The Sutton Trust has long been a key partner for LSE due to our mutual commitment to Widening Participation and understanding the inequalities in education and professional trajectories. With support totalling over £1 million, the Trust has established award-winning Widening Participation programmes at LSE, including LSE CHOICE, an enrichment programme aimed at identifying the most talented young people from London state schools and colleges and giving them the tools they need to successfully apply to LSE and other competitive universities.
In addition, Pathways to Law was set up in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the College of Law (now the Legal Education Foundation) to widen access to the legal profession. Its purpose is to recruit students with a demonstrated interest in a career in law to participate in LSE’s Widening Participation programme, and delivers a varied programme of lectures, seminars, advice and guidance sessions, and skills development workshops, as well as offering interaction with undergraduate students and professionals through e-mentoring and legal work placements. This is now complemented by a parallel programme, Pathways to Banking and Finance, set up in 2017 to support students who have an interest in the fields of finance and banking. Building on the success of Pathways to Law, both programmes will now expand to also support Year 10 and Year 11 students.
The Trust has also been a strong supporter of LSE research, particularly the Centre for Economic Performance’s examination of educational inequalities, and LSE Housing’s research into social inequalities.