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Old 24.07.2020, 18:56
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Re: Move to the UK for PhD: suggestions

Hiya!

Each university has its pros and cons. I'd be a bit wary about moving to the UK now amidst all the Brexit issues. First, they're having a rough time figuring out new immigration laws for Europeans, the uncertainty of which will only be unpleasant. Second, academic pay in the UK is only competitive when the pound is 2:1 to the dollar (or CHF), and it is no longer that and will probably decline amidst all the Brexit drama. Even then, they pay their PhDs way less (unless you get a fancy scholarship or prize). It also rains a lot (a lot!), so if your mood is affected by weather, then it is sometimes difficult (especially with diminished travel).

Otherwise, Birmingham is great and U of Coventry has some great programming. Everything depends on what you want/need and what your priorities are. If you have any specific questions, aside from "how is it?" (it's fine), then ask away.
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