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Nabila Ramdani
  Shine! Awards 2011      
  News   Notices   In 60 seconds  

• Calling all international students - it’s time to Shine!

The deadline for the International Student Awards 2011, a major competition run by the British Council, is approaching.


• Want to be involved in the 2012 Olympic Games?

The LSE Volunteer Centre still has two opportunities for you to get involved as a volunteer for the 2012 Olympics Games.


• Nabila Ramdani

Nabila, a PhD candidate in LSE's International History Department, was recently named as one of the winners of the 2010 European Muslim Women of Influence Award.

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  17 November 2010  

- News

  Janet Hartley  

• Michaelmas term teaching surveys

Message from Professor Janet Hartley (pictured), pro-director for teaching and learning

In teaching weeks eight and nine, the School will be conducting teaching surveys. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in each of your classes/seminars. The questions will ask for your views on the course as a whole at this particular point in time. They will also ask for your opinion of your teacher's performance.

Surveys will be conducted during classes/seminars, and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. You might also be asked to complete a separate questionnaire about lectures. A student volunteer will be asked to collect completed questionnaires, and to return them in a sealed envelope to a drop box in the Student Services Centre.

The School takes this exercise very seriously. Results of the teaching surveys allow us to put in place support and training for teachers who need it. They also allow us to reward excellence in teaching. Please take the time to complete the questionnaires.

  Shine Awards 2011  

• It’s your time to Shine!

Are you an international student at LSE who is enjoying living in the UK? Do you have a story to tell about your experiences here and at home? If the answer is ‘yes’, then why not enter the Shine! International Student Awards 2011?

The Shine! Awards are run by the British Council and celebrate international students and the contribution they make to communities across the country. Unlike other student competitions, the awards don’t focus just on your academic achievements - they are your chance to share your stories about your activities outside the classroom and your exciting new life in the UK.

Maybe you are closely involved in the local community or activities here at LSE. Maybe you have created new initiatives or forged new links that are benefiting the UK or back home. Perhaps your experience of living in a new country has had a dramatic effect on your outlook, or inspired you in unexpected ways. Or perhaps the mere fact of your being here is testament to your ability to overcome challenges. Whatever your story, it’s worth telling - and telling it could not only win you £2,000, but also see you named International Student of the Year.

For more information or to submit your entry, visit Entries must be in by Wednesday 19 January 2011. 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.


• LSE shortlisted for Sustainability Awards 2010

LSE has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Awards 2010 under the category Sustainable Client/Developer of the Year.

The Sustainability Awards celebrate, recognise, and reward outstanding achievement in sustainability in the built environment and are a key benchmark for achieving best practice in the sector. The 2010 awards include new categories relating to green practice in construction and architecture.

As a major land owner and property developer in Central London, LSE is shortlisted under the Sustainable Client/Developer 2010 category. The School is up against stiff competition in this category, standing against Berkeley Group Holdings, Crest Nicholson, Land Securities, Lend Lease and the Olympic Delivery Authority. More

  Everest Challenge  

• Fancy trekking to Everest Base Camp for charity?

Next year a group of LSE students is going to take part in a charity trek to Everest Base Camp, to raise money for Childreach International.

Childreach International is a children's charity working in rural areas of Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, providing access to healthcare and education.

Expedition Everest is a 21 day trip starting in Kathmandu, Nepal, and includes a 12 day trek into the heart of the Himalayas. The trip will include visits to some of the current projects run by Childreach.

There is no minimum fitness level required so anyone can take part. You also don't pay anything towards the trip - you fundraise for the charity and everything is organised and provided.

If you would like to get involved, email Charlotte Sturley at There will be an information session on campus for those who want to take part, so make sure you get in touch.

  LSE Arts  

• LSE Photo Prize 2011 - call for submissions

LSE ARTS is pleased to announce the launch of the LSE Photo Prize Exhibition 2011. This year’s photo prize takes on the theme of 'crossing borders'.

The LSE Photo Prize Exhibition is an annual competition run by LSE Arts which is open to all students and staff and showcases a wide range of photography.

Photos are selected by a judging panel of art professionals and LSE staff. The exhibition will be printed and displayed in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building, between 28 February and 31 March 2011. This exhibition is supported by the LSE Annual Fund.

Entrants can each submit up to three photographs which should reflect the theme. Each photograph must be 300dpi, no smaller than 2MB, and a JPEG file. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 12 January 2011.

