Frequently asked questions

Find out the answers to common queries, or contact us to find out more.

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Please read on to find out more about taking part in the LSE Widening Participation programme and to see links to other useful information. See also the Eligibility criteria, Access Agreement, Information for 10-18 year olds and Meet the participants pages.

What is LSE Widening Participation?

The purpose of widening participation is to remove the barriers to higher education faced by students from lower income and under-represented backgrounds. At LSE a dedicated team runs schemes for London students aged ten through to 18. These are aimed at raising aspirations and giving participants the tools to apply to and study at selective universities.

See LSE's Access Agreement 

Why should I encourage my students to attend LSE’s Widening Participation schemes?

LSE provides a variety of schemes for students of different ages and backgrounds. All are free to attend and give students skills that will benefit them throughout their lives as well as at university.

Who is eligible?

We work with non-selective, state funded London schools and colleges, and in particular with students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. Please see our eligibility criteria and each scheme page.

Are there any costs involved?

All the schemes are free. However schools and individuals should consider the costs of transport and lunch where these are not provided. Please see the individual scheme pages for details.

When and where do the schemes run?

Schemes take place at different times of the year, in and out of term time. Most are based on the LSE campus and around London. Please see each page for details.

Which other organisations are involved?

We collaborate with other organisations to achieve their widening participation aims. Please see our Collaborations page for information on the Brilliant Club, IntoUniversity, NCOP and the Sutton Trust.

How do I know my students will be safe?

LSE is committed to creating an environment in which it is safe for children and young people to learn and grow. We value children and young people and promote an inclusive environment for all.

All LSE staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with our Safeguarding Guidance and Procedures. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

All activities which take place on the LSE campus are subject to a risk assessment before they take place. The widening participation team is happy to provide schools, colleges, and parents with copies of risk assessments for individual activities if requested.

How do I find out more and apply?

Staff and advisers:

Join the mailing list


Parents and carers:

Download our guide


Visit the Information for participants page

Contact details are provided on each scheme page, or for general enquiries, please email or call 020 7849 4906. 

Students can apply directly to some schemes - see below.

See what previous participants thought of the programme.

You might also like to watch some LSE student video diaries or read the student blog.

Can students apply directly to schemes?

Students from a non-selective London state school or college, and who meet the criteria given on the individual scheme page, may apply directly for the Black Achievement Conference, LSE CHOICE, Pathways to Law, Pathways to Banking and FinanceLSE Compass, Promoting Potential, Politics Conference, and Management Taster Day. For a number of these schemes a teacher reference will be required as part of the application.

What other free activities does LSE provide?

I am an LSE student. How can I get involved?

Our Widening Participation programme relies on LSE students leading activities, visiting education fairs and helping in schools. Full training is provided. Find out more about how to get involved.