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LSE Entrepreneurship’s Lent term funding competition now open

Calling all budding entrepreneurs - LSE Entrepreneurship has just what you need...


'A European Dream Deferred: how to restore Europe's promise and potential'
This year's Eva Colorni Memorial Lecture with former prime minister of Greece, George Papandreou.


Dr Swenja Surminski

Compost heap expert, penguin collector, online shopping connoisseur - Dr Swenja Surminski's talents are many, but she'd like to have just a few more...

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  22 January 2014  

- News

    Interfaith Israel/Palestine trip

The New Year saw LSE’s first interfaith trip to Israel/Palestine for Muslim, Jewish and Christian students, led by the Chaplain the Revd Dr James Walters and School Secretary Susan Scholefield. The trip, sponsored by the Annual Fund, is part of the events surrounding the opening of the new Faith Centre in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. The group joined worship in a church, mosque and synagogue and met activists on both sides of the conflict engaged in interfaith projects on the ground. They were invited to Jewish homes in Jerusalem for a Shabbat meal and stayed with Palestinian families in Bethlehem on the feast of Christmas in the Orthodox calendar.

Graduate student Jack Palmer said, “What became clear through the conversations we had and the experiences we shared is that interfaith work, reconciliation and peace making is a long and arduous road. My hope, and where I see this trip being so significant for taking interfaith work forward, is that people in similar situations will trust that the beauty that comes in reconciliation is worth the patience.”

- Notices

    Become a student mentor

Calling all first and second year undergraduates - do you want to give back to the LSE community while improving your communication and interpersonal skills? Then think about becoming a student mentor for the 2014/15 academic year. In 2014/15, mentors will act as human signposts to help new students not living in halls of residences settle in at LSE.

There is a limited number of places on the scheme and we expect to receive more applicants than we have spaces. Please consider your application carefully and make sure you that you could attend the training session on the afternoon of Wednesday 5 March 2014, if you are selected.

More information about the scheme and the all important application form can be found here. The application deadline is Sunday 9 February 2014. If you have any questions about the scheme, email Lydia Halls at
    Holocaust memorial commemoration

Everyone is invited to attend the Holocaust memorial commemoration this Monday 27 January at 12 noon in the LSE Faith Centre in the new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

    LSE Chill – calling performers!

The first LSE Chill session of this term is Friday 31 January, in the 4th floor café bar. Acts are still needed for the evening, and for future Chills, so get in touch with the team if you want to show off your talents at and let them know your name and the details of your act. More

    University squash tournament cup - pick up a racket and play!

LSE squash club is organising the inaugural LSE University cup on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February. Squash enthusiasts of every level are invited to compete in a tournament that will uncover the best squash players London universities have to offer, including all students, faculty and staff.
Whether you're a squash pro or novice, there will be categories for all, so get involved in the biggest and best university squash tournament London has ever seen!

There are prizes to be won, so don't miss out on your chance to win up to £50 and of course, more importantly, to take the title of LSE University Cup Champion.

Participation costs only £5 for LSE squash club members or £10 for non members and all proceeds go to the Association of International Cancer Research.

Register here or email for further information.  Entries close at 12pm on 25 January and payment deadline is 5 February. Confirmation emails stating participant category, event itinerary and payment links will be sent by 3 February.

    LSE Photo Prize 2014: LSE Arts first pop up exhibition

Back for its seventh year, LSE Photo Prize 2014 is running alongside the Literary Festival to display submissions across the LSE campus. LSE staff and students are encouraged to submit their best photos demonstrating their own interpretation of the Literary Festival theme ‘Reflections’. Submissions will be accepted until 31 January. For more information, click here.

All submitted photographs will be displayed across the LSE campus in a different location every day of the week. Foodie freebies will be up for grabs at each exhibition location, so keep an eye out for hints and clues about the locations and treats on @LSEEvents from 24 February to 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 three winners 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. You can submit a maximum of three images. For more information, email the LSE Arts Team at
    Applications now open for the LSE-UCT July School in Cape Town, South Africa

Applications are now open for the second LSE-UCT July School, which will run from 30 June – 11 July 2014 at the University of Cape Town. A limited number of bursaries are available for LSE students who apply before 31 March.

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 professionals from around the world to explore social sciences 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% of the participants saying both that their course was interesting, and that they would recommend the July School.

Visit our website here to apply online and for further information about the programme.

    Diversity calendar 2014

The School’s 2014 Diversity Calendar is ready for everyone's desks. The calendar engages with equality and diversity themes and contains School dates. The vibrant images were submitted by LSE staff and students for a competition and selected by a judging panel – as such they are an expression of LSE community’s insight into equality and diversity. Each month, the calendar presents a new and hopefully thought provoking idea. It is available to download here. The Equality and Diversity team wishes everybody a happy new year!

