London School of Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science

W100 Representative

Fiona Metcalfe
Director 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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Understand today
Influence tomorrow

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

16

Research centres

50%

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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King's College London

King's College London

W100 Representative


King's College London

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 29,600 students (of whom 11,750 are postgraduate students) from 150 countries worldwide and nearly 8,000 staff members. The university is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

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A nobel distinction

The highest distinction for academics of most disciplines is the award of a Nobel Prize, 12 people who have worked or studied at King’s and its constituent institutions have achieved this distinction. This includes; 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry jointly awarded to Professor Michael Levitt FRS, for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Michael Levitt studied physics at King’s and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 and the 2010.

Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa who was Spanish American Literature in the Department of Spanish & Spanish-American Studies at King’s in 1969-70, and became a Fellow of King’s in 2005.

Mission and vision

  • To educate
  • To challenge
  • To change
  • Our vision is to educate responsible leaders who create positive, sustainable change in business and wider society

Ranked in the top 10 of UK universities

31,000

King's Students

£778m

Annual income

King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings.
King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.


King’s is a world-leading institution with a truly global perspective. It has:

  • Over 200 partnerships and innovative collaborations with leading universities and institutions across the globe, including key relationships with the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
  • Joint PhD programmes, involving more than 20 academic departments across King’s, with institution including the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
  • Offices in Brazil, China, India, and the USA: part of a global network that will develop deeper relationships with local research, commercial, student and alumni communities in these key countries and regions.
  • A School of Global Affairs comprising a network of Global Institutes to promote understanding of fast-changing parts of the world and encourage engagement with 21st-century powers. These include King’s Brazil Institute; the Lau China Institute; King’s India Institute; the Institute of North American Studies; King’s Russia Institute; King’s African Leadership Centre, and King’s International Development Institute.

Cultural competency & a global problem-solving mindset.


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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

W100 Representative

Rachel Sandison
Executive Director and Vice Principal, External Relations


Rachel Sandison is the Executive Director of External Relations at the University of Glasgow, UK, where she has responsibility for leading an integrated service covering Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions, International Affairs and Development & Alumni Relations. Rachel is also the University’s Universitas 21 network Senior Leader.

Rachel is a Chartered Marketer and Chair of the Glasgow Economic Leadership HE/FE Marketing group and a member of CASE’s US Commission in addition to sitting on a number of sector advisory boards. She is also a member of Faculty at the CASE Europe Strategic Marketing Institute and a current School Governor.

Previously, Rachel was the Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Alumni Relations at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has been inspiring great minds for over 560 years. Our alumni include world changers from economist Adam Smith and engineer James Watt to the inventor of television, John Logie Baird and the writer and producer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, Steven Moffat. In addition, the University has fostered the talents of one Prime Minister, seven Nobel Laureates and Scotland’s current First Minister. We have a diverse and growing student population with more than 27,000 students from almost 140 different countries.

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Our roots are in Glasgow,
our reach is worldwide

As a globally connected university with deep civic roots, for over 560 years Glasgow has established creative and vibrant partnerships with communities, colleagues and students across the world. We have over 300 formal agreements with universities overseas covering a wide range of activities from research collaborations through to joint degrees and international student mobility arrangements. As well as developing innovative international partnerships, we have developed a significant overseas presence, building on well-established links in Asia to achieve a range of transnational education provision in Singapore (Engineering and Computing Studies), and with two top-ranked ‘985’ Universities in China – UESTC in Chengdu (Engineering) and with Nankai University in Tianjin.

Mission and vision

  • To be a world-class, world-changing university.
  • To bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students alike to discover and share knowledge that can change the world.

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities

2,000

Active researchers

£180m

Annual research income

The University is ranked in the top 1% of world universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. It enjoys a long-standing reputation as a research powerhouse with a focus on research excellence. It is one of the UK’s top 10 earners of research income with total earnings over £180m per year and has a base of over 2000 active researchers. Our priority themes and multidisciplinary research networks bring these researchers together with practitioners, policy makers and NGOs to create academic communities which focus on key issues and challenges, including: precision medicine; quantum technologies; nanotechnology; sensor systems; space; future cities; water; digital humanities; global security; international development; refugee, asylum and migration; human rights and sustainable development. Find out more at www.glasgow.ac.uk/research/infocus


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The World 100 Reputation Network is a group of the best universities in the world, delivering research that enhances reputation and offering leaders the chance to develop their own careers on a global stage. Members benefit from events and study tours, training, monthly media monitoring, and unique reputation research to provide institutional advantage.

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