Planning Division has two Senior Data Analysts who produce analysis of the School’s activities in the following areas: Widening Participation, Student Experience and Careers.

This work feeds into areas such as the Access and Participation Plan, the Educate for Global Impact strand of LSE 2030, and the Teaching Excellence Framework, as well as departmental and divisional activities.

The key areas of analysis produced are listed below, with links to relevant dashboards and written reports. Earlier versions of reports can be found in the analysis archive.


This work explored the relationship between course assessment types and student outcomes to understand how assessment patterns might relate to student grades.

Department digest

This is an annual summary of department-level insights from Planning Division dashboards and analysis. 

Department digest

Grade awarding gaps

Annual analysis on the grade awarding gaps for students on courses and programmes. Uses a statistical model to track change over time, controlling for the interactions between student characteristics.

Grade inflation

Annual analysis that replicates Office for Students analysis to explore unexplained changes in student outcomes over time ("grade inflation").

This shows patterns of change in student outcomes that can’t be explained by the demographics of our student body, at both the whole-School and department levels. This is currently limited to Home UK undergraduate students.

Programme design

This analysis looks at the relationship between the number of core courses on a programme and student satisfaction with the programme.

Student activity

This work explores the relationship between student engagement with LSE services and opportunities and student outcomes.

LSE LIFE engagement and student outcomes report

Student satisfaction

This experimental analysis reviewed the relationships between student satisfaction and demographic characteristics in 2019. We hope to repeat this in future years.

Analysis requests

If you have identified a need for new or additional analysis in the areas of access, education, student experience, or careers that would support your work, contact us.

Ask us about analysis

Research partnerships

We work with LSE academics on research projects that deliver insight from LSE data. This can range from supplying data for a research question of interest to the academic, through to funding and jointly supervising a student in a summer research internship.

If you would like to explore a research project or partnership, please get in touch.

 Contact us about research projects