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#AsktheDirector is back

LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, will be taking questions live on Twitter on Monday 14 October. Ask him a question in advance using the #AsktheDirector hashtag.


The Paralympic Movement Takes Off

Get your ticket for this event with Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, on Monday 14 October.


Ollie Cook

Ollie, who is an LSE Sports Ambassador, is currently 'pausing' his master's at the School so that he can concentrate on training with the Team GB Senior Rowing Squad.

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  9 October 2013  

- News

  Kuala Lumpur   LSE to host its sixth LSE Asia Forum in Malaysia

LSE will host the next LSE Asia Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April 2014. This is the sixth LSE Asia Forum and the first time it has been held in Malaysia.

The School will also celebrate the graduation of LSE students from Asia during the event with its first graduation ceremony to be held in the country.

The Asia Forum, which will take the theme ‘Building Asian Futures: integration, welfare and growth?’, was announced by LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, during a visit to the country's capital.

Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: "LSE has a longstanding relationship with Malaysia so it is with great pleasure that I can announce that it will be the venue for the next LSE Asia Forum. We shall also hold our first graduation ceremony in Malaysia at the same time.

"The LSE Asia Forum is a flagship event in the region. By bringing together respected academics with eminent figures from the worlds of government, policy and business, we aim to enable a perspective on key themes facing Asian societies which is both global and reflects the expertise of Asia itself. I am sure that next year’s discussions will be both challenging and enlightening." More

    LSE climbs World University Rankings

LSE has climbed seven places in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The School rose from 39th last year to 32nd in the 2013-14 rankings, the third successive rise since the Times Higher Education teamed up with Thomson Reuters in 2010 to produce its annual university league table.

The rankings use a variety of indicators to assess university performance and show LSE scoring particularly well for its research, reputation, and international outlook.

LSE also rose from 18th to 13th in the ranking’s social sciences subject league table, which uses slightly different weightings from the main league table.

Commenting on the rankings, Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: "It is gratifying to see LSE climbing the international rankings, and that we continue to be rightly recognised as a world-class institution.

"Regardless of league table positions, we will continue to focus on what we do best - producing the very best social science research and teaching that tackles real-world problems."

To see the full global rankings, visit Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.

  Janet Yellen   From LSE to the Chair of the Federal Reserve

Professor Janet Yellen has been nominated to be the next Chair of the US Federal Reserve, which would make her the first woman to lead the Fed in its history.

Professor Yellen, who was nominated by President Barack Obama, is a former lecturer in the Department of Economics at LSE. She has recently accepted an invitation from LSE to receive the award of an Honorary Doctorate of the School, which is the highest award an individual can receive from LSE, for her distinguished record of public service.

Professor Yellen is married to Nobel Prize winner George Akerlof, who is also a former LSE professor and Honorary Graduate, making them the first wife and husband team to hold Honorary Doctorates from the School.

Professor Michele Piccione, head of the Department of Economics at LSE, said: "While I did not have the pleasure of working with Professor Yellen when she was at LSE it is always pleasing to hear when colleagues go on to great things and I offer my congratulations to Professor Yellen on her appointment. We were delighted when she accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Doctorate of the School and I look forward to welcoming her to LSE for the conferment of this prestigious award next year."

Professor Yellen will take up the post in January when current Chairman Ben Bernanke’s term comes to an end. More


Crowdsourcing a new UK Constitution

Should the UK have a monarch, abolish the House of Lords, or repeal the Human Rights Act?

These questions and more are the focus of a unique project launched by LSE on Tuesday 8 October to give the public a direct say in writing a proposed new UK Constitution.

The two year project, co-ordinated by LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs, will seek input from ordinary English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish residents on how their country should be governed.

Human rights lawyer and IPA Director, Professor Conor Gearty, said the lack of a formal Constitution in the UK was the basis for the crowdsourcing project.

"The United Kingdom is an odd country in many ways. It is constructed of a lot of different nations and does not even have a written Constitution. It gets by on laws and conventions and this doesn’t seem to work; many think that it’s becoming untenable," Professor Gearty said.

