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Manny Odogwu
  Nabila Ramdani award   Language Centre    
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LSE student wins excellence award at the Global Thinkers Forum

Nabila Ramdani was awarded the 'Excellence in Innovation' award for her outstanding work in journalism.


Why not take a foreign language course at LSE?

If you haven't registered yet for a foreign language course, there's still time. Registration is open until Friday 16 November.


Manny Odogwu

Manny, a security officer at LSE, is also a traditional chief in Nigeria and tries to visit once or twice a year to perform his role.

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  7 November 2012  

- News

  Craig Calhoun and Susan Scholefield at the Nursery  

Early Years Centre update

From Thursday 1 November, the responsibility of Director and Council for the Nursery was transferred from Andrew Farrell, Director of Finance and Facilities, to Susan Scholefield, School Secretary (pictured at the Nursery with LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun).

Nursery manager Mamselle Jackson will report to Chris Gosling, HR Director.

'I am delighted to take on responsibility for the Nursery,' said Susan Scholefield. 'As a young academic I was able to take advantage of a university nursery and I know how important such services can be for staff and students, particularly women. When I visited the Nursery I was impressed by the commitment of the staff and, of course, very much enjoyed the company of the children. I look forward to working with Mamselle Jackson and her team on how we best support our young families at the School.'

  Nabila Ramdani   LSE student wins excellence award at the Global Thinkers Forum 2012

Nabila Ramdani (pictured), a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of International History, has been awarded the 2012 Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) Award for Excellence in Innovation for her outstanding work in journalism.

The award was presented at a ceremony during the GTF Women Leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which took place in Amman, Jordan, from 6-8 October under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. The event celebrated MENA’s leading female thinkers and innovators.

Others honoured included Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah; HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan; Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies; and Zaha Hadid, architect.

Nabila has also been nominated for the ‘Best Arab journalist in the West’ award at the Arabs Group Achievement Awards 2012. The competition is still open and the winners will be decided by the public. The closing date for voting is Thursday 15 November. If you would like to vote for Nabila, click here and follow the instructions.

    American voters value honesty over strength in future president

Americans look for honesty over strength when voting for a president, according to new research from LSE.

A unique electoral psychology research initiative, led by Dr Michael Bruter and Dr Sarah Harrison, reveals that 32 per cent of American voters rank honesty as the most important quality they would like to see in a future president. The next most highly ranked quality was ‘intelligence’, which was selected by 31 per cent of voters. ‘Common sense’ and ‘experience’ were chosen by nine per cent and ‘strength’ by just seven per cent.

Two thousand Americans were surveyed from 20-24 October as part of the initiative. They were re-interviewed again just after the election in an attempt to understand what goes on in the mind of voters and the importance of their personality, memory and emotions in their vote.

The survey results revealed that 29 per cent of respondents reported that they had previously changed their mind about who to vote for on the day of a presidential election. More


- Notices


Training for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • The Psychological Challenges Faced by MSc Students

  • Preparing for Employers' Numerical Tests

  • Literature Searching and Finding Journal Articles

  • Excel 2010: logical and look-up functions

  • Effective Reading Strategies

  • PhD Thesis Surgery

  • PowerPoint 2010: polished presentations in 10 steps

For full listings and further details, including booking information, see

  LSE Careers  

Pop-up Entrepreneurship Week, 12-16 November 2012

Pop-Up Entrepreneurship Week is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship.

LSE Careers will be taking the opportunity to pass on the practical help and support to early start-ups and individuals who are considering taking the plunge. We have developed a series of events, from pitch practice to seminars, networking events for you to meet fellow entrepreneurs, and even a pop-up cinema. To find out more and book, visit the LSE Entrepreneurship website.

We are also offering you the chance to win up to £5,000 for either an existing social enterprise that you would like to take forward, or an idea that you would like to develop. The LSE Entrepreneurship team and Unltd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, are inviting budding social entrepreneurs to enter the LSE Careers Social Enterprise: Do It Awards 2012. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch their idea to a judging panel during Global Entrepreneurship Week and winning enterprises will be awarded prizes of up to £5,000 as well as development support to get their projects up and running.

Applications are open now and close on Wednesday 14 November. Forms can be downloaded on the LSE Entrepreneurship website.

  Student Counselling  

Groups and workshops from LSE's Student Counselling Service

Stress management group
Starting Thursday 15 November, 11am-1pm
This three week group will help students to develop new coping strategies, manage anxiety and stress, feel more in control, help to challenge negative thinking and look at good self-care. Please book your place in advance.

Self esteem group
Starting Monday 19 November, 11am-1pm
This three week group is for students lacking in confidence, who doubt and criticise themselves excessively or have low self-esteem. Please book your place in advance.

