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Tragedy of the European Union: disintegration or revival?
George Soros comes to LSE to mark the launch of his new book.


Environmental auditors
Like knowing what people are putting in their bins? The Sustainability Team has got just the job for you...


Sakina Kabir Badamasuiy

When she's not busy organising LSE's inaugural Africa Summit, Sakina Kabir enjoys walking the streets of London in the early morning...

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  5 March 2014  

- News

    LSE wins Green University award

LSE has been recognised as the top university for promoting sustainability among its staff and students.

People and Planet, the student-led body which campaigns for more environmentally friendly policies in universities, gave LSE the “Student and Staff Engagement Award” for its “excellent and innovative” work in a number of areas, including hosting high-profile public lectures with numerous world-renowned speakers on sustainability, including James Hansen, Kumi Naidoo, and LSE’s own Nicholas Stern.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: "We are delighted that LSE’s work on sustainability engagement has been recognised. This award highlights not only the School’s achievements but the commitment and enthusiasm of students and staff from across LSE. The continued involvement of the whole LSE community is essential to the School’s on-going mission to become a more environmentally sustainable institution.” More

Student Volunteering Week - a job well done

Last week, students across the School were raising money for good causes by running ridiculously long distances, packing other people's shopping, and, it would appear, standing shirtless on chairs serenading generous audiences. Dave Coles, LSE's Volunteer Coordinator, reflects on another hugely successful Student Volunteering Week and the spirit of LSE's students in his latest blog here.

    LSE partnership with City and Islington Sixth Form College

LSE has worked with City and Islington Sixth Form College on a partnership scheme which gives students access to the School’s Library and its extensive resources until July this year.

Students taking A Levels in Politics, Philosophy and Economics have been visiting LSE over recent weeks for a series of workshops to help them optimise and develop their research skills. These workshops were jointly developed and delivered by staff from the Library and Centre for Learning Technology (CLT). It was very heartening to read of the positive response from the College and especially the student feedback. The workshops were very useful for gaining further understanding of students’ research skills prior to university which helps Library and CLT staff when considering how to enhance the first year student experience and the transition to HE.

In the first workshop they were introduced to Library resources, including academic journals, special collections and archives. As well as providing these students with access to valuable resources, they also get a taste of life as an undergraduate. More


    Banding and ballots on the rise as schools seek fairer intakes, new LSE research finds

A small but growing number of schools, mainly sponsored academies, are using ability banding or random allocation (ballots) as part of their admissions criteria, according to new research by LSE on behalf of the Sutton Trust.

The research by LSE's Professor Anne West, Dr Philip Noden and Audrey Hind comes as hundreds of thousands of parents received the results of secondary school applications this week. 'Ballots and Banding' examines the admissions policies of England’s 3,000 state secondary schools and academies in the 2012-13 school year.

Professor Anne West, Director of the Education Research Group at the London School of Economics said: "Banding could have the greatest effect on creating balanced intakes in areas where schools are popular and school rolls are rising. While banding is not a panacea, it can contribute to creating more balanced intakes than would otherwise be the case. The use of banding or random allocation conveys a school’s commitment to providing comprehensive education and so may provide a yardstick against which the school’s admissions may be assessed and reviewed.” More

- Notices

    Chinese Government Scholarship

Annually, the Chinese Embassy offers two scholarships to LSE students which provide unique opportunities for LSE students to undertake further study or research in a Chinese higher education institution. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and language.

The scholarships are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students alike and also cater for Chinese language students and academics.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday 20 March. Full details of the application process are here.

Acupuncture Awareness Week at the LSE Treatment Clinic

The LSE Treatment Clinic, which welcomes LSE students and staff, is on the first floor of Tower Two. (Enter from Tower One/Tower Two reception, first floor and follow the signs to the LSE Treatment Clinic).

The clinic offers professional treatments at reduced rates for LSE, with experienced practitioners of acupuncture, osteopathy and sports massage. Their combined expertise is effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, repetitive strain injury, tension headaches, posture advice, sports injuries, anxiety, insomnia, migraine and 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 last between 30 and 60 minutes depending upon the treatment.

    Environmental auditors

The sustainability team is recruiting staff and students to train as environmental auditors, to audit departments involved in the Green Impact competition. Green Impact is the School’s Environmental Impact competition, in which departments compete to make changes in their department to lower their impact on the environment.
There will be free training for auditors on the morning of Wednesday 19 March, followed by a free lunch. Auditors will then visit and audit a department in pairs. Apply here.

Applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 12 March.
    Recycle and support a great cause

The LSE Water Brigade is raising funds again for their ten day trip to Ghana this summer when a team of 14 undergraduates will be helping to improve access to clean water and talking to communities about the importance of using clean water for domestic purposes.

This time they're collecting items (anything at all really) that people want to get rid of but are of good quality which they will then resell at low prices with all proceeds helping this summer's volunteering trip.

Like the team's Facebook page to show your support and donate your items in the boxes at the receptions of these halls - Bankside, High Holborn, Northumberland, Passfield, Rosebery, or come to the first floor of the Saw Swee Hock on Monday 10 March from 10am-6pm.
    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

    New issue of LSE Perspectives online now

The March edition of LSE Perspectives is now online - the gallery can be seen here. It features 12 striking images submitted by LSE staff and students which each reflect a unique perspective on a particular scene.

The team is always looking for submissions for future galleries, so if you've taken any artistic images on your travels, from your home town or even here in London, submit them for LSE perspectives so they can be shared with the LSE community? For information on how to submit your photographs for LSE Perspectives, click here.

Missed February’s gallery? Previous galleries can be found here.

    LSE Peer Support Project 2014-15

LSE is looking for undergraduate or graduate (including PhD) students interested in becoming Peer Supporters for the 2014-15 academic year.

In this voluntary role, you will receive 30 hours of training from the LSE Student Counselling Service in listening, questioning and responding skills with fortnightly supervision. These skills will enable you to provide emotional support to other LSE students through project.

It's essential to attend all training and supervision sessions throughout the year. Training consists of six full days at the end of June and start of July. Previous peer supporters from the past two years have said they gained a tremendous amount from the training. In addition to meeting regularly and developing close bonds with other peer supporters, students gain an increased ability to listen and respond supportively to other students from all backgrounds. If you qualify as a peer supporter you may be offered a room in an LSE hall of residence for 2014-15.

To find out more, sign up for an informal lunch on Wednesday 19 March at 1-2pm, where you can meet some current peer supporters and see what they’ve gained from the project. To reserve a place, email by Friday 14 March.

Application forms are on the website or available from Closing date for applications is Wednesday 30 April. More
    Learn to lead with LSE Careers’ new leadership development programme

Leadership skills will benefit you across all careers, as well as in other areas of your life, and are something which employers value highly. To help you develop these skills, LSE Careers’ has teamed up with leadership training experts Leadnow! to offer a three day intensive course open to all LSE students.
In this highly practical programme, you will discover how to lead and balance yourself, how to lead others powerfully and respectfully, develop effective working relationships and how to lead high performing teams. You’ll start to work with emotional intelligence, coaching and resolving conflict; all skills which are important to employers.

The programme will run from Friday 21 March to Sunday 23 March and is open to all students. Find out more about the course and how to book on LSE CareerHub. Booking is open now so don’t miss out.
    Poetry slam techniques for public speaking - PhD workshop

The LSE Research Festival is holding a free two hour workshop during which the poetry slam format will be used as an introduction to public speaking for researchers. The session will be run by Jasmine Ann Cooray, a poet who works with adults and children to develop confidence through poetry and performance.

Slam performers place great emphasis on the confident and persuasive delivery of material, and these skills will be transferable to a variety of academic and non-academic contexts in which audience engagement is key. The session will involve trying out methods of delivery, focusing on engaging styles and their effects on those watching. It's the perfect opportunity to improve your public speaking or simply try out slam techniques. Book here.
    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!
More aligning objects in PowerPoint

Where ultra-precise alignment of objects is vital, using the drawing guides will be of enormous help.

To remove screen clutter, first turn off the drawing grid so only the drawing guides remain. Right click a blank area of your slide and click Grid and Guides... on the menu. In the dialogue box, untick Display grid on screen and tick Display drawing guides on screen then click OK. You now have just a cross of drawing guides. By pointing the mouse at the lines and holding down the left mouse button, you can drag them to new positions.

But the great thing is, by holding down the control button and dragging the lines, you can add more drawing guides. This is useful when you have two or more objects that need to be sized and/or placed in relation to each other. As you move the lines, a pop-up indicator will show you the position on the rule where your line currently is.

