Department of Statistics
Columbia House
London School of Economics
Houghton Street


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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at LSE

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours. We seek to enable all members of the School community to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by equality of respect and opportunity.  

The School’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is one of its six strategic priorities, as highlighted in the LSE Strategy 2020, and ‘equality of respect and opportunity’ is one of the core principles set out in the School’s Ethics Code. The EDI Office acts to promote and further LSE’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion for all members of the School community.

To provide some examples of our work:

Athena SWAN is a national charter mark – run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) – that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. The School has been working towards an institutional bronze Athena SWAN award.

• In 2017, LSE will be convening a self-assessment team to work towards the ECU’s Race Equality Charter Mark.  The Race Equality Charter is focussed on improving the representation, progression and success of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students in Higher Education.

• LSE is a Stonewall diversity champion and is part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

• LSE has also worked closely with DisabledGo to develop online access guides to all the School’s buildings, and route maps around campus.

As part of our commitment to EDI, the Department of Statistics is a member of the LMS good practice scheme. Details of this scheme can be found here -  The Department is also working towards an Athena Swan Bronze Award which we are very excited about. In order to be given the award, the Department has to :-

  • Demonstrate that, in addition to implementing institution-wide policies, the department is working to promote gender equality
  • Use quantitative and qualitative information to identify and address challenges particular to the department and discipline
  • Plan future actions based on this assessment that include information on activities that are already in place and what has been learned from these
  • Develop a structure, including a self-assessment team, to carry proposed actions forward. 

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Department of Statistics at LSE has a distinguished history. Its roots can be traced back to the appointment of Sir Arthur Lyon Bowley, an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, at LSE in 1895. He was appointed Chair in Statistics in 1919, probably the first appointment of its kind in Britain.

Presidents of the Royal Statistical Society drawn from the Department of Statistics at LSE have been Arthur Lyon Bowley, Maurice Kendall, Roy D. G. Allen, Henry Wynn, Claus Moser, James Durbin and David J. Bartholomew.

The department has an international reputation for development of statistical methodology that has grown from its long history of active contributions to research and teaching in statistics for the social sciences.

Sue Donnelly who is an LSE Archivist wrote a wonderful piece on the Bowley portrait (below) and this can be found on the Arts pages and also on the LSE blog Sue was very pleased to write this piece and she found it a fascinating story.



We offer three undergraduate honours degree courses: BSc Actuarial Science, BSc Business Mathematics and Statistics and BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics. These courses enable students who have enjoyed maths at A-level to develop their skills in mathematics and statistics. BSc Actuarial Science can also lead to exemptions from the 100 series of the Institute of Actuaries examinations. Emphasis is given to areas with practical applications in commerce, insurance, finance and government.

Our taught MSc Statistics and MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) offer specialist training in statistics applied to the social sciences, finance and econometrics. Our MSc Risk and Stochastics provides high-level training in probability theory and statistics for random processes with applications in the areas of insurance and finance and their interface. All three programmes can be taken as intensive full-time one year programmes or part-time over two years. We provide a thriving and co-operative research environment for research students.

We welcome MPhil/PhD applications from students with an excellent MSc qualification and an interest in time series analysis, stochastic modelling, financial mathematics, actuarial statistics, latent variable modelling, analysis of longitudinal and clustered data, nonresponse and measurement error and sample survey methods.