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What is the interview like? What was the whole process of being offered an interview, the interview occurring and then receiving an offer?- As in the time frame.
Invitation: around a week before interview
Interview: early December
Offer: early January
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Hi guys,

I sent of my application to St John's a while ago (before the Aus interview 22nd Sept deadline). They sent me an acknowledgement email and everything seems to be in order.

However talking to a friend, who is applying to Trinity, he mentioned how he was required to fill out a Data Protection consent form (http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/show.php?dowid=934)

Does St John's have an equivalent that I will need to fill out for my application to be valid? I'm fairly certain that they don't as I can't seem to find one anywhere???
Doubtful - I'm not aware of any other college that asks for one. I think (from my extremely limited knowledge of data protection law) that they can use your data for reasonable purposes, so I think Trinity's just covering their backsides here just in case.

For your purposes, if you haven't been asked to fill in a form, you don't have to fill in a form, and your application will be valid.
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Doubtful - I'm not aware of any other college that asks for one. I think (from my extremely limited knowledge of data protection law) that they can use your data for reasonable purposes, so I think Trinity's just covering their backsides here just in case.

For your purposes, if you haven't been asked to fill in a form, you don't have to fill in a form, and your application will be valid.
Thanks for the reply. Yeh I wasn't even aware of these forms until I spoke to other applicants. Only reason I asked is because the two people I know applying (to Trinity and Homerton) both needed to fill out some version of the form.
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Hi all,

I've just applied for the MPhil in Modern European History, and have put John's as my first choice preferred college

Nervous about the application procedure, as it's much less clear than applying for undergrad
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Application for Engineering from a French student,

Hi, I'm currently finishing off my SAQ for St Johns to read engineering.
Obviously in France we do not have AS level, but I had good results for my brevet (Mention Très Bien which is the equivalent of 16 +/20). For the bac, the requirement of A*AA roughly translates 17, 15 15 if I am correct (Any French students already there to help me??). This should be achievable as I am currently attaining these marks in Physics, Maths, and Chemistry and Physics. But two things worry me about my application. One is that on top of the marks for Science, French students are asked for the "Mention Très Bien" which means a mark of 16+/20 for the Bac as well as the marks for the individual scientific subjects. Although I do well in most subjects and think it is possible for me to obtain this "Mention" it would seem unfair to not be offered a place should I do not achieve the Mention Très Bien, perhaps because I do not do so well in French or Philosophy which would jeopardize the average score. These are subjects I am not applying to study. So I could get 18 18 18 in the required scientific subjects but not get the Mention Très Bien because of French or Philosophy. These are very sujective subjects, there is no moderation or recourse, and it really does depend on the mood of the corrector at that particular time!. The point i am making is that I could do well in the subjects required for, but not be offered a place (should I get this far in the application process) because I have not done so well in French and Philo. For the rest, Ie, Geography/History, English, Latin, German, Sport, Biology/Geography, Physics/Chemistry and maths, plus Speciality Physics, I am predicted to do well, but nobody can predict for French and Philo and every year we see the unfairest marks imagineable! This seems unfair when the request for GB students is confined to the Science subjects and they do not have to meet some other exam criteria. Sorry for this gripe. Anyway, I will remain hopeful.

My second question relates to practical experience/courses for Engineering. As I have been in France, it has not been posible for me to attend any "Headstart" course or similar. In France we are not allowed to go into Engineering companies for legal reasons until we are 18. And so I have conducted a series of experiments of my own to test certain aspects of engineering. St John's confirmed to me that I would not be disadvantaged for not having completed such a course. Can anybody on here enlighten me? How many Engineers had practical experience before completing the course, or had attende a Headstart or similar course.

If there are any French students reading this thread can you tell my why you chose Cambridge over the "Grande Ecole" system?

Thank you for reading the above and fingers crossed that I get offered an interview!!
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Does anyone know that do we send a stamped addressed envelope for them to acknowledge receipt of work? Other colleges ask for this.
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Does anyone know that do we send a stamped addressed envelope for them to acknowledge receipt of work? Other colleges ask for this.
If they don't ask for it, you don't need to send it.
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Hey has anyone got any sort of reply from the college asking for data protection or a print off for UmS?? Because I have nothing!!! And other people from other colleges are saying that they have


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Hey has anyone got any sort of reply from the college asking for data protection or a print off for UmS?? Because I have nothing!!! And other people from other colleges are saying that they have


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That's reassuring thanks now only interview prep left - I Really need to ace the interview
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Has anyone heard anything from the college since sending in their SAQ. The deadline for written work if the 15th but I haven't been asked for any yet so not sure what to do. Also I haven't received any data protection forms or anything so I am a little worried. Thanks
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Has anyone heard anything from the college since sending in their SAQ. The deadline for written work if the 15th but I haven't been asked for any yet so not sure what to do. Also I haven't received any data protection forms or anything so I am a little worried. Thanks
Nah, just wait to see if you get an interview.

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Anyone know who we'll find out bout interviews?


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I don't know about other colleges, but for Churchill College, they did ask me for a DP Form by mail, however, my friend who is applying to St John's hasn't received such request so far.
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I haven't received anything about data protection forms or anything else from Cambridge/St John's since the SAQ confirmation email, either.
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When will St John's send out interview letters?
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has anyone heard from Johns yet they said this week but I can't wait much longer!
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has anyone heard from Johns yet they said this week but I can't wait much longer!
I haven't heard anything either I guess we'll have to wait longer tho I'm not feeling confident about my chances


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Just so you fellows know, I spoke to someone on the phone at Johns and she said that they hadn't sent out invitations.

That said, someone posted on TSR that she'd received an invitation to a Nat Sci interview.
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Just so you fellows know, I spoke to someone on the phone at Johns and she said that they hadn't sent out invitations.

That said, someone posted on TSR that she'd received an invitation to a Nat Sci interview.
It's so confusing and doesn't help that they send invites out only by post! It'll be just our luck that there's a postal strike called this week.
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