A personal statements masterclass! Featuring Swansea University, the University of Greenwich and University of Birmingham.

25 August 2020 at 12:00


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 Gemma Champion, the Undergraduate Student Recruitment Officer at Swansea University, Andrew Hunter, the Assistant Outreach Officer at the University of Birmingham and Poppy Ring, the Access and Applications Support Project Co-ordinator at the University of Greenwich.

What does an excellent personal statement look like?
Gemma explains what a personal statement is when you apply for universities on UCAS and why it is important to make it relevant and applicable to all your choices.

Your statement should be around 4000 characters and it is vital that you structure it well to ensure your achievements and skills stand out. Gemma highlights the main things university admission tutors look for when reading your personal statement such as your academic ability, enthusiasm for the subject and any relevant interests. Gemma speaks about how to balance out your personal statement, what percentage should be dedicated to your academic experience and what you should include in the remaining sections.

Gemma explains why it is beneficial to contact admission tutors regarding your personal statement before starting to write it up. She talks about the opening lines you should avoid and how to support everything you say with examples. Finally, she shares her top tips to make your statement stand out and things you should avoid.

How to structure your university personal statement
Andrew explains the kind of writing style you should use when composing your personal statement which will allow you to convey your enthusiasm and passion. Your structure should reflect skills and qualities which universities value the most. He states what percentage should focus on academic and course related information and how to demonstrate your wider skills.
Every personal statement should have a strong opening paragraph and Andrew shares how to write in an engaging way whilst avoiding clich├ęs. Finally, he speaks about how to tie your ending back to the start which reiterates your skills and shares a method to make sure you are providing examples to strengthen your application.

Top tips when writing personal statements for nursing applications
Poppy speaks about how you should write a personal statement if you are applying for nursing or other healthcare courses.

She explains the importance of a personal statement to demonstrate your enthusiasm and how they function as a springboard for interviews. Poppy talks about what admissions tutors are looking for and how to show your skills and qualities. Different universities have different requirements concerning work experience and Poppy speaks about ways you can get around your lack of experience. Finally, she shares her top tips for a personal statement and how to convey your originality and interest.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

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Important note:

The live event is for post 16-students. Those aged 15 or under will have access to the event recordings which will be provided on this page as well, after the event.

Of course teachers, careers colleagues and support staff are very welcome to attend as well - for their own CPD purposes.


 
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