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2024 Lunchtime concert programme 11/01/2024

🎻 Listen to free classical music in our beautiful Shaw Library every Thursday during Winter Term.

Our concerts showcase an impressive international spectrum of musicians, and have built a reputation for their quality.

🎹 From string quartets to piano duets, browse our Lunchtime Concert programme – open to our LSE community and the public.

2024 Lunchtime concert programme Join our lunchtime concerts in the Shaw Library, every Thursday at LSE.

LSE Press to publish Royal Geographical Society book series as open access 10/01/2024

👏 LSE Press and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have entered into a new publishing partnership, which will see LSE Press publish the highly respected RGS-IBG book series from mid-2024.

The RGS-IBG book series publishes work of the highest international standing with an emphasis on distinctive new developments in human and physical geography. Reflecting the vibrant and diverse theoretical and empirical agendas that characterise contemporary geography, books in the series are expected to inform, challenge, and stimulate readers.

Professor Susana Mourato, LSE Vice-President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), said: “We are delighted to welcome the RGS-IBG book series to LSE Press. This move marks a significant chapter in the growth of LSE Press and significant step forward for publishing. LSE is looking forward to working collaboratively with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), and developing this new partnership to open up research within the field and provide a new open access option for researchers.”

LSE Press to publish Royal Geographical Society book series as open access LSE Press will publish the highly respected RGS-IBG book series from mid-2024, comprising up to four open access titles each year.

Volunteering Fair Events 10/01/2024

📅 Mark your calendars for 23 January when our Volunteer Centre will be hosting 25 charities on campus for their Volunteering Fair! 🙌

This event is open to any students interested or passionate about volunteering. Browse all opportunities 👇

Volunteering Fair Events Discover what volunteering opportunities are open to you!

In conversation with Bisher Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan 10/01/2024

🇯🇴 In-person tickets for our special event with Bisher Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan and LSE alumnus, are now online.

🎟 Find out more about how to attend this LSE Law School event on 19 January and book your place!

In conversation with Bisher Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan 6pm Fri 19 Jan | Bisher Khasawneh | Registration Required | Free public event at LSE

09/01/2024

⏳ To be in the running for PhD funding, submit your full application by the deadline unique to your programme. For most courses, the date should be 15 January!

👉 Learn more and apply today: https://ow.ly/mzP950PZGag

Proper citation of research by journalists is necessary for more trustworthy news 09/01/2024

📰 "The media remains an instrumental source of knowledge for society. Underpinning news stories with links to the actual research and those involved in it could help build trust for journalism, support academic impact and foster a more informed society."

Read Andy Tattersall's latest LSE Impact Blog on how journalism is affected by missing links to academic research 👇

Proper citation of research by journalists is necessary for more trustworthy news Based on a study of how research is cited in national and local media sources, Andy Tattersall shows how research is often poorly represented in the media and suggests better community standards ar…

My LSE journey: growing personally and globally aware 09/01/2024

"My time at LSE has truly transformed me" 🤩

Find out why in Jia Ren's blog, including her experience receiving an undergraduate scholarship worth over £21,000 every year with the Family Scholars Programme! 🙌

My LSE journey: growing personally and globally aware My time at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has truly transformed me. With a deep passion for climate change and sustainable development, choosing to study at LSE was a li…

Welcome back to campus 08/01/2024

Want to join a film screening 🎞 play a round of mini golf 🏌️‍♂️ or test your quiz knowledge? 🧠

Join us next week from 15-20 January as we welcome you back to campus with events and activities to help you settle back into life at LSE, prepare for Winter Term, and immerse yourself in opportunities across LSE 🙌

We're also running Library tours, volunteering events, and an LSE showcase to help you discover new opportunities this term – there's something for everyone!

Welcome back to campus Welcome back to campus, with events and activities to help you prepare for the start of term.

