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Fiona MetcalfeDirector of Communications

Fiona Metcalfe is the Director of Communications at LSE. She was appointed in 2019 following three years as Head of External Communications. Her role is to protect and promote the LSE brand and lead engaging and impactful communications locally, nationally and globally.

Prior to joining LSE, Fiona spent two years as Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office global network of 200 communicators and before that spent eight years working in media, events and strategic communications at No 10 Downing Street.

London School of Economics

LSE was founded in 1894 by four prominent Fabian Society members, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, George Bernard Shaw, and Graham Wallas, and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

They are a social science university based in central London with a global reach. LSE help students prepare for bright futures in world-changing roles. A rigorous social science education is designed to stretch students intellectually through more than 200 specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, executive education, distance learning, and summer school.

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LSE has established a global network with a small number of high-quality universities across the world. There are multi-faceted institutional partnerships with Columbia University (New York), Sciences Po (Paris), Peking University (Beijing), the National University of Singapore, and – since May 2010 – the University of Cape Town.

LSE has developed global, multi-faceted partnerships with a number of prestigious universities. These peer institutions are located in key cities/locations around the world, and each partnership is different.

We also have a number of other collaborative activities at the departmental level and further.

Mission and vision

  • Sustain excellence through an inclusive and diverse community
  • Extend our impact and reach
  • Ensure a sustainable future

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities


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of research given 4* rating

Since 1895 The London School of Economics has been pioneering social science research, challenging existing ways of thinking, and seeking to understand the causes of things in order to transform them. In October 2020 they celebrate our 125th anniversary.

It is their ambition to be the leading social science university with the greatest global impact. Led by Director, LSE alumna Minouche Shafik, their strategy LSE 2030 lays out the guiding principles that they believe will help them achieve their goals and shape the world’s future.

LSE academics conduct social science research that makes a lasting impact on society. This means LSE students are taught by academics that regularly advise international bodies and governments, and who are also vocal in the media on current news.

The LSE COVID-19 resource centre demonstrates how the social sciences can support government policy responses to COVID-19.  The university has also just been involved in the launch of SHAPE – Social sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a national evaluation exercise, ranked LSE as a top university for research quality and impact. With over 50 academic departments and research centres, the school are continuously expanding their research horizon to reflect and aid the changing society around us.

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