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 If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please e-mail: quoting reference 1448094.


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Dec 3 2014

Cycle Confident – training for students

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Cycling_Proficiency_0122Thanks to funding from Westminster Council, LSE Residential Services could team up with Cycle Confident to offer free cycling lessons to students.

Cycle Confident can teach the very basics of riding a bike up to manoeuvring the most complex London road layouts. The training helps students at any level to improve their cycling skills.

Tobias Pang, 19, was one of the students who took advantage of these free lessons during November. He says:

Believe it or not, I had never been on a bike before. I come from Hong Kong, where skyscrapers dominate the streets and there is very limited access to bicycles.

I am glad that LSE invited Cycle Confident to teach classes and encourage safe cycling in London. In this era of global warming, there is a growing amount of pollution not only from factories, but also the road. In my view, it is good to cycle as part of a green lifestyle so as to create a greener city.

In my first lesson, I started by tapping my feet on the ground and balancing on the bike. It may sound tedious, but it really helps you to get a feel for the bike. Once you work that out it is not hard to carry on. It was during the second lesson that I learnt how to peddle, with trainer Joe helping me keeping my balance by holding onto the back of the bike. In the third lesson, Joe gave me the confidence that I needed to ride the bike on my own. I didn’t even notice he had let go! I was surprised and shocked that I was able to learn to cycle unaided in just three hours (even if just for a few yards to begin with)! Joe has been a great tutor and he has given me a lot of confidence. The feeling of achievement is hard to describe in words, but I can definitely remember the moment of joy when I cycled without any help!.

Before the training, I knew nothing about bicycles, I didn’t even know how to rent a Barclays bike.  Joe also taught me all the mechanics that I should know – It was not hard to understand after all.

I am now planning to undertake extra lessons with Southwark Council and consider cycling in parks when heading somewhere. It indeed saves time.

I do recommend you attend a training session with Cycle Confident! I am sure that you will get something even more valuable than confidence!

Cycling_Proficiency_0156Residential Services will be arranging another week of lessons to take place near campus in February 2015. Interested students and staff can register now and will be given priority access to bookings.

However, anyone living, working, or studying in many London Boroughs can apply at any time to their own council for subsidised individual lessons with Cycle Confident.

Jennifer Frances
Residential Life Officer

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Nov 20 2014

Extra Study Space at Rosbery Hall

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As part of a wider discussion on how we can make our halls more welcoming, Rosebery residents raised the issue of lack of quiet study space at the hall.

To help improving the facilities for quiet study, we have opened one of the conference rooms as an additional temporary study place. The room is open until midnight and as you can see, our residents are making good use of it.

Everyone’s really pleased to have this space in addition to the computer room and the dining room (which is only available for study outside meal times, and can be noisy and bustling with activity at times), so that they don’t need to go all the way to the LSE Library to have a quiet place to study.

Rosa Gil
Front of House Manager at Rosebery Hall

Rosebery study space

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Nov 17 2014

Student Accommodation Team Stands Out For Graduate Open Day

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Over 900 visitors were drawn to LSE’s annual Graduate Open Evening on Wednesday 5 November 2014. A dedicated crew of students and staff members from across RCSD was ready at their stand in the New Academic Building to welcome and answer accommodation queries from prospective students and parents.

In spite of the cold and gloomy November evening, we enjoyed a warm response to our accommodation stand. Over the course of the evening, we answered approximately 50 detailed queries from prospective students who were keen to find out more about LSE’s accommodation options in the heart of London.

The team at the accommodation stand included Peer Supporter George Burton from Urbanest King’s Cross; Front of House Managers Rosa Gil of Rosebery Hall and Neil Lawrence of High Holborn; Professor Chandran Kukathas, Warden of High Holborn, Grosvenor House and Northumberland House; and Residential Services Office staff members Steffie Brader, Ashley Cory, Trevor Murtagh and Hannah Kearns.

The online 360 degree virtual tours of halls in particular proved a very valuable resource as the team were able to offer an instant visual demonstration of the School’s accommodation options.

Student Accommodation Team at LSE

Poised and Prepared – the Student Accommodation team before the rush

Interest was also running high in the new Urbanest accommodation at Westminster Bridge, which will include the added bonus of a swimming pool (!) when it opens in September 2015. More information will be available shortly on the accommodation webpage, or you can drop into the RSO and pick up a leaflet.

Top queries from the evening were:

  • What will the weekly fees be?
  • Are the halls cheaper than the private sector?
  • What are the chances I will be offered a place?
  • How close are the halls to LSE?
  • Are there graduate only halls or will there be a mix?
  • Is private housing something LSE can help with?

Interest from potential graduate students in the accommodation options that LSE can offer was high, underlining the fact that accommodation remains a key factor for students in the final decision of where they choose to study.

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who helped to prepare, set up or run the stand – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Volunteers wanted for March and July open days

If you would like to be involved in representing the division at a future open day, please do get in contact with the Residential Services Office.

