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• Business and Management Fair

LSE's Business and Management Fair is on Tuesday 3 November from 6.30pm.


• Have your say...

Voting is now open in this term’s student elections, so take the time to make your voice count.


• Professor Stuart Corbridge

Professor Corbridge is an Aston Villa supporter who fancies dinner with Julie Christie and Paul McCartney.

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  28 October 2009  

- News

  Malvika Saraogi receiving her award in 2008  

• Calling all international students – it’s time to shine!

The deadline for The International Student Awards 2010, a major competition run by the British Council, is approaching. All international students at LSE are eligible to enter.

Now in its eighth year, the competition is open to all international students in the UK and aims to celebrate international students and the contribution they make to communities across the country. Unlike other student competitions, it doesn’t focus just on your academic achievements - it’s your chance to share your stories about your activities outside the classroom and your exciting new life in the UK.

In 2008, LSE student Malvika Saraogi, who is from India, was a runner up in the awards thanks to her inspirational story of student life in the UK.

For more information or to enter, visit Entries must be in by Monday 18 January 2010. There are some great prizes on offer, with more than 30 individual awards to be spread across the country. Good luck to all who enter.


- Notices


• Vote in the student elections

Voting is now open in this term’s elections. All students are entitled and encouraged to vote. The winning candidates will make decisions affecting your education and life at LSE so take the time to make your voice count. Vote at


• Join the student panel

Would you like the opportunity to give your views about School services and your experiences at LSE? The student panel is recruiting members, any current students are welcome to join. For more information and to join the panel, click here.


• Fitness First student offer

Fitness First on Fetter Lane are offering LSE students a free week’s use of the club with full use of the club and all facilities at any time of the day. The first ten students to take up full membership will also receive:

  • One personal training session
  • A 30 minutes sun bed session
  • A goodie bag
  • Free towel hire for the duration of your membership

For more information or to take up the offer, email or call Adam on 020 7353 2311 and quote LSE. More


- What's on


• Business and Management Fair

LSE's Business and Management Fair is on Tuesday 3 November from 6.30pm.

It is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with a variety of companies including: Accenture, L'Oreal, Orange, Procter & Gamble, Tesco & Which? and many more….

Students can book a place via 'My Careers Service' at


• Superfreakonomics

Speakers: Stephen Dubner, author and journalist, and Professor Steven Levitt, Alvin H Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
On: Monday 9 November at 6.30-8pm in the Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street
Click here for details on how to request a ticket - available from 10am on Thursday 29 October

Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, a book that is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Freakonomics made the world safe to discuss the economics of crack cocaine and the impact of baby names. SuperFreakonomics retains that off-kilter sensibility (comparing, for instance, the relative dangers of driving while drunk versus walking while drunk) but also tackles a host of issues at the very centre of modern society: terrorism, global warming, altruism, and more. More


• Recently announced LSE public lectures and events include:

  • Andrew Ross Sorkin award-winning chief mergers and acquisitions reporter for The New York Times on 5 November

  • Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar who will speak on The Reform of the International Financial System

  • Journalist John Cassidy who will speak on How Markets Fail: the problem of rational irrationality

  • Professor Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic, whose lecture is entitled First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: the double death of neoliberalism and the idea of communism


• Film society film screening - 'Fallen Idol'

The LSESU Film Society is screening 'Fallen Idol' on Thursday 29 October in H201 with free food and drink. The film will start at 5.30pm. Arrive early to get your seat!


- Questions to the School

    This is your opportunity to put your questions to the School - perhaps you want to know more about the new Student Services Centre, the Careers Service, the Library or even the catering facilities. Or maybe you just have suggestions on how to improve your time here?

Q: Cycle parking is now banned/impossible all along Houghton Street, in front of Clement House, along St Clement’s Lane, and probably in several further places. This is a serious reduction in facilities in practical terms, if not formal terms. There have been several occasions this term when it has not been possible to find a bike parking place on site without using railings where it is prohibited. Why are there not more places?
Rachel Bells, undergraduate

A: As part of delivering the LSE Environmental Policy we will be publicising those cycle parking spaces that are available more effectively. For example, the spaces under the Towers are currently underused (a full list will be available on the updated Sustainable LSE website shortly).

We are working hard to provide appropriate cycle parking through active dialogue with the London Borough of Camden and the City of Westminster as well as liaising with the Mayor's office on the new London-wide bike rental facilities being installed over the next year. In addition, we are incorporating more cycle parking into the design of the new Student Services Centre.
Liane Fredericks, residences sustainability officer

If you would like to submit a question, please email Nicole Gallivan at


- Society profile


• LSESU China Development Society

The China Development Society aims to promote a global and in depth understanding about China's economic and social development by organising lectures with a wide range of prominent speakers including well known scholars, professionals in the financial services industry and China-related businesses, as well as journalists and writers.

