Nov 3 2015

Staff Survey 2015 Countdown….2 weeks to go!

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The Staff Survey 2015 will go live on Monday 16th November 2015 and StaffSurvey2015run until Friday 11th December 2015.

Within each of the areas in Residences and Catering we have staff survey contacts who you can ask if you need help completing the survey or have any questions.

The table below shows who your contact is:

Staff Survey Contacts

Please keep a look out for further blogs, staff emails and posters during the next couple of weeks.  We’ll be updating the blog with more information as we get it.

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Nov 2 2015

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre launches Week 6 podcasts

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The introduction of the new academic year structure encouraged the Teaching and Learning Centre to think of innovative ways to help students to make the most of that extra week of term. The result of that reflection is a series of six podcasts in which core academic skills are covered in what they hope is an engaging and useful way.

Useful for undergraduate and taught master’s students alike, the podcasts will be uploaded to the Week 6 podcasts pages every day next week, beginning today!

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Oct 20 2015

Volunteers for Graduate Open Evening – Wednesday 4 November 2015

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Residential and Catering Services will have a stand from 17:00hrs – 20:00hrs at the forthcoming Graduate Open Evening on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

The evening is a key event in the School’s calendar with nearly 700 students already signed up 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 evening is a really good way to help future students make the right decisions about their accommodation and also for us all to meet other members of the division that we don’t often work have a chance to work with.   Having knowledgeable and enthusiastic Residences staff on the stand is very well received by attendees.

The full programme for the evening is here: at

We will prepare some briefing notes prior to the evening so please don’t be worried if you are not completely familiar with all parts of the operation.

If you are able to spare some time could you please list your name in the following doodle poll (before 5pm this Friday 23 October):

Hannah Kearns
Residential Services Manager

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Oct 19 2015

Job Opportunity at LSE – Residential Services Officer

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We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly organised and pro-active individual to fill a key customer focused role. As part of the Residential Services Office, the post holder will be responsible for maintaining services aimed at supporting students’ in residences owned, managed or run in partnership with LSE, as part of a wider team based in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

The post-holder will be a source of information and advice to students about accommodation and will report to the Residential Services Manager. Our ideal candidate will have experience of delivering good customer service and be able to input information accurately into databases. You must be willing to play an active role in a high performing flexible team to maintain a high level of customer service, in a busy working environment. Above all, we’re looking for someone who relishes working with students and who has the ability to maintain positive working relationships with all our customers.

To apply for this post, please go to to search for and select this vacancy. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please email: quoting reference 1505196.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 October 2015 (23.59 UK time).

Interview date is 30 October 2015.

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Oct 7 2015

LSE Garrick – Exciting New Lunch Menu

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LSE Garrick Sign


This summer LSE Garrick’s downstairs restaurant has undergone some exciting changes to its home cooked lunch with a new style of menu being introduced. Instead of a main meal with the option of sides, they are now serving one inclusive meal at a set price.

Risotto from the Garrick



The aim of the new menu is to simplify the offering while also using improved ingredients with a street food influence to create some new delicious dishes. These include Cantonese Satay Chicken, Coley in a Fennel Butter Sauce and a Butternut & Sweet Potato Burger! As well as the improvement in the menu, prices have been reduced, with prices starting from £4.35 and all hot meals costing less than £5.


We strongly encourage you to go downstairs and try out the new menu then let us know what you think!

LSE Garrick restaurant

Downstairs at LSE Garrick


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Oct 6 2015

Training and Development with HR Organisational Learning – New schedule for 2015/16

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HR Organisational Learning have organised a new schedule of courses for the 2015-16 academic year.

To find out more visit the A-Z of Courses and take a look at the webpage Learning and Development to find a comprehensive list of other development opportunities for this academic year.If you see any courses you are interested in please speak with your line manager.

If you have any queries or require additional information about booking a place or being added to a waiting list, email

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Oct 6 2015

Celebrating GCC Success with Rachael Elliott

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Rachael Elliott GCC 2015

Congratulations to Rachael Elliott who received an award for the most improved participant at LSE at the GCC 2015 celebrations today in the Shaw Library.

A great event and a great achievement, Rachael was cheered on by her Peter Andre Coffee Foundation team mates and Peter. Well done Rachael!

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Oct 2 2015

Staff Survey 2015 – Get Involved

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The 2015 Staff Survey will launch in November and we’re looking for key contacts across all departments, centres, institutes and divisions. We need help with testing the survey, promoting it to colleagues and feeding back results across the School. It’s a great opportunity to network within your area and be an important part of a school-wide project.


If you would be interested in joining the Staff Survey team please check with your manager and email Fran Hannan. Staff Survey Contacts would be needed to attend an initial briefing on week commencing 12 October.

Staff feedback provides a credible picture about the strengths and areas for development of the School and it is important that everyone has their say. The Staff Survey will be your opportunity to feedback in order to improve your working environment and the School.

We had a great response to the survey in 2012 and want to do really well again this year to make sure we hear from as many people as possible. To do so – all we need is you!

Visit the web page for more information on the Staff Survey 2015.

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Oct 1 2015

Calling all LSE students and staff! Learning Mandarin at the LSE

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Are you aware that the Language Centre offers a wide range of Mandarin courses which allow you to maintain and develop this highly-valued language skill?

Why learn Mandarin?

If you’re thinking of working in an international organisation or business, the ability to speak Chinese would be a particularly valuable asset. Mandarin is not only spoken in mainland China and Taiwan, but also in Chinese communities in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. The benefits of effective communication across multiple languages have long been known by the international business community as an indispensable tool for relationship building and financial success. By learning a language like Mandarin, employers will value you as a candidate who is willing to challenge yourself. They will also recognise that you are career-focused and a candidate who is able to adapt to a changing world.

Or perhaps you are thinking of travelling to East Asia in the not too distant future. Being able to communicate with natives, if even at a basic level, will most definitely improve your day to day experiences!

Learning Mandarin at LSE

At LSE, Mandarin can be taken as either a degree course or an extra-curricular ‘certificate’ course. If you are a student and considering studying beginners Mandarin as a degree course, please take a look at the course guide for LN104. The degree option offers two to six contact hours per week with teaching staff and enables you to develop your linguistic skills at a fast rate. The degree course options are capped, and students enrol on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginner classes are also capped at twelve students per group, so we encourage you to register for Mandarin courses on LSE for You (accessible via LSE’s intranet) as soon as possible.

The certificate courses are available to both students and staff, irrespective of ability. Both students and staff receive a discount on course fees. Certificate courses, both standard and fast-track, are offered at levels 1 to 5. With this wide range of courses, LSE students and staff are sure to find one appropriate for their learning needs.

At the LSE Language Centre, we recognise that learning a language from scratch can be intimidating. Here are Co-ordinating Language Teacher Fang Pan’s top tips on learning Mandarin:

  1. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes
  2. Have confidence
  3. Enjoy it!

Find out more

Our dedicated team of language teachers and support staff are here to help you. We are happy to answer your questions related to our Mandarin courses – for degree courses, please contact Dr Xiang ( and for certificate courses, please contact Dr Shi (

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Sep 24 2015

An invitation to Spectrum’s welcome reception

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SpectrumSpectrum is the network for LGBT+ staff at LSE. Our aim is to support and represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other minority gender identities and sexual orientations at the School.

Our annual Michaelmas Term Welcome Reception will take place on Thursday 15 October at 5.30pm in the Shaw Library and we’d love to see you there. Book your place now: all staff (including research students employed by the School) are welcome. | | @LSESpectrum

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