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Literary Festival

The Literary Festival is underway this week and tickets can still be booked for a number of events.


Last call for applications to LSE GROUPS 2014
Undergraduates, don’t miss the chance to do some original social science research…


Lesego Serolong

Lesego, who is studying for an Master's in Social Policy and Development, shares her passion for volunteering and some of the amazing work she's doing in South Africa...

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  26 February 2014  

- News

    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in the news

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), LSE’s latest landmark building, has transformed the campus, with the Students’ Union and student-focused departments of the School taking up residence at the start of the year.

The first new building LSE has commissioned in over 40 years, SAW's dramatic sculptural form and unusual perforated brick façade was designed by Irish architect O’Donnell + Tuomey. Since opening its doors on 6 January 2014 it has steadily been garnering praise from students, staff and architecture critics alike.

Critics have called the building “richly considered and finished”, “eccentric and deeply satisfying”, “fantastically individual” and “a fold-out marvel [and] lesson in architectural origami”. To read more about what the press are saying about SAW, click here.
    First World War Digital Library exhibition and webpage launched

LSE Library has launched WW1 @ LSE: a common cause, an online exhibition featuring a selection of digital images related to the First World War. The exhibition draws on the Library’s collections to provide a selection of materials which highlight the personal, political and social consequences of the conflict. LSE has also launched a dedicated First World War webpage, FWWLSE, featuring details of public events, research and other related media.

Highlights from LSE Library’s online exhibition include the varied role played by women on the home front, such as driving ambulances for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and painting Hammersmith underground station. Other images give an international perspective on the conflict, revealing mass production in a German munitions factory and a decorative album given to the British hosts of Belgium’s war refugees. A selection of images featured in the exhibition are available here.

Elizabeth Chapman, Director of LSE Library Services, says: ‘LSE Library’s digital exhibition on the First World War will help protect and preserve the Library’s collections in the social sciences for future generations of researchers, as well as raise awareness of the unique role that LSE played in the conflict. As with all of the Digital Library’s projects, WW1 @ LSE: a common cause will be free to access, part of the Library’s long-term commitment to build partnerships with the wider public through our unique collections.’
    New report suggests LSE is not the 'bankers' school'

The LSE should no longer be referred to as the 'bankers' school', according to 'Alternative Aspirations', a report published last week by the Artichoke Society the organisation for fulfilling, socially beneficial graduate careers. Their research revealed that 90% of students aspire to roles outside of investment banking with 49% of undergraduates saying they were motivated by interest in work and 13% seeking to benefit society. Only 14% of those asked said they were motivated by salary.

The report surveyed first, second and third year students and asked a number of questions to gauge career motivations, preferences and plans. It shows that less than half of all students have a career plan, that public policy is as popular as investment banking and more popular than management consulting among all students, and that teaching is an unpopular career option.

Dan Martin, Governor of the London School of Economics and Chair of the Artichoke Society said: 'This research challenges the stereotypes about LSE students and demonstrates the diversity of aspirations among young people. We need to recognise this diversity and offer students insights into the whole breadth of options available to them, rather than allowing those sectors with the most resources to dominate our campus.' More

    'One size fits all' approach to global marketing a recipe for failure according to new LSE research

Major global brands are at risk of failing to win new customers from Eastern countries because they don’t take into account key cultural differences when marketing their products, new research has found.

According to researchers from the London School of Economics and ESCP Europe Business School, some of the world’s most recognised brands fall into the trap of marketing their products in a global way, while ignoring cross-cultural differences in consumer psychology.

Dr Ben Voyer, a visiting fellow in the Department of Psychology at the LSE, says the psychology of consumers in the East is often vastly different to the West, leading to recurring market failures when new products are launched. More
    LSE students nominated for Secularist of the Year

Chris Moos, a PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour, and Abhishek Phadnis, a Master's student in the International History Department, who are both members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist  Society, have been jointly nominated for the prestigious Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year Award in recognition of their work campaigning on 'fundamental issues such as free speech and gender segregation. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or an organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the secular cause with a prize of £5,000 given to the winner.

This year's prize will be presented by Kerry McCarthy MP on Saturday 29 March at a lunch event in central London. Previous winners have included Southall Black Sisters, Peter Tatchell, Sophie in 't Veld MEP, former MP Evan Harris and Lord Avebury.