The next scheduled events are the Undergraduate Open Days on Wednesday 25 March and Wednesday 1 July 2015 and the RSO will be looking for volunteers nearer these dates.

All are welcome, and it is a great way to meet colleagues from other teams, to learn about different operations in the division, and of course to talk directly to students on a one to one basis.

Lloyd Whittaker

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Nov 10 2014

Slender Lead for High Holborn – And Time’s Running Out for Social Media Ambassadors

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High Holborn continue to lead our social media competition, a title they have held for ten weeks straight.

Close behind though lies a ravenous chasing pack of Grosvenor House, Northumberland House and Passfield Hall, with just up to 34 overall additional likes separating them from the top slot. One positive surge from either could easily produce a new leader.

Grosvenor House enjoyed an exceptionally strong month with a league best of 55 new followers, that has propelled them into second place. If they can manage to keep up this rate throughout November, they could well be the new leader.

With just six weeks to go, this should make for a really exciting finish!

It’s not too late yet for Bankside House, Rosebery and Carr-Saunders Halls, but they need your help! Give them a boost and like their pages if you haven’t already.

League Table – Monday 3 November 9.30am

Hall Starting Followers Current Followers Overall Increase Monthly Increase
High Holborn 195 388 +193 +25
Grosvenor House 175 341 +169 +55
Northumberland House 271 432 +161 +11
Passfield Hall 114 273 +159 +8
Bankside House 292 406 +115 +18
Rosebery Hall 172 281 +109 +16
Carr-Saunders Hall 135 180 +45 +21
Overall 1353 2263 +951 +154

 Photo of the month

While we have received lots of excellent photos this month my personal favourite has to go to Rosebery Hall, who took this image to thank their guests that stayed with them over the vacation period!
 Rosebery Hall thank you

Nathan Palmer
Sales & Marketing team

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Oct 30 2014

We’ve Won. No. Everybody’s Won! Awards Galore At Post – GCC Event.

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Andy with the 'GCC- Oscar' and Elias with his personal 'Spirit of the Challenge' award.

Andy with the ‘GCC- Oscar’ and Elias with his personal ‘Spirit of the Challenge’ award.

Following a very enjoyable/sweaty/ inspiring/tiring 100 day Round the World Challenge, all 27 LSE teams who participated in the 2014 Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) were invited to a celebration event in the Saw Swee Hock Venue.

We were treated to a glass of wine (or fruit juice if you were still on a GCC-inspired health kick) and spent an enjoyable half hour being told by a representative from GCC HQ how brilliant we all were.

Here some LSE GCC key stats:

  • LSE came fourth, yes, you heard right, -fourth out of the 96 education establishments who took part globally (Yay!).
  • Together, LSE took 267,807,692 steps (Wow!).
  • We averaged 15,117 steps per day per person overall (The equivalent of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge 8 times a day EACH!).
  • Over the 100 days we stepped off a total of 10,798,006 calories (Which equates to 2,496 large burgers, 66,556 glasses of red wine or 43,054 slices of cake.  Hmmm, who’s hungry all of a sudden?!).
Spirit of the GCC Challenge

Winner of the highly desirable limited edition green PULSE.

Residential Services also featured heavily in the awards ceremony:

  • Four Residential Services teams were in the LSE top ten, coming in at second, fifth, sixth and ninth place (The notorious Rosebery Striders, Galaxy Trotters, On Top Of The World, and Team Trebert).
  • Residential Services was the Third Most Active Department.
  • Ibolya Trebert (Team Trebert) was the Third Most Improved Individual.
  • Elias Dauod (Galaxy Trotters) won the Spirit of the GCC award, grabbing a prize of a limited edition, money can’t buy, green Pulse (see underneath)!

I think it’s fair to say that everyone who took part enjoyed themselves, and we all gained something from the challenge.  Some of us lost things too (mainly pounds off the scale and inches ’round the waist!).

BUT it’s not over.  We need to combat those mince pies and chocolate selection boxes somehow so GCC are challenging us to the GCC Sprint – a 16 day challenge starting on 2 December.

Lace up everyone, we’re not off the hook yet!

Jennifer Frances
Residential Life Officer and GCC Team Captain


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Oct 27 2014

The best things about working in RCSD at LSE

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Now you can hear two staff members from our division talk about what it’s like to work at LSE and find out what they like best about their jobs.

The LSE website has a new collection of short staff profiles from all areas at LSE, which was put together to hear real staff talk about what it’s like to be part of the School.

Ian Spencer, Director of Residential Services, and Kabba Sesay, Assistant Chef Manager at Bankside House are both featured in the ‘Meet our people’ section of the LSE Jobs site. Their profiles sit amongst others from HR, the Department of Accounting, the Gender Institute and many more.

So, read on and find out what’s getting Ian out of bed in the morning, and why Kabba loves feeding LSE students.

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