The College’s Access and Outreach team recently organised two sessions with teachers in our link regions of the London boroughs of Harrow and Ealing, on making UCAS personal statements and references as effective as possible.

The sessions, which were delivered by Causeway Education, are based on research by leading academics from multiple Russell Group universities, and aim to equip teachers with practical strategies to use in the classroom and with their colleagues, so that successive cohorts of students can benefit from their improved practice.  

All the teachers attending said they really benefited from an improved understanding of how to create high quality personal statements, the messages required in references and strategies for improving both personal statements and references with their colleagues.

  • Inspire Teachers session on UCAS applications April 18‘It changed my perspective on personal statements and references. It was great to include the research this was based on, so teachers know how you know it works.’
  • ‘Info on references and the structure of the personal statement – I’d never received any advice from my school on this!’
  • ‘I found this super clear and useful.’
  • ‘Really well delivered – very comprehensive and informative.’

The session was organised as part of the St John's Inspire Programme, our outreach programme for pupils and their teachers in years 9-13 in state schools in Ealing and Harrow.