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.

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

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

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