LSE Catering have been busy with graduation receptions at The Shaw Library, The New Academic Building and Saw Swee Hok Student Centre. It was great to host the summer graduation receptions and meet the new graduates and their guests.
The graduates of the Master of Public Administration enjoyed our lovely graduation cup cakes. Our local sourced strawberries from Newlands Farm, Kent were appreciated and well received by the graduates and their guests.
Congratulations to the 2016 graduates and best wishes with their future endeavours!
Food Development Manager
Following the success of our previous Champagne pop up, LSE Catering once again have the ice buckets and flutes at the ready to bring a touch of sophistication to the 8th floor of the New Academic Building. Come along between 5.00pm-8.00pm on Friday 22 July and indulge in a glass or two of your favourite bubbly.
The great roof terrace offers stunning views over London and a chance to enjoy your drinks al fresco.
The event is open to all, so bring along your friends and colleagues!
We look forward to seeing you there!
We’ve had some great entries so far but there is still time to enter the competition and suggest a name for our induction platform. Here’s all the details Pastry for your thoughts!
To enter email Mike at email@example.com by noon on Monday 11th July- joint entries and all ideas welcome- get naming!
LSE Catering are delighted to achieve a ‘Two-Star – Excellent Rating’ from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) for our catered halls (Bankside, Passfield, Rosebery and Carr-Saunders) and central restaurants (Fourth Floor Restaurant, the LSE Garrick and the Staff Dining Room).
The SRA celebrates everything that is good about the food service industry and the people in it. Its president is leading chef Raymond Blanc and it is a non-profit organisation that looks at restaurants food sourcing, society and the environment.
The LSE is the first London University to be accredited stars, and the central restaurants score makes it in the top 80% for all SRA accredited universities and the halls in the top 70% which is a fantastic achievement.
It is a brilliant accomplishment to have achieved two stars for our first SRA rating. It took a huge amount of time, effort and hard work to pull together the information required. Our menus, policies and invoices were collated and then scrupulously checked at the SRA and our suppliers were contacted to ensure we are using the sustainable items we say we are. Well done to Karen Agate-Hilton who has put in months and months of time and energy working with the teams and the SRA to ensure we have met all the requirements.
Head of Catering
The RCSD staff survey action plan is now available to view. We have created a dedicated web page RCSD staff survey updates to keep everyone informed of progress. The action plan will be updated regularly as we work through the actions and staff will be notified via the grapevine blog when an update is ready.
Your comments and feedback are welcome. Details of how to do this are on the webpage.
Have you heard of STEMS? No? Well, it’s the package we use for student inductions at the beginning of each year.
To improve student engagement and induction experience, a team from across the Division are working on improving the quality of the design, content and brand of our STEMS site. One of our aims is to find a name for our induction platform. This is where we need your help and suggestions!
Other universities don’t refer to STEMS, they have a name and a brand for their induction platforms so they can refer to something more memorable. This means that students can interact with something more friendly and identifiable. It’s up to you what to try to emphasise in the name you suggest but don’t forget that the platform is for student inductions, it needs to be memorable and it needs to be clearly ours. We’ve included an example image from the Sheffield Hallam site so you can see what we mean.
There is a prize for the winner- afternoon tea for four in the Senior Dining Room on campus. The competition will be judged by Director of Residences, Ian Spencer. To enter email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday 11th July- joint entries and all ideas welcome- get naming!
On Sunday, 9 of our halls welcomed Summer School Students to their new homes.
To help make their arrival enjoyable and memorable we employed a 25-strong team of Summer School Welcome Helpers and ordered lots of LSE-branded cupcakes!
Feedback about the welcome and the cupcakes was extremely positive. We hope that all Summer School Students enjoy their time at LSE.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Welcome such a success.
Summer School Welcome at High Holborn
Summer School Welcome at Passfield
Summer School Welcome at Grosvenor House
In the Annual Student Satisfaction Survey this year, Students were asked to nominate any member of staff who had stood out during the year. Congratulations to Abi Fadeyi, Catering Assistant at Passfield Hall, who was mentioned no fewer than 19 times. Students commented on the good relationship she has with the people she serves, that she was kind, helpful, supporting, inspirational and caring, contributing to the overall halls experience.
Here are a few of the compliments about Abi from the survey:One of the key aims of halls catering at the LSE is to provide catering in a nurturing environment in our four halls of residence, enabling students to dine together to help build a strong sense of community and develop long lasting friendships. Abi has contributed greatly towards this.
Congratulations and well done Abi.
Abi Fadeyi (centre) with Andrew Young (Chief Operating Officer) and Jacqui Beazley (Head of Catering) at a recent Catering team meeting.
Head of Catering
Bankside House celebrated the end of term by hosting a BBQ, held in the car park outside the front of the building which is adjacent to the Tate Modern. The BBQ was very well received by the students and also passers by watching from the street! Fortunately, although a bit chilly, the weather held up and a lovely afternoon was had by all.
Thanks to all the staff at Bankside House!
Residences Catering Manager
Take a look at this excellent article about LSE Catering in this month’s TUCO magazine. Superb photographs and quotes from Jacqui Beazley. Well done to Jacqui and her team.