WP opportunities for LSE students

Want to make a difference to the lives of inner city school children? Then volunteer with Widening Participation!

Why join?
The Widening Participation (WP) team works with young people from under-represented backgrounds in London state schools to raise their aspirations, attainment, and to increase their awareness of their Higher Education options. LSE students have an integral role to play in WP projects as they act as inspiring role models, a source of information and support.

Benefits to LSE students include:

  • improving your transferable skills such as communication and time management
  • strengthening your CV / resume
  • giving back and getting involved in your local community
  • Undergraduate students will also have their participation recorded on their LSE Personal Development Aide Memoire (PDAM) record.  

Projects that LSE students can get involved in:

Tutoring: Assisting pupils in a particular subject in the classroom environment. Previous tutors have provided help with Mathematics, English, Literacy (Year 6s), Economics, Science, History, Geography, Government and Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, among other subjects. Tutoring runs for 10 weeks from January - March 2016.

Applications for the Student Tutoring scheme are now closed for 2015-16. 

Mentoring: Sessions aimed at helping pupils think about their personal, social and academic development. The scheme runs for 10 weeks from January - March 2016. Previous experience working with young people is desirable. 

Applications for the Student Mentoring scheme are now closed for 2015-16. 

Student Ambassadors: Paid opportunities on a flexible basis. This is open to first year students only and include activities such as giving campus tours, and leading young people in focused group work. 

Applications for the Student Ambassador scheme are now closed for 2015-16.

Law Mentoring: LSE Law students 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. Please see 'Mentoring opportunities for LSE Law' on the left hand panel.

All roles are subject to completing training and a Disclosure and Barring Check.

Before you apply

Please note that:

  • It is not possible to participate in both the Student Tutoring scheme and the Mentoring scheme as this would be too much of a demand on your time. Please apply for the scheme that you are most interested in and indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for both.
  • You should confirm your timetable before you apply.
  • You should have your personal statement (max. 300 words) drafted before you start your tutoring or mentoring application, as you will be required to submit it in one session (ie you cannot start it and come back to it later).
  • All roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Check. Please see below for further details.

Presentation slides from our recent Information Sessions can be found here:

Information Session slides

Disclosure and Barring Checks

If you apply for any of the above positions you will have to complete a DBS check. To complete this, you will need to provide five years of addresses and details of when you lived at each address. Please also take a look at the following documentation list. You will need to provide one document from group 1 and a further two documents from groups 1, 2a or 2b.  All documents must be original and one must show your current address. You will be asked to complete the check before you are fully enrolled in any of the programmes so please prepare all your documentation as soon as possible.