Applying to the Public Lecture Programme (PLP)

Information on LSE's Public Lecture Programme, managed by the LSE Events Office, and how to apply. 

Jump to: PLP Application form, Upcoming application deadlines


The LSE Events Office run the School's Public Lecture Programme consisting of around 100 events per academic year. The Public Lecture Programme is a key part of the 'public face' of LSE. The purpose is to position LSE at the centre of debate in all areas of the social sciences. LSE research is relevant to the real world, rather than an "ivory tower" and these lectures aim to enhance the School's reputation for intellectual, challenging ideas and discussion with a broader public audience. The PLP attracts thousands of people to LSE every term. Most of our lectures are now available for download as podcasts and videos via the LSE Player, attracting audiences from across the world.

You can apply for our office to be involved in the organisation of your event, covering a percentage of the costs and assisting at different levels with the logistical planning. Please see Public Lecture Programme (PLP) - Important Information for full details about the application process including an update on the levels of service offered by the Events Office.

In planning your events, please also make use of the Event Planning SharePoint site which is designed to avoid event clashes by sharing advanced planning information about events across the School. For permission to access this site email comms.events@lse.ac.uk.

PLP Application form

Please complete the Combined Application Form - Events Leaflet, Events Website, PLP and follow the instructions for submitting. This form now also includes the application for inclusion in the termly events leaflet. For more information see Events Web Site and the Events Leaflet.

Upcoming application deadlines

Michaelmas Term 2019 - Wednesday 24 July 2019

Lent Term 2020 - Thursday 24 October 2019

Summer Term 2020 - Wednesday 4 March 2020

Please note the first step in planning an event is always to secure a venue, if you have not done so already please contact lse.roombookings@lse.ac.uk with your request.

Not all submitted requests are taken on as part of the PLP but that does not stop the event going ahead as a departmental event. While the organisation of the event and the costs incurred would need to be arranged and covered by the department, the LSE Events Office is always happy to answer questions and give advice. You can contact the events office at comms.events@lse.ac.uk. Most of the information you need can also be found on this website.

The Events Office will consider late applications, but are unlikely to take events on after the deadline has passed unless the speakers are very high profile and this is always subject to availability of resources. 

Guidance on inviting high-profile political figures to visit LSE

If you are considering approaching a high profile speaker, please contact the events office as soon as possible. Please bear in mind security costs should be covered by the hosting department so this should be a consideration before inviting such speakers.  Anyone involved in event planning should familiarise themselves with the LSE Code of Practice on Free Speech.  

Visits to LSE by high-profile political figures can require a lot of preparation, to ensure appropriate arrangements for reception, security and so on – especially if the visitor is to make a public appearance. Also, the Director will wish to know about them, for example in cases in which she will try, as a courtesy, to be available to greet the visitor.

Staff or students planning to invite anyone in the following categories should inform the Directorate (directorate@lse.ac.uk), at least 15 working days before the proposed visit:

- current or former Heads of State

- current or former Heads of Government (such as Prime Ministers)

- current UK government ministers (including the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales)

- any high-profile political figure whose presence on campus can be expected to arouse strong feelings and responses among the LSE community or the public.

This will enable the relevant staff in the Directorate, LSE Security, Communications Division and the events “risk spotters” network to be informed.