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Raising money for Spires
Over two thousand pounds has been raised for Spires, a day centre in Lambeth, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and the generosity of LSE's students and staff.


How you connect to wifi is changing

From today (11 December) you will have to use your full LSE email to connect to eduroam, the School's main wifi system.


Hannah Richmond

Hannah, LSESU Activities and Development Officer, who looks after the sports clubs and societies of the SU, would start a Quidditch Society if she could instigate a new one.

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  11 December 2013  

- News


Raising money for Spires

Over two thousand pounds has been raised for charity thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and the generosity of LSE's students and staff.

Last week, the Conference and Events team was given tickets to Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward to distribute to its students. All tickets were free, but a donation of £5 a ticket was requested.

Thanks to all those LSE students who donated to get a ticket, £2,250 has been raised which will go to Spires, a day centre for homeless and vulnerable people and provides support, food, and clothing and one of the charities the LSE Students' Union RAG (Raising and Giving) society is fundraising for this year. 

Many thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber who was very keen for young people and students to be some of the first to see his new musical and learn about the Profumo affair, whilst also making a contribution to charity, and who gave these tickets to LSE. Without his generosity this would not have been possible.

For those who did not get a ticket, but are still interested in seeing the show, tickets are for sale via the usual channels. More

    LSE Athletics Team wins the University of London Athletics Championship

By Rayhaan Vankalwala, undergraduate Law student and vice captain of the LSE Athletics Team

Saturday 23 November saw the LSE Athletics Team head to Lee Valley Athletics Centre for the University of London Athletics Championship. The day proved to be a momentous occasion, because the team ended the day as champions for the first time in its history, ending a period of domination by Imperial University.

The day saw a whole host of outstanding individual performances, with LSE dominating the sprints and jumps, striding and leaping to a stream of medals that did not seem to dry up.

The long and middle distances proved to be a much sterner test, but once again our athletes stood tall in extremely fast fields, with everyone either making a final or running a personal best.

Perhaps most encouraging though was the unity and support that this team showed. This might seem to be somewhat of a cliché in this context, but athletics is a fundamentally individual sport, and so to see all of our athletes performing for their university and their team as much as themselves was rather special.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Arthur Wadsworth, web producer in IMT, who organised the event.

After a fantastic performance and real potential, perhaps it is time for a new era of domination…


LSE Student wins UNESCO Pathways to a Culture of Peace competition

Ho Rui You (pictured), an undergraduate student based in the Department of Statistics, has won the photography category of the UNESCO Pathways to a Culture of Peace: global contest for mutual understanding for his series of ten photographs, entitled "Faces". 

More than 1,300 young people worldwide between the ages of 14-25 years of age submitted entries and the winners were selected for highlighting the core values of the culture of peace and non-violence, including respect for diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, justice and equity.

Ho Rui You said "My photography project 'Faces' revolves around human emotions captured in black and white. The usage of black and white in my work is actually two pronged; as well as serving as an extra challenge for myself in the aspect of photography, it also removes 'colour' in a figurative way, to strengthen the purpose of my project, which is to prove that skin colours are nothing but clothing. Deep inside, we’re all human, and thus, are part of a big family.

"I have named each of my photos accordingly, to the stages that most people will experience – no matter Asian, European, or African. Each of it signifies a crucial part of life that we have to experience as humans, and shows that we are not so different after all. In my project, I aim to show that we are all linked by a primal connection of humanity – a plethora of emotions, expressions, and interactions, and that the only thing preventing peace is our tendency to judge and to doubt.

"Reach out, talk to people, travel the world; we’ll all find that people are no different in every corner of the world. We’re just part of the same creation with different ideas on life – hence the variety in religions and cultures. Cultural differences are to be respected instead of shunned, and skin colour is to be disregarded instead of judged negatively. After all, we’re all humans, are we not?"

On announcing the winners, the judges said: “We congratulate all participants for their commitment to a culture of peace and non-violence and for the quality and relevance of their work.” More


Spot the Old Building...

Actor Chris Pine plays an LSE student in his upcoming role as CIA agent Jack Ryan, and, in aid of authenticity, came to the School to film on campus earlier this year.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner, opens on Boxing Day, so those interested in the spy's adventures can keep their eyes peeled for some campus action.

    Programme Announced for LSE-UCT July School 2014 

Ten courses have been announced for the second LSE-University of Cape Town July School, to be held in South Africa from 30 June – 11 July next year. Applications will open in early January, and a limited number of bursaries for LSE students are available.

