Learn for You

£220 every year to spend on the learning of your choice

The LSE is passionate about learning and would like to contribute to a culture where employees feel their development is supported and encouraged.

Learn for You is a personal and career development scheme through which certain categories of staff are entitled to a learning allowance of up to a maximum of £220 every academic year to spend on the learning of your choice.  

To qualify, you need to be in salary bands 1-5. Applications from both part time and full time members of staff are welcomed, and we are particularly keen to encourage applications from individuals who may not have had regular access to learning opportunities and would like to re-engage in their personal or career development.

For a more detailed summary of how the scheme works and whether you qualify to apply, please read our terms and conditions document . 

Learn for You Summer School 2018

Learn for You will run its first Summer School as part of the LSE Staff Summer Festival.

This 2 week event is a celebration of the LSE's Learn for You Scheme, whose goal is to inspire a wider interest in learning and wellbeing activities. Over the course of the Summer School there will be opportunities for staff to trial a variety of fun activities for free. Why not take this opportunity to try somethin different

The Learn for You Summer School will be running from 25 June - 6 July 2018

The following are the list of acitvities that will be running:

  • Health and fitness seminar - 25 June
  • Vocal workshop - 26 June
  • Guitar workshop - 27 June
  • Self-defence - 28 June
  • Photography workshop - 29 June
  • Chess - 2 July
  • Sign language - 3 July
  • Table tennis - 4 July

All activities are lunchtime sessions and to book a place please click here

What can I apply for?

The type of activities the scheme support are:

Personal Development

This can be any non-work related, structured course or programme. There is no requirement for it be linked in any way to your current role at LSE.

Career Development

This can be any non-work related structured course or programme, but with a clearer aim in helping you achieve your career goals.

This isn't about supporting your current role, more a step in the direction of your longer term career plans. For example, learning associated with a career-change you envisage in the future.

If you feel that you have development needs which are essential to your current job role, please apply for funding via the External Funding budget.


This can be any structured programme or activity that positively impacts your quality of life and sense of personal achievement.

This could include membership of the LSESU gym or driving lessons. Anything that provides you with a clear structured learning outcome.

On completion of your learning activity, you will be asked to complete a Learn for You Progress Report to get your views on how the funding has helped you achieve your learning goals.

How are applications approved?

The Learn for You Scheme is administered by the Human Resources Division and it is run by the Learn for You Committee who make the final decision on all funding applications.   

The Committee members are:

Drucilla Daley: Deputy Department Manager: Department of International Development

Samantha Da-Costa: Faculty Accomodation and Relocation Manager: Residential & Catering Services Division

Albina Shashnya: Organisational Learning Consultant: Human Resources Division

Amy Mamawag: Organisational Learning Administrator: Human Resources Division

Application Deadlines 2018

Application deadline

Application notification

09 February 2018

20 February 2018

09 March 2018

20 March 2018

13 April 2018

24 April 2018

11 May 2018

22 May 2018

08 June 2018

19 June 2018

13 July 2018

24 July 2018

How do I apply?


Please read our guide to writing good learning outcomes and our terms and conditions  before applying.

To apply, please complete and return a Learn for You application form to HR (LRB 5th Floor) or send a scanned copy to hr.learning@lse.ac.uk

All applications will be considered by the Learn for You Committee and the result of your application will be emailed to you shortly after the committee meeting.