Claim to fame -

We are the only society on Chinese economy, politics and social matters in LSE.

Approx number of members -


Society president -

Howard Chi
07794 090258

Biggest event or achievement -

The annual China Development Forum, the first China-themed forum run by students in London, and the acclaimed 'Tea and Knowledge Lecture Series' are the jewels in the crown of the society. Career events are also run throughout the year.

Big event coming up that you would like to highlight? -

China Development Forum 2010: 'China: a changing role' on 23 January 2010.

Why should people join this society? -

CDS is dedicated to providing detailed insight into China - its economical, political, international relations and various other development issues. It is also a society that greatly values the exchange of ideas and the diversity of its opinions.

Website -


- Direct view

  Robin Hoggard  

A senior member of the School highlights an important issue for students.

• Robin Hoggard, Director of External Relations

Over the course of this week, LSE will host a variety of public lectures, including Noam Chomsky, Wilfred Martens the former prime minister of Belgium, the president of Ecuador, the CEO of the London Stock Exchange and the Israeli deputy foreign minister.

A few students have questioned whether we should allow someone from the Israeli Government to speak here. We think it is right to do so. The School’s commitment to free speech is strong and is indeed set out in our Code of Practice on Free Speech, which states that ‘The School authorities will not deny use of the School premises to any individual or body or persons connected with their beliefs, views, policy or objectives subject to a number of provisions such as whether the individual is likely to break the law or whether there is a risk of physical harm to those at the School or damage to School property'.

We have issued an invitation through the Palestinian office in London, to senior figures in the Palestinian government to speak at LSE.


- 60 Second Interview

    Stuart Corbridge  

• with..... Professor Stuart Corbridge

Stuart Corbridge is professor of development studies and head of DESTIN. His partner, Pilar Saborio, is Costa Rica's ambassador to the UK and between them they have four children - one has just graduated, one is at university, one is finishing school this year, and one is playing catch-up!

With which famous person would you like to have dinner and why?

Can I pick two?
Julie Christie: great actress, beautiful, and a confidant of Michel Foucault.
Paul McCartney: because I could nerd for England on The Beatles.

What advice would you give new students coming to LSE?

Get involved. Be enthusiastic. Work hard. Read the New York and London Reviews of Books. Enjoy intellectual debate. Think you might be wrong. Make the most of London. Visit Scotland if you can.

What are your hobbies?

Well, I played football competitively until I was 49, so football for sure (Aston Villa if you ask). Otherwise music (60s, 70s, blues and soul) and reading contemporary fiction.

What is the best place for lunch in WC2?

If you're flush, Axis at One Aldwych; otherwise, check out the India Club at 143 Strand.

What are you most afraid of?

I'd rather not say, but they have four legs and are about a foot long.

What do you think happened to the LSE penguin?

Global warming.


- Advice and support


Each week we will feature one of the support services available to students. This week, it's the Language Centre.

• Language Centre

The Language Centre provides a range of services and courses to support your studies and enhance your experience at LSE.

If English is not your first language, the Language Centre offers a comprehensive Insessional English for Academic Purposes support programme. To allow this programme of support to be delivered most effectively, departments are divided into academic clusters. If they think you will benefit from support, you can register for a weekly class covering all the aspects of academic writing you will need during your studies at LSE. There are also skills/option classes focussing on presentation skills, pronunciation, seminar skills, social and business English.

If all you need is proofreading for a key piece of work or an important application you can submit this to them online. They will give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete the task (on average seven working days) and an estimated price, for you to agree, before the work is started.

The Modern Foreign Language Certificate Course programme, runs from November through to June each year, and offers extra curricular courses to LSE students. They currently offer Arabic, Business Chinese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

The Centre’s Teaching and Learning Facilitators are always available during opening hours to help with any queries regarding courses and your language learning. For instance in helping you find a Tandem Learning partner. They also have a pageflakes site where they have put links to various online language resources and generally very interesting things about the languages the Centre teaches.

In addition to scheduled courses the Language Centre also offers 1-2-1 and private group tuition and translation and authentication services in all the languages they teach. These services are available at discounted rates to current LSE members.


Nicole wants to hear from you!

Do you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share? If so, then I would love to hear from you, contact me at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 4 November. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 2 November. Student News is emailed every Wednesday during term time.

Nicole Gallivan