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  LSE Travel Survey 2014: enter for the chance to win a Kindle
Collecting data on student and staff commuting patterns to the School, the survey's deadline has been extended.

LSE Choir and Orchestra Spring Concert
LSE isn't just interested in economics and politics...


Richard Serunjogi
Richard is busy organising next week's LSESU London 2030 Summit so at the moment you’ll probably see him searching for a socket to charge his phone...

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  12 March 2014  

- News

    The Women's Library @ LSE

The Library officially opens a new Reading Room for The Women’s Library @ LSE today. The Reading Room, a 40 seat research facility on the 4th floor of the Library, will be formally opened by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, who will give a speech to 300 invited guests in the Library’s atrium. Other speakers at the event include Professor Craig Calhoun, LSE Director, Elizabeth Chapman, Director of LSE Library Services, and Suni Harford, Co-Chair of Citi Women.

Mary Robinson said: “LSE’s custodianship and plans for the Women’s Library will help in an area of study that I believe is critical to the continued advancement of human progress through the progress of women.“

Professor Craig Calhoun said: “The new Reading Room is the first of three outstanding facilities due to open this year for the Women's Library @ LSE, to be followed by an Exhibition Space and Teaching and Activity Room.”

Elizabeth Chapman said: “We look forward to welcoming LSE students and the wider public to our outstanding new research facility in 2014.” More

    Eminent historian to be 2014-15 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS

Pandemics, nuclear war and the global history of population control are among the issues explored by the latest academic to take up the Philippe Roman Chair at LSE. Professor Matthew Connelly, a renowned historian and award-winning author, will succeed Professor Timothy Snyder as the holder of the chair in history and international affairs for 2014-15.

Currently a professor in the Department of History at Columbia University, Matthew Connelly is also founder and director of the LSE-Columbia University Double Degree in International and World History. His current research focuses on planning and predictions, and using data science to analyse patterns in official secrecy. More

    'Russia, Ukraine and Us'

At the end of last week, LSE IDEAS and BBC Radio 4 held a public discussion at LSE about the current situation in Russia and Ukraine as what was meant to be a moment of glory for Vladimir Putin, basking in the glow from a successful winter Olympics, became an international stand-off with attention focused on the barricades of central Kiev. The violence on the streets was the latest chapter in the long and unpredictable aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A programme of the discussion is now available on BBC iPlayer here. The next public discussion with BBC Radio 4 at LSE will be looking at 'Bourgeois Dignity: why economics can't explain the modern world'. More

    30,000 people with mental health problems lose social care as funding cut by £90million

Since 2005, 30,000 people with mental health problems have lost their social care support, following a £90 million shortfall in funding due to cuts to local authority budgets, according to research by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), based at LSE.

Adjusting for socio-demographic change, this would be equivalent to 63,000 fewer people with mental health problems receiving social care since 2005 and local authorities needing to spend £260million to meet their needs.

Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez, PSSRU Deputy Director and co-author of the research, said: “Even before the current public spending austerity programme was introduced, the adequacy of adult social care spending was an issue of concern. Overall, our findings indicate significant reductions in service provision both in terms of the numbers of people receiving care and in terms of the amount of public resources invested. The scale of reductions in spending and provision are almost certainly without precedent in the history of adult social care.” More
    Recessions increase racial prejudice and inequality in the UK

Periods of high unemployment in the UK see more people admitting to being racially prejudiced and ethnic minorities disproportionately suffering in the job market, according to new research from LSE.

The study looks at changes in self-reported racial prejudice over 27 years and finds the proportion of people who said they were at least a ‘little prejudiced’ towards those from other races increased slightly whenever the economy took a turn for the worse.

The researchers found a particularly big increase in self-reported prejudice during recessions among the highly-educated. In particular, full-time employed, middle-aged white men, the group most likely to be employers or managers in the workplace, show the largest increase in self-reported prejudice. More
    New research shows how technology squeezes middle-skilled workers

The rise of information and communication technologies has increased the demand for highly-skilled, university-educated, workers at the expense of middle-skilled workers according to research from the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE.

