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Promotions for LSE Sports Teams
It's been an excellent sporting year at LSE with a number of teams winning their leagues and gaining promotion.


Extra study spaces opened in the Library
100 extra study spaces will be open on the 5th Floor every day from 10.30am-10pm until Friday 30 May.


Dr Shakuntala Banaji
Dr Banaji believes that as children are our future, we should all listen a little more carefully to them...

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  30 April 2014  

- News

    LSE receives major gift to create new Southeast Asia Centre

LSE has received a significant donation from Professor Saw Swee Hock to establish a new academic centre focused on Southeast Asia. The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre will bring together researchers for interdisciplinary analysis of policy questions facing Southeast Asia, while strengthening further LSE’s research and engagement with the ASEAN region. Academics affiliated with the centre will benefit from a range of specialist resources, networks, and funding opportunities. The new centre will be led by Professor Danny Quah as Director Designate.
    LSE holds sixth Asia Forum in Kuala Lumpur

The 2014 LSE Asia Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday 3 April and brought together academics, policy makers, and figures from the business and finance sectors to discuss issues pertaining to Asia and its relation to the rest of the world. It was the first time that LSE has held this prestigious event in Malaysia, and the sixth such event since the inaugural Asia Forum in Bangkok in 2004. A number of students volunteered to help at the Forum and thanks particularly go to Azim Juzer, Louisa Chua, Shan Li Ng,
Nicholas Liew, Terence Tan and Seow Voon Chong.

This year’s Forum also coincided with LSE’s first-ever graduation ceremony in Malaysia, which took place on Wednesday 2 April, overseen by Professor Craig Calhoun. More

    Gearty Grillings: LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) launches weekly series of short video debates

Conor Gearty, director of the IPA and professor of human rights law, will be subjecting LSE academics to a five-minute grilling on their research and ideas in a new weekly series of video debates, called Gearty Grillings. From the financial crisis and fracking, to housing policy and human rights, the debates will put LSE’s leading authorities on some of humankind’s most provocative issues under the spotlight. The series will showcase LSE’s world class research and faculty and is being filmed at LSE’s new media studio.

Commenting on the launch, Conor Gearty said “The IPA is pioneering new forms of engagement and the Gearty Grillings, with their focus on short and sharp exchanges, are just one strand of this work. As an interviewer I am seeking to use these cross-examinations to challenge academics on the tensions, and possibly the contradictions, in their work.”

The first debate, featuring Professor Tony Travers of LSE London, has been published online here and has featured on Guardian Professional here.
    Promotions for LSE Sports Teams

LSESU’s Athletics Union has completed an outstanding season in BUCS (British University College Sport) and LUSL (London University Sports Leagues) with 17 teams winning their leagues and gaining promotion. The leagues began in October and each week LSE's teams have competed across the country. The men’s tennis first team was particularly impressive, winning the BUCS Premiership and Cup Championships beating both Loughborough and Oxford along the way: an incredible result given the sports resources at both of these universities. LSE has risen 15 places in the points table competing with 144 other universities. More

    Language Centre student wins prestigious award

Edward Knight, a first year International Relations student who is also studying an advanced Mandarin degree course at the LSE Language Centre, won the ‘Most Eloquent Award’ at the 13th Chinese Bridge University student Language Proficiency Competition UK Final on Saturday 22 March.

It is the first time an undergraduate student in the UK not studying Mandarin Chinese as their main degree has won such a prize at national level - congratulations to all involved!
    LSE shortlisted for Architects' Journal Client of the Year award

LSE has been shortlisted by the Architects' Journal (AJ) in its AJ100 Client of the Year Awards. The School is among six organisations identified by architects as having made the greatest contribution to UK architecture over the year.

The Client of the Year shortlist is compiled by the top 100 architectural practices in the UK, who are all asked as part of the Architects' Journal’s annual AJ100 survey to nominate an organisation that has made the greatest contribution to UK architecture during the past year.

LSE is shortlisted for the 2014 award alongside Argent, British Land, Croydon Council, Derwent London, the Peabody Trust and University of Edinburgh.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: “The AJ100 is a prestigious list of the top architectural firms that practice in the UK so it is a great honour to have been nominated as a potential Client of the Year and to be in such impressive company as the other six organisations shortlisted.”

The Client of the Year will be revealed at the annual AJ100 Awards on Thursday 22 May.
    LSE Research Festival blog launched

Interested in learning more about the incredible variety of research going on at LSE? The LSE Research Festival blog has just launched and offers a celebration of research in all its forms. The blog’s purpose is to host a number of different projects designed to both give an overview of LSE research and to engage as wide an audience as possible. Over the coming months, information on upcoming LSE Research Festival 2014 events will be posted alongside a ‘best of LSE blogging’ series and one-off posts on other research news.

The first post – a brief insight to the history of LSE Research Festival – is now live. Subscribe to stay up to date with all the new posts here.


Library's student survey results

The Library conducted its biannual student survey during February, giving students the chance to have their say on the Library and its services. Almost 2,000 students answered questions on the Library’s environment, resources, and services; the information gleaned from the survey will help steer the Library’s policy in the future. The full results from the survey will be made publicly available on the Library’s blog over the summer.

LSE undergraduate statistics student Seekha Shah won the iPad mini, the top prize for completing the survey, while 11 other LSE students scooped book vouchers as runners-up.

    LSE wins EU ethical procurement award

LSE won a European Fair Cotton Procurement Award in a ceremony in Bremen on Friday 28 March which was part of an
EU-funded conference on sustainable procurement in the public sector, attended by delegates from across Europe, India and Mali. The School was recognised as the best university in Europe for its commitment to buying Fairtrade cotton and was particularly praised for taking a leadership role in the HE sector with Fairtrade uniforms for Estates staff and contractors which are explicitly linked to LSE being a London Living Wage employer.

Other winners included the City of Paris which has equipped a third of uniformed staff with Fairtrade uniforms. See a blog post about the conference and the awards here.

'Banged up and left to fail?' on BBC Three

A BBC Three documentary aired on Monday 7 April following the story of Natalie Atkinson who is hoping to start a master's degree in criminal justice policy at LSE in the next academic year. Natalie was a persistent offender in her teens, but has since turned her life around and is now completing an undergraduate degree in policing, investigation and criminology at the University of Cumbria. In the programme, Natalie explains why she feels young adults need more support when they leave prison. Read an interview with Natalie here.

    Trends in Educational Technology

Over the past few months, the Centre for Learning Technology has been investigating some of the key technological trends set to influence the higher education sector in the next few years. The Centre looked at the benefits they may provide to teaching and learning at LSE (and other institutions), and issues that should be considered before these technologies are implemented.

Using horizon scanning techniques to identify suitable reports, academic articles, media articles and blog posts by institutions and commentators working in the field, four key technological trends were identified; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD), Gamification and Games-based learning and Learning Analytics.

The report 'Trends in Educational Technology' argues that these technologies can be beneficial and should be embraced if they address institutional needs. However pedagogy must be at the heart of any technological adoption. Read a blog about the findings here or see the whole report at LSE Research Online.

Paris marathon success

Members from the Squash, Athletics, Hockey, Running, Football and Triathlon Clubs took part in the Paris Marathon on Sunday 6 April raising over £7,000 for the Association for International Cancer Research. Congratulations to all! More


LSE alum's app success

Congratulations to former PhD student and current LSE Visiting Fellow, Alexsi Aaltonen, whose personal fitness tracking app, Moves, was acquired by Facebook last week for an undisclosed price. Apple listed Moves as one of the best apps of 2013. The app, which records users’ daily activity on their smartphone, has been downloaded four million times since it was launched in 2013 and is Facebook’s first foray into fitness apps. Alexsi is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Management. More


- Notices

    LSE Asia Research Centre (ARC) – Thailand Government Scholarship

Applications for the LSE ARC – Thailand Government Scholarship are being accepted until Monday 12 May. The scholarship, a partnership between the Royal Thai Embassy in London and the Asia Research Centre at LSE, aims to promote a better understanding of Thailand. LSE students selected for the scholarship will spend between one to two months in Thailand to research a project of their interest relevant to Thailand. The scholarship provides for travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. More
    Bagri Fellowship 2014-15

Applications for the 2014-15 Bagri Fellowship are being accepted until Monday 12 May. The Bagri Fellowship supports full-time PhD students at LSE working on research related to the economy and society of India. Students must be in their thesis writing stage and be registered with any Department of LSE for the academic year 2014-15. A maximum of £5,000 will be awarded for each Bagri Fellowship Applications should include a cover letter, CV and research proposal addressed to the ‘Selection Committee’ and be emailed to,  mentioning Bagri Fellowship in the subject line. More
    Deutsche Bank essay competition

The Financial Markets Group (FMG) invites applications from LSE PhD and MSc students for its Deutsche Bank Award in Financial Risk Management and Regulation 2014. The award will be given to students who have demonstrated excellence in an area of financial research, including financial risk measurement, risk management and financial regulation.

