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Marcus Mepstead
  Boris Johnson   Remembrance Day    
  What's on   Notices   In 60 seconds  

The Future of London within the UK

This event with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, which was previously postponed, has now been rearranged for Monday 9 December.


Act of Remembrance

The School will be holding a Remembrance Day vigil on Monday 11 November to remember all those who have lost their lives in any conflict, anywhere in the world.


Marcus Mepstead

Third year student Marcus, who is also an LSE Sports Ambassador, is currently training as part of the British Fencing World Class Programme for Rio 2016.

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  6 November 2013  

- News

  Paul Kelly   Student consultation on restructuring the teaching year

Message from Professor Paul Kelly (pictured), Pro-Director Teaching and Learning

Students are encouraged to take part in a School wide consultation process on how the academic year is organised. Should the School continue with three 10 week terms: should it semesterise with two 15 week semesters; or should it consider a variation of the three terms - with something like two 12 week teaching terms and a shorter six week summer examination period?

I am keen to hear the views of all students - whether undergraduate, postgraduate taught, research or occasional - as well as students from each department and disciplinary specialism.

Why are we doing this? As part of a review of teaching and learning I want to know whether some flexibility in the structure of term dates would allow for developments that enhance students’ learning experience and improve the opportunities for department faculty to develop their teaching. The basic module structure of 10 and 20 week courses would be unchanged but changing the term structure could allow for reading and assessment weeks, mid-term assessment, improvements in feedback, end of session exams and better targeted support such as essay or dissertation writing sessions and much else. The important thing is that the School hears from students with their varied experience about what could be done differently.

The Academic Board launched a consultation process at its meeting of 16 October. The Consultation should run during the Michaelmas and Lent terms of 2013-14 with a final proposal going to an Academic Board meeting in Summer 2014.

The consultation involves students, academic-staff and non-academic staff as this issue will impact everyone. Departments will be discussing the matter at Staff Student Liaison Committees but there are other opportunities for students to share ideas and submit proposals. I am sure the LSESU will also organise a consultation.

The consultation process will have a designated website but students can begin sending suggestions to I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

  Nick Byrne  

Nick Byrne appointed to Advisory Board for British Academy project

Nick Byrne (pictured), Director of the LSE Language Centre, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the British Academy project 'Born Global - Rethinking Language Policy for 21st Century Britain'.

This new policy research project will look into the extent and nature of language needs in the labour market and the implications for language education from school to higher education.

Bernadette Holmes, Principal Researcher of the project, said: "We are delighted that Nick can play such a key role in this policy research initiative, which is seeking to influence and develop fresh approaches to the ways in which languages can be provided in higher education to enhance employability".

'Born Global' aims to provide fresh analysis to inform the curriculum and assessment debate in modern languages, and seek evidence to prove that language capability really does improve employment prospects.

Nick commented: "I’ve already been involved in one joint BIS/DfE funded policy project, and three others funded by the European Commission - ENLU, LETPP and now LUCIDE. All projects look at aspects of multilingualism and particularly its relevance to the economy."

For more information on the 'Born Global' project, click here.

  Kai Möller   LSE academic shortlisted for Law Teacher of the Year Award

Kai Möller (pictured), Senior Lecturer in Law, is one of six academics to be shortlisted for the Law Teacher of the Year 2014 award.

The award, which is sponsored by Oxford University Press, provides a national platform to showcase the excellent teaching on show at law schools around the UK and formally recognise the vital role played by law teachers.

Alison Bone, a member of this year’s judging panel, explains: "Students rarely remember the research their lecturer has done - they remember the support they received, the passion and the enthusiasm the lecturer demonstrated for their subject, the way they engaged them in the learning process by doing something a little bit different. All of these fundamental aspects of what makes an outstanding lecturer are acknowledged and rewarded in the Law Teacher of the Year award."

Kai said: "I am honoured to have been shortlisted for this award and I'm extremely grateful to the Department of Law for having been incredibly supportive throughout the entire process."

The winner will be announced in February 2014.

  Chris Skinner  

The future of the Census

Professor Chris Skinner (pictured), Head of LSE’s Department of Statistics, has led an independent review of the methodology underlying the options for the future of the Census, on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A Census has taken place in Great Britain since 1801. Options set out in a recent public consultation by the ONS could lead to a radical departure in England and Wales from the traditional approach that has obtained information on all individuals every 10 years until 2011.

In a report published on Friday 1 November, Professor Skinner and his team, which included Michael Murphy, Professor of Demography at LSE, and demographic consultant John Hollis, explain that although results of ONS research to date are promising, the case for replacement of the traditional census model by the more radical option - combining administrative data with compulsory annual surveys - had not yet been established.

They conclude that a number of methodological challenges that had been identified would need first to be addressed if this option is to be pursued.

The team’s full report can be found on the ONS website. An associated statement from the Royal Statistical Society can be found here.


- Notices


Act of Remembrance – Monday 11 November

The School will be holding a Remembrance Day vigil at 10.45am in the Shaw Library, Old Building, on Monday 11 November.

School Secretary Susan Scholefield, Chaplain Reverend Dr James Walters, and LSESU General Secretary Jay Stoll will all say a few words, after which there will be a two minute silence at 11am, the same time that others will fall silent across the country.

Please come along to remember all those who have died and continue to die in war.

    Cloud email for all students

Good news for all second and third year undergraduates who have been waiting patiently for a bigger mailbox - IMT will be migrating all remaining mailboxes during this term, so soon you will be accessing your email on the cloud with a far greater mailbox capacity than you have now.

New students who joined the School this year were given their LSE email on Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud services. This included Outlook Online, a service that is free to educational establishments and which comes with a 25GB mailbox as standard.

Now existing students will be migrated onto this new service and soon all students will be able to access their email via the web browser on public computers on site, and through their own mobile devices.

If you need help, visit the user guides.

  LSE Careers  

LSE Careers invites you to….

International Organisations Day
The website for International Organisations Day is now live at - find out more about the day, the international organisations attending, and the topics they will be discussing.

Booking for the event will open at 9.30am on Friday 8 November and places usually fill up very quickly. The event is best suited to Master's and PhD students as many of the attending employers will require this level of experience.

    LSE Entrepreneurship funding competition

The deadline is fast approaching for the Michaelmas term LSE Entrepreneurship funding competition. Whether you want to help change the world or 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.

We are inviting LSE students and staff to submit a business proposal that will be assessed by our specialist judging panel. Successful applicants will then be asked to pitch their idea to the panel to compete for funding for their initiatives.

For more information and to apply, visit the LSE Entrepreneurship website. The deadline for initial applications is midday on Monday 18 November.

    AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships: call now open

The AXA Research Fund 2014 campaign supports research on life, socio-economic and environmental risks. Each fellowship comes to a total of €120,000 for two years.

For more information, click here. Applications should be emailed to Marie Yau at no later than 5pm on Wednesday 27 November.

    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

  • Legal Research: finding UK legislation
  • Good Writing Psychology
  • Powerpoint 2010: finishing touches

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

  • Preparing for Employers Numerical Tests
    Wednesday 13 November from 2-4pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
    This session will prepare you for future numerical tests you may have to undertake prior to any appointment.
  • The Psychological Challenges Faced by MSc Students
    Friday 15 November from 1-2pm in room OLD 3.21, Old Building
    What are the changes involved in adjusting to being an MSc student? This presentation will include a focus on how can you cope with the difficulties and stresses of this intense programme.

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

    LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition

MRes, MPhil and PhD students: can you convey your research visually?

LSE Research Festival 2014 is now accepting submissions for next year’s Research Festival Exhibition. Entrants are asked to convey their research through a poster, photograph or short film. A prize will be awarded in each category.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your work exhibited and viewed by senior academics and the general public. Last year, over 600 people visited the exhibition, and many of those involved remarked on how beneficial the experience was to their research project and their own development.

Workshops are being run later this term on making research based posters and films.

The submissions deadline is midnight on Friday 31 January. For more information, to view last year’s entries, and to submit your work, visit Follow us on Twitter @LSEResearchFest.


Computer tip of the week

Excel print previewing

There are times when you are creating spread sheets that they can spill onto more than one page, as with Word. Unlike Word, however, this can happen horizontally as well as vertically. This is especially true with large spread sheets.

To see if this happens with you, click View - Workbook Views - Page Break Views. You will see blue dashed lines indicating what will print on each page. You can adjust these pages by dragging the lines till you get the pages you need.

Note: the page numbers indicate if the spread sheet prints from left to right or from top to bottom. To change print direction, click File - Print - Page Setup - Sheet - Page order.

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.

    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 staff and students. Each image reflects a unique perspective on a particular scene.

We are always looking for submissions for future galleries. 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 information on how to submit your photographs, visit LSE Perspectives submissions. Missed October’s gallery? Previous galleries can be found here.

    CleanTech Challenge 2014

The CleanTech Challenge, organised by London Business School and University College London, is a global business plan competition for clean technology business ideas.

Teams compete over three rounds for a £10,000 prize, awarded at the two-day Bootcamp finals in London. Participants are mentored by industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors.

Previous winners include team Sunuru from Holland’s University of Delft, whose idea for ‘Urban Solar Panels’ - solar panels specifically engineered to be easily integrated into an urban environment - has now flourished into a working young business.

For more information and to get involved, click here.


- What's on

  Boris Johnson   NEW EVENT - The Future of London within the UK

On: Monday 9 December from 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building

The School is delighted to confirm that the event with Boris Johnson (pictured), Mayor of London, which was previously postponed, has now been rearranged for next month.

At the event, Boris Johnson will discuss the role and future of London within the Union.

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Staff and students can request one ticket from Monday 2 December. More

  Joaquin Almunia






Sarah Richmond

  Other forthcoming LSE events include....

Competition in the Online World: European and global perspectives
On: Monday 11 November at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Joaquín Almunia (pictured), Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Competition.

