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

See below for details of upcoming events.
Don't miss out!

Upcoming Events 

  • The Training and events programme will resume again in the Michaelmas Term 2022/23

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.

  • The Training and events programme will resume again in the Michaelmas Term 2022/23

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.


Learn from your peers

Messy starts are common in academic careers now, with the benefit of a few years experience and with hindsight, three speakers at our last zoom panel explained how they managed the process from PhD student to academic worker roles. Learn more about (and from):

  • Dr Cornelia Reyes Acosta, Lecturer in Digital Methods, Kings College London. LSE PhD Media and Communications, 2017
  • Dr Elsa Leromain, Research Economist, Universite Catholique de Louvain and previously LSE Centre for Economic Performance. PhD Economics, Paris School of Economics and University Paris 1, 2017
  • Dr Inez von Weitershausen, Research Fellow, Massachusetts institute of Technology, Work of the Future. LSE PhD, International Relations, 2017

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.

The PhD Drop In will take place on a Thursday only between 1 and 2pm from 20 June 2022 until the start of the Michaelmas term


The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)

ISVAT hold advice sessions in the PhD Academy. Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.

Online appointments - To book:

or email please complete the ISVAT Query Form.


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.


PhD students are able to attend training sessions provided directly by the Library.

Information on literature search and referencing are available on the  PhD Academy Moodle page 


LSE Library SafePod now open - 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


Advice on Publishing 

You can arrange an appointment with Claire Delahunty 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.


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 MY530 events and two weeks for MY560. 

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

Ethics and Health and Safety Session Video

Watch the session on the ethics and health & safety considerations of carrying out in-person research during the COVID pandemic

Watch the session here (password: ajTt#t1P)

Speakers included:

  • Mel Boucher, Head of LSE Health & Safety
  • Lyn Grove,  Research Governance Manager, LSE Research Division  - the information sheet used by Lyn is here
  • Jonathan Parry, Dept of Philosophy
  • Rita Astuti (chair)

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 2021/22

  • Tuesday 9 November, 2.30-4.30pm - Where do you want to be at the end of your PhD? Thinking about your training as a way to get there
  • Tuesday 16 November, 2.30-4.30pm - Information session about how the DTP can support you during your PhD
  • Wednesday 16 February, 2-3.30pm - Impact and non-academic collaborations seminar for LSE DTP Students
  • Monday 28 February, 9.30-11.30am - Masterclass in Demography

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         


Places are available for LAHPs final careers workshop of the academic year: Your Career: Objectives, Actions and Obstacles which takes place onsite at Keats House in Hampstead on Monday 27th June 2022 from 9:30am-5pm.

The workshop will be provided by the Menagerie theatre company

Workshop overview

Conveners: Patrick Morris & Caroline Rippin of Menagerie Theatre Company

This training session gets PhD students to think openly, imaginatively and rigorously about their working futures. It culminates inall participants identifying a set of short and long-term objectives, the actions they will take to achieve those objectives, and the obstacles that stand in their way.  The session is framed around the following questions:

  • What transferable skills have you built up while doing a PhD?
  • What is your skills base, for any career?
  • Who ARE you and who MIGHT you be?

Participants work both collectively and individually – we design the activities to ensure that there is time and space to think in new ways about career paths. Key to the workshop is that participants challenge their own and each other’s thinking. Playful interaction is integral to the atmosphere and success of the workshop.

We use interaction, storytelling techniques and self-reflective exercises to guide participants through the day, which is built around them creating a narrative for their career. Participants both speak and write their ideas, constantly re-drafting, refining, distilling and sometimes completely re-thinking. It is not a smooth path through the day but all participants come away with one chosen set of objectives, actions and obstacles.

Booking information

Places can be booked here via the workshop booking form.

The deadline for booking a place will be Thursday 22nd June at 12pm.

This workshop will be limited to a maximum of 12 attendees and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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