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  LSE social science soapbox at Universities Week
Five LSE researchers took to their soapboxes at the Natural History Museum earlier this month...

LSE undergraduate research conference
Get involved with the LSE GROUPS closing conference next Friday...


Jenni Hastings
Jenni's LSESU's Advice Manager and has some excellent puppy related policy ideas which everyone should get behind...

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  25 June 2014  

- News

    LSE Careers announces LSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year

A great year for LSE Careers Entrepreneurship has ended on a high with Katerina Kimmorley, co-founder of Pollinate Energy, named ‘LSE Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2014’.

Katerina was chosen by a panel of judges which included top business leaders and LSE staff from a field of seven teams with projects including social and mobile innovations from students across the School. Each group gave presentations describing their progress since receiving funding from the LSE Careers Entrepreneurship project.

Over the past year LSE Careers Entrepreneurship has engaged with almost 2,000 students and alumni at various stages of inspiration and action. The seven shortlisted teams all showed the passion, confidence and ability which characterises successful entrepreneurs. More

    LSE social science soapbox at Universities Week

Five LSE researchers took to the soapbox for a Universities Week event at the Natural History Museum earlier this month. Paula Zoido-Oses (European Institute), Clara Fischer (Gender Institute), Joe Spooner (Law), Nick Anstead (Media and Communications) and Amelia Sharman (Geography and Environment), left to right in photo, used leading questions linked to their research to open up discussion and debate with visitors, who had come to find out more about university research and its importance to everyday life. More information and photos at our Universities Week 2014 web page.

LSE students win Jisc's Summer of Student Innovation

Amar Shanghavi and Thiemo Fetzer, both postgraduates at LSE, have won £5,000 in Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation competition with their proposal for a mobile app which will provide teachers with an easy way to collect feedback from students. Amar and Thiemo have ten years of teaching experience between them which helped them to identify the difficulty of getting timely feedback in a cost effective way and to create ‘evaloop’. evaloop will allow students to “check in” a class and complete a short assessment immediately after it’s finished. evaloop is currently in early development stage; the design phase is being completed and the coding phase is ready. More


Queen's Birthday Honours at LSE

Congratulations are in order as members of the LSE community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. A number of academics, Governors and alumni have had their achievements celebrated with honours which were announced on Saturday 14 June to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

Amongst them are, Dr Janet Stockdale, a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, who was awarded an MBE; Professor Charlie Bean, Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics, who was awarded a knighthood; Martin Lewis, LSE Governor and former General Secretary of the LSE Students’ Union, who was awarded an OBE; and Dr Hilary Mantel, LSE alumna, who was made a Dame. More

    Update on new Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS)

The new GCSS building will replace four existing central campus buildings: East Building, Clare Market, the Anchorage and the eastern part of St Clements (the section nearest the Towers). The new 12 storey building will house various teaching and learning spaces on the lower floors, catering facilities, professional services on the lower floors including Student Services, Language Centre, Teaching and Learning Centre, Counselling Services, LSE 100 and the Deans’ offices along with academic departments on the upper floors.

Demolition is planned to begin in the summer of 2015 after the main exam period has finished. The main construction works are planned to start in 2016 and finish late 2018

Consultations will be undertaken throughout the project and will continue after the building is occupied. More

    Senior politicians to pioneer landmark parliamentary scheme with LSE's Institute of Public Affairs

David Davis, John Denham and Baroness Sarah Ludford are to pioneer a landmark parliamentary scheme with LSE's Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). They will work with the IPA on policy issues, assisting on the effective deployment of academic work in the political and policy arenas.

