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LSE's Founding Purpose

LSE was founded in 1895 to know the causes of things and for the betterment of society.

LSE’s Common Purpose

To transform people and societies by understanding the causes of things.

Who We Are


LSE is a world leading university, specialising in social sciences, with a global community of people and ideas that transform the world.

Does this purpose still hold true today?

Share your views through this series of questions.