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There are about 1,000 LSE alumni in Spain, and the LSE Alumni Association Spain has been active for over a decade, organising regular speaker and networking events in Madrid and Barcelona. The group has been pleased to welcome Howard Davies, LSE director, as a regular annual speaker, on topics including ‘Back from the brink?: the financial crisis and global economic outlook’ and ‘The future of global financial regulation’. Other guest speakers in the last two years have included LSE academics such as: Professor Andres Rodriguez-Pose, head, Department of Geography and Environment; Professor Paul Preston, Príncipe de Asturias professor of contemporary Spanish studies; Professor Luis Garicano, Centre for Economic

Performance and Department of Economics; Professor Danny Quah, LSE Global Governance; and Dr Eiko Thielemann, senior lecturer in European politics and policy and director, LSE Migration Studies Unit. The group has close links with many organisations in Madrid, and in particular is grateful for the excellent support it receives through its collaboration with the Centro Internacional de Estudios Económicos y Sociales (CIEES), law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and the British Embassy, which has hosted the last two LSE Alumni

Christmas Receptions, inaugurated in 2008. The group also organises an annual pre-departure event, bringing together offer holders about to leave for LSE with recent alumni and current students. The president of the group is Adam Austerfield (MSc Political Economy of Transition in Europe 1998), who is director of projects for LSE Enterprise, based in Madrid. The Association’s

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activities in Barcelona are run by Oriol Solà-Morales (MSc Health Policy, Planning and Finance 2002). If you would like to get involved in the group, please contact Adam on; if you live in Spain and do not receive emails about events, simply contact the Alumni Relations team with your current email address and you will be added to the list.

universities and other places of interest such as BBC Birmingham. Naturally, we always try to include a good lunch or meal with the visit. We visit LSE itself once every two years, where we have lunch, a tour of the School and a talk by a prominent academic, including Professor Christine Whitehead, Professor Julian Le Grand and most recently Professor John Hills, director of the ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE).

The Midlands Friends of LSE is the only UK alumni group outside London, and welcomes alumni from all parts of the Midlands. The group holds four or five events a year, designed to appeal to alumni from all departments and of all generations.

Our speakers in the past have included MPs Gisela Stuart and Charlotte Atkins, the late George Jonas, Judge David Miller, and lobbyist Mari James, and the subjects covered are as diverse as ‘The life of a new MP’, ‘Social Policy today’, ‘The

history of the Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre’ and ‘Kinder transport from Germany in the late 1930s’. We have visited many museums including the Iron Bridge Gorge Museum and the Loughborough Bellfoundry Museum, several local

The group is steered by a committee of alumni, chaired by Terry Dillingham (BSc Government 1969), and the honorary secretary is Margaret Griffiths (BA Geography 1965). If you live in the Midlands and are interested in getting involved with our events and activities, please contact Margaret by email on or by phone on 01886 853543.


Winter 2010


LSE Connect



LSE Connect  

Magazine for alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Volume 22, Number 2, Winter 2010