The project launch will outline how the British public can get involved in drafting a formal new Constitution, including contributing essays, voting online, and deciding what values and principles should underpin the new document. More

    Home workers "happier and more productive"

Employees who are able to work from home are more productive than their office-bound colleagues because they are less distracted, grateful for the flexibility and the time they save on commuting is ploughed back into work.

These findings, from LSE, endorse a general move towards more flexible working practices in the UK, although the private sector is lagging behind in this respect.

Dr Alexandra Beauregard from LSE’s Department of Management says working from home does not suit everyone, however.

"The happiest employees are those who can work partially from home and partially in the office. They report the highest levels of work/life satisfaction because they can juggle personal responsibilities yet are not socially isolated," Dr Beauregard says.

The arrangement does not work as well with extroverts who are better suited to the social interaction an office usually provides. More

    LSE report calls for a Digital-Age Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and children’s charities need to rethink how digital technology and communications are affecting the rights of children around the world, according to a new report from LSE.

The report, A Global Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: recommendations for developing UNICEF’s research strategy, by Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Monica Bulger of LSE, argues that the UN children’s charity should adopt new research methods in order to get robust evidence on how children are using information and communication technology (ICT), and how this may affect their rights and wellbeing.

Even though children’s digital activities are growing quickly, many of the creative and interactive features of the internet remain substantially underused, especially in lower-income countries and among marginalised children. The growth in ICT around the world is also increasing ‘offline risks’ such as bullying, exposure to pornography and unwanted sexual solicitation. More


- Notices

  Craig Calhoun   #AsktheDirector is back

Do you have a question for the LSE Director? Professor Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) will be live on Twitter to answer your tweets from 4-5pm on Monday 14 October.

Feel free to ask him a question in advance, or during the ‘live hour’, using the hashtag #AsktheDirector.

    The new LSE Global Centre for the Social Sciences

Design Exhibition: 7-18 October in the LSE Library
An exhibition of the five designs from the architects shortlisted for the new LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS) will be on display in the main entrance of the LSE Library until Friday 18 October.

Please come and view them - the Library is open from 8am to midnight, seven days a week. The designs are also online at

Have Your Say: vote online
Students and staff are invited to vote for their preferred design. Votes can be cast until Friday 18 October via There are also two dedicated computers in the Library exhibition area.

Julian Robinson, LSE’s Director of Estates said: "This will be the School’s biggest ever building project and will transform the heart of our campus. Given its scale it will be a landmark building and its legacy will endure for many generations of LSE students so it is vital that we make the right decision."

Your votes will provide an important steer for the jury panel chaired by LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun. An announcement on the winning team is due in early November.

  Orientation 2013   Orientation 2013 Feedback Survey - win a £300 Amazon voucher

If you were a new arrival at LSE during Orientation 2013, the Student Services Team invites you to tell them about your experiences by completing the Orientation Feedback Survey.

New arrivals who complete the survey, and provide their contact details, will be entered into a draw for the chance to win an Amazon voucher worth £300.

Don’t miss out - the survey closes on Friday 25 October and the winner will be announced on Monday 25 November.


LSE student bloggers needed

Do you love writing and blogging? LSE’s Student Recruitment Office is looking for students for the LSE Student Blog - so whether you’re new and have just arrived in London or are a seasoned third year who knows all the best things to do and places to visit, the team needs you.

Bloggers are free to write about their social and academic life while at LSE and in London. In the past this has ranged from choosing courses and making the most of career opportunities, to going to musicals and finding the best pubs.

Bloggers will be given training in guidelines and content as well as training in how to use Wordpress. Every month the team awards a prize for the best blogger as well as a prize at the end of the year.

If you are interested in getting involved, email Phil Wood at

    Student profiles needed

Student profiles are needed for the LSE website and the LSE prospectuses. Profiles from students on any programme (undergraduate, graduate and General Course) and of any nationality are welcomed for the various international student pages.

Samples of previous profiles can be seen here.

Email Phil Wood at if you would like to take part.

  LSE Careers   LSE Careers invites you to….

LSE Careers is holding lots of events over the next few weeks to help you progress in your career plans; whether you know what you want to do and are starting applications, haven’t decided yet, want to meet employers from a range of sectors, or just want to gain some useful skills and information.