- Notices

    iPad mini competition: last chance to complete Library student survey 2014

There are only have a few days left to win an iPad mini by completing the Library’s student survey.

The Library wants to hear the opinion of all students- those who complete the short online survey will have a chance of winning an iPad mini, a £50 Waterstones voucher or a £10 book token.

Complete the survey before  here.

    Last call for applications to LSE GROUPS 2014

Undergraduates, don’t miss the chance to do some original social science research… LSE GROUPS offers 72 students the opportunity to participate in a two week research project at the end of Summer Term, working in small interdisciplinary groups and with the support of a supervisor. Applications close at midnight on Monday 3 March. More information and application form at LSE GROUPS.
    Get a head start on exam preparation

The Teaching and Learning Centre’s popular exam preparation sessions start this week. If you want advice on using past papers, preparing for quantitative exams, revision strategies and last minute preparation, book now at the Centre’s Learning and personal development events page here.
    LSE Widening Participation now recruiting for summer school staff

LSE Widening Participation aims to raise the aspiration and attainment of bright pupils from London state schools. LSE delivers a number of projects that encourage young people from under-represented backgrounds to aim for a university education.

We are currently recruiting LSE undergraduate, Masters and PhD students to work on two of our largest and most successful summer schools taking place in a variety of subject areas in July and August. The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 12 March - more information and details of how to apply can be found here.

Summer Graduands - ceremony places

All those graduating this summer need to book places at the graduation ceremonies by Friday 28 February. More



LooSE TV's film festival

LooSE TV's short film festival is now open and looking for entries. Films of all genres, in any language, up to ten minutes long, are welcome.  LooSE TV can provide cameras for filming - just get in touch at the email address below.

All the films will be shown at the free festival on Thursday 20 March at 8.45pm in the Old Theatre, with a prize for the 'Best in Show'. Deadline for entries is Monday 17 March - films can be submitted either via email at or in person at the Media Centre on the second floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. More

    Feel Good Food Day on Thursday 6 March

The Fourth Floor Restaurant's feel good food day will be filled with food that is not only good for you and good for the planet, but delicious too. The ‘Feel Good Food’ world cuisine menu will offer reduced meat options and more vegetarian choices.

As well as raising awareness and promoting the sustainable aspects of the food served, the team will show how limiting meat in our diet and using healthier ingredients, seasonal vegetables, fish from sustainable stocks and higher animal welfare produce can benefit your health, the environment and animal welfare. So come along for some delicious food and enjoy the ‘feel good’ experience.

    Tell us what you think - Student News feedback survey 2014

The Press Office has put together a short survey for you to tell us how you feel about Student News. It's an important way for us to find out how we can improve the newsletter for you.

The survey is open to all students and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Take part here. The survey is open until Friday 21 March. Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think.

    Stay fit for 2014 with Cardio Kick boxing classes

No sparring, no contact, just 60 minutes of music-driven, hard core exercise incorporating elements of karate, boxing and tai chi to strip fat and shape your body.

The first class is Monday 3 March at 7-8pm on the 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. The first class is free - subsequent classes will be £5 and will be every Monday.

If you would like to attend or need further information, email Amy Mamawag 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!
Aligning objects in PowerPoint

Save time when creating PowerPoint presentations by taking the guess work out of whether or not your objects are aligned.

By default, you will see small dotted lines called gridlines and a larger cross of dashed lines called drawing guides on your slides. Either of these may be sufficient to align your objects. However, you can go further by turning on the rulers; right click somewhere on your presentation, or on the blank area outside it, and click Ruler. Wherever your pointer is, as you move it, the position will be indicated on the rulers. You can use this for precise placing of objects.

As you move an object, e.g. a shape, near another object, above, below, or next to, you will see a line which connects the two objects when they are centre-aligned. The object you are moving can “snap” to this line allowing for precise alignment. You can then move this along this line to bring it nearer, or move it further away from the other shape.

