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Make the most of your time at the SPP

The LSE School of Public Policy provides a forum for students to discuss policy issues with leading academics and practitioners, establish meaningful connections and connect their classroom learning with real-world scenarios.

Find out more about the networking and development opportunites at SPP.

People were at the heart of my SPP experience. My personal takeaways are to engage with fellow students from the SPP and other departments, approach professors and teaching assistants, sign-up for extra-curriculars and conferences, and don't be shy.

Anton Paukner, MPP Class of 2020

School of Public Policy Networks and Associations


Association of Public Policy Students (APPS)

The Association of Public Policy Students (APPS) is an elected body of SPP students that serve as a resource for the student community.

Throughout the academic year, the APPS’s numerous committees and initiatives provide opportunities for students to engage with other classmates in professional and social activities.

Find out more about APPS



Womxn’s Network

The School of Public Policy’s Womxn’s Network is a student-run organisation focused on the advancement and empowerment of students within the SPP and broader LSE community who are marginalised by the intersectionalities of gender and/or sexuality. 

The Network aims to further encourage the inclusion of marginalised voices within policymaking through various events and forums designed to promote learning and open discussion.

Find out more about the Womxn's network



The Public Sphere Journal for Public Policy (PSJ)

The Public Sphere Journal (PSJ) is a journal of international policy studies produced by SPP students which features evidence-based research in economic policy, public management, international affairs, development studies and social policy.

The PSJ offers students an opportunity to combine their unique professional and personal experiences to create a journal of international policy studies, from the initial call for papers through to the print and launch.  

Find out more about the PSJ

Hear about the experience from PSJ Managing Editor (2002) 


LSE Student Union and Societies


Beyond SPP there are also plenty of ways to make the post of being #partofLSE from joining one of over 200 societies, to volunteering for a local charity, or attending a public lecture by a world-leading figure.

Find out more about LSE Students' Union




School of Public Policy External Networks and Opportunities


Turner MBA Investment Impact Network and Training (MIINT)

The Turner MBA Investment Impact Network and Training (MIINT) Competition gives SPP students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in impact investing by sourcing and conducting due diligence on real-world, early-stage impact investment opportunities.

The MIINT competition process is supported by LSE's Marshall Institute. Find out more about the process.

Hear about the experience from our 2022 participants.  



Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is a partnership between seven prestigious universities in public policy. GPPN is a platform for institutional partnership, research collaboration, and student exchange.

Members of the GPPN have organised an annual international conference for the students and deans from member schools to meet and discuss pressing issues of global public policy. 

Find out more about GPPN

Hear about the experince from our 2022 GPPN conference participants and competition awardees 


School of Public Policy Professional Development Programmes and Activities 


Policy in Practice (PiP) seminars

We run regular seminars through the year to connect SPP students with policy practitioners in a range of fields, either to learn more about the work of particular organisations and sectors or to develop new skills.

These seminars are designed specifically for SPP students and provide them with an opportunity to connect classroom learning to real world scenarios. 

Recent speakers have included:

Hugh Cole, Director of Policy and Strategy for the City of Cape Town

Carlos Raúl Morales, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala 2014 – 2017. 

Find out about more past sessions



SPP Professional Skills Accelerator

The SPP offers an extensive and tailored programme of Professional Skills for Public Policy. This is especially designed to complement the skills and insights that students gain as part of the programme curriculum and equip them with the necessary skills for the next step in their career.  

Students will benefit from a series of training workshops with experienced practitioners and experts in key areas of professional development such as leadership, negotiation and persuasive communication.

Find out more about the Professional Skills Accelerator  



Dean's Dialogue

SPP students have the opportunity to join Dean Andrés Velasco and expert guests for topical discussion and Q&A over lunch.

This provides a great opportunity for smaller groups of students to connect with our Dean and to engage – and challenge – policy experts in an informal setting.



Life in London

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LSE is based on one campus in the centre of London. Despite its central location, many of the streets around campus are pedestrianised, meaning the campus feels like a real community. 

London is an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. It's also an academic city, with more than 400,000 university students. Whatever your interests or appetite you will find something to suit your palate and pocket in this truly international capital. Make the most of career opportunities and social activities, theatre, museums, music and more. 

Read why we think London is a fantastic student city, find out about key sights, places and experiences for new Londoners



Student News

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Find out more about the latest news from our student community:

Welcome new students - In September we welcomed over 250 new students to the SPP.

MPP symposium - MPP students came together to give their final presentations for their group policy projects which were undertaken with leading external organisations.