LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford.
A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world.
The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,300 full time students from 145 countries
It has a staff of just under 3,000, with about 45 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK
Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus
An influential network of over 100,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 70 active alumni groups.
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Nobel Prize winners
A total of 16 Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature have been either LSE staff or alumni. The first was George Bernard Shaw, one of the founders of LSE, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. The most recent was Professor Christopher Pissarides, professor of economics at LSE and holder of the Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010. He is also a fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE and of the Centre for Economic Policy Research.
World leaders, MPs and House of Lords
In all, 34 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE and 31 current members of the UK House of Commons and 42 members of the House of Lords have also either taught or studied at LSE.
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
In 2008 the UK Research Assessment Exercise found that LSE had the highest percentage of world leading research of any UK university, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence. Individual subject areas, notably economics, law, social policy and European studies, headed national tables of excellence. The School is now working towards the new Research Excellence Framework, due in 2014.
The School has one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social science research of any university in the world. It has 16 research centres, including the Centre for Economic Performance and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social sciences are taught across 23 academic departments and interdisciplinary institutes and centres.
LSE has established a global network with a small number of high quality universities across the world. There are multi-faceted institutional academic partnerships with Columbia University (New York), Sciences Po (Paris), Peking University (Beijing), the National University of Singapore and the University of Cape Town.
LSE has one of the most prestigious public events programmes in the world. Nelson Mandela, Dmitry Medvedev, Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi, David Cameron and the Dalai Lama have all spoken at LSE.