Governance Resources

Everything you need to understand governance at LSE

LSE is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Here you can find information about how we are regulated, our governing documents and key publications. You can also find guidance on chairing and servicing committees at LSE.

Our legal and constitutional framework

LSE is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act (company no. 70527). It is a higher education institution and also an exempt charity. Council members are company directors, charity trustees and members of the company as well as governors of a higher education institution.

We are required to comply with a range of legal and regulatory requirements. The Office for Students is the independent regulator of higher education in England.

The School is principally governed by its Articles of Association. The Articles describe the object and powers of LSE and define its governance arrangements, which are further described in the Council Standing Orders, Council Statement of Primary ResponsibilitiesLSE Byelaws and other governance documents.

The Higher Education Code of Governance published by the Committee of University Chairs identifies key values and practices for the effective governance of universities in the UK.

LSE's Strategy

Council has primary responsibility for approving LSE’s strategy. The current strategy is LSE 2030.

Governance and Management Structures

The School's governance and management structures are included in this organogram.  

Annual Accounts

Council has primary responsibility for approving the Annual Accounts.

Delegation of Authority

The Scheme of Delegated Legal Authority sets out the authority delegated by Council to the Director and School Secretary to authorise other members of staff to sign legal documents. It also describes the authority delegated to individual members of Council and the School Secretary to execute deeds and use the School Seal. 

Council may delegate some of its decision making and this is set out in the Council scheme of delegation.

Committee guidance

These guidance notes contain advice and templates for chairing and servicing committees at LSE.

Committee effective behaviours statement

Committee standing orders

Privacy Notice

The Privacy Notice explains how personal information about members of Council and its committees is kept secure and the purposes for which it is used.


The legal name and correspondence address of the LSE is:

The London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

Council  About LSE’s Governing Body

Academic Board  About academic governance at LSE