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LSE Africa Summit

The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John D. Mahama is keynote speaker at the Summit where issues facing Africa will be examined.


National Student Survey 2014
All final year undergraduates are asked to complete the survey and let the School know what you've thought of your time at LSE


Andy Farrell

He once chose Cambridge over LSE, but it's clear where the loyalties of the School's Chief Financial Officer lie now, just check him out on Twitter.

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  19 March 2014  

- News


Panorama, North Korea and the BBC

Following the findings of the BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committee on the making of 'Panorama: North Korea Undercover' and the apology sent to LSE by the BBC Executive, the School's Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, said “LSE welcomes the finding of the Editorial Standards Committee and the letter of apology issued to the School by the BBC Executive. The committee highlighted a number of breaches in BBC guidelines in the making of this programme, for which the Executive has apologised.

LSE would like to confirm its strong support for the production of programmes in the public interest and for journalists working to highlight important issues in dangerous parts of the world." More


Breaking radio silence: the value of communication in public services

Mobile broadband is playing an increasing role in the provision of public services. An LSE report written ahead of the auction of the 700MHz spectrum in the UK and other European countries has found that reserving a portion of the mobile broadband spectrum exclusively for emergency services could potentially lead to an improvement in public safety. The socio-economic benefits of reserving spectrum are estimated to have a monetary value of €34 billion, far outweighing the opportunity cost of a one-off sale to commercial operators (estimated to be around €6 billion).

Dr Alexander Grous of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance assessed the benefits of mission critical mobile broadband for public safety, looking at aspects such as increased efficiency and socioeconomic value. The report was commissioned by the TCCA, a forum for representing users, manufacturers, application providers, integrators, operators, test houses and telecom agencies interested in TETRA and other critical communications technologies such as 4G LTE. More


- Notices

    National Student Survey 2014: a message from the Pro-Director

Dear final year undergraduate students,

I should like to thank all of those who have taken the time to complete this survey. Your views are very important to the School. The response rate is currently 41 per cent. If you have not already done so, please do try to find the time to complete the survey before it closes on Wednesday 30 April.

It does not take long to complete and is an opportunity for you tell us what you liked, and did not like, about your learning experience during your time at LSE. Your response will be anonymous and the results of the survey will be made available publicly via Unistats.

I urge you to participate, as this feedback is very important to us. We use it to make improvements to the teaching and learning at LSE.

Many thanks,
Professor Paul Kelly
Pro-Director (Teaching and Learning)

LSE Votes 2014: European Parliament election

Ahead of this May's elections for the European Parliament, LSESU's European Society has launched a handy website with everything anyone wanting to cast their vote needs to know. The website is completely neutral and just concisely explains everything people need to know about voting in the election, with links to the websites of the Electoral Commission, the voting sections of London borough councils and EU delegation embassies in London. So if you're planning to vote, take a look here.

    Major IT upgrade affecting SITS and LFY, 10-14 April

Every year, IMT is required to upgrade our Student Information System (SITS). The latest upgrade will happen just before the Easter break. It is scheduled to take place over several days and some of the work will take place during normal working hours. IMT apologises for the inconvenience this will cause but unfortunately it is unavoidable in this instance.

While we are upgrading, you will not be able to access the Student Information System (SITS) or LSE For You (LFY), plus several other applications. Work will start in the evening of Thursday 10 April at 6pm and will last until the morning of Monday 14 April. The greatest impact will be on Friday 11 April when neither SITS nor LFY will be available throughout the working day. More
    LSE Water Brigade's thrift sale

The LSE Water Brigade will be following up on last week's collection for our thrift sale tomorrow - Thursday 20 March. Come along and grab a bargain whilst contributing to a great cause on the first floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre 10am-6pm.

They would like to thank everyone who has already supported their fundraising efforts, and encourage you all to come along to the sale tomorrow. More
    Cycle4Schooling 2014

Cycle4Schooling 2014 is run by the Al-Madad Foundation - a UK-based charity committed to the promotion of literacy and education for disadvantaged children, with excellent initiatives currently underway in Syria. On Saturday 17 May people will be cycling from London to Oxford to help raise vital funds for essential education projects undertaken by the Foundation in Aleppo, Syria which will make a real difference to disadvantaged children who are currently missing out on an education.

