Support our students in these extraordinary times

An urgent request from Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

All gifts received before 31 August 2020 will enable the School to allow incoming students to take up their places with crucial and life-changing scholarships.

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

Minouche Shafik stands in a room of bookshelves and smiles at the camera
LSE Director, Minouche Shafik

After one of the most unusual academic years in LSE’s history, we look to a changed future under different and difficult circumstances. It is in light of this new global reality that I invite you to provide urgent support for our students as we approach our 125th anniversary. 

The pandemic has sent shockwaves through higher education institutions – especially globally-minded universities like LSE. It is the biggest crisis higher education has ever faced.

At LSE we are a lean organisation, and we invest our resources very carefully. Since COVID-19 entered our world, we have reduced the School operating budget by 10%, delayed some existing and paused all new capital projects, and paused on hiring staff. But we will still need to take a loan to see us through the next financial year.

We rely on our students – and the world relies on the LSE alumni they become. The diversity of our student community is also integral to who we are and the impact LSE has on the world. Health issues, visa uncertainty and travel restrictions have been compounded by shrinking budgets and increased financial pressure on many families and individuals. Many talented offer-holders from the UK and around the world need funding to take up their place at LSE.

We are committed to providing over £18 million a year in scholarship and bursary support, which includes generous philanthropic support from alumni, friends and partners. But, as things stand, this will not be enough.

For full context, I am sharing with you the challenge we face for the new academic year:

  • Of our 2020/21 undergraduate and postgraduate offer holders, 37% have requested financial support to-date. 
  • We can only support 14% of these prospective students. 

As a result, brilliant students will be unable to take up the offer to study at LSE unless additional funding is made available.

Are you able to help us support bright, ambitious and committed young people to ensure they can continue to plan their futures around the lifetime of opportunity enabled by an LSE education? 

Please consider making a gift today to the Student Support Scholarship Fund to help mitigate the extraordinary challenges faced by this year’s offer holders.

Each and every gift will make a great difference.

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Your support will deliver immediate impact and a lasting legacy of creating future world leaders, innovators and community change makers, as we grapple with major global challenges to confront inequality and injustice for the betterment of society.

Thank you.

Minouche Shafik
Director, LSE

PS All gifts received before 31 August 2020 will enable the School to allow incoming students to take up their places with crucial and life-changing scholarships.