You can view all of our Michaelmas term events on LSE CareerHub, as well as booking one-to-one careers discussions and CV and cover letter checks. You will also find lots of useful information about employment sectors, application processes and more on our website or by dropping into our Resource Area on the third floor of Tower Three.

Some popular events that are open for booking now include:

    LSE Entrepreneurship

LSE Entrepreneurship is launching the 2013-14 series of seminars, inspirational case studies, networking opportunities and one-to-one mentoring to help you get your entrepreneurial ambitions off the ground - whether you aspire to running your own business, or are interested in joining an organisation that promotes entrepreneurship as one of its core values.

Meet fellow entrepreneurial students, network with successful entrepreneurs and find out more about upcoming events at the LSE Entrepreneurship Launch event on Friday 11 October. Book your place on LSE CareerHub.

  LSE Annual Fund   LSE Annual Fund calling positions

The LSE Annual Fund raises and allocates vital unrestricted money for projects that enhance the student experience and benefit the School community. We are currently recruiting students to act as School Ambassadors by contacting and fundraising from alumni and friends of LSE.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your CV and develop your communication skills. You will also be helping the School by raising funds that support campus wide projects. You will need to be available for the whole of the academic year and pay starts from £10.69 p/h.

The Michaelmas term calling campaign starts on Monday 21 October with two nights of paid training.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 13 October. You can apply online here. If you have any questions, contact David Berridge at

    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Top Five Tips on Finding Library Resources
  • Effective Reading Strategies
  • Studying and Surviving at LSE

Undergraduates: Track skills you develop by taking part in activities beyond academic studies using PDAM.

These are just some of the events running next week. To receive a monthly summary of all training courses, subscribe to the email list by clicking here and pressing send. To find out more about training and development across the School and for links to booking pages, see


Teaching and Learning Centre training events

  • Studying at LSE: an introduction for MSc students
    Friday 11 October from 11am-12.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
    This session will give an introduction to studying at LSE, explain the structure of courses, and suggest useful approaches to managing your study time, getting the most out of lectures and tackling your course reading lists.
  • Effective Reading Strategies
    Wednesday 16 October from 2-3pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
    Teaching and Learning Centre advisers will give some hints and tips for coping with long reading lists. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.
  • Studying and Surviving at LSE
    Wednesday 16 October from 3-4.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
    This presentation looks at the experience of being a student at LSE, putting into context the challenges that lie ahead. It will include tips for coping and a review of stress management skills. This event is free and open to any current student at LSE.

All sessions can be booked via the Training and Development System, which is recommend, but if that's not possible or if an event is fully booked, you can just turn up on the day.

    Office 2010 self-paced workshops

Information Management and Technology is offering Office 2010 self-paced workshops from Monday 14 October.

These workshops are free for any LSE student who would like to get their Office 2010 skills refreshed as well as advanced.

Topics include Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and Word 2010.

For more information and to book a place, visit or


Computer tip of the week

Get to your often used folders in just one click

Quite often, your files and folders can be found only after a lot of clicking. This tip will show you to create shortcuts to the folders you regularly use.

1. Click Start-Computer and navigate to the folder for which you wish to create a shortcut
2. When in this folder, right click on Favourites at the top of the drives menu in the left hand pane and click on Add current location to Favourites
3. The name of your current folder will appear at the bottom of the list
4. To get to a folder in the favourites list, click on the one you need

You can rename a folder in the Favourites list by right clicking on it and clicking on rename. Then, enter the new name and press return. Remove a folder from this list from the same menu.

If you have a specific question about how to do something in Windows or Microsoft Office software, look for an answer in our online guides and FAQs, attend a Software Surgery, enrol for a one-to-one IT Training session, or consider the other computer training resources available on the IT Training website.


Lunchtime meditation

On: Tuesdays (term time) from 12.10-12.45pm
On: Thursdays (term time) from 12.10-12.45pm (first meeting - Thursday 24 October)
At: LSE Chaplaincy, 20 Kingsway

Just breathing, just sitting, just being present - a place to pause during the week and be present to oneself. Meditation offers space to tune into a deeper, quieter part within us. Being more fully present to what is.

