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Research Staff Association


The LSE Research Staff Association, representing around 200 research staff members from research assistants up to professorial research fellows, was established in May 2012. Its three key purposes are to 

  • provide a means by which research staff can discuss a range of issues and communicate their views back to the School;
  • enable the School to communicate more effectively with its research staff about policy developments and improve awareness of the significant range of career and professional development courses on offer to staff;
  • create a greater sense of community amongst research staff members in the School.

If you’d like to get involved, or have an issue you’d like raised or discussed, please contact the Chair, Kath Scanlon, at k.j.scanlon@lse.ac.uk 

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 The RSA hosts a series of events each year to give research staff a forum to meet, socialise and foster the interdisciplinary research contacts for which LSE is so well suited.  Research can be an isolating activity; many of us work in small units—or even alone—and the RSA events are one way we’re trying to foster the creation of a research-staff community across the school.

The first events for 2013/14 was a welcome lunch in the Director’s Dining Room on 17 October.  Details of future events, including a Christmas drink, will be announced shortly.  If you have an idea for an event please let us know on Lse.ResearchStaffAssociation@lse.ac.uk.  We do have funds available for putting good ideas into practice!

In autumn 2013 the school implemented the New Academic Career scheme for teaching staff (details here).  Since 2006, the job titles and salaries of research and teaching staff were explicitly aligned, but the NAC has broken this link as it applies only to teaching staff, for whom minimum salaries have been raised substantially.

The school has asked the Research Staff Committee to review the interaction of the NAC and terms and conditions of research staff.  This review is being carried out over autumn term 2013/14, with a report expected in January 2014.

RSA co-chairs Kath Scanlon and James Ker-Lindsay sit on the RSC representing research staff.  Other RS representatives on the committee include

Cate Henderson

Abigail McKnight

Linda Pickard (representing UCU)

We will be consulting regularly with research staff through the course of the review.  If you would like more information about the review or would like to feed in your views, please contact any of the research staff representatives or e-mail us on Lse.ResearchStaffAssociation@lse.ac.uk