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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre named RIBA London Building of the Year
The award is presented to a building that demonstrates exceptional quality and innovative architecture.


LSE Perspectives
As the sun starts shining a little more regularly, unleash your inner photographer and feel inspired as the call for submissions for next month's LSE Perspectives opens...


Katharina Greve
Katharina is an ambassador for the Bloomberg Aptitude Test at LSE and a big believer in its ability to help LSE students achieve their goals...

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  14 May 2014  

- News

    LSE ranked as top university in London

The first major university guide of the year has ranked LSE as the third best university in the UK and London’s leading institution, maintaining its excellent position from last year.

The Complete University Guide also places LSE in the top ten for 11 of the 12 subjects it offers, and it is once again rated as the top place in the UK to study Social Policy. More

    LSE Volunteer of the Year announced

Connor Russell, a third year undergraduate studying Mathematics and Economics has been named the LSE Volunteer of the Year for his excellent work with IntoUniversity.

The annual award is presented to an LSE student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to volunteering. It was presented to Connor at a celebratory event held at LSE last night (Tuesday 13 May).

Jess Dunning, Volunteer Development Manager at IntoUniversity said, “We can’t praise Connor enough for his volunteering work with IntoUniversity. Connor has shown a high level of commitment to our opportunities and ethos during his three years as a Mentor, Academic Support Tutor, Ambassador and Buddy, contributing well over 100 volunteering hours. He really has gone above and beyond as an IntoUniversity volunteer.”

Spires, a South London based charity that helps hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people all year round, was also named a winner, being named LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Rebecca Sunter, Volunteer Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of Spires at last night’s event. More

    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre named RIBA London Building of the Year

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), the first new building commissioned by LSE in over 40 years, has won the RIBA London Building of the Year Award 2014.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Building of the Year award is presented to a building that demonstrates exceptional quality and innovative architecture within the capital. The School was also named the winner of a RIBA Regional Award and was runner-up in the Client of the Year category at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 6 May.

As the winner of the regional award, SAW will now be considered for the highly coveted RIBA National Award which recognises exceptional architecture across the nation.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and for the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to be recognised by RIBA not only as a landmark building for LSE, but for the capital." More


LSE Green Week

The start of summer term saw the return of another successful Green Week on campus, with free events to promote sustainability, energy and resource conservation, carbon reduction and biodiversity. Despite the temperamental weather, staff and students got involved and found out more about the School’s sustainability projects. There were a host of activities, from a bike maintenance workshop, a solar panel display, an opportunity to taste some LSE honey along with a display of a morning’s worth of waste on Houghton Street. If you missed out on anything, keep an eye on the sustainability website for future events and projects. More


Northumberland House wins Green Tourism Business Scheme Award

Northumberland House has just received a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a globally respected sustainable tourism programme, in recognition of the Northumberland House team’s commitment to the School’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Action Plan. The award also recognises the progress the Northumberland House team has made since 2012, when it was given a Silver Award. More


LSE student in top three of Bloomberg Aptitude Test in March

William Smith, a postgraduate student in LSE’s International Development Department, was in the top three of all EMEA students to take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) in March. The BAT is a prestigious test which aims to help students and recent alumni connect efficiently and fairly with financial employers worldwide. Any LSE student can take the test for free. Register for the next LSE BAT session on Wednesday 11 June at 6pm at the Bloomberg Office in London here. For more information about the BAT, read LSE BAT ambassador Katharina Greve’s 60 second interview here.


Library launches access to BoB, an online media archive of over one million programmes

LSE students and staff now have access to BoB (Box of Broadcasts), a shared online TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. BoB enables viewers to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels, including BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to BoB’s growing media archive of over one million programmes, with all content shared by users across subscribing institutions.

The Library purchased its subscription for BoB following a consultation with the LSE academic community. To sign up to BoB and start using the service, use your LSE account to login here.

    Nicholas Stern elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government at LSE, has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society, the national academy of science in the UK, in recognition of his ground-breaking work on the economics of climate change, his distinguished career in mathematical economics and work with industry and government.

