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Postgraduate Research Students' Officer

As Postgraduate Research Students' Officer, you are the main representative of PhD students at LSE, responsible for campaigning to improve their experiences.

Key responsibilities



  • Lead the Union on improving PhD and MRes students’ experiences 

    • This could include bigger projects such as lobbying with LSE key stakeholders and the PhD academy for better support on managing care or work responsibilities alongside studies or support on visas and funding, that especially affects PhD and MRes students  or smaller initiatives such as collaborating with relevant clubs, societies and campaigns on events and initiatives that cater to PhD and MRes students

  • Set and carry out annual objectives 

    • Annual objectives include changes you would like LSE to implement and lobby for, running events or creating a network and community for PhD and MRes students 

  • Attend 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings

    • A Campaigns and Policy Coordinator will be assigned to support you throughout the duration of your role and help you with achieving your projects

  • Attend Executive Committee meetings and the termly Student Town Halls, or send official apologies if this is not possible

    • The Executive Committee is made up of the elected Full-Time and Part-Time Officers of the Students' Union. The Executive Committee meet several times each term to discuss the political direction of the Union, ongoing campaigns, and to report on their work.

    • You will join a community of Part-Time officers with whom you can collaborate. 

  • Communicate and collaborate with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary

  • Communicate your work to students both in person and online and continuously engage with their interests

    • This can be done through open fora, social media accounts, surveys, etc. 

  • Flexible working around undergraduate or postgraduate studies 

    • It is up to you how many hours a week you will contribute to your role and this might vary depending on busy periods. On average most PTOs spend 3-10 hours a week on their role. 

  • International Students are encouraged to stand