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Be in with the chance to win an iPad mini with the Library survey 2014

The Library wants to know what you think of its services, and it might just give you an iPad mini for telling...



LSE Arts first ever Pop Up Photo exhibition
During next week's Literary Festival, LSE Arts will be displaying this year's photos in a range of locations, accompanied by a variety of treats...


Nazakat Khan

Naz is busy organising LSESU Entrepreneurs Society's Sparks Conference this weekend, but she'll always have time for her brother's comedy, and chocolate of course...

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  19 February 2014  

- News

    Ten Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries awarded for 2013-14

Ten LSE postgraduate students have been given the opportunity to spend two to three months at one of LSE’s five institutional partners in 2013-14 through the School’s Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries scheme.

The scheme began in 2008-09 with Columbia University (New York), the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po (Paris) and expanded in 2010-11 to include Peking University (Beijing) and the University of Cape Town. Each year, LSE funds up to two places at each of the five institutions with students receiving a bursary of £2,500 in support of travel and living costs.

Mark Maloney, head of Academic Partnerships at LSE, said “We were pleased to fill all ten places available this year with students pursuing a wide range of research interests from different LSE departments. These visits are a great way for students to advance their research and to widen their academic networks, as well as strengthening links between LSE and its partners.” More

Applications are now being invited for next year's bursaries - see below.

    LSE professor shortlisted for Chartered Management Institute Articles of the Year award

An article co-written by Professor John Van Reenen, Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, has been shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Management Articles of the Year awards.

Professor Van Reenen’s article ‘Does Management Really Work? How Three Essential Practices Can Address Even the Most Complex Global Problems’, co-written with Professor Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University, and Professor Raffaella Sadun, Harvard Business School, was one of five articles shortlisted for the award.

In the article, the professors report that standards of management are actually so low in many organisations that even basic monitoring and performance management can bring about dramatic improvements, often leading to higher margins and better wages, simultaneously. Aggregated across an economy, the returns from improved management can be huge.
    Universities stand to benefit in recessions, new research shows
New research from LSE shows that universities across the world actually benefit during recessions, wielding far greater recruiting power to attract talented graduates compared to the private sector. In tough financial times the stability of the academic world wins out over the boom-and-bust cycle of the private sector, according to the latest evidence.

Economist Dr Michael Boehm, from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and Bonn University, said not only do universities wield more recruiting power in a recession, but the young graduates they attract are highly talented and more productive over many years. More


- Notices

    Changes to the academic year structure – straw poll

The School is currently consulting on possible changes to the structure of the academic year. Many of you will know about this through discussions in your departments. As part of this reform, the School is considering introducing a common reading/assessment/feedback week in each of the two teaching terms. There would be no scheduled teaching during these weeks to allow students to consolidate learning and to work on formative/summative assessment; and to allow faculty the space to provide feedback/’feedforward’. The School is also considering introducing an exam period immediately after Christmas for Michaelmas Term half-unit courses.

The School welcomes students’ views on these two possible reforms. You will shortly receive a link to a very short survey by email. Please take the time to complete it – your views will be helpful in shaping the future of teaching delivery at the School.

Mark Thomson
Head of Teaching Quality Assurance and Review
    Be in with a chance of winning an iPad mini by taking the Library's 2014 student survey

The Library's student survey is now open, giving LSE students the opportunity to have their say on the Library and its services.

The Library wants to know what all students think and everyone who completes the short online survey has a chance of winning an iPad mini, a £50 Waterstones voucher or a £10 book token.

Take the survey here.
    #AsktheDirector postponed

Unfortunately the Twitter Q&A session with Professor Craig Calhoun, due to take place from 3-4pm on Wednesday 26 February, has been postponed.

We will let you know when a date for the rescheduled #AsktheDirector is confirmed.

In the meantime, start thinking up some questions!

    Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries 2014-15 for LSE PhD students

Applications are invited from LSE PhD students for mobility bursaries to visit one of the School's institutional partners to work informally with an advisor on their PhD thesis, research, publications and presentations, and introduce them to the academic culture, professional contacts and employment opportunities of another country.

The partner institutions are:
  • Columbia University (New York)
  • the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Peking University (Beijing)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • the University of Cape Town (South Africa)  

For 2014-15, up to ten bursaries are on offer. For each partner institution, up to two flat rate bursaries of £2,500 are available.

Students registered for PhD studies at any LSE department who have been upgraded to full doctoral student status are eligible to apply. Each visit should be between two to three months long.

Deadline for complete applications, including references, is midday on Tuesday 13 May. Most visits start after October, but if you wish to apply to Peking University for a visit beginning in August or September this year, the deadline for notifying Academic Partnerships is earlier, on Monday 31 March.

