Year 12 Politics Conference

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

The conference addresses a different topical theme each year and includes lectures, panel discussions and seminars, as well as giving participants the opportunity to hear from LSE's Undergraduate Admissions team, tour campus and pose questions to a panel of current LSE undergraduate students in the departments of International Relations and Government.

The 2017 conference took place on Tuesday 13 June and covered the topic Democracy Disrupted: Politics after Trump and Brexit. The date of next year's conference will be published in Autumn 2017.

Eligibility criteria

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

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 quintile1)
  • 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
  • From a socio-economic or ethnic background currently under-represented at highly selective universities such as LSE; especially Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and white working class.
  • 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.

Application Information

The 2017 conference has now taken place and details of the 2018 conference, including how to apply, will be published in Autumn 2017.