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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) opens

The first new residents of SAW have moved in and work has started on the final stage of the development.


LSE Photo Prize 2014

Inspired by the theme of 2014's Literary Festival, this year's Photo Prize is looking for submissions interpreting 'Reflections'.


Rhys Cadman
Rhys, a Graduate Admissions Assistant in the Department of Finance, tells us about his close encounters of the elk kind and his love of the toasties from Wright's Bar.

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  15 January 2014  

- News


Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) was officially handed over to LSE on Wednesday 18 December 2013.

As snagging and building fit-out continues, the new occupants moved in last Monday.

Inside SAW you will now find:

  • LSE SU
  • Activities Resource Centre (ARC)
  • Three Tuns
  • The Denning Learning Café
  • The Weston Café
  • Media Centre
  • Advice and counselling
  • Gym
  • Dance and exercise studio
  • Reception and offices
  • Venue and events space

As well as:

  • LSE Careers
  • LSE Residential Services - Accommodation Office
  • LSE Faith Centre

The Three Tuns opened its doors this Monday (13 January) and both cafés should be ready for business next week.  The gym is already up and running so feel free to drop by! For more information about the building features and services, take a look at the Occupants' Guide.

Work began last week on the final stage of the development with the pedestrianisation of Sheffield Street and public realm enhancement which includes the installation of 819m² brick and yorkstone paving, feature lights and street furniture as well as some planting.

The planned completion date is April 2014. More


New survey shows university buildings matter to students

Over a third of students have rejected a university due to the quality of its buildings and lack of facilities, according to research led by the LSE Estates Division and the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF).

The research, commissioned by HEDQF, asked 1,000 students from UK universities for their views on the quality of their university campus and sheds new light on how students make decisions as they go through the application process.

When asked what were the most important factors when deciding where to study, 76 per cent of students ranked campus facilities as either ‘quite’ or ‘very’ important, with only eight per cent saying it was ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ important in their choice. This was the fourth most important factor after course, location and reputation.

Estate quality increases in importance once a student has chosen a university, with 86 per cent of students saying that it is ‘quite’ or ‘very’ important in their first year of studies. However, the importance students attach to estates decreases to 79 per cent for third years students.

The research also highlighted how factors such as demographics, region and type of university attended have an impact on how students view the university buildings. More


- Notices

    Lent Public Events Programme announced

LSE’s public events programme from January to April 2014 has been announced. Speakers include Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Linda Colley, David Harvey and Professor Amartya Sen. More


    Graduate Course Choices

The graduate course choice facility in LSE for You has now reopened and will remain open until 12 noon on 27 January, allowing graduate students to make changes to their Lent Term half unit course choices.

More information about how to use the course choice facility is available here. Additionally, an illustrated tutorial on course choice is available on LSE for You.

The course choice facility does not reopen for undergraduate students. Undergraduates who are considering changes to their courses should speak to their academic advisor in the first instance and complete a Late Course Change form at the Student Services Centre if required.

  Student News   LSE Careers’ International Development Event Programme

LSE Careers’ International Development Event Programme (IDEP) starts this week with a seminar this Friday on 'How to get into the humanitarian sector'. Over the coming weeks, there will be speakers from organisations such as Save the Children, Adam Smith International, Care International and the European Commission, so if you want to find out more about how to start a career in international development there is sure to be something for you.

Additionally, for the first time, there will be an International Development and Volunteering Fair. This will take place in the new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre on Tuesday 28 January. We have 24 organisations attending, ranging from large organisations such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to smaller NGOs such as Livelyminds and The Aegis Trust, all offering a range of UK based and/or international opportunities in the field of international development.

All events will open for booking a week in advance at 9.30am on LSE CareerHub and there's an IDEP website which lists all IDEP events in one handy place. It’s constantly being added to as more events are confirmed – so make sure you bookmark it to ensure you don’t miss anything!

    LSE Literary Festival 2014

LSE Literary Festival 2014 will be taking place from Monday 24 February – Saturday 1 March with the theme ‘Reflections’, exploring the distinctive qualities of the social sciences' and the arts' approaches to understanding the world around us. There will be a programme of talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings, as well as creative writing workshops and children’s events. Speakers will include Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, Sebastian Faulks, Margaret Macmillan and Michael Rosen. More

    LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition

MRes, MPhil and PhD students: can you convey your research visually? The deadline is fast approaching for submissions to the LSE Research Festival’s 2014 Exhibition. Submissions are being accepted from academic and research staff across the School for this year’s Research Festival Exhibition until midnight on Friday 31 January. Entrants are asked to convey their research through a poster, photograph or short film. Selected entries will be publicly exhibited in May, and 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.

