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devilmunchkin
09-03-2011, 08:38:02
I have a bit of a quandry. In the US, you contact the Registrars office when you want to check up on your financial aid or pay a bill (to the university). What is that department called in a British university?

I've been all over Manchester University's website and can't find a damn thing. (Their website is aggravating)

Funko
09-03-2011, 08:47:04
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/international/contacts/

Top contact here looks like your best bet? I'd give them a call on their applications hotline. They should be able to point you in the right direction at least.

There seems to be a website called student services centre which looks like it would have the info you want but all the links are broken!

devilmunchkin
09-03-2011, 10:55:54
I emailed them 2 days ago. Haven't heard back. The idea of an international call is scary.

I also noticed a lot of 404 pages on their site.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
09-03-2011, 11:18:42
Let Funko call.

Greg W
09-03-2011, 11:34:16
Yeah, have an MSN convo with him while he's talking to them. ;)

Funko
09-03-2011, 11:55:32
The idea of an international call is scary.

I would call them ASAP.

Things to remember:

1. These kinds of calls NEVER turn out to be as scary as you anticipate them to be.

2. If you phone, you get an instant response to your question, so whilst the call might seem scary, at least it removes any worry you might have and gives you practical steps to go forward.

3. Their applicants hotline is there to assist people like you, especially if it's a query about how they get paid!

4. They speak English.

5. You'll feel a lot better when it's done.

Greg W
09-03-2011, 11:59:52
She may mean the costs involved. Don't quote me on that one though.

JM^3
09-03-2011, 15:02:00
Use skype.

JM

MOBIUS
09-03-2011, 15:25:58
Yes, I was thinking Skype too.

It's worth the peace of mind to call, IMO.

Lurker
09-03-2011, 17:29:34
DM and JM sightings, both in the same thread!

Provost Harrison
09-03-2011, 18:14:49
I have a bit of a quandry. In the US, you contact the Registrars office when you want to check up on your financial aid or pay a bill (to the university). What is that department called in a British university?

I've been all over Manchester University's website and can't find a damn thing. (Their website is aggravating)

You're moving to Manchester? :eek:

Beta1
09-03-2011, 18:48:00
was a registrar at Roehampton, UCL, Kent and Imperial... Manchester is so big though it might have a different setup.

Greg W
09-03-2011, 23:57:13
You're moving to Manchester? :eek:Good to see you keeping up to date with matters. :p

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
10-03-2011, 05:42:42
She may mean the costs involved. Don't quote me on that one though.

Quoted.

DM, use 10-10-345. It's, like, 9c or something per minute to the UK with a $1 connection fee. I use it all the time when calling back home, it's a huge money saver. It'll appear as a line item on your next regular (AT&T?) phone bill, and you don't pay anything unless you specifically dial the service.

Here's the website: http://www.luckydog.com/

Of course, if you're just scared, then MAN UP SOLDIER. It's just like calling people domestically, only the Brits are generally much more polite. At least to your face. Except these Brits.

devilmunchkin
10-03-2011, 06:08:28
Greg was right - I wasn't socially scared. I was concerned about the costs. However, I can see how you'd all get confused considering my social anxiety issues (amongst others).

I think I will email the English dept first and see if they can tell me which dept. If I can't get anywhere there, I'll definitely take Qaj's advice.

Provost: That is the plan. If I can get together the money for tuition, I'll be moving.

Greg W
10-03-2011, 06:13:21
See. Greg knows. For Paiktis and Muffin. And can speak about himself in the third person. What those FACT!s says about me is anyone's guess. :clueless:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
10-03-2011, 07:41:08
The facts scream "GAYLORD".

Greg W
10-03-2011, 08:10:03
So understanding a greek alcoholic womaniser and an American moving to Britain to study a Phd screams that? You Germans are strange!

MOBIUS
10-03-2011, 13:51:47
It's just like calling people domestically, only the Brits are generally much more polite. At least to your face. Except these Brits.

FOK U! :p

zmama
10-03-2011, 14:00:50
Proof!

Funko
10-03-2011, 14:07:13
ITYM poof.

Provost Harrison
10-03-2011, 20:05:07
Good to see you keeping up to date with matters. :p

Well last time I checked she was moving to Roehampton :p

Just interesting because I am planning on moving to Manchester. I don't work in London nor am I even based around here any more, so why pay a fortune to live here when I can afford to live well Up North...and I certainly couldn't face living back in Hull.

DaShi
10-03-2011, 20:16:25
Maybe you two should be flatmates.

devilmunchkin
10-03-2011, 22:59:30
I had an interview with Roehampton but didn't make it. Besides, I can't afford to live in London. I'll be good to live in Manchester, albeit I heard Manchester is cheaper than most other big cities in England.

Provost Harrison
11-03-2011, 09:01:01
Well, it's certainly cheaper than London. Which isn't too hard...there are few places I go to that are more expensive than London...probably just Switzerland. It's not as cheap as some other UK cities (for example my home city, Hull) but there isn't a lot in it.

devilmunchkin
11-03-2011, 09:04:52
What will you be doing in Manchester?

Provost Harrison
11-03-2011, 09:13:35
Oh, stuff ;)

Well the thing is that I am being made redundant at the end of this month and I become self employed instead from April onwards...so my office is my home and I travel to the client wherever they are. It seemed pointless having a base in the overpriced London, but I still need somewhere that has good transport connections (ie, airport, trains, etc) and I would like to be closer to my family (Manchester is a lot closer to Hull than London is) and I already have friends up that way, so it seemed quite a logical move, given the cost.

But yeah, my project is currently near Frankfurt, but it is commutable on a weekly basis.

devilmunchkin
21-03-2011, 08:26:39
They replied a week and a half later (from the 9th) just to tell me to ask another person. Granted, they did give me his name and email.

:(

Dyl Ulenspiegel
21-03-2011, 09:00:34
That's pretty good for a bureaucracy.

mr_B
21-03-2011, 09:12:40
:lol: @ Dyl

MOBIUS
21-03-2011, 10:19:07
That's pretty good for a bureaucracy.

That's fucking amazing for university bureaucracy... :D

mr_B
21-03-2011, 10:37:48
and Dyl knows

MOBIUS
21-03-2011, 11:16:46
So do I... :(

MDA
21-03-2011, 11:45:35
yeah, you only had to ask once, and got useful information :lol:

Getting keyboard/mice combos for the new employees:

Received: Three laptop docking stations, and a follow up call from IT asking to schedule one of the service techs to image my new laptop (neither ordered nor received). I let them know what I actually ordered/received.

Later, one closed but unresolved service ticket, two emails from me to IT and our local IT liason, and a follow up call from my supervisor, docks exchanged for keyboards

My supervisor and I did get an email from IT later thanking us for out patience.

This past week, word got out that the office had approved purchase of laptop docks for home/virtual office use and I have to order about a dozen of them... :bash:

Funko
21-03-2011, 11:52:26
yeah, you only had to ask once, and got useful information :lol:


We don't know that yet, she could well get an e-mail from the second address redirecting her back to the first one!

MOBIUS
21-03-2011, 13:11:03
Or a telephone number.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
21-03-2011, 18:28:57
We don't know that yet, she could well get an e-mail from the second address redirecting her back to the first one!

A real bureaucracy plays that around three corners at least.