London School of Economics

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (informally the London School of Economics or the LSE) is a public research university specialised in the social sciences located in London, United Kingdom and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb and George Bernard Shaw,[6] the LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and degrees were issued to its students from 1902 onwards. Despite its name the LSE conducts teaching and research across the entire range of the social sciences, including accounting and finance, anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, law, philosophy, politics, psychology, social policy and sociology.

The LSE is based in the Westminster area of Central London on the boundary between Covent Garden and Holborn. It has around 8,700 full-time students and 1,300 academic staff[7] and had a total income of £203 million in 2008/09, of which £20.3 million was from research grants and contracts.[8] The LSE's library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science, contains over 4.7 million volumes and is the world's largest social and political sciences library. The LSE was found to have the highest percentage of world-leading research of any British university in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.[9]

The LSE is among the world's most selective universities and has the lowest undergraduate admissions rate of any university in Britain.[10][11] It has the most international student body in the world,[12] and at one time had more countries represented by students than the United Nations has members.[13] The LSE has produced many notable alumni in the fields of law, economics, business, literature and politics. There are currently 16 Nobel Prize winners amongst the LSE's alumni and current and former staff, as well as 34 world leaders and numerous Pulitzer Prize winners and fellows of the British Academy.[14]

The LSE is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs,[15] the European University Association,[16] the Global Alliance in Management Education, the Russell Group and Universities UK.[17] It forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of British universities.[18]

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