For more information, to view last year’s entries, and to submit your work, take a look at the website here You can also follow the Festival on Twitter @LSEResearchFest

  Student News  

Tell us what you think - Student News feedback survey 2014

The Press Office has put together a short survey for you to tell us how you feel about Student News. It's an important way for us to find out how we can improve the newsletter for you.

The survey is open to all students and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Take part here

The survey is open until Friday 21 March. Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think.

    Applications now open for the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing, China

Applications are now open for the 11th LSE-PKU Summer School, which will run from 11 – 22 August 2014 at Peking University in Beijing.

Eighteen courses are available on the programme, all with a focus on China and Asia in subjects including economics, management, international relations, media and law. Courses are taught by a specialist in their field, from one or both of these world class institutions.

The programme attracts a truly diverse mix of participants drawn from over 40 nationalities and a variety of backgrounds. In 2013, a quarter were graduate professionals working in a wide range of related fields.

Please visit our website here to apply online and for further information about the courses on the programme.

    LSE Photo Prize is back!

LSE staff and students are encouraged to submit their best photos demonstrating their own interpretation of the Literary Festival theme ‘Reflections’. Submissions are now being accepted and will close Friday 31 January.

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. 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 that you can submit a maximum of three images. For more information email the LSE Arts Team at 


New issue of LSE Perspectives online

The January edition of LSE Perspectives is now online. Take a look at the gallery here. It features 12 striking images submitted by LSE staff and students with each image reflecting a unique perspective on a particular scene.

We are always looking for submissions for future galleries, so if you've taken any artistic images on your travels, from your home town or here in London, submit them for LSE Perspectives and share them with the School community.

Further information on how to submit your photographs can be found here. And if you missed December's gallery, be inspired here! 

    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Presentation Skills and Confidence

Undergraduates can track the skills they develop by taking part in activities beyond academic studies using PDAM.

This is just one 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 here.

    Learning and personal development events

Managing Depression - on Monday 20 January, 2pm-3pm, NAB 2.04, New Academic Building
Coming to LSE can be an exciting time, but also a time of challenges that can leave you vulnerable to depression. Depression and low moods are some of the most common problems presented at University Counselling Services. This workshop will look at how to become more aware of coping with low moods. Other topics discussed will include strategies of how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. We will also discuss how to access ongoing support to help you feel more in control. Book here

Black and Minority Ethnic Student at LSE? - on Tuesday 21 January, 11am-12pm, AGWR, Graham Wallas Room
Book here

Managing Your Time - on Wednesday 22 January, 12.30pm-2pm, CLM 3.02
Delivered by the Disability and Well-Being Manager you will gain tips on how to manage your time successfully and avoid stress while studying. Book here

Remember, even if the courses are fully booked when you look online, you can just go along on the day.

  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 21 January, and Tuesday 28 January, Tuesday 11 February, and Tuesday 18 February.

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

For more information, email Daniel at

    Lunchtime Meditations

Take some time for yourself at new lunchtime meditation classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 12.10-12.45pm during Lent term in the LSE Faith Centre on the second floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

No previous experience of meditation is needed and the meditations will be guided. There is no need to register so just come along, and there is no fee. The first class is Monday 20 January.

For more information, email Erika Mansnerus at and Tina Basi at 


Global competition to find new Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow and Mentor

The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, a joint initiative between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the UK and the Schmidt Family Foundation in the United States, offers an innovation platform for postgraduate students together with academics from top international design, engineering and business schools to rethink the economy. Ellen MacArthur and Wendy Schmidt are pictured left.

To take part in the competition, entrants must be registered on a postgraduate course in design, engineering or business at an accredited educational institution in 2014. Both the student and academic must be committed to taking part in the full one-year fellowship and be available to attend the summer school in the UK during 23-27 June 2014. The challenge for entrants is to create a one minute 40 second film in response to a challenge statement about the circular economy that can be shared publicly. The shortlisted entries will go through to an online interview phase with a selection team from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK.

