Year 12 Politics Conference

The Year 12 Politics Conference will take place on Thursday 16th June 2016, from 9.15am to 3.45pm, with an optional campus tour at the end of the day.

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

This year's conference will be led by the International Relations department and the theme of the conference is American Politics on the Eve of the 2016 Elections.

The day will be led by Professor John Sidel, the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at LSE. Academics will give students an insight into the possible implications of the US election outcome on a national and international level via a series of interactive lectures and seminars. 

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 and advice for personal statements.

The draft programme for the 2016 conference can be found here:

Year 12 Politics Conference draft programme 2016

If you are a teacher and wish to inform your students about this opportunity here is a poster available to print. 

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
  • are 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 application deadline for the Year 12 Politics Conference had now passed.  

If you have any queries, please email Sophia at