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Amartya Sen Lecture
Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund, comes to LSE. Tickets will be available next week.


Final LSE Chill
Need a break from revision? The final LSE Chill of this year offers the perfect antidote to exam term...


Roza Essaw

Roza is one of the recipients of this year's prestigious Mortar Board Fellowship - if you want to ask her more about it, try the Human Rights Centre...

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  28 May 2014  

- News


LSE named AJ100 Client of the Year for architectural innovation

LSE has been named the AJ100 Client of the Year by the Architects' Journal for its outstanding contribution to UK architecture.

The award, announced last Thursday reflected the “innovation and quality” that LSE has shown with the construction of the highly-acclaimed Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and its plans for a new £90 million Global Centre for Social Sciences building. LSE was singled out for its “consistent patronage of high-quality architecture” and the use of design competitions to ensure fresh thinking from sophisticated practices.

It beat a strong field of six finalists for the AJ100 Client of the Year award, including Argent, British Land, Croydon Council, Derwent London, Peabody Trust and the University of Edinburgh.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: “This is a great honour. To even be shortlisted in the company of some of the biggest names in the British development industry was an accolade in itself, but to be recognised as the client who made the greatest contribution to UK architecture over the year is an outstanding result for the School. Being an effective client is hard work and this is a fitting reward for the Estates Capital Development team.” More

    Europe's children's growing overdependence on the internet and smartphones

Children across Europe are becoming increasingly dependent on their smartphones, with one in two reporting two or more experiences associated with overdependence, such as feeling pressure to always be available and experiencing unease when unable to check their smartphone. These are among the findings detailed in a report published last week by Net Children Go Mobile, a research project involving LSE.

Over 3,500 children aged 9-16 and their parents were surveyed for the report across seven European countries, including the UK. Three out of four children (72 per cent) reported feeling more pressure to be always available to family and friends since getting a smartphone. One in two (50 per cent) said they felt a strong need to check their phone to see if anything new has happened ‘very or fairly often’. More
    New Gearty Grillings online

Two new Gearty Grilling videos, a series of short video debates between Conor Gearty, director of the IPA and professor of human rights law, and a leading researcher at LSE, are now online.

Episode 3: Catherine Boone on The Great African Land Grab examines how land and property issues lie at the core of political conflict in Africa.

Catherine Boone joined LSE last year as Professor of Comparative Politics and African Political Economy and is currently serving on the steering committee of the American Political Science Association’s Africa Initiative and the Advisory Board of the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network. More

Episode 4: Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of social policy, defends his view that competition is the best way to improve hospitals and schools.
A former senior policy adviser to Tony Blair, he is one of the principal architects of the UK Government's current public service reforms introducing choice and competition into health care and education. More


- Notices

    Chair of Court and Council

The Chair and Vice Chair Selection Committee (CVCSC) has renewed the search for a successor to Peter Sutherland whose final term of office will end in December 2015.

The Chair of the LSE Council and Court of Governors is the senior non-executive director of the School charged with leading the governance of the university, ensuring that the Court and Council conduct their business efficiently, effectively, and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business.

Working with the Committee will be the executive search agency Odgers Berndtson. The agency was selected following a tendering exercise and has extensive experience of recruiting to both executive and non-executive positions in the Higher Education sector.

Suggestions of suitable names from all members of the School are invited. They should be sent to Joan Poole in the Governance, Legal and Planning Division at by Friday 20 June. More

    Firewall maintenance

Essential firewall maintenance will be carried out on the School’s firewalls on Sunday 1 June and Sunday 8 June, 9am–1pm. The work will cause intermittent disruption to all internet services for any users on campus at the time and will also disrupt anyone trying to access the network externally via such services as Remote Access.

The completion of this work will ensure that LSE has the most robust technology available for keeping our network secure from potential external threats and will also prepare the School for future planned upgrades to internet services.
    LSE Careers Summer Programme

LSE Careers is open all summer and will be offering a programme of events throughout June and July so make sure to check CareerHub and book those you would like to attend. There will be a range of workshops, presentations and panel events to suit whatever stage you’re at with your career planning, including:
  • LSE Careers Graduate Jobs Fair - if you're graduating this year and looking for a job or are interested in internship or volunteering opportunities this summer come to the Jobs Fair on Thursday 12 June.
  • Job searching – a panel event on how to find a job quickly.
  • Practical support with the recruitment process from marketing yourself, to managing your digital presence.
  • Presenting confidently and performing well in interviews.
  • Practice group exercises.

LSE Careers is also open every day between 10am and 5pm for individual appointments. If you’re no longer on campus, just contact the team to arrange an appointment via Skype or telephone.

Remember LSE Careers is available to you throughout your degree and for two years after graduation.

    LSE Chill – Friday 30 May

Whether you’re taking a break from revision or finishing a long week at work, start your weekend with a bang and come to the last LSE Chill of the year!

