthy competition and register your team by Wednesday 30 April. More
 
 
   

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 Professor Sir Robert Worcester KBE. Booking information is on the SCR website. Information on how to join the SCR is also on the website.
 

 
    LSE Chill – calling performers!

The last LSE Chill session of the academic year will take place Friday 30 May in the 4th Floor Café bar from 6-8pm. There is still space for an act to perform for a half hour slot during the evening so if you're interested in getting on stage either at this Chill or any future Chills, please contact arts@lse.ac.uk with your name and details of your act. More
 

 
   

Sara Masry is going to Cycle4Schooling

On Saturday 17 May Sara Masry of the Middle East Centre is taking part in this year's Cycle4Schooling, organised 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. Sara will be cycling from London to Oxford to help raise vital funds for essential education projects undertaken by the Foundation in Aleppo which will make a real difference to disadvantaged children currently missing out on an education. In the past year alone the Foundation has reached over 700 internally displaced children living in abandoned schools in Aleppo who have been out of education since the start of the conflict. Money raised from the cycle challenge will help the Foundation to maintain and expand their work, hopefully reaching another 700 children. Support Sara and the Foundation by donating here.
 

 
   

Professor Emeritus Frank Land jumps

After a wait of 363 days and four attempts, Frank Land finally managed his 15,000 foot skydive on Sunday 30 March in perfect spring weather. Frank has jumped from a plane once before, undertaking his first skydive on his 82nd birthday. This time Frank is fundraising for Christian Aid and has a JustGiving page here.
 

 
   

American Cockapoo F1B puppies for sale

Black female cockapoo puppies for sale - non-shedding coats, wormed, insured, first vaccination, and vet checked. Mum is very good quality American Cockapoo and Dad is a cream toy poodle from an experienced breeder. Ready now for £650. Contact Mandy Tinnams for more details on 07854190414
 

 
    More for less

Put a spring in your step this month with a special offer from Essential Therapie near Fleet Street. Throughout April, you can get 25 per cent off a 60 minute Wellness Pedicure which normally cost £49. The luxurious and intensive treatment includes the use of callus remover, an exfoliating foot scrub and a moisturising foot mask and self-heating booties, to condition the skin. More
 

 
    Belsize Park flat to rent

A three month sublet is available (June, July, August) for a spacious one bedroom furnished flat with balcony overlooking a lovely communal garden. The flat's ideally located for access to areas including Belsize Village, Primrose Hill and Hampstead Village with excellent local transport links. Rent is £395 per week including council tax, water, wi-fi and linen. For more information, contact: hollyhopewell@earthlink.net.
 
 
     

- Research

 
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    Rising inequalities not inevitable

Increasing inequalities across some of the richest countries in the world are not inevitable according to findings from an international research project, which included a team of researchers from LSE.

Published in two volumes, launched at LSE on Thursday 27 March, the research shows that public policy plays a key role in shaping national inequalities even within a highly globalised set of rich countries. Information on inequality trends was gathered across 30 countries over the last 30 years.

Evidence of tax reforms across many of the countries reveals a trend towards lowering marginal tax rates for high earners, reductions in taxes on capital and capital income and removal or reductions in inheritance tax. This has been coupled with a reduction in the effectiveness of welfare states in ameliorating background inequality pressures. More
 
 
    Trends in Educational Technology

Over the past few months, the Centre for Learning Technology has been looking into some of the key technological trends set to influence the higher education sector in the next few years. The Centre looked at the benefits they may provide to teaching and learning at LSE (and other institutions), and issues that should be considered before these technologies are implemented.

Using horizon scanning techniques to identify suitable reports, academic articles, media articles and blog posts by institutions and commentators working in the field, four key technological trends were identified; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD), Gamification and Games-based learning and Learning Analytics.

The report 'Trends in Educational Technology' argues that these technologies can be beneficial and should be embraced if they address institutional needs. However pedagogy must be at the heart of any technological adoption. Read a blog about the findings here or see the whole report at LSE Research Online.
 
 
    International aid being used to influence elections

Governments of democratic developing countries are using international aid to support their election drives, new research from LSE has found.

