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Member of LSE Council

Council is the governing body of LSE and its formal responsibilities are set out in its Articles of Association. Council’s primary role is to provide strategic leadership and to maintain a focus on areas identified as being of strategic importance. It is responsible for the system of internal control operating within the School and for ensuring it is effective. You can find out more about Council here.

Council formally meets at least four times a year. It is formally composed of 18 members, the majority being Independent members, including the Chair, as well as there being staff and student members. Council members are charity trustees and company directors and as such are ‘fit and proper persons’, expected to discharge their duties with prudence and care and to accept ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the School.

In accordance with LSE’s Articles of Association, the term of office for the SU nominated student member is ‘for a period of one year or the period until they shall cease to be a student of the School, whichever shall be the shorter’.



  • To be sympathetic with School objectives
  • Exercise responsibilities collectively in the interests of the School
  • Feed in views from across the School e.g. Departments, students etc.
  • Declare interests
  • Conduct yourself in accordance with the standards of behaviour in public life (Nolan principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership)
  • Attend meetings regularly and prepare in advance
  • Maintain confidentiality, particularly where business is restricted and confidential, seeking advice from the School Secretary where required concerning matters under discussion
  • Participate in induction and development opportunities (including provided by LSE and LSESU)