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Why LSE?

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LSE offers a unique opportunity to study the social sciences in a university institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world's greatest capital cities.

You may wish to also explore the Life at LSE| pages or take advantage of our Email an Alum| service, which will connect you with former students who can give you an insider's perspective of the School.

The heart of London

The character of LSE is inseparable from its location. Situated in the heart of central London, the School is located in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Only a short distance from Europe's financial, legal and cultural centres, LSE stands at the crossroads of international debate, fundamental to our identity as an outward looking institution with an active involvement in UK and world affairs.

LSE is stimulating, cosmopolitan and very much part of the 'real world'. These qualities derive from the variety of its staff and students, from its active academic and political concerns, and from the easy interchange of ideas between the School and the world outside - Government, Parliament, the business and financial institutions of the City, the Law Courts and media are all on the School's doorstep.

Each year there are many influential outside speakers at the School (national and international politicians, business leaders, industrialists and civil servants) as well as leading academics from all around the world who visit to participate in teaching, to give public lectures and to pursue their own research. LSE is compact and full to the brim with students and staff - this contributes to the vitality and friendliness of the place.

A world centre of research and teaching

Our research informs and constantly invigorates our teaching. Graduate students also play a valued and important role in the School's contribution to scholarship, through the research they undertake during their studies. LSE supports the research of its staff through academic departments and institutes, and also through a range of interdisciplinary research centres|. Some 97 per cent of LSE academics are actively engaged in research. Staff are regularly sought out as advisers, consultants and commentators, becoming involved in the practical impact of the subjects they teach and research. Many past and present members of staff act as expert advisers to political parties, the Civil Service and policy pressure groups. For instance, Professor David Metcalf is chair of the independent UK Migration Advisory Committee, Emeritus Professor Lord  Desai is a regular speaker in House of Lords debates and Emeritus Professor Lord Wallace is a government whip in the coalition government, and Emeritus Professor Lord Layard, founder of the Centre for Economic Performance, is a prominent expert on happiness and well being.

The School's international reputation and London location ensure that in times of crisis it is to LSE that the media turn first for a response. Professor Nicholas Stern (climate change), Professor Conor Gearty (human rights), Professor Anne Power (housing policy), Tony Travers (London and local government) and Professor Danny Quah (the weightless economy) will all be familiar names to the average news addict.

Please see lse.ac.uk/experts| for a guide to staff research and consultancy experience, and their leading publications.

Research quality

The Research Excellence Framework (formerly the Research Assessment Exercise - RAE) is a UK-wide assessment of research excellence at universities undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Councils every five to seven years. Results from the 2008 RAE confirmed LSE's position as a world-leading research university, with the School topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence.

Individual subject areas at LSE also head national tables of excellence. LSE comes top nationally by grade point average in Economics, Law, Social Policy and European Studies, with Anthropology coming second.

More information about the RAE and individual subject areas can be found at Research Assessment Exercise 2008|.

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