8.4 Letters of Reference
When you apply for employment or further training you will probably be asked for two academic referees. One of these will normally be your Personal Tutor, the other should be someone familiar with your work such as a lecturer who has
marked some of your coursework or supervised a project - a lecturer who knows you, in other words, not simply one whose module you enjoyed.
• Obtain early agreement from your referees to write references for you, and keep them informed of the applications you make.
• Request references at least 2 weeks before any related deadline, and provide the referees with up-to-date supporting material (CV, personal statement, etc.)
• If you have difficulty finding a suitable person to act as a second referee, then the department has a process by which an academic member of staff will write a reference for you. If you wish to use this service you should contact the
Student Support Office as soon as possible, giving details of your applications and providing your CV, personal statement etc. Note however that references written by this system are likely to be limited to factual information, such as your academic performance to date.
• Please allow for more time during the months of summer vacation.