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Time to Talk

Tomorrow is national Time to Talk Day and LSE has a lot of chatting, in person and online, planned.



  Space for Thought Literary Festival
Tickets for this year's LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival can now be booked online. All events are free and open to all.

Chandran Kukathas

Chair in Political Theory, Professor Chandran Kukathas is a big fan of 'The Big Bang Theory', just don't ask him to sing the theme tune...


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  5 February 2014  

- News

    Success for LSE students at British Conference for Undergraduate Research events

Two recent graduates from the Department of Government, George Edwards and Lukas Slothuus, will be representing LSE at the British Consortium for Undergraduate Research’s annual Posters in Parliament Exhibition next month, with posters based on their undergraduate dissertations - ‘Bicameralism and the supranational autonomy of the European Parliament’ (George Edwards) and ‘Extreme right aesthetics: How the Danish People’s Party politicises cultural objects’ (Lukas Slothuus) – for the GV390 Government Dissertation Option course run by Michael Bruter.

Meanwhile, the winning research projects from last year’s LSE GROUPS have been selected for presentation at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research’s Nottingham conference in April. Vincent Harrold and Muriel Levy will be presenting their group’s paper ‘Evaluating the effectiveness of The Big Issue in combating social exclusion among homeless people in London’ and Rachel Gregory and Jiahui Ren ‘The impact of social networks: moving on from homelessness’.

Congratulations to all the students involved and to the teachers who created the opportunities and encouraged them.

    The Library brings full access to to LSE students

Following consultation with students, the Library has purchased a full subscription to the Financial Times online giving all LSE students and staff unlimited access to's award-winning news, comment and analysis from journalists around the world. The subscription will run until January 2015, when it will be reviewed.

Use your LSE email to register for the subscription here.

The Library’s Academic Support Librarians are also offering training and advice to help students make the most of this new resource, and the many others already available. More

Sirius Programme - an LSE graduate's runaway success

Tim Brown, a recent graduate of the MSc International Management programme, has just launched his start-up business, Three Over Seven, which produces wool runners - wool training shoes which are designed to be worn without socks, whilst keeping your feet daisy fresh.

Following his graduation, Tim won a place on the
UK Trade and Investment's Sirius Programme which provided him with a year-long place in a UK business accelerator programme (Tim is in The Bakery programme), mentoring, Graduate Entrepreneur Visa endorsement and £12,000 funding per team member. The start-ups are owned by the graduates, with no equity taken in return for funding. See how Tim's doing and how you can support him here.


- Notices

    Industrial action at LSE

The UCU, Unison and Unite trades unions have advised the School that they will be taking strike action tomorrow for the full day. This is in relation to their dispute over pay, which is a national dispute affecting universities. The School will be open as usual on this date, and we will aim to keep to the existing teaching timetable. If there are changes to scheduled lectures or tutorials, the staff responsible should let you know.
    Industrial action - tube strikes

The RMT and TSSA unions have called two 48-hour strikes. The first strike is taking place at the moment (as you've probably noticed) - if they continue as planned, services will be affected until the morning of Friday 7 February. A further strike is planned from about 9.30pm on Tuesday 11 February until the morning of Friday 14 February. More

    LSE Travel Survey 2014

LSE is required by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, to report publicly on student and staff travel statistics, as are all other UK universities.

Please complete the LSE Travel Survey 2014, which only takes 3 minutes on average, by Friday 28 February. Please click here to take the survey. Survey entrants can win a Kindle in our free prize-draw.

If you have any enquiries, please contact

    Time to Talk

Thursday 6 February is national Time to Talk Day. Time to Change want to get more people talking about mental health than ever before. They are aiming to spark one million conversations. LSE is signed up to the Time to Change pledge to increase awareness about mental health illness and break down some of the stigmas. Sometimes it's the little things we do that make a big difference to someone who's experiencing a mental health problem - like having a chat over a cuppa, sending a text or inviting someone out. So, on Time to Talk Day we’re encouraging people to do just that.

