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LSE Mobile now available for iOS7

An updated version of LSE Mobile which fixes the login issues with the app on iOS7 is now available, so if you are using iOS7, update the app as soon as possible.


LSE Chill

LSE Chill is back for its first session of this term on Friday from 5.30pm in the Fourth Floor Café Bar, Old Building. The session is open to all and will feature some dynamic acts.


Bethan Ovens

Bethan, International Student Immigration Adviser, once had to dress up as Santa and sing the '12 Days of Christmas' to 3,000 Chinese students at a university Christmas show.

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  23 October 2013  

- News

  Lionel Robbins  

LSE celebrates the life and work of Lionel Robbins to mark 50th Anniversary of his report on Higher Education

LSE Library has launched an online digital exhibition of the life of economist Lionel Robbins (pictured) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his landmark report into higher education.

The exhibition, The Economist and the Wider World: the papers of Lionel Robbins (1898-1984), includes a selection of photographs, papers and correspondence from Robbins’ life.

On Tuesday 22 October, LSE held a one-day conference - Shaping Higher Education 50 Years after Robbins - to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the Robbins Report.

The conference, supported by the LSE Annual Fund, closed with a public event featuring a panel discussion with Bahram Bekhradnia, Rajay Naik, and David Willetts MP.

The 1963 Report into Higher Education, chaired by Lionel Robbins, revealed that entry into university largely depended on class rather than ability, paving the way for expansion and modernisation within the higher education sector.

Elizabeth Chapman, Director of LSE Library Services, said: "LSE Library’s project celebrates the anniversary of this landmark report, and documents the important contributions Robbins made to the arts, politics and LSE during his long career, guaranteeing the availability of his papers to future generations of researchers." More

  Sustainable Finance Project   LSE Sustainable Finance Project launches new Conduct Costs blog

On Friday 11 October, LSE’s Sustainable Finance Project launched a new blog, Conduct Costs.

The Conduct Costs blog aims to increase the public understanding of the banks’ conduct costs (e.g. regulatory fines and other sums associated with misconduct paid by banks), which reflect on their disciplinary behaviour.

Its focus is the Conduct Costs Project, which is concerned with the discovery, calculation and analysis of banks’ conduct costs and presenting them to the public in an accessible manner. The blog will feature articles, research developments and other postings that are relevant to the Conduct Costs Project.

For more information, see or contact Roger McCormick, Director of the Sustainable Finance Project, at If you are interested in contributing, email Tânia Duarte, at


What the hell?

You may have twigged that something unusual is happening around campus this week: an event on Thursday 24 October involving guerrillas, hell and commandos.

Without giving too much away, it involves the Institute of Public Affairs, led by Professor Conor Gearty, who is pioneering a new style of lecturing at LSE.

Forget traditional lecture halls and think, instead, an intellectual form of a flash mob.

That’s the concept of guerrilla lectures, the first of which is happening this week - at an undisclosed location.

Keen to experience a unique, engaging, thought-provoking evening? Interested in discussing a controversial subject in a location that very few get the chance to see?

Meet us in the foyer of the New Academic Building this Thursday (24 October) at 6.45pm for more details about this secret assignment. Only 20 tickets will be issued, so don’t miss out.

P.S.: Bring your bus pass. The evening will finish around 9.30pm.

  MacroDigest   LSE students and alumni launch start-up MacroDigest

LSE PhD student Garrick Hileman, together with a team of LSE students and alumni, has launched, a website bringing together information and analysis on everything moving the economy.

Garrick, who won the 2013 LSE Entrepreneur of the Year award and a development grant from the Centre for Learning Technology, found that staying on top of the conversation and analysis surrounding economic events, like the European sovereign debt crisis, was very difficult when using existing RSS readers and Twitter tools.

The team launched MacroDigest this month to help students, academics and professionals filter through the thousands of online voices and news sources to understand what’s systemically important today.

For more information, visit or receive updates via Twitter @Macro_Digest.

    Raise household income to improve children's educational, health and social outcomes

Children in lower-income households do less well in school and have worse health than their better-off peers in part because they are poorer, researchers from LSE have found.

While it is well established that children in lower-income households do less well than their more wealthy peers, it has to date been unclear whether low income is itself a cause of lower achievement, or simply correlated with other key factors such as lower parental education. The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on Tuesday 22 October, finds that low income directly affects measures of a child’s wellbeing and development.

Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart from LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion reviewed 34 studies from OECD and European Union countries with strong evidence about whether money affects children’s health, social, behavioural and cognitive outcomes. All the studies use methods that allow researchers to be confident that they are investigating causal relationships, not just associations. More


- Notices

    New version of LSE Mobile available for iOS7

An updated version of LSE Mobile which fixes the login issues with the app on iOS7 is now available.

If you are using iOS7, please update the app as soon as possible. You should then be able to log in using your LSE username and password to access your timetable and Library services.

If the update does not appear, you may need to uninstall the app and re-download it from the Apple app store.

IMT apologises for the time it has taken to fix this issue. If you are still experiencing issues with LSE Mobile, email the Help Desk at

    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Essay Writing at LSE: an introduction for undergraduate/MSc students
  • Excel 2010: data analysis
  • Managing Study Related Stress

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

  LSE Careers   LSE Careers

LSE Careers currently has over 1,000 vacancies advertised on LSE CareerHub, including part-time and internship roles you can take on during your studies.

We are also continuing our programme of events to help you develop your employability skills and meet potential employers.

Some highlights that are now open for booking include:

Options for Working in the UK During and After your Studies
Thursday 24 October from 6-8pm
This panel event is for LSE students from outside the European Economic Area who want to work in the UK, but who need immigration permission to do so. Our panel of experts will discuss the options for working during and after your studies.

LSE Careers Public Sector and Policy Careers Conference
Tuesday 29 October from 5.30-8.30pm
At this conference you will have the opportunity to meet people who work in organisations from across this diverse sector. The event will consist of a small Careers Fair taking place alongside a series of presentations and panel events.


Teaching and Learning Centre training events

  • Participating and Presenting in Classes and Seminars
    Wednesday 30 October from 2-3pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
    This lecture for undergraduate and MSc students outlines the expectations of seminar tutors and course convenors and offers practical ideas for both making presentations and arguing a position persuasively.
  • Managing Study Related Stress
    Wednesday 30 October from 3.30-5pm in TW1 G.01, Tower One

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.


Systemic Risk Centre Masterclass Series

The Systemic Risk Centre (SRC) has launched its Masterclass Series. These are advanced one- or two-day courses on a variety of narrow topics in theory and practice in the areas of economics, finance and systemic risk.

The first masterclass, on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November, will be delivered by Professor Frank Page Jr. Professor Page will present on the topic of "strategic network formation and the emergence of equilibrium network dynamics".

The second masterclass, on Wednesday 6 November, is given by Dr William T Ziemba on the topic of "prediction and investment strategies in markets prone to crashes and bubbles".

Both masterclasses will take place at LSE. For more information, visit the SRC website.

    Hellenic Observatory PhD Scholarship on Greece

LSE’s Hellenic Observatory (HO) has launched a PhD Scholarship on Greece to commence in the academic year 2014-15.

The HO is offering one scholarship for a new full‐time student commencing an MPhil/PhD in European Studies at LSE’s European Institute in October 2014. The research is to be on “Contemporary Greece and Europe” and in the subject areas of political science, international relations, economics or economic geography.

The award will be for one year in the first instance, and renewable for a further three years subject to satisfactory academic performance (upgrade to PhD). The scholarship will cover tuition fees and living expenses of £18,000 each year for four years with an agreement that the scholar also contributes to the HO as part of their research training, in the form of providing 80 hours per term in research and/or admin assistance.

Applicants must be Greek nationals and UK or EU residents and meet the normal entry requirements for the European Institute’s MPhil/PhD in European Studies. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 January 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

    Two weeks to enter the Diversity Calendar Photo Competition

The deadline for submitting your entries for the Equality and Diversity Photo Competition is Sunday 3 November.

The theme for the competition is "redefining difference", urging all participants to demonstrate creative thinking about diversity.

Twelve images will be selected to go into the School’s Diversity Calendar for 2014. This is your opportunity to see your work published and circulated across the School, and to win a prize. If you haven’t already sent in your entries, do it now.

To enter, visit, download and complete the entry form and send it with your photos to by Sunday 3 November.

    LSE Entrepreneurship Funding Competitions

Whether you want to help change the world, or you want to turn a great money making idea into a reality, we want to hear from you.

You may not class yourself as an entrepreneur but if you are out making a difference in your community, or are offering a unique service or product, you could be eligible to receive funding to help scale up your idea.

