Inductions for academics and GTAs at LSE

You can find details of the three annual inductions organised by the Eden Centre below.

Heads of Department (HoD) Induction

Details for 2020

The Heads of Department Induction programme is a two day event for incoming HoDs (and Deputy HoDs) which takes place annually. It is usually attended by the Director of LSE, as well as our Pro-Directors for Education and Research, and other key colleagues.

The Induction this year will take place on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 June 2020, and will be conducted online. We are currently finalising a slightly-revised programme, after which we will be in contact with all relevant Departments.

If you require any further information at this stage, contact us on

New Academic Induction Programme (NAIP)

Details for 2020

The New Academic Induction Programme (NAIP) for academics joining the LSE runs each year in early September, before the start of Michaelmas Term. It takes place over 3 days. The NAIP this year will run from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 September 2020.

All initial invites are sent out in July - new names being added to the list as we are made aware of them by their LSE Departments and LSE HR.

The first day of the programme includes a welcome from key LSE colleagues at the School including the Director and the Pro-Directors, an introduction to different aspects of academic life at LSE, and a drinks reception in the Senior Common Room with members of academic staff from across the School.

After the first day, the programme is focused on teaching and learning issues, including lecturing and seminar teaching, assessment and feedback and academic mentoring..

All new academics are strongly encouraged to attend the NAIP. For new assistant professors who will be undertaking the LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, it forms the core attendance requirements for the programme.  

In addition to the main programme, the Eden Centre organises an informal meet-up, Introduction to LSE: International perspective in later September. This offers context for academics with limited experience of the UK system, and a chance to ask questions. To book a place for this gathering, please send an email to

If you would like more information about the NAIP, please contact us by email at

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) Induction

Details for 2019

As your first introduction to teaching at the School, we hope that these workshops are both an illuminating and enjoyable experience for all our participants.

A lot of the information from the Induction can also be located in the LSE GTA Portal, launched in September 2019.

Almost 200 GTAs who participated in 2018/19 shared their thoughts and feedback on the programme with us, and 99% of those rated the experience positively.

The induction is made up of four sessions which cover:

  1. Teaching at the LSE

  2. Assessment and feedback

  3. Effective classroom teaching

  4. Reviewing and evaluating your teaching

The programme consists of three parts. In 2019, these were:

  • Part One - workshops took place from Monday 16 September to Wednesday 25 September 2019

  • Part Two - workshops took place from Monday 23 September to Thursday 3 October 2019

  • Part Three - workshops took place from Monday 21 October to Thursday 14 November 2019

GTAs are expected to attend one workshop from each part. Invitations to new GTAs were sent over the course of the Summer break by the Eden Centre. 

GTAs who join LSE after the Michaelmas Term Induction have taken place are invited to a catch-up session, at the start of the Lent Term.

Invitations for the 2020/21 intake will be sent towards the end of Lent Term, as soon as dates are confirmed.

If you require any details regarding the GTA Induction, please contact Chris Doughty on