Applicants must first register their interest at in order to download the competition brief on 13 January 2014. Entries must be submitted no later than 2 March 2014. The winner will be announced in March.


Paris Marathon - fundraising

Tze Ni Yeoh, a third year Economics student, and Leyla Mahirah Nor, a second year Actuarial Science student, will be running the Paris Marathon this April and have pledged to raise £2,000 for the Association of International Cancer Research (AICR) which funds the prevention and cure of cancer.

They kicked off their fundraising efforts last term with a donut sale which set a high, and delicious, mark for this year. Help them reach their target by supporting them at the events they have planned this month:

  • Lunch Box Sale, Thursday 16 January on Houghton Street
  • Lunch Box Sale, Thursday 30 January on Houghton Street
  • LSE University Cup- Squash Tournament, Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 January at the LSE Squash Courts. Register here or for more details email

They are also looking to collaborate with other societies, so please email them at if you can help. Keep updated with their progress on their Facebook page here And of course you can support them by donating online here

    Technology tip!

It's time to change your computer password and here's how to do it.

If you are using an on campus PC, press Ctrl|Alt|Delete together then click Change a Password. Enter your current password to prove it is you then enter a new password. Re-enter the new password to confirm it. Other situations, e.g. Mac users, see further information on the link below.

Create a strong password. A strong password consists of at least eight characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers and at least one punctuation character, e.g. ! or , . Do not use an old password.

Make a secret note of your new password until you remember it. Also, you can create a reminder with a security question, see link below.

Note: You must also update your other logins, e.g. Moodle, with your new password, when you use those services. More


- What's on


'The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: a critical perspective' - on Thursday 16 January at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Created by the UN Security Council to try the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri on February 14 2005, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) was scheduled to start its hearings this week. The STL prosecutor has indicted five members of Hezbollah, who have not been arrested and will be tried in absentia.

Come and hear criminal justice specialist Dr Omar Nashabe consider the history, ethics and future challenges of the tribunal which he has been monitoring since its launch in 2009. More 

    'Cities and Globalisation' - on Monday 20 January at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building

Ed Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, where he also serves as director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He studies the economics of cities, and has written on a range of urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime, and housing markets. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. His 2011 book, Triumph of the City: how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier was shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the year. More


'Agency and Gender in Gaza: masculinity, femininity and family during the second intifada' - on Monday 20 January at 6.30-8.00pm, NAB 1.04, New Academic Building

LSE's Dr Aitemad Muhanna will discuss her new book, which is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork among women and men in poor households in diverse locations in Gaza. The book explores how gender and gender relations of power in Gaza are renegotiated to develop material mechanisms of coping or resistance against the livelihood crisis, providing empirical evidence of Gazan women’s capacity to exercise actively their agency and to achieve material outcomes. With attention to the changing roles of men in the household and community as a result of the loss of male employment, the author explores the extension of poor women’s mobility. More

The lecture is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. For more details, email Sara Masry at


'Disrupting International Rules and Organisational Practices for Women's Rights and Gender Equality' - on Friday 25 January at 1-2:30pm in Room TW1.G.01, Tower One

How can change be made to happen to disrupt the deep structures of gender inequality in the programmes, policies and everyday practices of social change organizations, mainstream development agencies and systems? Come along to the next Gender Institute discussion to explore this question with Aruna Rao, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Gender at Work. More


Hellenic Observatory Research Lent Seminar Series

The Hellenic Observatory has announced its exciting Research Seminar Series for Lent term.  See full details here

All Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to the public. Entry is on a first come first served basis. More details here

    'Reviving Famagusta; from ghost town to eco-city?' - on Friday 21 February, 2.00-6.45pm, LSE Shaw Library, Old Building

Recent citizens' initiatives in Cyprus have proposed the opening of the ghost town of Varosha and have imagined the revitalisation of the Famagusta area. This half-day conference, organised by the Hellenic Observatory and Contemporary Turkish Studies at LSE, brings together town planners, architects, and economists to discuss the anticipated social, economic, and ecological consequences of a potential opening. More

The conference is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Registration is through LSE's E-shop and must be completed by Monday 17 February.


- 60 second interview


with.....Rhys Cadman

I’m an ex-LSE student, graduating in 2012 with a first in law and living in Shoreditch, although I don’t own nearly enough pastel shades of skinny chinos to blend in with the locals.

I’m spending this academic year working as the Graduate Admissions Assistant in the universally beloved Department of Finance before I start my LPC, and I’m enjoying the hardworking but relaxed atmosphere and decent working hours that LSE provides, before the hard-and-fast City lifestyle kicks in. I enjoy the fact that my work leads me to interact both with current students and other departments, in particular spending a decent chunk of time annoying the folk over in Graduate Admissions who are a great bunch of people; this is especially impressive given that I’m usually asking them to do something urgently for me.

Sport is probably my main pursuit outside of work. I am a crucial cog in the Drury Lane Lightning (Department of Finance street basketball squad), taking on all comers - so far this has mainly been High Holborn students hanging round the court and some summer school kid called "Boston" who looked about 12 and was much better than me. I also play hockey for King’s and Alleyn’s Hockey Club (awkwardly, an amalgamation featuring the King’s University Old Boys team). As is customary for middle-class privately-educated children from Oxfordshire, I had a gap year then went to university and didn’t shut up about it for years - I spent eight and a half months working on a ski resort in Banff, Canada, during which time I wrecked my left ankle snowboarding off a cliff, had to evacuate a house party/barbecue due to bear mace, worked in -30°C, fled from some moderately irate elk during mating season, and a host of other improbable and mildly stupid teenage things. I am proud to say I have done almost none of these things since.

Forget about daily complaints and little frustrations, what do you actually love about LSE and what would make it an even better unique institution?

Wright’s Bar toasties, and more funding for Wright’s Bar coupled with a wider range of toasties.

Also, the sheer breadth of cultural background of both students and staff which helps to make LSE one of the most impressively multicultural and inclusive environments in the world. I have no empirical evidence to support this assertion, but I’m pretty confident it’s true.

Can you play a musical instrument? If so, what and to what standard?

I’ve been through a few! I played guitar until year six - the highlight of my brief career was soloing the James Bond theme tune in a school assembly whilst a friend (dressed in what was presumably the world’s only tuxedo designed for a 10 year old) bobbed, weaved, and rolled around on the floor pretending to hold a toy gun (which had been taken away from him by the teachers as it was the 90s).

I also play the piano to a grade five standard, and took up the bassoon at secondary school - yes, the bassoon. My parents, clearly lacking confidence in my musical talent (despite the stunning guitar recital of James Bond) wanted me to take up an instrument that would get me into an orchestra easily, and within three weeks I was in the school’s Second Wind Band. I feel this speaks more to the quality of the Band than it does to my early ability. I ended up passing my grade seven exam, and even went on a school orchestra tour of Hong Kong and Beijing which was a pretty amazing cultural and musical experience, except being incredibly hungover in Ocean Park following the World Cup Final. That was awful.

What book are you currently reading and which have you enjoyed most in the past?

Rather awkwardly, contrary to my usual literary taste, I’m currently reading a celebrity autobiography by esteemed broadcaster Alan Partridge. It’s a cracking read and provides an interesting, unique perspective on what would objectively be an unbelievably comfortable middle-class life. The challenges he considers himself to have gone through, and succeeded despite, would have been debilitating for a lesser alter-ego.

My favourite book is probably Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, brilliant for its sheer logical irrationality, although I’m also a big fan of Raymond Carver’s short stories (his use of language is fantastic, every word is crucial) and the work of Richard Brautigan.

I also have a soft spot for Tusk Tusk, my favourite book as a kid. Apparently I cried when I couldn’t afford it on our school trip to the library when I was five.

What did you buy with your first pay cheque?

My first pay check for any job at all was when I spent the summer working at a warehouse near my home in Abingdon. It came to about £200, and I’m fairly sure I spent it on Ben & Jerry’s and Playstation games. My first LSE pay cheque went on mildly more mature items including, but not limited to, knitwear, vegetables, and a hangover.

What is your favourite sport?

Football is the easy answer but I’m going to have to say American Football. My older brother got me into it in the 2005-06 season and I’ve only got keener since, becoming infinitely more enthusiastic about the statistical analytics key to the sport; I regularly used to stay up until 4am to watch late games on TV, but unfortunately full-time employment tends to ruin that sort of commitment.


Get in touch!

If you have some news, an achievement, or an aspect of LSE life that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. Do get in touch at or on ext 7582.

The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 22 January. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 20 January. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan