Getting the most out of your university experience

An inspiring blog, with some great ideas of Hope initiatives students can get involved in to add to their CV and future employability

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Hi everyone. My name is Grace and I’m in my third year studying Media and Communication. I think it’s so important for students to get the most they can out of university, but sometimes it’s hard to find where to start. So, here are the ways I delved into university life.

In my second year at Hope I became a Student Ambassador and it has to be one of the best things I’ve done so far at university. It’s made me so much more confident in speaking to people that I don’t know, and enabled me to make new friends throughout the university. Any job on campus; which are advertised on Hope Works, is a great opportunity as it allows you to meet new people and gain skills in a variety of sectors. I never thought I’d have had the confidence to speak to school-age students about my learning journey…

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Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (England & Wales) opens for applications tomorrow, 8th October, so if you’re thinking of applying to teacher training to start in 2020 this blog is for you!

Research all your options

You can use the DfE search tool to find available options and research which routes would suit you. There are a number of ways to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so take a look at the routes available to you here and decide whether you’d prefer to be predominantly university-based or school-based while you train.

You get to apply to 3 choices in Apply 1 and if unsuccessful you can then apply to available courses one at a time in Apply 2.


With bursaries, scholarships and early career payments available you could receive up to £32,000 to train and teach. For more details of funding options available visit the Get into Teaching website.


You need to speak to your referees and check they’re happy to complete a reference before you apply. Your application won’t go to your provider until the references are complete so a chat with your referee ahead of time will ensure they’re not holding your application up.

If there’s something specific you’d like your referee to include you could politely remind them e.g. If you got school experience and helped at an after school club perhaps mention to the teacher you’ve asked to be your referee that you’ll include that in your statement and it would be useful if they could comment on that too.

Personal Statement

This is the main element of your application so spend time on it. Think about why you want to teach, what experiences you’ve had to date, what extracurricular interests you have that might be relevant (drama, sports etc.). Try to engage the reader – they’ll be looking at a lot of personal statements!

One statement needs to cover all your choices, including possibly going through Apply 2 so cover specifics but keep it vague enough to cover all your options.

This week we have our ‘Teacher Training UCAS Express’ in the Employability Hub, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10.30 – 12.30 focused on UCAS support and help for Initial Teacher Training, SCITT, School Direct and PGCE applications.

For more advice and tips on what to include in your personal statement have a look at the UCAS guide.

Teacher Training at Liverpool Hope University

For more information about Initial Teacher Training here at Hope visit The School of Education webpages

Further support with your application

For more support, whether it’s deciding which route to apply for or additional help with your personal statement, drop into the Employability Hub or book a 1:1 career consultation by contacting the Careers Team at

Work at Hope with Hope Works

Hope Works is Liverpool Hope University’s on-campus jobs portal. A wide range of jobs are available on both campuses. You could be showing prospective students around on Open Days, or working regular shifts in Our Place – a great way to earn a little extra money and gain valuable work experience while you are here on campus.

To register and apply you need to log on to Hope Works via MyHope, create a profile and then submit your right to work document (passport OR birth certificate with document evidencing your National Insurance number) to our team in the Employability Hub at Hope Park.

There are Hope Works Registration Days every day from 10am-4pm in the Employability Hub from 30th September – 11th October 2019. 


There are regular jobs throughout the year and one-off projects, all of which will build your professional experience and grow your skill set. Check out Molly’s experience below and get registered to see where Hope Works could take you…

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Looking for a part-time job?

If you’re looking for a part-time job to fit alongside your studies then look no further! Here’s our essential guide to finding a part-time job.

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Graduate Access to My Careers Centre


Calling all graduates…if you didn’t know already graduation isn’t the end of your relationship with Liverpool Hope University.

You have access to careers and employability support for the next three years as part of our Three Year Promise. The most useful features of the Promise for you are:

  1. Access to careers appointments (one-to-one, telephone, video call);
  2. Email support;
  3. Careers and employability workshops; and,
  4. Access to My Careers Centre resources

Access to My Careers Centre as a Graduate couldn’t be simpler. Log into My Careers Centre through Moodle. Click on My Profile at the top right-hand side of your dashboard and then click on the Graduate Access panel on the left-hand side of the page.  Lastly, you will be asked to provide a personal email address. Once you have followed these steps you will recieve a web-link to continue use as a Graduate (see below).


If you encounter any issues with Graduate Access or would like to talk to a Careers Adviser please contact us either by phone or email below.                                                               0151 291 2032