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The Duke of York learns about life at the London School of Economics

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, attended a lecture on population growth, spoke to student societies, and enjoyed a lunch overlooking the rooftops of London during a visit to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) today (Monday 25 October).

Duke of York meets LSE studentsThe Duke, who is the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, visited LSE to gain an insight into the everyday workings of the School. He was greeted by LSE Director Howard Davies and Peter Sutherland, chairman of the LSE Court of Governors, who accompanied the Duke on a tour of the campus.

During the visit, the Duke watched a variety of videos showing the different aspects of LSE life and LSE’s contribution to society. Two of the films covered aspects of LSE research - the first illustrated research by Professor Martin Anthony, Department of Mathematics, on ‘The Mathematics of Machine Learning,’ and the second looked at ‘A New Approach to Child Protection’ with LSE professor Eileen Munro. The last film showcased the plans for LSE’s New Students’ Centre, which was recently granted planning permission by Westminster City Council.

He then met three LSE student societies - the Business Society, Emerging Markets Society, and Entrepreneurs Society - who happily discussed their societies activities and aims for the coming year.

Duke of York watching a roundtable discussionThe Duke then walked over to the New Academic Building (NAB), which was opened by The Queen in 2008. Here, he watched a roundtable discussion taking place with a selection of LSE’s Chevening scholars, and observed an LSE100 course lecture, which was covering the topic ‘Is population growth sustainable?’ LSE100 is an innovative new course that introduces first year undergraduates to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist, by exploring some of the great intellectual debates of our time from the perspectives of different disciplines.

The visit ended with a themed lunch on ‘The UK and world trade’ which was attended by a select group of LSE staff and academics. Before leaving, the Duke of York was presented with three books; The Financial Crisis: who is to blame? written by LSE Director Howard Davies, the latest book by LSE professor Nicholas Stern entitled A Blueprint for a Safer Planet, and LSE: a history of the London School of Economics and Political Science 1895-1995 which was written by former LSE director Ralf Dahrendorf.