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LSE Research Festival and LSE Photo Prize deadlines

Get your entries for both the Research Festival and the Photo Prize in by this Friday 31 January.

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

Rosie Coleman

Once Rosie's helped the students of LSE as Education Officer, she has great plans to change the world, whilst avoiding sandwiches, especially marmite sandwiches...

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  29 January 2014  

- News


LSE team in regional finals of Hult Prize

An LSE team has made it to the regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition with more than 10,000 applications received from over 350 colleges and universities in more than 150 countries. It identifies and launches social ventures that aim to solve our most pressing challenges. Now in its fifth year, the 2014 Hult Prize is in partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is focussing on the 250 million slum dwellers around the world suffering from chronic diseases that need help.

The LSE team has students from the Departments of Social Policy, International Development and Management. The team is Neha Bhatia from India, Yiling Cheah from Australia, Alejandro Espinosa Llano from Colombia, Barbora Sladkova from Czech Republic and Aaron Kirunda from Uganda.
The regional competitions will take place on March 7 and 8, 2014 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo. More

    Sports Ambassadors

LSE has expanded its Sports Ambassadors programme to nurture some of the country’s finest young athletes in their quest for sporting glory. Thirteen students excelling in fields as diverse as rowing, fencing, rugby and karate have been named LSE Sports Ambassadors this year, winning grants from the Annual Fund as well as in-kind support to balance their sporting commitments and academic work.

The ambassadors are: Ollie Cook (rowing); Marcus Mepstead (fencing); Chris Anguelov (tennis); Tom Johnson (judo); Luca Lixi (hockey); James Frewin (fencing); Rebecca Windemer (triathlon); Alex Lundberg (rugby); Alexander Lushnikov (karate); Jennifer Arthur (rowing); Wong Ying Kei Vivian (taekwondo); Josh Alexander-Passe (pole vault) and Amol Raftan (fencing).

- Notices

    LSE Bursary delay

The School has encountered a technical issue which means the Lent term instalment of the LSE bursary has been delayed. Students who expected a payment in late January should now receive it in mid-February. If this will cause you any difficulty, please contact More

    Final Call - LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition

MRes, MPhil and PhD students: can you convey your research visually? The deadline is almost here for submissions to the LSE Research Festival’s 2014 exhibition. Submissions are being accepted from academic and research staff across the School for next year’s Research Festival Exhibition until midnight this 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
    LSE Photo Prize 2014: submission deadline Friday 31 January

The deadline's fast approaching for LSE Arts' seventh Photo Prize competition - photos must be submitted before this Friday (31 January) for the chance to see your submissions displayed across LSE campus throughout Literary Festival, 24 February - 1 March, in LSE Arts’ first ever Pop Up exhibition! More

    Scholarship opportunities for LSE students

The Financial Markets Group (FMG) is a research centre based at LSE and is one of the leading centres in Europe for academic research into financial markets.

FMG is now accepting applications to 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 is Friday 28 February.

Information about how to apply and further details for both programmes here - Deutsche Bank Fellowship and Paul Woolley Centre Scholarship
    Library ethnographic project

Over the next six months the Library will become an anthropological field site as in-house anthropologist, Anna Tuckett, conducts an ethnographic study of how the Library is used. Anna will be studying user behaviour in every area of the building to ensure that all future development of Library spaces, materials and services reflects the changing needs and preferences of LSE students.

If any Library user would like to be interviewed as part of the project, please contact Anna by email:

    Library’s WILPF archive reveals relentless campaign for peace throughout 20th century

Following a six month project at the Library, the archive for the British section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is now fully catalogued.

WILPF was founded at the International Women’s Congress in The Hague in 1915. The WILPF archive contains correspondence between governments and politicians from around the world, including Margaret Thatcher, Neil Kinnock and leading political figures from Germany and the US. It reveals WILPF’s previously undocumented role in promoting and protecting the human rights of oppressed people across the world, for example members seeking peace in Northern Ireland during the troubles.

The WILPF archive is part of a larger project, Swords into Ploughshares, which includes cataloguing and promoting the Fellowship of Reconciliation, London Union. The project is supported by a generous grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives.

