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Library student survey
The Library's biannual student survey is now open so make sure you let them know what you think and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes.



In Conversation with...
A series of ‘In Conversation’ events with some of the School's distinguished alumni to mark the completion of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre begins later this month.


Moses Mpungu

Moses, a Masters student in the Department of International Development, can work a bit too hard, but always has time for visiting new countries and meeting new people...

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  12 February 2014  

- News

    LSE leads £15 million consortium to improve social care practices

LSE’s Professor Martin Knapp has been reappointed Director of the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), which has been awarded a second, five-year term following a £15 million funding injection from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE, will lead the new phase of SSCR from 2014-2019, working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol, Kent, Manchester and York.

The SSCR was established in May 2009 to conduct world-class research to improve adult social care practices in England. Since its establishment it has commissioned over 56 research studies involving more than 192 Fellows and engaged with a vast number of organisations in the social care sector.
    Princess Anne visits ICEF Moscow

Last Tuesday, Princess Anne, who is Chancellor of the University of London, visited the International College of Economics and Finance in Moscow on her way to Sochi, where she is leading the UK delegation to the Olympic games. ICEF is a college of the Moscow Higher School of Economics whose academic programme is governed in co-operation with LSE. In welcoming the Princess HSE President Alexander Shokhin paid tribute to the role of 'professors of the London School of Economics' in contributing to the College's success in integrating into the global academic community including through the international recruitment of teachers.

Afterwards, ICEF Director Sergey Yakovlev and LSE ICEF Project Director Richard Jackman introduced the Princess to ICEF teachers, students, alumni and staff. Princess Anne was particularly interested in how co-operation between HSE and LSE had influenced the transformation of educational standards and the approach to learning at the HSE. She also asked students, including some non-Russian students, about their reasons for choosing ICEF and their academic and career plans. More
    LSE research asks 'Is it time to introduce user charges for NHS cancer patients?'

An NHS cancer specialist researching fiscal sustainability of health care systems at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has outlined in a new research paper published in the latest edition of the Journal of Cancer Policy, the potential role for charging cancer patients for some treatments to ensure the continuation of high quality care within stagnating NHS budgets.

Dr Ajay Aggarwal, argues in the paper, co-authored with Professor Richard Sullivan, Director of The Institute of Cancer Policy at King’s College London, that “user charges could provide a potential means of sustaining spending proportional to the projected rise in the number of cancer cases, whilst embracing technological innovations which could potentially improve outcomes.” More

    More jobs, better jobs, needed to tackle poverty in cities according to report co-authored by LSE academics

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Cities, Growth and Poverty shows that the quality and quantity of jobs is the most important factor linking economic growth and poverty. Dr Neil Lee from LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment led the study, along with LSE colleague Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and researchers from The Work Foundation, Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

The report looked at the 60 largest cities in the UK in the period between 2000 and 2010 and how employment and output growth impacted on poverty. Significant increases in economic disparities between British cities were found in this period, with London and surrounding cities experiencing more rapid growth than elsewhere.
    Safer Internet Day - LSE based research projects EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile publish new reports

Children’s perceptions of online risks and problematic situations may greatly differ from those of adults, with the line between positive and negative online experiences being very thin. This can lead to teenagers participating in risky pursuits, such as sharing sexual pictures with friends. These are some of the conclusions of a new report from EU Kids Online, a research project based at LSE to mark yesterday's Safer Internet Day. More

Smartphones and tablets enable children to engage in more online opportunities, but are also exposing them to more risks. This is one of the findings of a new report from Net Children Go Mobile, a research project co-ordinated by LSE, published today to mark yesterday's Safer Internet Day. The report finds that 51 per cent of children own a smartphone and 45 per cent use it daily to go online. Twenty per cent own a tablet, but 30 per cent use it on a daily basis to access the internet. Smartphone and tablet users engage more in communication and entertainment activities, the report finds. They also have a higher level of digital skills, safety skills and communicative abilities. They are, however, also more likely to be exposed to online risks.

- Notices

    Return of #AsktheDirector

Do you have a question for the LSE Director?

Professor Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) will be live on Twitter to answer your tweets from 3-4pm on Wednesday 26 February.

Tweet a question in advance, or during the ‘live hour’, using the hashtag #AsktheDirector.

LSE Research Festival exhibition - message from Professor Julia Black (pictured), pro-director for research

As many of you will be aware, the LSE Research Festival will be holding its fourth annual exhibition this May. I would like to invite you to participate in this initiative, which forms part of the School's efforts to find fresh ways to engage with wider society and each other, and to cultivate a research environment that supports creativity.

