Student ambassadors train before their first event

Getting involved in Widening Participation

Make a difference to young lives or get support with your own transition to LSE

I have really enjoyed being able to give back to the community and make a difference to young people’s decisions regarding Higher Education
LSE student

The Widening Participation (WP) team works with young people from under-represented backgrounds in state schools and colleges. We aim to raise their aspirations and attainment, and to increase their awareness of their higher education options.

We also support current LSE students who have taken part in Widening Participation programmes in the past, or who come from groups that are under-represented in higher education. If this is you and you'd like to find out more, please have a look at our Headstart webpage

Many LSE students support our Widening Participation programmes. Student Ambassadors help deliver activities for 10-18 year olds on-campus, virtually and at other locations (eg, London schools/colleges). Other LSE students support us as mentors or tutors.

Why work for us? 

LSE students are essential to WP schemes, acting as inspiring role models and sources of information and support. All opportunities are paid.

Benefits of working with Widening Participation:

  • Help make a difference to the lives of local children and young people
  • Share the benefits of your LSE education with a new generation
  • Get involved in your local community
  • Strengthen your CV 
  • Build transferable skills such as leadership, communication and organisation
  • Opportunities to undertake training in areas such as safeguarding / child protection and effective online delivery

Current Widening Participation opportunities:

Applications are open from 1 November 2021 - 14 November 2021 for LSE Team Up Maths Tutor. Click here to access the application form.

LSE's Widening Participation team is not currently recruiting any student staff roles including: Pathways to Law/Pathways to Banking and Finance Mentors, or Student Ambassadors. Updates on vacancies will be shared on this webpage when we recruit.

 Maths Tutor 

Applications are open from 1 November 2021 - 14 November 2021 for LSE Team Up Maths TutorClick here to access the application form.

LSE Team Up Maths Tutor

In 2021/22, for the second year running, the Widening Participation Team are collaborating with Team Up, an education charity, which “works to reduce the widening attainment gap in education by helping underachieving disadvantaged pupils double their expected progress and improve their future prospects”.

In Lent Term, LSE Tutors will travel to one of our London partner schools, to provide in person small group tutoring, under the supervision of teachers. Our two partner schools are located in either the Borough of Westminster or the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

LSE Tutors must commit to attend paid online training prior to commencing tutoring and will be required to travel to the school and attend for 1.5 hours of tutoring on the below dates. You will be paid for 2.5 hours each week (1 hour preparation and 1.5 hour delivery) plus your attendance at training and your travel expenses will be reimbursed. LSE Tutors will be placed on an LSE Hourly paid contract from mid December 2021 to end of March 2022 to cover the dates of the programme.

Programme Dates

Training: Online training held in December 2022

Start date for Tutoring: w/c 17 January 2022

End date for Tutoring: w/c 28 March 2022

*No tutoring w/c 14 February 2022 due to schools half term

Day & Time of Tutoring: Tuesdays 16:00 – 17:30 OR Wednesdays 15:00 – 16:30

Why should I get involved?

  • You’ll be paid an hourly wage, including for training (currently £13.63).
  • You’ll gain/improve transferable skills, such as time-management, communication, presentation and problem-solving.
  • You’ll enhance your CV and gain experience of working with young people in the UK education system.
  • You’ll be making a positive difference to the lives of young Londoners.
  • As well as receiving full training, you’ll be supported by coordinators from the school, Team Up and the LSE WP team.

Who can apply?

  • All LSE students – undergraduate and postgraduate.
  • You must be based in the UK throughout the programme and during the training.
  • You must have a UK bank account.
  • You should have studied maths at least to A-level or equivalent.
  • You should be enthusiastic and committed.
  • All roles are subject to completing a Disclosure and Barring Service check

Please read the full job description and person specification before applying.


 Pathways Mentor - Law and Banking and Finance

Applications now closed for 2021/22

Work as an LSE Pathways to Law Mentor:

This is a long-term paid opportunity for LLB Law and LLB Law and Anthropology students to take part in and e-mentoring with 16 18-year olds through our Pathways to Law Programme.  These will be delivered virtually throughout Michaelmas Term, with the possibility of face-to-face delivery from Lent term onwards. From November 2021 - April 2023 mentors will support students at programme events which take place typically once every 4 – 6 weeks. E-Mentoring will commence in July 2022 and conclude in April 2023. Mentors will be providing support, advice and guidance to students about pursuing a degree in law, university life and developing soft skills. 

Work as an LSE Pathways to Banking and Finance Mentor:

This is a long-term paid opportunity for LSE students studying BSc Finance or a related degree (e.g. Accounting, Economics, Mathematics) to take part in and e-mentoring with 16 18-year olds through our Pathways to Banking and Finance Programme.  These will be delivered virtually throughout Michaelmas Term, with the possibility of face-to-face delivery from Lent term onwards. From November 2021 - April 2023 mentors will support students at programme events which take place typically once every 4 – 6 weeks. E-Mentoring will commence in July 2022 and conclude in April 2023. Mentors will be providing support, advice and guidance to students about pursuing a degree in law, university life and developing soft skills. 

Student Ambassador

Applications are now closed for 2020/21

Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students who undertake a range of activities for LSE'sWidening Participation and Student Marketing and Recruitment teams. The opportunities are paid, and available on a flexible basis.

Having recently made their own higher education decisions, Student Ambassadors are ideally placed to guide the students they work with and share their experiences of university life.

They lead campus tours, take part in question-and-answer sessions and deliver classroom-based activities. Experienced Student Ambassadors also visit schools and colleges, and represent LSE at higher education and careers fairs. Here they provide application and admissions information and answer questions about student life at LSE.

All LSE Student Ambassadors undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and attend training on subjects including risk management and child protection, preparing them to work with young people. 

"Having been a Student Ambassador for the past two years, I have really enjoyed being able to give back to the community and make a difference to young people’s decisions regarding Higher Education.

The benefits of being an Ambassador are incredibly valuable and it brings the opportunity to develop your skills in leadership and communication. I have also been able to share my experiences and advice to those who view me as a role model. It is definitely a privilege to be a representative of one of the most academically acclaimed universities in the world."

Zahrah Mohammad, LLB, Student Ambassador of the Year