The PhD Studio

In 2020/21 we launched several initiatives to support our PhD students in navigating the adverse impact caused by the pandemic. Besides the Connected PhD, which facilitates the virtual running of peer-led small-group activities, the Doctoral School also hosts an event series called the PhD Studio. It consists of online gatherings (held on every other Monday at 11:00 during term time) where research students at all stages are invited to participate in academic and social exchanges and occasional ‘hybrid’ gatherings (usually on Wednesday afternoons) where Doctoral School staff walk you through the administrative processes of different PhD milestones and provide clarification in a friendly setting. Any associated slides or recordings from these sessions can be found on the MySOAS Student Doctoral School pages (login required).

Doctoral School Co-Writing Studio

Encouraged by your active participation and positive feedback, in November 2022, we further expanded our successful PhD Studio series. Every Friday afternoon from 14:00 to 17:00, we host a mini writing retreat on the first floor of the Doctoral School building at 53 Gordon Square. Bring your work-in-progress and harness the power of writing together!

Term 1

Date Topic Led by
10 October 2022 PhD life at SOAS  
19 October 2022 PhD Manager and Training Needs Analysis  
24 October 2022 External resources at your disposal Yenn Lee
21 November 2022 Having difficult conversations with supervisors Alison Scott-Baumann
5 December 2022 PGR wellbeing Jenni Schofield, RSA

Term 2

Date Topic Led by
6 February 2023 Effective research communication TBC
22 February 2023 Hybrid session by Doctoral School (topic TBC) TBC

Term 3

Date Topic Led by
3 May 2023 Hybrid – Completion of Annual Progression Reviews TBC
28 June 2023 Hybrid session by Doctoral School (topic TBC)  TBC
26 July 2023 Hybrid session by Doctoral School (topic TBC) TBC


If you have any questions about the initiative or would like to discuss your ideas for a session, please contact Dr Yenn Lee at in the first instance.