Promoting Potential: Years 8-9

Promoting Potential supports boys from African-Caribbean backgrounds to learn about student life and the subjects available at university.

Since ‘graduating from LSE’, El-Hajj regularly researches college and university courses and has identified where he wants to continue his studies
 Nia Bellot, parent of Promoting Potential participant

We're currently conducting a review of our widening participation programmes. Some programmes are on hold to enable us to do this. Unfortunately, this means we're not planning to run Promoting Potential in 2021.

For updates on our future offerings, please keep an eye on our webpages. You may also wish to look at ways you can experience LSE from home.


What I thought of Promoting Potential What I thought of Promoting Potential
Share Michael’s experience of the Promoting Potential programme, where boys in Years 8-9 from African-Caribbean backgrounds learn about university life


When and where does the scheme run?

The scheme takes place at LSE for three days over the Easter holidays, with two top-up days later in the year. It is non-residential and runs from 10am to 3.30pm each day.

Students will attend the three-day Spring School and top-up days without the supervision of teachers or parents/carers. However teachers or parents/carers are most welcome to pick them up and drop them off.

What activities are included?

LSE’s Promoting Potential scheme aims to stimulate interest in the social sciences as well as encourage excitement and debate, support formal and informal learning, and reach new audiences less engaged with higher education. 

Participants have the opportunity to learn from LSE academics, meet current students and gain an insight into studying at university.

The scheme consists of: 

  • interactive social science workshops and taster sessions 
  • opportunities to interact with students from LSE’s African-Caribbean Society
  • personal branding and motivational workshops
  • an off-site workplace visit – such as to a bank, law firm or court. 

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost to attend. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded at the end of the three days and each top-up day.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All LSE staff and students involved in delivering Promoting Potential receive appropriate training. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people attend specific training in line with our Safeguarding Guidance and Procedures. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Who is eligible?

Past programmes have offered 50 places to year 8 boys with African and Caribbean heritage who attend a non-selective London state school and are expected to achieve at least five GCSEs graded 6-9. Please also see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

 Applications are currently closed.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact

"The benefits have been endless and El-Hajj’s confidence is now sky high. Since ‘graduating from LSE’, he regularly researches college and university courses and has identified where he wants to continue his studies.

He is now enrolled with an IntoUniversity homework club to enhance his learning. Most importantly, El-Hajj has a sense of pride, having experienced this wonderful opportunity."

Nia Bellot, parent of El-Hajj James (a year 8 Promoting Potential participant)


Cancellation Policy

Please note that as a result of circumstances or events outside of our control (known as ‘Force Majeure’ events and including but not limited to industrial action, official government advice, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises), we may need to cancel sessions at short notice.

In the event of a cancellation, change of venue or date, we will endeavour to notify attendees wherever possible through the contact details given at the time of booking. For the avoidance of doubt, the School will not be liable for any costs you may incur as a result of any cancellation, change of venue or date.