    Equality and diversity Lent term flyer

As we get stuck in to 2014, there are lots of exciting equality and diversity events happening across the School. This term, there is a series of public debates and discussions by the Gender Institute to welcome the Women’s Library@LSE, workshops for staff and students and open monthly meetings hosted by the staff network Spectrum. For details of these events and more, please see the Equality and Diversity Lent Term Flyer here.

    Feel good food day

Come to the 4th floor restaurant on Wednesday 29 January and tuck into feel good food day - good for you, good for the planet, but still filling and tasty!

As well as raising awareness and promoting the sustainable aspects of the food served by the team there, they will be showing that limiting meat in diets and using healthier ingredients, seasonal vegetables, fish from sustainable stocks and higher animal welfare produce can benefit your health, the environment and animal welfare. The ‘Feel Good Food’ world cuisine menu will offer reduced meat and increased vegetarian alternatives, so come along and feel good.

Student workforce - take a survey, maybe win a prize!

The Research Division of the LSESU Economics Society is currently working on a project to understand the internships and part time work done by LSE students in order to learn more about the LSE student labour force. As part of the project the team has designed a survey with questions such as, 'does completing an internship help people get the jobs they want?' All students are invited to respond, so please get involved. The survey should take less than four minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

Responses will be completely anonymous, but if you include your e-mail id at the end (though this is optional), you will be entered into a draw for some great prizes, including an iPad! The survey closes 9 February.

    How would you use £20k to improve environmental sustainability at LSE?

Deadline for applications to the 2013-14 Sustainable Projects Fund (SPF) is Monday 3 February, with up to £20,000 available.

The SPF was established by the Sustainable Futures Society to advance sustainability at the LSE. All students and staff are welcome to submit an application for an environmental project on campus. Previous winners have included the LSE bicycle maintenance stand, the Plaza Café green roof, and the Passfield Hall garden.

For more information, come to the applicant workshop Friday 24 January from 3-5pm in 32L.LG.10, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields - an opportunity for guidance on applications. More
    LSE Entrepreneurship’s Lent term funding competition now open

Whether you have a bright idea, or an already established project, LSE Entrepreneurship wants to hear from you.

LSE Entrepreneurship’s funding competitions help LSE students and staff to boost their business or social enterprise idea by offering funding of up to £10,000. The initial round of the competition is open until 5pm on Tuesday 7 February. Applicants just need to fill in a short form outlining their idea here.

If your initial application is successful, you'll need to submit a detailed business proposal and costings to be assessed by a specialist judging panel. Applicants who make it through to the next round will then pitch their idea to the panel on Friday 7 March to compete for funding. More

From brainwave to business: an entrepreneurship bootcamp to get your idea up and running

If you dream of owning your own business or already have an idea but need some practical advice to get it up and running, come to LSE Entrepreneurship’s brainwave to business bootcamp – a series of events covering aspects of developing your own business; including testing an idea, developing a business plan, coping with working on your own, and one to one legal advice. More



Booking opens for LSE Careers International Development and Volunteering Fair

Booking is now open for the LSE Careers International Development and Volunteering Fair - the perfect opportunity to meet a whole host of organisations and charities offering a range of UK based and/or international paid or volunteering opportunities in the field of international development.

The fair is part of LSE Careers' International Development Events Programme (IDEP). If you're interested in the international development sector, keep an eye out for plenty more talks, forums and seminars throughout Lent term.


    Learning and personal development events

Overcoming perfectionism - on Monday 27 January, 12pm-1pm, NAB 2.04
Are you failing to work efficiently because of difficulties in managing perfectionism? This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will look at common difficulties with excessive perfectionism and will cover a wide range of practical approaches to help you manage your studies. It will include a look at common myths and how to overcome self-defeating thinking errors. Book here.

Structuring MSc dissertations & long essays - on Wednesday 29 January, 2pm-3pm, Old Theatre
This session will be delivered by the Head of Educational Development who will give essential tips on the planning and writing of your dissertation or extended essay. Book here.

All sessions can be booked on the Training & Development System, but you can also just turn up on the day.



Technology tip!

eduroam is our primary wireless (Wi-Fi) network at LSE which allows secure connectivity across the School. If you configure your device once, you will automatically connect wherever eduroam is available, including at many other institutions across the UK and abroad that also use the eduroam service.

The exact method to connect to eduroam will vary from device to device but you will need to:
1. Make sure you are at a place on campus which has wireless network availability
2. Enable Wi-Fi on your device. Scan for networks and choose eduroam
3. When prompted, enter the following information:
• Username: Your LSE email address, e.g.
• Password: Your LSE network password

Note: You may find it convenient to connect to eduroam for the first time on campus, since this is a) the easiest place to access eduroam for most people b) the easiest way to connect using your LSE credentials.

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


- What's on

    'A European Dream Deferred: how to restore Europe's promise and potential' - on Monday 3 February at 6.30pm

LSE, the Eva Colorni Trust and Professor Amartya Sen invite all LSE staff and students to attend this year’s Eva Colorni Memorial Lecture with former prime minister of Greece, George Papandreou.

