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Get Started: Writing a Personal Statement

Venue: Online

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Have you been thinking about whether you might like to study at university? It doesn’t matter if it’s still just an idea or if you’ve found a course you’d love to study, our Get Started: Undergraduate Study Online Drop-in is for you.

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Who is the Get Started: Undergraduate Study Drop-in for?

The workshop is for people who are thinking about potentially coming to study at university at undergraduate level, regardless of whether you know what you want to study or not. It's particularly relevant for people who have been out of formal study for a significant period of time to help them prepare for everything they need to know and do to study a university course.

It will be delivered from a perspective that assumes attendees have little to no previous experience of studying at university, but you'll still be welcome even if you do and are looking to update your knowledge.

What type of advice and questions will you be answering in the drop-in? 

The week before the drop-in we will send you through five video resources. In these videos we talk about:

Why Study at University?
Making a Decision About University
Writing a Personal Statement
How to Apply to Birkbeck
Preparing for Study

The drop-in will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have after watching these videos. For example, you may have questions about whether to study part-time or full time or about how you would apply for a student loan. We will not be able to answer questions about specific courses at Birkbeck, but we can signpost you to who would be able to help!

At the drop-in we'll also be joined by a current Birkbeck undergraduate student who can give you a real insight into what it is actually like studying at Birkbeck! 

The session will be friendly and welcoming, and aims to show anyone who has been away from education for a while that there are lots of other people out there who are starting the journey back to study themselves, many with similar concerns and motivations. And we hope all participants will leave reassured that it’s never, never too late to study at university!

I'm not confident online, how does the drop-in work?

On the day of the drop-in, we'll send you through a link. All you need to do is click on the link which will take you through to a page where you will be able to see and hear us. You can enable your microphone at the bottom of the screen to ask us questions. There's no need to enable your video.

If you'd rather not use your microphone, there's also a live chat function available where you can type your questions in and get real-time answers from us. 

We’ve made a video which talks you through the process of logging on to the online platform we use, Collaborate, which you can watch here:

Please note will not be providing in-depth subject specific guidance at this event. If you would like to find out more about course content then you can visit our website on or alternatively there is a Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 2nd July. To find out more and to book a place on this event, visit

If you are interested in learning more about student finance, including student loans, grants and discounts, please contact the Student Advice Service.
Guidance for attendees

• This event is open to anyone who is interested in going to university to study a first degree or an introductory course. If you would like to study a Postgraduate course, then we are also offering a drop-in for that here

• We encourage you to bring along questions or concerns, so that we can go through these with you. You will also be able to speak to a current Birkbeck student.

• Please log on 10-15 minutes before the session to make sure there are no technical issues with your connection.


Accessibility information:

If you have any questions beforehand or you still feel uncertain about joining the session, and would like to have a call with a current student at Birkbeck who can talk you through the process of joining, step-by-step, then please get in touch with us by emailing

If you are under 18, please make sure you have an adult in the room with you whilst you participate in this session. Please contact us in advance of the event at with your accessibility requirements so that we can ensure you will be able to get the most from this event. For some requirements, e.g. BSL interpreters, we may need a few days' notice to make arrangements, so please let us know as soon as possible.

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