For more information and to enter, please download an application form at


- Notices

  Volunteer Centre  

• Volunteer at the 2012 Olympic Games

The deadline to be an Olympic Games Maker has passed but it is not too late to be involved as a volunteer for the Olympics. There are two ways you can get involved before and during the games.

Be a London Ambassador
The London Ambassadors scheme will be recruiting 8,000 volunteers to be the face of London during the games. They are looking for people who are passionate about the capital and want to tell millions of people about all its hidden treasures. Before applying please consider the following points:

  • You must commit to six consecutive days between 20 July and 10 September 2012
  • You will get a mobile device to help you while you're volunteering
  • You won't receive games tickets, though there will be a small number of competitions for London Ambassadors to enter for the chance to win tickets
  • You will receive training before and during your role.

For more information or to register your interest, please visit the London Ambassador website. You must register before December 2010.

Be a volunteer interviewer
The LSE Volunteer Centre is recruiting up to 200 students to be trained to interview the volunteers for the Olympics. This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills in recruitment and interviewing and to be involved in the preparation for the games. More information is available on the Volunteer Centre website.

For more information on these roles and to be kept up to date with volunteering opportunities, sign up to receive the Volunteer Centre newsletter.

  LSE Careers  

• Jobs of the Week - My Careers Service

  • Programme manager in risk initiatives, World Economic Forum - Conduct research, policy and multi-stakeholder analysis as part of the WEF’s Risk Response Network.
  • Volunteer journalist, - Volunteer for this online law and society newspaper to gain experience in writing, research and communication in the legal field.
  • Sales and trading analyst programme, Morgan Stanley - Apply to this graduate training programme for great experience in finance, deadline application extended to Friday 3 December.
  • Risk management and internal audit co-ordinator, Shelter - Gain project management and policy-related skills with this position in one of the UK’s top charities.
  • Internship, Julius Baer International Ltd - Internship available immediately (with potential for full-time employment upon completion) with this Swiss banking group. Responsibilities include business development, account opening and securities trading.
  • Sustainability analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle - Gain valuable green sector, analytical and research experience with this global real estate and financial management firm. Apply as soon as possible.

For full details of these posts and over 900 more, visit 'My Careers Service' at and click ‘Search for Opportunities’.

Come and visit the Careers Service in our new location on floor three, Tower Three.


• Student training at LSE

Student courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Introduction to Stata
  • Finding journal articles
  • Academic integrity
  • Communicating assertively
  • Excel 2010: data analysis
  • PowerPoint 2010: polished presentations in 50 minutes
  • Outlook 2010: outlook for business
  • Word 2010: format an academic paper
  • Get started with EndNote

For a full schedule and further details, including booking information, please see


- What's on

  Dr Danilo Türk  

• EU as a Global Player: reality or illusion?

On: Tuesday 23 November at 6.45-8pm. The venue will be confirmed to ticketholders
Speaker: Dr Danilo Türk (pictured)

Dr Danilo Türk is president of the Republic of Slovenia.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. One ticket per person can be requested. LSE students and staff are able to collect one ticket from the New Academic Building SU shop, located on the Kingsway side of the building.

For more information, visit the event web page.

  Simeon Djankov  

• New event announced....

What Has the Financial Crisis Taught Europe?
On: Monday 22 November at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Simeon Djankov (pictured), a Bulgarian economist who is currently serving as deputy prime minister and minister of finance in Bulgaria.

• Other upcoming events include....

Balkans 2020: the ministerial debate
On: Thursday 18 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Vuk Jeremić, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia, and Nickolay Mladenov, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

How to Avoid Financial Crises in the Future
On: Monday 22 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Costas Markides, Robert P Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at the London Business School.

Revisiting the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: the Parekh report 10 years on
On: Tuesday 23 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh, emeritus fellow of political theory at the University of Hull.

The Third World's War
On: Wednesday 24 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Niall Ferguson, Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE.

  Eco Symbol  

• Believing Cassandra: how to be an optimist in a pessimist's world

Tuesday 23 November, 6.30-8pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Alan AtKisson, president and CEO of The AtKisson Group

In this LSE Sustainability in Practice lecture, Alan will discuss the pioneers who created the ideas, techniques and practices of sustainable living - the people who prove Cassandra's warnings wrong, by believing in them, and taking strategic action.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the event web page.

  LSESU Anti Racism  

• A celebration of faith at LSE

Tuesday 23 November, 11.30am-3pm, Houghton Street

To mark national Interfaith Week next week, the LSE Students' Union invite you to the LSE Faith Fayre.

