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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

London School of Economics and Political Science

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Lionel Robbins Building

10 Portugal Street






Chair, EDI Taskforce

Professor Carola Frege



Executive Officer, EDI Taskforce

Joy Whyte


020 7955 7096


EDI Manager

Isabella Chan


020 7955 7826


Research and Communications Officer 

Dr Alex Free


020 7955 6762


Research and Communications Assistant  

Paroj Banerjee



Race Equality Charter Mark Administrator

Liz Mann


020 7955 1229


EDI Consultant

Dr Nicole Boyce


020 7955 7204 


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

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HEFCE grants LSE and LSESU funding

LSE and LSESU have been awarded funding by HEFCE for projects that relate to the UUK Taskforce's recommendations on 'changing the culture: tackling sexual violence, hate crime and harassment'. HEFCE has awarded grants to LSE and other universities and colleges across the UK, to support institutions with their initiatives targeting sexual harassment and violence.

As part of LSE’s 2020 Strategy, the School aims to continue strengthening the commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The monies from HEFCE will allow the School, and LSESU, to increase awareness of, and provisions for, issues of vulnerability. Such efforts will help embed a culture of consent and respectful behaviour, applicable to all students, staff, and other members of the School’s community.

LSE’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Young, said:

“This funding from HEFCE will enable us to build on the EDI Taskforce’s work in improving access to our processes for recording bullying and harassment. It also connects with the LSESU’s determination to develop mandatory consent training for students. We’re very pleased that HEFCE is providing support for these important initiatives”. 

In the official press release, HEFCE Chief Executive, Professor Madeleine Atkins, said:

“All students should feel safe and supported during their time in higher education. Universities and colleges are working hard to tackle issues of sexual harassment and violence on campus, but there is more to be done. Their determination and commitment is evident in the overwhelmingly positive response to HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund call.

“We are delighted to be supporting a range of innovative projects, and we will be looking to share good practice and evidence of successful outcomes over the coming months."


The full press release may be accessed here.

Network for staff with disabilities

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce is keen to reinvigorate the network that was previously in place for staff with disabilities. If you would like to be involved in such a network, please contact Joy Whyte (j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk), who will arrange a preliminary meeting with interested parties. 

The School has a number of staff networks, details of which are available here.

Core hours policy for LSE staff

The School is pleased to announce that the core hours policy for staff is now available on the GLPD (Governance, Legal and Policy Division) website.

In support of the development of an inclusive working environment for LSE staff, the policy is informed by a 'core business in core hours' model and defines 10am to 4pm as core hours at the School. The policy sets out guidance on implementation within departments and service units, the scheduling of meetings and social events, responsibilities and monitoring.

Women in Work: An unfinished revolution?

The EDI and LSE Literary Festival talk, 'Women in Work: An unfinished revolution?', is now available as a video and podcast. Featuring panellists Katrine Marçal, Lieutenant Commander Alexandra Pollard, Dr Nicola Rollock and Harriet Harman, the talk discusses the progress that women have made across politics, economics, academia and the armed forces, the remaining obstacles to be overcome and what can be done to challenge the barriers that prevent women progressing. 

Professor Anne Phillips awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize

Professor Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the Department of Government, LSE, was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies at Political Studies Association (PSA)’s annual awards ceremony. This makes Professor Phillips the second woman to win the prize in the history of PSA Awards.

The judges at the award remaked “As a major political thinker in the areas of feminist theory, democracy and representation, Professor Phillips has been awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize in recognition of the huge contribution she has made to the study of democracy and representation, to the field of women and politics, and the work undertaken to enhance the public understanding of politics. Professor Phillips’ thinking continues to shape not only academic research on gender and politics, but also public discourse and social movement activism, bridging the links between theory and practice.”

We congratulate Professor Phillips for this major achievement. 

LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s) for MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) applicants

Two offer holders on the MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) will be awarded LSE Master’s Awards (LMA’s). The offer holders must be African residents and preference will be given to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The award covers the tuition fees of first year at LSE and living costs at £1,200 per month for one year. More information on financial support may be made in future, including regarding students’ second year in Cape Town.

To know more about internal and external funding opportunities for African students refer to the scholarships and awards that are available. 

Progress report for 2015–16: EDI Taskforce

Following the completion of the first of its two years of operation, LSE’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce has released its ‘Progress report on equity, diversity and inclusion matters at LSE (2015–16)’.

The report outlines the principal objectives of the taskforce and its key practical outcomes and initiatives, encompassing: gender diversity in relation to pay, hiring, promotion and workload; developing anti-bullying and anti-harassment reporting and resolution mechanisms; an EDI audit of professional services staff; the Race in the Academy research project; the Stonewall Workplace Equality submission and support of the School’s Athena SWAN application; fostering a more inclusive School culture; institutionalising EDI around LSE; and improving EDI-related communications.

The EDI team would like to thank the members of its steering committee and working groups for their valuable contributions to the work of the Taskforce in its first year. The team would also like to express its appreciation to the many individuals around the School who have provided feedback, ideas and suggestions on EDI-related activities and projects. 

Gender and ethnicity earnings gap at LSE

The EDI Taskforce commissioned a statistical analysis of the pay and promotion gap of women for academic staff and the pay gap of women and ethnic minorities for professional services staff in 2015. We are really thankful to Professor Oriana Bandiera from the Department of Economics, LSE, for her work and support in undertaking this important analysis. The report was announced by Professor Julia Black, LSE's Director, via a School-wide communication on 5 September 2016. 

