The impact of your support

In the 2016/17 academic year the Annual Fund raised over £1 million for a second consecutive year.

Your unrestricted gifts had a significant impact on the people and places that make LSE distinct, supporting 87 projects.

Your generous support of the LSE Annual Fund enabled:

55 students were supported with scholarships and bursaries. This is the School’s largest philanthropic student support scheme.

11 faculty-led initiatives were allocated funding by the School administration including:

  • Seed funding for the European Institute’s Generation Brexit research project, which is gathering young people’s attitudes towards Brexit in order to ensure their proper representation in the process. The project crowd-sources ideas and opinions from young people using an online social media platform.
  • The LSE US Centre's Ballpark Podcast continues to be produced thanks to the LSE Annual Fund. It is a monthly report that offers features and interviews on US politics and policy. 
  • The Scholars at Risk programme supports both scholars who are currently facing risk and those who have already fled persecution and are now rebuilding their lives in the UK.
  • Seed funding to help establish the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, a leading academic space at LSE for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict affected situations around the world.

76 student-led projects received funding in 16/17. The funds were allocated by the LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) in consultation with School representatives.

These included:

  • Music Society’s teaching programme 

    The  society has been able to kick start a teaching programme at the school that will be running for years to come. Over 50 students have signed up to either teach or take part in lessons within the school. The funding also enabled them to purchase a large number of instruments stored in the new music room. 

  • Rowing Club 
    Founded in 1923 it aims to create an open and inclusive community of rowers and coxes from all levels of experience. Over the past 25 years, the club has grown exponentially to be the largest sports society at LSE, with over 120 paid members, 7 competitive men/women’s teams and guaranteed socials every week.
  • The Beyond the Classroom SU Talks lecture series which aimed at opening students’ eyes to alternative careers outside traditional sectors.
  • Refugee Week

    The LSE Students’ Union was able to host the School’s first ever Refugee Week in February, jointly organised by LSESU’s Student Action for Refugees and United Nations societies.


As a new club, we still lack a lot of equipment. But now we are able to grow - this year we had our biggest turn out yet for the first race of the season.

LSE Triathlon Team captain Jamie Sim

25 academic departments have received unrestricted funding in 16/17. These monies allow them to respond flexibly to immediate departmental priorities and strategic areas of development.

Find out more about these and the many other ways in which alumni and friends are contributing to the future of the School in the Annual Fund report to donors.