Swords into Ploughshares will support LSE research in a number of areas, including History and International Relations. Files from the collection can also be viewed by appointment in the Library’s Reading Room: please contact More

    LSE Chill: first session of term

This term's first LSE Chill session is this Friday (31 January) at 6pm in the 4th Floor Café bar. There's a fantastic musical line up featuring The Inheritors, Sonya Gao, and Princessa Rellosa. There's also a time limited open bar, so make the most of it and arrive at 6pm!

Get in touch with the team if you want to show off your talents at future Chills at and let them know your name and the details of your act. More
    LSESU Fashion Society's Annual Charity Fashion Show is back!

Just 180 £7 tickets will be released for the fashion show this Monday (3 February). Grab them when you can for a chance to see LSE strut its stuff wearing the latest creations from the best designers in town - and the best part: it’s all for charity. The fashion show is on Thursday 13 February in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. Doors open at 7pm.


    Free barber shop visit!

The London School of Barbering offers free haircuts and wet shaves to all men studying at LSE, an impressive saving of £12, from a trainee barber working under the supervision of a professional.

Book here, and enter 'student' in the promotional code field, to make your appointment.
    Graduating this year but not sure what you want to do next?

Don’t worry – LSE Careers is holding an intensive two hour workshop just for you on Tuesday 11 February. You’ll get lots of practical tips to help you define and evaluate your career goals, look at different ways to find a job, and develop a career action plan. Book your place now on LSE CareerHub.

Considering an international career? Come to 'Careers in India'

The 'Careers in India' event on Thursday 6 February is a great opportunity for all students, regardless of nationality, academic discipline or level of study, to find out more about international careers and network with a wide variety of Indian companies and multinationals offering opportunities in India in a range of sectors including consultancy, banking, technology and the charity sector. Book your place now on LSE CareerHub.

Marketing, Media and Communications Fair

Booking is now open for the LSE Careers Marketing, Media and Communications Fair on Tuesday 4 February with representatives from corporate communications, marketing, public affairs, publishing and more. Come along to find out what working for these organisations is really like and discover upcoming job and internship opportunities. Book your place now on LSE CareersHub.

    Seoul National University International Summer Institute in South Korea - presentation

Representatives from Seoul National University (SNU) will give a presentation about the opportunities to study in South Korea this summer on the SNU International Summer Institute. Anyone interested in hearing more about this exciting programme should come along to KSW.1.04, 20 Kingsway (opposite the Peacock Theatre) at 11am on Tuesday 4 February. More
    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Undergraduates can track skills they 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. Find out more about training and development across the School and for links to booking pages here.


Attending an IT training course?

IT Training will again be offering Certificates of Attendance for training sessions. The certificates will be available at the end of each term as a PDF file and show all the sessions you've attended. They're not certificates of achievement or ability within the applications shown, but they are useful to show commitment to personal and professional development. To request a certificate, please contact with your name and LSE ID number.


- 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 now be requested online. LSE ID required. More
    'The Sports Gene: talent, practice and the truth about success' - on Tuesday 4 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with David Epstein

In his ground-breaking exploration of athletic success, The Sports Gene, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs nurture debate, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel. Join him for a thought provoking examination of the truth behind talent and success. More
    'What Have You Got to Hide?' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre in New Academic Building with Hazel Blears MP, Annie Machon, Professor Sir David Omand and Matthew Ryder QC

Without whistle blowers and the media the current debate over the accountability of the secret state would not be happening. What should be the future role of the media, if any, in holding the security services to account? More
    'Nationalism, Internationalism and Global Sport' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with Mike Marqusee

Mike Marqusee seeks to explain the phenomena of ‘globalised’ spectator sport through examining its origins. Ultimately, he asks if there is a sporting internationalism that can be posed against the corporate globalisation of sport, and what the elements of that might be. More
    'Should the Euro Survive? Economics in an Era of Political Extremism' - on Thursday 6 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with Paul Donovan and George Magnus

An economics debate which will consider what will happen next in Europe. More
    'Hard Life, ‘Decent’ Husbands and ‘Good’ Wives: Serbian-Albanian mixed marriages in post-'Kosovo' times' - on Tuesday 4 February at 6-7.30pm in Cañada Blanch Room, (COW 1.11), 1st floor, Cowdray House with Dr Armanda Hysa and Dr James Ker-Lindsay

Dr Armanda Hysa is an ethnologist whose work focuses on Albania and other SEE countries. She is the Alexander Nash Fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. More

    'Serbia Along the European Path' - on Thursday 30 January at 6-7.30pm in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB.LG.09) with H.E. Dr Ognjen Pribičević, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in the United Kingdom

On 21 January 2014, Serbia entered the negotiation process towards EU accession. The date is not important to Serbia alone, but to the region as a whole. Along the path towards full EU membership, Serbia will be faced with two major challenges: the implementation of the Brussels agreement and the implementation of domestic reforms.  

