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Email: phdacademy@lse.ac.uk


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Events and courses

Events for the Lent Term are now listed below - just click on the relevant accordian title below for more information.

New for March!  Ethical Issues in Research, Thursday 9 March

Chair of the LSE Research Ethics Committee, Professor John Worrall, will discuss a number of ethical issues that have arisen during his tenure of the Chair of the School's REC from applications for ethical approval of research projects undertaken at the School. These issues will include concerns about informed consent, about data security, and about the use of deception in research.

For further information and to book, please click the following link:

Ethical Issues in Research

Funding Opportunity!

Do you have an idea for a multi-disciplinary workshop that could be hosted in the PhD Academy?  If so, funding may be available, please see the Multi-Disciplinary Funding Guidance and Application Form listed under 'M'  on our A to Z of guidance documents webpage for more information. 

Academic and Professional Development Courses

You will find details about our Lent Term courses and be able to book onto these courses on our PhD Academy Eventbrite. Eventbrite bookings close at midday on the day before an event.  Please see listings at the bottom of this section. 


Lent Term Listings: 


Please click on relevant red hyperlinks to reserve a space at these events.

PhD Academy Events

Listings of PhD Academy Events for the Lent Term are given below. Please click on the red hyperlinks for further information and to book on and reserve your space.  Please check regularly for updates.


Thursday 23 February - Peer Review Workshop

PhD Academy will be hosting a Peer Review Workshop on behalf of Scholarly Communications.  This workshop will introduce PhD students to the practices associated with being an accomplished, constructive and respected reviewer.


Various Dates - Thesis Writing Course

Held by the language centre, this course inludes the following topics: describing your Research Methodology, building up vocabulary, writing a submission for upgrading and  writing a first draft of an Abstract. For further details email languages@lse.ac.uk.

PhD Academy Surgeries

PhD Academy Surgeries are held every week during term time by different teams from across the LSE.  The surgeries are hosted by the PhD Academy in the meeting rooms, accessed via the PhD Academy Office (LRB4.03). Please see listings below for further information of the different surgeries available, when they are held and if advance booking is required.


PhD Careers

Catherine Reynolds from the LSE Careers Service holds one to one appointments in the PhD Academy.  Appointments are usually held on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and are 30 minutes long. Log in to LSE CareerHub to check availability and book your appointment online. 


Financial Support Office (FSO)

Rose Harris from the FSO holds drop-in advice sessions in the PhD Academy.  Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.  Sessions are held:

  • Tuesdays from 12pm to 1pm, drop in or by appointment
  • Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm, drop in or by appointment

Book your appointment via email phdacademy@lse.ac.uk or pop into the office and speak to a member of the team.


The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)

Bethan and Laura from ISVAT hold drop-in sessions in the PhD Academy.  Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.  Sessions are held: 

  • Mondays 11am to 12pm, drop in or by appointment
  • Thursdays 3pm to 4pm, drop in or by appointment

Book your appointment via phdacademy@lse.ac.uk or pop into the office and speak to a member of the team.


Language Centre 

Sarah Taylor from the Language centre holds advice sessions in the PhD Academy to provide help or advice on any aspect of your academic English writing/speaking/listening/reading.  If you would like to discuss a particular piece of your writing please email it to s.taylor5@lse.ac.uk two days in advance.  Session are held:

  • Tuesdays 3-4pm, by appointment
  • Wednesdays 11-12pm, drop-in

Book your appointment via phdacademy@lse.ac.uk  or pop into the office and speak to a member of the team.


Methodology Department

The Methodology Department holds walk-in Methods Surgeries during term time in the PhD Academy Offices. Two surgeries are held at the same time, one by a member of staff with a background in quantitative methods and the other by a member of staff with a background in qualitative methods. Please note, the focus is on methods, not software, since there is a separate 'software surgery' offered by LTI.  Surgeries are held:

  • Thursdays 10am to 12pm, drop in



PhD careers one to one appointments are available every week and are for 30 minutes.  Just log in to CareerHub and book your appointment online.  The appointments are held in the PhD Academy meeting rooms, accessed via the office.


Careers courses and events can be booked through Career Hub.


Lent Term listings:

  • Mon 23 Jan - PhDs and Research Staff - Managing your Career
  • Wed 1 Feb - PhDs and Research Staff - Working in Research Roles in International Organisations 
  • Mon 13 Feb - Mature Student lunch
  • Mon 20 Feb - PhD Students Using your time now effectively for your future

Find out more information about this opportunity for PhD researchers to be placed and paid to work in schools delivering a course of tutorials around their own research. No booking required.