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

- What's on

    'Rethinking Secularism: respect, domination and the state' - on Monday 10 March at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Rajeev Bhargava

It is widely recognised that political secularism virtually everywhere in the world is in crisis. It is also acknowledged that to overcome this crisis, secularism needs to be reimagined and reconceptualised. More
    'Transforming a City: from London's East End to the West End' - on Tuesday 11 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Alison Nimmo

In the past 10 years, London has seen the resurgence of Regent Street to one of the globe’s most iconic streets and the regeneration of London’s East End catalysed by London 2012. Hear from Alison Nimmo who helped to win and deliver the Olympic Park and is now Chief Executive of the Crown Estate, a business that is using its expertise and extraordinary assets to transform the heart of London’s West End. More
    'Tragedy of the European Union: disintegration or revival? How Europe must now choose between economic and political revival or disintegration' - on Thursday 13 March at 2pm with George Soros, Anatole Kaletsky, Professor Mary Kaldor and Professor Craig Calhoun

This event marks the publication of George Soros' new book, Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?: How Europe Must Now Choose Between Economic and Political Revival or Disintegration in which he reveals the roots of Europe's current financial crisis and comprehensively assesses the consequences of that crisis for the global economy and on the political ideals embodied by the European Union.

The venue will be confirmed to ticket holders - tickets can be requested from tomorrow. More
    'Word Power: written constitutions and the definition of British borders since 1787' - on Thursday 13 March at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Linda Colley

The onset and proliferation of new written constitutions after 1787 presented successive governments in the UK with both opportunities and challenges. Through its empire and international heft, the UK came to draft and influence more constitutions in more parts of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries than any other power. Yet governments have always resisted the introduction of a written constitution in the UK itself. More
    'Sikhi and Science' - on Wednesday 5 March at 6-8pm in CLM 7.02

If you're curious about the beginning of the universe and where it's going, come along to this talk from the 'Basics of Sikhi' of the LSESU Sikh Society, to learn about what Sikhism has to say about the origins of the Universe, the big bang theory, the science of the soul and modern science. Everyone is welcome to attend. More

    'We must free our imaginations' - on Wednesday 5 March at 6.30-8pm in CLM 6.02, Clement House with Binyavanga Wainaina, Dr Wendy Willems and Dele Fatunla

Against the background of recent debates on gay rights on the African continent, Binyavanga Wainaina came out on his 43rd birthday, reproducing a lost chapter of his memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place. He followed this declaration with a landmark YouTube personal manifesto, ‘We must free our imaginations’. As Africa rapidly transforms, socially and economically, conservatives are starting to react, attempting to limit the scope for the imagination to freely conceptualise the open and free ecosystems that the continent needs for its next stage of independence and development. More

    'Algeria and its Southern Neighbours: turbulence in the Sahara' - on Monday 10 March at 6.30-8pm in Room 1.04, New Academic Building with Dr Yvan Guichaoua, University of East Anglia and Imad Mesdoua

Dr Yvan Guichaoua will examine Algeria's role in recent insurgencies in Mali and Nigeria as portrayed by various actors of the political crises in the Sahel. Meanwhile, Imad Mesdoua will be assessing the rationales guiding Algerian foreign policy in light of growing instability throughout the Maghreb and Sahel regions.

Free and open to all, entry is on a first come first served basis. More
    The Greek Growth Project - on Tuesday 11 March in Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, Cowdray House with Professor Theodore Pelagidis, The Brookings Institution and University of Piraeus, and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

The emergence of the current economic crisis, and its handling by successive Greek governments once the crisis led to concerns about financial markets, has led many to express doubts about Greece's to participate in the final stage of the EMU, and correspondingly of the European Union bodies to accept Greece in the final stage of the EMU.

Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to all with entry is on a first come, first served basis. More
    'A Crisis of European Democracy?' - on Tuesday 11 March at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Catherine de Vries, Professor Claes de Vreese, Professor Mark Franklin, Dr James Tilley and Professor Sara Holbolt

Has the economic crisis weakened or strengthened European democracy? This discussion marks the publication of Blaming Europe? by Sara Hobolt and James Tilley. More

    Energy Conference

This year's annual international Energy Conference, hosted by LSESU Energy Society is on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 March in the
Grand Connaught Rooms. This year's conference will explore energy transitions with exciting panel discussions led by high profile speakers who are notable practitioners and policy makers as well as a networking session. There will also be a world record-breaking international university debate via Google Hangout about the global economic shift to the East and its implications for energy security.

Panel topics include 'Changing Gas Markets' and 'Integrating Renewable Energy in Developing Countries', and speakers include Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Didier Houssin, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at IEA, and Howard Rogers, Director of Natural Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute For Energy Studies. Tickets are available now from just £5. More

    Future Planning Debate Series: 'This house believes that we should build a garden city in the South East' - on Wednesday 12 March at 6.30-8pm in CLM.4.02  

A student-led initiative, the series hopes to explore contemporary planning discussion and create a network for student debate between universities. This debate will respond
both to the recently leaked political documents outlining two new planned towns in the South East, and to the creation of the Wolfson Prize which calls for the design of a garden city.