Meditation allows us to connect with our true intentions. With mindfulness we can learn to respond more creatively to our experience.

No previous experience of meditation is needed. Meditations will be guided. For more information email Erika Mansnerus at or Tina Basi at

  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 15 October, Tuesday 29 October, and Tuesday 5 November.

Just turn up on any of these dates with your own skipping rope. All lessons are free.

For more information, email Daniel at

    Three and half hour body combat marathon

Are you a fitness fanatic? Would you like to be part of an event to raise money for a good cause?

Fist and Feather® will be hosting a three and half hour body combat marathon in aid of The Bethany Chiddle Fund on Sunday 27 October.

Bethany is five years old and was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Funds are needed so that she can have pioneering surgery on her spine in the USA. All profits from the marathon's ticket sales will go to The Bethany Chiddle Fund.

If you are interested in participating in this event and raising funds for Bethany, tickets are available to purchase at £20. To purchase your ticket, email Amy Mamawag at For more information about the event and Bethany, visit


- What's on

  Sir Philip Craven   TICKETS AVAILABLE - The Paralympic Movement Takes Off

On: Monday 14 October from 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Sir Philip Craven (pictured)

President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sir Philip Craven will discuss the challenge for the IPC to capitalise on the success of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games, and help build a society in which people with an impairment are fully integrated.

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Tickets are available online or at the LSESU shop in the New Academic Building. More

  Michel Barnier  

NEW EVENT - The UK in the EU Single Market: what next? Opportunities and challenges

On: Thursday 17 October at 2pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Michel Barnier (pictured), European Commissioner responsible for the internal market and services

The single market or "common market" as more frequently referred to in the UK is probably the one bit of the European Union most British politicians seem to agree is a good thing.

The UK government's own estimates are that the single market benefits the UK between £31 billion and £92 billion per year, i.e. £1,300 and £3,500 for each UK household per year. Three and a half million UK jobs are linked to the single market, one in every 10. British politicians and businesses call regularly for a deeper single market. But what exactly makes up the "single"/"common"/"internal market"?

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. More

  Gavin Hewitt (photo from BBC)  

Other forthcoming events include....

Can the European Union Reconnect with Its Citizens?
On: Monday 14 October at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Gavin Hewitt (pictured), BBC’s Europe editor.

The Cunning of Uncertainty
On: Tuesday 15 October at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Helga Nowotny, president of the European Research Council.

    A Kangaroo in Obama's Court: Nashiri before the Guantanamo Military Commission

On: Friday 11 October from 6-7.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Lawrence R Douglas, James J Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, USA.

The trial of Abd al-Nashiri, the senior al Qaeda lieutenant alleged to have masterminded the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay represents the most significant criminal case to come before a military court since leading Nazi functionaries stood trial in occupied Germany.

This lecture will consider the extraordinary legal challenges that the trial poses. Can a tribunal originally born of an impatient contempt for due process now prove itself a legitimate institution of American law?

The event is open to all with no ticket required. More

  Maryam Namazie   The Niqab (Face Veil): human right, security concern or symbol of oppression? - a debate

On: Tuesday 15 October at 6.30pm in room CLM 4.02, Clement House.

The LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society invites you to a debate on "The Niqab (Face Veil): human right, security concern or symbol of oppression?".

The debate will be chaired by Chetan Bhatt, Director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, and the speakers include:

  • Maryam Namazie (pictured), founder and spokesperson of One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
  • Akeela Ahmed, director of the Christian Muslim Forum

The event is free and open to all. For more information, email Chris Moos at

  Paul Danahar  

The New Middle East: the world after the Arab Spring

On: Wednesday 16 October from 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Paul Danahar (pictured), BBC Bureau Chief.

In this event, Paul Danahar will discuss his timely and important book, offering a fascinating and illuminating analysis of the new order in the Middle East following the Arab Spring and explaining what it will mean both for the region and the West.

With access to many of the key players including Bashar al-Assad, Muammar Gaddafi, Shimon Peres, leadership figures in the Muslim Brotherhood and senior officials in the UN and US and with vivid, on-the-ground storytelling, Paul Danahar provides an unparalleled account of recent events.

