As mentioned in my Levelling Up series, I have uploaded resources to help you level up too! I am all about helping others navigate their way through academia since I wish I had something like that myself. It’s scary and new and you can get very lost if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it can take a lot of time to figure it out – time you don’t have! I’m your Uni Godmother™, so let me help prepare you for your grand entrance to your new university halls!

These are all for your personal use, I only ask that you be respectful and don't redistribute my work and claim it as your own anywhere else as I've worked very hard on these. If you do share, please please please link back to this site. 

Personal Statement Resources

Personal Statement Example - .PDF | .DOCX

Provided is a copy of my personal statement I used for my Masters applications (Levelling from BSc to MSc) – For clarity this specific one is applying to Pathway 2 of The University of Sheffield’s Cognitive Neuroscience & Human Neuroimaging (CNHN) course.

PhD Personal Statement Example - .PDF | .DOCX

This is the personal statement for the PhD studentship at Ulster (Levelling from MSc to PhD) - For clarity you can find the advert for the position here.

Personal Statement Cheat Sheet (Masters) - .DOCM
Personal Statement Cheat Sheet (PhD) - .DOCM

Please make sure macros are enabled in Microsoft Word for this to work, otherwise you won’t be able to use the generator! If word tells you it's disabled some features and gives you the option to enable content, then enable it. You can learn how to do enable macros here, if you need help otherwise.

I’ve created a step by step “cheat sheet” for those of you writing up your own personal statement. Once you’ve filled in all the parts, click the button at the end and you’ll have your own personal statement generated for you. Copy it to your clipboard (there’s also a button located at the very end of the document for that) and you can post it into a fresh document and away you go! (Be sure to paste text only with no formatting changes when you paste into a new document).

Reference Requesting

Requesting a reference is daunting, difficult and time consuming if you don't know what you're doing. I've written up some templates and notes for you to use as a guide!

Research Proposal Writing

You can find a sheet for the research proposal that I wrote for Ulster, which includes notations on what yours should include. Keep in mind it should be no longer than 2 A4 pages. - .PDF

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