David Lewis, Head of the Social Policy Department; the Funktionalists, the Anthropology Department band; and Conventional Wisdom, a student band will all be performing from 6pm in the Fourth Floor Café.

Want to know more about the night or the bands? Check out the LSE Chill webpage for more information. Limited free drinks and nibbles available!

Summer 2014: getting published

A series of workshops to help PhD students get their work published, 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.

Getting Published Two: Journal articles
Thursday 29 May 3-4.30pm

Getting your first journal article published, or book proposal accepted, is a milestone in an academic career. Book here.

Becoming an author: From proposal to publication
Tuesday 3 June 10am-1pm

Led by Deborah Spring, an experienced academic publisher, this workshop explains what publishers are looking for in a book proposal and how to construct one. Book here.
Individual tutorials
Wednesday 11 June and Thursday 12 June

Book a half-hour session for feedback and discussion with Deborah Spring, as you develop your draft proposal for presentation to publishers.
Getting Published Three: Getting your work published
Thursday 26 June 1.30-4.30pm

This is your chance to market your book idea to attending academic and commercial publishers. Bring your proposal. Publishers will consider the proposals on offer and talk about their main considerations in awarding book contracts. Book here.


Breakfast 'Downstairs in the Garrick'

Looking for some morning sustenance and quiet study space during exams? Check out 'Downstairs in the Garrick' where you'll find tempting hot and cold breakfast options available 8-10.30am, Monday to Friday. The menu includes comforting favourites such as a bacon sandwich, eggs benedict and pancakes, or the healthier fresh fruit bircher option. Come along and enjoy a free refill of tea or coffee with your breakfast. See the full menu here.

    Fourth Floor Café Bar - freshly squeezed juices

Fresh is best and there’s no denying a diet rich in fruit and vegetables helps to maintain good health and wellbeing. Juicing is a great way to get the goodness of fresh fruit and vegetables.

In the Fourth Floor Café Bar your creation is made right in front of you. No apple, carrot, beetroot or wheatgrass gets juiced until you give us the nod. So get yourself up to the Fourth Floor Café Bar for an instant energy hit without the usual suspects of refined sugars and caffeine.
    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 class is every Monday at 6.30-7.30pm on the sixth floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and costs £5 per class.
If you would like to attend or need further information, email Amy Mamawag at
    Barbeques, burgers and shakes

With summer (possibly) here and temperatures rising, come and enjoy an ‘al fresco’ experience at the pop up barbeque and shake bar on the John Watkins Plaza.

LSE Catering will be grilling and shaking, using only the finest and freshest ingredients, between noon and 3pm on Thursday 5 June, Thursday 12 June and Thursday 19 June.

Your Classic or Veggie burger will be cooked to order and your favourite flavour of delicious milkshake made right there in front of you. So be sure to pop in to the pop up!
    Computer tip of the week
Skills to Format a Thesis Efficiently

Submitting a thesis soon? Avoid wasted hours and endless frustration trying to correct formatting problems by learning to use Word templates and Styles. These will help you avoid inconsistent margins, numbering that goes wrong, seemingly random font formatting, etc. Even better, these skills will enable you to create and automatically update the table of contents with just a few easy mouse clicks.

The earlier you learn and apply these skills, the easier it will be to format your work efficiently. A short video at the bottom of this page demonstrates the skills you need. You can learn them by downloading Word 2010: Formatting an academic paper.

If you have an IT question, check out the online guides and FAQs or attend the weekly Software Surgeries. A huge range of additional computer training resources are available from the IT Training website. Subscribe to the IT Training mailing list to stay informed of upcoming courses and workshops.

- What's on


Christine Lagarde (pictured) and Gordon Brown to visit LSE in June

Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde will deliver this year’s Amartya Sen Lecture, supported by LSE's Department of International Development and STICERD, on Friday 6 June at 6.30-8pm. More

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will also be launching his new book My Scotland, Our Britain: a future worth sharing at LSE on Tuesday 10 June at 5.30-7pm, hosted by the LSE Institute for Public Affairs. More

Both events are open to LSE staff and students only, please see the weblistings for ticket information.


'Reflections on Leadership: a bank CEO's perspective' - on Wednesday 28 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Gail Kelly

Come and hear Gail’s thoughts on leadership and what it takes to succeed in the current environment. Gail will share her insights, perspectives and lessons learnt drawing from personal experience over 12 years as a CEO of a major financial institution in Australia.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. LSE students and staff can collect one ticket per person from the NAB SU shop from 10am on Wednesday 21 May. These tickets are available on a first come first served basis. More


'From Subsidy to Strategic Investment: what can the EU's new, reformed regional policy do for growth and jobs in 2014-20?' - on Wednesday 28 May at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building with Johannes Hahn

With reforms now in place, EU regional policy focuses more than ever on investment that will improve the quality of life of EU citizens. €350 billion - the EU's second biggest spending priority - will support small and medium-sized enterprises, research and innovation, renewable energies and energy efficiency, education, and fight against unemployment and poverty. More


