Feb 23 2015

Some Things Are Better Together

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This week we welcome a guest post from Lorcán O’Cathain, Hall Committee President at Butler’s Wharf Residence.  He tells us about a new initiative some Hall Committees have been working on in recent weeks.

There are some things that are truly better together… Tea and biscuits. Pizza and beer. Hall Committees.

Recently the Committees of Butlers Wharf Residence, Sidney Webb House and Lillian Knowles House announced a joint boat party to celebrate the end of the Lent Term. Catering for 375 postgraduate students, and requiring weeks of coordination between the various committees, the event is unique in the LSE student calendar and a clear example of what we can do when we work together.

The committee at Butlers Wharf have been driven this year by a desire to foster a sense of community within the hall and provide a fun and sociable environment that gives students the opportunity to enjoy themselves in an inclusive and welcoming space. This environment creates an opportunity to develop contacts and lasting friendships which provide a coping mechanism for many in the high pressure environment that is life at the LSE.

As a committee, we felt it was important that this sense of community went beyond Butler’s Wharf Residence. A year is a short time to build relationships that may have implications for future careers but also, and more importantly, for friendships to form. Committees working together can help develop these ties in the limited amount of time available. Luckily some of the other fully postgraduate Halls shared this ethos.

Over the past few weeks the committees of Butler’s Wharf Residence, Sidney Webb House and Lilian Knowles House have met up on numerous occasions to organise what could quite possibly be the biggest (and undoubtedly the best!) inter-hall postgraduate event in the history of LSE. Despite being in the dying days of term, it provides further opportunity to bring postgraduates together to create and develop lasting connections. Hopefully it’s a precedent for greater integration that can be built upon in future years. If nothing else however, it promises to be an unforgettable way to end the term!

Tickets for the boat party went on sale last weekend and all tickets were sold in just over one hour, showing just how popular this collaboration is.  We hope you all enjoy the party!

Boat party ticket sales

No one wanted to miss out on this party. Big queues formed as tickets went on sale.

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Feb 17 2015

Job opportunity – Property Manager – University of London

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The University of London is now advertising for a Property Manager; for more information visit the advertisement on the UOL jobs pages.

Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

If you spot any other opportunities that you think we should post here, get in touch.

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Feb 10 2015

Can you spare an hour? Undergraduate Open Day Wednesday 25th March 2015

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The forthcoming Undergraduate Open is on Wednesday 25 March and the Residential and Catering Services Division will have a stand from 10:00am – 4:30pm, on the first floor of the Saw Swee Hock Centre.

The UG open day is a key event in the School’s calendar with over 2500 students expected to attend.  As we all know, the choice of where to live plays a huge part in students deciding which university to attend and the Residences stand is always popular.  The day is a really good way to help future students make the right decisions about their accommodation and also for you to meet other members of the division.

We will be asking for participation on the stand from members of staff across the division to ensure we have a broad spectrum of experience.   All participants will be briefed prior to each date so please don’t be worried if you are not completely familiar with all parts of the operation. I’m sure you’ll find the day lively and informative.

If you are available to assist on the UG Open Day and haven’t already completed the doodle poll then please contact the Residential Service Office at accommodation@lse.ac.uk.

Two other key dates are the Undergraduate Offer Holder Days  - Wednesday 15 and 22 April.  Further details to follow but please make a note in your diary!

Hannah Kearns
RSO Manager

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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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