Welcoming his new colleagues to the IPA offices, the Institute’s Director, Professor Conor Gearty, said: "The IPA is dedicated to assisting in the wider dissemination of LSE scholarship so that it can reach and influence policy makers in government and wider political circles. I can imagine no one better at doing this than these three independent-minded parliamentarians. Each of them has an immense amount of relevant experience to bring to the IPA, and in turn we hope to be able to assist them in their own policy work." More


- Notices

    Academic year structure - message from Professor Paul Kelly

Last week, Council formally ratified the Academic Board’s decision to restructure the School’s teaching year. At last week’s Board meeting my opening point was to thank everybody who contributed to the consultation process: heads of departments, individual faculty members, professional services staff across departments and central services, SSLCs and the Students’ Union. Your help in shaping the proposals resulted in a model that passed with a comfortable majority at the Board meeting.

The debate at the Board was measured and thoughtful, and in places passionate. The arguments made against the proposal were made properly and with serious intent, and we shall ponder on them over the summer.

Details about the new academic year structure can be found here.

The next steps will see a project board established to work through the details of implementation. Its membership will comprise professional services staff from departments and central services. The aim is to run the first year of the new academic structure in 2015-16.

Anyone who has issues they would like to raise at this point is welcome to get in touch with Mark Thomson at

    LSE undergraduate research conference: Friday 4 July

Seventy LSE undergraduates will be presenting their research on identity and place at the LSE GROUPS closing conference next Friday. The presentations will be preceded by a keynote address from Suzanne Hall (LSE Cities and Assistant Professor in Sociology) and followed by an awards celebration for the participants.

The conference takes place in the Hong Kong Theatre between 10:30am and 4pm on Friday 4 July. No booking is required and coffee, lunch and tea will be provided for all those attending. More

    Eco**2 symposium

The two sciences of interactions – economics and ecology – don’t interact enough. How many useful ideas must there be in ecology that have yet to be applied in economics, and vice versa? How much more could we discover about the human and social systems, or natural systems, by combining insights from these two subjects?

If you’re intrigued, come along to the Eco**2: exploring the fundamental links between ecology and economics symposium in London on 8 - 10 September. Early bird registration is open until Monday 28 July with additional discounts available to LSE staff and students. Submissions to present are also being accepted. Please register or submit here. More


    Honorary Fellowship nominations

Nominations for an Honorary Fellowship of the School are invited. The criteria are that 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 as the deadline for nominations for consideration in Michaelmas Term 2014-15 is Friday 5 September 2014.

Full details and nomination forms can be found here. Joan Poole can answer any queries on email or on extension 7825. 

    Student accommodation survey

A big thank you from LSE Residential Services to all those who took part in the 2013-14 student accommodation survey last February. There was an excellent response rate of 54.1 per cent up from 33.56 per cent the year before.

You were generally very happy with halls this year. Compared to last year, more of you think your hall offers good value for money and would recommend your hall to a friend.

The results of the survey help Residential Services to improve any services that you’re not happy with and keep your halls in top shape.

The full report and a hall-by-hall analysis of the results are available here.

Congratulations to the lucky prize winners, Yixian Zhao, Rushan Kee and Gary Lai, who each received an iPad for taking part in the survey.

    Update on new Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS)

The new GCSS building will replace four existing central campus buildings: East Building, Clare Market, the Anchorage and the eastern part of St Clements (the section nearest the Towers). The new 12 storey building will house various teaching and learning spaces on the lower floors, catering facilities, professional services on the lower floors including Student Services, Language Centre, Teaching and Learning Centre, Counselling Services, LSE 100 and the Deans’ offices along with academic departments on the upper floors.

Demolition is planned to begin in the summer of 2015 after the main exam period has finished. The main construction works are planned to start in 2016 and finish late 2018

Consultations will be undertaken throughout the project and will continue after the building is occupied. More

    Makeover for Post Graduate Common Room

The Post Graduate Common Room, in LG.05 in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, has been given a new lease of life with a lovely new paint job, some comfy seats and even a Nespresso coffee machine. So if you're a Post Graduate student, make the most of it! The room's open Monday - Friday, 8am - 11.45pm, and 8am -9.45pm at the weekend. More

Accessible toilets

Following extensive discussions with the Network of Disabled Staff and Students (NODSS), LSESU LGBT Alliance and Spectrum, it has been agreed that Estates Division will reassign all accessible toilets to become gender neutral facilities during the summer break. More

    More for less

Offering the tastiest and most affordable alternative to the average breakfast, lunch or dinner, dindin kitchen has recently opened in Holborn.

