Advice about academic reference

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Advice about academic reference

Post by PolkaDot » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:33 pm

I’m having trouble deciding on my academic reference for the application this year.

I graduated from undergrad in 2013, had a good relationship with my dissertation supervisor and they always give me a glowing reference when asked. Got an overall first and a first in my dissertation too.

I graduated from a masters at the beginning of this year. Got a distinction overall but my dissertation was a systematic review, I got a B and never had that much of a relationship with my supervisor.

I’m leaning towards asking my undergrad supervisor because I think they would give me a better reference but would this look strange on the application due to me completing a masters?

Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Advice about academic reference

Post by Geishawife » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:36 pm

I don't think it will look odd. Opt for whoever knows you best and can give the best evaluation of your research skills. If that's you're undergrad supervisor I'm sure it will be fine.

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Re: Advice about academic reference

Post by PolkaDot » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:48 pm

Thanks for the quick reply Geishawife!

That's reassuring, I've just sent my undergrad supervisor an email to request it. Thanks for your help :D

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Re: Advice about academic reference

Post by maven » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:47 pm

You can also send information about your masters to the undergrad tutor, so they are able to mention it.
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Re: Advice about academic reference

Post by BlueCat » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:12 am

Things may have changed since I last looked at the form, but there certainly used to be a massive guidance document which specified what to do in just this sort of circumstance, who you should give as your academic referee. I can't remember exactly what it said, but seem to recall it being fairly clear.
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