Contact Academic Partnerships with any queries on More

    Wireless Network Update

If you are currently connecting to the Wireless Network using lsesecurewifi or lsebasicwifi, please note that over the next few months IMT will be migrating users onto the eduroam wireless network service to improve security and to simplify services.

eduroam is the recommended wireless network in use at LSE which allows secure connectivity across campus, including in major lecture theatres and public areas. One of the great benefits of our eduroam wireless network is the ability to connect seamlessly at any other higher education institution in the UK that also uses the eduroam wifi service.

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


LSE Student Volunteering Week 2014

Next week is LSE's Student Volunteering Week - if you're umming and ahhing about getting involved in a good cause, take a look at this blog about Leyla, one of the LSE Volunteer Centre’s Student Volunteering Ambassadors, who is running the Paris Marathon in April raising funds for the Association of International Cancer Research. The LSE Careers Volunteer Centre spoke to her a few weeks ago about her motivations and how her fundraising is going. Read the blog here.

    LSE Chill

The next Chill evening is this Friday 21 February and will feature performances from Haero, Not Dark Yet and Music Society Barbershop Chorus.

With live music and a time-limited open bar, come and relax after a week of studies and stresses! More
    Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, LSE Catering will be promoting LSE’s Fairtrade status in all its restaurants and cafes from Monday 24 February to Sunday 9 March.

As well as highlighting existing Fairtrade products, they will also be introducing new products and arranging free tastings of Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives. More

    Body Combat marathon

Are you a fitness fanatic? Want to help raise money for a good cause? Then read on…

Fist and Feather® will be hosting a three and a half hour body combat marathon in aid of The Bethany Chiddle Fund on Sunday 23 March. Bethany is five years old and was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy - funds are desperately needed so that she can continue with therapy to enable her to walk unaided.

If you'd like to get involved, tickets are just £20 and can be bought from Amy Mamawag on More
    Leadership in Action course

There are just two days left to apply for the Leadership in Action course. This popular three-day intensive course, designed for doctoral students and early career researchers, will equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead successfully in your field and beyond.

LSE has a small number of bursaries, worth £1,000 each, to cover course fees for successful applicants. The course will run Tuesday 1 – Thursday 3 April , 9am – 5pm.

For more information and an application form, please contact Jenny on Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 February.
    Skip fit lessons

Unfortunately yesterday's skip fit lesson had to be cancelled at late notice, but normal service will resume next month with the first class on Tuesday 4 March. So join LSE security officer and former boxer Daniel Beckley to 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 4 March, Tuesday 11 March and Tuesday 25 March.

Just turn up on any of these dates with your own skipping rope. All lessons are free. For more information, email Daniel at

    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. More


Technology tip!

Antivirus software provides a level of protection against the most common and prevalent malware threats, helping to safeguard your computer or device, and any other also connected to the LSE network. LSE’s Antivirus Policy states that antivirus software must be installed on LSE-owned computers.

IMT offers a free, full version of Sophos Antivirus to current LSE staff and students, which can be configured to run automatic scans. More


- What's on

    Sparks Conference - on Saturday 22 February at LSE

Hosted by LSESU Entrepreneurs Society, Sparks is the largest student organised entrepreneurship conference in London which looks to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Speakers will include Dinesh Dhamija, the Founder of Ebookers and Jay Bregman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Hailo, alongside workshops looking at 'How to create the Perfect Business Plan' with Balderton Capital and 'How to fulfil your career ambitions' with Andrew Garner.

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought on Houghton Street or here. More

    LSE Arts first ever Pop Up exhibition: Photo Prize 2014

During next week's Literary Festival, which runs from Monday 24 February to Saturday 1 March, LSE Arts will be displaying all Photo Prize competition submissions and giving away some free treats at a new location every day in its first ever pop up exhibition!

Look out for tweets from @LSEpublicevents with the hashtag #LSEPhotoPopUp for updates on each day's venue and freebie. 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

'Neoliberal Development in Palestine and the Regional Context' - on Monday 24 February at 6.30-8pm, in Room 1.04 in the New Academic Building with Dr Adam Hanieh

Dr Adam Hanieh will discuss his new book, Lineages of Revolt, and recent fieldwork in the West Bank to examine the political economy of Palestinian neoliberalism in the most recent period. Dr Hanieh will explore the essential contours of Palestinian Authority development strategy, its links to donor-led imperatives and the Israeli occupation, as well as the wider regional political economy.

This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis. More

    'Crisis and Famine in Island Greece: sovereign debt, political violence and topologies of memory in Chios' - on Tuesday 25 February at 6-7.30pm in Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, Cowdray House with Nicolas Argenti (pictured) and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

The sovereign debt crisis engulfing Greece since 2010 is not only shaking people’s belief in their government and their future, it is also fundamentally reshaping people’s experience of the past and its relation to the present.