It's open to all levels, so whether a humble beginner or an avid cyclist, there's room for everyone on this challenge! Register here. More
    Special exam preparation sessions over easter break

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre will be running special exam preparation events over the term break, covering revision strategies and preparation for both quantitative and qualitative exams.

Find out more and book places at Learning and personal development events.
    Final call for applications to LSE GROUPS

Undergraduates, don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to participate in an original research project. Working in small interdisciplinary groups over a two week period at the end of Summer Term, you will identify a research question, carry out fieldwork, write up findings and present a conference paper.

Find out more, watch a ‘graffiti wall’ film featuring last year’s students and complete the application form at LSE GROUPS
But hurry: applications close at midnight on Thursday 20 March.
    Honorary Fellowship nominations

Nominations for an Honorary Fellowship of the School are invited. The criteria are as follows:

The LSE Court may elect as an Honorary Fellow any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the School, over the course of a number of years, beyond that which might reasonably be expected.

Honorary Fellowship nominees are expected to have a direct link with LSE either as a member of the School, or as someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the School.

This is an early notification - the deadline for nominations for consideration in Michaelmas term 2014-15 is Friday 11 July.  Full details, and a Nomination Form, can be found here.
If you have any queries contact Joan Poole at or on extension 7825.

    Call for submissions for LSE Perspectives

Taken some artistic photos of London? Do you have some impressive holiday snaps or pictures from abroad that you’d like to share? Send them to LSE Perspectives and your photos could be displayed in the next online gallery which will go live on Tuesday 1 April, so get inspired and send your snaps to  More

Check out previous galleries here.

More for less

Baranis is a chic Provencal bar and restaurant situated on Chancery Lane. As well as good food and drink, it is also home to the UK’s only indoor petanque court!

Baranis’ award-winning house beef burger with chips and homemade barbecue sauce and a soft drink is currently available to LSE staff and students for only £6. Just show staff your LSE id in the restaurant or mention you are part of LSE when booking, it's available Tuesday to Friday from midday onwards. More

    Sustainability and textile recycling

This week sees the arrival of textile recycling on the LSE campus. The new TRAID bins will be located on the first floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, allowing students and staff to donate unwanted items of clothing and fabric. Textile recycling bins are already available at most LSE halls of residence.

Across the UK, TRAID re-sells 11,000 items of clothing a week in their stores, and prevents around 3,000 tonnes of textiles from going to landfill each year. TRAID also hosts a number of free events throughout the year on the ethics and economics of fashion and the textile supply chain. More

- What's on

    'Justice Rising: moving intersectionally in the age of post-everything' - on Wednesday 26 March at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is currently professor of law at UCLA and Columbia. She has written in the areas of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. A founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory workshop; co-editor of Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters, addressing audiences throughout Europe, Africa, and South America. More
    'The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism' - on Wednesday 02 April at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor David Harvey and Dr Murray Low

You thought capitalism was permanent? Think again. Leading Marxist thinker Professor David Harvey unravels the contradictions at the heart of capitalism – its drive, for example, to accumulate capital beyond the means of investing it. More
    'Freedom in Forgiveness' - on Thursday 3 April at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Amanda Lindhout

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, she began to travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she travelled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. More
    'War: what is it good for?' - on Thursday 10 April at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Professor Ian Morris and Professor Christopher Coker

If you had been born 20,000 years ago, you would have faced a 1 in 10 or even 1 in 5 chance of dying violently. But in the century since 1914—despite its two world wars, atomic bombs, and multiple genocides—that risk has fallen to barely 1 in 100. Why? The answer is uncomfortable: despite all its horrors, over the long run war itself has made the world a safer and richer place, because war alone has proved able to create larger societies that pacify themselves internally. More
    'Flash Boys: cracking the money code' - on Monday 28 April at 6.30pm with Michael Lewis