The exhibition will be held in LSE’s New Academic Building on Thursday 8 May and submissions are welcomed from PhD students, research staff and academic colleagues from LSE, UCL, SOAS, Cambridge University and the Bloomsbury DTC. You can submit posters, photographs and films until midnight on Friday 21 February, via the online submissions forms.
Please do take part and join us in celebrating what makes LSE’s research culture distinctive and imaginative. More

    Library student survey

The Library has opened its biannual student survey giving all LSE students the opportunity to have their say on the Library and its services. The survey closes on Friday 28 February so complete it now and make sure your opinion is heard.
Take the survey here.

Everyone who takes the short online survey will have a chance of winning an iPad mini, a £50 Waterstones voucher or a £10 book token.

The Library is using LibQual+, a library survey tool provided by ARL, which will provide evidence on students’ perception of Library space, resources, and services, as well as enabling benchmarking of the Library’s performance against other Academic Libraries and similar institutions. The results will be available this summer.
    Undergraduates: build your own personal development record

LSE’s Personal Development Aide Memoire – PDAM – lets you create a personalised record of your extra-curricular activities here at LSE, such as student mentoring, work experience, events and workshops. Keeping track of these – and the skills you develop with them, like team work, communication and problem solving – will help you prepare successfully for job applications, interviews and networking.

Your PDAM record is built in LSE for You and auto-populates from School systems, as well as being manually adjustable. Find out more about PDAM and start building your own record here.


LSE Asia Research Centre (ARC) – Thailand Government Scholarship

The LSE ARC – Thailand Government Scholarship scheme is a partnership between the Royal Thai Embassy in London and the Asia Research Centre, LSE. The Scholarship aims to promote better understanding of and about Thailand.

LSE students selected for the Scholarship will visit Thailand and spend from one to two months in Thailand to research a project relevant to Thailand and improve their understanding of the country and its culture. Scholars can also submit a project on Thailand as part of their programme at LSE. The application deadline is Monday 12 May. More

    Saint Valentine's Day taken care of by the LSE Water Brigade...

If you're looming on the edge of a Valentine's Day fail, have no fear... Today and tomorrow at their stall on Houghton Street, the LSE Water Brigade is collecting orders for roses to be delivered on Valentine's Day.

The Water Brigade is part of the LSE Global Brigades and brings together students from all backgrounds in a unique volunteering experience to help communities in developing countries access sufficient clean water through infrastructural development, water treatment, community leader training, and education. This summer, the Brigade is heading to Ghana for a  ten day volunteering project and all proceeds from your Valentine's gesture will go towards their work there.

To order you just need to give the name and contact of the person, or persons(!), you'd like to receive a rose. Decide if you want reveal your name or stay anonymous...and the Brigade will contact your chosen one asking them to collect their rose on Valentine's Day from Houghton Street. More

    Focus group needed for research on how the PhD is examined

Gill Clarke, a PhD student at Oxford University, needs to convene a small focus group of PhD students for her research into how the PhD is examined. She is interested in what candidates think examiners are looking for when they read the thesis and how they think examiners will judge their performance in the viva. Overall, what are they expecting in a candidate who is going to be awarded a PhD?

The purpose of the research is to discover what qualities examiners are seeking in PhD candidates, if there are differences across subjects in how examiners assess the PhD and whether interviews suggest changes to the PhD examination might benefit future candidates and improve the process.

If you're interested in contributing to her research, please contact Gill directly at

LSE Treatment Clinic

The LSE Treatment Clinic, on the first floor of Tower Two, offers professional treatments at reduced rates for all LSE students and staff, including acupuncture, osteopathy and sports massage from practitioners with over 20 years of experience between them.

Their combined expertise is effective in the treatment of pain relief, including musculoskeletal pain, repetitive strain injury, tension headaches, posture advice, sports injuries, anxiety, insomnia, migraine, among many other ailments.

The practitioners are:

  • Hanya Chlala - acupuncture available in a dual bed setting on Wednesdays and Fridays

  • Laura Dent - sports massage available on Mondays

  • Tim Hanwell - osteopathy available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Appointments are available Monday - Friday, 9am-6pm and can be booked online here. All consultations are strictly confidential and sessions will last between 30 and 60 minutes depending upon the treatment.


Santander comes to campus

The Kings Chambers G.01 computer room is being converted to a Santander Bank which will open this summer. The computer room will close on Saturday 15 February. New computer facilities have been introduced around campus to ensure students will still have access to the equipment they require.