Residential Services invites you for a cup of tea and a biscuit as part of this initiative, running from 10am to 1pm on 3rd floor of Saw Swee Hock Student Centre tomorrow. For more details and to book your slot contact

You can also join the LSE conversation about mental health on Twitter on 6 February from 2-4pm by tweeting @LSEDiversity using the hashtag #TimetoTalk. You can tweet @LSEDiversity in advance – remember every little helps!

If you’re experiencing an issue, you can contact the free and confidential Student Counselling Service.


    LSE GROUPS 2014

If you're an undergraduate keen to do original social science research  LSE GROUPS 2014 is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a mixed year, interdisciplinary research project at the end of summer term.

Briefing meetings for those interested in applying will be held this week and next. There’s no need to book; you can just turn up:
  • on Friday 7 February at 1-2pm in KSW 4.03
  • on Tuesday 11 February at 1-2pm in KSW 1.03

Find out more and watch a film of last year's LSE GROUPS students here.

    Lent Entrepreneurship funding deadline approaching

If you have a bright idea, or an already established business or social enterprise project, don’t forget to enter the LSE Entrepreneurship funding competition by 5pm on Friday 7 February by
filling in this short form for a chance to win up to £10,000 towards your project.

The initial round of the competition is open until 5pm on Friday 7 February. If you're successful in the initial application, you'll  need to submit a detailed business proposal and costings to be assessed by a specialist judging panel. Successful applicants will then be asked to pitch their idea to the panel on Friday 7 March.

Become a Student Mentor

Applications to become a Student Mentor close this Sunday 9 February.

In 2014-15, Mentors will act as human signposts to help new students not living in halls of residence to get settled at LSE. There's a limited number of places on the scheme and we expect to receive more applications than we have places so please consider your application carefully and make sure you could attend the training session on the afternoon of Wednesday 5 March. More

If you have any questions about the scheme, email Lydia Halls at

    LSE Research Festival 2014 Exhibition - deadline extended

MRes, MPhil and PhD students: can you convey your research visually? The deadline for submissions to the LSE Research Festival’s 2014 exhibition has been extended to midnight on Friday 21 February. 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
    Vice-Chair of the LSE Court and Council

The School is seeking a Vice-Chair of its Court and Council. Kate Jenkins has served in this role with distinction since 2009 and will be stepping down as Vice-Chair in July 2014.

Full details of the post are here. Suggestions of those who might be suitable or expressions of interest should be sent in confidence to Joan Poole, Governance, Legal & Planning Division, at by Thursday 20 February.

    Summer Graduation Ceremonies bookings now open

Students eligible to attend the July 2014 Graduation Ceremonies have now been invited and should book places by Friday 28 February. More details can be found here. Email with any queries.
    Student accommodation survey

This year's student accommodation survey is now open with great prizes on offer. Just let Residential Services know what you think of your halls for a chance to win from a selection of prizes which includes an iPad, cocktails for two in the Shard or a free room clean. There's also a prize for the hall with the highest participation percentage, so make sure your neighbours take the survey! If your hall wins you could choose from a list of treats which includes a home brew demonstration, a Krispy Kreme doughnut tower or even a visit from a mixologist at your end of year party.
The survey doesn't take long to complete and helps Residential Services make sure they're doing the best for students. Complete the survey here.
    Model Arab League

The Model Arab League is a simulation conference where delegates represent various countries of the Arab world and debate relevant issues. It's open to anyone with a keen interest in politics - no previous experience is required.

This year's two day conference is hosted by the University of Manchester's Arab Society. LSE will represent two countries with two delegates for each. Two weeks before the conference, delegates will be given topics to prepare. More than ten other UK universities will be taking part.

If you'd like to represent LSE as one of the School's four delegates complete the short application form by Friday 7 February
If you have any questions, get in touch with Sarah Khawandi on or Aya Fathy on
    LSE Arts - February edition of Perspectives

The February edition of LSE Arts online photo gallery is now available - peruse the pictures here. If you're interested in submitting a photo for next month’s edition, please email
    Bagri Fellowship 2014-15

Applications for this year's Bagri Fellowship are invited from full-time PhD students at LSE working on research related to the economy and society of India. Students must now be writing their thesis and be registered with an LSE Department for the academic year 2014-15.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV and research proposal addressed to the ‘Selection Committee’ and be emailed to, mentioning Bagri Fellowship in the subject line by Monday 12 May.
A maximum of £5,000 will be awarded for each Bagri Fellowship.
    Mindfulness and Meditation Sessions for PhD Students

PhD students are invited to join meditation and mindfulness classes with Duncan Steen – unwind, de-stress and meditate in a safe, supportive and calm environment. Classes are an hour long and will run on Tuesday lunchtimes, starting on Tuesday 11 February. Book here.