The event, which is run in conjunction with the Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh-Punjab, Catholic, and Christian societies, will give you 'everything you ever wanted to know about faith but were too afraid to ask.'

For more information, email Ben, the LSESU anti-racism officer, at


• Meet the CEMS students

Thursday 18 November, 9pm, The Porterhouse, 21 Maiden Lane

On Thursday, LSE's CEMS students will be having their weekly social drinks at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, and would like to invite anyone who’s interested in this masters degree, to join them.

Take this opportunity to get to know the current CEMS students, ask as many questions as you want, and gain some insight into who they are and what they do.


• Podcasts of public lectures and events

Greece is Changing
Speaker: George Papaconstantinou
Recorded: Monday 8 November, approx 78 minutes
Click here to listen

Employees First, Customers Second: turning conventional management upside down
Speaker: Vineet Nayar
Recorded: Tuesday 9 November, approx 66 minutes
Click here to listen

Dignified Foreign Policy
Speaker: Alexander Stubb
Recorded: Thursday 11 November, approx 55 minutes
Click here to listen


- Society profile


• Anthropology Society

We make the most of LSE’s culturally rich environment by promoting the study of human societies and the appreciation of great cultural diversity.

We hold academic seminars as well as many social events such as live music nights, film screenings, and collaborations with other societies/departments.

Claim to fame?

Modern social anthropology was founded at LSE.

Number of members?


Society president?

Leia Clancy

Famous alum?

Bronislaw Malinowski, Alfred Gell, Michael Taussig, Maurice Bloch, and Alice Pelton.

Biggest event or achievement?

The ‘Ethnomusicology’ night at Guanabara, Covent Garden. There are bigger and better things coming this year.

Big event coming up that you would like to highlight?

The philosophy and anthropology Christmas party on Thursday 9 December in the Quad.

Why should people join the society?

To see why Anthropology matters (and it does!) We want to promote the subject beyond the walls of the department.



- 60 Second Interview

    Nabila Ramdani  

• with..... Nabila Ramdani

I'm a PhD candidate in LSE's International History Department, but I also work as a journalist and commentator, specialising in Anglo-French relations, the Arab World and Islam. I write for a wide variety of publications including The Guardian and The New Statesman, and participate in current affairs broadcasts on channels like the BBC and Al Jazeera.

I’m a winner of the inaugural European Muslim Women of Influence (EMWI) Award 2010. I live between London and my home city of Paris - I am well on the way towards winning the inaugural Muslim Award for Endurance Eurostar Travel.

Tell us about the EMWI ceremony in Madrid on 30 October - did you encounter many other interesting people there, presenting their success stories?

There was a very interesting woman who told us about her rags-to-riches story: how she started life as a dedicated socialist from the traditional working class city of Liverpool and is now travelling the world with her controversial multi-millionaire husband, also a former leftist. The trouble was that Cherie Blair is a Roman Catholic and so ineligible for a Muslim award.

Who has inspired you most within your chosen field of expertise?

I was also a nominee for the EU Journalist Award – Together Against Discrimination 2010, and I take much inspiration from Rosa Parks, the American woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in 1950s Alabama. The US Congress dubbed her ‘mother of the freedom movement’ as racial segregation gradually became a thing of the past.

Rosa spent a number of years in Detroit, where I was a lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, so I feel a personal bond with her (as I do when I can’t get a seat on the 24 bus to LSE from my London flat).

What has been your finest hour, so far?

Beating the MP Jacques Myard, the architect of France’s burqa ban, in the Qatar Foundation Doha Debate last October. The multicultural studio audience rejected his motion that France was right to impose the ban by 78 per cent to 22 per cent in one of the highest rejections in the history of the Debates. More than 350 million people in 200 countries were watching.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,’ was how Oscar Wilde put it. I’ve never wanted to be anyone in particular, just to keep looking upwards.

What is your ambition/goal in life?

To produce the ultimate journalistic scoop... Something like Tony Blair and partner George W. Bush to appear on Strictly Come Dancing. Cherie converts to Islam in protest.

What would we be most surprised to learn about you?

I followed Portsmouth Football Club to their FA Cup final victory in 2008. The club’s historic antecedents, including links with giants like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery fascinated me. I also liked the French players Lassana Diarra, Sylvain Distin, and Nadir Belhadj.

If you want to know more about Nabila's work as a journalist and academic, visit


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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 24 November. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 22 November. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Nicole Gallivan