Tower One, LSE

Meet the Widening Participation Team

General contact details

For general widening participation enquiries, please call +44 (0)20 7852 3662 or email widening.participation@lse.ac.uk

For other admissions enquiries, please contact Student Marketing and Recruitment

Teachers and advisers are invited to join our mailing list

Address

The team is based on the fifth floor of the Pankhurst Building, Houghton Street, LSE, WC2A 2AE.

Kirsty Wadsley

Kirsty Wadsley - Head of Widening Participation

Kirsty has overall responsibility for leading strategic developments in widening participation, including working with colleagues across and outside of LSE on widening participation matters.

She coordinates LSE's Widening Participation Steering Group and the production and monitoring of the School's Access and Participation Plans approved by the Office for Students (OfS).

With over ten years' experience in developing award-winning widening participation and student recruitment activities, Kirsty served as the 2018 chair of the Russell Group Widening Participation Association.

Kirsty initially studied BA (Hons) Business Studies at Nottingham Trent University, completing a sandwich year as a finance analyst at Vauxhall Motors. In 2013 she graduated from MA in Social Justice and Education from the Institute of Education (UCL) and completed a Certificate in Early Childhood from the Montessori Centre International.

She is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and a Governor at a local further education college.

Email: k.wadsley@lse.ac.uk  

Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3642

 

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Dimple Wedgewood - Deputy Head of Widening Participation

Dimple oversees the delivery of the widening participation outreach programme, alongside Rosie Pethica. Other key responsibilities include further developing programmes of work with schools and ensuring the operational delivery of the a new CRM system to improve communication and relationship management with all key stakeholders.

After heavy involvement with the widening participation programme while studying BSc Economics at LSE, Dimple completed the Teach First programme. She taught Mathematics at a secondary school in Derbyshire for two years and has gained a PGCE through the programme.

She then joined The Smarty Train, a niche consulting firm specialising in early talent programmes for corporate clients. She worked there for four years in various roles and teams including research, project management, event delivery and client management.

Email: D.V.Wedgewood@lse.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5250

 

Rosie Pethica

Rosie Pethica - Deputy Head of Widening Participation

Rosie joined LSE in April 2013 as a Widening Participation Officer before moving into the role of Deputy Head of Widening Participation in 2017.

Rosie oversees the delivery of the widening participation outreach programme as well as managing the annual Black Achievement Conference and leading on the development of the network for LSE students who have engaged in the widening participation pre-entry programme.

Since graduating from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics, Rosie has worked in student recruitment and widening participation roles at various London universities including UCL, as well as managing a university and careers success programme at ARK Schools, an education charity and academy sponsor.  

Email: r.pethica@lse.ac.uk   

Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3662 

  

Rebecca Saxby

Becky Saxby - Widening Participation Officer

Becky joined the WP team in November 2015 and is responsible for the design and delivery of the CHOICE programme, Introduction to the Social Science Days and the annual BSc Management Taster Day.

Prior to working in the widening participation team at LSE, Becky worked at the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL and a language school located in Bristol.

Email: r.saxby@lse.ac.uk    

Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 7645

 

Katie Willis

Katie Willis - Widening Participation Coordinator (Pathways Programmes)

Katie is responsible for coordinating the Pathways to Law, Pathways to Banking and Finance Programme and Introduction to Pathways.

Katie graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Jt. Hons) in History and American Studies. Whilst volunteering abroad, she developed an interest in social mobility and has worked as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) at Harper Adams University since graduating.

Email: k.l.willis@lse.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7764 

 

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Nikita Gibbs - Widening Participation Coordinator

Nikita is responsible for coordinating the Moving On programme and providing support for the Black Achievement Conference, Promoting Potential, WP Network and Headstart. 

Nikita graduated from Brunel University with a LLB in Law. With a huge interest in education, she worked in a secondary school as a cover supervisor, particularly with sixth-form law students. After this, she worked with children with severe disabilities in a primary school. As a former widening participation student herself, she developed an interest in widening access into higher education and went on to work for the charity IntoUniversity.

Email: n.c.gibbs@lse.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7717

 

Catherine OMahony

Catherine O'Mahony - Widening Participation Coordinator

Catherine is responsible for the LSE Tutoring programme, the Politics Conference, Introduction to the Social Sciences and ACE / ACE High days. She also provides support on the LSE CHOICE programme.

Catherine has a varied background that includes many years of working with young people in schools and colleges. Much of this has been in the careers guidance field, as a practitioner, manager and information specialist. Catherine also has experience of managing training and personal development courses, teaching yoga and music journalism. Her qualifications include a BA (hons) in English, PgDip in Guidance, Qualification in Careers Guidance and an MA in Creative Writing. 

Email: c.omahony@lse.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 4907

 

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Hafeez Olarewaju - Widening Participation Coordinator

Hafeez is responsible for coordinating the Student Ambassador programme, Mentoring Programme and the Management Masterclass.

Hafeez graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA (Hons) in International Development and later completed an MSc in Education (Policy and International Development) at the University of Bristol.

Prior to joining LSE, Hafeez worked for the charity IntoUniversity for four years in a variety of roles, working with students from primary schools, secondary schools and sixth forms.

Email: h.olarewaju@lse.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7768