The programme, funded by a three-year grant from the Alison Wetherfield Foundation, provided specialist classes for Year 12 students, delivered by LSE’s Law faculty. Since December 2014, 94 students were recruited across three Alison Wetherfield Law programmes, giving them the opportunity to undertake three law masterclasses and a mentoring scheme. Meanwhile hundreds of others attended the programme’s annual conference.
Study support sessions were delivered by specialists across a number of LSE services divisions, as well as subject-in-action activities.
Every state school in London was approached, and the most recent cohort included students from 27 different schools, with selection based on a number of criteria. In addition to academic achievement this included students being the first generation in their family to attend university, having parents in lower socioeconomic categories, as well as being from low income backgrounds.
“I would like to express my thanks to the Alison Wetherfield Foundation for funding this initiative over the last three years,” said Kirsty Wadsley, Head of Widening Participation. “Its support has benefited students from backgrounds least represented in higher education. I am delighted to say we will be taking the lessons learned and applying these through our future work, not least on our Pathways to Law initiative.”
The Alison Wetherfield Foundation raises money to support projects that help with the education and development of disadvantaged young people, and for research and programmes to improve social inclusion and diversity. It was established in 2012 in memory of Alison Wetherfield, a leading employment lawyer in Japan, the UK and the US who died in the same year.