If you've not quite mastered the art of home cooking just yet, dindin has got it covered. Their chicken and lemon saffron soufflé is made using Vida's mother's secret recipe, and alongside their satisfying soups their food is sure to cure your cravings for fast and fresh food.

To claim a 20 per cent discount, just like dindin kitchen on Facebook and send them a message 'I love dindin!' to get your voucher which you can use alongside your LSE ID to get a delicious bargain.


Room to let

To let, to quiet non-smoker: large comfortable lower ground floor room with own kitchenette; bathroom shared with one other person. Use of house kitchen by arrangement. In Victorian terrace house, shared with LSE staff member and family. Excellent location (zone 2, near Kings Cross), quiet yet convenient for shops and transport to LSE. Available from early July, flexible length of stay. £500 a month inclusive of bills; unlimited WiFi internet. For more details email Claire Milne at

    Computer tip of the week
Reformat all the slides in a PowerPoint presentation

Changing the format of a PowerPoint presentation can be tricky. Here's a quick and easy method:
  1. Select all the slides in the presentation. (Click on one of the slides in the slide pane on the left side of the screen, and then hold down CTRL and A on the keyboard. All slides will be selected.)
  2. On the Home tab, click the Reset icon. (The text formatting on all the selected slides will change to PowerPoint’s default format, identical to that used in any new slides you create subsequently.)
  3. With all slides selected, on the Design tab, choose any design template Theme and Colour scheme.

These changes will be picked up by all the slides in your presentation.

If you have an IT question, check out the online guides and FAQs or attend a weekly Software Surgeries. Alternately, staff and PhD students are invited to enrol for a 1-2-1 IT Training session.

A huge range of additional computer training resources is available via the IT Training website. Subscribe to the IT Training mailing list to stay informed of upcoming courses and workshops.


- What's on


'Thrive: the power of evidence-based psychological therapies' - on Thursday 10 July at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building with Professor David M Clark (pictured), Professor Lord Layard, Andrew Marr

This event marks the launch of David Clark and Richard Layard’s new book, Thrive, which argues that mental health problems are pervasive. They have massive social impacts and huge economic costs. They can be effectively treated by evidence-based psychological therapies, but these are not widely available. They should be. More


'Emerging Africa: how the global economy's 'last frontier' can prosper and matter' - on Wednesday 23 July at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House with Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

To many, Africa is the new frontier. As the West lies battered by financial crises, Africa is seen as offering limitless opportunities for wealth creation in the march of globalisation. In his new book, Emerging Africa: how the global economy’s “last frontier” can prosper and matter, Kingsley Moghalu, considers what Africa means to today’s Africans, whether Africa is truly on the rise and challenges conventional wisdom about Africa's quest for growth. Drawing on philosophy, economics and strategy, he ranges from capitalism to technological innovation, finance to foreign investment, and from human capital to world trade to offer a new vision of transformation. Ultimately he demonstrates how Africa's progress in the twenty-first century will require nothing short of the reinvention of the African mindset. More


'Iraq: Causes and consequences of the present crisis' - on Thursday 26 June at 6 - 7.30pm with Professor Toby Dodge, Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi and Dr Faleh Jabar in the Old Theatre, Old Building

The seizure of Mosul by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and their rapid move south towards Baghdad has thrown Iraq into another post-regime change crisis. This panel aims to examine the identity and background of the fighters in northern Iraq, as well as the root causes behind the violence. Three of the world’s leading experts on Iraq will explain why the Iraqi armed forces, comprising over a million men under arms, collapsed so quickly and discuss the consequences of the current crisis and what it means for the future of Iraq. More

This event is free and open to all, however registration is required. Please register using the online booking system.


