The School

Key Facts

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 9,000 full time students from 140 countries
  • It also has a cosmopolitan staff of just over 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 97,500 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 70 active alumni groups


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.

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


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.

For more details please see the World leaders web page.

Nobel Prize Winners World Leaders