The Widening Participation (WP) team works with young people from under-represented backgrounds in London state schools to raise their aspirations and attainment, and to increase their awareness of their higher education options.
LSE undergraduates support our Widening Participation programme. Up to 100 trained Student Ambassadors help deliver on- and off-campus activities for 10-18 year olds. Another 200 students support us as mentors or tutors.
Why join us?
LSE students are essential to WP schemes, acting as inspiring role models and sources of information and support. Some opportunities are paid, others voluntary.
Benefits of working with Widening Participation:
- Help make a difference to the lives of local children
- Share the benefits of your LSE education with a new generation
- Get involved in your local community
- Strengthen your CV and LSE Personal Development Aide Memoire (PDAM) record
- Build transferable skills such as leadership, communication and organisation
Find out what the participants think
What are the opportunities?
You can work either as a Student Ambassador, Tutor, Mentor or Law Mentor.
Working as an LSE Student Ambassador
Student Ambassadors are first-year students who undertake activities such as giving campus tours and leading young people in focused group work. The opportunities are paid, and available on a flexible basis.
Having recently made their own higher education decisions, Student Ambassadors are ideally placed to guide the students they work with and share their experiences of university life.
They lead campus tours, take part in question-and-answer sessions and deliver classroom-based activities. Experienced Student Ambassadors also visit schools and colleges, and represent LSE at higher education and careers fairs. Here they provide application and admissions information and answer questions about student life at LSE.
All LSE Student Ambassadors undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and attend training on subjects including risk management and child protection, preparing them to work with young people.
"Having been a Student Ambassador for the past two years, I have really enjoyed being able to give back to the community and make a difference to young people’s decisions regarding Higher Education.
The benefits of being an Ambassador are incredibly valuable and it brings the opportunity to develop your skills in leadership and communication. I have also been able to share my experiences and advice to those who view me as a role model. It is definitely a privilege to be a representative of one of the most academically acclaimed universities in the world."
Zahrah Mohammad, LLB, Student Ambassador of the Year
Work as an LSE Tutor
Student Tutors work with small groups of Year 9-12 students once a week, visiting classrooms to help them with their schoolwork under the supervision of the teacher.
Previous tutors have provided help with Mathematics, English, Economics, Science, History, Geography, Government, Politics, Philosophy and Ethics and more.
Tutoring runs for 10 weeks from January – March and is on a voluntary basis.
"I started tutoring for a number of reasons: I wanted to gain experience of teaching as a future career, and I wanted to share the advantages that I have had in my life to give a boost to other students, to help them aim for LSE and other top universities.
Taking part in the programme as a tutor has given me a real confidence boost in my ability to teach. I have definitely gained new skills, and most importantly by the end of the programme I had a real sense of satisfaction, I know that my tutees had really improved in their skills and also their self belief – I hope that they now go on to the great things I know they are capable of."
Megan Beddoe, BA History, Tutor at Quintin Kynaston
Work as an LSE Mentor
Student Mentors deliver paid sessions aimed at helping pupils think about their personal, social and academic development. They visit pupils in their schools each week to discuss their progress and identify any areas for improvement.
The scheme aims to help the pupils develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application, as well as to acquire study skills and improve their academic work.
It runs for 10 weeks from January - March.
"Being both a Student Ambassador and Mentor at LSE has been one of the best things about my time at university. Learning about some of the challenges that younger students face, raising their aspirations - and sharing their sheer joy when they make it to amazing universities - has been an eye-opener."
Claire Hooi, LLB Law
Work as an LSE Law Mentor
Law Mentors can take part in face-to-face and e-mentoring programmes, providing advice and guidance to 16-18 year olds interested in pursuing a degree in law. The scheme runs on a voluntary basis.
Interested? Please read the next steps below...
- Student Ambassadors are required to be first-year students on application (subject to fulfilling certain criteria student ambassadors can be retained throughout their study)
- To be a Student Mentor, previous experience working with young people is desirable
- All roles are subject to completing training and a Disclosure and Barring Check.
Summer School course director and course assistant opportunities will be opening in early 2018. Please check back then for further details.
Please note that you will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Check. To complete this, you will need to provide five years of addresses and details of when you lived at each address. You will also ned to provide documents to prove your identity.
You will be asked to complete the check alongside a right to work check before you are fully enrolled in any of the schemes so please prepare all your documentation as soon as possible.
Information sessions will be held in October of each year; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in attending, or to ask any questions.