'Scotland and England: what future for the union?' - on Tuesday 1 July at 2 - 6pm in 3.02, Clement House with Patrick Dunleavy, Tony Travers, Nicola McEwen, Iain McLean, Matthew Goodwin, John Curtice

Scotland’s referendum on 18 September is the most momentous event in United Kingdom politics since 1945. It is possible that ‘Britain’ will cease to exist within a couple of years and that Scotland will face a future as an independent, sovereign country for the first time since 1707. England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be affected whichever way the vote goes. Britain will never be quite the same again. More

    'Internal Worlds - External Relations' - new art exhibition on until Friday 11 July, open 10am - 8pm every weekday in the Atrium Gallery, Old Building

In association with LSE Arts, 'Internal Worlds-External Relations' is a travelling exhibition of paintings by Lida Sherafatmand. The paintings express the philosophical internal states of mind through the symbolism of flowers, linking the internal worlds and external relations to current international relations issues.
This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. For further information email or phone 020 7107 5342.


'Methods for longitudinal data analysis in the social sciences' - on Monday 8 September at 10am - 6pm at LSE

These are unprecedented times for the social sciences in terms of the availability of high quality longitudinal data. The richness of these data is enabling researchers to broaden their horizons and address increasingly complex research questions and develop increasingly sophisticated models to answer these questions. This event brings together researchers from social statistics, biostatistics and economics to talk about the latest developments in this area. The speakers will address a range of subjects, from innovative ways of collecting longitudinal data to dealing with its most difficult problems, from modelling growth and over-dispersion to estimating causal effects. More

Book a place here.


- 60 second interview


with....Jenni Hastings

I'm originally from Liverpool and moved to London last October, so am still playing tourist a little. I like mac 'n' cheese, feminist debate and trying new fitness classes once.

What are your responsibilities as LSESU’s Advice Manager?
I manage the Union's Advice Service, which is comprised of myself and three advisers. The service provides academic and housing advice to all LSE students. This ranges from one off enquiries to more extensive case work. We advise students on the options available to them and can accompany them to school meetings, such as academic misconduct panels. We also administer hardship funds and so the team meets on a regular basis to discuss applications.

We’re always on the lookout for ways to make ourselves better known amongst students and staff. We really appreciate the signposting that staff do. Please pass on our details to anyone you feel may benefit - our email address is We’re also happy to come and talk to individuals if anyone would like to hear more about the service or if anyone feels there are ways we can work better with a team or department.

What small thing would you change about the School that would improve your quality of life?
I would implement regular 'bring your pet to work days'. Unfortunately I'm not responsible enough for pet ownership but I think my quality of life would drastically improve if I could walk a puppy (preferably a pug but I'm not fussy) during my lunch break. Plus pets are supposed to have stress busting qualities so it would essentially be an office morale boosting scheme.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
I read somewhere to always dress like you're going to meet your worst enemy today. I quite like that quote. Although thanks to my inability to deal with mornings I rarely follow such words of wisdom.

Where would you go if you were invisible for a day?
I would find someone who could fly and ask if they would trade super powers.

What is your most treasured possession?
A little dull but I'd have to say my kindle. I'm a big fan of using chick lit to block out the crowds on the tube. I particularly like books on feminism and have recently finished The Vagenda. a zero tolerance guide to the media, which is both hilarious and depressing.

Where did you go on your last holiday and what were the pros and cons?
I went to New York with my family which I loved. I'd say the pros were the food (the Magnolia bakery is a must) and the friendliness of the people (very important to a group of confused tourists). The only con was how much there was to fit in. I came home exhausted but determined to plan a return trip to continue exploring.


Get in touch!

Student News takes a break over the summer, along with all of you hopefully. It will be back in Michaelmas term with more news, notices, events and revealing interviews, so if you have anything to share do get in touch at or on ext 7582.

For those of you leaving LSE this year, best of luck for the future. And to the rest, have an excellent few months and see you next term.

Thanks, Maddy

Nicole Gallivan