Tower One, LSE

Meet the Widening Participation team

General contact details

For general widening participation enquiries, please call +44 (0)20 7852 3662 or email

For other admissions enquiries, please contact Student Marketing and Recruitment.

Teachers and advisers are invited to join our mailing list.


Our usual postal address is:

Widening Participation Team
5th Floor Pankhurst House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

However, due to COVID-19, as of 16 March 2020, the team are mainly working remotely until further notice.  

Team details

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Jess Bond - Head of Widening Participation 

Jess is responsible for LSE’s widening participation strategy and works with colleagues across the School to ensure the effective delivery of the commitments made in our Access and Participation Plan.

Jess leads the School’s Widening Participation team, who work with hundreds of young people each year from groups that are under-represented in higher education. We deliver a range of events and activities to help students to better understand the benefits of higher education and to provide information to help them make decisions about their own educational futures. 

Prior to joining LSE in June 2020, Jess was Head of Widening Participation and Interim Head of Student Recruitment at St George’s, University of London.  She has also worked in a number of widening participation roles at the University of Cambridge, where she set up a flagship outreach project called HE+ and ran many summer schools and residential events.  

Outside of work, Jess is a school governor at a primary school in Cambridge and a long-standing volunteer with Girlguiding in the UK and worldwide.




Rosie Pethica

Rosie Pethica - Deputy Head of Widening Participation (Strategic Projects)

Rosie leads on the development and implementation of the team’s strategy for vulnerable groups, including support for care-experienced students.  She also manages the relationships with external partners such as the Sutton Trust and Advancing Access as well as providing support for the Access and Participation Plan Steering Group (APPSG). 

Rosie joined LSE in April 2013 as a Widening Participation Officer before moving into the role of Deputy Head of Widening Participation in 2017.

Since graduating from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics, Rosie has worked in student recruitment and widening participation roles at various London universities.

Rosie’s working days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.




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Jonathan Schulte - Data and Policy Analyst

Jonathan supports the Widening Participation team by ensuring that policies and decision-making relating to widening participation are evidence-informed. For this, he collates and analyses data and conducts research into widening participation work at the School and in the HE sector as a whole.

Before joining the Widening Participation team, Jonathan gathered varied experience in both teaching and consultancy. While completing a BA in PPE at Lancaster University, he worked as a tutor, teaching summer schools and other outreach programs. Jonathan then worked as part of Deutsche Telekom’s digital transformation team and for Accenture Strategy, before completing an MSc in Philosophy of Social Science at LSE and joining the Widening Participation team. 




Rebecca Saxby

Becky Saxby-Smith - Widening Participation Officer

Becky joined the WP team in November 2015 and has worked across many of the team’s projects, including the design and delivery of the CHOICE programme for two years.

Becky currently manages the Student Ambassador Programme and leads on the development and delivery of the Schools Partnership work.

Prior to working in the widening participation team at LSE, Becky studied Psychology at Cardiff University and has worked in higher education for eight years.




Alice King

Alice King - Deputy Head Widening Participation (Programme Operations)  

Alice leads the day-to-day operations of the team’s pre-entry outreach and widening access programmes, events and activities to ensure the team is delivering exciting, impactful and high-quality activity, aligned with the Schools’ strategic priorities.  

Alice joined the WP team in August 2020 as a Widening Participation Officer. Alice is a qualified teacher with global experience in widening participation. She worked at the University of Sydney, delivering their admission pathway schemes, and in the Widening Participation team at UCL, delivering post-16 outreach, including their flagship residential summer school. She has also worked for a social mobility charity, delivering outreach in schools. 




Katie Willis

Katie Willis - Widening Participation Officer

Katie currently oversees the coordination and delivery of the Pathways Programmes funded by the Sutton Trust. Katie also oversees the development of subject-specific widening access activity.

Katie graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (hons) in History and American Studies. Whilst volunteering abroad, she developed an interest in social mobility and worked as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) at Harper Adams University after graduating.




Jodie Connon

Jodie Connon - Widening Participation Coordinator (Pathways Programmes) 

Jodie is responsible for coordinating the Pathways to Law Programme.

Having been a widening participation student herself, Jodie is passionate about social mobility within education. Therefore, following her graduation with a BSc in Molecular Biology, she went onto work for the UCL Access and Widening Participation Department. In this role, she ran the residential summer schools, amongst other events, for prospective students.

Prior to joining LSE, Jodie also trained and worked as a secondary science teacher.



Eila Limpin

Eila Limpin - Widening Participation Coordinator (Pathways Programmes)

Eila joined LSE in July 2021 and is responsible for coordinating the Pathways to Banking and Finance Programme.

Eila graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. Since graduating, Eila has worked in multiple widening participation roles at the University of Sussex, starting as a graduate intern, and subsequently becoming an outreach practitioner.

She is passionate about generating social mobility in the education sector and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. 




Phil Gerrard - Office Coordinator

Phil provides administrative support for the Widening Participation team across the full range of its programmes. He also deals with general external queries about Widening Participation at LSE. 

Phil graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Drama, and his first job at LSE was in the Graduate Registry. He then moved on to admissions roles at the Institute of Education and the University of London External Programme, before taking time out to pursue an acting career. During this time, he also took up temporary posts at SOAS, the University of East London, QMUL, and several other HE institutions. He returned to full-time work in the HE sector when he joined LSE’s Widening Participation team in February 2020. 

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