The London School of Economics and Political Science (informally the London School of Economics or LSE) is a public research university specialised in 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, the LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and first issued degrees to its students in 1902. Despite its name, the LSE conducts teaching and research across a range of social sciences, as well as in mathematics and statistics.
The LSE is located in Westminster, central London, near the boundary between Covent Garden and Holborn in an area historically known as Clare Market. It has around 9,000 full-time students and 1,300 academic staff and had a total income of £220.9 million in 2009/10, of which £23.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The LSE is organised into 23 academic departments and 19 research centres. 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.
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