thanks Maria, very helpful. I've taken the plunge and joined an agency in UK to get me placed somewhere on an Employer Sponsorship Visa, as due to the changes a couple of months ago, it seems to be a bit more tricky to get a Visa without a job (were told that at an Expo 2 wks ago). I'm just waiting for all the different institutions to send me all the relevant papers/ref's etc, IELTS in Jan. I've taken a note of the Agency name you gave as i would def like to join when i'm there, i don't mind doing 30-35hrs a wk in one place but i would love to even do 1 day a week elsewhere-variety is the spice of life! Thanks again for the help and advice.