Later this term CLT will be collaborating with LSE Library and the Legal and Compliance Team to deliver a series of three short workshops for PhD students and researchers focusing on the legal issues you need to consider when undertaking research. The sessions cover:

  • Freedom of Information requests
  • Data Protection
  • Copyright issues

If you wish to book a place on any of the workshops visit the Training and Development System to find out more. Alternatively full course descriptions and links to each course are included below.

Using Freedom of Information requests for research  – Tuesday 28th February, 12-1pm

This course is aimed at PhD students and researchers at LSE and covers when and how to go about making a freedom of information (FoI)  request when conducting academic research. It also explores how to ensure you get the response you want. The course is delivered by the School’s FoI officer and is a chance to ask questions and find out more about how and when to use these requests. 

Data Protection and research data  – Tuesday 6th March, 12-1pm

This course is aimed at researchers and PhD students and cover how data protection affects collection and storage of research data. It will also consider how to ensure you remain within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act. The course is presented by the School’s Data Protection Officer so there is a chance to ask questions on specific concerns or issues related to data protection.

Understanding copyright issues for researchers and PhD students – Tuesday 13th March, 12-1pm

This course is aimed at researchers and PhD students and covers the copyright issues that may arise when undertaking research and presenting your findings. Under the examination exception in the law, PhD theses can contain copyright material without the author needing to get copyright permission for this material, however if you plan to publish your thesis and deposit it in LSE Thesis Online, you will need to ensure you have appropriate permissions for any content that you do not own. The session will include tips for obtaining copyright permissions as well as what you can and cannot include in publications under UK law.