Research Degree Orientation Timetable

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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 20 September

Time Session Link
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome to LSHTM (optional) Join session
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional) Visit Helpdesk
12:30 - 13:30 Zoom Social Café / Lunch break (optional) Join session
13:00 - 15:00 DrPH programme first meeting (DrPH students only) See Moodle for session link

Tuesday 21 September: Research Degree Orientation Day

Join Research Degree Orientation Day (uses same password as other School-wide sessions)
Time Session
09:00 - 09:30 Small Group Student Introductions via Breakout Rooms
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome to LSHTM
Professor Liam Smeeth, Director of LSHTM
09:45 - 10:00 The Research Degree Journey
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of Doctoral College
10:00 - 10:15 ITS Introduction
Azim Khan, IT Team Leader
10:15 - 10:30 Introduction to the Doctoral Collage webpage
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of Doctoral College
10:30 - 10:45 Tea break - breakout rooms
10:45 - 11:00 Top tips for Successfully Completing your PhD
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of 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 & Open Research Services
12:15 - 13:00 Lunchbreak - 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
Matteo Mondani, Offsite Work 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
Ian Carter, Head of Student Support Services
15:15 - 15:45 Researcher Development & Developing Your Wider Career
Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant and Hiren Vyas, Training & Development Advisor, TED
15:45 - 16:00 Life as a Research Degree Student at LSHTM
Panel with current students
16:00 - 16:15 Final Q&A
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of Doctoral College and Student Reps
16:15 - 16:45 Breakout discussion rooms - how can we support you?

Wednesday 22 September

Time Session Link
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support & e-Learning (optional) Join session
10:00 - 11:00 Student Support, Wellbeing & Safety (optional) Join session
11:15 - 12:30 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at LSHTM (optional) Join session
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional) Visit Helpdesk
12:30 - 13:30 Banking, Healthcare & Transport Q&A / Lunch break (optional) Join session
14:00 - 15:00 Student Life (optional) Join session
14:30 - 16:45 DrPH programme induction (DrPH students only) See Moodle for session link
15:15 - 16:30 Decolonising Global Health (optional) Join session
16:30 - 17:30 The Fight Against Institutional Racism (FAIR) Network (optional) Join session

Thursday 23 September

Time Session Link
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support & e-Learning (optional) Join session
10:00 - 12:00 Marketplace (optional) Check marketplace sessions
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional) Visit Helpdesk
13:00 - 14:30 Epidemiology & Population Health Faculty Welcome
For EPH students
Join session
13:00 - 14:30 Infectious & Tropical Diseases Faculty Welcome 
For ITD students
Join session
14:00 - 16:00 Marketplace (optional) Check marketplace sessions

Friday 24 September

Time Session Link
09:00 - 10:00 IT Support & e-Learning (optional) Join session
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional) Visit Helpdesk
14:00 - 16:15 ULMO module introduction (DrPH students only) See Moodle for session link

Tuesday 28 September

Time Session Link
12:30 - 13:30 Public Health & Policy Faculty Welcome 
For PHP students
Join session
Guide to School-wide sessions

Welcome to LSHTM

Introductory messages from Prof Liam Smeeth, Director of LSHTM and Craig Higgins, Pro-Director Education.

Studying at LSHTM

Meet the MSc Taught Programme Directors and hear from student services and academic support, including the Careers Service; Library, Archive & Open Research Services; digital skills for studying and maths support. You will also learn about our new Colonial History of Global Health lecture series.

Student Support, Wellbeing & Safety

Live presentation and Q&A from Student Support Services and Health & Safety.

Equity, 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.

Decolonising Global Health

This session will provide a very brief overview of colonialism and global health, and LSHTM’s role in both. We will have a discussion about decolonising global health with facilitated breakout rooms and finally, we will introduce the DGH group at LSHTM and how students can get involved.

The Fight Against Institutional Racism (FAIR) Network

FAIR is a network whose aim is to produce and share knowledge about anti-racist praxis and decoloniality for the LSHTM community. We also provide a space to help students recognise, navigate and tackle racism during their time at LSHTM wherever and whenever they encounter it. In this session, we will provide an introduction to the network and to the new LSHTM anti-racism toolkit for students which is currently being developed and will be circulated to students in Term 1. This is a Q&A session, so students are welcome to bring any initial queries they may have about this work for discussion.

Student Life

Find out more about representing the student body from the Students' Representative Council, volunteering as a Student Ambassador from the Study Team, how to connect with our alumni community during and after your studies, and other ways to get involved as an LSHTM student.


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.

IT Support & e-Learning

Daily optional drop-in for technical support with enrolment and accessing LSHTM email, intranet and Moodle; and to find out more about our digital skills for studying resources and training.

Accommodation Helpdesk

The Accommodation Helpdesk is a drop-in service for students still looking for a place to live in London during their studies. Our team of former LSHTM students will be on hand to offer guidance in your search. Open 12-5pm Monday-Friday during Welcome Week.

Zoom Social Café

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

Banking, Healthcare & Transport Q&A

Lunchtime drop-in Q&A session for students new to the UK or London to speak to our Student Advisers about banking, healthcare and transport