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The professors I am taking my academic LORs from are no longer at my old uni. Can I still take their references?
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The professors I am taking my academic LORs from are no longer at my old uni. Can I still take their references?
Are you applying to UK courses?
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For UK unis, yes that's fine so long as they specify where and when they taught you.
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Are you applying to UK courses?
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Then it's fine, but you need to a) ask the referees first and b) give their new contact details to the university. UK universities won't accept pre-written letters of recommendation, they go straight to the referee.
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The professors I am taking my academic LORs from are no longer at my old uni. Can I still take their references?
How long ago were you at your old uni? And what are the references for?
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How long ago were you at your old uni? And what are the references for?
Graduated in 2018. Need the references as part of my masters applications
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Graduated in 2018. Need the references as part of my masters applications
OK - so relatively recent - but it's worth noting that professors working at a different university will no longer have access to the system where they can view all of your results and wider institutional info (which is helpful in compiling references) - and to be prepared for the possibility that unless the profs know you well, they might say that you should secure references from your old uni instead.

So definitely follow the good advice given earlier and email the profs to ask - and doing this as early as possible. Fingers crossed they'll say yes!

Worst case scenario, you can look at whether there are other members of staff working at your previous uni that had taught you and explain the situation ("my referee profs have left"), and ask for a reference - many will do this (e.g. I write a lot of references for past students to help out because their personal tutors have left in the last few years and my view is that it is part of what an institution should be doing for its graduates).

Good luck with your Master's application!
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