FAQ: UK Information


July is summer in the UK. Average July temperature is around 17 degrees Celsius (63.5 degrees Fahrenheit). Night-time temperatures are lower than daytime. Up to date weather forecasts can be found on the BBC weather website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

Time Zone

The time zone in Leicester in July is British Summer Time (BST) which is one (+1) hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Banks and Currency Exchange

The currency of England is GBP Sterling (£). You will find cash machines/ATMs on the University campus and nearby. There is also a branch of Santander bank on campus.


Since 1 July 2007, smoking is not allowed in any enclosed public places in England (this includes pubs, clubs, restaurants, bus stations, shops etc).


Alcohol may be bought by anyone over the age of 18, with proof of identification.


There are certain restrictions on what you may bring into UK aside from your own personal effects. There are regulations concerning pets, livestock, firearms, prescription drugs, plants and meat products. For detailed information on what you are allowed to bring into the country please visit the UK Border Agency website.


International Dialling code for UK: +44

Emergency services

To call either Fire, Police or Ambulance use: 999

For local police for non-urgent crimes: 101


English appliances operate on 230 volts (50Hz). Electrical plugs for 230 volts are three rectangular prongs that form a triangle. If these are different from the ones used in your country, you will need a socket converter/ plug adaptor.

VAT Information

The rate of VAT for goods and services in the UK is 20%. Restaurants generally include VAT in their menu prices.


Participants are advised to provide their own personal travel insurance. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any personal damages or losses.