General information

Location

UPEC 2018 will be held at the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

The conference will start with registration on Monday 3rd of September at 2.30 p.m. and will end mid-afternoon on Friday 7th of September 2018. The conference programme will be available on the conference website at: http://www.upec2018.com, prior to the start of the conference.

 

Language

English will be the conference language.

Local time

GMT + 1: (Western Europe Daylight at Summer Time).

Climate

Glasgow is one of Scotland's milder areas with temperatures usually higher than most places of equal latitude away from the UK, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream.

Winters are relatively cold, with a January mean of 4.0°C (39.2°F), though lows sometimes fall below freezing.

Spring is generally mild and very pleasant. April often has above average sunshine and many of Glasgow's trees and plants begin to flower at this time of the year and parks and gardens are filled with spring colours.

Summers are warm and have the added benefit of 16 hours of daylight and many of the tourist attractions have extended hours during this period.

Autumns are generally cool to mild with increasing precipitation. During early autumn there can be some settled periods of weather and can feel pleasant with mild temperatures and sunny days.

Currency and exchange

Great British Pound - GBP, £, Sterling.

Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at banks, post offices, travel agents, bureau de change kiosks and some hotels throughout the city.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Glasgow and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) or cash machines can be found throughout the city. Please note that few of them apply withdraw fees; however the majority are free to withdraw.

Please note that Scottish notes are not exchangeable outside the UK, if you have Scottish notes in your departure, make sure you change them to English notes.

VAT

All purchases in Britain, with the exception of food and books, are subject to VAT, which increases the cost of an item by 20%. This is already included in the price shown in shops.

Visitors from non-EU countries can claim a refund of VAT from selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the Retail Export Scheme.

Tipping

There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Scotland. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly in a restaurant or café with table service. Tipping in bars is not expected and for taxi fares, it is usual to round up to the nearest pound (£).

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.

Telephone codes

The UK country code is 44, while Glasgow landlines start with a (0)141 area code, followed by a 7 digit number. To call abroad, dial 00 before the area code.

Shop opening hours

Shops in the city centre are generally open Monday to Friday until at least 7pm and from 10am until 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Late night shopping is on Thursdays, with many stores open until 8pm.

Safety

Glasgow is like any other big city: it has safe areas and less safe areas, and the basic common sense rules apply. The centre of Glasgow is very safe and you should not encounter any problems. All of the city centre and tourist areas are well policed. During the day, the City Centre also has many 'information officers' who should be able to assist you if needed.

Electricity and conversions

The standard voltage in Scotland is 240V AC, 50Hz. North American appliances need a transformer and an adapter; Australasian appliances need only an adapter. Plugs have 3 square pins and adapters are widely available.

Driving

The UK drives on the left hand side of the road.

To drive in the UK, you require to have a current driving licence. A foreign licence is valid in the UK for up to 12 months.

It is compulsory to wear seat belts in the front seat and if your car has seat belts in the back, they must also be worn.

If travelling with your own car you must be properly insured and it is advisable to check your policy prior to your journey.

For additional information on driving in the UK, maps, travel insurance or road service, contact the Automobile Association or the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) and for up to date traffic and roadwork’s information see the Traffic Scotland

Healthcare

EU citizens are entitled to free or reduced cost medical treatment at National Health Service hospitals. With the exception of accident and emergency treatment, all non-EU members will be charged for medical treatment and must have adequate health insurance when travelling.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required prior to visiting Scotland.

Emergency services

In case of an emergency police, ambulance and fire brigade can be contacted by telephoning 999.

Visa requirements

You will only need permission (known as 'entry clearance' or 'a visa') to come to the UK for a business visit of up to six months if you are a visa national. Currently 108 countries require a visa to enter the UK. You can apply for a visa within 3 months of intended date of travel at visa sections at UK embassies, high commissions and consulates and through visa application centres around the world. The visa is valid for 6 months. The conference organiser is happy to provide a letter to support your visa application, please e-mail the conference on upec2018@gcu.ac.uk for more information.

If you are a non-visa national, permission to come for up to six months is not needed.