The Royal Society Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the UK and Commonwealth. Professor Stern, who is also the President of the British Academy, joins an eminent list of current Fellows including Stephen Hawking, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Harry Kroto and Tim Berners-Lee.

Professor Stern said, “I am very honoured by my election to the Royal Society, which is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Royal Society was founded in the 17th century at the start of the modern scientific revolution, and its Fellows have included many of the scientists who have shaped today’s world, from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin to Tim Berners-Lee. I am particularly honoured to have my work as an economist recognised by the Royal Society, which I think indicates that the economic and social sciences share many key principles with the natural sciences, such as a respect for evidence. I look forward to joining the other Fellows in serving the Society and to strengthening further its links with the British Academy.” More
    Library awarded EU funding - FOSTER project

The Library has successfully bid for funding from the FP7 EU-funded project, FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) in partnership with King’s College London and QMUL libraries. FOSTER has awarded the Library €5,000 to run a joint training event for PhD students and early career researchers on open practices – from the benefits of making research freely available via open access to research data management best practices. The joint event will be hosted in September 2014.

- Notices

    Queen’s Honours nominations

Nominations are invited for the Queen’s Honours, which include MBE, OBE, CBE. Do you know someone who has given outstanding service to the School, as a member of staff or in a voluntary capacity? Someone who has:
  • made a real impact on the School and/or students
  • gained the respect of their peers
  • changed things for the better at the School
  • demonstrated innovation or
  • brought distinction to British life and enhanced its reputation through their work at the School?

Awards channelled through the School should be for services to higher education, with particular reference to the School. The deadline for suggestions is Friday 27 June. Contact Joan Poole with any queries at or
ext 7825.


MSc Dissertation Week, 30 June to 4 July

Bookings are now open for this year’s MSc Dissertation Week – a series of free events and workshops that will help you plan and write your dissertation. Sessions include structuring your dissertation, making an original argument, and a writing retreat. Find out more and book places at MSc Dissertation Week.

    Systemic Risk Centre masterclass series

The Systemic Risk Centre (SRC) is holding a masterclass on Thursday 29 May entitled ‘risk management issues in central counterparty clearing’. This one day course will be given by Priyanka Malhotra and Pedro Gurrola (both of the Bank of England) and held at LSE. Starting with an introduction to the clearing process and central counterparties (CCPs), the course will delve into the finer points and challenges encountered both conceptually and in practice. The course will cover solvency and liquidity requirements, stress testing, margining methodologies, intra-day margin erosion, concentration risk, collateral management, defaulter pays versus mutualised models and recovery plans.

This course is free to attend and open to all. Further details and registration are available here.

Library's LSERO celebrates top five most popular pieces of research to mark start of LSE Research Festival 2014

To mark the start of the LSE Research Festival 2014, Lucy Ayre, manager of LSE Research Online, the institutional repository of research output produced by LSE Staff, has written a blog post looking at the five most popular pieces of Open Access LSE research since its launch in 2005, all available to download from the site.
In December 2013, LSERO reached the milestone of 10,000 Open Access papers available in the repository, including articles, working papers, datasets, books, conference items, multi-media and research blog posts.

To deposit your work in LSE Research Online, email See the outputs of the LSE Research Festival 2013 here.


Getting Published

LSE is pleased to once again offer a series of workshops on getting your work published. Open to PhD students, these sessions will take you from planning a publication strategy, through putting together a draft book proposal with expert help, to a final event when you can meet publishers and present your proposal to them. Details and booking for each session are on the links below:

    Call for submissions – LSE Perspectives

Taken some artistic photos you’d like to share? Send them to before Thursday 22 May and your photos could feature in the June edition of Perspectives.

See the website for more information about submitting your images, or the previous galleries can be found on the Perspectives homepage.
    Feel Good Food Day today

As part of the School’s Wellbeing Campaign, LSE Catering will be taking part in ‘Eat Well Wednesday’ today. The Fourth Floor Restaurant is holding a ‘Feel Good Food Day’ where a ‘Feel Good Food’ world cuisine menu is offering reduced meat and increased vegetarian alternatives. LSE Catering outlets around Campus are also promoting the campaign and showcasing their healthy food and drink options.

