May 21 2015

Memorial for Isteaque Ahmed (1987 – 2015)

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IsteaqueIsteaque Ahmed was a former LSE student of Accounting and Finance and a colleague, working with us in the Accommodation Office as an Accommodation Assistant and in the Residences Fees team from 2009-2013.

Sadly and tragically, Isteaque passed away in March whilst working in Paris. He was 27 years old.

His friends and former colleagues have organised a memorial so we can come together and remember the fantastic and wonderful person that he was.

It will be held in the Faith Centre in the Saw Swee Hock Building at 4pm on Friday 29th May. The memorial is open to all to attend.

Isteaque will be truly missed by all his friends.

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May 21 2015

Front of House Manager Changes

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From Tuesday 26th May 2015, there will be some changes to the Front of House Managers in our halls.  These changes are listed below:

Hall Front of House Manager Contact Details (Please refer to Services)
Bankside House Davinder Ratra Bankside House
Butler’s Wharf Angela O’Rourke Butler’s Wharf
Carr-Saunders Minaxi Patel Carr-Saunders Hall
Grosvenor House Katarina Selmoun Grosvenor House
High Holborn Katarina Selmoun High Holborn
Northumberland House Roberto Del-Monte Northumberland House
Passfield Hall Minaxi Patel Passfield Hall
Rosebery Avenue Rosa Gil Rosebery Avenue

For up to date details about Service contacts in these Residences and for details of how to contact the relevant Front of House Manager, please refer to the Services section of the relevant hall by clicking on the link above.

Allan Blair
Director of Facilities Management

 

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May 19 2015

Staff Wellbeing Day: Tuesday 26 May 2015

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Come along and join in one of the many exciting activities on offer on the Staff Wellbeing Day taking place on Tuesday, 26 May 2015!

Staff Wellbeing Image

As well as being able to gain valuable advice and information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle from experts from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the School’s network of volunteer trainers and coaches will be running free taster sessions throughout the day, open to all members of staff. The BHF will be running interactive sessions throughout the day in The Venue (the basement of SAW), focusing upon physical activity, healthy eating and wellbeing practices. During the session you will be guided through four themed health zones by an experienced and professional BHF team to learn more about eating well, being active, thinking well and changing habits. Each session will last approximately 60 minutes – just email staffWellbeing@lse.ac.uk to book a place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment. At the same time, a host of LSE volunteer providers will also be running a number of fitness and wellbeing taster sessions. There is no need to book, simply turn up suitably dressed for the relevant activity at the time specified (a t-shirt, leggings/shorts/tracksuit bottoms and trainers will suit most activities). All taster sessions will be taking place in the Exercise Studio, 6th Floor, SAW Building. More details about the schedule can be found here.

Staff are encouraged to attend.  If you gave any questions then please contact Staffwellbeing@lse.ac.uk.

