A guide to personal statements. How to prepare for them and where to start when writing one! Featuring Swansea University, the University of Surrey and the University of Buckingham.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Arione McQueenie, a UK Student Recruitment Manager at the University of Buckingham, Rebecca Denmark, the UK/EU Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Surrey and Tom Neaves, a Student Recruitment Officer at Swansea University.

What is a university personal statement?
Arione explains what a personal statement is and why it is an important part of your university application. She talks about the word/character limit and how many universities you can choose to apply for on UCAS.

Arione looks at the basic structure of a personal statement, and how to show your motivation for the course to admission tutors in the first part of the statement. She goes on to speak about what to include in the second and third part and how to include relevant skills and experience. Finally, Arione talks about things to avoid in your personal statement.

How to start your personal statement
Rebecca shares a useful method to make sure your personal statement is relevant to the specific course you are applying for.

She explains why it is important to write down everything when you are starting off your personal statement, and the impact positive language can have with admission tutors. She goes on to mention words you should avoid in your statement which have been overused and phrases admissions tutors may be less keen on.

Rebecca highlights the do’s and don’ts of a personal statement, mentions how many drafts you should write and why it is vital to research about your course. Finally, she touches on the impact of your opening sentence and goes through the most common ones which you should not use.

Personal statement tips for combined courses (also known as joint honours courses)
Tom explains what a combined course is at university and the different types: a major-minor degree, a joint-honours degree and a triple-honours degree.

He talks about personal statements in the application process and shares advice on standing out to admission tutors. Transferable skills are important to include explains Tom, and he mentions the different ones you can talk about. He explains what you need to do differently when writing a personal statement for a combined course, and how to keep a balance between both subjects.

Finally, he speaks about what you should avoid in a personal statement and how you should structure it.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, an English Literature Graduate from the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 12:00

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