Research Degree Orientation Timetable

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All times UK time (BST). All sessions will take place in person at LSHTM's Keppel Street building unless otherwise specified as taking place online. The Research Degree Orientation Day is taking place both in person and online. Specific sessions for research degree students are indicated in bold. DrPH students should note additional programme-specific sessions. Please check back at the start of each day of Welcome Week in case of any updates to the timetable.

Further timetable information will be added in the coming weeks.

*Mobile users, please scroll right to see session locations.

Guide to School-wide sessions

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

An introduction to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at LSHTM.

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.


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. Stands will be open throughout the event so drop in as your timetable allows, 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 & Digital Skills for Studying

Optional drop-ins 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.

Social Café

Free time in your schedule? Grab a drink or snack from our Refectory and pop into the Social Café in our South Courtyard space, where you can get to know your fellow students in a relaxed environment.

Keppel Street tours

Find out more about the history of LSHTM and our main building with our guided tours. Each tour is limited to 20 places on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday 26 September

09:45 - 10:45

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at LSHTM (online)

Zoom workshop*
10:50 - 11:25

Decolonising Global Health (online)

Zoom workshop*
11:30 - 12:30

The Fight Against Institutional Racism (FAIR) Network (online)

Zoom workshop*
12:00 - 17:00

Accommodation Helpdesk (optional drop-in)

14:30 - 17:00

Social Café (optional drop-in)

South Courtyard

Tuesday 27 September: Research Degree Orientation Day

Rose Room (LG6&7) or join Research Degree Orientation Day online*  
09:00 - 09:30 Small Group Student Introductions via Breakout Rooms  
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome to LSHTM
Professor Liam Smeeth, Director of LSHTM
09:40 - 10:00 The Research Degree Journey and the Doctoral College webpage
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of the Doctoral College
10:00 - 10:15 Student Advice, Counselling and Disability Support
Ian Carter, Head of Student Support Services
10:15 - 10:30 Top tips for Successfully Completing your PhD
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of the Doctoral College
10:30 - 11:00 Tea break  
11:00 - 11:15 Working Well with Your Supervisors
Mary Alison Durand, Faculty Research Degrees Director – Public Health and Policy
11:15 - 11:35 Libraries, Information and Research
Russell Burke / Kathleen Perris, Library, Archive & Open Research Services
11:35 - 11:50 Travelling on Behalf of LSHTM
Vanessa Thornton, Offsite Work Safety Coordinator
11:50 - 12:05 Health and Safety at LSHTM
Anton de Paiva, Head of Safety
12:05 - 12:15 Joining the University and College Union
Sujit Rathod, Asst. Professor, Department of Population Health
12:15 - 13:15 Lunchbreak - South Courtyard  
13:15 - 14:15

Integrity, Governance and Mitigating Risks to Researchers and Participants

  • 13:15 - 13:30 - Amanda Fortes Fransisco
  • 13:30 - 14:00 - Rebecca Carter, Ethics Facilitator
  • 14:00 - 14:15 - Naomi Panteli, Research Facilitator
14:15 - 14:45 Researcher Development & Developing Your Wider Career
Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant and Hiren Vyas, Training & Development Advisor, TED
14:45 - 15:15 Tea break  
15:15 -  15:30 ITS Introduction
Azim Khan, ServiceDesk Manager
15:30 - 15:45 Life as a Research Degree Student at LSHTM
Panel with current students
15:45 - 16:00 Final Q&A
Sam Alsford / Alex Mold, Head of Doctoral College and Student Reps
16:00 - 16:30 Breakout discussion rooms  
16:30 - 17:00 Research degree registration

Wednesday 28 September

11:00 - 16:00 IT Support (optional drop-in) LG2
11:00 - 15:00 Marketplace Check marketplace sessions
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional drop-in) e-Library
13:00 - 17:00 DrPH Programme Induction
An overview of the programme and introduction to the first year of study
Zoom link

Thursday 29 September

10:00 - 11:00 Digital Skills for Studying (optional drop-in) LG2
11:00 - 16:00 IT Support (optional drop-in) LG2
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional drop-in) e-Library
13:00 - 13:45 Keppel Street tour (optional - limited to 20 per tour) Reception foyer
13:45 - 14:30 Keppel Street tour (optional - limited to 20 per tour) Reception foyer
14:00 - 16:15  DrPH: Understanding Leadership, Management and Organisations (ULMO) Module Introduction
Dr Jennifer Gosling and Dr Petra Makela
Zoom link

Friday 30 September

12:00 - 14:00 DrPH: Welcome lunch for students able to attend in person (DrPH only) G19
12:00 - 17:00 Accommodation Helpdesk (optional drop-in) e-Library

Monday 3 October

12:30 - 13:30 Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases new research degree student welcome Keppel Street 207A | Zoom link

Wednesday 5 October

16:30 - 17:30 Faculty of Public Health and Policy new research degree student welcome (online) Zoom link

Friday 7 October

12:45 - 13:45 Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health new research degree student welcome (online) Zoom link

*Zoom passwords will be emailed to all offer holders ahead of the sessions.