There’s also a programme of workshops running during Michaelmas term, including:

Good writing psychology workshop
Friday 9 November, 3-4pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
This workshop will look at ways of thinking about the task of writing, with advice and tips to help manage blocks and unhelpful fears. It will include a range of management techniques for dealing with common writing difficulties, such as procrastination and perfectionism.

For the full listing for this term, click here.


Why not take a foreign language course at LSE?

If you haven't registered yet for a foreign language course, don't worry, there's still time. Registration is open until Friday 16 November.

The Language Centre has a range of extra-curricular courses including the Certificate Course programme, which offers Arabic, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You may even be entitled to a free language course under the LSE Language Policy.

  Feel Good Food Day   Feel Good Food Day - good for you, good for the planet

LSE Catering will once again be promoting a Feel Good Food Day on Wednesday 14 November in the Fourth Floor Restaurant.

The main focus of a Feel Good Food Day is to demonstrate that limiting meat in our diet and using healthier ingredients, seasonal vegetables, fish from sustainable stocks and higher animal welfare produce can benefit your health, the environment and animal welfare.

Our world cuisine options will offer reduced meat and increased vegetarian alternatives. Come along and enjoy the ‘feel good’ experience.

  Fourth Floor Restaurant   Breakfast on the Fourth Floor, Old Building, 9-11am

Start your day with one of the breakfast specials - delicious, fresh and excellent value for money:

  • Traditional English breakfast - any five hot items for £2.60
    Made daily using the freshest ingredients and only free range eggs.
  • Health bar combo - only £2.25
    A lighter, healthier option. Choose from a selection of cereals, yoghurts and fresh fruit salad.

Other tasty alternatives include croissants and Danish pastries, porridge and hot toast. And why not wash it all down with a cup of our Fairtrade tea or coffee?

  The Enormous Beauty   LSE Perspectives

November's LSE Perspectives gallery is now online. You can view the gallery online here.

The gallery features 12 striking images submitted by LSE students and staff. Each image reflects a unique perspective on a particular scene.

If you have taken any artistic images on your travels, in your home town, or even just here in London why not submit them for LSE Perspectives so that they can be shared with the LSE community.

For more information and to submit your photographs, visit LSE Perspectives Submissions. Previous galleries can be found here.

  Skip Fit Lessons  

Skip fit lessons

Security officer and former boxer Daniel Beckley is running skip fit lessons for all students and staff at LSE. Build up your fitness, burn calories and increase your stamina, all within an hour.

The next lessons will take place from 1-2pm at the Badminton Court, Old Building, on Tuesday 13 November, Tuesday 27 November and Tuesday 4 December.

Just turn up on any of these dates with your own skipping rope. All lessons are free. More sessions will take place during Lent term.

For more information, email Daniel at

    LSE Treatment Clinic

The LSE Treatment Clinic, which welcomes LSE students and staff, is now accessible on the first floor of Tower One (follow the signs to Tower Two).

The clinic offers professional treatments at reduced rates for members of LSE, including acupuncture, osteopathy and sports massage.

The practitioners are:

  • Hanya Chlala
    Acupuncture available in a dual bed setting on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Laura Dent
    Sports massage available on Mondays
  • Tim Hanwell
    Osteopathy available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm and can be booked online at All consultations are strictly confidential and sessions will last between 30-60 minutes depending upon the treatment.

    Applications for the Fulbright 2013 undergraduate US Summer Institutes are now open

The US-UK Fulbright Commission and US Department of State have announced the return of the US Summer Institutes for British students.

They have two new study abroad summer programmes: the Summer Institute on Social Entrepreneurship and the Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship. The institutes are open to students on all courses of study. Candidates must have a keen interest in the topics offered by the institutes but they do not necessarily need to have had previous experience in the subject matter. In addition to the academic focus of each institute, the Summer Institutes are intended to introduce European students to US culture and society. The institutes will include cultural activities that allow students to become familiar with their American host community.

The Summer Institute will cover all participant costs including round-trip airfare from the UK to the US; tuition and fees at the host university; accommodation and meals; a small daily allowance; health and accident insurance; a small book allowance; and visa processing.

Full application details are available here and the deadline for applications is Friday 15 February 2013. If you have any questions, email


- What's on

  Andrew Marr   Can we learn from History?

On: Monday 10 December at 6.30pm in Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Andrew Marr (pictured)

Andrew Marr is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He hosts the Sunday morning BBC One programme The Andrew Marr Show as well as BBC Radio 4's Start the Week every Monday. He wrote and presented his own History of Modern Britain and The Making of Modern Britain for BBC Two, which were hugely popular and won prestigious awards from the Royal Television Society, the Broadcasting Press Guild and BAFTA. His most recent show, History of the World, is being broadcast on BBC One.