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May 19 2015

LSE Learning and Development: Training highlights for June

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  • Developing Your Web Presence 1 June 2015, 11.30-13.00 This covers how to shape your web profile and promote your research via different online arenas. This includes LSE Experts & LSE Research Online, departmental & personal webpages, blogs and academic and social networking sites.
  • An introduction to Copyright: licences and the new exceptions 3 June 2015, 12.00-13.30 This workshop is an interactive session, based on a new copyright card game that is a fun way of providing you with an overview of UK copyright law. The game covers the types of works that are covered by copyright and usages that are protected by copyright law, exceptions to the law and licences which LSE hold that allow you to, for example distribute materials to students for teaching purposes.
  • Balancing Work & Being Mum 9 June 2015, 12.30-14.30 This workshop is suitable for all staff and partners of staff working at the LSE who are new and expectant mothers to explore how to find the balance between being a mother and having a career.  This is an interactive workshop delivered by Working Families, which provides practical tools and insightful information on how to achieve a balance between being Mum and balancing work.  It is also an opportunity to meet other new mums informally from across the School over a sandwich lunch.
  • Balancing Work & Being Dad 10 June 2015, 12.30-14.00 This workshop is suitable for all staff and partners of staff working at the LSE who are new and expectant fathers to explore how to find the balance between being a dad and having a career.  This is an interactive workshop delivered by Duncan Fisher from Working Families which provides practical tools and insightful information on how to achieve a balance between being Dad and balancing work.  It is also an opportunity to meet other new dads informally from across the School over a sandwich lunch..
  • Safe Posture and Avoiding RSI 11 June 2015, 13:00-14:00 Tim Hanwell (osteopath) gives tips on how to achieve good posture and prevent aches and pains caused by working at a computer workstation or on a laptop. This workshop is particularly relevant for those already suffering aches and pains.
  • Finding and using digital media for teaching 12 June 2015, 12.00-13.30 This hands-on workshop focuses on the use of digital media (images, audio and video) in teaching and will include the following topics:  Examples of digital media in teaching, Finding image and video resources, The Educational Recording Agency (ERA) licence and the new Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service which allows you to use broadcast TV and radio in your teaching and the TRILT (Televison and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching) database.
  • Introductory course for Health and Safety Coordinators 23 June 2015, 10:00-13:00 This course is aimed at new and existing Health and Safety Coordinators, and covers the School’s policies and arrangements for complying with Health and Safety legislation, including developing local policy statements, fire safety, accident investigation and undertaking safety inspections.
  • Writing journal articles 24 June 2015, 10:00-17:00 (all day workshop) This is a practical ‘hands-on’ workshop. To make the most of your day you will need to bring the following: 1. an idea for a paper – preferably one that you plan to write in the near future.  2. two to four papers that have been published recently in your target journal (the one you want your paper in).  Where possible select papers that also cover similar research to your own. It is a good idea to pick papers that you thought were well written because during the day you will examine them to guide your writing.
  • Creative Writing 25 June 2015, 12:30-14:00 Develop your creative writing skills, led by experienced novelist and poet, Sarah Salway. Each session includes various creative exercises and readings designed to help you experiment or polish your own writing skills. There is no requirement for participants to have done any creative writing before, and reading your work out is optional.

View all courses on offer this month here:

For more information on the Learning and Development Group, who we are and what we do, see our website or contact us.

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Apr 29 2015

LSE Catering Brand Refresh

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After a lot of design and planning we are delighted to reveal the new and refreshing branding for LSE Catering outlets around campus.

We started out with an aim to ensure that each outlet had its own consistent identity with a clear and recognisable brand, while also looking to improve the standard of signage and communication with customers.

Our first priority was to create a logo and brand template for each outlet that would make them more recognisable to customers. This was supported by the implementation of new and improved local signage, window decals and point of sale stickers, with complementary additional marketing materials such as menu booklets and window displays.

Refreshed Branding at Cafe 54

Refreshed Branding at Cafe 54

 

At both LSE Garrick and George IV pub we have designed and are implementing a menu booklet to go onto each table for customers to use. In LSE Garrick this will list the various lunch and snack options as well as hot and cold drinks, while at George IV it serves as a drinks menu and wine list and showcases the lunch options available.

Plaza Cafe Logo Window Decal

Plaza Cafe Logo Window Decal

 

 

 

For window and wall displays we applied a variety of decals with the Plaza Cafe looking particularly impressive with its new logo and branding displayed clearly across the front windows.

 

 

 

Fourth Floor Restaurant Logo Wall Decal

Fourth Floor Restaurant Logo Wall Decal

 

 

 

Also, the Fourth Floor Restaurant now features a large wall decal showcasing the new logo as you enter the outlet.

 

 

 

 

Many new and branded price boards have been installed around campus with the smoothie board at the Mezzanine Cafe and the main price boards at LSE Garrick and the Fourth Floor Restaurant getting a special mention!

Smoothie Board at Mezzanine Cafe

Smoothie Board at Mezzanine Cafe

 

The project is still ongoing and some outlets are still waiting for some finishing touches before they are complete. However, please be sure to keep your eye out for the changes and have a look next time you’re nearby!

We would love to hear your feedback and comments on the new designs. For any feedback, feel free to contact Nathan Palmer (N.Palmer@lse.ac.uk). All feedback is gratefully received.

 

All New LSE Catering Logos

All New LSE Catering Logos – What’s your favourite?

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Apr 15 2015

GCC is back – It’s time to dust off those trainers, and make a beeline for the tracks.

