KEI Training

Skills for successful knowledge exchange

These knowledge exchange training resources are primarily aimed at researchers of any level. They will also be useful to professional services staff in research, communication and knowledge exchange management and support roles. View upcoming sessions or browse our catalogue of online resources.

If you have any specific training requests, please contact Louise Jones,

Upcoming sessions

KEI Lunch and Learns

Research film, audio, photography: making the most of your fieldwork
Session 1: Inspiration, Monday 7 November, 12.30-2pm
Session 2: Equipment, Monday 14 November, 12.30-2pm

Join the LSE film and audio team for some inspiration and advice on how to capture useful footage, audio recordings or photography whilst carrying out research for use to engage wider audiences with your work. In the first session we will give you some inspiration on what to capture and why. In the second session we will focus on the practicalities of how to capture it with equipment you already have (like a smartphone) or low-cost equipment you could invest in.

These interactive sessions will be held in person only. Sandwich lunch will be provided. To register email


Research Information Sessions (RISe) 2022/23

The RISe programme provides a range of workshops, seminars and panels that support staff in realising their research development goals. We are holding a number of sessions as part of the Michaelmas Term programme, which will be held in-person on campus. Book online by following the links below.

Spending for Impact, Thursday 20 October, 11am-12noon

LSE has recently reinstated the KEI Fund, a large bid fund that supports projects which demonstrate excellent knowledge exchange and impact potential up to £100k. This follows last year’s increase to staff research funds to facilitate and encourage small but meaningful engagements that might lead to impact. Join this session for some inspiration on how to spend these or other unrestricted funds, how to keep track of your engagement and impact, as well as more information about the costs associated with effective knowledge exchange and impact activities.
The session will also feature examples of how previous KEI Fund awards were used and subsequently developed into high-scoring impact case studies submitted to REF 2021.

Writing impactful knowledge exchange in grants, Tuesday 15 November 1-2pm

This session will address the main focus of research funding- that being research’s ability to contribute to society and the economy- and how the potential impacts of your work need to be apparent throughout your grant applications in order to achieve success. We will address how you can go about building knowledge exchange into your applications and how best to articulate the expected outcomes and desired impacts of your research.


Broadcast Media Training

Are you an academic who wants to learn how to do commanding broadcast media interviews about your research?

This year we will be running online one-to-one sessions with a professional trainer. Each session will run for approximately one and a half hours. The training will take place at a time agreed between you and the trainer.

If you are interested in signing up, or would like to discuss further, please contact Sue Windebank in the Media Relations Office on

KEI training resources

Catch up with previous sessions

Watch online: Writing Impactful Knowledge Exchange in Grants

Lots of funding has a focus on the contribution of research to the economy and society, and to be successful in winning grant applications the possible impacts of your research and the ways in which you plan to achieve them need to be apparent throughout your grant applications. How do you go about building-in knowledge exchange into your plans and applications? How do you articulate your expected outcomes and desired impacts?

Watch the recording / download the slides from the Michaelmas Term 2021 session.

Watch online: Spending for Impact

What kinds of small, but meaningful engagements can you make to increase the chances of your research having an impact? Join this session for some inspiration on effective but low cost knowledge exchange and impact activities, as well as advice on how to keep track of your engagement and impact.

Watch the recording / download the slides from the Michaelmas Term 2021 session.

Watch online: Introduction to knowledge exchange

How can you engage non-academic audiences with your research and increase the chance of it having an impact? Join this session for guidance and inspiration, for researchers at any stage of their project.

Presentations from Louise Jones, Senior Communications Manager for Research and Knowledge Exchange; Tony Duffin, CEO, Anna Liffey Drugs Project; Rob Sharp, LSE PhD Researcher; Fanny Blanc, LSE London; and Jessica Rowan, LSE Housing and Communities.

Re-watch this session or view the session slides.