As well as raising awareness and promoting the sustainable aspects of the food LSE Catering serves, the team hopes to show that 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. More


    LSE Chill needs your talent

Are you a musician, group, comic or singer looking for somewhere to perform? Then LSE Chill needs you! LSE Chill is an open session for staff and students held on the last Friday of every month from 6pm in the fourth floor café bar, Old Building.

Interested? What are you waiting for? Email  with your name and act details. Bring us your talent and we'll provide the stage. The next LSE Chill night is Friday 30 May.
    Technology tip - Encryption

If you are handling particularly sensitive data, you may wish to further secure it and prevent unauthorised access by using encryption. Encryption is a way of encoding information so that it cannot be read without the appropriate key to decode it. It is a way of rendering files, or hard disks extremely secure.

You can encrypt information using:

You can also encrypt information on Apple and Android devices. For further advice, see IMT Information Security’s Encryption Guidelines.


- What's on


'The Towers Debate: Does London need more tall buildings?' - on Monday 2 June at 6.30pm in the Peacock Theatre with Nicholas Boys Smith, Paul Finch, Piers Gough, Simon Jenkins, Rowan Moore, Tony Travers, Nicky Gavron and Riz Lateef

There are now proposals for over 230 new tall buildings to be built in London over the next decade, 80 per cent of which are residential. As London’s population continues to expand, is this high-rise vision of London's future the right one for our city and its people? Tickets will be available from Thursday 22 May for LSE staff and students. More


'Risk Savvy: how to make good decisions' - on Wednesday 21 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor Gerd Gigerenzer (pictured) and Professor Jason Alexander

Remember the volcanic ash cloud over Iceland? The subprime disaster? What about mad cow disease? Each new crisis makes us worry until we start worrying about the next one. When something goes wrong, we are told that the way to prevent further crises is through better technology, more laws, and bigger bureaucracy. How to protect ourselves from the threat of terrorism? Homeland security, full body scanners, further sacrifice of individual freedom. How to counteract exploding costs in health care? Tax hikes, rationalisation, better genetic markers. One idea is absent from these lists: risk-savvy citizens. More


'An Economy of Temporary Possession' - on Thursday 22 May at 6-7pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Dr Rebecca Empson

In this lecture Dr Empson outlines an economy based on the temporary, rather than outright possession of resources and commodities. Ethnographic evidence shows that such transient forms of possession can come to shape the very financial forms we might have assumed were incompatible with them. Mongolians located at the periphery of financial centres thereby come to shape wider economic practices that impact upon what we have understood capitalism to be. More


'The Social Conditions for Innovation: dissonance for discovery' - on Thursday 22 May at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Professor David Stark

Professor Stark discusses the conditions for innovation; analysis of dissonance, including the necessity of a healthy critical social science and humanities to innovation. More


'Poverty, Justice and Development' - on Thursday 22 May at 6.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB with Professor David Hulme, Professor Thomas Pogge (pictured)

What do we owe to the global poor? David Hulme and Thomas Pogge will discuss questions of global poverty from the point of view of development studies and political philosophy. More


'The Macroeconomics of the Gulf' - on Thursday 15 May at 4.30-6pm in Room G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields with Raphael Espinoza, IMF

Raphael Espinoza's talk will analyse the challenges created by the changing economies of the Gulf states over the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More


'Oman's Foreign Policy Under Sultan Qaboos: independent, but to what extent?' - on Thursday 22 May at 4.30-6pm in the Alumni Theatre, NAB with Dr Marc Valeri

Oman’s foreign policy under Qaboos is usually considered to be pragmatic and independent, epitomised by its announcement that it would not join a hypothetical Gulf union. Dr Valeri will explore how this widely held view should not obscure the fact that the perpetuation of this foreign policy has necessitated an unquestioned political and economic dependence towards London and Washington. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More


'Fixing Europe Dialogues' series double book launch - on Tuesday 27 May at 6.30-8pm with authors John Peet and Hugo Dixon in the Old Theatre, Old Building

John Peet and Hugo Dixon will present and discuss the themes of their two new books, respectively titled Unhappy Union: how the Euro Crisis - and Europe - can be fixed and The In/Out Question - why Britain should stay in the EU and make it better.

