Apr 18 2016

GCC Strikes again…

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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 over the last two years!  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 carefully 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 came 1st against all other organisations in the UK education sector), LSE is getting involved in the Global Corporate Challenge again for 2016.

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 370,000 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 25th 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 (don’t worry – 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) or Claire (c.warne@lse.ac.uk).

Register for GCC 2016Would YOU like to give it a go?

Whether you’ve been involved in GCC before 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 your 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, find a team of seven and register yourself online here.   If you can’t find a full seven, email Claire (c.warne@lse.ac.uk) who will try to buddy up part-teams to create a full team.  Unfortunately there is limited space available, so it might not be possible for everyone to take part (registering a team doesn’t guarantee you a place), but don’t let that stop you putting yourself forward!

We look forward to seeing interest 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 16 2016

A Grosvenor House Veggie Thank You

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On Saturday 12th March, Grosvenor House hosted a ‘ Go Veggie at Grosvenor House’ event. Organised as part of a Green Impact initiative, the main focus was on increasing awareness of the impact of meat consumption on our planet.

We encouraged Grosvenor House residents to consider lowering their meat intake. Ahead of  Saturday’s event we distributed information on local vegetarian produce and local vegetarian restaurants.

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About 25 Grosvenor House students and staff enjoyed an LSE Bee society presentation, honey tasting, many vegetarian dishes and screening of Cowspiracy.

Promoting sustainable eating at Grosvenor House did not stop there! Grosvenor House offers accommodation to postgraduate students in studio flats. They prepare their own meals and we have had great feedback on suggesting local produce shops.

We also have a copy of LSEats 2015 – 2016 available for our residents at reception to inspire them with many vegetarian recipes.

Grosvenor House
Green Impact Team

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Mar 16 2016

Are you brave enough to take the shower challenge at Rosebery?

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The average person takes 10 minutes to shower and by reducing the time to 4 minutes, each person could save 13,000 litres of water a year and have 1.5 days of extra free time a year!

The time you shower is more important than you think as you use 10 to 20 litres more water for every minute you shower.
RA Shower Poster

Having been made aware of high water consumption at Rosebery Hall, we decided to try and target the behaviour of residents to reduce water consumption by introducing four minute timers.

For the new academic year (2015/16), the Green Impact Team at Rosebery Hall launched the four minute shower challenge by installing four minute timers in 49 shower cubicles.

To improve the effectiveness of the challenge, we set up an interactive data entry sheet to create a mini competition, so that the students can challenge each other and add an extra interactive way to encourage them to read more about the project.

In the long-term we hope that water consumption at Rosebery Hall will decrease and that students and guests will have a better understanding of the importance of sustainability.

What do you think, would you be able to shower at Rosebery Hall?

Are you ready to take up the challenge?

Rosebery Hall
Green Impact Team

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Mar 10 2016

“Grunch” for Grapevine

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On March 5th, High Holborn hosted “Grunch” (Green Impact Brunch) to demonstrate and spread awareness to students about waste and recycling. Having identified problems our halls had with recycling and waste through our Green Impact survey, we were able to focus on key areas including the proper use of compost bins.

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Before students were allowed to enjoy our brunch they were handed a card with an item on it and asked to place the item in the correct bin! Many of our students were able to pass the quiz… and for those that didn’t, it gave us the opportunity to explain the recycling bins and demonstrate which items go into which bins. Additionally, most items provided in the brunch were packaged individually and had signs next to them to explain where to dispose of the packaging. The items chosen for the brunch reflected common items that would be found in the students’ kitchen.  At the end of their meal the students were challenged further to dispose of their waste correctly.

Many of the students were happy with the brunch and learned some useful information through the quiz and disposing of their waste. Usman, Hall Committee President, stated the brunch was “really easy and helped my understanding of recycling”. Another student thanked us for hosting the brunch, expressing her enjoyment of the games included before the food.

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The “Grunch” was a big success in educating and challenging our students about recycling. After our waste was sorted, we found most items were disposed of correctly and there were minimal items in the general waste bin.  We were able to demonstrate to our students that recycling and sorting their waste is straightforward and can be easily accomplished in a fun and approachable way!

Katarina Selmoun
Front of House Manager (High Holborn)

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Feb 22 2016

Cocktail and wine evening – Friday 26th February

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Cocktail Evening

The second event run by LSE Catering this week!

Celebrate the start of the weekend with our cocktail and wine evening taking place on the lower ground floor of the New Academic Building.

Doors open at 5.00pm until 10.30pm with a large selection of made to order cocktails and variety of different wines for you to enjoy.

Bring along your friends and colleagues as all are welcome!

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Feb 22 2016

Cheese and wine night – Thursday 25th February

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Cheese WineLSE Catering are running two events this week.  Both are open to staff and students. On Thursday 25th February, the Fourth Floor Cafe will be holding a cheese and wine event from 4.00 until 7.00pm.

As well as our usual selection of great wines, we will also have a choice of delicious cheeses for you to purchase.

Everyone welcome so come along for an after work social with colleagues or a small gathering with friends.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Feb 16 2016

Staff Wellbeing Week 2016

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Staff Wellbeing

Staff Wellbeing Week will take place from Monday 29th February 2016 to  Friday 4th March 2016. There are lots of exciting events already scheduled  with more to be added over the coming weeks.

The programme has been designed to ensure that many of the activities are either at the beginning of the day, at lunch, or towards the end of the day, or that they are 10-minute ‘pop along’ sessions rather than sizeable commitments.  However, please do check with your manager and/or colleagues to minimise any operational impact before you attend an event during working hours.

For more detailed day-by-day events visit staff wellbeing. Please note that venues will be confirmed and updated in due course, so do keep an eye on the programme.

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Feb 12 2016

RCSD | 2015 Staff Survey Results

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StaffSurvey2015Thank you to everyone who completed the LSE Staff Survey. We have now received the analysis from Aon Hewitt, the consultancy firm that managed the survey for the School. The results for Residences and Catering, and the School can be found here.

Aon Hewitt uses an ‘engagement score’ to give an overall picture of how motivated and positive staff generally feel about the School. The overall engagement score for us is 46% against the UK average benchmark of 50%.

Two areas that we scored in the top quartile for were Line Management (74%), with staff feeling valued and supported by their line manager and Performance Management (70%). Staff feel they have a clear understanding of the goals of the division and how this supports the overall School’s goals. This is an improvement from the 2012 staff survey and a reflection of the work carried out in this area. Managing performance through CDR’s and identifying staff strength and weaknesses however scored 46% and we will need to ensure that further work is carried out to improve this.

Only 37% of our staff feel that they receive appropriate recognition (beyond pay and benefits) for their contributions and accomplishments.  This is disappointing as we all know how hard staff in our division work throughout the year to support our students and commercial guests and this is something we need to address. Similarly there were low scores for career opportunities.

The next step for Residences and Catering is for the management teams to review the report in full and look at comparisons from 2012 staff survey.  This will identify areas of improvement in the last 3 years and those that may require further work.  An action plan will be made available at the beginning of the Summer Term to all staff in the division.

Please do take the time to read the report which was circulated yesterday.  Thank you to everyone for taking the time to complete the survey and to the staff survey co-ordinators for their help in encouraging colleagues to complete it. The feedback received is an important benchmark for how we are doing and I welcome any comments you have.


Ian Spencer
Director of Residential and Catering Services

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Feb 12 2016

Happy New Year!

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Photos from Lunar New Year celebrations

High Holborn hosted an event last night to celebrate Lunar New Year in their common room spaces.

We used Eventbrite to invite LSE students from High Holborn, Grosvenor House, Northumberland House and Butlers Wharf.  Around 350 students attended the event.

The event was free and funded by pledges from the Hall Committees’ and Wardens’ hospitality budgets.

LSE Residences staff (old and new) gave their time to cook a variety of Asian inspired food dishes.

A variety of Lunar New Year entertainment was provided including the surprise finale you can see in the videos below!

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Dec 17 2015

Graduation Receptions @ LSE Catering

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Graduation December 2015
LSE Catering have been busy this week with graduation receptions at the Shaw Library, New Academic Building and Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.  It was great to host the Graduation Receptions and meet the new graduates and their guests.

Congratulations to the 2015 graduates and best wishes with their next adventures.

Alice To
Food Development Manager

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