This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis For more information, email Sara Masry at More

  Manussos Marangudakis   Civil Society and Religion in Greece in a Period of Crisis - Hellenic Observatory research seminar

On: Tuesday 22 October from 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, Cowdray House
Dr Manussos Marangudakis (pictured), Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Aegean.

The Greek civil society is shaped by a distinct ‘civil religion’ that constitutes the cultural background of Greek secular life. This civil religion is strongly influenced by the Orthodox theology and religious practices that have decisively affected the various crystallisations of the four networks of social power (political, ideological, economic, and military) that constitute the Greek society in its various institutional formations.

Based on the results of the research project ‘State Crisis and Civil Consciousness in Greece’ it is argued that this civil religion has strongly affected both the trajectory of the Greek state apparatus until its resent collapse, as well as the specific social and political reactions to the ongoing socioeconomic crisis.

All Hellenic Observatory seminars are open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. More


Podcasts of public lectures and events

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back
Speaker: Tim Harford
Recorded: Tuesday 1 October, approx 66 minutes

What Has The European Convention on Human Rights Ever Done For Us?
Speakers: Martin Howe, Professor Philip Leach, Caroline Lucas MP, Emily Thornberry MP, and Professor Alan Sked
Recorded: Tuesday 1 October, approx 89 minutes

Tracking the Gender Politics of the Millennium Development Goals: from the Millennium Declaration to the post-MDG consultations
Speaker: Professor Naila Kabeer
Recorded: Wednesday 2 October, approx 86 minutes


- 60 second interview

    Ollie Cook  

with..... Ollie Cook

I am currently in the middle of a 'pause' in my master's in International History at LSE, a pause so I can concentrate on full time training in the Team GB Senior Rowing Squad.

Last year I finished my undergrad in International Relations and History. While I was an undergraduate, I was captain of the University of London Boat Club (ULBC). In my final year we were ranked as the top university crew in the country, I won the national U23 GB trials and was selected to represent Great Britain at the World U23 Championships in Lithuania (finishing fourth) and at the Senior European Championships in Italy (finishing fifth). This past year, I won the Eton Dorney World Cup Regatta and came seventh at the Senior World Championships in South Korea.

While I was doing my undergraduate degree at LSE I took some time out of rowing to play for the LSE 1st XV, act in a drama production with the LSESU Drama Society, and be part of the LSE RAG Society. It was in my final year, while I was struggling with financing my training, that I founded the LSE Ambassadors for Sport Fund, with the aim to help future students achieve their athletic and academic aspirations while at LSE.

As an LSE Sports Ambassador, how do you manage to balance your academic work and sports training?

While I was an undergraduate, I was juggling my LSE work with 14 training sessions a week, which is about 28 hours of training, on top of which I was cycling up to 10 miles to get to training. Every week I was devoting about 40 hours to training, which is about the same amount as a full time job, but I did most of my training at the weekend which made it much more manageable.

The most important thing I learnt is to plan ahead and streamline my academic work. By this I mean I realised I didn't have time to read everything - I tried to ask my class teachers what was the most important reading/chapters to read and revise. I also found that my LSE teachers were largely very supportive, and were a big help in making everything possible.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given was from my old headmaster. He once told me, when I was aged 12, to be proud of other people's successes and not just your own.

In competitive sport when other people's achievements can have a direct bearing on your own career, it is very easy to resent what other people achieve. I think it is important to instead celebrate what other people successfully do, because in sport you never really know what's going to happen in the future.

If you had a time machine where, and to which era, would you go?

I would travel back to the Royal Palace of Suleiman the Magnificent in Istanbul in circa 1550. I took a course in my second year that focused on the Ottoman Empire and that time and place sounded like an extraordinary one.

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

Before I started at LSE, I spent a year teaching in South Africa. I would go back in a heart beat.

What, or who, makes you laugh?

My younger sister. She's 10 and has a wicked sense of humour.

What is your favourite snack?

This has got to be my Wright's Bar favourite: bacon, lettuce and tomato with mayonnaise on a ciabatta, with a bag of chips and a cup of tea. I've been accused of spending more time in Wright's Bar than at LSE.


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

Nicole Gallivan