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LSE rises sharply in world university rankings

LSE has climbed almost 40 places in the 2011 World University Rankings published by Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters.


Graduate open evening

LSE is holding a graduate open evening on Wednesday 2 November. Booking is essential so reserve your place now.


Dr Hans Steinmüller

Dr Steinmüller, a lecturer in anthropology at LSE, would like to bring Clifford Brown back to life: 'he would have played a lot more great music if he hadn't died so early'.

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  12 October 2011  

- News

    LSE rises sharply in world university rankings

LSE has jumped 39 places in the ranking of world universities published last week by Times Higher Education (THE).

It places LSE 47th in the global league table - a dramatic improvement from its 86th position last year.

The change is partly explained by improvements to the methodology made by the compilers, THE and Thomson Reuters. They have adjusted some of the measures that penalise universities which do not teach and research science subjects.

As a result LSE's research score has markedly improved. LSE's scores for reputation and international outlook have also improved. More

  Student notebook   Pick up your free student notebook

For the first time this year, LSE offered all new arrivals an LSE student notebook at Registration.

The notebooks, produced in cooperation with Inscribe, are 250 pages of high quality, lined, 100 per cent recycled paper, and include five dividers to help keep things organised. The front of the notebooks feature useful information for student life at LSE such as a campus map, new arrivals checklist, list of key support contacts, and details of how to access many of the support services available on campus.

New students should also keep an eye out for the Lent term version of the notebook, which will be given out during Re-orientation in January. Undergraduates will receive their Lent term notebooks during LSE100, and graduate students will be invited to visit the Student Services Centre stall at the Re-orientation Street Fair to get their copy.

Additional copies of the Michaelmas term notebooks are still available - stop by the Student Services Centre during opening hours to pick up your copy, while stocks last.


- Notices

  Graduate open evening   Graduate open evening

LSE is holding a graduate open evening on Wednesday 2 November.

Students who successfully complete an undergraduate degree programme at LSE are entitled to a 10 per cent alumni discount on a graduate taught programme at the School starting in 2012.

The graduate open evening will give you the opportunity to:

  • obtain more information about LSE’s graduate taught and research programmes
  • discuss your study options with LSE academic staff and postgraduate students
  • find out about the application process, financial support available and career destinations of LSE graduates.

Booking is essential. For more information and to book your place, visit graduate open evening.

    LSE partnership PhD mobility bursaries – one place remaining for 2011-12 academic year

Deadline: Tuesday 15 November
Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for a partnership mobility bursary to visit Peking University in order to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research and/or on related publications and presentations, and to introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country/region.

This call is for the one remaining place to visit Peking University during the remaining 2011-12 academic year for an exchange to conclude no later than the end of July 2012. LSE will provide financial support to the successful candidate in the form of a flat rate bursary of £2,500. The bursary is intended to contribute to the expenses of the participating LSE student, including those relating to travel, accommodation, living, educational materials and/or other education-related costs.

Students registered for PhD studies in any LSE department and who have already been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months in duration.

More information, including application procedures, can be found here. Any further enquiries should be emailed to

  LSE Annual Fund   LSE Annual Fund call for funding applications

Get your student led project off the ground with an Annual Fund grant. Visit apply for funding where you will find all details on applying, including guidelines and the link to the online application form.

Please submit your application by Wednesday 16 November - late submissions will not be accepted.

Drop in sessions to seek advice on applications will be held from 12-1.30pm on Monday 17 October, Wednesday 26 October and Tuesday 15 November. Information on these sessions can be found here.

  BIOS   Smart Drugs - What do you think? What do you know?

Dr Ilina Singh from LSE’s BIOS Centre is investigating British students’ attitudes and experiences around smart drugs (also known as ‘cognitive enhancement’).

If you are a UK native student under the age of 23 and would like to share your views, contact us and participate in a confidential 60 minute focus group discussion with students from other London universities.

Send a brief email stating your age, gender and the degree for which you are reading to Imre Bárd at

Focus groups will take place in the week commencing 21 November. Food and drink will be provided.

    Training for students at LSE

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Microsoft Office: various topics covering Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and Outlook 2010
  • Introduction to essay writing
  • Good writing psychology

For a full listing of what is available and further details, including booking information, see


Moodle-LfY questionnaire

IT Services and the Centre for Learning Technology have had many requests for closer integration between LSE for You and Moodle.

In order to help prioritise aspects of this work, please visit and complete the questionnaires on the homepage.

  Research Process   Orientation presentations

During Orientation Week, LSE’s dean of graduate studies Dr Sunil Kumar demonstrated his postgraduate course on the pedagogy of learning, entitled ‘Researching and Writing Assessed Essays and Dissertations’.

This course is now available on Moodle for all LSE students and there is no enrolment key. To access the course, just type SA452.3(a) into Moodle. Please note that this resource is still in the process of being developed, therefore some sections are not active. Nevertheless, the sections that are active will help you understand how to navigate the research process.

All of the Orientation presentations (undergraduate, general course, taught graduate and research students) are now available to watch or listen to on the late arrivals web page.

  sQuid   The winners are in – LSE’s ID sQuid payment card

Your LSE ID card incorporates sQuid which can be used instead of cash to make convenient and secure contactless payments for food and drinks in all LSE Catering outlets.

Register your LSE ID card at and load money on to it online from your bank account or by using a debit or credit card.

Anyone using their card as a method of payment can take advantage of the special offers available in LSE Catering outlets. In addition, any users spending £30 or more on their card each month will be entered into a prize draw, with five winners getting £10 added to their loyalty purse.