Students will be judged on the basis of research papers submitted to the FMG, with the winner receiving £10,000 and the runner-up £5,000.

Papers, along with CV and a one page statement of research interests, should be submitted to by Friday 30 May. The prize announcement will be made in June. More
    Maximise Your Potential: special language events for undergraduates

Wondering what to do once you've recovered from exams? The LSE Language Centre has the perfect solution: a series of free language taster courses to enhance your skills and give you some inspiration for the future... More

    Fieldwork: training for PhD students

This session, new for 2014, will cover fieldwork for PhD students. If you're thinking about doing fieldwork for your PhD, have done it before but would like a refresher, or would like to know more about the ins and outs of social sciences fieldwork, this is the session for you. The session, on Tuesday 6 May at 2.30pm, will cover preparation such as health and safety and risk assessments, ethics assessments and the practicalities of carrying out fieldwork. Book your place here.


Weekly mindfulness and stress management class for PhD students

Unwind, de-stress and meditate in a safe, supportive and calm environment. Trainer Duncan Steen will explain mindfulness and how it can be used to great effect when combined with quiet meditation. These sessions are aimed at PhD students. Special attention will be paid to de-stressing, how to handle stress and strategies for keeping calm in stressful situations. Classes will run every Tuesday at 12-1pm in the Faith Centre. Book your place here.


Polis Photography Competition

The Polis Photography Competition is a student competition established in 2013-14 open to all LSE Students. A theme is chosen for each competition and all entries are published by Polis. The winning photographers win special mentions and prizes. This term the winning photographer will receive a £50 Waterstones book voucher and two runner-ups will receive a £25 pound voucher. Submit your photos on the theme of 'Communication' by Monday 5 May to

    Students needed for campus photoshoot 

LSE’s Student Recruitment Office is holding a campus photoshoot on Tuesday 6 May with School photographer Nigel Stead between 1-4pm. The team is looking for a group of students to be part of the photoshoot which will involve moving around campus and being photographed, in a group or individually, in a range of locations. The images will be used in up-coming prospectuses, will be held by the School and potentially used in subsequent School publications and online.

There are a limited number of spaces available and participants will be paid for the afternoon. If you would like to volunteer please email Sam Charman at by 5pm on Thursday 1 May.

    Part-time vacancies for students

Information Management and Technology is recruiting students to work part-time for the AV and Teaching Spaces and IT Training teams. Student Training Advisor and Teaching Spaces Assistant positions are available. Pay is c.£13/hour. For more information and to apply, see IMT's blog post. The closing date for applications is Friday 9 May at 11.59pm.
    Library opens extra study space for students on 5th floor of the Library

During the exam period, the 5th floor of the Library will available for LSE students to study. 100 extra study spaces will be open every day from 10.30am-10pm until Friday 30 May.

The 5th floor can be accessed via the Library's research centre lifts near the main entrance. The room will be staffed by Library security and is for silent study. Students using the 5th floor should adhere to normal Library rules.
    Graduate careers survey

Professor Diane Reyniers and Shpetim Gula of the Management department are conducting a research project on early graduate careers. They would greatly appreciate it if you could participate in a short survey which takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete. All participants will be entered in a prize draw with cash prizes of up to £200. Take the survey here.
    The Women's Library @ LSE

Following the completion of The Women’s Library @ LSE Reading Room, work has now begun on construction of a Teaching and Activity Room in the Library, to be followed by an Exhibition Space. The Exhibition Space will be in the Escape area, and the Teaching and Activity Room will be on the Lower Ground Floor. Both are expected to be completed later this year.

The Exhibition Space will display key items from The Women’s Library @ LSE Collection and will be accessible to the public. The Teaching and Activity Room will allow the Library to increase access to the collections, with both new areas playing an integral role in the wider redevelopment planned for the Lionel Robbins Building.

The building work will take place behind internal walls on the lower ground floor in order to minimise the impact on students working in the Library. The Library expects the impact on students' study to be minimal, and notices will be placed in the affected area during the work.

