Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter


    You're applying for a graduate degree ('previous university')?

    I would think in any case references are important in the sense that if it's from someone important obviously could land you offers, but if not, they would be the last barrier for you to pass.

    If you're applying for an academic course, I'd think a reference from your tutor would be almost essential unless you've worked for a couple of years.
    • PS Reviewer

    PS Reviewer
    (Original post by AestheticsBrah)

    I'd like to ask two things.

    a) How important is the reference in the scheme of things (I'm applying for Accounting and Finance at mainly RG universities)

    b) How 'bad' is it if I get an employer to do my reference instead of a tutor from my college, or from my previous university?

    An academic reference is generally better, but it does need to be recent. So it's hard to comment on which would be best without knowing your situation. However, if you have studied recently, getting a reference from an employer may suggest that you left on bad terms, so you should be cautious.
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Brexit voters: Do you stand by your vote?
    Applying to uni

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Graduates celebrate

    How to write a good personal statement

    Expert PS advice from the people who will read it

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Can't decide where to apply? Our tool will help you find the perfect course

    Two students working together

    A-Z of universities

    Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

    A student working on a computer

    Personal statement help

    Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student looking down a microscope

    Planning open days

    Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

    Help out other students

    These questions still need an answer

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.