How LSE works

 An overview of our governance structures

Legal structure

The London School of Economics and Political Science holds the dual status of a private company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. It is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The legal governance structure of the School is laid down in its Memorandum and Articles of Association [PDF] 

For more information, view the formal legal framework at LSE


The School's governing body, with ultimate strategic responsibility for the affairs of the School, is Council, chaired by Susan Liataud. Council is also the Trustee/Company Board and its members are the Trustees/Company Directors. The Council also has a number of committees

Court of Governors

Court sets the constitutional framework within which the School operates, and appoints the members of Council from amongst its own membership. It does not itself exercise any direct strategic or executive decision-making powers, but provides advice and support. 

There can be up to 100 members of Court. They mainly consist of lay members, but there is also representation from academics and students. Members of Court are the members of the company. 

Find out more about Court and its committees

Academic Board

The Board reports to Council and is the principal academic committee of the School. It has responsibility for monitoring and upholding the academic standards of the School and for regulating teaching. 

It is chaired by the Director and its membership includes student representatives and the majority of academic and research staff. The Academic Board also has a number of committees.

Find out more about Academic Board and its committees

School Management Committee (SMC)

The School’s decision-making body for management and operational issues, the SMC provides recommendations on strategic decision-making to Council and its committees. It includes the Director, School Secretary and the other senior managers in the School. 

Find out more about the School Management Committee

Other Committees

In addition, there are a wide range of School-level consultative groups involving staff and/or students. 

See an A-Z list of all Committees and working groups