Events, courses and training

These are such great sessions, I really value the added support

See details of the Term events and courses offered through the PhD Academy.

Royal Literary Fellows (RLFs)

RLFs are professional writers who are able to work with you on a one to one basis, during term time Monday to Thursday at LSE Life.  PhD Students are welcome to use this service. More information on this resource and how appointments are booked can be found here.

Advice on Publishing 
You can arrange an appointment with Lucy Lambe, Scholarly Communications Officer from the Library, for help and advice on publishing and sharing your academic work. See more information about the service on the website and email to arrange a consultation


LSE Festival research competition

It’s time to get involved!
Submit a poster, photograph or a research abstract to the LSE Festival research competition by 24 January 2018 for the chance to showcase your research and win £250

Please see below for PhD Academy workshops taking place first week of Lent Term.Limited places book up sooon!!

Academic and professional development courses

Eventbrite bookings usually close at midday on the day before the event.

PhD Academy Events

PhD Academy Surgeries

PhD Academy Surgeries are held every week during term time by different teams from across LSE. The surgeries are hosted by the PhD Academy in the meeting rooms, accessed via the PhD Academy Office (LRB4.03). Please see listings below for further information of the different surgeries available, when they are held and if advance booking is required. 

PhD Careers

Catherine Reynolds from the LSE Careers Service holds one to one appointments in the PhD Academy. Appointments are usually held on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and are 30 minutes long. Log in to LSE CareerHub to check availability and book your appointment online.  

Financial Support Office (FSO)

Rose Harris from the FSO holds drop-in advice sessions in the PhD Academy. Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.

Sessions are held:

  • Tuesdays from 12pm to 1pm, drop in or by appointment
  • Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm, drop in or by appointment

Book your appointment via email or pop in to the office and speak to a member of the team. 

The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)

Bethan and Laura from ISVAT hold drop-in sessions in the PhD Academy. Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.

Sessions are held: 

  • Mondays 11am to 12pm, drop in or by appointment
  • Thursdays 3pm to 4pm, drop in or by appointment

Book your appointment via or pop in to the office and speak to a member of the team. 

Language Centre 

Sarah Taylor from the Language centre holds advice sessions during term time in the PhD Academy to provide help or advice on any aspect of your academic English writing, speaking, listening and reading. Appointments last 25 minutes. If you would like to discuss a particular piece of your writing please email it to two days in advance.

Sessions are held:

  • Mondays 12-1pm, by appointment
  • Tuesdays 12-1pm, by appointment
  • Wednesdays 12-1pm, by appointment

Book your appointment via or pop in to the office and speak to a member of the team. 

Methodology Department

The Methodology Department holds walk-in Methods Surgeries during term time in the PhD Academy Offices. Two surgeries are held at the same time, one by a member of staff with a background in quantitative methods and the other by a member of staff with a background in qualitative methods.

Surgeries are held:

  • Thursdays 10am to 12pm, drop in 


PhD careers one to one appointments are available every week and are for 30 minutes. Log in to CareerHub and book your appointment online. The appointments are held in the PhD Academy meeting rooms, accessed via the office. Careers courses and events can be booked through Career Hub.

  • Wednesday 17 January - Managing your Career
  • Monday 05 February - Finding Research Fellowships and Applying for Post Doc Funding
  • 19 February - Using your time effectively now for your future
  • 26 February - Mature Student Lunch
  • 28 February - Staff Interviews for Academic Posts


Walk-in Methods Surgeries are held during term time on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in the PhD Academy Offices.  

There are two members of staff; one with a background in quantitative methods and the other in qualitative methods. No appointment is necessary. Please see the courses for further information. 

Events for ESRC funded students

Opportunities for ESRC students, such as conferences and external training are listed on the LSE ESRC Moodle pages. Please remember to check regularly for updates.  

ESRC DTC Events 2017-8

  • 11 October 2017 - Induction to the DTP Meeting (for new ESRC students)
  • 07 February 2018 - How to Achieve Impact with your Research
  • 14 March 2018 - Annual Meeting and Social
  • 23 May 2018 - End of Year Social Event

Rose Harris from the FSO holds drop-in advice sessions in the PhD Academy for all PhD students. Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.  

Sessions are held:

  • Tuesdays from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm

Rose can provide information regarding fieldwork, language training, extension, suspensions, maternity, collaboration, financial difficulties, overseas visits, or anything else that you wish to discuss in confidence.  

If you would like to reserve an appointment in advance, please come to the PhD Academy Office (LRB4.03) or email specifying your name, student ID number, short summary of your query and preferred appointment date and time.  

You are also welcome to drop in and Rose will endeavour to see you. Please note, FSO has moved from the Student Services Centre (SSC), however Postgraduate Travel Fund forms should still be dropped in to the Student Services Centre.

Events for Arts and Humanities students

LSE has recently joined the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) as an associate member. LAHP is a Partnership of University College London (UCL), King's College London (King's) and the School of Advanced Study (SAS). Queen Mary College of London is also an associate member. This new collaboration will give LSE Arts and Humanities PhD Students the opportunity to attend LAHP training events. 

The LAHP Research Training Programme is available on the LAHP website and other opportunities, including conferences are listed below - please check back for updates.

LAHP have also launched a Newsletter - LAHP On the Air - which can be viewed at


‘Sliced-up ghettos of thought’? Science, art and society - 20 years from now. A lecture series sponsored by the LAHP

 'Why Crime Science?' with Richard Wortley , 7th January 5pm, Bloomsbury room (G35) Senate House. Deadline: 12th January

Please complete the online form to book your place

Sliced-up ghettos of thought is a phrase coined by British architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick in reaction to traditional disciplinary boundaries (technology versus design, for example), which for him merely reflect ‘the way we categorise things and the way we chose to educate people’. Can we start to rethink the structures which determine how we educate people?

The LAHP has invited leading scientists, social scientists, writers, and designers to talk about the impact or irrelevance of the art/science distinction in their careers, and to reflect how this might change in the future. Lecturers will develop ideas that have grown out of their own experience, and take stands on whatever issues they like.

Lectures will be followed by questions and discussion, and a reception for those who wish to stay and talk.Please find the full list of lectures, abstracts and related booking forms on our website


Public Engagement in the Arts & Humanities, 22nd January 10am-1pm Woburn room (22), Senate House. Online form to be completed by 17th January

In these sessions Dr Steve Cross, Wellcome Engagement Fellow and previously Head of Public Engagement at UCL, will help you develop ways to connect your research with people outside academia. We'll explore the role of public engagement in the careers of arts and humanities scholars, as well as how the ideas of public engagement can be developed beyond a research career. The focus will be learning to develop public projects that grow directly from your own research.


Public Speaking – 26th January, 10am-1pm room 349, Senate House. Online form to be completed by 22 January.

This special session, tailored to the people who take part, will support you in developing your public speaking skills.  It is led by Dr Steve Cross, a public speaker, event host and stand up comedian, and will look at everything from how to tailor your talk to a specific audience to how to use your body language to reinforce your point. Steve is the founder of Bright Club and Science Showoff and has helped hundreds of rsearchers to develop their public speaking skills.


Language Acts and Worldmaking Project

A flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how with live and make our worlds. Find out more at


LAHP Facebook

Student Union events

Please check regularly for updates.