Our external partnerships

to advance EDI at LSE

LSE has been established as a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2)

Everyone is welcome at our School, and it is our diversity that makes LSE such a welcoming place to work and study. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Office acts to support LSE in promoting equitable treatment, championing diversity, and developing a fully inclusive School community.

To achieve this we work with the following external organisations in addition to our internal stakeholders:



AdvanceHE established the Athena SWAN Charter, of which LSE is a member. AdvanceHE is a pivotal external monitoring body that assesses our standing on gender equity.

AdvanceHE also provides other benefits to member institutions, across all areas of EDI. For example, they provide resources and guides, an online network and community of practice exclusively for the higher education sector, and development and training opportunities.

Follow the instructions here to sign up for access to these tools.



Business Disability Forum (BDF) membership

LSE has been established as a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and signed the School up for membership of the Business Disability Forum. BDF is a not-for-profit organisation that works with businesses to support employees with disabilities. They provide training, expertise and resources for managers and staff about disability. This is an important issue for LSE as 19% of working age adults have a disability, and 96% of disabilities are not visible.

BDF have over 20 years’ experience working with private and public sector organisations. Their 300 members include Manchester Metropolitan University who received Gold Disability Standard status in 2017.

There is a huge list of benefits of membership available to all LSE staff.

All colleagues can register with their LSE email address to access line manager guides, a mental health module and specialised toolkits. There is also an advice service for managers and resources on recruitment, adjustments and communications.


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LSE's partnership with AccessAble

LSE has a partnership with AccessAble to provide fine-grain, pan-disability access guides to the School’s buildings (including the residences), route maps between buildings, and an Apple/Android app.

Our partnership with AccessAble will help us to be proactive in improving the accessibility of our buildings, at a time when the LSE estate is undergoing major physical change.



ENEI (Employers' Network for Equality and Inclusion)

LSE has recently become a member of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI), which helps organisations build and maintain inclusive cultures.

ENEI provides valuable resources, training, and insights into EDI in the workplace; and member networks that we connect with and benchmark against. Members of ENEI enjoy:

  • online member events
  • inclusion toolkits and guides
  • the member forum
  • digital and in-person networking events
  • online training

Take a minute to register for an account hereand you'll be granted access within 48 hours.