Burke, Oakeshott and the Intellectual Roots of Modern Conservatism
On: Tuesday 12 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Jesse Norman, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire.

The Ethics of the Cognitive Sciences: privacy and respect for persons
On: Wednesday 13 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Roger Brownsword, Professor of Law at King’s College London, Dr Sarah Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Research Ethics and Governance in the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health at University College London, and Dr Sarah Richmond (pictured), Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University College London.

  Behlul Ozkan  

Beyond "Strategic Depth"?: Islamism, Turkey's foreign policy and the Arab spring

On: Thursday 7 November from 6.30-8pm in the room 2.04, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Behlül Özkan (pictured), Marmara University

At this event Dr Özkan will discuss why, rather than following Neo-Ottomanist path, Turkey's foreign policy shifted towards Islamism since AKP came to power in 2002. The lecture seeks to analyse theoretical and ideological sources of Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Islamist foreign policy approach and how the Arab spring affected Turkish foreign policy toward the Middle East.

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

  Charles Shamas  

Re-negotiating the Terms of EU-Israel Partnership: normative power and international law

On: Monday 11 November from 4.30-6pm in room 2.06, New Academic Building
Speaker: Charles Shamas (pictured),
Senior Partner with the Mattin Group.

In July the European Commission published "guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards." This step has been variously described as a ‘political earthquake’, a sanction targeting Israeli settlements and settlement policies, and a confrontational move to save the two-state solution and the Middle East Peace Process from final collapse.

This event will outline the actual processes that have driven EU's production of these guidelines. It will examine the role of the EU as a normative power striving to respect international law and comply with its own law while intensifying EU-Israel relations.

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

    Gandhi Before India

On: Monday 11 November from 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Ramachandra Guha, author of Gandhi Before India and a former Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS.

The life of Gandhi is one of the most remarkable and potent in the modern era, yet few know what shaped him in his formative years.

Dr Ramachandra Guha paints a vivid portrait of a man whose ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915. Dr Guha explains how Gandhi was the sometimes unwilling leader in the midst of race and class, living in a world where he could develop the techniques that would undermine, and ultimately destroy, the British Empire.

This event is free and open to all. For more information, email More

  Jasna Dragovic-Soso   Divided Truths, Elusive Reconciliation: narrating the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s

On: Tuesday 12 November from 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, Cowdray House
Speaker: Dr Jasna Dragovic-Soso (pictured), Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The LSEE Research on SEE Visiting Speaker Programme is a series of seminars aimed at bringing research and scholarship by academics, policy professionals and other South Eastern Europe experts, to a wider audience.

Dr Dragovic-Soso is the author of Saviours of the Nation: Serbia's intellectual opposition and the revival of nationalism and co-editor of State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe: new perspectives on Yugoslavia's disintegration.

This event is free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. More

    Cloning Wild Life: zoos, captivity, and the future of endangered animals

On: Tuesday 12 November at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Carrie Friese, Associate Professor of Sociology at LSE.
Discussant: Charis Thompson, Professor of Sociology at LSE.

The natural world is marked by an ever-increasing loss of varied habitats, species extinctions, and new kinds of dilemmas posed by global warming. At the same time, humans are working to actively shape this natural world through contemporary bioscience and biotechnology, as humans seek scientific solutions to environmental crisis. Cloned endangered animals in zoos sit at the apex of these trends.

In her new book, Cloning Wild Life, Dr Friese argues that cloning technologies significantly affect our conceptualisations of and engagements with wildlife and nature.

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

  Pooran Desai   LSE Sustainability in Practice Lecture Series

LSE's Sustainability Team presents the first Sustainability in Practice Lecture of the 2013-14 series:

Mainstreaming Sustainability: the last 20 years and the next 20 years
On: Tuesday 12 November at 6.30pm in room 2.02, Clement House
Pooran Desai OBE (pictured), International Director of One Planet Communities.

Pooran Desai will share insight gleaned from a long list of achievements in the sustainability field, which include helping build BedZed, the UK's foremost eco-village zero-energy development, co-founding the International NGO BioRegional, and winning the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Let the Sustainability Team know you are coming on Facebook.


- 60 second interview

    Marcus Mepstead  

with..... Marcus Mepstead

I’m a third year student studying BSc Geography with Economics. I’m also a member of the British Fencing World Class Programme for Rio 2016 and helped LSE student Ollie Cook initiate the LSE Sports Ambassador programme.

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

With a lot of planning! Both are full time roles so I have to plan my days for the whole ten weeks during term times, in order to balance everything successfully.

What has been the most memorable day in your life, so far?

Winning a bronze medal at the European Championships.

How do you relax?

Ideally a day spent on the beach; sleeping, eating and surfing. But when I’m in London, it’s catching up with friends and family.

Where is the most interesting place you have visited?

Tokyo. It’s got such a different culture to London, it’s always a pretty cool city to visit.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cakes and desserts.

What, or who, makes you laugh?

My friends.


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 13 November. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 11 November. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Nicole Gallivan