If you are looking to request a reference letter from me (also known as a Letter of Recommendation), please read this page to understand if I can write a reference for you and what I require from you to be able to write a good reference letter.
I write reference letters for anyone I work or collaborate with.
Students may also request a letter, though it is expected that a request is coming from someone who has some substantive interactions with me. I do not write reference letters for everyone that requests one, because I receive a lot of reference requests.
✔ Employees and Collaborators
Yes – please send me a request.
✔ Post-Graduate Research Students
Yes – If you are a PhD student I have supervised, for example, or had some form of substantial interaction, please send me a request.
❔ Undergraduate and Masters Students
Potentially – I do not automatically write reference letters for students. Here are some examples of when I feel it is appropriate to write a letter of recommendation for you:
- I was your project supervisor.
- I supported you outside of teaching.
- I was your tutor and I supported you in a specific way.
- You have some other form of substantial interaction with me.
If you feel these are relevant to you, please send me a request.
If we have not had substantial interactions, for example, you were a student on a module with a large cohort (and unlikely we had substantial interactions), then I will not be able to write a fair letter of recommendation. However, you can consider requesting a letter from other people, such as:
- Project supervisors
- Other module leaders
Request a Letter of Recommendation
For me to be able to write a good reference letter, please send me the following in your reference request:
- Contact details – What information do you need from me, such as specific contact information, job title, etc.
- The job advert – including additional documents such as the person specification.
- Deadline – When you need the reference by (if known). If I am unable to commit to meeting that deadline, I can let you know early so you have time to find other people.
- Suggestions for content – A brief bullet list of suggestions you think I could include or refer to. For example, what you think you excelled at, or other aspects you think would be good to emphasise.
- [Students] A reminder of our interactions – This is especially important if you are part of a large cohort of students. Please remind me, for example, of where we have talked or how I have helped you.
I will of course write a letter that I believe to be true and fair, from my perspective, but the above will greatly assist me in writing your letter promptly.