A Brief Guide to Selecting Your University

So you’ve decided to go to university. Now what? Choosing an institution to suit you can be a daunting task, and hopefully there are some things to consider here which will help. First off you’ll need to decide which course is for you, be sure to do this before looking at universities. It is always a shame to find a place you like only to later learn they don’t do the course or courses you’re interested in. If you still aren’t entirely sure what you would like to study, why not choose two? A joint degree can provide an interesting versatility to your work, and these choices can always be refined shortly after you begin your studies.

Once you have done this take careful consideration of who you are and even who you would like to be. For example if you come from a large city, would you like to stay in another one for three or more years? Or would you prefer a more intimate setting. Do you crave a vibrant nightlife? Or maybe top quality sports facilities? These are all things to consider when picking an institution that is the right fit for you.

It is always advisable to attend the open days of those universities which you have an interest in. This will give you a keen insight into each facet of the lifestyle which you can expect. When preparing for an open day be sure to have questions in your mind as to things you most want to know. For example, ask about modules in your chosen field, do they interest you? Why not enquire about teams and societies; there will almost certainly be others there who share your hobbies and interests, with countless such groups active. Another crucial part of the open day will be a tour of the accommodation. Student housing can make or break a stay, so be sure to get a good look.

Finances. We hate to talk about it, but the ever increasing cost of living means these things have to be looked at. It is inevitable that some places will be more expensive than others, be it for course fees, living expenses or social activity. These must all be considered to ensure you have the best place for you, and not only the University. As important as the campus side of life is, you mustn’t forget that the place you choose to study will be your home for the next few years, a sound financial plan will certainly help with this. This being the case some may consider a part time or holiday job, take into account how your chosen town or city could facilitate this, and remember, your university will be there to help you, you have but to ask.

Strategic Marketing Personal Statement

Strategic Marketing Personal Statement
During the crisis one might have expected companies to scale back their spending on all
types of advertising. But online advertising in many areas saw its revenues increase despite
the downturn. The chief reason for online’s continued success is its accountability: firms can
monitor the effectiveness of campaigns. From reading about web analytics and doing
research on the online ad market, I quickly recognised that my unique combination of skills
would perfectly fit the criteria for a Digital Marketing Manager, tasked with monitoring
online campaigns and determining different levels of investment in various areas of digital
media.
Applying for the MSc in Strategic Marketing at Imperial was for me the obvious next step to
help me fulfil my ambition. The course’s compact curriculum, with specific courses on
Market Analytics and the Digital Economy, taught by one of the world’s leading Marketing
faculties, would fully prepare me intellectually to walk into my favoured role, while the
business school’s one-on-one career development service would provide me with the key to
enter on my chosen career.
My current study for a Masters in Accounting and Finance at Manchester Business School is
equipping me with the requisite analytical and financial skills to succeed on the course. The
Essentials of Finance and Portfolio Investment courses have taught me how to price
investments, which should be of great use when I come to the Pricing course on the degree,
which I particularly look forward to, given my long-standing interest in finance. But whether
a particular course is relevant to my ambition or not, I always give my best. My hard work
and determination are paying off: I am predicted a Distinction for the degree.
This is not my first taste of academic success. Before the Masters, I received a solid First for
my Honours degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Plymouth. My
exceptionally high marks in Financial Research Methods and Accounting indicate my
uncommon ability to analyse and interpret complex data, which makes me particularly well
suited for analytics. I also received a First-Class mark in the English for Academic Purposes
course, despite my only having been in the UK for two years. The course made me a better
and more confident communicator, which will be of great use when I come to explain
campaign statistics and web metrics to senior executives in my career.
In only my first year in the UK, after a year of university study in my native China, I was
awarded an exceptional 90% mark for my Research Skills course in my foundation degree.
My evident talents did not escape the notice of my teachers and I quickly progressed to the
Honours degree, despite my unfamiliarity with the UK’s education system. My versatility and
ability to adapt quickly to a new academic and cultural environment show that, should I start
the course, I would hit the ground running. To prepare myself for the day-to-day reality of the business world, I undertook an internship
as a financial analyst at the Bank of China in my last year of the BA, despite my busy
academic schedule. My work was so valued that the bank asked me back again the next
summer. The experience taught me how to work closely with senior professionals as part of
a tightly knit team.
I hope to work closely with my fellow students on the Strategic Marketing course. I love
contributing to discussions in seminars and lectures and I am very willing to listen to, and
learn from, others. I would also like to join Imperial’s debating society, should I begin the
course, in order to improve my public speaking and communication skills, which are
fundamental for my chosen career, which regularly involves presenting research findings to
executives.
I think studying at Imperial will provide me, not only with world-class academic
surroundings, but a mutually supportive student environment in which I can also develop
the personal qualities required of a successful marketer.

Primary Education Personal Statement

Primary Education Personal Statement
After some years in the workplace and considerable experience of the world of
employment, it has become increasingly clear to me that my real interests lie in
education, and particularly in teaching and guiding the very young. One of the
formative influences on my thinking has been the birth and development of my niece,
who is now five years old. The pace and range of her learning has amazed me. I have
watched her gain language and basic numeracy skills and listened to her tales of
nursery and school and of the way she has come to relate to her peers, to such an
extent that I have come to understand that there can be no more important, nor more
fulfilling, role than that of the mentor and teacher. Nurturing a child’s development is
an occupation that offers huge satisfaction, both intellectual and emotional. My
ambition is to be in charge of a classroom, to introduce ideas and skills to the class
and observe and feel their response. The teacher’s skills of good communication,
patience, clarity and the ability to explain the world are very demanding of one’s
intelligence and one’s personality, but I feel confident that I have these abilities and
am excited at the thought of spending my career in this way.
I know that the primary school teacher must master many areas of knowledge
that I have yet to cover. I have read widely about the early years foundation stage of
learning, and have familiarised myself with the current curricula and school policies.
I appreciate the importance of having total respect for children, and how one must be
aware of the different needs of individual learners. The teacher must recognise social,
cultural and linguistic diversity within a school. He or she needs to set realistic and
achievable goals, to plan efficiently and to record progress, and must be able also to
work with other adults, including parents. There is much for me to learn, but the
prospects are very inviting.I am at present on a work placement at a primary school in Ealing, working
towards an NVQ to become a teaching assistant. I spend two days a week with the
nursery and foundation classes, which has given me the opportunity to gain first-hand
experience of the school environment. I supervise lunch, emphasising and
maintaining hygiene amongst the children, and in the classroom I have learnt much
about behaviour management and the problems presented by those with special needs.
I have had the chance to design, complete and assess assignments with pupils, and I
have learnt above all the value of patience and understanding. The whole experience
has served to confirm my decision to become a teacher at this level. My earlier
working life included some useful contact with children as a cabin attendant with
Qatar Airways, where I was given the responsibility of supervising and escorting
minors on flights. I had to explain the emergency procedures to them in a readily
accessible manner, ensure their safety and comfort. It involved contact with many
people, particularly children, and developed my communication skills and my powers
of organisation. My work in the retail business also called for initiative, teamwork
and responsibility.
My interests include travelling, learning languages and positive self
development. I was an American Girl Scout as a teenager, and would very much like
to become a troop leader in the UK. I have also been involved in a lot of voluntary
work and environmental and community projects.
My greatest virtues are, I believe, my powers of patience, my kind
temperament and my generosity of spirit, all important qualities of the good teacher I
very much hope to become. I would like ultimately to use my qualifications to join an
international school in the Middle East and teach early years children. I am honest andstraightforward, always ready to roll up my sleeves and get on with the job, and my
commitment to my planned career is total. I hope you will consider my application.

Accounts and Finance Personal Statement

Accounts and Finance Personal Statement
I wish to become professionally qualified chartered accountant. Studying Accounts and
Finance is the next step towards this goal. I believe my education, skills and love of numbers
are qualities which make me an ideal candidate to embark on a career in the field of
accountancy.
I understand and will enjoy the demands of the degree course. I wish to gain a thorough
understanding of finance and accounting within the wider context of business and
management. The content will provide relevant education prior to commencing professional
qualifications and training at work. The university has a strong reputation for academic
achievement, links with industry and graduate employment.
Studying Mathematics at A Level has developed skills I can use at university and at work. I
find I have strong use of my left brain. Logic, sequences, rationality, analysis and attention to
detail are skills which are natural to me. My numeracy skills have been used every day. I am
able to quickly understand and make use of numerical and statistical data. Critically
analysing information requires use of formulas and equations. Establishing commonalities
and anomalies in important data is important for businesses. I find I am methodical with
work, where I apply logic and reasoning to ensure the results are accurate. I wish to develop
these skills, as I believe they are central for studying finance and accounts.
I understand accountancy and finance requires excellent communication skills. I enjoy
working with others in a team, towards a common goal. Independent learning allows me to
process and reflect on new concepts and approaches to work. I wish to further my
knowledge and experience at university. I look forward to meeting new people who are also
interested in finance, accounting and business.
Finance and accounting is based on numbers, logic and correct answers. This applies to any
industry, in any country and transcends language barriers. As an international student, the
degree course offers me the opportunity to work around the world. I have successfully
completed my IELTS course and am confident I can learn effectively in English taught
lectures and seminars.
Working in a Children’s Art Centre has developed a range of skills which I can use at
university. Working with children means I have to explain new ideas in a clear and articulate
manner. This demonstrates leadership, patience and presentation skills. Supporting a group
of children requires a high level of responsibility, where organisation and leadership
contributes to creating a successful Art Centre. Developing my communication and creative
skills exercises the right side of my brain, allowing for lateral and holistic thinking. I am keen
to partake in an industrial placement where I can apply new skills and gain experience in an
accounting department.
In my free time I enjoy sports such as squash, hockey and swimming. Physical exercise is
important for maintaining a healthy body and mind, relieving tension so to focus better at
work. I enjoy working in a team and facing new challenges. I wish to continue these sports at
university. I also keep up to date with business and financial news, reading the Financial
Times and Wall Street Journal. Understanding the stock market and business trends will be
beneficial to study, as I can apply theories to current situations.
Accounts and Finance degree will provide academic and professional achievement, helping
prepare me as an international chartered accountant. I also wish to complete the ACCA and
CIMA awards to further my professional status, skills and employability. High motivation,
hard work and passion for numbers are key factors to becoming successful at university and
future career.

Psychology Personal Statement

Psychology Personal Statement

I gained my first insight into the complexities of the human mind as a result of my friend suffering a
range of psychological problems. Until that moment I had thought of health largely in physical terms,
but her difficulties made me realise for the first time that so much of our wellbeing is based around
how we think and how we feel. The fact that psychological difficulties very often do not manifest
themselves in any visible form makes this fact all the more difficult to appreciate. As I helped to
support my friend through her psychological difficulties as she underwent therapy, I became more
and more strongly interested in the way the mind works, not just out of an intellectual curiosity but
also because I came to realise that this field can help explain how we behave and also empower us as
individuals and as a society.
Psychology is one of the key elements of the course in Health and Social Care that I am currently
studying, and the content of the course has given fresh impetus to my enthusiasm for this area. I
have found it really satisfying to discover and dissect the different psychological schools of thought,
such as Freud’s belief in human behaviour being motivated by life instincts and death instincts. What
I have found rewarding about learning about such ideas is the way that on closer inspection they
seem to explain a great deal about some of the most pressing behavioural problems found in society,
such as the tendency of relatively large sectors of the population to indulge in self-destructive
behaviours. I am currently completing my extended project on Freudian theory, which I hope will
give me a foretaste of the type of in-depth studies that I can look forward to at university. Indeed, I
am particularly eager to be able during my university studies to complete a research project of my
own that adds to the existing body of our knowledge of psychology.
I have also had the chance to observe mental health practitioner first-hand and understand the vital
work that they carry out through completing various work placements. For example, I worked with a
charity that helps young people with mental health problems. During the placement I helped care for
younger children and assisted older youths by helping them to apply for jobs and get access to
counselling for problems such as drug additions and domestic abuse. I additionally received some
very helpful training sessions that gave me a further appreciation of the relevance of psychology to
understanding many of society’s problems, such as a seminar session on the psychological effects of
bullying on teenagers. The placement made me much more aware of the external factors that can
have a negative impact on a person’s mental health. I also volunteered for a time at a home for the
elderly, where I helped to keep residents mentally active through running a range of activities.
Through observing life at the home I gained an understanding of the link between loneliness and
depression and got a sense that depression is not simply a condition that affects people leading
more active or stressful lifestyles. In both of these placements I enjoyed working as part of a team
and being entrusted with completing tasks on my own, skills which also helped me when I worked
part-time as a fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation and in my current waitressing job at an
Italian restaurant.
I have an almost endless curiosity about other countries and cultures, which I am looking forward to
being able to satisfy once I complete university. After I graduate I plan to complete a course in TESOL,
before then spending a period of time living abroad and working as an English teacher. However, this
ambition is about much more than experiencing life in other countries. Having enjoyed the
challenges of working with and mentoring children, I would like the chance to be able to spend a
period of time helping children in an educational setting before I then make professional use of my
psychology degree.

Economics Personal Statement

Economics Personal Statement

Growing up in a country where the interplay of government, business and financial
institutions fight for control, I have witnessed decisions which have created a turbulent
economy and communities. I am passionate about understanding the problems facing the
world, from poverty and unemployment to inflation and the challenge of sustaining economic
growth. I aim to explore various economic concepts and theories, and develop a range of
skills and knowledge within economics. I believe I am an ideal candidate to study
Economics, with my combined interest in economics, experience and personal skills.
Currently pursuing private lessons in Economics, I am gaining a firm grounding in resource
management, markets, social economics, sustainability, supply and demand, finance,
domestic and international trading. I wish to expand my knowledge in these areas with
scientific methods. Higher education will provide modern economic concepts to capture the
essential features of the complex world we live. Gaining insight in to microeconomics and
macroeconomics will give me the knowledge, tools and forethought for future decisions in
my career. I can gain a holistic view of decisions, actions and effects of each variable and
apply to future roles.
As an active member of the MUN Club, the school debating association, I discovered a
natural talent for presenting arguments in a persuasive manner. Attending a range of local
and international conferences including Yehuda and London, I participated in various
discussions including financial and economic issues. My writing, presenting and public
speaking skills gained advancement, thus being clear, confident and articulate in my views.
The MUN club also enhanced my listening skills, by finding tactical arguments or supporting
statements. To sustain my knowledge and authority in arguments, I increased my readership
of ‘The Marker’ and ‘The Economist’.
During recent attendance to MUN conferences, I was responsible for guiding and advising
young delegates. Here, I developed leadership and guidance skills to those new to the
concept of debating. The skills I have gained from the club are transferable to studying
Economics at University level, whereby I can effectively contribute to seminars. Leadership
and teamwork will be important for gaining a broader perspective and group projects.
I am currently organising the first TEDx event in Nazareth. This event requires plenty of
research, commitment and flexibility to achieve the objectives. My enthusiasm and
determination to make this succeed, will add to the values and morals of my community. The
study of Economics will help further my goals for continued promotion to the community for a
more prosperous future.
As a receptionist in a luxury hotel, I gained several professional and interpersonal skills.
Meeting new people on a daily basis enhanced my communication skills, while developing
working relationships with colleagues for positive team work. Understanding the logistics and
room allocation, I was able to manage money and understand the importance of its efficient
use. The role could be highly pressurised to meet demands of customers and hotel
departments, therefore taught me to handle stress, time and resources effectively and
professionally. These skills can be applied to university demands.
Having travelled independently to many countries, I am accustomed to entering new
countries, learning new customs and meeting new people. Being highly organised, accepting
and being decisive in critical circumstances will put me in good stead for the university life.
Studying the IELTS course in Oxford, I am confident in learning, participating and submitting
assignments in English taught classes.
With my passion for economics, personal skills and determination to succeed, I believe I am
an ideal candidate to study Economics. This course provides the next step in my career goals, where I wish to contribute to economic decisions of communities, industries and
government.

 

International Business Management Personal Statement

International Business Management Personal Statement
Shortly after I began a stint as a Risk Management trainee at a major bank, I knew that I
wanted to study Business Management. The thrilling experience of responsibility and the cut
and thrust of international business convinced me that I wish to hold a management
position in a multi-national corporation. Studying Business Management at degree level,
with its varied curriculum, would allow me to discover which division of management best
suits my skill set.
To prepare myself for the degree course, I have read widely on the subject and discussed
issues of business with my uncle who is an international property developer. As a result of
my reading and conversations, I am particularly looking forward to studying modules on
international business and Human Resources management.
I discovered I had a head for business in my first year of the BTEC in Business and Finance,
when I gained a distinction and developed a particular talent for marketing and
communications. This success came after a very challenging year in which I underwent a
serious operation that disrupted my A-Level studies, although against the odds I still
managed to complete the year. As a result of that difficult experience I re-assessed my
priorities and decided business would better fit my skills and interests. The three-sixty
turnaround paid off and I have completely recovered from the setback and I am now
predicted a distinction for my final year of the BTEC.
During my first year of study, I was gifted the opportunity to work as a Risk Management
Trainee at the British Arab Commercial Bank. I worked closely with other members of the
risk department on IT security assignments, credit limit research and highly sensitive money
laundering prevention programmes. The sensitive nature of the work gave me a taste for
responsibility while the jumping around between one project and another made me
versatile and able to switch gear at a moment’s notice, qualities which I am sure will be of
great use when I come to take the varied modules of the degree.
Since last year, I have also spent my weekends working as a telephone researcher for the
market research giant, TNS. I conduct interviews with the directors of companies across the
world, work which requires me to speak clearly and confidently with senior professionals
and to be persuasive, as many executives are very busy and reluctant to give out businesssensitive information.
I have further enhanced such leadership qualities outside of the workplace. Last year, I was
my college’s Equality and Diversity Officer. I regularly met with the college’s principal and
engaged in debates to represent disadvantaged students of the college and to ensure their
needs were met. Outside of my official capacity, I meet twice weekly with students
experiencing learning difficulties to offer my support and encouragement. The experience
has taught me how to motivate people facing difficulties and how to restore their belief in
themselves.
Sara Keskes My commitment and hard work for the college have not gone unnoticed and this year I have
been elected the college’s student governor. I am tasked with representing the interests of
all students to the management team of the college and I attempt to influence the college’s
policies so that they better reflect the interests of its students. The role calls for exceptional
organisational and leadership skills and these are things I would like to develop further in a
similar capacity when I enter university. Apart from student politics, I should also like to join
and help manage the university’s running team. I am an active member of Ealing Eagles
running club and I have greatly enjoyed running as part of a team in weekly training sessions
and charity runs.
I hope that by having such a broad range of commitments at university, I shall be able to
develop the personal qualities, as well as the academic ones, needed to fill a position of
great responsibility within the management team of a global organisation.

