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The Abraaj Group


Support from the Abraaj Group enabled LSE to establish private equity as a full academic discipline within the Department of Finance, through the creation of the MSc in Finance and Private Equity and the appointment of Professor Ulf Axelson as the Abraaj Group Chair in Finance and Private Equity. The Chair has helped shape the intellectual structure and research of LSE’s focus on matters related to private equity in conjunction with external experts from the public and private spheres


Alfred Herrhausen Society


LSE Cities is one of a small number of research centres that contribute to LSE’s reputation as one of the foremost social science universities in the world. With the support of Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, the centre builds on the interdisciplinary work of the Urban Age project, an international investigation of cities that since 2005 has studied the social and spatial dynamics of Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, São Paulo, Mumbai, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Berlin, Shanghai and New York City.



AXA Research Fund


In 2015, Dr Emily Freeman was awarded 120,000 EUR for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship for research into ‘The Future Of Long Term Care For Vulnerable Older Adults In Sub-Saharan Africa’.

Previous AXA Research Fund supported projects include:


The Behavioural Insights Team


In 2015, the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) partnered with LSE’s Behavioural Research Lab (BRL) to explore literacy and numeracy rates in young adults.


Deutsche Bank


Deutsche Bank has supported the MSc Risk and Finance programme (previously MSc Management and Regulation of Risk) for over a decade.  It was co-created to give students exposure to different approaches to risk, its management and regulation, in a wide variety of contexts.

Further collaboration has been developed through the Deutsche Bank Doctoral Fellowship Programme (established in 2005) in affiliation with LSE’s Financial Markets Group (FMG) and the Lord Dahrendorf Scholarships (established in 2007) to support the brightest students from emerging and developing countries who might otherwise not have been able to attend the School due to financial barriers.





Markit is a founding partner and the leading data partner of LSE’s Systemic Risk Centre. Collaborations have included research into model risk of bank pricing risk and securities lending. Find out more.





The PwC Lord Benson Awards Scheme was established in memory of Henry Benson, who served the Coopers & Lybrand firm for 49 years, 38 of those as a Partner.

A few years after his death in 1995, a bursary scheme for undergraduates attending LSE and who are predominantly from inner London boroughs was established to commemorate Lord Benson, whose lifelong interest in education and learning inspired many.  


Reserve Bank of India


 In October 2007, Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Review on Climate Change, became the first holder of the IG Patel Chair in Economics and Government at the LSE, leading a new India Observatory within LSE's Asia Research Centre.

The Chair is named after Dr IG Patel, the distinguished former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and the ninth director of the LSE between 1984 and 1990, who died in 2005. The IG Patel Chair in Economics and Government leads the LSE India Observatory and honour the contribution IG Patel made to public life, UK-India relations and the School.  The IG Patel Chair is supported by the Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank of India.


Santander Universities


LSE was one of an initial 10 UK universities to be chosen by Santander in 2007, through the Santander Universities Global Division, to benefit from its philanthropic support.

Since that time, Santander has supported LSE students through scholarships, an annual travel research fund, entrepreneurship events and master-classes, and a dedicated internship and placements scheme.


Standard Bank


In 2015 Standard Bank established the Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships to provide funding for MSc students who are ordinarily resident in one of Standard Banks African presence countries, with a preference for residents of South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan. The gift is named in honour of the Bank’s 150 year anniversary and the legacy of its Scholarship Patron, former Chairman Derek Cooper.

With this latest gift, total giving from Standard Bank to LSE has exceeded £1million. This continues the Bank’s commitment to widening participation at the School among the countries in which it operates, having supported a total of 17 MSc students from 2011 to 2013 through the Standard Bank Scholarships. The company has also supported bursaries for students attending the July School in Cape Town over the last three years.


Standard Chartered


In 2004, Standard Chartered created the Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics at LSE to honour the service of former Standard Chartered Chairman Sir Patrick Gillam. Support from Standard Chartered allowed LSE to create a new post based in the Departments of Government and International Relations and a prominent public lecture series (which ran 2004 – 2014). LSE appointed Professor John T. Sidel, a prominent specialist on Southeast Asia, to examine the global and regional dynamics of international politics with a specific focus on socio-political developments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.




In 2015, Statkraft announced that is supporting a new policy research programme at LSE’s internationally recognised Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. The new programme of policy analysis will focus on the transition to the low-carbon economy and will contribute high quality independent analysis to support and inform the climate change and energy policy process within Europe.


Winton Capital Management


In 2015 Winton Capital Management established the Winton Sir Arthur Lyon Bowley PhD Scholarship in Statistics. This scholarship will be awarded to a successful full-time applicant entering the G4ZS MPhil/PhD Statistics Programme in the 2016/17 academic session. The scholarship covers the fees and pays an annual stipend of £18,000 for four years.


Previous partners include:


APCO Worldwide


The APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe public lecture series, hosted by LSE’s European Institute, was established as one of Europe's leading platforms for informed debate on the critical issues facing the European Union, its member states and its relations with the rest of the World.

The Perspectives on Europe series featured substantive presentations by opinion-leaders from politics, public administration, academia, business and media, in a format designed to maximise
interaction and engagement with a wider community of experts, commentators and interested public.


Munich RE


The Munich Re Programme ran at LSE from 2008 – 2013 to evaluate the economics of climate risks and opportunities in the insurance sector. This programme was part of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and was led by Professor Leonard Smith. For a full list of the outputs and activities of the programme, click here.




 Nokia partnered with LSE Tech in the Department of Management to investigate Near Field Communications (NFC) and privacy. LSE Tech investigated how information generated by customers of mobile services is being used and whether customers' behaviour is affected by concerns about privacy.

The use of NFC in public transport ticketing schemes, such as the Oyster card in London and the Octopus card in Hong Kong, and applications in retailing, provided case studies for the research. The team also looked at the regulations and policies governing NFC in Europe and Asia and considered the incentives and barriers to the commercial development of NFC. The project was led by Dr Jonathan Liebenau.




In 2014, the SWIFT Institute, SWIFT’s Standards Forum and LSE hosted a one-day conference at Level 39 in London focusing on standardisation in the financial industry.


Law and Financial Markets Project


The project provides a framework for a research group of LSE faculty and associated participants from outside academia to explore the interactions of law, regulation, financial markets and financial institutions, principally within the EU and the UK.