The Women’s Library @ LSE collection can be accessed from The Women’s Library @ LSE Reading Room on the fourth floor of the Library which opened on Monday 31 March. A short film about The Women’s Library Reading Room official opening event on Wednesday 12 March can be seen here.

    LSE Votes 2014: European Parliament election

Ahead of May's European Parliament elections, 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. It simply and concisely explains the voting process 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.
    Pancakes and Palomas

LSE Garrick is now serving breakfast, offering a range of early morning delicacies, including bacon sandwiches and eggs benedict. See the full menu here.

And for the other end of the day, on Friday 16 May, come to a pop-up cocktail bar on the 8th floor of the NAB to enjoy an evening of tiny umbrellas and jazz. See the full menu here.
    LSE Chill – calling performers!

The last LSE Chill session of the academic year will take place Friday 30 May in the 4th Floor Café bar from 6-8pm. There's still space for an act to perform for a half hour slot during the evening so if you're interested in getting on stage either at this Chill or future Chills, contact with your name and details of your act. More


Technology tip - Excel’s calculation preview

If you need to get a quick calculation preview of a range of numbers in a spreadsheet without creating a formula, select the range of interest and look at the bottom of the screen near the clock. The Average, Count, and Sum results will be shown there.


- What's on


'Economics, But Not as You Know It' - on Thursday 1 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Dr Ha-Joon Chang and Professor James Putzel

Bestselling author Ha-Joon Chang explains how the global economy works and why anyone can understand the dismal science. Unlike many economists who claim there is only one way of 'doing economics', he introduces readers to a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian to institutionalist to Austrian, revealing how they all have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. More

This lecture will also be broadcast live on LSE Live here.


'Scaling Up Excellence' - on Tuesday 6 May at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor Robert Sutton

Stanford professor Robert Sutton will discuss the lessons he and colleague Huggy Rao took from their seven year study of ‘the problem of more’ and the challenge of spreading constructive beliefs and actions. In other words, what it takes to scale up without screwing up. More


The Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy - on Wednesday 7 May at 6.30-8pm with Professor Mark Kleiman, Dr Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Otto Pérez Molina (pictured)

A presentation of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy's recent report - the most thorough independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strategy ever conducted. The event is free and open to all however a ticket is required and only one ticket per person can be requested. Ticket information can be found here. The location will be confirmed to ticket holders. More

The presentation will also be broadcast live on LSE Live here.


'Borders and Interests: should the workers of the world unite?' - on Thursday 8 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Yuli Tamir

Borders exclude non-members but force all classes to share risks and benefits. Is it the upper classes who have most to gain from abolishing borders? More


'Expulsions: brutality and complexity in the global economy' - on Tuesday 13 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building with Professor Saskia Sassen

In her new book, Expulsions: brutality and complexity in the global economy, Saskia Sassen explores how today’s socioeconomic and environmental dislocations can be understood as a type of expulsion – from professional livelihood, from living space, even from the very biosphere that makes life possible. More


'Researching Religion' - on Tuesday 6 May at 6.30-8pm in the Faith Centre, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Part of the LSE Research Festival, this panel discussion will focus on fieldwork challenges faced by those conducting research on religion and faith, such as the extent to which personal or religious beliefs or background matter in relation to research, whether a background of religion or faith compromises the researcher's intellectual or academic abilities, and how far research on religion should be allowed to shape or be shaped by the researcher's beliefs.

Confirmed speakers include Madeline Bunting, Guardian columnist and associate editor, Dr Matthew Engelke, LSE's Associate Professor of Anthropology, Magdalena Delgado, LSE PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, and Teresa Whitney, LSE PhD candidate in the Institute of Social Psychology.

The event is free and open to all but a ticket is required - tickets are available here. The event will be over ticketed so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    Bernard Levin Award reception - on Thursday 8 May at 6.30pm on the 6th Floor of the Saw Swee Hock

The Bernard Levin Award is a journalistic competition which celebrates distinguished LSE graduate, Bernard Levin, one of the most respected journalists the School has produced.
Come and celebrate the range of talent and achievements of LSE students at the award's reception where the winner and highly commended entries will be announced. Prizes include a two week internship with the Huffington Post, dinner and tickets to the theatre for two, £500 and copy of Bernard Levin’s Work.
    Reflections from Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal - on Friday 9 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

