Research Degree Orientation Timetable

Welcome Week banner 2020

All times UK time (BST). Sessions will take place via Zoom and the common password for all sessions will be emailed to all offer holders. Specific sessions for research degree students are indicated in bold. DrPH students should note additional programme-specific sessions. A guide to School-wide sessions can be found below the timetable. Please check back at the start of each day of Welcome Week in case of any updates to the timetable.

*Mobile users, please scroll right to see links to sessions.

Monday 21 September

Time Session Session link
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support Join session
10:00 - 10:20 Welcome to LSHTM Join session
12:00 - 12:30 DrPH: Welcome to the DrPH team Join session
17:00 - 17:20 Welcome to LSHTM (repeat) Join session

Tuesday 22 September: Research Degree Orientation Day 

Time Session
09:00 - 09:30 Small Group Student Introductions via Breakout Rooms
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome to LSHTM
(Professor Baron Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM)
09:45 - 10:00 The Research Degree Journey
(Professor Judith Glynn, Head of the Doctoral College)
10:00 - 10:15 ITS Introduction
(Azim Khan, IT Team Leader)
10:15 - 10:30 Introduction to the Doctoral College webpage
(Professor Judith Glynn, Head of the Doctoral College)
10:30 - 10:45 Tea break - breakout rooms
10:45 - 11:00 Top Tips for Successfully Completing your PhD
(Professor Judith Glynn, Head of the Doctoral College)
11:00 - 11:15 Working Well with Your Supervisors
(Professor John Cairns, Faculty Research Degrees Director – Public Health and Policy)
11:15 - 12:15 Libraries, Information and Research
(Russell Burke / Kathleen Perris, Library & Archive Services)
12:15 - 13:00 Lunch break - breakout rooms
13:00 - 14:00

Integrity, Governance and Mitigating Risks to Researchers and Participants

  • 13:00 – 13:15  Dr Helena Helmby, Chair of the Animal Welfare & Ethical Review
  • 13:15 – 13:45  Professor Jimmy Whitworth, Chair of the Ethics Committee
  • 13:45 – 14:00  Patricia Henley, Quality/Governance Manager
14:00 - 14:15 Travelling on Behalf of LSHTM
(Vanessa Thornton, Overseas Safety Coordinator)
14:15 - 14:30 Health and Safety at LSHTM
(Anton de Paiva, Head of Safety)
14:30 - 14:45 Tea break - breakout rooms
14:45 - 15:15 Student Advice, Counselling and Disability Support
(Olivia Cunningham, Student Counsellor and Luiza Passaglia Nascimento, Senior Student Adviser)
15:15 - 15:45 Researcher Development & Developing Your Wider Career
(Penny Longman / Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant and Hiren Vyas, Training and Development Advisor)
15:45 - 16:00 Life as a Research Degree Student at the School
(Panel with current students)
16:00 - 16:15 Final Q&A
(Professor Judith Glynn, Head of the Doctoral College and Student Reps)
16:15 - 16:45 Breakout discussion rooms – how can we support you?

Wednesday 23 September 

Time Session Session link
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support Join session
10:30 - 11:45 Decolonising LSHTM Join session
11:45 - 12:45 Zoom Social Café / Break (optional) Join session
12:00 - 14:30

DrPH: Programme Induction
(An overview of the programme and an introduction to the first year of study)

DrPH: Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (EBPHP) Module Introduction
(Professor Nick Mays and Dr Eduard Beck)

Followed by questions.

Join session
13:00 - 14:00 Student Life (optional) Join session
16:00 - 17:15 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at LSHTM Join session

Thursday 24 September 

Time Session Session link
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support Join session
10:00 - 11:00 Marketplace (optional) Check marketplace sessions
11:00 - 12:00

Faculty Welcome Sessions - please attend session for your Faculty

  • Epidemiology & Population Health (EPH)
  • Infectious & Tropical Diseases (ITD)
  • Public Health & Policy (PHP)

Join session (EPH)

Join session (ITD)

Join session (PHP)

14:00 - 16:00 DrPH: Understanding Leadership, Management and Organisations (ULMO) Module Introduction
(Dr Jennifer Gosling and Dr Petra Makela)
Join session
15:00 - 17:00 Marketplace (optional) Check marketplace sessions

Friday 25 September


Time Session Session link
N/A DrPH: 1 to 1 meetings with Programme Director Dr Nicki Thorogood N/A
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support Join session
11:00 - 12:00 ITD Students Zoom Social Café Join session
11:00 - 12:00 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (IDE) Student Coffee Social Join session
11:00 - 12:00 Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (NCDE) and Medical Statistics Students Zoom Social Join session
17:00 - 18:00 Virtual Quiz (optional social event) Register for quizGuide to School-wide sessions

Welcome to LSHTM

Introductory messages and talks from Prof Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM; Prof Anne Mills, Deputy Director & Provost; Craig Higgins, Pro-Director Education; Jenny Jenkin, Secretary & Registrar.

Zoom Social Café

Get to know your fellow students over a coffee in short speed-meeting sessions.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at LSHTM

Aims to equip new students with the skills and knowledge needed to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels supported, and comfortable, to be their true selves.

Studying at LSHTM

Meet the Taught Programme Directors and hear from student services including Careers, Library & Archives, Technology Enhanced Learning and academic support.

Decolonising LSHTM

Learn about the process of decolonising LSHTM, including a presentation on LSHTM’s colonial history and hear from the Decolonising Global Health (DGH) group.

Student Life

Find out more about representing the student body from the Students' Representative Council, volunteering as a Student Ambassador from the Study Team and top study tips from former students.


Our Marketplace is the equivalent of a "freshers' fair", where you can find out more about the student services available to you and opportunities to get involved at LSHTM. Virtual Zoom stands will be open throughout the sessions so you can drop in and out of calls at your own pace, visit as many of the stands as you like and ask your questions. Full details of all the stands can be found on our Marketplace page.

Virtual Quiz

Join us for an hour of fun and test your knowledge in our quiz, plus the opportunity to interact with alumni.

IT Support

Daily technical support with enrolment and accessing LSHTM email, intranet and Moodle.