Training and Support

The LSE provides the following training and support for staff and students travelling overseas on School business. 

Counselling For Travellers

Lynn Keane 

MA Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, UKCP, mBACP 

Lynn is a psychological health professional who specialises in crisis response support for staff who travel internationally. Lynn is engaged by LSE to provide trauma and critical incident response sessions and follow up in the form of brief trauma-informed counselling courses. On occasion, we may refer individuals to Lynn ahead of travel that may have a significant impact on wellbeing. Sessions can be face to face or held over an encrypted video platform. 

Travellers will be offered six sessions initially. Referral is via the Health and Safety Team only. 

Training for Travellers 

Update for Academic Year 2021-22. The following two courses (one and two day Travel Safety and Security courses) have been suspended for the current academic session. 

The following training is provided for all travelling staff and students: 

  • SUSPENDED COURSE 1 Day Travel Safety & Security Training

Travel Safety & Security (TSS) training is specifically aimed to academic travellers, providing participants who are likely to travel to low to medium risk environments with an understanding of their profile, vulnerability, capacity to assess risks and to develop effective mitigation measures against relevant potential threats. While addressing common travel risks, this classroom-based training can be adapted to particular contexts, environments and scenarios depending on participant needs and concerns. TSS is delivered by one ILS trainer. At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Identify measures to travel more confidently to low or medium risk environments.
• Describe their individual profile in relation to their personal safety and security in different contexts.
• List effective measures to reduce personal and team vulnerability to common travel risks.
• Assess different options and measures to reduce the impact and likelihood of a series of common travel risks.

Combining presentations, audio-visual resources and practical group exercises the training focuses on the planning and preparation stage as well as on situational awareness and potential responses to common threats in different contexts, such as: aggression, crime, road traffic accidents, sexual violence and terrorist threats. At the end of the course, participants will be provided with a relevant and robust Aide Memoir, highlighting key learnings from the training. 

  • SUSPENDED COURSE 2 Day Personal Safety & Security training

This two day Personal Safety & Security in the Field training (PSS) training provides participants who are likely to travel to medium to lower-high risk environments with a more comprehensive understanding of their profile, vulnerability, capacity to assess risks and to develop effective mitigation measures against relevant potential threats. While addressing common risks while working and travelling abroad, this classroom-based training is tailored to the LSE’s operating framework and profile; addressing particular contexts, environments and scenarios. In addition to the learning objectives covered by TSS, at the end of the PSS training, participants will be able to:

• Describe effective journey management planning strategies, including for safe and secure accommodation.
• Recognise the value of creating a network of security resources.
• Identify relevant confidentiality concerns and effective information and data security resources.
• List common mental health risks and coping strategies.

The training is delivered by one ILS trainer, combining presentations, audio-visual resources, demonstrations, simulations and practical group exercises. The training goes into considerable depth regarding the most frequent threats facing academics and students with a focus on, appropriate planning, situational awareness and situation management. At the end of the course, participants will be provided with a relevant and robust Aide Memoir, highlighting key learnings from the training. 

This Security Awareness and First Aid (SAFA) course is provided by the School’s travel risk advisors International Location Safety. ILS runs these courses monthly from its training facility near Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. Developed and delivered by highly qualified humanitarian security professionals and first aid trainers, these residential three day courses offer a powerful, useful and effective learning experience for staff deploying to high risk environments. Although the courses are designed primarily for humanitarian and development staff, the core content and focus is of particular relevance for academic staff and researchers working in complex environments. At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

Conduct a context analysis and a personal risk assessment.
Describe measures that reduce personal and team vulnerability to a range of aggressive, ballistic, blast, criminal, psychological and vehicular threats.
Describe actions to take in the event of an incident occurring to reduce its impact.
Demonstrate how to communicate effectively during a critical incident.

Please click here to view the course calendar. Once you have decided which course you which course you would like to attend please contact the Health.and.Safety@lse.ac.uk who will book you a place.

  • Emergency First Aid Training 

Course Description: 

This full day Emergency First Aid' training course includes both theory and practical sessions, and covers: 

  • First Aid Priorities 
  • Managing Incidents 
  • Basic Life Support 
  • Examination of a Casulty 
  • Unconsciousness 
  • Control of Bleeding 
  • Burns and Scalds 
  • Regulations 
  • First Aid Kits 
  • Recording and Reporting 

Candidates will be assessed throughout the day, and those who have reached the required standard will be awarded a certificate in Emergency First Aid valid for three years. 

Female Lone Traveller eLearning 

One in four women experience some form of harassment when travelling on business. The School recognises that statistically there is an increased risk to female and LGBTQ+ travellers. We have therefore partnered with Maiden Voyage to provide the Business Traveller eLearning Series which is aimed at travellers and their managers, including a special focus on female and LGBTQ+ travellers. 

There are five key modules, each packed with real-life case studies, practical tips and additional resources to further your knowledge:

  • Pre-planning and Packing
  • Hotel Safety
  • Safe Ground Transportation
  • Safe Meetings & Leisure Time
  • Intercultural Awareness. 

They take about 15 minutes each to complete and are fully responsive so you can take them on your smart device at your convenience. You can read more about the learning here

So, whether you are a manager, male, female or LGBTQ+ traveller and want to take this eLearning, simply follow this link. You will need to use your LSE email for you to be accepted.

If you have any problems, please email erica@maiden-voyage.com or health.and.safety@lse.ac.uk  

Links to, Information Security and Ethics Training 

Overseas Policy Documents etc. 

The School’s Overseas Travel Policy has been developed in line with the University Safety and Health Association Guidance and British Standard 8848 Safer adventures: Managing the Risks of Adventure Travel

All staff and students expected to comply with the Policy.  

Links to:

Research in Your Home Country 

If you are returning to your home country to carry out research you will still be asked to complete a risk assessment, particularly if your home country is under a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advisory or is identified as high risk by the School’s insurers.

If you are intending to return to your home town/city or are intending to reside in your family home there may be restrictions in insurance cover particularly if you have been resident in the UK for less than 12 months or your trip will last for more than 12 months. Please contact health.and.safey@lse.ac.uk to discuss.  

Information for Prospective PhD Students 

If you are considering applying to a PhD programme you and your prospective supervisor need to consider the feasibility of your research if it involves travelling to high risk destinations and/or your research subject is contentious or puts you at risk of unwelcome attention from the authorities or others in the host location.

Factors to consider include:

If the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advise against all travel to a destination there will be restrictions on insurance cover and assistance which can be provided. Insurance covers more than just medical assistance: if there is a shortfall in cover, LSE needs to be satisfied that the gap can be appropriately covered a different way.

There may be an additional cost (premium) for any level of insurance cover – this is calculated by the insurers once they have all the details of a proposed trip. There is a new charge for every trip. LSE does not cover this cost centrally. You will need to consider how any such cost would be funded.

Your risk assessment needs to through the approval process which can take several weeks. No one will be able to write your risk assessment for you, but you can be advised along the way.

The level of travel safety training you will require, this will depend on the risks arising from the planned research and destinations. Training will also help you with completing the risk assessment.

At application stage we are unable to predict the outcome of the approval process in advance. It is advisable to have a “Plan B”, or alternative topic/country/methodology in case the School does not accept the risk of your proposed research.