LSE Entrepreneurship is holding three competitions throughout the year in which it will be allocating substantial funding for a variety of entrepreneurial businesses and social enterprises. The first competition will be held on Friday 6 December and applications are open now.

For more information and details on how to apply, visit the LSE Entrepreneurship website.

  SDR formal dining   LSE Catering Hospitality Services

LSE Catering provides a professional and friendly service for a wide range of hospitality events, from formal dinners or drinks receptions, to delivering finger food lunches and refreshments to your office or meeting rooms.

In an aim to meet our customer needs and expectations, we have recently improved our finger food and sandwich lunch menu.

Deliveries can be made to most buildings on campus so why not view our services and menus, or contact us to discuss bespoke arrangements for your event.

Whether it's nibbles and tipples or wine and dine you’re after, LSE Catering is happy to help.


Join the Houghton Consulting Group

Houghton Consulting Group, part of the LSESU Management and Strategy Society, is the oldest non-profit student-run consultancy at LSE, which aims to give LSE students business experience and network opportunities, while providing pro-bono consulting services to its clients.

The team is currently recruiting project leaders and consultants. Project leaders will work with the team and stakeholders to set goals and major objectives. You will be expected to maintain focus and provide clear direction to team members with respect to external influencers and be clear about the programme’s priority in the portfolio. You will often be called upon to clarify the roles and responsibilities of team members. Project consultants will work with a team of students and a project leader. You will learn to apply theoretical frameworks on real projects and be part of an end-to-end consulting project - from acquisition to final delivery. Training workshops will be provided for both roles.

For more information or to apply, send your CV and a cover letter to by Saturday 26 October.


Take part in a careers survey for the LSESU Artichoke Society

The LSESU Artichoke Society is conducting research into undergraduates' perspectives on careers and invites LSE undergraduate students to get involved by completing an online survey.

The aim is to gauge what sort of impact studying at LSE has on students' career plans and choices. The survey is completely anonymous and none of the data will be used for anything other than the research.

The survey takes around one minute to complete and can be found online at The survey will close on Monday 28 October and the results will be published early in November.

If you have any queries, email Dan Martin at


Computer tip of the week

Extend Excel formula bar

Sometimes when you are creating formulas in Excel they can become rather large, complex and difficult to read, for example, with nested IF statements. In such cases, the formula bar becomes very crowded and it is difficult to see the whole formula.

In order to see the whole formula in one go, you can increase the size of the formula bar. To do this, click on the down pointing arrow at the right hand end of the formula bar. To make this area even larger, point the mouse at the dividing line just above the column headings, and when you see the double headed arrow, hold down the left mouse button and drag down.

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 or consider attending one of the weekly Software Surgeries. A range of additional computer training resources are available from the IT Training website. Subscribe to the IT Training mailing list to stay informed of upcoming courses and workshops.


- What's on

  Liu Wei  

NEW EVENT - Innovation: the essence of transforming development patterns

On: Thursday 21 November from 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Liu Wei (pictured), Executive Vice President of Peking University.

China has built a relatively well-off society by the end of the 20th century, transforming from a low-income country to a lower-middle-income one. In the first decade of the 21st century, China has further elevated itself to an upper-middle-income country.

Based on these achievements, the country sets its new goals for economic development: a sustainable economic growth to double its scale, a high-income economy with a higher per capita GDP, a transformation in the economic structure and an overall modernisation.

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

  Adama Samassékou












Michael Palin (photo by John Swannell)


Other forthcoming LSE events include....

The Social-Cultural Foundation of the 21st Century New Pan-Africanist Consciousness
On: Thursday 24 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Adama Samassékou (pictured), Founder and Former President of the African Academy of Languages.

Capitalism Without Guilt: the moral case for freedom
On: Monday 28 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

The Metropolitan Revolution: perspectives from US cities
On: Tuesday 29 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Bruce Katz, Vice President of the Brookings Institution and Founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and Professor Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy at LSE.

What's the Point of Contemporary Art?
On: Wednesday 30 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: JJ Charlesworth, Associate Editor for ArtReview, and Mark Rappolt, Editor of ArtReview.

On: Wednesday 6 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Michael Palin (pictured), comedian, actor, writer and television presenter.
This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Tickets will be released on Wednesday 30 October.

    LSE Chill - this Friday

The first LSE Chill session of this term will take place this Friday (25 October) from 5.30pm in the Fourth Floor Café Bar, Old Building. The session is open to all and will feature some dynamic acts.

