Year 12 Politics Conference


Each year, LSE holds a politics conference for 120 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 is 'The British People Have Decided: Understanding Citizens’ Voting Behaviour in the 2015 General Election' and it will be taking place on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.

The day will consist of a number of lectures and seminars led by senior academics from the Department of Government. You will get an insight into current research on elections and voting behaviour, with a specific focus on voting patterns in the 2015 General Election and its consequences.

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 day can be found here:

 Year 12 Politics Conference Programme

The 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.

In addition, pupils who wish to participate must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Eligible for free school meals when in Year 11
  • Looked After Child (in care)

Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education (HE)
  • Parents employed in low socio-economic categories or who are unemployed
  • Live in an area of low progression to HE
  • Have a disability (seen or unseen)
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education

Preference will also be given to pupils who:

  • Attend a school performing below the national average at A Level
  • Attend a school with over 35.1% pupils eligible for free school meals in Year 11

Application Information


If you have any queries please email Yasmin Hossain or call 020 7955 7003.