'England: a nation defined by dissent' - on Thursday 29 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Billy Bragg

Is it possible to be both progressive and patriotic? Billy Bragg argues that from Magna Carta to Euro-scepticism, England is a nation that has been defined by dissent. More


'The Moral Background: an inquiry in to the history of business ethics' – on Wednesday 28 May at 6.30pm in the Alumni Theatre, NAB with Dr Gabriel Abend

In recent years, many disciplines have become interested in the scientific study of morality. However, a conceptual framework for this work is still lacking. In his new book The Moral Background, Gabriel Abend develops just such a framework and uses it to investigate the history of business ethics in the United States from the 1850s to the 1930s. This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. More


'Europe's Toolbox and Israel-Palestine Relations After the Kerry Effort: what role for what purpose?' - on Thursday 29 May at 1.30-5.15pm in Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn

Little seems to have changed with Israel-Palestine relations as the US Administration's deadline passed last month. Europe now has to decide its policy stance in the ‘post-Kerry’ environment. What are the options, and what is the contribution Europe can make? Which choices can all EU member states support? Are the ‘pre-Kerry’ policy positions on Israel and Palestine no longer valid or are they even more valid? This conference aims to tackle these questions, with international experts from the US, Europe, Israel and Palestine sharing their views and opinions from the region. This event is free and open to all, however registration is required. Please register here. More


Code at LSE - front-end web development for beginners

Following the success of the Lent term programming course, LSESU Social Entrepreneurs Society and Code at LSE are organising a post-exam programming course, where students can learn the basics of front end development in one weekend.

The course takes 12 hours. Places are available for the weekends of 14-15 June and 21-22 June. More information and details of how to apply are available here. Take a look at the Facebook page here.

    'The Polish Roundtable Talks and the End of the Cold War' - on Wednesday 4 June at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, NAB with Professor Vladislav Zubok, Professor Anne Applebaum, Eugeniusz Smolar, Nigel Thorpe and Professor Arne Westad

The Polish Roundtable Talks and subsequent elections on 4 June 1989 were a crucial step in ending the Cold War. 25 years later, we invite witnesses of the Polish Democratic Transition to join academics to discuss the importance of the events for Poland, for Europe, and for the world. More

- 60 second interview


with.....Roza Essaw

Hi! My name is Roza Essaw. I'm from Texas, but I was born in Ethiopia. My dual background as an Ethiopian-American has influenced and enriched how I perceive the world. My life in Ethiopia exposed me to some of the most heartbreaking injustices, while allowing me to hold on to the beautiful culture. Similarly, life in America initially brought many challenges, but it also provided opportunities conducive to my personal and professional growth, including completing my undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University and being here at LSE studying for my master's of science in human rights at LSE. Aside from the influence such vibrant cultures have had in my life, some other things to know about me are: I am blessed to have the most supportive people in my life, I am addicted to Ethiopian food, I love playing competitive games and I consider having a relationship with Jesus Christ to be the greatest gift.

Please can you tell us more about the Mortar Board Fellowship?
Mortar Board is the premier national honour society recognising college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Every year, the Mortar Board National Foundation awards fellowships to assist members in financing their graduate studies. Since the fellowship programme was established in 1941, nearly $700,000 has been given to help members pursue graduate or professional school. Annually, members are chosen to receive these fellowships based on a record of academic excellence, strong recommendation, scholarship promise, financial need and Mortar Board involvement. This year Mortar Board gave $30,000 to eight scholarship recipients, including me. I am also a Rotary International Scholar. The Rotary scholarship is a competitive international award which pays for tuition. It is given to outstanding students who are committed to advancing world peace and justice – my focus was on promoting peace.

Which is your favourite place on the LSE campus?
The Human Rights Centre. It is the best place to study because of its view overlooking the city. It is also very quiet and beats fighting for a spot at the LSE Library.

What is your most treasured possession?
My Bible, for it is the Word of God. God’s Word is forever constant and full life and hopeful promises. I can’t describe the essence of who I am apart from the strength and grace that I receive from my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, so I am thankful that I get to hear from God by reading the Bible.

What is your ambition/goal in life?
I hope to emulate the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in order to spread Christ centred love. One of fundamental ways I aim to do this is by pursuing a career as a human rights lawyer, in hopes of serving those in need.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
"Pray hard, work hard.” Prayer and hard work have brought me this far in life and I intend to devote myself to this advice.

Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
South Africa. I spent a summer studying abroad between Durban and Cape Town - it is by far one of the most beautiful and culturally rich places I have visited. The highlight of my trip was going to Robben Island and visiting the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he spent in jail.


Get in touch!

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The next edition of Student News is on Wednesday 11 June. Articles for this should be emailed to me by Monday 9 June. Student News is emailed on Wednesdays, on a weekly basis during Michaelmas and Lent term and fortnightly during Summer term.

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan