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Personal Statement Surgeries

In preparation for the UCAS deadline, members of our Schools Liaison team travelled to schools and colleges to help students construct their personal statements. These one-to-one appointments provided students with valuable, individual advice regarding their personal statements. The aim of these sessions was to inform students about what admission tutors look for in applications and how best to make their statement stand out. These took place from September through to December in order to allow plenty of time before the UCAS application deadline.  

Continuous Professional Development (CPDs)

On 22 November 2018, our History and English departments at Royal Holloway led two hour sessions to refresh and build upon the academic knowledge teachers already have. It aimed to provide teachers with resources that they can use with their students. 

The English session was led by Dr Deana Rankin, who specialises in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature, but also has strong interests in contemporary perfiormance. The first part of the session focused on teaching Shakespeare through GCSE and A level with particular attention to how best to engage the students with new ‘in performance’ requirements. 

Dr Rankin is also the Academic leader for RHUL English Department’s TeacherHub initiative. The second part of the session introduced people to TeacherHub>English  a KS5 teachers’ resource and network which makes cutting-edge academic research available on key A-level texts and subject anthologies. Our materials on The Victorian Novel and American Literature have proved very successful. 

History will be offering a series of short talks by our Faculty on 'recent developments' - the three areas will be 'The Tudors', led by Dr. Nikki Clark; 'Twentieth Century Germany’, led by Dr. Rudolf Muhs and 'Race and The Civil Rights Movement in the United States', led by Dr. Dawn-Marie Gibson. There will also be opportunities to talk to the History Admissions team and to discuss how we can collaborate with your school / college going forward.

For more information, please email James.Calcutt@rhul.ac.uk.

Personal Statement Clinic

This October we welcomed year 12 and 13 students onto campus for a day dedicated to working on their personal statements. Students arrived on campus and were presented with an expert presentation on how to write a personal statement, giving them all the "dos" and "dont's". They also recevied one-to-one tailored advice on their personal statement as well as a campus-tour. Feedback from these students was overlwhelmingly positive:

"Before coming here I had no idea where to start, but now I know eveyrthing that I need to write my personal statement"

"I now have an understanding of how to structure my personal statement and what I should and shouldn't include"

This event takes place one a year, but we can arrange personal statement surgeries at schools that are interested. Email schools@royalholloway.ac.uk for more information.


Join our ‘Guide to making your UCAS application’ webinar for advice on applying to university and tips on writing an impressive personal statement.

We understand that applying through UCAS and writing your personal statement can be challenging, so we are holding sessions to offer advice on how to make an impact with your application. These webinars will cover all the basics of applying to university as well as giving you expert advice on how to show universities why you would make a great student through your personal statement.

Please note that anyone making a UCAS application is welcome to attend the webinar, and you do not necessarily need to be intending to make an application to Royal Holloway, University of London.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2086347888761890563


Thursday 4th January 2018 (16:00 – 17:00)


Schools Offering: Study Skills

Over the last year, our schools team have delivered a large amount of workshops and talks regarding higher education and skill building. Due to popularity and high demand, our team has tailored more skill-based workshops to deliver to students. To find out more, click here.


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