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GCC Start

You’d have been hard pushed to miss the GCC Frenzy that struck many of the staff in RCSD between May and September last year!  A tiny little Accelerometer (a fancy name for pedometer) had many of us dancing our way to and from the kitchen to make tea, and subconsciously calculating the longest route between two meeting rooms.

It inspired many people to take up new hobbies (swimming, spinning, dancing, etc.), and helped create even stronger bonds in already close teams.

More importantly it got us away from our desks and out into the sunshine during the best months of the year – SUMMER!

After such a successful year last year, LSE is getting involved in the Global Corporate Challenge again for 2015.

Wait wait wait, hold up!  I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.  Start again!

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is an activity challenge that businesses around the world enrol teams in.  Last year over 350,000 people took part across the world.  Your LSE team will compete against other LSE teams, other Higher Education teams, and against all other teams around the world.

If you sign up, you will get sent an Accelerometer which you will need to wear for 100 days from 27th May. (The GCC is also compatible with some other devices, such as Jawbone and FitBit, so you may be able to use these instead, if you prefer)

For 100 days you will need to record your step count on the GCC website (there’s an app for that!).  The steps taken by members of your team help you walk around the world.  The more steps you do, the quicker you move, and the more locations you uncover.

At various stages you’ll be set extra challenges (e.g. achieve 100,000 steps in 7 days) to give you an extra bit of motivation, as well as given information about improving your diet and sleep quality.

After the 100 day challenge is over the website with more advice and mini challenges will still be available to you, but it becomes an individual challenge.

For more information, have a look at the LSE website and the GCC homepage, ask anyone who took part in GCC last year, or email Jennifer (j.frances@lse.ac.uk).

Join us in GCC 2015Would YOU like to give it a go?

Whether you were involved in GCC last year or not, you are more than welcome to put yourself forward for this year.  In fact, priority will be given to those who haven’t previously taken part.  This is a challenge open to everyone, and you don’t have to be an aspiring athlete to get involved.  It’s more about incorporating more activity into daily life, not just gaining credit for an already active lifestyle (though of course you have the right to feel smug and revel in your athleticism outside of the GCC!)

Already active people are definitely also welcome to take part but, to encourage fair competition between teams, only two ‘very highly active‘ people are allowed in each team of seven.

If you would like to take part, please send your name to Jennifer (j.frances@lse.ac.uk) by next Wednesday 22 April.  Please make it clear whether you took part in GCC last year, and whether you are already very highly active Unfortunately there is limited space available, so it might not be possible for everyone to take part, but don’t let that stop you putting yourself forward!

We look forward to hearing from lots of you, and embarking together on a

Super Summer of Stepping!

 

GCC Pulse Accelerometer

Who’d have thought that this little device could exert so much power?!

 

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Mar 25 2015

LSE History Trivia Series

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Did you know?

Lilian Knowles - LSE's first woman professor

Lilian Knowles – LSE’s first woman professor

Lilian Knowles was LSE’s first woman professor, in the Department of Economic History in 1921 – the first such professorship in the country. She had been one of LSE’s first research students, joining the School in 1896, and is now remembered in the east London LSE hall of residence Lilian Knowles House. Find out more about Lilian Knowles and the other early women lecturers at LSE in a new LSE History blog post Women at the front – pioneering LSE teachers or read more from the Did you know? LSE trivia series.

Hayley Reed

Communications Executive

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Mar 25 2015

A Eureka Moment at Passfield Hall – “Vegetarian food isn’t so bad!”

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Passfield Green Night was established on Saturday 14 March 2015 thanks to the hard work of Ana Feu Basilio (Sustainability Champion), Selin Esen and Darren Hilliard (Hall Committee members), Sophie Barbier (Green Impact Leader) and Richard Perkins (Warden).  Between them they developed a series of events designed to increase understanding of and engagement with various Green initiatives.

 

The first part of the evening involved a vegetarian wrap dinner. All residents were invited to a free dinner of DIY vegetarian wraps, with lots of ingredients.  Approximately 40 students attended this – a fantastic turn out.   A few students noted that they were positively surprised by the vegetarian meal…

 

Vegetarian food isn’t so bad!

