Events, courses and training

Thanks for all your PhD training and support in this beautiful space

Welcome to all our new and continuing students

We are delighted that some of our workshops will be taking place in the PhD Academy teaching room in LT 2022/23. Please do check when booking if the workshop is on campus or on Zoom.

See below for details of upcoming events.
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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.

Please note due to the upcoming UCU strikes some events may be cancelled or re-arranged. Students will be emailed but please do check event dates.

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 do 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 the 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)

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

Please note that as of week beginning 5 December the PhD Drop In will be reduced to one day per week and will be linked in with the general FSO Drop Ins.

The PhD Drop In will return on and from the week beginning 12 January on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2pm.


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 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

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 

The Methods Surgery sessions run during term time only 

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.


Information search and referencing

PhD students can attend training sessions run by the library  and 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.

Bring any questions to our bi-weekly drop in every other Wednesday at 1-2pm. You can book in advance on the training system and let us know your question in advance. Or if you’re feeling spontaneous you can drop in to the Zoom call during the session. 

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


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 ( 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 2022/23

  • Tuesday 08 November - 

    ESRC DTP Induction Event - Information Session

  • Thursday 08 December - ESRC TNA Workshop - Information session

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)

 As the LSE is a member institution you have access to these courses

For more information and to find courses:

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,

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

The LAHP Newsletter - LAHP On the Air -

More workshops can be found on the below link.


LAHP Facebook    

CIVICA - Alliance of European Social Sciences Universities

What is CIVICA?

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


Events, Training and Seminars

Preparing your Thesis for an Open Access Repository

This session will give you a helpful overview prior to you submitting your PhD thesis to LSE Theses Online and making it open access. What do you need to know about using copyright material in your PhD thesis? How does making your PhD thesis available on LSETO benefit you? What are the implications for your publishing plans? This workshop is aimed primarily at LSE PhD researchers. It is also open to members of CIVICA institutions.


Hannah Boroudjou, Research Data Librarian, London School of Economics and Political Science Library

Wendy Lynwood, Academic Support Librarian (Law) & Copyright Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science Library

Anna Stinson, Repository Manager, London School of Economics and Political Science Library

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Time: 13:00-13:45 GMT, 14:00-14:45 CET, 15:00-15:45 EET

To register:


Metadata and research: abstracts, keywords and research visibility

What data can be best used to identify a piece of research? What data are most effective for its dissemination and retrieval during a web search? Starting with a brief examination of user search strategies by using some practical examples, the workshop focuses on the researcher's use of keywords and abstracts to describe effectively the content of his or her research in order to broaden and improve its dissemination and retrieval by potential users.

Presentation and introduction of the topics that will be covered includes: brief analysis of research tools (catalogues, discovery tools, databases, etc.); presentation of user research methods in cataloguing theory; analysis of a case study; and, suggestions for an effective strategy for dissemination of research results.


Dr Lucia Sardo, Junior Assistant Professor, University of Bologna

Date: Thursday 24 November 2022

Time: 15:00-17:00 GMT, 16:00-18:00 CET, 17:00-19:00 EET

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Randomised controlled trials in schools: from data protection to data reproducibility 

Dr Martina Ferracane and Dr Fiammetta Menchetti will present the Open Science best practice from the randomised controlled trial (RCT) conducted by seven doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from the European University Institute and University of Florence in 2021-2022. The RCT involved around 1000 students from different high schools in Italy with the objective to measure the impact of certain creative digital course on students’ interest in STEM and on certain skills including creativity and grit. The webinar will focus first on the process implemented to data protection, including the protocol followed for data gathering and data processing with full respect of GDPR, and it will illustrate the steps needed for an objective and transparent data analysis. Finally, it will showcase how the data will be made available for reproducibility.


Dr Martina Ferracane, Research Fellow, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Dr Fiammetta Menchetti, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florence

Date:Tuesday 29 November 2022

Time: 11:00-12:00 GMT, 12:00-13:00 CET, 13:00-14:00 EET

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Getting Published in Journals

This workshop will introduce you to the journal publishing process and landscape. You will consider your motivations for publishing, learn how to choose and evaluate journals for your research and develop a publishing strategy for your next articles. This workshop is open to LSE staff and students, plus members of CIVICA institutions.


Lucy Lambe, Scholarly Communications Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science Library

Date:Wednesday 30 November 2022

Time: 10:00-10:45 GMT, 11:00-11:45 CET, 12:00-12:45 EET

To register:

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