Jan 22 2015

Food for Life accreditation for our catered halls

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Congratulations to our four catered Halls of Residence, Bankside, Carr-Saunders, Passfield and Rosebery who have achieved the bronze accreditation Food for Life Catering Mark. We are one of 36 other universities to have achieved the Food for Life accreditation.

The Food for Life accreditation provides a guarantee to those who eat in our catered halls restaurants that they are getting fresh food, free from any undesirable additives and better for animal welfare. Also, that all our eggs are free range, our fresh meats are red tractor or farm assured and that our fish products are certified sustainable seafood. In addition we also only provide the following fair-trade product, bananas, coffee and hot chocolate.

We currently serve 8630 meals a week across the four sites knowing that we are making a difference to food that ends up on your plates!

John Barrett
Residences Catering Manager




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Jan 14 2015

Family Friendly Workshops for Staff

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To congratulate the School on recently winning the ‘Best for Dads Top Employers Award’ from Workingmums, MamaBabyBliss sent two fantastic free gifts to the HR Division:

  • A Daddy’s kit, which includes a washbag, Splash Baby Wash, Hugs Natural Baby Oil, Botty Bliss Natural Nappy Cream and a yellow plastic duck


  • A Mummy’s kit, which includes Relax Mama-to-be Bath Soak, Oooh Relaxing Bath Soak, Tummy Love Stretchmark Oil, Bliss Stick Invigorating Oil, Bliss Stick Uplifting Oil, Aaah Mummy Baby Balm, PregnancyBliss CD and BabyBliss CD.

HR Division would like to offer a lottery of the gifts so that a lucky applicant from the next Dads workshop wins the Daddy’s kit and a lucky applicant from the next Mums workshop wins the Mummy’s kit.  Names of delegates attending will be drawn the day following the workshops and the winners will be notified.  The next workshops are on:-

Balancing Work & Being Mum
Wednesday 4th February 12.30-2.30pm

Balancing Work: Building Resilience in our Primary Age Children and Ourselves (NEW)
Thursday 12th March 12.30-2.30pm

Balancing Work & Being Dad
Tuesday 24th March 12.30-2pm

Please use this link For further information on Family Friendly Benefits and the Working Parent’s Network and Mentoring for Parents.

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Jan 12 2015

Training and development opportunities for staff January and February 2015

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Take a look at the following training and development opportunities run by HR for staff in January and February 2015.

Managing Under Pressure
Tuesday 20 January 10.00am-4.30pm

Fair Treatment & Respect for Staff
Monday 2 February 10.00am-5.00pm

Fair Treatment & Respect for Managers
Tuesday 3 February 10.00am-5.00pm

Balancing Work and Being Mum
Wednesday 4 February 12.30pm-2.30pm

Recruitment & Selection
Wednesday 11 February 9.30am-5.00pm 

Equality & Diversity Awareness
Wednesday 18 February 10.00am-4.00pm

Developing your CV and Interview Skills
Tuesday 24 February 10.00am-4.30pm

Visit Core Learning & Development Programme to find a comprehensive list of other courses available this academic year.

If you have any queries or require additional information, email hr.learning@lse.ac.uk

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Jan 7 2015

Introducing Caspian Dugdale – Lead Contributor (RCSD web pages/resources)

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Caspian DugdaleHi everyone, just to introduce myself, I’m Caspian and I’ll be spending the next year covering the post of Lead Contributor (web) in the RCSD. I’m a librarian by profession but more recently spent two years at King’s College, London, working on projects to enhance student access to college information online. Previous to that I worked for six years in Library Services (King’s again) and before that I worked for the library services at Kingston University and Imperial College.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone here and hope to meet you all soon.

Please feel free contact me at C.E.Dugdale@lse.ac.uk or on 020 7106 1255.

Thanks to Konni and Claire for such a good handover and introduction to the School.


Caspian Dugdale
Lead Contributor (RCSD web pages/resources)

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Dec 23 2014

Carr-Saunders Tries Their Hand at Baking for Save the Children

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On Friday 12 December Carr-Saunders Hall participated in Christmas Jumper Day in order to raise some funds for Save the Children.

Some of the more culinary skilled team members brought in homebaked goods for the occasion, prompting an impromptu bake sale. They set up a table laden with cookies, cakes and hot tea and coffee, and lots of Carr-Saunders students donated to the cause.


There was something on offer to satisfy all tastes.

There was something on offer to satisfy all tastes.



Sweet treats on offer included chocolate and peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, blueberry and lime cake, red velvet cupcakes and gingerbread men.

Almost 150 cakes were consumed in total – Saunders definitely has a sweet tooth!




In total they raised £55.43 for Save the Children and had a great festive time doing it!


Various people popped in throughout the day;

...to show off their wares...

Some to show off their wares…


...and others to sample the treats!

…and others to sample the treats!


A big round of sticky-fingered applause to the festive bakers of Carr-Saunders!


The Festive Bakers of Carr-Saunders

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Dec 19 2014

A Heavyweight Battle For The Title

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With just one day remaining in the competition, Northumberland House have surged into a lead of +73 with a phenomenal performance over the past month.

High Holborn are close behind and could still challenge for the title, but they’ll need your help! It’s sure to be an exciting finish.