Students loading their wraps with quality vegetarian ingredients

Students loading their wraps with quality vegetarian ingredients

 

Students at the Environmental Themed Quiz

Students await the next challenge in the environment themed quiz

 

Most of those present then took part in an environment-themed pub quiz in the common room (there were 5 teams of 5/6 students, and several spectators). The enthusiasm was great!  Students were challenged with questions about climate change, sea levels, global warming, consumption of electricity/water, etc. and there was great competition and surprise at the answers.  Richard Perkins generously provided 5 x £10 Amazon vouchers for the winning team, as well as the funds for the ingredients for the wraps.

 

 

 

After the quiz there was an informal “open mic” night around a guitar.   Energy independent entertainment at its finest!

Open Mic Night at Passfield Hall

Open Mic Night at Passfield Hall

 

Several students came to say how much they’d appreciated the evening and its purpose, and everyone involved in the planning was really happy with the impact!

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Mar 23 2015

Carr-Saunders Goes Green

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The team at Carr-Saunders has been working hard to make changes in preparation for their Green Impact workbook submission.  They’ve even managed to raise some money for charity, and find an excuse to eat cake too!

Here’s a run down of what they’ve been up to!

 

  1. Carr-Saunders Bakes for Fairtrade Fortnight & Red Nose Day
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

On Tuesday 3rd March the staff members at Carr-Saunders organised a bake sale for staff and students in the hall. All items in the sale were made using fairtrade and organic ingredients (a lot of chocolate was consumed as a result!) to promote the importance of choosing to purchase fairtrade produce. Red velvet cupcakes, raspberry & chocolate cheesecake brownies, rocky road bites and crunchy oat bars were just some of the highlights of the day. All donations from the bake sale will go to Comic Relief – £75.00 in total.

 

 

The Carr Saunders Team showing off their wares

The Carr-Saunders Team showing off their wares

 

 

  1. Carr-Saunders’ Green SelfiesStudent holding a whiteboard saying "I'm eco friendly because it's in everyone's interest"

As part of our annual Green Impact initiative we organised some events for our students to take part in. What started off as a themed movie night somehow turned into a student-led discussion on green issues and why it’s important to do our part. Always keen to see students taking part in staff-led initiatives, I gave them a camera and a whiteboard and let them roam the halls for 30 minutes to do a quick survey! Highlights included some of the pictures taken by our residents, which we’ve since used as part of a poster campaign across the hall to drum up enthusiasm for Green Impact and Student Switch Off!

Student holding a whiteboard saying "I'm eco friendly because I love the world" Student holding a whiteboard saying "I whip my hair back and forth instead of using a hairdryer"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Making recycling easier

As part of our collaboration with Camden Council in trying to raise awareness of the importance of reducing general waste, we have now provided all 159 residents of the hall with individual recycling bags for their rooms. Lazy litterers no more! With an additional bin in their room for their mixed recycling needs, our students now have a direct incentive to separate their rubbish accordingly.

One of the new Recycling bags from Camden Council

No excuses now!

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Mar 12 2015

NEWS EXCLUSIVE! House-hunting season to begin soon..

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The Residential Services Office held the first in a series of two events on Monday 9th March 2015 to support students looking for private accommodation in 2015/16.

Aisling Traynor, a Senior Housing Advisor from the University of London Housing Services was the guest speaker. She gave a comprehensive presentation to the assembled group of 90 attendees on topics such as:

Choosing your housemates;
Searching for that ideal house;
Tenancy agreements and  deposit protection;
Inventory and contract checks.

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Trevor Murtagh also gave a brief overview of the exciting new LSE Rent Guarantor scheme which will come into effect soon and cover tenancies starting September 2015. It is hopedthat this initiative will give LSE students a more competitive edge in an already crowded London rental market.

The discussion was then thrown open to the floor for a Q&A session. Popular questions concerned types of properties available in the market and average monthly costs.

The RSO also used the event to unveil a brand new spanking banner to advertise the private housing support service offered to students. It takes pride of place in the photo above!

Another similar event is scheduled for 20th March 2015 in  NAB.L.G.08.  100 students have signed up so far for this session!

Trevor Murtagh
Residential Services Officer – Private Accommodation Lead

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