The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a public research university located in London, England, and a member institution of the Federal University of London. Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas, and George Bernard Shaw, LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and established its first degree courses under the auspices of the university in 1901. LSE began awarding its degrees in its name in 2008, before which it awarded degrees from the University of London.

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Motto Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
Motto in English to
To understand the causes of things
Type Public research university
Established 1895
Endowment £229.4 million (2022)
Budget £436.9 million (2021–22)
Chair Susan Liautaud
Chancellor The Princess Royal
(as Chancellor of the University of London)
Visitor Penny Mordaunt
(as Lord President of the Council ex officio)
Academic staff
1,830 (2021/22)
Administrative staff
2,260 (2021/22)
Students 12,975 (2021/22)
Undergraduates 5,575 (2021/22)
Postgraduates 7,400 (2021/22)


United Kingdom

51°30′50″N 0°07′00″W

Campus Urban
President and Vice-Chancellor  The Baroness Shafik
Newspaper The Beaver
Colours Purple, black and gold

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