LSE has a cosmopolitan student body, drawing its staff from 85 countries and its students from 140 countries worldwide. It also has an influential network of over 160,000 alumni in 190 countries, with more than 80 active alumni groups.
In 2012-13 the School had 9,500 full-time students and over 600 part-time students. Of these, approximately 60 per cent were postgraduates. Around two-thirds of students came from outside the UK.
In all, over 2,000 people work full-time for LSE and 1,000 part-time. About 46 per cent of LSE's staff are drawn from countries outside the UK.
LSE staff are at the forefront of their disciplines. They advise governments, public bodies and government inquiries, and are frequently seconded to national and international organisations.
LSE academics are frequently in the news, commenting on major issues of the day, from Europe's financial crisis to upheaval in the Middle East and climate change.
See also Comment and opinion and Research highlights.