However, recent technical change has had little effect on low-skilled workers according to the research published in the latest issue of the journal Review of Economics and Statistics.

The researchers analysed how the employment and wages of high, medium and low educated workers had changed in 11 countries, including the UK, over 25 years. They found that industries that experienced the fastest growth in ICT also experienced the fastest growth in the demand for the most educated workers and the fastest drops for those in the middle – defined, in the UK, as people who had completed secondary education but not an undergraduate degree. More

- Notices

    LSE Travel Survey 2014: enter for the chance to win a Kindle

The LSE Travel Survey 2014 opened in February to collect data on student and staff commuting patterns to the School. LSE is required to report publicly on this data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, as are all other UK universities.

The deadline has been extended to Wednesday 19 March. and survey entrants have the chance of winning a Kindle. Click here to take the survey if you have yet to complete it. Contact with any queries.
    LooSE TV's film festival

LooSE TV's short film festival is still open and looking for entries. Films of all genres, in any language and 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
    Take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test

The Bloomberg Institute invites students for an exclusive evening at the Bloomberg office in London tonight to take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) and learn about Bloomberg's role in the financial sector. The BAT helps students connect with financial employers around the world, giving an insight into strengths and weaknesses and showcasing abilities to a wide range of financial employers. After taking the BAT there's also the opportunity to enter a profile on the Bloomberg Talent Search - a tool that over 20,000 financial employers are using to find top new talent for financial employment opportunities.

This evening's event starts at 5.30pm and the test begins at 6pm - register here. Alternatively another session has been scheduled for Wednesday 16 April for which students can register here. Or students can take the BAT online at any time 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 involved with the 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 in OLD 5.11, 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
    Five top tips to avoid pain when sitting at desks

Many patients visit the LSE Treatment Clinic with musculoskeletal symptoms associated with poor posture whilst at desks, so the experts have put together five top tips to help you avoid those nasty aches:
  • Push your chair close to the desk and lean back against the back support.
  • Adjust your screen so its top is at eye level.
  • Position your hips slightly above your knees when sitting.
  • Avoid reaching for your keyboard and mouse by resting your arms on the desk when typing and using the mouse.
  • Take regular breaks to give your body a change of posture.

If you are experiencing pains when sitting at your desk, book a place on one of the monthly posture talks given by Tim Hanwell, LSE here.

If you'd like to discuss your symptoms, get in touch with the team at the LSE Treatment Clinic here.

    Photo Prize 2014 Online Gallery

LSE Arts ran its first ever pop up exhibition earlier this term and displayed all submissions during the Literary Festival and the first week of March. A selection of these submissions is now available in an online gallery here.
    Visiting Fellows Programme at Fudan University

Fudan University in Shanghai has launched a new Visiting Fellows programme with a select number of universities around the world, including LSE. The Visiting Fellows programme covers international return flights to Shanghai, local accommodation costs and a monthly stipend for a two to four month period. The programme accepts full-time students (PhD,
master's or bachelor candidates) as well as full-time scholars
and experts in the research fields of humanities, social
sciences and management sciences. More
    Confucius Institute Scholarships

Seventeen Confucius Institute Scholarships are available for the 2014–15 academic year. Three types of scholarship are available:
  • One-semester Chinese language learning scholarships
  • One-academic-year Chinese language learning scholarships
  • Master's degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages

The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 April. More details on the scholarships and the application process can be found here.

    LSE Catering Support the Sustainable Projects Fund

As part of LSE’s Environmental Policy to discourage bottled water sales, a levy of 10p is added to each bottle purchased from LSE Catering outlets. To date this initiative has raised several thousand pounds and benefited various LSE environments improvement projects through funds awarded by the Environmental Management Review Group

As part of the project, LSE Geography and Environment student Laura Ancian has been awarded funds to study customer habits and the use of disposable cups on campus in order to understand why customers choose either china or disposable cups when both are available. The effect of visual aids in raising environmental awareness will also be observed.

LSE Garrick will be the focus of the study and customers may be asked to complete a digital survey. At the end of the study, Laura hopes to be able to recommend a policy to decrease the use of disposable cups across the entire LSE food service.

    Feel Good Food Day on Wednesday 19 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.

    New Sandwiches in Café 54

If sandwiches are your daily bread, come along to Café 54 and try one of the new open sandwiches with delicious, fresh combinations served on Italian focaccia bread, ready to be enjoyed either hot or cold.

    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!
Cloud-Based Storage Services

Cloud-based storage services are useful for saving files and allowing you to access them wherever you are. However, when using them, it is important to consider any licence agreements around the content of your files, legal considerations (such as the Data Protection Act) and security measures that may be needed to protect them. If you use a cloud storage service for your data, is it secure? Who owns the data if you upload it? How do you know that you’ll get the data back?

See IMT Information Security’s Using Dropbox and other cloud storage services to read about these and other issues you should consider. There is also guidance regarding data you should avoid saving to cloud storage services due to issues of confidentiality. Help keep your important information safe and secure.

- What's on


LSE Literary Festival and First Story public discussion and prize-giving - on Monday 31 March at 6-7.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with James Dawson, Kate Kingsley, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jon Robinson

The culmination of the 2013-14 LSE and First Story creative writing competition sees a panel of award-winning young adult authors discussing self-portraits - how much of themselves do they include in their writing? The discussion will be followed by a complimentary reception and a chance to meet the authors.
Free to attend and open to all, suitable for secondary school students. More


'Excel at Your Job, Be Home for Dinner' - on Monday 17 March at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Sharon Meers

What would happen if more men, women and managers knew things like this: children of dual-career couples do at least as well as kids with a parent at home; divorce risk is 50% lower when couples evenly share the roles of making money and caring for kids; men don't value their careers any more than women do -- and men are better off when they invest time in their kids; teams that work fewer hours produce higher quality work – even in the most demanding professions. More


LSE Choir and Orchestra Spring Concert - on Tuesday 18 March at 7.45pm in St Clement Danes, WC2R 1DH

Just economics and politics? Think again. While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School. Tickets are just £6 and can be bought here. More 


'Is Everything You Hear About Macroeconomics True?' - on Wednesday 19 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Professor Wouter Den Haan

A lecture looking at the real and perceived weaknesses, strengths and challenges of modern macroeconomics. More


'In Conversation with Daniel Finkelstein' - on Thursday 20 March at 6.30pm in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Daniel Finklestein is a weekly columnist, leader writer and associate editor of The Times. Before joining the paper in 2001, he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague. Daniel was named Political Commentator of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2010, 2011 and 2013. He graduated from LSE with a BSc in Economics. More

    Bhangra Crush 2014 - on Saturday 15 March at 10pm-3am in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Come along to the 14th LSE Bhangra Crush, with this year's special guest Manni Sandhu. The first 100 tickets are just £5, with other tickets only £7. Buy tickets online here or email Jugdeep at More 
    'The Unknown Known' - film screening - on Tuesday 18 March at 2-4.15pm in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

'The Unknown Known' explores Donald Rumsfeld’s time as George W. Bush’s secretary of defense and as the principal architect of the Iraq War. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with the Oscar-winning director Errol Morris.