Cycle4Schooling 2014

Cycle4Schooling 2014 is run by the Al-Madad Foundation - a UK-based charity committed to the promotion of literacy and education for disadvantaged children, with excellent initiatives currently underway in Syria. On Saturday 17 May people will be cycling from London to Oxford to help raise vital funds for essential education projects undertaken by the Foundation in Aleppo, Syria which will make a real difference to disadvantaged children who are currently missing out on an education.
It's open to all levels, so whether a humble beginner or an avid cyclist, there's room for everyone on this challenge! Register here. More

    Street Food at Café 54 in the NAB

Come and check out the new street food options whilst enjoying Café 54's relaxed atmosphere which has recently added a weekly themed ‘food-on-the-go’ option to its delicious menu. Tickle your taste buds with some Gourmet Bratwurst,  satisfy your spicy side with some Mexican Chilli Nachos or pretend it's summer with BBQ Pulled Pork Brioche.

    LSE Smart Mugs
Help reduce the negative environmental impact of using disposable cups by purchasing an environmentally friendly smart mug from LSE Catering. Mugs are just £8.50, which includes a tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

The distinctive black and red mugs are sold and accepted in:
• LSE Garrick
• Fourth Floor Café Bar
• Café 54
• Mezzanine Café
• The Bean Counter
• SDR Café Bar (members only)  More
    Training and development opportunities for students

Courses scheduled for next week include:

Safe Posture and Avoiding RSI
Advanced Presentation Skills
Mental Health First Aid
Communicating Assertively

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

    Technology tip!

Imagine: You want to know whether you have worked excess hours in a given month and by how many. Or you need to know how much you will save when making bulk purchases of various things from food to computer items or paper clips to theatre tickets. Do you know how to work these situations out in Excel? Attend IMT’s Sherlock’s Challenge to learn the skills necessary for these and other very useful formulas and functions. You will develop the practical skills necessary for everyday workplace, and personal, calculations. More

- What's on


In Conversation with...

To mark the completion of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, the first brand new building on campus for more than 40 years, LSE and the LSESU are organising a series of ‘in conversation’ events with some of the School's distinguished alumni, including Martin Lewis and Daniel Finkelstein. They will take place in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to celebrate this new chapter in LSE’s history and will be open to LSE students, alumni and staff. More

    European Commission’s Late Payment Information Campaign Seminar - on Thursday 13 February at 9am-1pm in Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU

The Late Payment Information Campaign is a pan-European information campaign financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. It consists of a series of national seminars in Member States of the European Union that will highlight the harm being done to businesses as a result of late payment, and explain the new measures being introduced to combat the issue. The Late Payment Information Campaign aims to highlight the issue of late payment amongst public authorities, businesses, members of the judiciary and other interested parties. It aims to change the attitudes of public authorities and businesses to paying bills on time, and to provide businesses with information on the new measures being introduced to support prompt payment. Book here.
    'An American Century or an Asian Century?' - on Tuesday 18 February at 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor John Ikenberry, Professor Michael Cox, Professor Arne Westad and Dr Kirsten Schulze

The great defining debate of the 21st century now seems to revolve around one fundamental question: will the future belong to the new rising powers of Asia revolving around the great economic power-house called China or the old Transatlantic powers of the West still led by the United States? More
    'Power-Sharing's Diminishing Returns: ethnic accommodation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia' - on Tuesday 18 February at 6-7.30pm in COW 1.11, Cowdray House with Dr Cvete Koneska

Dr Cvete Koneska currently works as a Central and Southeast Europe analyst for Control Risks Group in London, advising companies and governments on political and security risks in the region. Her book After Ethnic Conflict: policy making in Bosnia and Macedonia will be published later this year. More

    'Gujarat: human rights violations, impunity and the Indian General Elections' - on Wednesday 19 February at 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Ms Carla Ferstman, Mr Suresh Grover and Dr Biju Mathew

Panellists will explore questions related to impunity and human rights following the ferocious violence that erupted in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, with the connivance of the state. The violence resulted in 1,500 deaths and the displacement of up to 200,000 Indian citizens, mostly Muslim. It followed an incident in which almost 60 Indian citizens, mostly Hindu, were burnt alive aboard a train in the town of Godhra in Gujarat. Numerous human rights organisations and international bodies have repeatedly alleged the involvement of the Gujarat state in the carnage, including the alleged complicity of its chief minister, the BJP politician, Narendra Modi. Contributors will discuss how the Indian media have presented Narendra Modi, the international human rights context, and current human rights legal cases, including ones in which UK citizens were killed during the pogrom. More

    'Experiencing Revolution: the case of Iran' - on Wednesday 19 February at 6.30-8pm in  Room 1.04, New Academic Building with Dr Naghmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University