The line-up for the evening is as follows:

6-6.30pm Daniel Lombard
Daniel Lombard will be performing a stand-up comedy routine which is sure to have us laughing in our seats.

6.45-7.15pm Princessa Rellosa
Princessa Rellosa is excited to have her first performance at LSE. She will be singing a few of her favourites from artists such as Adele, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars.

7.30-8pm The Critique of Pure Rhythm
The Critique of Pure Rhythm is the Department of Philosophy band. It specialises in 50s/60s rock and blues (with the occasional original number thrown in). Personnel are department members Roman Frigg, Max Steuer, Alex Voorhoeve and John Worrall; Alec Howells (second year BSc in Politics and Philosophy), former student Ipek Gencsu, and guest vocalist Natalia Tsalli. They promise to shake your nerves and rattle your brains.

If you are interested in performing at future LSE Chill sessions, email with your name and details of your act. For more information on LSE Chill, visit

  Alice Wilson  

A Government-in-exile Beyond Exile: expanding governance in western Sahara's liberation movement

On: Monday 28 October from 6-7.30pm in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Alice Wilson (pictured), Junior Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

The outbreak of the Arab uprisings marked the 35th year of the government-in-exile of western Sahara, Africa’s last decolonisation case. Led by western Sahara’s liberation movement, Polisario, this government-in-exile has developed a state-like apparatus through which, with Algerian consent, it governs Sahrawi exiles in desert refugee camps in south-west Algeria. In recent years, Polisario’s government-in-exile has increasingly expanded its governance beyond its base in exile in Algeria to Polisario-controlled western Sahara.

This talk examines the implications of this expansion for the sustainability of the liberation movement.

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

    Emerging Powers and a Rising Africa

On: Monday 28 October from 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Dr Ana Cristina Alves, Senior Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs, Professor Vladimir Shubin, Professor of African History and Politics at the Russian State University for Humanities, Dr Soyeun Kim, Lecturer at the University of Leeds, and Dr Mehmet Ozkan, Researcher at the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research in Ankara, Turkey.

Emerging powers are playing an increasingly consequential role in Africa, and are set to deepen their impact upon political, economic and security dynamics across the continent in coming years. Africa is back in the global spotlight, though uncertainties remain as to the ability of its leaders to capitalise on commodity-led growth to realise the continent’s development potential.

With a host of internationally recognised scholars, this lecture will critically examine these trends and possibilities for Africa’s future development.

For more information, click here or email

  Sherrill Stroschein  

Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratisation: Hungarian politics in Romania

On: Tuesday 29 October from 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House
Speaker: Dr Sherrill Stroschein (pictured), Senior lecturer in Politics at University College London.

Dr Sherrill Stroschein's research examines the politics of ethnicity in democratic and democratising states, especially democratic processes in states with mixed ethnic or religious populations.

At this event, which is part of LSEE’s visiting speaker programme, she will discuss Hungarian politics in Romania. More

  Michael Mason  

Climate Vulnerability and Human Security in the Jordan River Basin

On: Wednesday 30 October from 4-5pm in room LG.04, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Dr Michael Mason (pictured), Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

This seminar reports initial findings from an environmental research project jointly undertaken by LSE (Geography and Environment) and Birzeit University (Civil Engineering).

The project examines the climate vulnerability of Jordan Basin farming communities with current or recent experience of belligerent occupation (southern Lebanon, Golan Heights, West Bank) - a condition we label '(post)occupation'.

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

  Igor Lukšić  

Montenegro's Foreign Policy Priorities

On: Wednesday 30 October from 4.30-5.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House.

Igor Lukšić (pictured), Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and former Prime Minister (2010-12) of Montenegro, will speak at this event organised by LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe.

Registration is required for this event. To book your place, email More

  Anthony Giddens   Turbulent and Mighty Continent: what future for Europe?

On Thursday 31 October from 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Lord Giddens (pictured), former Director of LSE and a member of the House of Lords.

The European malaise goes deeper than the euro crisis alone, protracted and still unresolved though that may be. The EU and its member states must respond to deep-rooted changes affecting all the industrial countries. Pro-Europeans should recognise that now is the time for a far-reaching rethink of the European project as a whole to create a model appropriate to the exigencies of the twenty-first century.

This event marks the publication of Anthony Giddens' new book Turbulent and Mighty Continent: what future for Europe?. Books will be on sale after the lecture.