Practice with some shapes to see how it all works. More


- What's on

    Literary Festival week

The sixth annual Literary Festival is underway this week and there's still time to book tickets for the events over the next few days. With speakers including AS Byatt, Michael Rosen and Kenan Malik, there's something for everyone. More
    'Peacebuilding: what is it and why is it important?' - on Tuesday 4 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Judy Cheng-Hopkins

Peacebuilding has become a buzzword over the past decade. Yet, there are many diverging ideas of what peacebuilding is and what it entails. The United Nations is not exempt from such uncertainty, diverging interpretations, and misunderstandings, as well as the resulting conceptual and practical debates. More
    'A Question of Law' - on Wednesday 5 March at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Dr Chaloka Beyani, Professor Julia Black, Professor Emily Jackson, Dr Peter Ramsey

Should we be allowed the right to die? Can the UK do more to prevent international human rights abuses? What can the law do to prevent another recession? Are juries worth having? Tweet your questions to @LSELaw using #LSElaw.  More

    'China's Urban Policies: dilemmas facing the world's largest urban population' - on Thursday 6 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Professor Vernon Henderson

With the majority of its population now urban dwellers, China faces a unique set of challenges. Vernon Henderson examines the policy options as Chinese cities continue to grow. More

    'Rhyme and Reason: reflections on climate change' - on Thursday 6 March at 7pm in the Three Tuns, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre with Sabrina Mahfouz and special guests

Join award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz and special guests for an evening of live literature, performance and debate, as she explores climate change in the UK through storytelling and lively poetry performances. More

    Y the F Not?! - on Thursday 27 February at 7pm in the Senior Dining Room

The LSE Volunteer Centre has joined forces with LSESU RAG and The Youth Funding Network to bring you an event to warm the heart with an evening of fundraising, live music and comedy. Three small charities will be pitching their ideas to the audience to try and win your money and your time.

Tickets cost £10 which you pledge to the charity of your choice. Tickets can be bought on the door, but the first 50 tickets sold include a free drink. More
    TEDxLSE 2014: World’s Architects! - on Saturday 8 March at 10am in the Old Building

TEDxLSE's mission is to inspire meaningful change through the promotion of innovation, critical thinking and leadership. This year's conference aims to encourage and empower people to be architects of positive change in their lives and in our world. A range of great speakers will inspire with the latest thinking and innovation on how to build a better future for all, using tools from art and comedy to sustainability.

Speakers include: Jeremy Balkin, founder of Give While You Live, Paul Dolan, Bjørn Grinde chief scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Katerina Kimmorley, co-founder of Pollinate Energy. More

    LSE Arts Photo Prize 2014 Awards - on Saturday 1 March at 7.30pm in the New Academic Building
Over 250 photos were submitted to the competition and now three winners have been chosen. Nick Byrne, chair of the Arts Advisory Committee at LSE will announce the winners at the start of the Literary Festival closing reception. The winners will have their photos printed and displayed in the Atrium.
For more information email
If you haven’t spotted your submission pop-up across campus this week, there's a final chance to spot them in the Atrium where your images will be projected during the first week of March!
    ‘Adapting to climate change: the challenges of the least-developed countries’ - on Monday 3 March at 5-6pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, News Academic Building with Quamrul Chowdhury and Dr. Robert Falkner

A lead negotiator for the G-77 specialising in climate change and sustainable development, Quamrul Chowdhury has represented developing countries for over 35 years in multilateral environmental negotiations, including the UNFCCC process and the Kyoto Protocol. This LSE100 lecture will explore the impact of climate change on the least developed countries and the challenges of climate-smart development and adaptation.

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


'Gender and the Hindu Right in India' - on Monday 3 March at 6.30-8.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Nishrin Jafri Hussain, Angana P. Chatterji, Meena Kandasamy and Kalpana Wilson

With the forthcoming Indian elections in which the current Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, the panel will discuss questions such as 'what are the implications of the rise of the Hindu Right for gendered violence in India?' and 'what would a possible victory for Narendra Modi at a national level mean?' More

    'After the Fall: world order or disorder after 1989' - on Tuesday 4 March at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Jacques Rupnik, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Michael Cox, Professor Karoline Postel-Vinay and Dr George Lawson  

It was thought the end of the Cold War in 1989 ushered in a more stable world shaped by an irresistible combination of capitalism and liberalism. But did it? New wars in failing states, the spread of nuclear weapons, rising terrorism, and in 2008 the great financial crash, all point to an international system where the certainties of a 20th century Cold War had given way to a new century full of uncertainty and danger. More