Tickets can be requested online from Monday 27 January. LSE ID required. More

'The People Want: a radical exploration of the Arab uprising' - on Monday 27 January at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

The euphoria that welcomed the Arab uprising in its initial stage has tended to turn into gloom in recent months. Away from impressionistic reactions, Gilbert Achcar will assess and discuss the latest developments in the Arab speaking region on the occasion of the publication of his recent book, The People Want: a radical exploration of the Arab uprising. More

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


'Emerging ethnic economies at times of crisis: socio-economic and spatial dimensions of migrants’ entrepreneurship in Athens' - on Tuesday 28 January at 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House

Dr Panos Hatziprokopiou from the Department of Spatial Planning & Development at the School of Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will be speaking. The Hellenic Observatory gratefully acknowledges the National Bank of Greece for the funding of this research project.

Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to all. No tickets are needed - entry is on a first come first served basis. More

    Events this week

European Parliament Elections 2014: issues and stakes

'The Ethics of 'Nudge'' - on Monday 27 January at 6.30pm
in the Old Theatre in the Old Building with Professor George Loewenstein, Samuel Nguyen and Professor Drazen Prelec.

'The Next Crisis' - on Tuesday 28 January at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre in the Old Building with Professor Julia Black, Dr Jon Danielsson and Professor Charles Goodhart. More

'Pride and Propaganda: LGBT rights in Russia today' - on Wednesday 29 January at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre in the Old Building with Jonathan Cooper, Kseniya Kirichenko, Peter Tatchell.

    ‘The Rise of Euroscepticism: causes and prospects’ - on Thursday 30 January at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, LSE

The LSE European Institute and the European Parliament Information office in the UK invite you to this panel discussion with
Dr Matthew Goodwin, Associate Professor of Politics at
University of Nottingham and Peter Kellner, President of YouGov since 2007, chaired by Prof Maurice Fraser, Head of European Institute here at LSE. A reception will follow the discussion.

Dr Matthew Goodwin is Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, where his research focuses on radical right parties, immigration and Euroscepticism. He is co-author of the new book, Revolt on the Right: explaining public support for the radical right in Britain (with Robert Ford). Peter Kellner has been President of YouGov the opinion research agency since 2007 and is a former political editor of New Statesman. More

    LSE IDEAS public lecture series - Asia Rising

LSE IDEAS has announced its new public lecture series - Asia Rising. Speakers include: Prof John Ikenberry, Prof Arne Westad, Prof Michael Cox, Prof Simon Hix, Mr Jonathan Fenby, Ms Isabel Hilton and Ambassador Wu Jian Min. Look out for #LSEasiarising on Twitter. More

- 60 second interview


with.....Dr Swenja Surminski

I joined LSE as a Senior Research Fellow three years ago, working on climate risk and the role of the private sector at the Grantham Research Institute. Prior to that I worked for 10 years in the insurance industry - not selling car insurance, but advising on flood, windstorms, climate change and how to prepare for disasters. Unfortunately once you start working on these issues you see risks everywhere - I find it hard to enjoy river views unless I am on the top floor of a building. I am from Hamburg in Germany, and although my four kids were all born in London they definitely know which football team to cheer (although our little 2 year old boy usually supports the referee...). London is a great city. While clearly LSE is the main attraction for me I love the cultural diversity and the mix of people, the parks and online grocery shopping!

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

Of course the people at LSE - it is hugely stimulating, although interacting across departments is quite difficult. On a more personal level: the LSE Christmas party for children is fantastic. With regards to improvements - how about a nice hot tub on the roof of Tower 3?

Which is your favourite LSE sculpture?

Definitely the Penguin. My family collects penguin–related items – and a picture of the LSE sculpture has made it onto our collection shelf at home!

What have been the most extreme weather conditions which you have personally experienced?

Temperature –wise: - 23 C while dog sledding in Ontario, Canada and + 44 C when camping in the Lybian desert. Fortunately I have not had to endure many natural disasters. My most recent encounter was Hurricane Sandy - I was taking the kids to enjoy a proper Halloween on the US East Coast and see the final stage of the 2012 presidential campaign – ended up studying the disaster preparedness levels of the friends we visited.

What is your preferred form of exercise?

Running – not just as exercise, but also my preferred form of commuting in London (time spent in my office counts as ‘resting period’ between the morning to LSE and evening run home). It's very reliable and much safer than cycling. Not sure about air pollution, but I hope the health benefits outweigh the risk. If not running then I go to the gym - reviewing papers on a cross trainer is good fun, or I play tennis.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

One of my favourite hobbies is compost heaps. I am the proud developer of a number of compost heaps in Germany. Wielding a large manure fork is actually the best part of it – unfortunately space constraints in central London have somewhat limited my activities in this area…

Is there anything you cannot do and would like to learn?

Where to start? There is so much – play the saxophone, manage a proper 200m butterfly swim race (even 10m would be nice!), walk on my hands, speak Arabic – and the list goes on and on....

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The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 29 January. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 27 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