The ten diverse courses on offer, all taught by outstanding faculty members from one or both of LSE and UCT, bring together university students and graduate professions from around the world to explore social science issues relevant to Africa and its development today.

The programme was a great success in 2013, attended by 99 participants from 26 countries with 100 per cent of the participants saying both that their course was interesting, and that they would recommend the July School.

Full details about the programme are now available online here.

    Immigration Bill

An Immigration Bill is currently in the process of being discussed in Parliament. The Bill proposes a surcharge for the use of the NHS, landlord checks, and removal of appeal rights in the UK (except for human rights cases).

LSE is aware of the proposals and contributed to the Home Office consultations on NHS charges and landlord checks before the Bill was drafted.

As the Bill is currently at the proposal stage, no definite details have been confirmed. Once the legislation has been drafted, we will ensure that students are updated with the details of the policy.

Details will be provided on the following web page:


- Notices

    LSE to screen state funeral of Nelson Mandela

The School will screen the state funeral of former President Mandela in the Old Theatre this Sunday 15 December.

The venue will be open to any students and staff who wish to watch this together. Exact times of the funeral are to be confirmed but more information can be found on the official government page and we will be updating the LSE website once timings are confirmed.

    How you connect to eduroam is changing

eduroam is our primary wireless (wifi) network at LSE and the only network with the ability to connect you seamlessly in any other higher education institution in the UK that also uses the eduroam wifi service. In order to realise this benefit, and to remain compliant with eduroam standards, we will shortly be making a minor change to how you connect to the eduroam network.

On Wednesday 11th December the username you use to connect to eduroam will change from your LSE username to your full LSE email address.

So for example you will now need to enter instead of bloggsj.

Full details of the requirements and steps to connect to eduroam can be found here: 

If you have any questions or concerns about the changes or any general queries about connecting to the eduroam network then please contact the IMT Service Desk on 0207 107 5000 (ext 5000).

    Major Telephony Upgrade – Thursday 19 December

On Thursday 19 December, IMT will be supporting LSE’s move to a new voice-over internet (VOIP) telephony system.

As a result of this work all incoming calls to LSE will be subject to some disruption between the hours of 9am and 5pm. This will include the LSE Main Switchboard number and Halls of Residence. There are some exceptions to this disruption which are outlined in more detail on the LSEITNews blog.  

IMT apologises for the inconvenience this will cause and asks that where possible staff and students try make other arrangements to receive incoming calls during the day on Thursday 19 December.


Volunteering at Christmas

Volunteering at Christmas can be a fantastic thing to do. Check out the latest Christmas volunteering opportunities available to students from the LSE Careers Volunteer Centre. They range from carol singing to working in a homeless centre. Many more can be found on LSE CareerHub too.

    Scholarship opportunities for LSE students

From Wednesday 18 December, LSE's Financial Markets Group (FMG), one of the leading centres in Europe for academic research into financial markets, will be accepting applications to our two student funding programmes: the Paul Woolley Centre Scholarship 2014-15 and the Deutsche Bank Fellowship 2014-15.

Both programmes provide successful applicants with up to £18,000 per academic year to cover tuition fees, and research and living costs. While both programmes have their own requirements for candidates to meet, both accept applications from non-FMG students. The deadline to apply is Friday 28 February 2014.

Information about how to apply and further details for both programmes are available via the FMG website: Deutsche Bank Fellowship and Paul Woolley Centre Scholarship.


Journal of Public and International Affairs call for papers

The Journal of Public and International Affairs is taking submissions for its next issue.

The journal, which is published jointly by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, publishes on US domestic policy, international relations, development studies and economic policy. LSE MPA students Kathleen Walpole and Nathan Thompson are LSE Contributing Editors for the Journal.

Policy papers should be approximately 6,000 words, including endnotes and bibliography, and policy articles should be approximately 1,500 words, including endnotes and bibliography. Contributions should include a cover sheet with contact information, including the name of the School and be submitted by 17 January 2014. More


Computer tip of the week

Outlook flagging email for later attention

It is possible to flag our emails so that we can pay attention to them when we need to. To flag an email:

1. In an open message, click Message - Tags - Follow Up or in your inbox, select message and click Home - Tags - Follow Up
2. From the flags list, choose the time which is appropriate for you
3. Optionally to indicate the kind of follow up you wish to make, click Follow Up - Custom - Flag to: a drop down list will appear and you can choose from the available options.

