Presentation on theme: "LONDON’S GLOBAL UNIVERSITY What Admissions Tutors are Really Looking For … Professor Mike Ewing UCL Dean of Students (Academic)"— Presentation transcript:
LONDON’S GLOBAL UNIVERSITY What Admissions Tutors are Really Looking For … Professor Mike Ewing UCL Dean of Students (Academic)
Applicants who will make the entrance requirements. Will applicants benefit from the programme that they have applied for? Does the applicant have the appropriate academic ability for the programme they have applied for? Does the applicant have the relevant practical skills for the programme they have applied for? Is the applicant sufficiently motivated; enthusiastic and committed to their chosen area of study? Is the applicant likely to contribute to the institution both inside and outside the classroom? What are we looking for in UCAS applicants?
How do we find all this out? 1.UCAS application form predicted grades AS results GCSE results personal statement reference Interviews – not all departments interview and the nature of the interview also varies across departments Admissions tests (LNAT – Laws; BMAT – Medicine) Criteria-based selection
Personal Statement - “the hardest thing I ever wrote” explain motivation for and commitment to the chosen subject - is the statement relevant to all the degrees they are applying to??!!! show what they have done to find out more about their chosen subject we recommend 75% academic-related content, 25% non-academic For us, this can be key to the applicant securing an interview
Personal Statement - dos and don’ts DO demonstrate relevant reading and experiences DO explain the reasons for applying for the chosen subject “I’m passionate about Russia!” …? or “I am fascinated by the films of Eisenstein …” DON’T write anything you can’t back-up at interview If applying a second time … DON’T use the same personal statement twice!
Schools Reference Reference and personal statement should be complementary Please include, where appropriate; clarification of past exam performance predictions for future performance applicant’s strengths and weaknesses applicant’s intellectual qualities - evidence of real interest in the subject Useful info… a sentence on the school type or environment The reference is an assessment of the applicant and is not meant to advocate the applicant’s case.
Schools Reference Guidelines for content: Brief statement about school or college Introduction of applicant in general terms Applicant’s achievement to date and academic potential, including health, financial or other adverse circumstances which could affect performance Suitability for the subject chosen Applicant’s interests, both intellectual and other, extra-curricular activities and contribution to life in the school or college At least as much information should be provided about academic ability, achievement and potential as about personal qualities Needn’t fill the whole space!
Academic Performance / Potential Other skills or capabilities required to pursue the subject Understanding of what is involved in pursuing the subject Motivation to study the subject Motivation to study at UCL Non-academic experiences and achievements Widening Participation Mature students and non-standard qualifications English language requirement Deferred entry acceptable? Criteria Based Selection
Academic Performance / Potential –GCSE: English language, Mathematics, (modern Language from 2012) –A-levels (predictions) –Assessment Task/Test –Interview Other skills or capabilities required to pursue the subject –Personal statement –Referee statement Understanding of what is involved in pursuing the subject –Personal statement –Interview Motivation to study the subject –Personal statement –Interview Criteria Based Selection– details 1
Motivation to study at UCL –Personal statement –Open day / Visit Non-academic experiences and achievements –Personal statement –Sustained commitment Widening Participation –Applicants from backgrounds without a university tradition –Extenuating circumstances –Potential Mature students and non-standard qualifications –Personal statement –Interview –Potential English language requirement Deferred entry acceptable? Criteria Based Selection– details 2
What we all want is to ensure that we fill our places with the right students for us, and that we are the right place for those students