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LSE is one of the world's leading social science universities. We have committed to a strategy that will build on our strengths, address challenges, and maintain our worldwide reputation for excellence. We have already achieved many of the goals set out in our 2014 review, including:

  • Strengthening our faculty, which has resulted in remarkable success in the Research Excellence Framework and significant improvements in most research-based and reputational rankings.
  • Investing in our LSE Careers service for LSE alumni.
  • Opening a new Ph.D. Academy to nurture the next generation of leaders.
  • Launching four new institutes, including The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship and The International Inequalities Institute.
  • Starting a significant redevelopment of our campus, featuring a state-of-the-art 13 story building overlooking a new public square.
  • We have not been standing still. However, rapid changes are taking place in higher education, and we need to change accordingly.

LSE was founded in 1895 to create and share the knowledge that addresses significant social challenges and shapes a better world. The School works through research, education, creative intellectual debate, and public engagement. Our mission is to advance knowledge in social science and a range of related fields to inform public policy, economic decision-making, and social welfare both nationally and globally. This means nurturing creative thought and intellectual exploration and educating students from all backgrounds and worldwide to be critical thinkers and skilled professionals. They work for the betterment of society.

LSE's mission charges the School with making a positive difference to the world by bringing research-based knowledge to public problems and educating students with the capacity to lead in solving those problems. Our ambition is to excel in every aspect of this mission. Through our teaching, our research, and our alumni's work, we will make an effort 'to know the causes of things' a force for good. Right now, amid rapid change in higher education, a crucial priority is to ensure that our students benefit from excellent teaching and rewarding educational experience. We are at work on this in all we do, from building a new state of the art classrooms to improving student support systems and ensuring excellence in teaching is rewarded. Outstanding education must be as central to LSE as brilliant research and exciting public engagement.

The LSE's future depends on enhancing our quality, innovation, and intellectual distinctiveness as a leading institution for social science. At LSE, social science is central to education and research in public policy and law in management, accounting, and finance in international development and social policy. It is also the focus of pathbreaking research. To sustain this amid change and challenges, we pursue a strategy that builds on the School's core identity: the public mission and openness inaugurated by its founders, its remarkably global character, and its commitment to making knowledge matter in practical affairs.

Our strategy guides action in a context we cannot completely control. We can see that new technologies matter, but it is not clear exactly how they will change higher education. We know that students need confidence that their education prepares them for future jobs, but careers are changing rapidly. To perform well amid these changes, we need to redouble our commitment to quality throughout the School. In the faculty, we recruit, in our research and teaching, to deliver essential services like IT, the Estate, the Library, job placement, and student life. We need to renew our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We also need to innovate, improve the rooms in which we teach, redesign courses, advance research methodology, develop new centers of excellence like the International Institute on Inequalities, or the Marshall Institute on Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.

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