LSE has won an award for the 'Best Widening Participation Programme' for encouraging inner-city students to go to university. A special award ceremony, co-hosted by Lord Wei and the charity Excellence in Education, took place on Friday 1 July at the House of Lords and was attended by Niaomi Collett and Alexandra Smith from LSE’s Widening Participation team.
LSE has been involved in Widening Participation and access initiatives since 1998 and the activities aim to address the differences in take-up of higher education opportunities across different social groups. Under-representation is directly linked with broader issues of equity and social inclusion and LSE works to ensure equal opportunities for disabled students, mature students, women, men and BME students in higher education.
The School’s programmes aim to help London students discover more about the opportunities available to them and to encourage them to consider how best they can fulfil their potential and reach their goals. LSE’s Widening Participation team works with the capital’s schools, colleges and sixth forms to raise aspirations, awareness and attainment among people from underrepresented communities.
Alexandra Smith, Widening Participation coordinator, said: ‘Inner-city pupils often face considerable barriers to higher education, so we focus on attainment and aspiration raising activities. We have delivered various Widening Participation initiatives for over ten years and this award recognises our contribution to widening access to top institutions like LSE.’
Other prize winners included Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, University of Oxford, for his outstanding work inspiring London pupils to study mathematics, plus many pupils were recognised for their outstanding academic achievement.
More information about LSE’s Widening Participation activities can be found at lse.ac.uk/wideningparticipation.