Widening Participation

Our pre-entry outreach programme provides free activities for students in London state schools and colleges

In 2016-17 LSE’s widening participation outreach programme engaged with over 2,700 young people from 294 schools/colleges in and around London.

LSE has been formally delivering widening participation (WP) and access initiatives since 1998. This is targeted specifically at groups under-represented in higher education, to help them progress to university.

London is integral to LSE's identity. The common good lies at the heart of everything we do; we believe this is why – of the +35,000 LSE graduates living and working in London – 21 per cent work in education, 3.5 per cent in charities and the voluntary sector and a further 4 per cent in social and welfare-related roles.

LSE graduates also contribute to the economic might of London, with 16.5 per cent working in financial services and 13.5 per cent in banking. A further 10 per cent work in law and 3.5 per cent in government.

Did you know?

  • Since 2012 over 850 pupils in schools across London have been tutored by LSE students.
  • Since its launch, over 1,000 London state school students have participated in the Year 11 Summer School Apprenticeships
  • In 2015/16 (the most recent year which has been audited by the Office for Fair Access) LSE was one of the top spenders in England on access measures alone, with £600,000 (or 7.8 per cent of the fee income) going on programmes which support under-represented students applying to LSE.
  • In the 2016/17 academic year, the WP team worked with over 2,700 school students from 294 schools.
  • Each year the WP team is supported by approximately 300 LSE students working as either Student Ambassadors, Mentors, or Tutors to deliver the variety of WP projects offered to London state schools/colleges.
  • In 2016/17, 93 students who participated in one of our four intensive post-GCSE outreach schemes went on to hold offers to study at LSE. 30 arrived at the School in September, and 89 per cent of the students were holding an offer for university.
  • Since its launch in 2007, LSE has worked with over 650 students on the Pathways to Law programme with many going on to study Law and related degrees at LSE and other Russell Group institutions.
  • In 2017/18, LSE launched a new Pathways to Banking and Finance Scheme in partnership with the Sutton Trust and funded by Deutsche Bank. Working with LSE’s Finance Department, the Scheme has just recruited its first cohort of 50 year 12 students who will spend two years undertaking academic and employer-led sessions.
  • LSE Estates Division has been involved with the Apprenticeship scheme since 2012. They currently have five young people working towards NVQ qualifications in Business Administration, Grounds Maintenance, Plumbing and Heating, Electrical Engineering and Painting. One of the former apprentices who came to them with no formal qualifications went on to attain Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration.