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PhD Academy Events and Training Programme

  • Welcome to all new and continuing students to the Winter Term 2023-24.
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Upcoming Events


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

All of our training meets the four main domains of the Researcher Development Framework

PhD Academy Events and Courses

Please use your Institution email when booking events.

A reminder if you booked on an event and you are no longer able to attend please cancel your place to allow other students to attend

Please do check when booking if the workshop is on campus or on Zoom.

SPRING Events

SPRING offers PhD Researchers opportunities to explore the world outside academia through research collaborations with non-academic organisations and work-based learning opportunities. 

Please check when booking if the workshop is on campus or on Zoom.

Career Events

Careers events are booked through Career Hub search PhD to see what's coming up, including:

  • Please check Career Hub for all upcoming events

Widening your search, broadening the net.

Different approaches to weathering a storm in terms of career development are discussed in this blog, including information about international job opportunities within the academic sector.

Support Sessions for PhD Students

These sessions are held every week during term time by different teams from across LSE. Please see listings below for further information of the different sessions available, when they are held and if advance booking is required. 

PhD Careers

LSE Careers offers one to one career discussions online, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons each week, throughout the year. These are booked via Career Hub.

Other times can be arranged by emailing Catherine Reynolds (c.reynolds1@lse.ac.uk), LSE PhD Careers Consultant. Discussions cover all types of career routes and ways of building networks and experience during your PhD and beyond. Don't leave it too late!  

 

Financial Support Office (FSO)

The PhD Funded Drop-in Sessions can help with:

- All queries relating to LSE PhD Studentships, ESRC funding, AHRC funding, Department scholarships/studentships

- Additional funding for ESRC students relating to fieldwork or overseas visits

- Final Year PhD Funding queries 

Please refer to the FSO's webpages for information on their drop-in sessions.

 

Student Advice and Engagement Team

If you have any queries about immigration and visas, please complete the Visa Advice Query Form

The team is also available for a dedicated Visa Advice Live Chat on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3pm to 4pm.

Changes and cancellations to this service can be found here.

 

Language Centre 

The Language Centre offers extensive support programmes for all PhD students throughout their studies, including a two-term Thesis Writing course and one-to-one coaching sessions on academic writing and pronunciation and presentations. 

For further information, contact emails and details on how to register, please visit the Language Centre’s dedicated Moodle page for PhD students.

 

Methodology Department 

Two members of staff, one with a background in quantitative methods and the other in qualitative methods, will be present at each session to help with a range of methodological problems.

It is essential to sign up on Moodle beforehand to give further details of the methods query you have and to book a slot. The Zoom video link will be sent by moodle announcement on the day of each Methods Surgery.

The Methods Surgery sessions run during term time only.

CIVICA - Alliance of European Social Sciences Universities

What is CIVICA?

CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences unites ten leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 72,000 students & PhDs and 13,000 academic staff.

LSE's partner institutions through CIVICA are Bocconi University, Central European University, European University Institute, Hertie School, IE University, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Sciences Po, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, and Stockholm School of Economics.

Find out more from PhD student Fiona Gogescu about her PhD research and ambitions for CIVICA.

Events, Training and Seminars

As part of CIVICA, LSE students can attend various events hosted by CIVICA's partner institutions across Europe. To learn more about these events and how to register, see CIVICA's website linked here.

Information about CIVICA's events catalogue for PhDs and researchers can be found here.

CIVICA hosts a PhD Clinic forum, where early-stage researchers can identify and contact faculty members at CIVICA partner universities whose expertise is relevant to their respective dissertation topics. Information about this programme and further resources are on my.civica.eu.

Library

Information search and referencing

PhD students can attend training sessions run by the library. You can find more guidance on the PhD Academy Moodle Page.

Research support

Find information about open access, data management, bibliometrics and copyright on the Research Support website.

We run a series of online and in-person training events for early career researchers.

LSE Library SafePod

Safepods give researchers access to sensitive datasets and is a small standardised safe setting that provides the physical security and controls for a researcher.

More on safepods

Methodology

A key function of the Department of Methodology is to provide training for PhD and MSc students in the design of social research and in qualitative and quantitative analysis. Methodology courses are open to all LSE students taking MSc or PhD programmes. This means that research students are welcome to attend any of the Department's courses, regardless of which department they are based in. They should seek approval from their research tutors or supervisors.

Please see the Methods training webpage for further information. 

The workshops below are primarily aimed at PhD students. In order to guarantee a place, sign up via the LSE Training and Development system, which usually opens for bookings around one month prior to the event. 

Virtual Writing Retreats

These structured writing retreats are a student-led opportunity to meet with other PhD students to write or work on your dissertation. We will work in 3 blocks of 45 minutes each, separated by short breaks to stretch and exchange with others. 

The aim of these sessions is to provide a space to support and motivate each other in these challenging and isolating times – open to all PhD students and no commitment needed. ‘Writing’ is here understood in the broad sense and can include any stage from reading & taking notes to editing and polishing a piece of work.

 If interested (or if you have any questions), please contact Olivia Nantermoz (nantermo@lse.ac.uk) to receive details of the sessions

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 DTP Annual Events Schedule 2023/24

  • Thursday 19 October - LSE 

    ESRC DTP Induction Event for new DTP students

  • Thursday 19 October - LSE ESRC DTP Networking Event at the Freud Musem
  • Thursday 16 November - Training Needs Analysis (TNA) Workshop for new DTP students
  • Wednesday 01 May - Impact and Non-Academic Collaboration Seminar for new DTP students

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)

 As the LSE is a member institution you have access courses offered at the partner institutions of the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network. 

BPSN's partner institutions are University College London, Birkbeck, City University, King's College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Advanced Study, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Royal Veterinary College. 

For more information and to find courses, see UCL's website linked here. All courses must be booked via Inkpath.

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) - Training & Events

 LSE is a member of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).  LAHP is an AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to offer LAHP studentships, Research Training, Events and Placements with Cultural Partners. 

Further information is available on the LAHP website, linked here.

LSE Students can access the full LAHP Research Training Programme, details of which are published in the LAHP Research Training Handbook.

See the LAHP Newsletter - LAHP On the Air - here.

More workshops can be found on the link here.

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