Accounting and Finance Personal Statement

Accounting and Finance Personal Statement

Finance and accounting are not just the cornerstones of any successful business; they are
also two of the primary building blocks of our contemporary society, increasing to
positions of even greater importance during times of economic crisis, such as the one we
are experiencing currently. As such, I fail to see how anyone cannot become fascinated
by learning more about the processes which dictate the flow of capital and that shape our
world to such a high degree. Having grown steadily fascinated by these processes and
having discovered and interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics during my time at
school, I believe that I will prove to be a motivated and ambitious student of these
subjects at undergraduate level.
I have always enjoyed subjects which focus on number and mathematics. In
addition to my studies I also undertook maths challenges that aimed to make mathematics
accessible and fun. It is this attitude to the subject that has inspired me to continue
progressing to higher level study in related subjects. My positive attitude to study also
extends to other subjects, however, and I have gained valuable skills and experience from
branching out into other fields. Studying Biology and Chemistry not only made good use
of my mathematical skills but also encourage a logical, patient approach to problemsolving, while studying German inspired an interest in learning about other cultures and
languages that will assist me in the increasingly international field of global finance.
Gaining experience within existing businesses offered an opportunity to begin to
see how the principles of finance were applied in a real world context. Through working
as a customer adviser at Next, I have gained experience of working to daily targets,
handling money and realising the importance of setting and adjusting financial
expectation based on a variety of variables. Through occupying a customer service role I
also gained the opportunity to hone communication and teamwork skills, allowing me to
maintain excellent relationships with customers and colleagues. During work experience
with Edutech, I also utilised and developed these same skills, while undertaking repairs
of school computers and increasing my knowledge of Information Technology and
computer systems, so central to the contemporary field of finance.
Alongside my interests in accounting and finance, I have also been a heavily
involved member of my academic and local communities. I believe that it is very
important to help positively influence younger students at my school and within my
community and I have found playing a role in helping them overcome various challenges
a hugely rewarding experience. I have performed the role of Senior Prefect and School
Council Member, which also involved influencing decisions on school funding, again
demonstrating to me the central place that finance and accounting have in all of our lives.
I have also formed Senior Volunteer and Mentoring roles with the Oriel Youth Wing.
This involved maintaining and running a youth club, which taught me much about time
management and organisation, and mentoring members through any problems they may
be experiencing. I have performed similar mentoring and supervision roles for children
from a range of age groups, through the BEIS fun club and Knowing Me Knowing You
mentor scheme in Crawley.
As a dedicated and ambitious student with a flair for mathematics, I believe that I
have the intellectual ability and positive attitude to undertake undergraduate, and possibly
postgraduate, study in accounting and finance. More importantly, as someone with a
well-developed social conscience, I will bring to my studies an awareness of the
importance of these subjects in all of our lives, creating even more motivation to
understand and to influence these processes after graduation.

Dentistry Personal Statement

Dentistry Personal Statement

I believe dentistry is the right career path for me because I genuinely believe in a profession which allows
me to improve the quality of people’s lives and give something back to the community. I believe I would
succeed in such a demanding profession because of my compassionate nature, thirst for knowledge and
genuine interest in the human anatomy.
I grew up in a family where tooth decay and restoration work was common due to poor oral care. This
combined with a few of my own personal experiences, ignited my interest into becoming a dentist. But I
needed to carry out work experience to have an insight of how life would be as a dentist. During my work
experience, I spent 2 weeks at a general practice and 2 weeks at a private practice. This gave me an insight
into how the two types of dental practices operate and understanding the pressure of working within a busy
NHS practice. I was given opportunities to question patients about their problems and gained some valuable
experience with interacting with patients. I also saw how the patient-dentist’s relationship is a special
relationship built on trust and confidentiality. It also allowed me to see how dentists get to know the patients
on a more personal level. I also observed the nurses and dental hygienists; this helped me to see how the
dental team worked as a whole and it gave me a better appreciation for the role of the dentist, both as a
clinician and as a team leader.
I organised work experience at an orthodontic practice, one day a week for the past 4 months. I felt it
necessary for me to gain work experience in an area of dentistry that I found interesting. I not only observed
the orthodontist carry out treatments but helped in making the alginate mixture for impressions. However
this was not enough for me, I wanted to help out in my local community and have carried out over 75 hours
of voluntary service at St Gemma’s hospice, Oxfam and Age UK. Also I have done voluntary work in a
school; I have worked closely with children, so I have experience in handling them, a skill which would be
essential in this profession. Having done this I gained experience in interpersonal skills. In the past year my
grandad had become sick due to stroke so I have been taking care of him. This has been a rewarding
experience.
Being on a gap year will give me an opportunity to be in a different environment to school. I will constantly
be meeting new people thus improving my interpersonal and teamwork skills. I have also been searching for
a job which has required organization and time management skills. I hope my reapplication this year proves
that I am serious and determined about doing dentistry. Determination to succeed is a quality I believe that is
fundamental to becoming a successful dentist.
Art was a subject I thoroughly enjoyed at GCSE and I now realise that my work would help me to
demonstrate and develop my manual dexterity. More recently, I have invested in large model cars that I have
made during the summer.
Being able to work successfully in a team is another quality I believe that I possess and can be seen through
my extra-curricular activities. I was in the school Rugby team, the first XI hockey team and the basketball
team. This required discipline and impeccable time management skills since I had to balance school work
and training. In hockey I received an award for most improved player of the year 2009/2010. Furthermore, I
organise and play five a side football with friends every Thursday. I have been a patrol leader in Scouts
where I was responsible for a group of 8 people including myself. In Scout’s I learned to be Independent,
responsible and organized. I have also completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award as well as the Chiefs
scouts Gold. In both cases, I assumed responsibility for the purchase and distribution of the food showing
leadership.
To sum up, I feel that I would be an asset to the profession because I feel that my empathetic, determined
and enthusiastic nature would help me at succeeding in becoming a great dentist.

A Law Personal Statement

A Law Personal Statement

The 2011 riots underlined to our society the need for legal structure and swift justice: in London
alone, over 1000 arrests were made over a period of just a few days, and the ensuing demand
for legal professionals to represent and convict them truly tested our system. During my first
year LLB Law at the University of Central Lancashire, I visited the Galleries of Justice in
Nottingham and observed a real case which we then re-enacted in class in order to analyse
both sides of the case and reach our own verdicts. I found that I developed real empathy with
the plight of the defendant, who may have been a victim of circumstance and social pressures;
having always been aware of social inequalities, as an ethnic minority myself, I feel that in these
cases, effective upholding of objective justice is most important. I am greatly inspired by the
works of Martin Luther King, who argued that people should be judged by their character, not
colour: the struggle of minority groups has led to some of the most groundbreaking changes in
legal history and I am keen to uphold their rights myself as a member of the legal profession. I
have always been interested in studying Law: grappling with concepts of law and justice both in
theory and practice would be fascinating and equip me to take the LPC and practise as a
solicitor in future. I am now seeking to transfer from my first year at Lancashire, as I have found
that it is not the ideal place for my studies: I am extremely committed to completing my studies
elsewhere to achieve my future goals.
As part of my first year, I am studying a variety of modules including Contract Law, Public Law
and Thinking & Arguing Law, alongside Lawyers Skills and the Judicial Process. I have always
enjoyed arguing and grappling with complex case studies: my A-Levels in Psychology, History
and English Literature provided a good foundation for my legal studies thus far, and I am on
track for a 2:1. I am particularly interested in studying Medical Law: my father is an NHS
surgeon, and the chance to understand the legal responsibilities of this type of profession
would be enlightening. Furthermore, as my origins are Sudanese I am drawn to Human Rights
Law: with the continued globalisation of legal ideas and an increased sense of responsibility in
the West towards those in plight such as the Western and Southern Sudan peoples, I may be
able to aid this situation in future using my legal knowledge. I gained work experience at a law
firm, Hindle & Campbell, in 2010 and in shadowing a criminal lawyer I was able to witness cases
at both County and Crown Courts, where I came to understand the differences between cases
and the judiciary involved at each level. Visiting courts during my first year at university
demonstrated to me the power of the judge, as well as the need for a socially responsible jury,
given that defendants’ freedoms hinge upon the decisions made in a courtroom.
In my spare time I enjoy debating as part of the university society, and am keenly involved in
sports including football and cross-country. I have found that playing in a football team since
school has developed my ability to work within a team and this has already been beneficial in
completing group casework as part of my degree. I am currently training for the 2012 Great
North Run and have gained sponsorship to go towards a Sudanese charity which provides wells
and water supplies for the most impoverished areas in the Sudan: a cause close to my heart and
one which I am proud to help. Transferring from my current course is, I believe, the best step to achieving my ambitions and it
indicates my commitment to qualifying through overcoming personal challenges and seeking
pragmatic solutions. I believe that a career in Law will challenge me both personally and
professionally: laws are constantly changing to reflect events in our society and it is this
flexibility which makes UK law such an exciting field.