Around 65 sixth form students from London schools and colleges are studying at LSE this week and next as part of special 'Winter Schools'.
During this week (4-8 December) a course entitled 'Finance and Our Future' is being held for 23 students from Lewisham and Tower Hamlets' colleges. This course was funded last year by Citibank, which has continued its involvement this year in collaboration with The Sutton Trust.
The AS-level students, selected by their colleges, have expressed a keen interest in economics, business and/or finance. None of the students have any home or family background in higher education, which is why Citibank and The Sutton Trust are keen to invest in this LSE scheme, one of a number to encourage a wider range of young people to apply to university. The aim of the course is to motivate the students and develop their abilities, in order to improve their chances of getting into university.
During the second week (11-15 December) two courses, 'Finance and Our Future' and 'Risk!' will be held for almost 50 upper-sixth formers from seven London colleges that are affiliated with the Technology Colleges Trust. The five-day programme, run in collaboration with the Goldman Sachs Foundation, is designed to assist the students in their preparations for A-level exams.
This is the first year in which The Goldman Sachs Foundation has supported this Winter School initiative - more than doubling the number of students LSE was able to accept last year for its initial course. The Foundation has donated funds for this course and similar ones for the next two years, in addition to giving considerable support to LSE's Saturday School project which also works with inner city London sixth formers.
Goldman Sach Foundation president Stephanie Bell-Rose said: "We are pleased to partner with LSE in a programme that prepares talented students from all backgrounds to compete for admission to top universities."
All the courses will include lectures and seminars from LSE professors to give the students an insight into studying at university. The teaching will be interspersed with visits to various financial institutions such as Citibank, The London Metal Exchange and Lloyds of London. Students will also be given help with university application/choice as well as careers advice from a number of role models, including LSE alumni.
Both courses are part of LSE's continuing commitment to widening participation in higher education. This includes Higher Education Summer Schools in July funded by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England).
Rosemary Gosling, Director of External Study at LSE, said "We are grateful to The Sutton Trust and The Goldman Sachs Foundation for the opportunity to organise these schools. They do make a great difference to these students and we at LSE greatly enjoy working with them."
Pinky Sidhu, External Study programme, on 020 7849 4605.
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582.
8 December 2000