International bestseller Michael Lewis returns to the financial world with a ringside seat to the biggest new story in years prepares to hit Wall Street. Currently top-secret, the story is big, important, and involves Wall Street, a cast of misfits and oddballs doing things with stupefying amounts of money...He will speak about his new book in conversation with John Lanchester. The event's location will be confirmed to ticketholders. More
    'Egypt's Revolution: what's in it for minority rights?' - on Thursday 20 March at 6.30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building with Moataz El Fegiery, Mariz Tadros and Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Since 2011, Egypt has been struggling to achieve its revolutionary goals of freedom and social justice and this has been particularly visible in the struggle for political and civil rights. In Egypt, freedom of religion has become a central issue and reflects the disenchantment felt by many facing recurrent patterns of discrimination. Today the debate continues beyond the ratification of the new constitution by referendum and poses the question of what is the future for minority rights in Egypt. In this event, different actors concerned by the issue will come together to present their view and discuss the status of freedom of religion today in Egypt. More

    Social Protection Actions within the IPA Programme - on Thursday 27 March at 6:30-8pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, with Natalia Dianiskova, Selma Kazic, Miodrag Dragisic and Vassilis Monastiriotis

The EU’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is a catalyst for reforms and improvement of the overall conditions in the enlargement countries, playing a key role on their journey to EU membership. Guest speakers from the EU, UNDP and UNICEF will showcase IPA funded projects in the Western Balkans, discussing their objectives and results. Ample space will be given to discussion. The panel debate, supported by DG Enlargement, is part of a two-day academic conference of the LSEE Research Network on South Eastern Europe. The debate will be followed by a wine reception. More

Book your place here.

    ‘Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism: some lessons from modern Indian history’ – on Thursday 3 April at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre with Professor Partha Chatterjee

This lecture deals with four strands of trans-regional political movement in India’s 19th and 20th century anti-colonial history: Islamic jihad, nationalism, communism and those who deplored the narrow self-aggrandizement of nationalism and pleaded for an opening to world humanity. All of these strands, with their possibilities and limits, continue to be vibrant today. More

LSE Africa Summit - on Thursday 3 April - Saturday 5 April in the Shreikh Zayed Theatre with the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John D. Mahama

The LSE Africa Summit is a forum in which issues facing the African continent can be examined with an entrepreneurial view by a community of leaders, businessmen, academics and civil leaders. Topics to be considered include entrepreneurship, agriculture, innovation, and finance.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John D. Mahama is the Summit's keynote speaker, and will be delivering his speech on Saturday 5 April. More


- 60 second interview


with..... Andy Farrell

Wife, four children, one grandson, one dog, two cats. Turned down an offer from LSE in 1974 and studied Economics at Cambridge. Joined LSE in 2003 after 22 years at Xerox including two years commuting to work in Moscow. Overweight, high IQ, low EQ, eat too much, don't drink, drive too fast. Live amongst the champagne socialists of Muswell Hill. Can be very direct sometimes: Asperger's trait. Love LSE.

What advice would you give to new students at LSE?
168 hours in a week: 56 for LSE related work, 56 for sport, fun, culture, chill out, 56 for sleep. I should, of course, take my own advice. You learn most from people who don't agree with you.

What is the longest meeting you have ever attended at the School?
Probably a Council away day of over 12 hours. Multi day meetings were quite common at Xerox. Some meetings are a waste of time: others are great collaborative work.

What would you do if you were Mayor of London for the day?
Ask a woman to take charge: us men have had more than our fair share in charge. If I could be Chancellor of Exchequer, I'd deal with the scandal of billions wasted on ineffective demand side measures on housing, i.e., housing benefit, and redirect it to investment in affordable housing.

Can you recall the first record you ever bought and/or the album you played endlessly?
I "borrowed" a lot of my older brother's records. Dire Straits "Alchemy" and non-subtle music like Meat Loaf "Bat out of Hell" played too much when I used to drive (too fast) 25,000 miles a year. Mostly drive for pleasure now: a Brummy inheritance.

What is your opinion of social networking sites?
Stopped using Facebook after being stalked by my mother. Follow @AndrewXFarrell to read my drivel on Twitter. It has totally changed my relationship with the SU for the better.

What has been the greatest co-incidence you have experienced so far?
Discovering that Howard Davies and I had both lived in the same road in Oxford though his house was much bigger than mine. And that our own former Chairman of Governors, Lord Grabiner is to be next Master at Clare College, where I studied economics all those years ago.


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.

As you're all off on your Easter break, the next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 7 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 5 May. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Have a lovely holiday, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan