Academic and Professional Development Division

Between them, the units in LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division provide the following:

  • run degree programmes, courses and events
  • offer advice, opportunities and funding to advance the development of academic staff and students
  • support the implementation of educational strategy and policy across the School.

Dr Neil McLean is the Director of the LSE Academic and Professional Development Division.

LSE Language Centre

The Language Centre provides language courses, language support and services to LSE undergraduate students, post-graduate students, research students, LSE alumni, LSE staff and external students.

The Language Centre's Deputy Director is Alison Standring.


LSE LIFE is the new academic, personal and professional development centre for undergraduate and taught master’s students, housed in bespoke space on the ground floor of the Library and offering hundreds of events, workshops and one to one sessions each term.

LIFE's Head is Dr Claudine Provencher.


LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course, LSE100: Thinking like a social scientist, introduces undergraduate students to the ways in which different disciplines analyse some of the major issues confronting contemporary societies.

LSE100's Director, Dr Jessica Templeton, can be contacted on

Digital Skills Lab 

The Digital Skills Lab  provides digital skills training for staff and students, in Microsoft Office, web design, and data science. In addition to practical workshops and online courses, staff and students may also undertake professional certifications to demonstrate and validate their IT skills proficiency. 

The Head of the Digital Skills Lab is Jeni Brown, and the team can be contacted at