LSE students and staff are able to collect one ticket per person from the New Academic Building SU shop, located on the Kingsway side of the building, from 10am on Tuesday 4 December. These tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. More

  Events Leaflet









Frances Fox Piven

  Other forthcoming events include....

The Landgrabbers: the new fight over who owns the earth
On: Monday 12 November at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Fred Pearce, environment, science, and development writer, Professor Anthony Hall, professor of social policy at LSE, and Dr Charles Palmer, lecturer in environment and development at LSE.

Decentralisation and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia
On: Wednesday 14 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Jean-Paul Faguet, reader in the political economy of development at LSE.

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
On: Thursday 15 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Laurence Rees, writer and documentary maker.

How Protest Movements Change America
On: Wednesday 21 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Frances Fox Piven (pictured), distinguished professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Centre, The City University of New York.


RSA The Forum: the individual versus society

On: Thursday 29 November at 6pm

This event, hosted by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in association with the BBC Radio 4 World Service, is part of The Forum’s 'Big Five' series focusing on tackling five big challenges of our age: inequality, leadership, ageing, the individual versus society, and education.

Speakers will include LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, Margaret Atwood, author and literary critic, and Sun Shuyun, author and filmmaker.

The event is fully booked online but if LSE students would like to attend, please email to request a ticket. All RSA public programme events are free but booking is essential. More


- 60 second interview

    Manny Odogwu  

with..... Manny Odogwu

I joined LSE in 2004 as a security officer in the Estates Division. My job, with the other security officers, is mainly to protect life and property within LSE and help to keep the campus safe.

I'm married with four adult children and three grandchildren plus one on the way, due soon. I am also a traditional chief in Nigeria.

Tell us more about your role as a traditional chief in Nigeria.

I come from Asaba, the capital city of Delta state, Nigeria, and I belong to the highly respected prestigious group of 'Mkpalor' title holders. We assume the title name of 'Ogbueshi'.

If I were resident in Asaba, I would be involved in endless meetings, mainly at my local village level, and periodically representing my village at a higher level in the King's Palace.

However because I am non-resident, I am expected to visit regularly. Some visits are less tasking than others: fewer meetings, fewer land dispute cases to settle, fewer harrowing stories of school fees or house rents not paid. But the role I most look forward to is participating in the initiation of a new Mkpalor. All the Ogbueshis in my village turn out in full traditional costumes, to the chanting and singing of the village women and dancing to the heavy drums played by the young men. Large cows are slaughtered and meat shared. Our title name of Ogbueshi means 'the killer of cows'.

The initiation fees paid by the new entrant are also shared. For every initiation undertaken, I receive between £50 and £100 and a large share of cow meat, which is carried home for me by my personal 'butler'. I come home to my household of 20, eagerly awaiting my return to relieve me of all the cash and meat.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?

Houghton Street. This is the heart and soul of the LSE campus, buzzing with life from people from all over the world during the day which then transforms to a very serene place at night, where one can enjoy some quiet moments on one of the benches.

How do you spend your lunch break?

Forty-five minutes of freedom! A walk in Lincoln's Inn Fields or sitting out on those lovely silver chairs in the Plaza in good weather. Otherwise, in bad weather, watching BBC One's Bargain Hunt in our staff rest room.

Do you have a temptation you wish you could resist?

I wish I could resist the temptation of having a large New York style cheesecake topped up with double cream, after a four course dinner. Always nice but very naughty.

What are your hobbies?

I love going to the theatre, mostly musicals, and then dining at a restaurant afterwards. Good red wine, and of course, cheesecake with double cream.

I love travelling. The excitement of the airport buzz and the in-flight entertainment. And when family budget permits, cruise holidays. My wife and I have done a Caribbean cruise and are now saving for a world cruise on retirement (soon!).

Listening to all kinds of music; pop, rock, classical, soca, reggae, soul, R&B, African drums/sounds. Plus watching Liverpool FC on TV which ruins my Saturday afternoon!

If you could change places with someone, past or present, for a day, who would it be and why?

Brendan Rogers, the Liverpool FC manager. Then I can select three strikers: Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling to play together and, with any luck, end the continuing goals drought.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

Mistakenly walking into a private corporate function in a five star hotel, thinking it was the hotel's breakfast lounge, and then being offered a glass of champagne at the reception. That was embarrassing, but the few people who noticed saw the funny side of it before I quickly made my exit.


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 14 November. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 12 November. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Nicole Gallivan