Kicking off 2024: how to write a New Year’s resolution 06/01/2024

🎇 Whether you're into New Year's resolutions or not – setting goals is always a great way to centre yourself, your studies, and your focus.

Discover Le-Anne's four brilliant steps to achieving your dreams and aspirations in 2024! ✨

Kicking off 2024: how to write a New Year’s resolution It’s that time of the year again – no, I’m not talking about Christmas. We’re only about a week and a half away from the new year, and it’s the...

Politicians often miscalculate public opinion when making unpopular decisions 06/01/2024

When governments make unpopular decisions, do they always do so knowingly?

Chris Butler from the University of Antwerp interviewed UK Government decision-makers to reveal a bias towards personal preferences over evidence of electoral damage.

Read the full article on our EUROPP - European Politics and Policy at LSE blog 👇

Politicians often miscalculate public opinion when making unpopular decisions Politicians often make unpopular decisions at great electoral cost, despite ever-increasing tools to gauge public opinion. Exploring three...

05/01/2024

🌟 Our master's programmes are accepting applications for September 2024! Our degrees span , , , , and .

If you're interested in studying in our vibrant and dynamic department, find out more about the programmes on offer 👇

◾ MSc City Design and Social Science: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-City-Design-and-Social-Science

◾ MSc Culture and Society: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-Culture-and-society

◾ MSc Economy and Society: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-economy-and-society

◾ MSc Inequalities and Social Science: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-inequalities-and-social-science

◾ MSc Human Rights: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-human-rights

◾ MSc Human Rights and Politics: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-human-rights-and-politics

◾ MSc Political Sociology: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-Political-Sociology

◾ MSc Sociology: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/degree-programmes-2024/MSc-Sociology

Lessons from the populism of Silvio Berlusconi 05/01/2024

🇮🇹 Silvio Berlusconi, who served as Italian Prime Minister in four separate governments, died in June last year.

What can we learn from his populist politics? EUROPP - European Politics and Policy at LSE blog explores 👇

Lessons from the populism of Silvio Berlusconi Silvio Berlusconi, who served as Italian Prime Minister in four separate governments, died in June last year. James L. Newell assesses what...

Three Recommended Study Spots for this Winter 05/01/2024

📚👩‍💻 Looking for new study spots near campus?

Here are three places to consider studying from as you prepare for January exams 👇

Three Recommended Study Spots for this Winter Since the library at LSE can get quite busy, finding some off-campus study spots can be a great option to freshen up your work environment. Whether...

Fully-funded 4-year PhD position 04/01/2024

🚨 Open PhD position alert at LSE Philosophy!

Join our vibrant research community in 2024 and contribute to groundbreaking philosophical work.

Apply to a fully-funded 4-year PhD position, part of the "Not in my Name!" project.

🚩 Deadline: 15 January

Fully-funded 4-year PhD position Explore this opportunity

Campus tours 03/01/2024

Explore LSE up close! 🔎🎓🏛️ Join our guided campus tours and discover what makes LSE a unique place to study.

➤ Book your tour today!

Campus tours Find out more about our guided tours

In conversation with Bisher Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan 03/01/2024

🇯🇴 We are delighted to welcome Bisher Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan and LSE alumnus, to speak at LSE on 19 January.

🎟 Online registration is now open, and in-person tickets will be released from 10am GMT on Wednesday 10 January.

In conversation with Bisher Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan 6pm Fri 19 Jan | Bisher Khasawneh | Registration Required | Free public event at LSE

Why the EU needs a supranational agency to regulate AI 03/01/2024

Countries must collaborate and create a supranational regulatory body to promote ’s safe, secure, and peaceful use. Otherwise, countries in search of investments in AI will have incentives to apply loose laws to become more competitive.

Why the EU needs a supranational agency to regulate AI Regulating artificial intelligence has become a major challenge for policymakers. Laws recently adopted by the European Union are not enough....

LSE Discovery Sessions 02/01/2024

Start your 2024 with an LSE Discovery session! ✨🌍

Join our online sessions in January, open to everyone interested in studying at LSE. Get insights into our degrees, study options, life at LSE, and application tips and more!

🔔 Register your place today 👇

LSE Discovery Sessions Online events

Photos from LSE International Relations's post 02/01/2024
Having fun in London for free! 01/01/2024

From free museums to London's best markets – here's a list of ways to enjoy London on a budget! 💸

Having fun in London for free! London is an incredibly vibrant and exciting city that has something to offer everyone. However, it’s also known for being one of the most...

01/01/2024

Wishing everyone in our LSE community a happy New Year!

✨ 2024 ✨

LSE IQ podcast 31/12/2023

In 2023, asked leading experts in the social sciences about , debt, loneliness, affordable housing, gaming and how to change the world.

Find their answers 👇
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LSE IQ podcast Listen to LSE IQ podcast on Spotify. LSE IQ is a monthly podcast from the London School of Economics and Political Science in which we ask some of the smartest social scientists - and other experts - to answer intelligent questions about economics, politics or society.

Bookshop Guides | LSE Review of Books 30/12/2023

Whether you're visiting Dublin, Montreal, or Cape Town – LSE Review of Books has an excellent series of guides to help you find your new favourite store 📚👇

Bookshop Guides | LSE Review of Books Do you have a favourite bookshop? If there's a bookshop that you think other students, alumni and academics should visit when they're undertaking...

Photos from The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE's post 29/12/2023

Just a few of the incredible speakers, trailblazers and world leaders we hosted this past term.

Discover our full programme of public events from January to March 2024 and hear from the best in the social sciences: lse.ac.uk/events/search-events

Using people’s feelings of happiness to make better policy decisions? | LSE Research 28/12/2023

How we spend our time directly impacts how satisfied we are with our lives, and understanding the activities that bolster our wellbeing – and those that don’t – can help policymakers make better decisions when allocating resources.

Research by Dr Christian Krekel is helping them do just that.

Using people’s feelings of happiness to make better policy decisions? | LSE Research How we spend our time directly impacts how satisfied we are with our lives, and understanding the activities that bolster our wellbeing – and those...

Shaping the future of European studies 27/12/2023

Academic research explores Europe as the regional site of a legal, economic and political project 🇪🇺, but not in relation to its cultural identity and heritage.

Yet there is much to gain from integrating the perspectives of humanities scholars into contemporary European studies.

Shaping the future of European studies The humanities play only a marginal role in academic research on Europe. Yet as Simon Glendinning argues, there is much to gain from integrating...

The Gate of the Year by Minnie Louise Haskins 26/12/2023

Nobody was able to identify the of the famous lines on “the gate of the year” in King George VI’s 1939 Christmas broadcast, until at midnight on the BBC announced that the author was Minnie Louise Haskins, a retired LSE academic.

Read more about her extraordinary life.

The Gate of the Year by Minnie Louise Haskins Read more about LSE academic, writer and poet Minnie Louise Haskins, whose poem 'The Gate of the Year' featured in George VI's 1936 Christmas...

25/12/2023

🎼 The LSE Choir and Orchestra performed at the St. Clement Danes Church earlier in December.

🎄 Merry Christmas to everyone in our LSE community who's celebrating! ✨

24/12/2023

Our campus looking festive ✨🎄

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Our Story

- Beatrice Webb’s diary, 21 September 1894

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Founded in 1895, LSE was the brain child of Sidney Webb (1859-1947) supported by his wife, the social investigator Beatrice Webb (1858-1943), the political scientist Graham Wallas (1858-1932) and the writer G Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), all four were members of the Fabian Society. William Hewins (1865-1931), an economic historian, was appointed the first Director.

From the start, the School was open to men and women and welcomed students from overseas. The School was committed to providing its students with “scientific training in methods of investigation and research” and resources for research, and in 1896 it founded the Library, known from 1928 as the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

- LSE Prospectus, 1895

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