'Freedom to Offend: academia, human rights, and social progress' - on Tuesday 4 March at 6:10-8pm in Tower 1. G.01 with Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Dr Rumy Hasan, Professor Paul Kelly, Professor Chandran Kukathas and Professor Brian Winston

A panel discussion hosted by the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society to explore whether the freedom to offend is included in the freedom of expression. Asking questions such as 'Is there a right to offend?' and 'To what extent should the right to offend be granted?' There will be chances to ask experts questions and put forward personal views on this topic. More


'Diversified but Marginal: the GCC private sector as an economic and political force' - on Wednesday 5 March at 4.30-6pm in Room 2.04, New Academic Building with Dr Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog will explore the passive and isolated role of business in the Gulf private sector by looking at how, despite all the diversification, it remains structurally dependent on state spending and subsidies, and how its interests are at odds with those of GCC citizens at large. This event is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis. More

    LSESU Emerging Markets Forum

Registration is still open for the fifth annual LSESU's Emerging Markets Forum, held this year on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 March at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel. 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. The Forum is open to students from all disciplines. More

    TEDxLSE 2014: World’s Architects! - on Saturday 8 March at 10am in the Old Building

TEDxLSE's mission is to inspire meaningful change through the promotion of innovation, critical thinking and leadership. This year's conference aims to encourage and empower people to be architects of positive change in their lives and in our world. A range of great speakers will inspire with the latest thinking and innovation on how to build a better future for all, using tools from art and comedy to sustainability.

Speakers include: Jeremy Balkin, founder of Give While You Live, Paul Dolan, Bjørn Grinde chief scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Katerina Kimmorley, co-founder of Pollinate Energy. More


- 60 second interview


with.....Lesego Serolong

My name is Lesego Serolong and I'm from South Africa. I'm a post graduate student in MSc Social Policy and Development.
I was born and raised in small town called Mafikeng, located four hours west of Joburg.

When I'm back in South Africa, I spend lots of time talking to young people about the importance of education and community spirit. I also absolutely love interior design and being creative, and really enjoy cooking and preparing meals for people. I plan to return to South Africa after my studies at LSE and continue to be part of the country's positive change.

Please tell us about Student Volunteering week 2014 and how you are involved.
Student volunteering week is a wonderful opportunity for LSE students to get involved in making a difference in the lives of others.

Volunteering is very important to me and I first got involved in voluntary work when I was in high school with the youth arm of Rotary International (Interact Club) and Round Square, assisting the poor in local townships and helping at Aids orphanages. I became more interested in education and started a literacy program for children living on a farm near my school and brought them to our school to do basic numeracy and literacy work. I also spent a year as a volunteer teaching at a rural school near my home town. Many of the children walked  four or five kilometers on an empty stomach to fill my first grade classroom of 60 students who were six to seventeen years old. During my undergraduate degree in the United States, I did advocacy work with the Children's Defence Fund, raising awareness of critical issues affecting disadvantaged children.

It opened my eyes to the education challenges faced by my country, even 20 years post-apartheid. The Mandela generation did their part and I felt challenged to be part of the solution to current issues. My husband and I started an orphan education charity to identify orphans from rural areas with academic potential and the drive to make a difference in their communities - it's called Raise the Children (RTC) and is a non-profit based in Pretoria, South Africa. Our organisation's mission is to change radically the lives of orphans, helping them develop into independent, stable adults who can be leaders for their communities. We believe the best way to do this is to provide orphans with quality private school education and mentorship. Every year we search for college graduates from all over the world who can come to South Africa to teach the orphans on our scholars programme. This is one of the most crucial parts of our work as the teachers can have such a great and vital impact on these children’s lives. We have also partnered with South African businesses to provide bursaries and employment opportunities.

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

What is your favourite part of London?
Regents Park - it's by far one of the most beautiful parks in the world! If I'm not at the School, writing essays or doing copious amounts of readings, that's where I spend time with my boys.

What was your best subject at school?
For a long time it was chemistry, until I began organic chemistry 2 at university!

What 3 items would you take to a desert island with you?
1. My Bible.
2. My iPod - playing 'Your heart is an empty room' by Death Cab for Cutie on repeat.
3. An unlimited supply of New York-style pastrami sandwiches - it can't get better than that and I dare you to challenge me!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Take risks! If you win you will be happy, if you lose you will be wiser.


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

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan