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The Black Achievement Conference (national): Year 12

The LSE Widening Participation team has hosted a conference for Black heritage students since 2007. The event celebrates Black excellence at LSE and across the UK.

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This year’s conference will take place on Saturday 18th June 2022 between 13:30-17:00.

The half-day virtual conference is an opportunity to celebrate the UKs Black community and provide a taste of higher education whilst encouraging students to consider their options when progressing to university generally and LSE specifically.

The theme of this year’s conference is Black Futures with a particular focus on the academic pipeline and careers. Attendees will hear from current students, staff and alumni at LSE and learn more about their experiences.

Activities on the day will include an academic lecture, a Q&A panel, and an admissions session. Students will gain more of an insight into university learning and the university application process with the aim of helping them to realise more of their potential.

Additional information and promotional materials for school staff and students

Download the poster

Download the information booklet

When and where does the conference take place?

The 2022 Black Achievement Conference will take place via Zoom on Saturday 18th June between 13:30 and 17:00.

What activities are included?

The conference is designed to provide students with a clearer idea of higher education and help them make informed choices about their future. Students will get the opportunity to:

  • hear from speakers from the African Caribbean community, including academics
  • learn more about admissions and how to make a competitive LSE application
  • hear from alumni and current undergraduate and postgraduate LSE students about their university experience

A confirmed timetable with further details will follow shortly.

Are there any costs involved?

The Black Achievement Conference is free to attend.

Who is eligible?

This is event is open to selected Year 12 students of Black heritage.

Students should:

  • Be currently in Year 12 (England and Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or S5 (Scotland)
  • Have always attended a state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college/sixth form
  • Identify as being of Black British African/Caribbean or Black British African/Caribbean mixed heritage. This includes students who identify as Black British “other”

  • Be considering making an application to undergraduate study at LSE

  • Be on track to attain the contextual entry requirements for their course of interest at LSE. The contextual offer grades for the degree programmes are listed alongside the standard offer A-level and IB entry requirements on the relevant programme pages
  • Be available for the duration of the event.

We would also particularly encourage applications from students of Black heritage who belong to one of our other widening participation target groups, namely:

  • Those living in postcode areas of historic low progression to higher education. This is determined by home postcode, which must be in POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2. Check your postcode(selecting MSOA) to see if you have ‘Quintile 1’ or ‘Quintile 2’ next to POLAR4 in the table. More information about POLAR.

  • Those living in postcode areas of historic deprivation as defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), which must be in IMD quintile 1 or 2 (deciles 1-4) or regional equivalent*. Check your postcode in EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland or Wales.

  • Those who identify as having a disability or specific learning difficulty**.

  • Those who identify as care-experienced (i.e. those who have been in the care of the local authority).

More information about how LSE uses widening participation data during the admissions process can be found under the contextual admissions section of this admissions information page.

* Ranks 1-356 in Northern Ireland IMD
  Overall Decile 1 or 2 in Scotland
  Ranks 1-764 in Wales IMD

**Have a disability or specific learning difficulty as defined by UCAS:

  • You have a social/communication difference such as autism/Asperger's

  • You are blind or have a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses

  • You are deaf or have a serious hearing impairment

  • You have a long-standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy

  • You have a mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder

  • You have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D

  •  You have physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using your arms or using a wheelchair or crutches

  • You have a disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above

  • You have two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions.

In the circumstance that the event is oversubscribed, and places need to be allocated, students will be considered for places based on the extent to which they meet our widening participation criteria (outlined above). Students who meet more than one criterion will be prioritised for places. 

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for the Black Achievement Conference 2022 open on Monday 21st March 2022 and close at midnight on Sunday 29th May 2022.

Applications are made via our online application form. If you require an alternative application format, please contact Ard.BAC@lse.ac.uk.   

The LSE BAC team will then shortlist applications and communicate selection decisions in late May via email.  

Event invitations will be allocated based on your eligibility and event demand. 

Students will be considered for places based on the extent to which they meet our widening participation criteria (outlined above), with those students who meet more than one criterion being prioritised for places.

Contact

If you have any questions, please email Ard.BAC@lse.ac.uk and the LSE BAC team will reply as soon as possible.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people receive specific training on working with children, in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Cancellation Policy

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

In the event of a cancellation, a 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.