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 An overview of our governance structures

Legal Structure

The London School of Economics and Political Science holds the dual status of a private company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. It is regulated by the Office for Students.

The legal governance structure of the School is laid down in its Memorandum and Articles of Association [PDF] 

For more information, view the formal legal framework at LSE


The School's governing body, with ultimate strategic responsibility for the affairs of the School, is Council, chaired by Susan Liataud. Council is also the Trustee/Company Board and its members are the Trustees/Company Directors. The Council also has a number of committees


Court is an advisory body to the school. Its members are drawn from a wide cross-section of society. They bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to act in an advisory and advocacy capacity on behalf of the school. 

Find out more about Court

Academic Board

The Board reports to Council and is the principal academic committee of the School. It has responsibility for monitoring and upholding the academic standards of the School and for regulating teaching. 

Its membership includes student representatives and the majority of academic and research staff. The Academic Board also has a number of committees.

Find out more about Academic Board and its committees

School Management Committee (SMC)

The School’s decision-making body for management and operational issues, the SMC provides recommendations on strategic decision-making to Council and its committees. It includes the Director, School Secretary and the other senior managers in the School. 

Find out more about the School Management Committee

Other Committees

In addition, there are a wide range of School-level consultative groups involving staff and/or students. 

See an A-Z list of all Committees and working groups