The winners of the September prize draw were:

  • Guiseppe Berlingieri
  • Jinwoo Kim
  • Ali Dezyanian
  • Connson Locke
  • Hongbiao Zhao

Current sQuid special offers include:

The Garrick
Early bird (from 8-10am): any hot drink only 95p.
Lunchtime special (available downstairs between midday and 2.30pm): daily special hot dish of the day with any two vegetables or bowl of salad for £4.70, plus add a soup or dessert for only £1.

4th Floor Restaurant
Any hot drink only 50p: any day, any time.

Café 54
A regular coffee or tea and a cookie: only £2.


- What's on

  Oliver Letwin MP   Tickets still available....

Are Adverbial Rules Enough?
On: Wednesday 19 October at 6.30pm. The venue will be confirmed to ticket holders.
Speaker: Oliver Letwin MP (pictured), minister of state for government policy.

  Joe Oliver   New event....

Canada: a reliable, responsible contributor to global energy security and economic stability
On: Thursday 20 October at 1pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Joe Oliver (pictured), Canada's minister of natural resources.

  Events Leaflet   Other events include....

New Mobile Technologies: privacy and policy, threats and opportunities
On: Monday 17 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Gus Hosein, visiting senior fellow in the Information Systems and Innovation Group in LSE's Department of Management, Dr Jonathan Liebenau, reader in technology management in LSE's Department of Management, and Mark Selby, vice president of Industry Collaborations at the Nokia Corporation.

Citizenship and Immigration: rights and obligations of individuality
On: Tuesday 18 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Yasemin Soysal, senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: the difference and why it matters
On: Thursday 20 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Richard Rumelt, Harry and Elsa Kunin Professor of Business and Society at UCLA Anderson.

  Mick Jagger Rolling Stones   Exhibition - Different Face of Serbia

On until Friday 14 October in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

This double-header exhibition, finishing on Friday, is a part of the 'Different Face of Serbia' programme, presented at LSE by the Serbian LSE Alumni Society.

The exhibition displays an independent non-governmental image of Serbia, through scientific and cultural output by LSE alumni and other world class authors of 21st century Serbia.

The main part of this exhibition consists of still photos by the eminent British photographer of Serbian origin Brian Rasic (1954), who made a career in the music industry. The second part of the exhibition consists of archive materials and sources used in making of the documentary film Cinema Komunisto, written and directed by LSE alumni Mila Turajlic (1979).

The exhibition is free and open to all with no ticket required. Visitors are welcome from Monday to Friday between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays or unless otherwise stated).

For more information on the exhibition, visit

  Network Effect  

The Network Effect: harnessing the power of your network

On: Wednesday 26 October at 6pm at the Waterstone’s Economists’ Bookshop, Clare Market, LSE.

Judith Perle, co-author of The Network Effect, looks at the whys and hows of networking from an unusual perspective: instead of focusing on the mechanics of ‘working a room’ she
examines how networks really work.

So if you’d like to find a better job, do better at work, boost your professional profile or simply feel more comfortable walking into a room full of strangers, you’ll find this event useful.

Tickets cost £3, which includes a complimentary drink, and are available to buy in store.

Waterstone's is also offering a 10 per cent discount to all students when they show their student or LSE card. This applies to most books and non-book items unless they are already price promoted. This offer runs until Saturday 22 October but you can also get a Waterstone's reward card which gives points equivalent to 3 per cent on expenditure and runs all year round.


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Changing Fortunes: income mobility and poverty dynamics in Britain
Speakers: Professor Simon Burgess, Professor John Hills and Professor Stephen Jenkins
Recorded: Monday 3 October, approx 64 minutes
Click here to listen

Cybercrime, Cybercops and You
Speaker: Misha Glenny
Recorded: Tuesday 4 October, approx 81 minutes
Click here to listen

'Same bed different dreams': Asia's rise - threat or opportunity? The view from Australia
Speaker: Malcolm Turnbull
Recorded: Wednesday 5 October, approx 90 minutes
Click here to listen


- 60 Second Interview

    Hans Steinmüller  

with..... Dr Hans Steinmüller

My name is Hans Steinmüller or 石汉Shi Han. I’m a lecturer in anthropology and will be the convenor of the MSc programme China in Comparative Perspective starting this term.

For my PhD I spent eighteen months in a village in the Wuling Mountains of Hubei Province, central China. During this time I was mainly doing farmwork, hanging out, and gambling Mahjong. I’m half of the brass section of The Funktionalists, the LSE Anthropology Department’s band.

What has been the most interesting LSE public lecture you have attended?

Harry Harootunian on the notion of the Everyday in Modern Japan.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?

Right now, near Galatina in Salento, because of the sun, the food, the music and the people. But most of the time, in Oberaudorf in Upper Bavaria, for the same reasons, plus the mountains.

What is your favourite childhood memory?

Playing badminton with Lü Yuansheng. He came through an exchange programme organised by the Bavarian government and Shandong Province, China, and spent one year working on the farm of my parents in Bavaria when I was eight years old. He often played hide-and-seek with me and my siblings and he taught me to play badminton. He was the first Chinese person I met in my life and perhaps he played a part when I chose to study Chinese at university.

If you could bring one person from history back to life, who would it be and why?

Clifford Brown. He would have played a lot more great music if he hadn't died so early. At the same time I’m sceptical about time machines and afraid of the cosmic consequences of Clifford playing his trumpet in 2011.

Name three things you cannot do without.

Music, coffee, and cigarettes.

What annoys you?

Mediocrity and arrogance.


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The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 19 October. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 17 October. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

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