You must register for this event. To reserve your place email with the subject title: 'Serbia Along the EU Path - booking'  More
    China Development Forum 'Rebalancing China' - on Saturday 8 February

LSE SU China Development Society will bring vibrant discussions about the latest reform strategies and trends to LSE. During this whole day forum, six panels will cover many of the key areas of reform such as business innovation, financial system and legal reform. How could the “383 Scheme” help rebalance the GDP-driven and export-reliant Chinese economy as growth slows down? What should and will the government and other stakeholders do to steer the dragon away from a hard landing?

More than 20 high profile speakers will attend, including: Eric S. Maskin, 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Sir Christopher Hum, Former British Ambassador to the People's Republic of China and Mark Edward Tucker, Executive Director, AIA Group Limited. There will be simultaneous interpretation.

Keep up to date here. More
    LSE Arts new exhibition 'Rainbow Jews' - from Monday 3 February to Friday 28 February at 10am-8pm in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

'Rainbow Jews', LSE Arts’ first exhibition of 2014, reflects on LGBT history from the 1950s to the present day during LGBT History Month. More
    2014 German Symposium at LSE “Quo Vadis, Germany?”- from Monday 3 February to Friday 7 February

One of the largest student-organised conferences in Europe is entering another round as the LSESU German Society presents its annual flagship event with high profile speakers from Germany, the UK, and beyond. Wolfgang Ischinger, former German Ambassador in London, described the symposium as having 'a key role in the strategic dialogue between Germany and Great Britain'. This year, speakers include: Hannelore Kraft (Minister-President NRW), Professor Bernd Lucke (Party Leader AfD), Frank Mattern (McKinsey), Kai Diekmann (Editor in Chief BILD), Renate Künast (Green Party) and Ulla Schmidt (Bundestag Vice-President). More

'Rising Asia: lessons learned from European integration' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre with Professor Simon Hix and Professor Arne Westad

Economic and political integration are high on the agenda in Asia, in ASEAN as well as more widely in the region. What can the region learn from the process of integration in Europe: from the institutional design of the European single market, to the Euro crisis and how the Eurozone has tried to solve it? More

This is the first lecture in the Asia Rising Series.

    Global Village - on Tuesday 4 February at 11am-3pm in the new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Is work bringing you down? Wish you could get away but have neither the time nor the money for that Brazil trip you’ve always dreamed of? Well you can stop dreaming! AIESEC, the European Society, Itchy Feet and the SU are giving you the chance to travel the world in a day at their Global Village cultural extravaganza.

There'll be exciting performances, debates and dance classes from dozens of the national and cultural societies which make LSE one of the most vibrant and diverse places to study. There'll also be the chance to hear about the youth exchange programmes available through AEGEE and AIESEC, sample new foods and even win prizes!
    'Libya: a happy ending that wasn’t' - on Monday 3 February at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Dr Florence Gaub

Looking at post-2011 Libya, key questions of post-conflict reconstruction, security sector reform and transitional justice will be considered. What can we learn for future cases of regime change? How can security be built without external security provision? What are factors that facilitate or impede political transitions? More
    'The Quest for Cultural Authenticity and the Politics of Identity' - on Wednesday 5 February at 6-7.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Sami Zubaida

In the BRISMES annual lecture, Professor Sami Zubaida will explore the question of changing identities as what constitutes authenticity in different spheres of culture is contested between political and religious groups and ideologies. The BRISMES Award for Services to Middle East Studies will be presented immediately after the lecture to Alastair Newton and there will be a reception following the lecture from 7.30-8.30pm.
    LSE Malaysian Night at the theatre - on Saturday 8 February at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre

'We Called that Home' - born into a turbulent life, Andy lost his parents when he was just a child, leaving him under the care of his abusive uncle and soft-spoken aunt. Faced with an autistic sibling, insufficient finances and a doomed love life, Andy is tested to the limit on what home truly means.

Tickets are just £8 and all proceeds will go to Women's Aid Organisation, an independent, non-religious, non-governmental organisation in Malaysia which confronts violence against women.

- 60 second interview


with.....Rosie Coleman

I’m Rosie Coleman and before being elected as LSE Students’ Union’s Education Officer for 2013-14, I studied International Relations at LSE. I’m originally from a village in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside and I’m the youngest in a family of loud, opinionated individuals! I love singing, and was a member of LSESU Houghtones Acapella group throughout my undergraduate degree. I now sing for London Youth Gospel Choir and I’m attempting to learn to play the ukulele (since my brother and sister-in-law bought me one for Christmas!). I’m a passionate feminist and I’m taking part in the NUS ‘I will lead the way’ project to encourage more women to stand for Students' Union leadership positions.

What are your main responsibilities as LSESU Education Officer?

I'm LSE students’ main representative on academic affairs, sole SU representative on a number of committees including the Academic Student Affairs Committee, and the lead voice on student concerns at Academic Board. I work closely with academics and the Directorate to keep students up to date on any changes proposed by the School to ensure they're involved in the discussions. I've created a Course Rep Congress which will give SSLC reps a chance to dissect agendas of Academic Board meetings. I wanted to work for LSE students as during my time here I didn’t think students’ views were sufficiently considered when decisions were being made by departments or the School, and I believe students deserve better. I'm currently lobbying academics on School wide proposals such as Teaching Task Force 2, and working on a number of projects with departments and the School's services, such as TLC and CLT, to bring student opinions into all parts of the School, as well as working hard to build a stronger network of course representatives. As one of the full time Sabbatical Officer team, I also spend a lot of time strategising about the Union’s direction and planning student experiences such as orientation week and the launch of the new building.

Please tell us more about the LSESU Graduate Journal.

The Graduate Journal is a new initiative by the SU, and my baby. I launched it in November 2013 with support from the Annual Fund and we now have a full editorial committee and two incredible co-editors. The Journal is an opportunity for LSE research students to publish and edit in a safe environment and gain skills and exposure alongside some of LSE's most prolific academics which will prepare them for the more daunting world of global research journals. The theme of the first edition (Power) was selected by Professor Calhoun. I'm excited to see where the fantastic committee and co-editors take it in the future. If any postgraduate students want to submit an article for the first edition, please visit for more information - the deadline is fast approaching!

What was your favourite subject at school?

I had two favourites: history and chemistry, a juxtaposition I could never resolve. I had a fantastic history teacher in secondary school, who was the saving grace to what was otherwise a pretty dodgy school experience! She made me passionate about her subject and had an amazing ability to engage every student. I was incredibly lucky to be taught by her, and I will always have a secret love for the British Civil War and the Tudor monarchy! I also loved chemistry, and was one of only six girls in my class who wanted to study it at GCSE or A Level. I nearly studied chemistry at university because I loved its structure and theory (I so wanted to go to Imperial) but I realised just in time that it wouldn’t lead to the life I wanted, so I opted for the humanities side of my brain. International Relations at LSE had the right combination of global history, theoretical knowledge and my opinions - anyone who knows me knows I have lots of these!

What are the best and worst presents you have ever received?

I got a hamster for my 11th birthday and I’d always wanted a pet so that was pretty sweet. I could finally stop pretending to be a cat to persuade my parents of the benefits of furry family members! The worst present probably has to be a strange stacking cups game I got aged about 15, even though the suggested age was something under 10 years. Bad presents are always good donations to charity shops anyway and I’m sure the child who bought them had a great time – silver linings!

What is your ambition in life?

My ambition is to die knowing that I’ve helped make the world a better place. That sounds horribly clichéd, but I genuinely think mankind has huge problems to solve, and I can’t wait to be part of the effort to find solutions that will benefit our global population as a whole and not just the lucky, wealthy members.

Marmite – love it or hate it?

I absolutely love Marmite! My mum used to give it to me on toast when I was little, especially when I wasn’t very well, so it always brings back memories of being cared for. I’m not a huge fan of it in sandwiches, but that’s more a reflection on my opinions of sandwiches not marmite! It’s still one of few things I'll consider for breakfast – it makes that meal bearable.


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 5 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 3 February. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Thanks, and here's a picture of some puppies, Maddy