    Hogan Lovells competition - £1,000 travel vouchers

Hogan Lovells is offering the chance to win £1,000 of travel vouchers. Visit their website or Facebook page, and you’ll find six short videos on the theme 'the best of all worlds' in international locations including London. Answer a question on each, and you could win the vouchers.

    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

IMT’s Sherlock Challenge: complex calculations
Literature Searching and Finding Journal Articles
Using EndNote Online to Manage Your References

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. More

    Need help with your PhD formatting?

Are you about to write up your PhD thesis, or do you want to develop the tricks to help you ahead of time? Then you may enjoy a trip to the PhD thesis surgery. The sooner you come, the sooner you can start to benefit from our help. Book here.


- What's on

    Tickets now available for LSE’s Sixth Literary Festival, Monday 24 February – Saturday 1 March

With the theme 'Reflections', the sixth LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival will explore the distinctive qualities of the social sciences' and the arts' approaches to understanding the world around us, including considerations of the First World War centenary. There is a programme of talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings, as well as creative writing workshops and children’s events for the week long Festival, and speakers include AS Byatt, Melvyn Bragg, Tracy Chevalier, Sebastian Faulks, Professor Margaret Macmillan and Michael Rosen. All events are free and open to all and tickets can now be booked online. More

    'Economics, the Enemy?' - on Tuesday 11 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre in Clement House with Dr Philip Roscoe

Could economics be responsible for the greatest problems we face? This lecture explores the making of the economic world and asks: does economics change what it means to be a person? More
    'Risk Sharing and Cooperative Finance' - on Wednesday 12 February at 6.30pm in the New Theatre in the East Building with Farmida Bi

Organised in conjunction with the Harvard Islamic Finance Project, Farmida Bi talks on Islamic finance in the Western world. More

'Ethics and the Media: after the Leveson inquiry' - on Thursday 13 February at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre in the New Academic Building with Professor George Brock, Baroness O'Neill and Gavin Millar

After Leveson, this debate asks: can ethics help us think about whether we have the media needed for a healthy democracy and social fabric? How should we think about the good and harm journalism can do? More

    A lecture by Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of Croatia - on Monday 24 February at 5-6pm
Ticket will be released on Thursday 13 February

Zoran Milanović has been the Prime Minister of Croatia since 2011. Before this, he served as chairman of the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group in the Croatian parliament, and as a member of the Committee for the Constitution, Rules of Procedure and Political System. More


'Israel: the Arab Spring, domestic politics and the future of the Arab-Israeli peace process' - on Monday 10 February at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre in the East Building with Dr Ahron Bregman, King’s College London

The Arab Spring put on hold the possibility of reaching peace between Israel and Syria, leaving the Israeli-Palestinian peace track the only game in town. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More

    Careers in China 2014 - on Monday 10 February at 6-8pm

LSE Careers is hosting a China forum specifically for Chinese nationals interested in returning to China to find work. The forum will have employers with graduate opportunities in China who will share their experiences of getting roles in multinationals in China. They will advise students wanting to work in the country and discuss what they perceive to be the benefits of a UK education to an employer in China. The forum is a chance to speak to both recruiters and business figures who have used their western education in eastern careers.
    Media Forum - on Tuesday 11 February at 6-9pm

This panel event will bring together professionals from across the media to give an insight into their experiences, the opportunities available and to offer their perspective on how to enter the field and develop a successful career. It's an excellent opportunity to hear from speakers working in diverse media organisations including the Prison Radio Association, Transparent TV, Deloitte’s Media Practice and Die Welt.
    Does the Greek labour market work? Crisis and adjustment across the Greek regions - on Tuesday 11 February at 6-7.30pm in the Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House

The remarkable rise in unemployment in Greece as a whole has overshadowed the substantial regional differences in unemployment and the labour market. Dr
Vassilis Monastriotis (pictured) and Professor Kevin Featherstone examine the geography of these dynamics. More

All Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to all and no tickets are required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis More

    The United Kingdom and the European Parliament Elections: Voting For, Against or About the European Union? - on Wednesday 12 February at 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre

The LSE European Institute invites you to its first Contesting Europe public debate with Professor Vernon Bogdanor, CBE FBA, Research Professor at the Institute of Contemporary British History, Kings College London; Professor Damian Chalmers, Professor in European Union Law, LSE; Professor Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE; Mats Persson, Director of Open Europe and Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics & Foreign Affairs,
Kings College London.

This debate is free, open to all and no tickets are required. If you're on Twitter, look out for the hashtag: #LSEcontesting More

'The Politics of the Urban Everyday in the Arab Revolutions' - on Wednesday 12 February at 5.15-7.15pm in 32L.G.17, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields with Professor Salwa Ismail, SOAS

Professor Salwa Ismail will discuss dimensions of contention and oppositional action anchored in urban space, addressing questions such as: How, in the context of the Arab Revolutions, did the urban-based mass protests link with existing patterns of urban political action? More

This is a registration only event. Please register using the online booking system here.


LSESU Politics & Forum Edinburgh weekend, 21-24 March

A fantastic opportunity for those interested in British politics, this weekend is being run by LSE's Politics and Forum Society in conjunction with Edinburgh University in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. Events will be held each night and will include a debate on the Scottish Independence Referendum with leading Scottish Ministers as well as the launch of the LSESU Forum Journal 2014. Tickets are available for just £45, including travel and three nights’ accommodation, with a further special discount for authors published in the journal. To register your interest and purchase your tickets, please email


- 60 second interview


with.....Chandran Kukathas

I hold the Chair in Political Theory in the Department of Government and give the lectures in GV100: Introduction to Political Theory. I am quite possibly the most famous Malaysian-born Australian libertarian political philosopher of Sri Lankan Tamil descent working in North London today.

I came to LSE in 2007 after spending four years in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah. I have moved around all my life. I was a toddler in Melbourne when my father spent four years there as a student. I grew up in Malaysia until I started High School in Canberra, where I took BA in History and Political Science at the Australian National University. After a five year absence in Oxford and then Washington as a doctoral and postdoctoral student, I returned to Australia but left again in 2003. A rootless cosmopolitan, I am a staunch advocate of open borders.

My best friend at school was from Portugal and he turned me into a keen football player; only a complete lack of ability prevented me from pursuing a career as a professional sportsman. Now I keep fit by sitting in front of the TV and running to the fridge during commercial breaks. I watch football, cricket, movies and re-runs of 'The Big Bang Theory'. I also write stories, but have never tried to publish any of them, though I occasionally inflict them on friends and family or people who displease me.

If you could teach a new subject at LSE, what would it be and why?

Anarchism. I may still do it. As I get older I find myself more sympathetic to the writers in the various anarchist traditions, from anarcho-capitalist (as well as anti-capitalist) libertarians, to Tolstoyan pacifists, to Marxians of different stripes. Especially at a place like LSE, it would be good to have greater exposure to ideas that are critical of the state.

If you could book any guest speaker for an LSE public event, who would you choose?

Kazuo Ishiguro. I have always admired his writing style, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go are two of my favourite modern novels.

Where in the world have you always wanted to go but never quite made it …… yet?

I would like to travel through India. I have made only two very short trips there for a few days at a time, and it was not nearly enough. I would like to make a culinary tour of the subcontinent.

What was the first news story you remember catching your attention?

The death of Bobby Kennedy. I was about 11 years old in Kuala Lumpur and it was big news. I had no idea exactly who he was, but I remember talking about it at school.

Are you left or right handed?

Right handed. The left hand is pretty useless and I keep it purely for symmetry.

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

Sing. I am assured that there is no chance of this happening and would describe my voice as scaryoke.


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Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan