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.
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.
For more details please see the Nobel Prize winners web page.
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.
For more details please see the World leaders web page.