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    First year of uni, want to apply elsewhere for Spe 2017 entry for various reasons. Should I use an academic reference from my (old) school or current uni?

    Old school: more detailed, have known me for 7 years BUT they say that due to lack of time they cannot make any modifications i.e. it'll sound as if I still go there and make no mention of the mitigating circumstances that led me not to achieve the grades I needed to the place I'm applying to now.

    Uni : Less detailed, known me for a shorter period of time, also can't mention/verify the circumstances that led to not-so-good A level results since I wasn't here then BUT will be current. Relevance dubious since unis want to know your potential for thriving in higher education.

    What the uni department says: no mention of mitigating circumstances in either is acceptable so long as I send them a separate email with evidence by the 15th, that decision about which reference to use is entirely up to me BUT that I cannot use both, that the more recent the reference the better.

    Which do I go with???
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    If they have stated that they would prefer the more recent reference, I would send the most recent reference. Universities almost exclusively prefer to see references from other universities in these situations.
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