Tickets are now available here or can be bought from the LSESU shop. More
    'Kosovo-Slovakia Relations Six Years after the Declaration of Independence: continuity or change' - on Tuesday 18 March at 6-7:30pm in Cañada Blanch Room, 1st floor, Cowdray House with Dr Katarina Lezova and Dr James Ker-Lindsay

Dr Katarina Lezova is Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her current research focuses on a comparative study of the five EU members that have not recognised Kosovo as an independent state and their role in the Kosovo issue. More
    ‘Discovering Cooperation in Regional Organizations: is the European Union a paragon?’ - on Tuesday 18 March at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor Gary Marks and Professor Sara Hobolt

Is the European Union an outlier when compared with other regional organizations?

Free and open to all, no tickets are required. Suggested hashtag is #LSEMarks More
    'Will China Dominate the 21st Century?' - on Tuesday 18 March at 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Jonathan Fenby, Isabel Hilton, Wu Jian Min and Professor Arne Westad

Looking at China's rise and its future, this widely respected group shares views on the modern days of the Middle Kingdom. More
    'What role should Britain play in Europe and across the world?' - on Wednesday 19 March at 3.30-4.45pm in the Old Theatre with George Galloway MP and Professor Tony Travers

Addressing some of the burning issues emerging from the rapidly changing international landscape, be it concerning the European Union, the Syrian crisis or recent developments in Ukraine, George Galloway will give his answer to the question 'what role should Britain play in Europe and across the world?' before a Q&A session.

Book a free ticket here. LSE students and staff can only gain entry to this event upon presentation of a valid printed ticket and a valid LSE ID card. More

'Syria-Iraq Relations: from state formation to the Arab Uprising' - on Wednesday 19 March at 6.30-8pm in Room G.01, Tower 1, Clement’s Inn with Professor Raymond Hinnebusch

Professor Raymond Hinnebusch will examine the relationship between Iraq and Syria using their changing relations as indicators of changes in the surrounding states and MENA regional states system and discuss the current relationship as emblematic of the status quo of the states system in the Middle East and North Africa.

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


- 60 second interview


with.....Richard Serunjogi

I'm studying Social Policy and am currently in my second year at LSE. I'm also the Google Student Ambassador here. I feel very lucky to be at LSE around so many talented people who want to make things happen.

Please tell us about the forthcoming London 2030 Summit being hosted this month by the LSESU London Society.
Think of it as some TedX-style talks with some interactive 'Question Time'-style panels. We’ve been incredibly well supported as the concept has evolved. Some of the speaker highlights include Emma Duncan from The Economist, LSE's own Craig Calhoun, Vivian Hunt of McKinsey, Jamal Edwards, the founder of SBTV, Sadiq Khan MP and many other people who do great things. We even have a performance from George the Poet, who last night won the BBC’s 'Most Distinctive Moment of the Year’ award! We’ve tried to organise a really diverse experience and I hope attendees will find the London 2030 Summit innovating and exciting. More details and how to buy tickets can be found here.

Why are you hosting a summit on London 2030, it's quite a while away?
The concept of the summit was developed by myself, Fifi Kara-Newton and Hakki Mustafa. As Londoners and students at LSE, we feel we’re in a position to initiate change; London is both diverse and divisive and there are many issues that need greater awareness. But greater awareness and discussion is just an aspect of change and we’ve met many other people at LSE who also want to be proactive agents of change. We believe LSE is the best place for us to have conversations that build towards those changes. In 2030, today's young people will be the thinkers and doers who drive our city forward.

What would you do if you were Mayor of London for the day?
I’d introduce a ‘London public holiday’ giving every Londoner free transport so they could explore a part of the city they’ve never been to before. It’s a scandal that most people living and studying in London, especially young people, have never benefited from the great experiences that other parts of the city have to offer.

What are your hobbies?
Bantering and making things happen. I feel we have an important responsibility to use our skills and talents to improve things around us and I've found you can have a lot of fun and laughs at the same time.

Name three things you cannot do without.
A good laugh, mochas from Wright's Bar and a cheeky Nandos every now and again.

Are you left or right handed?
Right handed, but I can use both.


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The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 19 March. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 17 March. Next week's newsletter will be the last of Lent term. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan