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Advising the Advisers 2011
Advising the Advisers 2011
The Importance of the Personal Statement to LSE Linda Hamer Access & Admissions Specialist
The Importance of the
Personal Statement to LSE
Linda Hamer
Access & Admissions Specialist
LSE’s situation Volume & Quality of Applications Highest application : places ratio in UK Seek
LSE’s situation
Volume & Quality of Applications
Highest application : places ratio in UK
Seek to ‘recruit students with the very best academic
potential irrespective of their background’
Aim to select students who can benefit from and
contribute to the LSE community
Selectors at LSE Academic Admissions Tutors & Admissions Specialists Discuss procedures & policy Apply strict
Selectors at LSE
Academic Admissions Tutors & Admissions Specialists
Discuss procedures & policy
Apply strict School (i.e. LSE) guidelines
Work to specific criteria for each course
‘Uphold the principles of fairness, transparency and
consistency’
The process Selectors look at all forms where the Academic Admissions Criteria (i.e. grades) are
The process
Selectors look at all forms where the Academic
Admissions Criteria (i.e. grades) are satisfied
LSE does NOT interview applicants
Personal Statement IS important
Advice on web-site:
www.lse.ac.uk/collections/undergraduateAdmissions/Ad
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LSE’s ideal Personal Statement Clearly structured (think ‘interview’) Obvious subject focus (general &
LSE’s ideal Personal Statement
Clearly structured (think ‘interview’)
Obvious subject focus (general & specific)
Links current & future studies
Evidences relevant skills & experiences
Minimum 66% academic (one third ‘social’)
Full use of ‘space’ (but paragraphed)
Error free
Original (UCAS Similarity Detection Service)
Enthusiasm; motivation; ‘spark’
Subject Focus Why this particular subject? e.g. ‘ It is the ever-changing nature of Law
Subject Focus
Why this particular subject?
e.g. ‘ It is the ever-changing nature of Law which makes it a
discipline in which one will always be challenged. Yet it is
not just this versatility that attracts me to Law, but also the
diversity of this exciting discipline.’
Specific Subject Interests Which aspects are of particular interest? e.g. ‘…particularly how the critical decisions
Specific Subject Interests
Which aspects are of particular
interest?
e.g. ‘…particularly how the critical decisions that affect our
country are made. I am also keen to explore the moral,
political and economic implications of such decisions on
both individuals and marginalised groups in society.’
Present & Future Links to current subjects / studies e.g. ‘ In my Economics A
Present & Future
Links to current subjects / studies
e.g. ‘
In my Economics A level, I have been able to use my
mathematical reasoning in analysing statistical data and
interpreting trends in economic activity, for example
considering how future growth can be stimulated without
inflationary pressure. I hope to develop this further in my
degree course…’
Skills and Experiences Not just about what the student has done, but what s/he has
Skills and Experiences
Not just about what the student has done, but what
s/he has gained by doing it
e.g. ‘In reaching the national finals of the Proshare
Finance competition, organised by Deutsche bank, I
developed a better understanding of investment and
improved my communication skills through the various
presentations.’
Evidence of Planning Ends on a positive note ‘I am a committed and enthusiastic student;
Evidence of Planning
Ends on a positive note
‘I am a committed and enthusiastic student; I enjoy a
challenge and work hard to achieve my goals, I look
forward to tackling a degree in Accounting and Finance as
well as contributing to all aspects of university life.’
Additional Information Evidence of more than study Voluntary or Charity work Sporting success or interest
Additional Information
Evidence of more than study
Voluntary or Charity work
Sporting success or interest
Social activities (theatre, art)
Duke of Edinburgh & similar
Work experience or paid employment
Internship (particularly if relevant to course - but not
essential)
What to avoid Spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors Jargon, abbreviations, non-standard English Excessive use of
What to avoid
Spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors
Jargon, abbreviations, non-standard English
Excessive use of quotations
Rambling or repetition
Irrelevancies
Preference for one university
Failure to make use of space
Lying!
Admissions Criteria Web-Site Additional advice regarding specifics that are sought from students applying to LSE
Admissions Criteria Web-Site
Additional advice regarding specifics that are sought from
students applying to LSE courses are given on the LSE
admissions criteria web-site:
www.lse.ac.uk/undergraduateAdmissions/AdmissionsCrite
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Linda Hamer
Access & Admissions Specialist