Student life

Read on to find out more about student life at LSE through the years.

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    Educate, Agitate, Organise – a short biography of Dr B R Ambedkar

Educate, Agitate, Organise – a short biography of Dr B R Ambedkar

On the 125th anniversary of Ambedkar’s birth, Sonali Campion looks back on the life of the leading jurist and social reformer. She considers how his education in India and abroad, as well as his lifelong campaign to advance the rights of minorities, meant he was uniquely qualified to lead the process of crafting of the Indian Constitution after independence.

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    Ellen Marianne Leonard – President of the Students’ Union, 1907

Ellen Marianne Leonard – President of the Students’ Union, 1907

LSE’s History series for LSE Women: making history celebrates some of the notable women at LSE through the years. Sue Donnelly looks back at Ellen Marianne Leonard: first woman President of the LSE Students’ Union. 

In 1907 the LSE Students’ Union elected its first woman President, also known as the Chairman of the Common Rooms Committee. Ellen Marianne Leonard (1866-1953) was a 41 year […]

15 years of MSc Global Media at LSE

LSE’s first double Master’s programme at 15 years old

On November 30 2015 LSE’ s oldest and largest double programme, MSc in Global Media and Communications, celebrated its 15th anniversary. Over 100 alumni, students and colleagues attended the seminar in the Shaw Library and the festive dinner at the Senior Common Room. Professor Craig Calhoun introduced the event, Professor Terhi Rantanen […]

LSE’s early students and their careers

The first degree from LSE was awarded in 1902, writes Hannah Spencer. Since then, LSE has given its students the skills and knowledge to pursue a huge range of career paths.

Between 1895 and 1932, the most popular occupations after graduation were social work, school teaching, research, and business. Analysis of occupations, with 1,195 students responding to a survey, showed that […]

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LSE’s first prospectus

By July 1895 LSE had an address, 9 John Street, a Director, William Hewins and an opening date, October 1895. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly shares the story of LSE’s first prospectus.

It was time to recruit some students and launch the new School’s prospectus. In eleven pages it outlined the reasons behind the new institutions, its aims, curriculum, teachers, teaching […]

Swingin’ 60s and rockin’ rock cakes

Were you at LSE in the 1960s? LSE alumnus James Thomas Emmerson shares the recipe for Mrs Ellis’s rock cakes.

In the 1960s (before the Troubles), the School was known, among other things, for having “arguably the worst food north of the Thames.” At least that was the Sunday Observer’s characterisation of the daily fare dispensed on the third floor. Such judgements […]

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    A royal visit – laying the foundation stone of the Old Building

A royal visit – laying the foundation stone of the Old Building

On 28 May 1920 George V and Queen Mary left Buckingham Palace in an open carriage escorted by the Life Guards, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. They were accompanied by Herbert Fisher, Minister for Education and as they approached St Clement Danes the church bells began to ring. Halting on Clare Market the royal party entered Passmore Edwards Hall […]

William Beveridge’s advice for new students

At the start of a new academic year LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly look back to the 1920s and 1930s when the LSE Director, William Beveridge, would begin the year with an address to new students.

William Beveridge was appointed as Director of LSE in 1919 but the first record of an address to students is 1921. Over the years the […]

Mackindergarten – LSE’s Army Class

In 1907 LSE and the War Office began an experiment in military education which was to last until 1932, with a break during the First World War. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly introduces LSE’s Army Class.

The experience of the Boer War (1899-1901) created concern about the efficiency of the army and a desire to modernise in some quarters. The class […]

LSE and the First World War

From student numbers and their curriculum to wartime service and Zeppelin raids, LSE was transformed by the demands of war. Professor David Stevenson investigates the impact of the First World War on LSE. 

On the eve of the First World War, in the academic year 1913/14, 1,681 students were enrolled at the School. Many came from overseas, and 583 were women. LSE was well established […]