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LSE and the Department of International Development have a range of services and resources to support the studies and general wellbeing of students during your time here.

These include department mentoring, the Disability and Wellbeing Service, academic support, mental health resources, financial support and more. If you have an issue or need support, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of staff in the Department and we will signpost you to support services that can help. See the list of resources below as a starting point.

Find support at LSE

As a first port of call, take a look at this student guide to navigating help, resources, and support at LSE.

Student wellbeing services

LSE has a variety of wellbeing support services and resources for students who need someone to speak to about academic, mental health or other personal issues. These include the Disability and Wellbeing Service, student counselling and the peer support scheme.

 Find out more about the well being support available to you here.

Academic mentoring

Your Academic Mentor is a key point of contact in your academic department. Their role is to keep an overview of your academic progress and overall wellbeing during your time at the School. They can provide guidance and coaching on the wide range of academic and pastoral topics that might come up during your time at LSE. 

Find out more about the Academic Mentoring Programme here.


LSE LIFE offers support services for students' academic needs including workshops on skills such as academic writing, exam revision, note-taking, research methods and dissertation and essay planning and structure. You can organise one-to-one sessions with LIFE study advisers and find a range of study resources on the LIFE Moodle pages.


Find out about the resources available to you through the library here, including the booking system for study spaces which is currently open.

If you're looking for particular sources or have any other queries about using the library, get in touch with ID's designated librarian Heather Dawson:

Academic representatives

Academic or SSLC Reps (Staff Student Liaison Committee Representatives) ensure student concerns are addressed and students have a say in the running of their programme. They raise issues about the quality of the programme and the experience as an LSE student, including the things they love and the things they want improved. SSLC Reps also ensure that the department listens directly to student feedback and that issues are resolved as swiftly as possible to improve the your teaching and learning experience.


LSE Careers provides a wide range of resources to support students in their career journeys, including information and signposting, blogs, events, guidance, one-to-one consultations and more.

Visit the ID Careers web page as a starting point for thinking about careers in International Development. It includes information, links to blogs that share insight into the sector and job boards for people seeking opportunities in development.

CareerHub is an excellent resource that runs activities such as skills workshops (including interview preparation and CV clinics), networking events and information sessions to support you on your career journey, including the Discover ID Series beginning in Michaelmas Term. You can also create a personalised dashboard on Career Hub, and search the job board for opportunities collated by LSE's Careers team.

You can also book a one-on-one appointment witha Careers Consultant for advice, signposting to resources or to set up a practice interview - book through CareerHub.

Language Centre

If English is not your first language, there are plenty of ways you can improve and practise using the English language for your academic work including online courses, workshops and one-to-one support.

Find out more about the language centre academic writing supports here.

Financial support

The Financial Support Office is responsible for administering School funds and a variety of scholarships, studentships, prizes and awards.

Find out more about available financial supports here.

Students' Union Advice Service

The LSESU Advice Service provides free advice and support to LSE students on a range of academic, financial, and housing issues, and because we are independent from LSE, all of our advice is impartial and free from a conflict of interest.

The Advice Service also allocates multiple funds, including the hardship funds, which students have benefitted from greatly in the past. More information about Advice Service can be found here.

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Who to contact in the Department

As well as your assigned Academic Mentor, you can contact other members of academic and professional services staff in the Department with queries or to ask for support. Find a list of all staff in the Department here.