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 now open for Pathways to Law Mentors or Pathways to Banking and Finance Mentors! Applications close at 23:59 on Sunday 3 October 2021. 

You can read the Job Description and Person Specification on our website. The link to apply can be found below:  

Apply now!

LSE's Widening Participation team is not currently recruiting for Maths Tutors or Student Ambassadors. Updates on vacancies will be shared on this webpage when we recruit.

 Maths Tutor 

Applications are now closed for 2020/21 

Student Tutors work remotely with small groups of Year 10-11 students once a week online, to help them with their maths schoolwork under the supervision of the teacher in the classroom.

Tutoring runs for 12 weeks, starting in the Spring Term, and is a paid opportunity.

"I started tutoring for a number of reasons: I wanted to gain experience of teaching as a future career, and I wanted to share the advantages that I have had in my life to give a boost to other students, to help them aim for LSE and other top universities.

Taking part in the programme as a tutor has given me a real confidence boost in my ability to teach. I have definitely gained new skills, and most importantly by the end of the programme I had a real sense of satisfaction, I know that my tutees had really improved in their skills and also their self belief – I hope that they now go on to the great things I know they are capable of."

Megan Beddoe, BA History, Tutor at Quintin Kynaston

Who is eligible?

  • Tutors are required to be current undergraduate or graduate students at LSE.
  • To be a Tutor, previous experience working with young people is desirable
  • Completed a Maths A-level or eqiuvalent 
  • All roles are subject to completing training and a Disclosure and Barring Check.
  • Applicants must currently reside in the UK

 Pathways Mentor - Law and Banking and Finance

Applications open on Monday 20 September 2021.

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