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Choosing a suitable referee

Guidance for applicants

At the Centre for Lifelong Learning we consider three types of reference: academic, professional, and character that you can provide in support of your application. The University’s requirements for each type of reference differs. Below is an overview of the criteria for each type of reference, if you have any questions regarding the information in this document or the reference process, please contact the Centre for Lifelong Learning either via phone 024 765 24617 or email CLLAdmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk

ACADEMIC REFEREES

An academic reference is provided by someone who has taught you in a formal academic setting, for example a school or college. The reference will not be permitted if it is from someone you know who is an academic, but has not actually taught you in a formal, academic setting.

We are currently only able to accept references submitted by the referees through our application portal or sent directly from an official institutional email address (i.e., ac.uk, .sch.uk etc.) to clladmissions@warwick.ac.uk.

When providing an academic reference, we will require one reference from you.

We can only accept academic references if you have been in education within the last two years.

Academic references must be a maximum of two years old.

PROFESSIONAL REFEREES

A professional reference is provided by someone who has either employed you or line managed you (including casual and voluntary work) and can write about how you have performed in a professional/workplace environment. References provided by work colleagues will only be considered as character references.

We are currently only able to accept references submitted by the referees through our application portal or sent directly from an official company email address to clladmissions@warwick.ac.uk.

When providing a professional reference, we will require two references from you.

We can only accept professional references if you have been in work within the last two years.

Professional references must be a maximum of two years old.

CHARACTER REFEREES

A character reference is provided by someone who knows you well and can write about your personality, ambitions and achievements. A character reference cannot be provided by a family member. Colleagues and friends class as acceptable character references.

We are currently only able to accept references submitted by the referees through our application portal or sent directly from a referee’s personal email addresses (i.e., Gmail, Hotmail etc.) to clladmissions@warwick.ac.uk.

When providing a character reference, we will require two references from you.

Character referees must have known you at least three years.

Character references must be a maximum of two years old.

Student funding information

To find out more about the funding available for each course, have a look at the University of Warwick funding information pages