Economics (officially the London School of Economics and Political Science, often referred to as LSE or the LSE) is a public research university located in London, England, and a member institution of the federal University of London. Founded in 1895, by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas, and George Bernard Shaw, LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and established its first degree courses under the auspices of the university in 1901 LSE began awarding its own degrees in its own name in 2008, prior to which it awarded degrees of the University of London. Although LSE is a constituent college of the federal University of London is in many ways comparable with free-standing, self-governing and independently funded universities, and it awards its own degrees. Although LSE is a constituent college of the federal University of London is in many ways comparable with free-standing, self-governing and independently funded universities, and it awards its own degrees. The School's main library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science is located in the Lionel Robbins Building and contains over 4 million print volumes, 60,000 online journals, and 29,000 electronic books. The Digital Library contains digitized material from LSE Library collections and also born-digital material that has been collected and preserved in digital formats.In the 2015–16 academic year, there were 10,833 full-time students and around 700 part-time students at the university. Of these, approximately 7,500 came from outside the United Kingdom (approximately 70% of the total student body), making LSE a highly international school with over 160 countries represented.LSE has a long list of notable alumni and staff, spanning the fields of scholarship provided by the school. The school has over 50 fellows of the British Academy on its staff, while other notable former staff members include Brian Barry, Maurice Cranston, Anthony Giddens, Harold Laski, Ralph Miliband, Michael Oakeshott, A. W. Philips, Karl Popper, Lionel Robbins, Susan Strange, Bob Ward, and Charles Webster. Mervyn King, the former Governor of the Bank of England, is also a former professor of economics.
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