The flag will be added to the To Do pane on the right of your screen. Point your mouse at the flag to get a pop up note to give you information about it.

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. Alternatively, you can bring specific training needs to a Software Surgery or enrol for a one-to-one IT Training session. A range of additional computer training resources are available from the IT Training website.

    LSE Photo Prize is back

LSE students and staff are encouraged to submit their best photos demonstrating their own interpretation of the Literary Festival theme ‘Reflections’.

Submissions will be accepted from Monday 13 January, giving you the Christmas break to consider the theme and capture those moments.

Submissions will be displayed across the LSE campus during the Literary Festival (25 February-1 March). The three winning photographs, selected by a panel of art professionals and LSE staff, will be announced at the Festival’s closing event on Saturday 1 March. The winning photographers will then get to see their images printed and displayed at the School.

Each photograph must be 300dpi, no smaller than 2MB as a jpeg file. Please note you can submit a maximum of three images only. For more information, email the LSE Arts Team at


- What's on


Forthcoming LSE events include....

Measuring Happiness?
On: Wednesday 15 January at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Paul Dolan (pictured), Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE, Professor Elaine Fox, Director of The Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience, University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics at Warwick University, and Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI.

In Conversation with Joshua Rozenberg
On: Thursday 16 January at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Joshua Rozenberg, Britain's best-known commentator on the law and named in 2012 as one of the of the UK's 100 most influential lawyers by the Times

Feminism Then and Now
On: Tuesday 21 January at 6pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a journalist and author, Nathalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, Finn Mackay, a feminist, activist and researcher, Pragna Patel, the director of Southall Black Sisters, Professor Lynne Segal, Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at Birkbeck.

Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable
On: Wednesday 22 January at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University and Nobel Prize winner
Ticket Release Date: Tuesday 14 January

These European Elections Matter
Date: Thursday 23 January at 6.30pm on LSE campus
Speaker: Nigel Farage, UKIP leader and MEP
Ticket Release Date: Wednesday 15 January


Podcasts of public lectures and events

Is ASEAN Still Relevant?
Speaker: Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes
Recorded: Wednesday 04 December 2013, approx. 80 minutes
Efficiency, Legitimacy and Political Expediency: Japan's trade governance dilemmas
Speaker: Mireya Solis
Recorded: Wednesday 04 December 2013, approx. 57 minutes
Africa and Its Position in the World Today
Speaker: Nelson Mandela
Recorded: Friday 6 December 2013, approx. 37 minutes 


- 60 second interview

    Hannah Richmond  

with..... Hannah Richmond

I’m the Activities and Development Officer in LSE's Students' Union. I spent my three years at LSE heavily involved in the Athletics Union where I did hockey, netball and rowing. I graduated this year in environmental policy. Originally I’m from Surrey but I moved to Hong Kong when I was 13 and then onto Jakarta, Indonesia, where I finished high school.

What are your main responsibilities as Activities and Development Officer?

I have a pretty broad range of responsibilities. I look after the sports clubs and societies and help any students who want to set up anything new at LSE. I also work with the RAG team to help them put on some of their events to raise money for charity, as well as spending a bit of time on the various student media outlets.

I also look after our sports ambassadors which is an amazing scheme to help elite athletes continue their sport while they study. Finally I work closely with Anneessa, Community and Welfare Officer, to organise and develop the Community Festival - a project which facilitates cross society collaboration as well as providing an alternative fundraising avenue for our clubs and societies and getting alumni involved in the amazing events our clubs and societies hold.

If you could instigate a new student society at LSE, what would you choose?

Definitely something weird. Maybe a Quidditch Society.

If you were offered the trip of a lifetime, where would you go and why?

I’d love to do Europe properly. I haven’t seen a lot of it aside from the occasional school trips to France or Spain. I think it has so much to offer in terms of culture, food, sights and history which makes it such an interesting place to visit.

What is your favourite TV show?

I love way too many to choose. I’m a big fan of things like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. At the moment I’m still getting over the loss of the Great British Bake Off.

Where is the best place for lunch in WC2?

When I’m at the School I tend to stick to boring places like Pret and Wasabi. However, in the area, the best place for lunch is without a doubt Leather Lane. The queues might put people off but the stalls and cafes serve some of the best food in the area, and it’s amazing value for the quality and portion size.

Are you a lark or an owl?

I definitely used to be a lark but as soon as I became a student, I slowly descended into late nights and lie-ins.


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