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

For other admissions enquiries, please contact Student Marketing and Recruitment

Teachers and advisers are invited to join our mailing list


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
(On Sabbactical until October 2019)

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 Agreement approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

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.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3642


Dimple himji

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.


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.  


Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3662 


Ellen Austin

Ellen Austin - Data and Policy Analyst (Maternity Leave)

Ellen joined the team in January 2016 in the new role of Data and Policy Analyst. She is responsible for ensuring the team have a robust evidence base to understand the impact of their work and to develop future projects. She also works to explore the experience of widening participation students once they join LSE.

Ellen graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA(Hons) in History, and she also holds a Masters in Social Research and Public Policy from Kings College London. She has spent most of her career in the cultural and higher education sectors.

She joined LSE from a small consultancy specialising in scholarly communications where she led a number of national research projects exploring researcher behaviour and preferences for a wide range of clients including publishers, government agencies and universities. 


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7366


Jess Benson-Egglenton

Jessica Benson-Egglenton - Data and Policy Analyst (maternity cover until September 2019)

Jessica joined the team in a maternity cover capacity in November 2018. She is responsible for ensuring the team have a robust evidence base to understand the impact of their work and to develop future projects. She also works to explore the experience of widening participation students once they join LSE.

In 2012 she completed a Masters in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London, alongside working at the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for evaluation and desire to apply this within the field of widening participation. 

Prior to joining LSE, Jessica spent an number of years at Queen Mary University of London, developing the WP team’s evaluation processes and undertaking research projects across the student lifecycle. 


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7366


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.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 7645


Rosie Hodgart

Rosie Hodgart - Widening Participation Officer

Rosie is responsible for the Pathways Programmes, delivered with support from the Sutton Trust. She also oversees the Year 11 Summer School and Promoting Potential Programmes.

Rosie completed her MA Joint Honours degree in Geography with American Studies at the University of Dundee, with a year abroad in the US. After this, Rosie worked in international education and social mobility, with US students in the UK at Anglo Educational Services, and most recently at the US-UK Fulbright Commission, developing the Sutton Trust US Programme over four years.


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7768



Eleanor Buxton - Widening Participation Coordinator

Eleanor is responsible for coordinating the Tutoring scheme and the Year 12 Politics Conference, as well as working on the LSE CHOICE programme. She also has responsibility for coordinating work with care experienced young people, care leavers, and estranged students.

While studying at LSE, Eleanor worked as a student ambassador on numerous WP projects. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Government, she completed the Charity Works Graduate Scheme. She spent the year working frontline in social housing, alongside conducting research and completing an ILM-accredited leadership development programme.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4907


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.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7764 



 Lowri Roberts - Widening Participation Coordinator

Lowri joined the team in August 2018. She is responsible for coordinating the Student Mentoring Scheme, the Student Ambassadors Scheme, ACE and ACE High Days in addition to the Year 11 Summer School.
Lowri graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in American and Canadian Studies, which included a year spent studying at the University of Iowa, USA. She then joined Cardiff University’s Widening Participation Team, working closely with young people from schools and colleges across South-East Wales and assisting with a wide variety of events and outreach initiatives.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4906



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.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7717


Nicole Lewis

Nicole Lewis - Widening Participation Assistant

Nicole is responsible for managing front-line queries, school visits, providing support to CHOICE and other team programmes, as well as financial administration.

Nicole graduated from the University of Kent with a BA (Hons) in English and American Literature including a year in the US; then completed an MSc in Business Management and Human Resources. After some time in HR within the media sector she transitioned to the education sector. Nicole has a keen interest in people development providing career and educational support through coaching and her work with widening participation.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3662