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The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey is now open so make sure you have your say on your time at LSE.


Olympic fever

If you are involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, get in touch - we would love to know about it.


Jen Wilkins

Jen, a third year student and this year's RAG president, wants everyone to get involved in RAG Week, which is taking place in week six of this term.

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  18 January 2012  

- News

  Janet Hartley  

The National Student Survey

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

Dear third year undergraduate students,

The National Student Survey is now open. This is an annual survey of over 400,000 undergraduate students across the UK and has the support of the LSE Students’ Union.

It is quick to complete and it is an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience during your time at LSE. Your response will be anonymous and the results of the survey are published on

I urge you to participate. The results are important to us. We use them to make improvements to teaching and to expand the opportunities available at the School.

You will have received a separate email from the survey organisers - Ipsos MORI - with details of how to complete the survey. You can find more information at

    Freedom of speech and good campus relations

Re-orientation is an opportunity for review and it is therefore timely to remind ourselves of some of our core values.

LSE has proud traditions of intellectual freedom and a culture free from discrimination. The School believes that everyone shall be entitled to equal treatment on the basis of individual merit and without discrimination.

Every member of the School, and those associated with it, is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, to hold opinions without interference, disability or disadvantage, and to freedom of expression within the law.

The School has an important Code of Practice on Free Speech. The aim of the Code is to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for students, employees and other members of the School and for all persons authorised to be on School premises, including visiting speakers. We are committed to maintaining and promoting good campus relations amongst all those who work or visit LSE.


World's first financial tribunal opens for business

A tribunal devoted to settling the world's most complex and contentious financial cases has opened for business in The Hague.

Comprised of a group of judges and other international legal and market experts with more than 2,000 years of relevant collective experience, the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Disputes Centre will take on cases which are too specialised for many national or local courts.

It also aims to create an internationally-agreed body of law in areas where different countries often hand down conflicting rulings.

It was the brainchild of Professor Jeffrey Golden of LSE's Department of Law and he is chairman of its management board.

The tribunal expects to handle multi-billion-dollar cases in fields such as derivatives and structured financial transactions. Its role is all the more urgent, argue its founders, because of the uncertainty created by world financial crisis. More

  Spanish Protest 2011  

European alternatives?

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit in the Department of International Development is working on a new project to map pro-, anti-, and alternative European initiatives emerging from social and political movements in Europe.

We believe that no single group of researchers can possibly tap into the wealth of rapidly changing developments in contemporary Europe, and that in order to capture a snapshot of the current situation, it is necessary to draw on the knowledge of many.

We are lucky at LSE to have an extremely geographically diverse and well-informed student body, and so are asking our students to turn reporters: we have established an information-gathering platform on our Global Civil Society website and invite LSE students to post information about any new European initiatives coming out of civil society, social movements, think tanks, or other organisations proposing solutions for Europe, or those taking a particularly anti-European stance.

All information posted will feed into the project, with the potential for a number of students to develop their posts into more in-depth research to be published at a later date.


- Notices


Olympic fever

We are interested to know about anyone who is involved in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place this summer.

So if you are working, volunteering or even competing, we would love to know about it. Get in touch by emailing

  Holocaust Memorial   Holocaust memorial

The LSE Interfaith Forum will be holding a Holocaust memorial on Friday 27 January at 12 noon in the Shaw Library, sixth floor of the Old Building.

All students and staff are welcome. The memorial service will feature the LSE choir.

    Training for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Structuring MSc Dissertations and Long Essays
  • Overcoming Perfectionism
  • Software Surgery
  • What You Really Need to Know About the Internet

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

  E&D Calendar   Equality and Diversity Calendar for 2012

The Equality and Diversity team has produced a calendar for 2012, which contains dates for relevant events, programmes and deadlines.

It is a living document that will be updated throughout the year with forthcoming events relating to the School’s Equality and Diversity agenda. Email if you would like your event to feature in the calendar.

The calendar is available for download from the Equality and Diversity website. Updated calendars will be posted on the same page at the beginning of each month.

Though the calendar is intended to be a web calendar, it can be printed out to make a great addition to your desks and diaries.

  LSESU Literary Society poetry competition   LSESU Literature Society poetry competition

To coincide with this year's LSE Literary Festival, the LSESU Literature Society has organised a poetry competition for students and staff to show some literary creativity.

