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About Us

LSE is a world-leading university, dedicated to the social sciences. 

LSE is a global community of people and ideas in the heart of central London. LSE is a specialist social sciences university, ranking fifth in the world in the QS subject rankings 2023 and as the top university in London in the Complete University Guide 2024 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

LSE’s ambition is to be the leading social science university with the greatest global impact. Our strategy LSE 2030 lays out the guiding principles that will help us achieve our goals and shape the world’s future:

  • Educate for global impact
  • Research for the world
  • Develop LSE for everyone

We are committed to building a vibrant, equitable and truly inclusive environment for staff and students from all over the world. 

We help students prepare for bright futures in world-changing roles. A rigorous social science education is designed to stretch students intellectually through specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, executive education, distance learning and summer schools.

LSE academics conduct social science research that makes a lasting impact on society. This means students are taught by academics that regularly advise international bodies and governments, and who are also vocal in the media on current news. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework, a national evaluation exercise, ranked LSE as a top university for research quality and impact. We're continuously expanding our research horizon to reflect and aid the changing society around us.

Helping everyone thrive 

As part of our strategy, developing LSE for everyone is about investing in our community and enhancing our services and infrastructure - so that we enable every member of our community to excel.

To ensure an holistic approach, this is framed around four themes to help us shape the LSE and its community to become:


Empowering our community is about providing the tools, services and training to help everyone at the LSE thrive in their work and studies


Creating a truly inclusive LSE is the first guiding principle of our LSE 2030 strategy, and we are proud to promote equitable treatment and champion diversity at the university.


Developing a sustainable LSE means building a future for the social sciences and people across our community. Sustainability is a key priority which everyone can get involved with, on and off campus.


By bringing together mental, physical, financial, and professional wellbeing, we’re creating a healthy LSE to help our community thrive within their roles.

Career Development

We invest in our own talent and support people to develop their career and look to recruit people who are passionate about what they do - from those just starting out, to those who have a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute, whether gained from within the Higher Education sector, or from elsewhere.

Staff have access to numerous internal training courses, including for personal development, and to online learning from Udemy. Staff can also take apprenticeships to gain other skills while continuing in their regular role.

Flexible and Hybrid Working

Life is about more than just work. LSE recognises that some people have responsibilities and commitments which they need to accommodate within the traditional working week. A number of flexible working models are available and individual preferences can be discussed during the hiring process.

For those engaged in business improvement and technology, a hybrid model is in place where attendance at the London campus is based on business need. It is expected that this model will continue longer term. This can be discussed at interview.

Whilst working at LSE, staff have access to:

  • Occupational pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave 
  • Bank holidays plus 8 LSE closure days
  • Flexible working 
  • Hybrid working
  • Interest free annual season ticket loan
  • Employee assistance programme 
  • Enhanced maternity / paternity and adoption pay
  • Enhanced sick pay  life cover (in conjunction with the pension scheme) 
  • access to the LSE Library  paid membership dues of professional bodies
  • LSE Extras – savings from a wide range of companies via vouchers and reloadable cards
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Eduhealth BupaCare comprehensive private medical insurance with dental cash plans 
  • Discounted dental treatment at a dental practice local to the LSE campus 
  • Eyesight test
  • Free Financial Times access 
  • Free Microsoft Office 365 downloads 
  • Loan for annual membership of the LSE Student Union Gym 
  • Fees remission for part-time LSE degrees and diploma programmes 
  • Excellent training and development opportunities 
  • Priority tickets for LSE events and concerts 

(Part-time staff will be entitled to the pro-rata equivalent of some benefits)

Technology and Business Improvement 

To support achievement of our 2030 strategy, LSE is making a significant investment in technology and business improvement. Guided by a 10-year plan, projects and programmes are being initiated which will deliver a modern learning experience for our students, improve our research capability and drive improvements in the operation of the university.

Students’ expectations on how and when they interact with the LSE have changed – for example more self-service processes and the option to take written exams on their own electronic devices.
Researchers want support from an environment that makes LSE the best place to do excellent and impactful research – for example smooth processes for obtaining funding and computing environments to securely store and process large volumes of research data.

Essential administrative systems and business processes have to evolve to keep pace with the growing complexity and volume of LSE’s educational offer and research ambitions. Business change programmes are being initiated to improve efficiency and the experience for students and staff. These business processes are being made to be both secure and sector leading.

Changes to the business environment are underpinned by a comprehensive technology strategy which recognises LSE’s key digital and technology challenges and provides an achievable, fully funded delivery plan of initiatives to address them.

These changes are managed in a portfolio of projects and programmes with excellent governance.

The Business Improvement Unit (BIU) delivers business change and Data and Technology Services (DTS) drives and delivers LSE’s technology strategy.

Opportunities arise for professionals in business change and technology to join us and turn our ambitions and plans into reality.

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