  • Wed 1 March - PhDs and Research Staff -  interviews for Academic posts
  • Mon 6 March - PhDs and Research Staff - Finding Research Fellowships & Applying for Post Doc Funding
  • Wed 24 April - PhDs and Research Staff - CVs in and outside Academia 


Methodology Courses


MY521 Qualitative Research Methods

MY530 Workshops in Advanced Qualitative Research

MY560 Workshop in Advanced Quantitative Analysis


Methods Surgeries


Walk-in Methods Surgeries are held during term time on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in the PhD Academy Offices.  There are two members of staff one with a background in quantitative methods and the other in qualitative methods. No appointment is necessary.  Please note, the focus is on methods, not software, since there is a separate 'software surgery' offered by LTI.


Please click on the course title to be directed to further information, information about Michaelmas Term  Seminar Series  events will be available from the beginning of term 

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 DTC Events 2016-7


12 October    Induction for new ERSC scholarships

08 Februrary Impact Seminar (1st year ESRC scholarships)

08 March       DTC Annual Meeting and Update (all)

24 May           DTC Social Event (all)



Rose Harris from the (FSO) holds drop-in advice sessions in the PhD Academy for all PhD students.  Sessions are one to one and last 15 minutes.  Sessions are held:

  • Tuesdays from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm

Rose can provide information regarding fieldwork, language training, extension, suspensions, maternity, collaboration, financial difficulties, overseas visits, or anything else that you wish to discuss in confidence. 


If you would like to reserve an appointment in advance, please come to the PhD Academy Office (LRB4.03) or email phdacademy@lse.ac.uk specifying your name, student ID number, short summary of your query and preferred appointment date and time.  You are also welcome to drop in and Rose will endeavour to see you.


Please note, FSO has moved from the Student Services Centre (SSC), however Postgraduate Travel Fund forms should still be dropped in to the Student Services Centre.

Events for Arts and Humanities Students

The LSE has recently joined the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) as an associate member.  LAHP is a Partnership of University College London (UCL), King's College London (King's) and the School of Advanced Study (SAS).   Queen Mary College of London is also an associate member.  This new collaboration will give LSE Arts and Humanities PhD Students the opportunity to attend LAHP training events.


Please click red links below for information on events currently available:


Seeing, Touching and Experiencing Archives: An arts and humanities training day for doctoral students

Tuesday 14 March in the PhD Academy



Hosted by the PhD Academy this one day LAHP event is being held to to mark the entry of  the LSE into the consortium.  This study day will focus on the Women’s Library Collection at the LSE which is the oldest and most extensive collection of women’s history in Europe, and a key part of the UK’s national heritage.   

The particular focus of the day  will be on methodological issues around touching, listening to, and seeing artefacts associated with struggles for equality. 

The organisers expect the event to be of interest to LAHP students interested in gender, sexuality, political struggle and archival research.


Introduction to Digital Humanities

Full course of 5 sessions


Digital Humanities is an important multidisciplinary field, undertaking research at the intersection of digital technologies and humanities. It aims to produce applications and models that make possible new kinds of research, both in the humanities disciplines and in computer science and its allied technologies. It also studies the impact of these techniques on cultural heritage, memory institutions, libraries, archives, and digital culture. The programme comprises an introductory session followed by 4 x 2-hour classes focusing on specific topics. While the course will introduce a range of digital humanities approaches, and address different types of media, it is primarily focused on working with text.


26th January 2.30-4.30pm room 246 – Introduction to digital humanities and how to evaluate and use digital resources effectively

2nd February 2-4pm room 104 – Research data management

9th February 2-4pm room 246 – Working with text I

16th February 2-4pm room 246 – Working with text II

23rd February 2.30-4.30pm room 246 – Visualisation


All the sessions will take place at the Senate House. To book complete the online form by clicking the red title link.



Students Union Events

Wellness Wednesdays


Lent Term, Wellness Wednesdays, 12-1pm, PhD Academy

Activities to be held every Wednesday lunchtime in the PhD Academy - free fruit at every session!



Do you have an idea for an event or course?

We are pleased to announce a new scheme to provide financial support to PhD students who would like to host a multi or intra-disciplinary event in the PhD Academy.  Students wanting to discover more can find the Multi - Disciplinary Funding Guidance and Application Form on our A to Z of guidance documents webpage.  All applications will be peer reviewed and successful students will be asked to write a report on the conference for the Academy Team. 

Academic and Professional development