Watch online: Knowledge Exchange and Impact: Getting started

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An introductory session about KEI (including public and community engagement). What is it? Why do it? How can you get started? Practical advice, details of support available at LSE, and some inspiring examples of recent research engagement projects.

Watch online: What's in a tweet? Social media engagement with research

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How can you best use social media (including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram) to engage audiences with your research? Join this session with our social media team.

Watch online: Policy engagement and impact

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Are you hoping to shape government policy or influence policymakers with your research? Come along to find out how you connect with relevant policy makers, and how LSE’s public affairs team can help you.

Watch online: How to run an engaging event

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How can you run a successful (online) event to engage the right people with your research? 

Watch online: Communicating research whilst working remotely

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This is a challenging time to be engaging others in your research, but the Communications Division is here to help. Watch this session to find out how you could be using social media, virtual events/meetings and more to continue engaging others in your research, and about the services and resources available to help you.

Presentations from Dave Smith, Head of Social Media; Terri Callanan, Deputy Head of Events; Sue Windebank, Senior Media Relations Manager; Greg Taylor, Head of Public Affairs; Nicky Armstrong, Communications Manager for Women, Peace and Security; and Chris Gilson, Managing Editor of USAPP blog.

Watch online: Visualising research *NEW*

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How can you present your research, particularly your data, visually in a way that best engages a non-academic audience?

Dr Sonja Grussendorf, Senior Learning Technologist in the Eden Centre
Dr James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Statistics John Burn-Murdoch, Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist at the Financial Times and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE Data Science Institute.

PowerPoint design *NEW*

In this age of Zoom, PowerPoints have never seemed so important! Learn the visual design skills (and PowerPoint design secrets) to make eye-catching presentations. The focus is on Microsoft PowerPoint but the theoretical lessons can be applied to other softwares. 

Presentation considerations
Using a grid system, presentation grid examples (email to request a PowerPoint file with grid)
Working with images
Tips for presenting

Other resources

How do you create a good personal website?

How do you produce a podcast?

Read our podcast guidance if you are considering creating a podcast.

Running or participating in online events

The LSE Events team has put together some guidance on how, when and why researchers should think about events, as well as how to set up a Zoom meeting: Read more 

If you are speaking at or chairing an online event, you can also download their Audio and Visual Speaker Reference Guide for tips about how to create the best visuals and audio from home.

You can also watch a video about running Zoom events.

Filming yourself using a smartphone

LSE's Film and Audio team can provide advice on potential film projects. Check out their ten top tips for filming yourself when you can't get to a studio.

Read more or watch the video

So, you've published a book/book chapter, what next?

Congratulations! Take a look at these top tips on how to approach promoting your publication. 

Read more and download the checklist

Advice on writing opinion pieces (or op-eds)

An opinion article in a national news outlet is a great way to get your ideas noticed by politicians, policy and other decision makers, your peers and the wider public. Read this guide from our media team on the best way to pitch an opinion piece.

Academic blogging

Should you be blogging? Yes, if you want to maximise the impact of your work in academia and beyond. Explore the kinds of posts you might write; who you could write for (you don’t have to maintain your own platform); and how to get your work noticed.

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Using social media for research communication

Here are some top tips on the use of social media for research engagement. You can contact LSE's Social Media team for advice and guidance on creating successful social media campaigns Read more

Building a research project website

How to build a project website within the CMS. What makes for good content? How should it be presented to be most engaging with the tools available? And how can you measure whether it is meeting your objectives?

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Community engagement

How to engage with local communities around research projects, and how you might link to policy engagement at a local level.

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Training for PhD students

This programme is available at the PhD Academy events, courses and training listings.

Career development

Careers consultant Catherine Reynolds provides careers advice for PhD students and researchers.

For more training for researchers at LSE visit Organisational Learning's research staff career development pages.

Suggest a topic

If there is a particular skill you would like to develop please contact us at and we can consider this in planning future training.

Equally, if you have a KEI success story to share then we would love to help you develop some training for others based on your experience.