Year 12 Politics Conference


Each year, LSE holds a politics conference for 120 Year 12 students from non-selective London state schools. 

This year's conference, led by the Government Department, will take place on Tuesday 13 June 2017 and will address the theme Democracy Disrupted: Politics after Trump and Brexit.

Topics covered will include:

  • Trump and the Future of Pax Americana (Professor Peter Trubowitz)
  • Brexit and the Politics of Economic Inequality (Associate Professor Jonathan Hopkin)
  • Populism and the Politics of Refugee Protection in the US and Europe (Dr Laura Robbins-Wright)
  • Race and the Fear of the Migrant Other: Politics after Brexit and Trump (Dr Nivi Manchanda)

In addition to the academic content of the day, attendees will have the opportunity to tour campus, pose questions to a panel of undergraduates studying in the Departments of International Relations and Government and hear from a LSE Admissions Specialist who will talk about applying to LSE.

Eligibility criteria

The conference is open to Year 12 students attending non-selective London state schools.

To be eligible students must:

  • Attend a state school or college in London (preference is given to applicants attending schools/colleges performing below the national average or with FSM at 35% or above as defined in the DfE Performance Tables)
  • Have achieved at least 5 A* - B grades at GCSE
  • Be interested in Politics or considering a Politics or related degree. 

We will give priority to applicants who meet at least one of the following:

  • In receipt of free school meals and/or pupil premium in Year 11
  • Looked After Child

Or two of the following:

  • Have no parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
  • Have parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories
  • Have parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits
  • Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1 
  • Have a disability
  • Are from an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education

We review all applications in a holistic manner and whilst we prioritise students who meet the above criteria we will consider all the information contained in an application. We therefore encourage applicants to include any additional information in the application. 

Application Information

Applications for the 2017 conference have now closed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than the end of May.