Dr Ryan Jablonski, an Assistant Professor in LSE’s Department of Government, tracked the spending of aid across Kenya from 1992, when multiparty elections began, to 2010. His research, published recently in World Politics, reveals that electorally strategic voters receive higher levels of foreign aid over those who may be more in need but support the opposition. Individuals in constituencies that most strongly support the incumbent party benefit from more than three times the amount of aid as those in constituencies supporting opposition parties, or about US$1.50 more in World Bank and African Development Bank aid each year on average. More

 
 
     

- Events

 
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LSE Summer events leaflet now online

This year's summer events programme has been announced and the accompanying leaflet can be found online here. The programme of free events includes lectures by Professor Michael Sandel, Gail Kelly, Professor William Easterly, Shami Chakrabarti and Zainab Hawa Bangura.
 

 
   

'War: what is it good for?' - on Thursday 10 April at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Professor Ian Morris

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? 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...

Tickets will be available to request online from around 6pm on Monday 14 April until at least 12noon on Tuesday 15 April. LSE staff and student can collect one ticket per person from the East Building SU shop from 10am on Monday 14 April. More
 
 
    'The Allure of Big Data' - on Friday 25 April at 9am-6pm in the  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building with keynote speaker Theodore M Porter

The 14th Social Study of ICTs Workshop aims to open up and critically approach the developments subsumed under the label of Big Data. Much of the ongoing debate underscores the opportunities to make informed decisions on the basis of inferences, drawn from large pools of data generated in the global digital ecosystem. But there may be good reasons to wonder whether these developments signal a change of larger proportions. Registration is required. More
 
 
   

'What exactly do your students get up to online?' - on Wednesday 30 April at 3pm with David White

While we might not want to know everything students get up to online it would be useful to know how they go about using the internet to learn. David White’s presentation will explore the emerging digital practices of students, and how they influence their perception of the role of the institution. It will then outline how the Visitors and Residents mapping process can be used to gain an understanding of how and why students are choosing to engage with their institutions (or not) online. Book here.
 

 
   

Podcasts of public lectures and events

In Conversation with Daniel Finkelstein
Speaker: Daniel Finkelstein
Recorded: Thursday 20 March 2014, approx. 74 minutes

Environmental Protection and Rare Disasters
Speaker: Professor Robert J Barro
Recorded: Thursday 20 March 2014, approx. 88 minutes

Justice Rising: moving intersectionally in the age of post-everything
Speaker: Professor Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
Recorded: Wednesday 26 March 2014, approx. 84 minutes

 
 
     

- 60 second interview

 
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with.....Ant Bagshaw

I joined the School late last year from the University of Kent where I ran the Vice-Chancellor’s office. I now work in the Directorate, for the Provost, and have really enjoyed the transition to LSE as I get to work on interesting projects and with great colleagues. I live in Gillingham in Kent and enjoy watching the boats go by on the river Medway, amongst other things.

If you could book any guest speaker for an LSE public event, who would you choose?
Sir Terry Pratchett as he’s one of the wittiest cultural and historical commentators there is.

Which building on the LSE campus do you like best?
The new student centre is fantastic. I was a students’ union sabbatical officer, and have worked for the National Union of Students so have visited many buildings with similar functions but none with such stunning architecture.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I am a trained teacher in the Further Education sector: I studied in Cardiff and was on placement teaching A-level History in Llanelli.

What is your favourite work of art?
I find Bridget Riley’s work really uplifting. I recently painted a brightly coloured abstract mural in my flat inspired by her work. There’s a Riley print in the lobby of the Old Building which I love -between the lifts and the loos if you haven’t yet found it.

If you could change places with someone past or present, for a day, who would you choose and why?
It would be an explorer, someone like James Cook who saw and experienced things so few of his peers ever had before and was able to change how people perceived the world and their place in it – that must be quite a buzz!

What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?
Learned to drive.

 
 
     

- Training and jobs

 
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    Training and development opportunities for staff

For all staff:

For managers:

Visit Core Learning and Development Programme to find a comprehensive list of other courses available this academic year. If you have any queries or require additional information, email hr.learning@lse.ac.uk
 

 
  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 and MSc Administrator, Sociology
  • Executive Assistant to the School Secretary, Governance, Legal and Planning
  • Fellow in Government, Government
  • Marketing Assistant, RCSD: Marketing Office
  • Research Officer, LSE Cities
  • Senior Lecturer in Practice - Summer School, Department of Accounting
  • 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!

 
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  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 m.wall@lse.ac.uk or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Staff News is on Thursday 1 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Tuesday 29 April. Staff News is emailed every Thursday during term time and fortnightly during the holidays.

Thanks, Maddy