Network of Excellence in Internet Science

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a specialist college of the University of London. It was founded in 1895, and officially joined the federal University in 1900 as the Faculty of Economics, beginning to issue its degrees from 1902. Today it is regarded as one of the world's leading academic institutions and remains a specialist single-faculty constituent college of the University, the only such institution in Britain. The latest national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) sponsored by the UK government, ranks the LSE as joint-second (with Oxford) by grade point average across the fourteen units of assessment it submitted. The RAE results also rank the LSE as the UK's top university in Anthropology, Economics, Law, Social Policy and European Studies. The Independent Newspaper placed LSE first in the country for its research, on the basis that 35% of its faculty were judged to be doing world leading work, compared to 32% for both Oxford and Cambridge respectively (The Independent, December 18, 2008). Over 68% of research was given a 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) grading, whilst the economics department was the strongest department of any mainstream subject in the country. The aim of LSE's Media and Communications Department throughout its five-year history has been to keep pace with rapid change in media, technology and society demands through dynamic and imaginative research. Results from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise show the department's research edge is one of the sharpest in the country – with 75 per cent judged to be 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. On grade point average, the department is rated third-best in the UK.

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