Remember it’s your last chance to give your favourite hall a like! Competition closes at 5pm on Friday 19 December.

Here’s the league table as of 4pm Wednesday 17 December

Hall Starting Followers Current Followers Overall Increase
Northumberland House 271 765 +494
High Holborn 195 616 +421
Passfield Hall 114 316 +202
Grosvenor House 175 348 +173
Bankside House 292 427 +135
Rosebery Hall 172 288 +116
Carr-Saunders Hall 135 183 +48
Overall 1353 2943 +1589

Photo of the month

The team at Rosebery looking extremely festive!

The team at Rosebery looking extremely festive!


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Dec 18 2014

Job Opportunity – RSO Assistants Wanted – Apply Now

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The Residential Services Office (RSO) are looking for an enthusiastic LSE student to work as a Residential Services Assistant as part of a friendly team in our busy office. This office is responsible for services to assist LSE applicants and students to secure accommodation during their studies at LSE. A core focus of the role will be excellent customer service and data management, with the post-holders expected to provide administration for the accommodation application process.

Position title: Residential Services Office Assistant
Added: 18-Dec-2014
Application close: 5-Jan-2015 Monday
Employment type:Part time / Temporary
Remuneration/ Pay rate:£12.16/hour

Residential Services Office Assistants – Opportunity for enthusiastic LSE student with excellent customer service and data management skills, to gain experience of working in a busy office to assist with the accommodation application process.

The key aim of Residential Services is to maintain and enhance services to LSE students. The Residential Services Office, located in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, is the one-stop-shop for students to make and maintain contact with Residential Services.

For the full details and to apply, visit LSE Careers and log into the LSE CareerHub

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Dec 15 2014

Mystery Santa Spotted On Campus – But Was He For Real?

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Santa Selfie in Sardinia House

LSE is famous and well renowned for its range of prolific speakers and high profile guests that have visited the school. On Friday 12 December another prestigious name was added to that list with an appearance from Santa Claus himself. 

After a trip to the Fourth Floor Restaurant and a tour around campus, Santa made his way over to Sardinia House to visit the hard working folk in residences. Many presents were exchanged and a lot of chocolate devoured by all.


Fourth Floor Restaurant with Father Christmas

However, several mysteries remains. Who was Santa? How did he manage to get into Sardinia House? Was that beard real?

If you think you know who Santa was please get in touch and leave a reply below.

Merry Christmas to all!


Going with the times – lift shafts are the new chimney stacks and now there’s a penguin sidekick.

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Dec 11 2014

#LSEwhatweSAW – Sights And Sounds From Halls For SAW Opening

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To celebrate the official opening of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) on 24 October 2014, Residential Services put together an exhibition of pictures and sounds from around the halls.

Everyone in halls was invited to capture their experiences during the first weeks of term and then tweet their photos to @LSEResLife tagged with #LSEwhatweSAW. We asked for favourite places, special social events, or the best views in London and received around 100 submissions.

Ashley Cory put the images together with a selection of audio recordings from around the halls and turned them into a fantastic audio-visual display, entitled ‘Life in Halls’ (listen out for the washing machine!).


‘Life in Halls’ audio visual display

The whole LSE community was invited to come and see the exhibition in the 6th Floor Studio with many students joining us and talking to us about how their time in halls enhances their overall experience at LSE.

This event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the important work that is done across teams within Residential Services, and to demonstrate the value of the service we provide to students.

As a reward for entering the #LSEwhatweSAW competition ten students were given a ticket to the evening Official Opening Ceremony and all were entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.

Hanbo Hu was the lucky winner with his picture of a rainy day through a window at Bankside House.  Congratulations Hanbo and a big thankyou to everyone who entered a photo into the competition, and all staff who helped make the exhibition happen.

Jennifer Frances
Residential Life Officer


Ian Spencer, Director of Residential Services and Hanbo Hu, winner of #LSEwhatweSAW

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Dec 10 2014

LSE Web Job Vacancy – Apply by Sunday 14 December

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The LSE Residential and Catering Services Division (RCSD) is looking to recruit a Lead Contributor (RCSD web pages/resources) £24,248 – £27,256 pa inclusive, with potential to progress to £29,323 pa inclusive (pro rata). This is a part time role (3 days per week) and a 12 month fixed term appointment.

LSE is one of the world’s leading social science institutions, which attracts students from across the globe. The RCSD is responsible for the halls of residence and catering facilities at the LSE. We aim to provide first class and affordable services to staff and students to support and enhance the LSE community.

RCSD is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly organised and pro-active individual to lead on managing all web pages/resources relating to LSE’s RCSD.

The post will be based in the RCSD central administration team but will work in close co-operation with the LSE’s Web Services’ Content and Production Team.
Successful candidates will have strong attention to detail, first-class writing and editing skills, and extensive experience using a content management system (CMS). They will be comfortable producing and editing content for web pages, publications and news stories. The role entails working with key stakeholders in the Division who may have concurrent deadlines, and the successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and people skills.

In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 December 2014 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interview date is 18 December 2014.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/Jobs. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please e-mail: hr.jobs@lse.ac.uk quoting reference 1448094.


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