Student ambassadors train before their first event

Getting involved in Widening Participation

Work with LSE Widening Participation and make a difference to the lives of local children

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 London state schools to raise their aspirations and attainment, and to increase their awareness of their higher education options.

LSE undergraduates support our Widening Participation programme. Up to 100 trained Student Ambassadors help deliver on- and off-campus activities for 10-18 year olds. Another 200 students support us as mentors or tutors.

Working in LSE Widening Participation Working in LSE Widening Participation
Hear from Dimple, an LSE graduate and now Deputy Head of the Widening Participation Team

Why join us? 

LSE students are essential to WP schemes, acting as inspiring role models and sources of information and support. Some opportunities are paid, others voluntary. Find out what the participants think.

Benefits of working with Widening Participation:

  • Help make a difference to the lives of local children
  • Share the benefits of your LSE education with a new generation
  • Get involved in your local community
  • Strengthen your CV and LSE Personal Development Aide Memoire (PDAM) record
  • Build transferable skills such as leadership, communication and organisation

Current Widening Participation opportunities:

You can work either as a Student Ambassador, Tutor, or a Pathways to Law or Pathways to Banking and Finance Mentor. 

Applications to work as a Student Ambassador, Tutor, or Pathways Mentor are now closed. Applications will reopen in September 2021. 

Student Ambassador

Student Ambassadors are first-year students who undertake activities such as giving campus tours and leading young people in focused group work. 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. 

Please view the Job description and Person Specification for the Student Ambassador role ahead of applying. 

"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

Pathways Mentor - Law and Banking and Finance

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 face-face mentoring and e-mentoring with 16-18 year olds through our Pathways to Law Programme. From November 2020 - April 2022 mentors will support students at programme events which take place typically once every 4 – 6 weeks. Mentors are expected to e-mentor a minimum of twice a month on a voluntary basis. 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 face-face and e-mentoring with 16-18 year olds through our Pathways to Banking and Finance Programme. From November 2020 - April 2022 mentors will support students at programme events which take place typically once every 4 – 6 weeks. Mentors are expected to e-mentor a minimum of twice a month on a voluntary basis. Mentors will be providing support, advice and guidance to students about pursuing a degree or career related to banking and finance, university life and developing soft skills.

 

Interested? Please read the next steps below...

Who is eligible?

  • Student Ambassadors are required to be first or second-year students on application (subject to fulfilling certain criteria student ambassadors can be retained throughout their study)
  • To be a Student Tutor, previous experience working with young people is desirable
  • Pathways to Banking and Finance Mentors are required to be first or second year BSc Finance students. Students studying other related courses (e.g. Accounting, Economics, Maths) will also be considered
  • Pathways to Law Mentors are required to be first or second year LLB Law or Law and Anthropology students
  • All roles are subject to completing training and a Disclosure and Barring Check.

How can I apply?

Please view the Job description and Person Specification for the Student Ambassador role ahead of applying. 

Please note that you will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Check. To complete this, you will need to provide five years of addresses and details of when you lived at each address. You will also need to provide documents to prove your identity.

You will be asked to complete the check alongside a right to work check before you are fully enrolled in any of the schemes so please prepare all your documentation as soon as possible.

How can I find out more?

Information sessions will be held in the first few weeks of Michaelmas term 2020. These sessions will be online. 

Please email widening.participation@lse.ac.uk  to ask any questions.

 

Other Widening Participation opportunities:

Spring and Summer School Staff (Course Directors/Leaders and Course Assistants)

Every year, the WP team run the following spring and summer schools:

  • A week-long, non-residential summer school for Year 11 students in July (LSE Compass).
  • A week-long, non-residential summer school for Year 12 students in August (LSE CHOICE).
  • A three-day spring school in April for Year 8 and 9 students, plus two top-up days in August and the second in November (Promoting Potential).
  • As well as being present for all delivery days, Course Director/Leader and Course Assistant roles require that you attend a training session and a launch date for the relevant project. Please click here to see full details of these dates for 2020.
  • You can find further details, including job descriptions and person specifications, below. Applications are now closed for these roles and will re-open in 2021.

Course Assistants (current LSE students)

Course Assistants are responsible for supporting and assisting the Course Director/Leader to deliver a successful spring/summer school. As such, you are there to help ensure that participants enjoy a good balance between work and enjoyment. Specifically, you will help to facilitate group activities, providing individual class room support, where necessary. Further, your role will be key in encouraging pupil interaction during lectures, discussions, workshops and assisting with pastoral care.

For LSE Compass and Promoting Potential, students with knowledge of any social science disciplines are welcome to apply.

For LSE CHOICE, we require students with a strong knowledge in one of the following disciplines: Economics, Government & Politics, History, Maths or Sociology

Ahead of applying, please view the Job Description and Person Specification for the Course Assistant role. 

Course Directors/Leaders (postgraduate students, academics, professionals)

As Course Director/Leader, you will be responsible for developing and delivering some academic content for the spring and summer schools. You will be passionate about your subject, engaging, and have prior experience of teaching and working with young people. You will also have responsibility for pupils’ pastoral care.

LSE Compass

The WP team are looking for Course Leaders in the following subject areas:

 Economics, Law, Sociology, Government & Politics and History

You will be required to design and deliver at least three subject-specific workshops. These will be delivered multiple times to different groups of students on the programme.

You will also have pastoral responsibility for one class on the programme (approximately 30 pupils). In addition, you will need to arrange a subject-specific, off-site visit for those pupils. 

Ahead of applying, please view the Job Description and Person Specification for the Compass Course Leader role. 

LSE CHOICE

For the summer school component of CHOICE, the WP team are looking for Course Directors in the following subject areas:

Economics, Government & Politics, History, Maths, and Sociology

Working independently within certain guidelines, you will develop the theme, format and structure of the summer school week. You will teach some sessions and will also be expected to secure LSE academics and externals to enrich the programme.

You will need undergraduate teaching (or similar) experience and ideally, experience of working with young people. You will also organise and accompany pupils on an  external visit.

Ahead of applying, please view the Job Description and Person Specification for the CHOICE Course Director role. 

Promoting Potential 

Course Directors will be responsible for the development and delivery of the academic content of the Programme, in conjunction with staff from the WP team. Additionally, Course Directors will be expected to secure LSE academics, PhD students, or external speakers to enrich the programme.

Ahead of applying, please view the Job Description and Person Specification for the Promoting Potential Course Director role.

LSE Mentor

This opportunity will not run 2020/21.

Student Mentors deliver paid sessions aimed at helping pupils think about their personal, social and academic development. They visit pupils in their schools each week to discuss their progress and identify any areas for improvement.

The scheme aims to help the pupils develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application, as well as to acquire study skills and improve their academic work.

It runs for 10 weeks from January - March. 

"Being both a Student Ambassador and Mentor at LSE has been one of the best things about my time at university. Learning about some of the challenges that younger students face, raising their aspirations - and sharing their sheer joy when they make it to amazing universities - has been an eye-opener."

Claire Hooi, LLB Law

LSE Tutor

This opportunity will not run 2020/21. 

Student Tutors work with small groups of Year 9-12 students once a week, visiting classrooms to help them with their schoolwork under the supervision of the teacher. 

Previous tutors have provided help with Mathematics, English, Economics, Science, History, Geography, Government, Politics, Philosophy and Ethics and more.

Tutoring runs for 10 weeks from January – March and is on a voluntary basis.

"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