The debate is free and open to all London students.
    'Calibre of China' Youth Panel - on Wednesday 12 March at 5-6.30pm in CLM 3.02

Following the first 'Calibre of China' essay competition, LSESU China Development Forum and Oxford China Forum, the 'Calibre of China' Youth Panel aims to provide a place for vibrant intellectual discussions among university students.

Three outstanding entrants in the essay competition will participate. With the theme 'Delegating Governance', the Youth Panel welcomes all who share apposite interests pertinent to the general panel topic: 'China at the crossroad: centralisation or decentralisation?'

Refreshments will be provided. Register here.
    'Environmental Challenges in China' Panel - on Wednesday 12 March at 6.30-8pm in CLM 3.02

The Environment Panel, an extension of the LSESU China Development Forum, seeks to build an intellectual platform for the brightest minds in the field, connecting environmental concerns with economic development, and exploring the opportunities and limitations for China to sustain its growth in an environmentally friendly manner.

Invited speakers include Tom Delay, first Chief Executive of the UK Carbon Trust and Dr Dabo Guan, Director of Studies in Economics of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University

Refreshments will be provided. Register here.
    Russian Business Week Forum

This year's annual Russian Business Week Forum, hosted by the LSESU Russian Business Society, is on Friday 14 March - Sunday 16 March at LSE. High profile speakers including the Russian statesman, Boris Nemtsov, the President of Boeing Russia, Sergey Kravchenko and the Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan will explore the most important and controversial issues facing Russia and the world will be addressed. More

Early bird tickets are available here.

LSESU Brazilian Carnaval Night

Enjoy a taste of the world famous Brazilian Carnaval for one night only on Monday 17 March at Guanabara in Holborn from 8pm. Organised by the LSESU Economics Society with LSESU Timeless and the LSESU Brazilian Society, and featuring a performance from the LSESU Salsa Society, the night promises lots of colour and dance - so get involved and feel like Rio de Janeiro has come to central London!

Tickets are now available here. More


London 2030 Summit

Join the LSESU London Society for the London 2030 Summit on Tuesday 18 March and Wednesday 19 March at LSE which will bring 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

    'Towards a Sustainable Financial System' - on Friday 21 March at 9am-7.15pm at LSE with the Governor of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, and the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard Fisher

Hear the contrasting views of President Kuroda and Governor Fisher on Quantitative Easing (QE). Organised by the Systemic Risk Centre (SRC) and the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences (CPNSS), the day will also include presentations from Pier Carlo Padoan, the newly appointed Minister of Finance for Italy, and Mingyou Bao the Deputy Director General for the People’s Bank of China.

Tickets are now available here.


LSESU Politics & Forum Edinburgh weekend, Friday 21 March - Monday 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 tickets, please email


- 60 second interview


with....Sakina Kabir Badamasuiy

I'm the co-founder of the LSE Africa Summit taking place in April. I love taking morning walks around London. I need more space for my books. And I am studying for a masters in International Political Economy at LSE after studying Government and Economics here as an undergraduate.

Please tell us more about LSE's inaugural Africa Summit.
The summit aims to provide a forum to address issues facing the African continent. As ambitious as this may sound, we believe that given the community of leaders, businessmen, academics and students converging at LSE for the summit, it's also very possible. Our theme this year is Entrepreneurship which we will be looking at with consideration of agribusiness, technology, women and finance. It's not just a one day summit, thankfully! The summit takes place over two and a half days, and includes events such as a law lecture in the evening of Thursday 3 April, a research workshop on Friday 4 April and a business summit Saturday 5 April. Registration has opened today so everyone should take a look here!

Have you ever belonged to any of the LSE Student Societies?
Haven't we all? I spent my undergraduate at LSE as well so I had my fair share of SU activities over the three years. I've been involved with Women in Business, Palestine, Politics, Microfinance, Islamic, African-Caribbean, Golf, Grimshaw, Central American... there's lots more I'm sure I've left out.

What are your top tips for enjoying life in London?
Take walks everywhere. London is steeped in so much culture and every street tells a different story. If you can, do so in the mornings of the weekends. I've been awestruck by the bewitching serenity of London as it wakes up.

What is the first news story you remember catching your attention?
I was six years old. Our family dinner was interrupted by the breaking news that General Sani Abacha (a far from loved Nigerian military ruler) had died. I vividly remember the newscaster's colourful attire that evening - the mood was somewhat celebratory. That was my first lesson in Nigerian politics.

What is your most treasured possession?
My friends! But my book collection probably comes a very very close second.

What is your favourite website?
Ah, it's definitely


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Thanks, Maddy

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