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    i just phoned up UCAS asking if I could have a copy of the UCAS form sent to me (so i can read the reference obv) and they were like 'sure just send us £10 and we'll give you all the info we have on you'. so guys and girls, if you werent allowed to read your reference by your cruel teachers, just send a £10 cheque made payable to 'UCAS' to

    UCAS
    PO Box 28
    Cheltenham
    Glos
    GL52 3ZA

    with a little covering letter saying something like 'dear sir/madam, please send me a copy of my UCAS form along with any other details you have about me, under the terms of the Data Protection Act. i enclose £10 for the processing fee. my ucas number is xxxxxx, yours faithfully, xxxxx'

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    Woweee!!! :eek:

    Will the centre find out? lol.
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    (Original post by Adhsur)
    Woweee!!! :eek:

    Will the centre find out? lol.
    of course not, its none of their business.
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    I already know what my references say.
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    (Original post by Ralfskini)
    I already know what my references say.
    oh right, quite a few dont though
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    U don't have to go through Ucas. U casn just ask ur schools to show u it as they r obliged to as part of the data protection act. Even if ur form has been sent off they'll have a copy. And it's free.
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    I haven't been allowed to read mine. I've been told it's all positive though, so I'm not too worried.
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    (Original post by ankur1986)
    U don't have to go through Ucas. U casn just ask ur schools to show u it as they r obliged to as part of the data protection act. Even if ur form has been sent off they'll have a copy. And it's free.
    It won't make them too happy though if you are petty enough to go and complain.
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    (Original post by edders)
    i just phoned up UCAS asking if I could have a copy of the UCAS form sent to me (so i can read the reference obv) and they were like 'sure just send us £10 and we'll give you all the info we have on you'. so guys and girls, if you werent allowed to read your reference by your cruel teachers, just send a £10 cheque made payable to 'UCAS' to

    UCAS
    PO Box 28
    Cheltenham
    Glos
    GL52 3ZA

    with a little covering letter saying something like 'dear sir/madam, please send me a copy of my UCAS form along with any other details you have about me, under the terms of the Data Protection Act. i enclose £10 for the processing fee. my ucas number is xxxxxx, yours faithfully, xxxxx'

    Is all this information on the site too? I'd rather see it in official writing (with regards to payment) if it's available, than take your word for it.

    Also, how long will it take? I'd want to have my form before my interview.
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    (Original post by ankur1986)
    U don't have to go through Ucas. U casn just ask ur schools to show u it as they r obliged to as part of the data protection act. Even if ur form has been sent off they'll have a copy. And it's free.
    Actually any organisation (including your school) is entitled to charge up to £10 for retreiving your data and supplying it to you. You just got lucky with your school but in theory they could charge you exactly the same amount as UCAS...that's how the data protection act works.
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    (Original post by Adhsur)
    Is all this information on the site too? I'd rather see it in official writing (with regards to payment) if it's available, than take your word for it.

    Also, how long will it take? I'd want to have my form before my interview.
    http://www.ucas.com/getting/how/data.html
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    http://www.ucas.com/getting/how/data.html
    hey thanks queeno
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    http://www.ucas.com/getting/how/data.html
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by ankur1986)
    U don't have to go through Ucas. U casn just ask ur schools to show u it as they r obliged to as part of the data protection act. Even if ur form has been sent off they'll have a copy. And it's free.
    hmm id feel a little embarrassed asking. id be interested to a have a proper copy of the form anyway

    it will be useful to know what they said because it might help discern what possible interview questions are eg.
    'edmund is very good at maths' gives
    'why arent you doing a maths degree edmund?'

    or something
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    Another benefit of getting the forms from UCAS is that in theory the data relating to you also includes the information about when they recieved your form...which could be quite helpful if you cut things a bit fine on the deadline and one of your uni choices is being a bit funny about it.

    In theory the data protection act also applies to any university you attend an interview at - which means for the price of a tenner a time you can have access to the interviewers notes on you (this also applies to job aplications)...handy if you feel like you aced it and still got rejected
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    ooo good point PQ! i will have to demand all the notes made by the profs if im rejected from oxon again lol
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    mmm... or you could just ask your teacher if you can have a look!!! At my school loads of people saw their references they just asked!!
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    A useful bit of information.... but aren't most people shown their references as a matter of course? At my school everyone had to read through theirs and suggest improvements and additions.
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    I could have seen mine if I wanted but I wasn't too fussed, I saw about a line of it though. It's true though that some teachers prefer not to show them to their students, for whatever reason that may be - and if my teacher had been like that I would have felt awkward making a fuss about something like that.. I imagine that your teacher will tell you if there's anything in there you need to know for your interviews.. I guess I wouldn't consider paying £10 until I'd been rejected from everywhere and wanted to know why!
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    well my class asked to see our references under the data protection act but the reference writer said she would ask our headmistress .. we neva got a reply. she said it was all +ve tho. but yeh i wld like to c what they wrote.
    so if i pay £10 now (i hvnt been interviewed yet) will i have to pay another £10 to get interview notes?
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