As the autumn term gains pace, students up and down the country are perfecting the most important 4000-character document of their academic career - the personal statement. Follow this simple list to make sure that your personal statement is something that you can be proud of, rather than something that will leave your admissions tutors scratching their heads.
Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.
For students everywhere it has always provided a liberating period between one busy university year and an even busier year to come. Consequently, students have never failed to embrace the many benefits of the summer break. However, with the controversial rise in tuition fees to £9000 per year the necessity of university has been debated.
The changing profile and needs of applicants and new approaches to the funding of higher education have combined to create a very different environment both for the provision of higher education and for those wishing to apply to study. Our review of the admissions system and our proposals for reform are therefore timely.