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Taste of university life leads to full-time experience for 23 new students

Zahrah-Mohammad_140LSE will welcome 23 new undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds in October as part of its ongoing commitment to make university education more accessible.

The incoming students have all taken part in introductory programmes offered by LSE to give them a taste of university life in the lead-up to starting their degrees.

The Widening Participation (WP) programmes include the following:

  • Year 11 Summer School, providing GCSE students the opportunity to explore a range of social science subjects and build their confidence to successfully apply to a leading university;
  • LSE CHOICE, a programme aimed at the most talented young people from London’s state schools who have no family history of higher education;
  • Pathways to Law, the Sutton Trust’s flagship programme to widen access to the legal profession via a series of lectures, seminars, university advice sessions, information events, mock trials and a work placement;
  • Student Shadowing programme, allowing students in Year 12 and 13 to experience life as an LSE student by shadowing an existing undergraduate student in their daily life on campus, as well as attending workshops.

Rhaul-Shah_140Rahul Shah and Zahrah Mohammad are two of the successful WP students who will start at LSE this October after attending the Summer School and Pathways to Law programme, respectively.

Rahul will study for a BSc in Economics after completing LSE’s Year 11 Summer School in 2012.

He said: “The Economics classes offered a fantastic insight into the subject from one of the best universities in the world. I spent a week with like-minded, aspiring economists from across London and over five days we were tested and challenged on areas such as game theory and investment, as well as debating some important topics and visiting the trading floor at Credit Suisse.”

“The Summer School was my first insight into university life, giving me a strong focus to aim for a place at LSE to study Economics. As well as being a great platform towards university, the Summer School massively boosted my university application and enabled me to meet and network with current LSE students,” Rahul said.

Zahrah recently graduated from the Pathways to Law programme and will start her LLB in Laws at LSE in the Michaelmas term.

She said: “Pathways to Law allowed me to develop contacts in the profession right from the start. My work experience placements at Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright and Clyde & Co provided a fascinating insight into life in a law firm and I also attended a national conference.”

“The benefits of the programme have been immeasurable: from helping me to develop analytical, debating and negotiation skills as well as meeting LSE lecturers. Pathways to Law has been the crucial turning point for my future and I can’t wait to start my degree,” she said.

LSE Widening Participation Manager Sam Paxton said: “Through these programmes we aim to raise the aspirations and confidence of bright students from under-represented backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming them again in October as well as meeting the next cohort of WP students, who we hope will be similarly inspired.”

For more information about the Widening Participation programmes click here|.

Posted 21 August 2014

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