London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) studies the social sciences in their broadest sense, with an academic profile spanning a wide range of disciplines, from economics, politics and law, to sociology, information systems and accounting and finance.

Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe. To date, 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni and 34 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE.

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All smiles for the Conservatives. Andy Rain/EPA

Election 2015: Conservatives gain in England, SNP rampant across Scotland – experts react

Experts provide a rolling response, live as the results come in for the 2015 general election.
Yvette Cooper out on the beat. Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

Fact Check: has violent crime gone up?

Labour and the Lib Dems have clashed over whether crime is going up or down. Which is it?

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