In this Gender Institute 20th Anniversary Conference keynote, two distinguished scholars – Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal – will reflect on the presence of gender from the unique intersection of social science and humanities perspectives. More
    'Fixing Europe Dialogues' series double book launch - on Monday 12 May at 6.30-8pm with authors Roger Bootle and Philippe Legrain in the Old Theatre, Old Building

Roger Bootle and Philippe Legrain will present and discuss the themes of their two new books, respectively titled The Trouble with Europe: why the EU isn't working - how it can be reformed - what could take its place and European Spring: why our economies and politics are in a mess - and how to put them right.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket required and entry on a first come, first served basis. More
    'Neuro-Enhancement: responsible research and innovation' - on Tuesday 13 May at 7pm at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

Can and should we use drugs or neuro-technologies to boost our brain function and become smarter, wiser or kinder? Join a cozy evening discussion at The Book Club on the potential perks and perils of neuro-enhancement with expert guests Dr. Molly Crockett, Professor David Nutt, Dr Aldo Faisal and Professor Ilina Singh.

Tickets are £5 and guests will receive a voucher for the same amount which can be used at The Book Club's bar. Book here.

Benchmarking and Metrics for Bank Ethics and Behaviour workshop - on Wednesday 14 May at 12.45-3pm in the Wolfson Theatre, NAB with Tom Sleigh, Banking Standards Review and James Palmer, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

This workshop is the first of a series of Conduct Cost Project workshops to be held this year to facilitate discussions on topics relevant to Conduct Risk. Other workshop topics will include 'Defining Conduct Costs and Conduct Risk' and 'Practical Application of the Restore Trust Agenda and "Professionalisation“'.

The workshop is free to attend, but places must be booked by emailing Tania at before Friday 2 May.


'Growth and Social Cohesion: challenges for Greece and beyond' - on Thursday 15 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Philippe Costeletos, Managing Partner and co-Founder DMC Partners, Wolfgang Munchau, Associate Editor Financial Times, Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser CEBR, Horst Reichenbach, Head of Task Force for Greece in European Commission

Following emergency action taken at the height of the euro-crisis, attention has now focussed on how the ‘bail-out’ states can return to growth on a sustainable and socially-inclusive basis. In part, this return will depend on whether Europe has the right policies in place. But how can Europe best support reform in the bail-out states: are they receiving the right mix of support? How should external leverage be applied? And what is the best domestic strategy for the bail-out states themselves? Are they doing enough? This panel will address both the European and the national agendas, focussing on the Greek case in particular. More

The event is free and open to all but a ticket is required - tickets are available here.

    LSE Arts New Exhibition: LSESU Visual Arts Society - until Friday 6 June at 10am-8pm in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

In association with LSE Arts, the Visual Arts Society is exhibiting a collection of student art to demonstrate the diversity of creative flair within the LSE community. More

- 60 second interview


with.....Dr Shakuntala Banaji

I grew up in Bombay, India and love the sound of the sea, but London is one of the most vibrant places to live if you have the resources to move around and I feel most at home here. I've been teaching and researching for twenty years in areas including youth and media literacy, education and creativity, the internet and international media. I teach courses in international cinema, critical approaches to communication, development, media and the global south. I have a feisty, empathetic ten year old son, from whom I learn something new every single day.

If you could teach a new subject at LSE what would it be and why?
Children, Youth and Media - in most countries and situations children are overlooked and treated with patronising contempt, but my research shows what diverse and incredible contributions they make to philosophy, caring, politics and the economy, particularly across the global south. We need new scholars who can work with and think about children, childhood and youth without resorting to media clichés.

What would you do if you were LSE Director for a day?
I'd skip up and down in my office thinking I was in a science fiction film, then I'd put a motion to Council and Academic Board to lower international and national student fees. I would also tell other employers in the employers federation that I firmly believe we need to give the lowest paid university staff a sensible pay increase to make up for years of inflation. Then I would start thinking of creative ways to fund my policies.

What is the last film you saw at the cinema?
'Blue is the Warmest Colour': lyrical, inspiring, not everyone's cup of tea, but definitely mine.

What is your opinion of social networking sites?
They're as fun, political and interesting or stifling and retrograde as the values of the people who communicate on them.

What was your best subject at school?
Mathematics and English Literature equally; they are both deeply philosophical subjects. The teachers were magnificent and they inspired me to teach.

What is your favourite TV programme?
Al-Jazeera's 'People and Power': it's challenging, informative, different every week - and the stories told are completely astounding. But I also watch 'Modern Family' with my son!


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