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And also (I don't know why I'm posting so much... oh well) if some of you who haven't been to Edinburgh or Glasgow wanted to see some pictures that aren't taken by professionals luring you to go there ;) then please check out my flickr. There are pics of Glasgow University, what a room at Queen Margaret Residences looks like, classrooms, etc. and also some pictures of a recent trip I took with my boyfriend to Edinburgh. Edinburgh pics are most recent, Glasgow pics are a few pages in.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dovetail

Okay, going away now.

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Something to be aware of if you're calling a UK university:

Daylight Saving Time was yesterday in the U.S., but it doesn't happen in the U.K. for two more weeks. So, deduct one hour from your calling time. For example, if you WERE five hours behind UK time, you are now FOUR hours behind.

Helps if you have to call at a certain time/have a deadline. But bear in mind this is only for 2 weeks' time.

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It's almost spring here in Newcastle, and I have never been happier to see flowers in my life. There's something about a long dark winter that makes you appreciate these things more. I can't wait to get outside and enjoy the countryside now that it's not Arctic outside.

How is everyone getting along with their studies? I'm a third of the way through mine and I still feel in over my head! Of course now I'm entering the Great PhD Debate, too.

Does anyone know how difficult it would be to extend my visa after my program finishes in September? I'm leaning towards taking a year off and then doing my PhD here, but I'd rather stay in the UK for the in-between year. Moving across the Atlantic twice in 2 years is not something I'm keen to do. I'd appreciate any advice!

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Hello! =) A general question for those of you who applied and got accepted to the University of Glasgow-how did you find out you were accepted? I’m applying for the MLitt in History and happen to check the online status of my application (which I’ve done just about everyday since they acknowledged receipt of my materials) and I noticed I got an offer. I’m just wondering when I will get an offer packet.
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Hi!

I'm interested in doing a PhD in England, and I'm in the process of writing my PhD proposal. This is, of course, something I've never done before, however, and I'm really nervous about not doing it correctly. Has anyone found really awesome books/internet sources dedicated to writing a PhD proposal for a British University? I've found a few things online with brief guidelines and pointers, but not a whole lot, tbh.

Thanks!!

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Does anyone feel the desire to get their angst on and go see Morrissey with me this December? I'm in Newcastle but I wouldn't mind going elsewhere to see the Moz.
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Sorry to double post, but I went to my university's job centre today, and they gave me a basic understanding of the procedure.

After you've applied for a job and gotten an official offer to work (they told me your would-be employer will give you a letter), you get a temporary NIN and schedule an interview for your permanent one. And, like I was told here, it's much easier to get an NIN once you've got a job. So. Hopefully the process won't be too complicated.

Anyway, I hope that was somewhat helpful.

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Hi All

I hope everyone's made it over safely and is getting settled in. I've been here in Newcastle in the lovely North East for just a week now. I'm still a little shell shocked, but I'm recovering quickly.

I have a question about work---part-time, in my case---, since (now that I'm over my cold) I've started actively looking. Has anyone had experience looking for work in the UK? Are the proceedures different than in the US? Is it difficult to find a job? Does anyone have advice in general?

Anyway, thanks, and I hope everyone's doing well!

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I hope this is an acceptable post. I just wanted to see how everyone was doing with the moving process, especially some of the more emotional aspects. This is a very exciting time, but I (and I'm sure I'm not alone) still have moments when little concerns pop into my head. I guess I'm just nervous about becoming a graduate student, and doing it in another country means double the anxiety at times. I was always willing to put in the work in college (I double majored), but I still worry I won't meet the expectations of my British professors. It's probably an unfounded fear, but it's there nonetheless. I tried to study this summer, but it was hard to do as much as I'd like while working full time. I'm just curious, am I the only one doing a taught MA course who doesn't know exactly what they want to write their dissertation on yet? Is that normal? I was so busy with work and trying to sort out the paperwork associated with being an international student, I didn't get as much time as I would have like to spend working on it.

As I said, this is such an exciting time. I love the UK, and I know after a week or two of being there I (as well as the rest of us) won't want to leave. However, I thought if anyone else was having some small anxieties (leaving family, friends, or boy/girlfriends, missing holidays, writing all those papers, trying to budget UK living, etc) maybe we could all share them here, if that's ok? I just thought it might be helpful for some people.
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