To get involved, submit any self-written poem relating to 'Aestheticism: is beauty the basic principle?' to by Monday 6 February.

Prizes include publication of work, one Kindle and two £50 book tokens.

Prize-giving will take place at the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2012, after a special event celebrating poetry on Thursday 1 March. For more information on this event, click here. More

    Investment Society Student Pitch

Passionate about investment? Have interesting insights and ideas about the future of the global economy? If so, then take part in the Investment Society Student Pitch - a student competition taking place on Saturday 25 February.

Competitors must present to a panel of judges, made up of some of the UK’s most experienced and successful investors and fund managers. The presentation must be about an investment idea you have or where you think the global economy is heading.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes and, if you impress the judges, you could also win interviews for internships in their firms.

You can choose to participate in either one of the two sections, and present an investment you or your team (of up to three people) have made, or your predictions for the future of the global economy. The top five applications in each section will present in front of the panel of judges.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 January. To apply, visit If you have any questions, email


- What's on

  Liam Byrne


Peter Hain

  New events include....

How Labour’s Traditions Can Renew Beveridge for the 21st Century
On: Monday 23 January at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Liam Byrne MP (pictured), shadow secretary of state for work and pensions and coordinator of Labour's policy review.

Outside In: a conversation with Peter Hain
On: Monday 30 January at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Peter Hain MP (pictured), Labour MP for Neath and shadow secretary of state for Wales.


Upcoming events include....

Willpower: self-control, decision fatigue, and energy depletion
On: Tuesday 24 January at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Roy F Baumeister, one of the world's most influential psychologists.

Histories of International Law: dealing with Eurocentrism
On: Wednesday 25 January at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Martti Koskenniemi, director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and visiting professor at LSE.

From Regional to Global Players: the emergence of Asian firms in the global economy
On: Thursday 26 January at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Henry Wai-chung Yeung, professor of economic geography at the National University of Singapore.


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Is It Time For a Digital Detox?
Speaker: Daniel Sieberg
Recorded: Tuesday 10 January
Click here to listen

About Time - examining the case for a shorter working week
Speakers: Professor Tim Jackson, Professor Juliet Schor, Professor Lord Skidelsky and Dr Edward Skidelsky
Recorded: Wednesday 11 January
Click here to listen

The Lean Startup
Speaker: Eric Ries
Recorded: Thursday 12 January
Click here to listen


- 60 second interview

    Jen Wilkins  

with..... Jen Wilkins

I'm a third year politics and philosophy student and this year's RAG president. In case you don't know, RAG stands for Raising and Giving and we're part of the LSE Students' Union.

I've been involved in RAG since my first year and love how many diverse opportunities it presents, whether you're on the committee or just want to come to an event.

LSESU RAG week takes place this term. Can you tell us more?

RAG Week is a whole week dedicated to fundraising for our three charities (this year: War Child, Action Against Hunger and National Aids Trust) and will be in week six this term.

Things that you can expect include our annual sky dive, gunge a sabb, battle of the halls, Mr LSE, row-a-thon and much much more. We always encourage societies to hold their own events during the week so if you're interested get in touch. It's set to be an exciting week.

For the first time, students and staff have been able to choose which three charities will be supported during the year. Why the change?

RAG has only been going for a few years at LSE and is fairly small compared to many universities but it's growing year after year. We felt the move towards an online voting system would allow more students to feel involved in the decision making process and connected to the charities we raise money for.

After all, without people turning up to our events there would be no money raised. I think it's important that people have a say in where there money is going.

What would you do if you were LSE director for a day?

Work with students on a more stringent ethical investment policy.

Who would be your top five dinner party guests?

An eclectic mix of people. Noam Chomsky, Rik Mayall, Stephen Fry, Camilla Batmanghelidjh and Caitlin Moran.

What has been your most embarrassing incident so far?

So far in life my most embarrassing moment was probably forgetting my lines in a big school Shakespeare performance. At LSE I'm sure I embarrass myself on a daily basis.

What is your earliest childhood holiday memory?

I think going to Disneyland and being too little to go on most things. I probably went on 'It's a Small World' about 20 times.


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 25 January. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 23 January. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Nicole Gallivan