Development of LSE 2030

An inclusive process

The development of LSE 2030 has been the largest consultation in the School’s history. Over twelve months LSE 2030 was shaped by our unique community into a strategic vision for the future. 

Spring 2018

LSE Director Minouche Shafik launched an open consultation on the School’s future strategy.

The online consultation asked the LSE community to consider the vision and direction of travel until 2030 across six strategic themes:

  • LSE’s Founding Purpose
  • LSE Education
  • LSE Research
  • Global Engagement and Impact
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Staff Engagement

Early summer 2018

The Director and School Management Committee (SMC) ran a series of face-to-face workshops, town halls, briefings and focus groups to discuss LSE strategy with students, staff and friends of LSE.

Over 600 hundred members of the LSE community joined the conversations and shared views.

The online consultation closed in July 2018. 1800 students, staff alumni and friends contributed.  

Late summer 2018

The School Management Committee (SMC) analysed all of the ideas and views shared in the consultation. Academic faculty from LSE’s Department of Methodology provided quantative and qualitative data analysis.

SMC ran workshops with School leaders to discuss emerging themes and create an initial strategic direction for LSE. 

Autumn 2018

LSE’s Director launched the second phase of the LSE 2030 consultation, setting out emerging strategic themes for discussion with students, staff and the wider LSE community.

The School Management Committee (SMC) ran sessions with academic clusters, divisions, research centres, School leaders and the student community. There were more than 30 individual consultative fora reached over the term.

All feedback was captured from the second phase of the consultation and used to inform LSE 2030. 

Spring 2019

The LSE 2030 strategy was refined by School Management Committee (SMC) using the input of the School community.

Council formally approved the LSE 2030 Strategy framework in February.

Summer 2019

LSE 2030 was launched internally on 29 April 2019.

Introducing the Consultation with LSE Director Minouche Shafik Introducing the Consultation with LSE Director Minouche Shafik
Introducing the Consultation with LSE Director Minouche Shafik

Together we saw

  • 1800 staff, students and friends of LSE contribute to the online consultation 
  • We had seven main respondent groups: academics, professional services staff, undergraduates, postgraduates, alumni, LSE governors and 'Other' (covering external participants) 
  • 83% of respondents think our founding purpose continues to be relevant today
  • The majority of respondents are in favour of keeping LSE the same size
  • There is overwhelming support for an increase in postgraduate research places, maintaining our current mix of teaching subjects and engaging with policy makers
  • LSE research is regarded as socially valuable by each respondent group
  • Respondents showed considerable interest in building new international partnerships with other institutions, however the appetite for developing an overseas presence (e.g. a campus) was fairly limited 
  • Over 600 colleagues participated in town halls and focus groups.