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Black Achievement Conference (Years 10-12)


The Conference will take place on Saturday 21 October 2017, from 10:30-15:30, hosted at LSE.

The Black Achievement Conference is a free one-day event for Black African and Caribbean students in Years 10, 11 and 12, and their parents and carers. This year is the 10th anniversary of the conference and it will be hosted by presenter and entertainer Kat B from MTV and includes a line-up of speakers from London’s African-Caribbean community, including the 2014 The Apprentice finalist Bianca Miller-Cole. 

The conference is designed to help students and their families to plan for their future by providing a taste of higher education. The event aims to inspire students to aim higher, think bigger, realise their potential and make informed decisions about what to do with their futures. The conference will include:

  • Motivational sessions
  • A university advice session by an LSE Admissions Specialist
  • Opportunities to connect with students from LSE’s African Caribbean Society
  • Parent and carer workshops with practical tips on supporting their child's education
  • An exhibition showcasing different extracurricular opportunities available for students in London!


Who should apply?

To be eligible for the Black Achievement Conference, applicants must be from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds, be in Years 10, 11 or 12 and attend a non-selective London state school or college.

We will prioritise students in the following groups:

  • Looked-after children or care leavers
  • Have caring responsibilities for family members
  • Have a disability
  • Eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium now or in the last six years
  • Living in an area of low progression to higher education (as defined by POLAR3 quintile 1)
  • No parental experience of higher education
  • Parents/carers working in low socio-economic categories and/or on receipt of means tested benefits
  • From a Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller community
  • Meeting one or more criteria above and attending a school/college that is performing below national average and/or has a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals.

We review applications holistically; while we prioritise students who meet the above criteria, we will consider all the information contained in an application when making our decisions. For this reason, we encourage applicants to include any further relevant details - such as any additional information or extenuating circumstances - that they feel ought to be considered to support their application.


In offering activities to any school or college we must be confident we are meeting requirements laid out under the widening participation agenda as defined and regulated by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The outcome of any WP Project decision is not an indication of eligibility to, or likelihood of, receiving a place to study at LSE in the future. For more information about LSE’s Undergraduate courses and applications to study at LSE please see http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse.

Application Information

Applications will open on Monday 4 September and will close on Sunday 24 September 2017. To apply, click here.

If you have any questions please contact widening.participation@lse.ac.uk.