Widening Participation ninth annual Black Achievement Conference: an 'inspirational' experience

As part of Black History Month, the LSE Widening Participation team ran their ninth annual Black Achievement Conference on Saturday 15 October. Over 170 young people aged 14–18 from state schools and colleges and approximately 50 parents, carers and teachers attended the conference.

Hosted by presenter and entertainer Kat B, the conference included a keynote speech from award-winning entrepreneur and finalist of The Apprentice, Bianca Miller. Participants also had the chance to engage in various workshops to inspire and support their decisions about future education choices, with parallel sessions for adult attendees. Further information on the event is featured in the Ninth Annual Black Achievement Conference briefing in LSE Staff News. 

LSE announces scholarships for new MSc in Women, Peace and Security

We are happy to share that five full scholarships have been announced for a new MSc in Women, Peace and Security. This course is a 12-month programme and the scholarship will cover all tuition fees and living expenses for 5 students from the UK or overseas for the academic year 2017-2018. For more information refer to the scholarship announcement page or contact Zoe Gillard, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security on 020 3486 2959, email: z.gillard@lse.ac.uk

LGBT+ milestones at LSE: a statement of support from our Director

On the occasion of LGBT History Month, Professor Julia Black issued a statement supporting the school wide initiatives that will be taking place in LSE in February.

LGBT History Month is celebrated across the UK every February, and I’m delighted to say that this year’s will be particularly special for the School. Our Library exhibition ‘Glad to be Gay: the struggle for legal equality’ showcases the unique Hall-Carpenter activism archives and the Women's Library Collection to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

As a School, we are deeply committed to ensuring an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment for all our staff and students. I am pleased to report that the School has just jumped 52 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index rankings, with our score improving from 47 to 70.5. This is a real testament to the work of our LGBT+ staff network Spectrum, who initiated LSE’s participation in the Index some years ago, and the EDI Taskforce who enthusiastically partnered Spectrum, HR and the LSESU’s LGBT+ Officer and Pride: LSESU Gender and Sexual Diversity Alliance in developing the School’s practices in this area.

This is a fantastic achievement, and the work to ensure that every LGBT+ member of the School’s community can be themselves in their place of work or study continues. Our new policy on trans staff and students is currently close to being finalised.

We will celebrate LGBT History Month with pride and passion; I fully support the School’s LGBT+ initiatives and trust that they continue to encourage a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, the need for inclusivity.

Professor Julia Black, Interim Director

Glad to be Gay: the struggle for legal equality

Join the LSE Library between Monday 9 January 2017 to Friday 7 April 2017 at the LSE Library Gallery, for an exhibition on legal struggles around homosexuality that showcases unique Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Women's Library Collection to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. 

Women: Speak with more conviction, clarity and impact

An interactive workshop is being organized by LSESU’s International Students officer in collaboration with Women in Politics, Women Leaders of Tomorrow and Women in Business, for self-defining international women eager to be more articulate. The workshops will be organized in two stages: the first being ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ session by The Public Speaking Trust and in the second part LSE third year student Saskia Neibig will discuss whether women should ‘defeminise’ to succeed in public sphere. These workshops will encourage and engage discussion and debates on the issues.

Please contact SU.International@lse.ac.uk to register and visit LSESU Facebook page for more information.  

Do American Universities Promote Income Inequality?

On Tuesday 21 March 2017, between 6.30 to 8pm, at the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, join the United States Centre, for a talk on income inequality and American Universities. The speaker is Professor Tali Mendelberg and Professor Trubowitz is the speaker. 

Learning from Complaints: the benefits to organisations of listening to uncomfortable truths

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, between 6.30-8pm, at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, join LSE Works: Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, for a lecture on the benefits to organisations in analysing and benchmarking the severity of complaints received by the hospital. The speakers at the organisation are Dr Alex Gillespie, Dr Tom Reader; the respondents are Krysta Broughton-Munford and Chandru Dissanayeke; and Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch is the chair. 

Is Regionalism Passé? Infrastructure for Integrating South and Southeast Asia

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, between 12.30-2pm, at TW2.9.05, Tower 2, join the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, for a talk on Asian regionalism. The speaker at the event is Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja and Dr Jurgen Haacke is the chair. 

Migrant Deaths at European borders: states' duties to identify and the rights of families to know

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, between 6-7.30pm, at 32L.G.03 (32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields) join LSE Human Rights for a panel discussion on death of migrants at European borders and their treatment. The speakers at the event are Dr Claire Moon, Professor William Schabas, Ann Singleton and Stefanie Grant will be chairing the event. This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

On 23 March 2017, between 6.30-8pm, at the Old Theatre, Old Building, join Economica and the Department of Economics for a lecture ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’. The speaker at the event is Professor Marianne Bertrand and Professor Oriana Bandiera is the chair. 

Peer Support applications 2017-2018

Applications for the Peer Support Programme are being accepted for the academic year 2017-2018. This is an opportunity for you to share your concerns and worries with someone who might have shared the same “lived experience” as yours. The Peer Supporters are from diverse backgrounds and you will find:

  • Supporters with LSE undergraduate-, Master’s- and PhD-level                          study experience 
  • Supporters from different ethnic, cultural, national and religious                          backgrounds
  • Disabled and non-disabled Supporters
  • Supporters from LGBT+ backgrounds
  • Supporters from different age groups
  • Supporters from different genders
  • Supporters with experience of caring responsibilities

The deadline for the applications is 2 May 2017 and interested candidates will be interviewed early/middle of May.  For more information on the programme refer to the Peer Supporters page. 





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