Widening participation

LSE is committed to recruiting the best possible students with the highest academic and intellectual potential, regardless of their economic or social background. Students who consider applying to LSE should be assured that we do not discriminate when selecting students; LSE's only aim is to recruit students who will gain the most from three years of LSE undergraduate study. 

Out Student Marketing & Recruitment and Widening Participation Teams offer a range of activities for schools and colleges in the UK and overseas, such as campus visits and school talks.  Many of these are open to all, regardless of sector or location. 

However, we do recognise that not all applicants are afforded the same educational opportunities. To this end, in addition to our ongoing general recruitment activities, LSE has been involved with a number of widening participation and access initiatives since 1998, with the aim of raising the aspirations of school and college students. These schemes are not just aimed at increasing the number of applications to LSE, but are aimed at encouraging students to apply and fulfil their potential at the best university for them.  

The WP team has worked with over 2500 school students from a total of 260 schools in the academic year 2014-2015. The Team looks forward to reaching more schools and students in 2015-2016.

Our WP activity is specifically targeted based on criteria known to affect participation in higher education. To find out more about each widening participation programme, including targeting criteria, please use the links on the left of the page, or take a look at our Widening Participation brochure.

The work of the WP Team is an integral part of the Access Agreement, helping to ensure that young people from non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply to university. To view this year’s Access Agreement, approved and monitored by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) - an independent public body that regulates fair access to higher education please click here.

As part of our wider commitment to support students at any level, please find further details of LSE bursaries, scholarships and other financial information here