London School of Economics and Political Science2014 League Table Ranking 3
2014 Overall Score 975
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- Founded by Fabians, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw in 1895 to specialise in the advanced study of the social sciences.
- Subjects pioneered at LSE include anthropology, criminology, international relations, social psychology and sociology.
- LSE has produced 35 world leaders and heads of state, and 16 Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature.
Location and transport
- Located in the heart of central London, LSE's departments and institutes are concentrated on one campus.
- Communication and travel links are excellent, with access to multiple bus routes and tube stations.
- Entry standards are high and LSE encourages applications from all students with the best academic potential, irrespective of background.
- Excellent grades at A level (including A* for some subjects) are required in traditional academic subjects plus good GCSE grades.
- There are many widening participation activities including: LSE Choice, Pathways to Law, summer schools and student tutoring, and mentoring.
- There are 4,200 full-time undergraduates and 5,200 full-time postgraduate students, representing around 145 countries and thereby making LSE one of the most international universities in the world.
- There are roughly equal numbers of male and female students.
- Around 16,000 applications for 1,200 undergraduate places were received in 2012.
- There are 38 programmes that often allow the combination of different social science subjects.
- They cover subjects including economics, politics and government, history, management, law, accounting, finance, international relations, philosophy, geography, social policy and sociology.
- New areas of study are frequently introduced to keep pace with changes in the social sciences.
- An undergraduate exchange programme with Sciences Po allows around 10 LSE students per year to study for a year at one of the Sciences Po campuses in France.
- The School’s most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) audit found that confidence can reasonably be placed a) in the School’s current and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards, and b) in the soundness of the School’s current and likely future management of the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.
- A variety of rigorous internal systems help to maintain teaching quality.
- Student views are important as a measure and are sought by the School each year and are acted upon.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the LSE has had the highest percentage of world leading research of any university in the UK and topped or came close to the top of a number of other rankings of research excellence. LSE came top in the rankings for Economics, Law, Social Policy and European Studies.
- Over 90% of eligible staff were returned to the Research Assessment Exercise.
- The School currently has 16 formal research centres focusing on a broad range of social science activities, including well-known groups such as the Centre for Economic Performance and the Financial Markets Group established in 1987 by Mervyn King, the current Governor of the Bank of England. In addition, the School hosts the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, chaired by Professor Lord Nick Stern, author of the influential 2006 Stern Review. In the last four years, the School has established the International Growth Centre, a £100-m programme funded by the Department for International Development to promote economic growth in developing countries.
- From its foundation, the School has sought to disseminate its research to fellow academics, the media, opinion formers and the general public. Its website, which includes an Experts Directory, invites audiences to join the global debate at LSE. Research Online - the institutional repository - provides access to a diverse range of research produced by the School. Everyone is welcome to attend the LSE's public events, where some of the most influential figures in the social sciences and humanities can be heard for free.
- Academics are in continual demand as commentators, analysts and advisers to governments, policy makers and charities, both in the UK and internationally.
- LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. The School has one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social researchers in the world.
- Close partnerships with other universities include Columbia University in New York, Sciences Po in Paris, Peking University in Beijing, National University of Singapore and the University of Cape Town.
- LSE attracts some of the most influential figures in the world to give public lectures, including Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and former and current UK prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, with free access for students.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- LSE Library is the major international library for the social sciences with over 4 million printed items, 90,000 online resources, and unique digitised collections in LSE Digital Library.
- LSE Library is one of five HEFCE recognised National Research Libraries in the UK.
- The LSE Library collection, unusually for a university, carries Designated Status as being of outstanding national and international importance, a designation managed by the Arts Council.
- In 2012 the Library was successful in its bid to house the Women’s Library. The Women’s Library @ LSE will open during 2013.
- There are over 1,000 PCs available to use on campus, of which half are located in the Library.
- There is also a laptop loan scheme available to students and staff for use within the Library building.
- The LSE is committed to promoting equality and diversity in order to deliver the best possible service to its students, staff and the wider community. Find out more about the disability services at LSE on the website.
- There are over 190 student societies covering national and cultural, hobbies, food and drink, careers and more.
- Students can also get involved in the School's Media Group, student magazine and radio station.
- Union general meetings are held weekly, where every student can attend and vote.
- Facilities include a fitness centre, badminton and squash courts and a gymnasium.
- There are football, rugby and cricket pitches, with tennis during the summer at the sports ground.
- Students can also access the University of London's sports facilities.
- There are 40 sports clubs playing at a range of abilities.
Recent/prospective new builds
- The School purchased the Land Registry building overlooking Lincoln's Inn Fields and took vacant possession in May 2011. It will be used for academic, research and teaching purposes.
- A new student centre (to be named The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre) unifying many student services within a single location is due for completion in 2013.
Availability of part-time work
- LSE Careers advertises and actively seeks a wide range of part-time jobs which are suitable for current students, as well as graduate positions.
- Opportunities are frequently advertised for paid internships or voluntary work.
- LSE Careers provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance and employment service for students, including face-to-face appointments, seminars, employer presentations and careers fairs.
- Christopher Pissarides (Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly) 2010).
- Loyd Grossman (media).
- Cherie Booth (law).
- Shami Chakrabarti (civil liberties).
- Mark Hoban (politics).
- Ed Miliband (politics).
- Jo Swinson (politics).
- Jeremy Heywood (civil service).
- Christiana Figueres (UN).
- Hilary Mantel (writer).
- Justin Webb (media).
- Daniel Finkelstein (media).
- Ros Altmann (campaigning).
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