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


Predictability, Probability(s) and Physical Insight

On: Wednesday 6 November at 6.30pm in room CLM 2.02, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Leonard Smith, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series at LSE.

This lecture is a preview of the Charney Lecture Professor Smith will be delivering at the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Conference in San Francisco in December. An abstract of the lecture can be found here.

This lecture is free to attend but please email Lyn Grove at to confirm a place.

    How To: start a business

On: Monday 4 November from 8.30am-1pm at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS.

Starting a business depends on having an idea, having the know-how and raising the finance.

This event aims to inspire you to come up with a concept, and provide the tools to make it a reality. Introduced by Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, the team of professionals will tell you what you need to know about facing the challenges, avoiding the pitfalls, writing the plan, and choosing the right partner.

LSE students can get free tickets to this event - simply enter the promotional code "LSE". For more information, and to book a place, click here.


- 60 second interview

    Bethan Ovens  

with..... Bethan Ovens

I’m the International Student Immigration Adviser in the International Student Immigration Service team. I’m just coming to the end of my first year at LSE, but I’ve been working with international students for five years now.

I’m originally from Wales, although the accent only appears every now and then (at least I think that). Some past colleagues said I sounded like Nessa from Gavin and Stacey so I’ve tried to cut back on the times I say "Tidy" or start a sentence with "Oh!".

I started as a supply teacher in secondary schools in South Wales. As the danger money wasn’t enough, I fell into working in the Registry at what was then the University of Glamorgan. Following a couple of years working in quality assurance, I escaped by going to China for 18 months. I re-joined the higher education sector working as an adviser to international students, which eventually led me here.

I live in a leafy part of south London and am still enjoying the buzz of living in the city. I don’t think you can beat London on a sunny day and a daily commute past some of the World’s most famous landmarks.

What does the International Student Immigration Service (ISIS) do?

ISIS comprises the only staff at LSE who are designated to advise students on the student immigration rules. We give students the tools and advice to enable them to feel confident about dealing with Tier 4 visas. This might be applying for a Tier 4 visa, what to do if a passport is lost or stolen, working options, or how to apply for a visa for dependants. This is just a small selection of the services we provide. More information is available at

ISIS is also involved in other projects across the School including administering Erasmus, providing orientation workshops for students, and providing staff training on the immigration rules.

Do you like to go to the LSE eateries and which one is your favourite?

I’ve been to a few of the eateries on campus, but my favourite is definitely a pay day cake from the Garrick. The Danish pastries remind me of the cakes we used to get as a treat back home.

Where is the most interesting place you have visited?

I was lucky enough to work in Eritrea for two years with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). I’d love to go back there but the cost of the flight is prohibitive enough without all the red tape. You can visit it as a tourist, but there are only certain areas where you are permitted to go. I had the opportunity to live in a village and also the capital city Asmara. It’s a country of contrasts geographically. I was based in the highlands at over 2,000 metres, whereas my friends were in the lowlands facing temperatures of 47 degrees in the summer.

It was sometimes a challenging environment to live in due to the history and politics of the region. However, the positives far outweighed the negatives and I got to experience living in a country that not many people know much about.

I did spend a lot of time chasing the elusive official camel stamp for my travel permits and visas, so I can empathise with our students when they are applying for their Tier 4 visas.

What was your best subject at school?

I would say history but my results may indicate otherwise. My father used to try to amuse us on long car journeys by getting my sister and me to find the two swords marking a battle site on a map and my grandfather talked about fighting in the Second World War. I initially studied economics and social history for my degree and my main teaching subject was history, so I’m at home working amongst historians.

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

This is a difficult question and I did ask one of my oldest friends if she could think of anything. Most were vetoed. I don’t know if it was funny for me at the time, but once I had to dress up as Santa and sing the '12 Days of Christmas' to 3,000 Chinese students in our university Christmas show.

Luckily there’s no photographic evidence. Unfortunately, I don’t live up to the stereotypical idea of Welsh people being able to sing, but it was much better than when they asked me to sing the part of Maria in a 'Sound of Music' song for a competition. Needless to say I wasn’t first up to do the karaoke during the Summer Party.

Which are your two favourite shops in London?

I’m currently in the process of attempting to find somewhere affordable to live in London. As much as I would love to say Selfridges and Harrods, it’s more Morrisons in Camberwell and Boots on the Strand at the moment.


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 30 October. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 28 October. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Nicole Gallivan