Year 12 Politics Conference

The Year 12 Politics conference will take place in June 2016.

Each year, LSE holds a politics conference for 130 Year 12 students from non-selective London state schools.

The conference is run in partnership with the LSE Politics group, made up of the Department of Government, the Department of International Relations, the European Institute and the Department of International Development.  

The title of the 2015 conference was 'The British People Have Decided: Understanding Citizens’ Voting Behaviour in the 2015 General Election' and took place on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.

The day consists of a number of lectures and seminars led by senior academics from the Department of International Relations.

In addition to the academic content of the day, attendees will have the opportunity to tour campus, learn about career and work experience opportunities associated with Politics degrees, and talk with current LSE undergraduates about their experiences at university.

The programme for the 2015 conference can be found here:

 Year 12 Politics Conference Programme

The 2015 conference handbook can be found here:

 Year 12 Politics Conference Handbook

Eligibility criteria

The conference is open to Year 12 students attending non-selective London state schools, who have achieved at least 5 A* - B grades at GCSE.

Students who are interested in Politics or considering a Politics or related degree should apply for the conference.

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)

We will give priority to applicants who meet at least one of the following:
• In receipt of free school meals and/or pupil premium
• Looked After Child
Or two of the following:
• No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
• Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories
• Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits (details should be provided)
• Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1 (
• Have a disability
• 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. Where teachers are required to provide a reference as part of the application process we request that this includes as much contextual information as possible to support us in our selection process.

Application Information

Applications will open in Spring 2016, however to register your interest please email