Of work and funding: Considering the factors
One major factor that will go into my decision of where to apply — although not the biggest factor — is the availability of funding and its potential to cover my costs. Funding can come in two forms: funding related to the program itself (mostly to conduct research, I think), and consulting work in my spare time (however much or little of that there may be). I’m pretty sure that consulting work would pay better per hour than conducting research, but (a) I’d have to do it in my spare time, and (b) it would take additional time by means of requiring me to go elsewhere besides the university. And then there’s the matter of (c): In the case of Northumbria, consulting work will almost certainly be much more difficult to find in Newcastle than in London.
I’ve now had final confirmation of campus visits from three of the four universities that are on my calendar.