Hellenic Observatory Seminars are free and open to all on a first come, first served basis.
    'Qatari Foreign Policy and the Changing Regional Order in the Middle East' - on Wednesday 26 February at 4.30-6pm in Room 2.02, Clement House with Dr Lina Khatib

Qatar has established a reputation for adopting a foreign policy based on pragmatism. However, the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East has recently witnessed a number of key changes that are recalibrating the distribution of power in the region. Are those changes testing Qatar's pragmatism? Is the Middle East witnessing the birth of a new political order?

This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis.
    'How Climate Change Might Save the World?' - on Thursday 27 February at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre with Professor Ulrich Beck

Public discourse and politics of climate change are blocked by the dominance of apocalyptic imaginaries and by the inability of sociological thinking to analyse the transformation of politics and to imagine new openings. To combat the sources of climate pessimism, we need a new cosmopolitan outlook, in research and politics, capable of grasping the epochal transformations of society and politics set in motion by the global risks of climate change.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. #LSELatour More

    'Grecovery': LSESU Hellenic Society's second Hellenic Forum - on 25 February, 28 February and 3 March at LSE

Building on the success of last year's forum, 'Grecovery' will address a wide range of topics including economics, politics, social policy, entrepreneurship and business with distinguished professionals and academics from various backgrounds coming to speak. Discussions will look at questions such as: 'Is Greece really recovering from the economic crisis?', 'Is the EU on the right road?' and 'How can social tensions and problems like youth unemployment be addressed?' The Forum's aim is to focus on the future, discussing the "Greece of 2020", rather than describing once more a depressing story of the causes and the deadlocks of the crisis.

Events are free and open to all but tickets are required and can be bought online. More

LSESU Social Entrepreneurship Society's annual SHIFT forum - on Saturday 1 March at 9:30am – 5pm in Clement House

Participate in an exciting, knowledge-boosting day, jam-packed with talks, panels and interactive breakout sessions. There will be plenty of opportunity to connect with like-minded people, ask questions and embark on the search for answers together with the chance to hear from the founders of MakeSense, SolarAid and Better World Books, experts from Oxford's Skoll Centre as well as LSE students and alumni who are venturing social entrepreneurs. Students, entrepreneurs and professionals alike are all welcome so go along and join the conversation!

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought here. More


'Avenue Q' - on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 March at 7.30 pm in the Old Theatre

It's time for the LSESU Annual Musical! Staged by the Drama Society and Music Society, this year's production is the masterpiece of puppetry 'Avenue Q'.

'Avenue Q' tells the story of Princeton, an idealistic young puppet trying to find his purpose in life - without running out of money, messing things up with the girl next door or making a fool of himself, of course. Warning: the show contains puppet nudity and may not be suitable for your granny...

Tickets are available now for performances on Monday 3 March, Tuesday 4 March and Wednesday 5 MarchMore


'Through the Ages' - on Monday 3 March at 7pm in the Peacock Theatre

Continuing the musical theme, it's the LSE Dance Society's annual show, this year with the theme 'Through the Ages'. Enjoy watching some fantastic dancers tripping the light fantastic through the years. Tickets go on sale today and can be bought from the Society on Houghton Street from 11am-2pm every day until showtime.


- 60 second interview


with.....Nazakat Khan

My name is Nazakat Khan, but everyone calls me Naz, and I'm a final year management student here at LSE. I come from Kenya, and hope to go back there after completing my studies. I am a strong believer in change, and I want to help Kenya undergo the change it requires, to become even more competitive internationally.

Please tell us about the Sparks Conference which is being organised by the LSESU Entrepreneurs Society.

Sparks is an annually held conference, which aims to bring top entrepreneurs to speak to students from around London about how they got where are, what difficulties they faced and how they overcame them. The conference aims to inspire the younger generation of entrepreneurs and give them the courage to do what they aspire to do. This year's conference is on Saturday 22 February and we have some great speakers coming along to inspire everyone. You can see the full line up and more details here. Tickets are on sale now, so get them while you can!

Does the Society have any other interesting plans for this academic year?

Unfortunately Sparks only happens once a year, however, the LSESU Entrepreneurs Society hosts entrepreneur speakers every Tuesday. Our website has all the details here.

Name a company you would like to own and run and explain why.

I would love to own Google. I feel that it cultivates and encourages young talent. It also seems like a fantastic place to work, with young people, who are revolutionising the way business is done.

What, or who, makes you laugh?

My brother. He can make anything boring seem funny, and turn any ordinary statement into a hilarious one… I don't know how he does it… But he can.

What would you do if you were Mayor of London for the day?

To be honest, I have no idea! I don't think I would like to be the Mayor of London… But, I'd probably enjoy my day…

Name three things you cannot do without.

Family, Kenya and chocolate.


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 26 February. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 24 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