On 11 February 1979, a revolution was declared in Iran to the surprise of many observers and participants. But what does a revolution feel like to those in its midst before the term is even used to define this great upheaval? Using archival documents and ethnographic interviews, the theoretical and empirical issues of bridging the gap between historians’ understanding of the revolution and the ways it was experienced are explored.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis.
    'War and Peace in Time of Ecological Conflicts' - on Thursday 20 February at 6.30-8pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Bruno Latour from Sciences Po, Paris and LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Sociology

Although it is still useful to insist on the distinction between science and politics, the scale and importance of ecological mutations make it more and more difficult to use it effectively. The problem is that the alternative requires a redefinition of the two terms "science" and "politics". The lecture will explore in which way an alternative definition could help us to cope with the geopolitical debates that will become more and more intense in the future.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis. More
    'Labour Market Participation among Palestinian Women: religiosity or "rational modernity"?' - on Thursday 20 February at noon-1.30pm in Room 3.21, Old Building with Dr Randa Nasser, Birzeit University

Dr Randa Nasser will discuss the findings of her study seeking to examine the factors that may influence labour market behaviour of women in Palestine. While both “Western” and local Palestinian feminist researchers argue that the Islamic religion, people’s religiosity, and the resulting patriarchal ethos explain low labour participation among Arab and Muslim women.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come, first served basis. More

London 2030 Summit

Join the LSESU London Society for the London 2030 Summit this March - a two day event held at LSE which brings together current decision makers to discuss London's future. The Summit will focus on four topics: London in the World, Business, Politics and Society and Run London. Panellists include, Sadiq Khan MP, Neil Jameson, CEO of CitizensUK and Jamal Edwards, founder of SBTV. Tickets will be available and can be bought here or on Houghton Street.

The LSESU London Society is currently sponsored by: Google, Harvard Business Review and Boston Consulting Group. More

    LSESU Emerging Markets Forum

Registration is now open for the fifth annual LSESU's Emerging Markets Forum, held this year on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel is now open. The Forum is one of the world’s most reputed two day student conferences dedicated to discussing topical themes in emerging markets; from politics, economics and finance to natural resources, entrepreneurship and social development.

Over 200 top industry leading experts have previously spoken at the Forum and it regularly attracts widespread media coverage.

This year, top speakers include: Mohammed Dewji, founder of METL Group and Tanzanian CCM Politician and MP, Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of BP and Volvo, Mick Davis, founder of X2 Partners and former CEO of Xstrata and Periso Arida, founder of BTG Pactual and former Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil.

The Forum is open to and of interest to students from all disciplines. More

- 60 second interview


with.....Moses Mpungu

My name is Mpungu Moses, I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. I was born, raised and studied in Kampala, Uganda. I graduated in Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics in 2011. Before I came to the UK, I was working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda where I hope I will return at the end of my programme at LSE.

As well as a career at the Ministry, I would like to contribute to improving the social welfare in my country by ensuring social benefits to the elderly, unemployed youth and other groups such as orphans are prioritised. Living in the UK has opened my eyes to how an ideal Uganda should be in the next 50 years. Communicating social safety measures is one idea I would like to emulate from the UK, though there are a lot of bottle necks to its implementation in my country. It may not sound feasible today, but with proper design and implementation it could help Uganda and other low income countries move to another level.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?
Wright's Bar and the Quad.

If you could choose any guest for any LSE event, who would you choose?
Dr Ken Shadlen.

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

About Dr Stuart Gordon’s adventure in Afghanistan.

What is the last film you saw at the cinema?
To be honest, the cinema is not my thing; I'm actually a soccer fan and that takes most of my interest. However I do take some time off and watch 'Series' but in my room or at a friend’s place.

What are your hobbies?
When I was a bit younger, a few years ago, I used to play soccer with my colleagues on the local pitch. However, due to my tight work schedule, I find myself sometimes working the whole week without a rest. So now, I go to the beach when I get some free time or go to a pub and watch my favourite club Manchester United, though that's mostly on weekends.

If you were offered the trip of a lifetime, where would you go and why?
This is a tricky question but, before I came here, my childhood dream was to visit London or New York because, coming from an Anglophone country (Uganda), the British and American cultures influence the daily lives of very many people, including my own. However, I would like to visit North Korea one day because sometimes many countries are portrayed in a negative way, when they might be the opposite. For example, last year I got a chance to visit Iran and I learned that Iranians were welcoming, peaceful, loving and very educated people, which wasn't what the popular international media was depicting.


Get in touch!

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The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 19 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 17 February. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan