Safe Contacts

(Bullying and Harassment)

We are the LSE Safe Contacts. We are members of LSE staff who have received training and can offer a confidential 'signposting' service for staff and students who have previously or are currently experiencing some form of bullying or harassment. 

Safe Contacts can support you no matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability and more. We care, and we are here for you. If you have experienced any bullying or harassment that are homophobic, transphobic, biphobic, racist, sexist, or discriminatory of any nature, please reach out to any Safe Contact below and we will help you navigate the support available and what comes next. 

We are all volunteers, who are supported by the EDI office and who are committed to supporting LSE’s inclusive working, studying and social environment.There are two ways you can speak with a Safe Contact:

1. You can contact Equity, Diversity and Inclusion via email ( or by phone (+447971552755)

2. You can reach out to us directly via our contact details below. 


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Sarah Wooley
Programme Administrator
Department of Management
0207 107 5325

I have worked in Higher Education Administration since 2016 across 4 institutions and have held a number of roles where safeguarding and student support have been central. In my spare time I like to run, hike, read and paint.

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Astrid Soiza
Exams and Course Selection Manager
Student Services Centre

My name is Astrid and I have been at LSE since 2010. I have had a number of roles in the Academic Registrar’s Division, and am currently the Exams and Course Selection Manager.  I have a very keen interest in student and staff wellbeing, so took on the role of a Safe Contact in summer 2019.

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Astrid Sanders
Associate Professor
Department of Law

I am an academic in the Law Department, who joined the LSE in September 2013 (before that, I was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham for four years). My specialism, in research and in teaching, is Employment Law.

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Damian Roberts
Department Manager
Department of Social Policy
0207 955 7345

Having worked at LSE for many years, I know how busy, complex and stressful place it can be. In this environment, I hope that I and the other safe contacts can offer easily accessible support and guidance in a safe, non-judgmental space to whoever needs it.

As dad to three boys, in my ‘spare’ time I find myself standing on the football pitch touchline in the driving rain, being briefed on the intricacies of the latest Lego creation and fending off attacks from ninjas!

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Anouska Nithyanandan
Grant Applications Manager
Research and Innovation
0207 107 5388

I have worked in higher education for several years, as a researcher and also managing research support. I am passionate about supporting the environment in which we work, learn and do research. I have been a committee member of the EmbRace staff network since I joined LSE in 2017. I have received training for bullying and harassment support and have been a Safe Contact since 2020.

In my spare time I like going to the cinema, long walks around South London parks, and my regular Sunday morning boxing class.

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Nina Keleher
Programme Manager
Digital Skills Lab
0207 106 1277

I have enjoyed being part of the LSE community since January 2014 and became a safe contact because I wanted to give something back. I am studying herbal medicine in my spare time and have a keen interest in the wellbeing of people as well as the planet. I also enjoy going for long walks, playing board games with friends and family and all types of crafts, particularly knitting.

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Pete Evanson
School Senior Advocate for Students
Student Services Centre

My name is Pete Evanson and I have been the School Senior Advocate for Students for just under a year.  I am responsible for the general oversight of the student experience, especially pastoral and welfare aspects.

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Sevilay Erdogan 
Residential & Catering Services
0207 107 5603

I have worked at LSE for a number of years and I am currently a receptionist in one of the halls of residence. I work with students on a daily basis, and I took on this role as I have a keen interest in the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff.In my spare time, I am currently studying for a degree from home and I enjoy reading and socialising with friends and family.

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Mark Bryceland
MSc Programmes Manager
Department of Government
0207 955 6300

In my current role I frequently help students who may experience difficulties on a range of issues related to their programme of study. I decided to become a safe contact in spring 2020 in order to signpost students and staff to appropriate sources of help at the School.In my spare time I go to the gym or for a run most lunchtimes. Outside of work I am a music enthusiast and budding script-writer.

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Kelly Benson
Faculty Affairs Manager
0207 955 6291

I have worked in Higher Education Administration since 2001, this is my third institution and I have been at LSE since 2014. My current role is primarily academic recruitment and supporting key HR functions for the Department.  I have a keen interest in student and staff wellbeing and took on the role of a Safe Contact in March 2020.