The event is free and open to all with no ticket required and entry on a first come, first served basis. More

    'Forty Years after the Collapse of the Greek Junta: reflections on its historical significance' - on Wednesday 28 May at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, NAB with Professor Richard Clogg, Professor Evanthis Hatzivassiliou, Professor Constantinos Tsoukalas and Professor Kevin Featherstone

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the collapse of the Greek Junta and its democratic transition. July 1974 and the events that followed were a pivotal moment for modern Greece - the inclusiveness of its political system; the return of many from the diaspora; the creation of new political parties; a shift in its foreign policy; and a path towards Europe. The panel will explore the issues and legacies that marked the end of the Colonels' regime and relate them to recent events. More

Equality and Diversity events

The end of the academic year is approaching but there’s still plenty to get involved in with the Equality and Diversity team. There is an exciting films programme on offer, the Gender Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary with public lectures and discussions, the Department of Management is holding a conference on diversity and, as usual, there are networking opportunities, workshops and sessions for staff and students. More


- 60 second interview


with.....Katharina Greve

I am a postgraduate student studying Management, Organisations and Governance, and as Student Representative of my programme, I ensure my fellow students have the best possible learning experience here at LSE. Being the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) Ambassador also allows me to highlight opportunities for students through the Bloomberg Talent Search which connects students and recent graduates to Bloomberg’s network of more than 20,000 employers.

Please tell us about the Bloomberg Aptitude Test and your role as an Ambassador.
Bloomberg Institute is the educational division of Bloomberg LP, the world’s leading financial data and news provider. The Institute works with more than 3,500 universities offering the BAT to help students and recent alumni connect with financial employers. As BAT Ambassador, I promote the test to LSE students.

The BAT takes two hours and covers a range of subjects to evaluate financial knowledge and aptitude and career skills to identify students' strengths and the areas of finance which may suit them. Everyone who takes the BAT gets feedback on their strengths and weaknesses whilst also anonymously marketing themselves to over 20,000 employers via the Bloomberg Talent Search. The BAT exposes people to great job opportunities around the world as it matches a student’s skills to an employer’s needs.

All LSE students can take the BAT free - 215 students have taken the test this academic year and an incredible 384 BAT connections have been made which means that on average every LSE test taker received more than one employer request to discuss opportunities. The results show LSE students are outstanding in Economics, New Analysis and Maths. In the past few months there have been two fantastic performances with an LSE student ranked in the Bloomberg Hall of Fame for both January and March.

I believe LSE students have the skills to be regularly listed in the top rankings of Bloomberg’s Hall of Fame and I’d like to invite everyone to join our next LSE BAT session which is on Wednesday 11 June at 6pm at the Bloomberg Office in London. All test takers receive a free six month subscription to Bloomberg Briefs (valued at $2,000) which is a premium industry newsletter and ideal preparation for job interviews.

What would you do if you were LSE Director for a day?
I would arrange a meeting with all LSE academics to discuss a very controversial topic.

If you won a substantial amount on the Lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would donate a great amount of money because not everyone is lucky enough to have what I have. Then I would use the rest of the money to found a company.

What is your favourite form of exercise?
I love playing football. I joined the LSE women's football club which is not only a fun and social team but also a successful team that is currently ranked first in the league. The sport goes beyond physical exercise though; football strengthens the team spirit and is a good balance to my university work.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
The world has so much to offer that it is difficult to narrow it down to one place but I really enjoyed the year I spent living in Florida. The state offers fantastic beaches, national parks, great weather, and is close to the Caribbean islands.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
My favourite childhood memory is getting a pony for Christmas. ‘Snow White’ had brown and white patches, was only 93cm tall and had a red bow around her neck.


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.

The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 28 May. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 26 May. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan