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    I've written about my involvement in Young Green talks and feminist groups, however I'm not actually looking to study Politics or anything like that, I'm applying for Languages.
    The universities I'm applying to seem to be very left wing (Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester) so I thought that including these things might show me to be a good prospective student who will get involved with the SU etc.

    Or is it pointless to include?
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    Your PS should be about your academic interest in the subject and why you want to study it at uni. Please do not put political views in. Your extra curriculars should only be a short para with a focus on relevant transferable skills gained.
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    I wouldn't necessarily leave them out if they have been an important part of your extracurricular activities at school. I certainly wouldn't assume that the admissions person will sympathise with your politics just because the university is perceived as "left wing". If you mention them, perhaps focus on what you did rather than the exactly group you did it for, e.g. environmental campaigning, etc. As long as you don't sound as if you're going to organise student sit-ins within the department every five minutes then it's hard to imagine that this will affect your application one way or the other.

    Consider getting someone else (teachers etc) to read your PS before submitting so they can offer an opinion about whether you struck a good balance.
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    (Original post by barleywater)
    I've written about my involvement in Young Green talks and feminist groups, however I'm not actually looking to study Politics or anything like that, I'm applying for Languages.
    The universities I'm applying to seem to be very left wing (Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester) so I thought that including these things might show me to be a good prospective student who will get involved with the SU etc.

    Or is it pointless to include?
    Tbh the majority of students are lefties so it would hardly seem out of the ordinary. I'm right wing and included the fact I'd debated that the UK should leave the EU at school and that I was involved with Tories/UKIP ( now that WAS risky!) but I still got offers from lefty institutions like the ones you mentioned which would suggest that as long as you don't put anything TOO controversial ( ie you're a white supremes etc) they seriously do not give a damn about your views.
 
 
 
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