The policy includes "no sharing of old assignment", you broke this rule, now you have to face the consequences. Welcome to adulthood, were actions have consequences.
hens "merely programming"
What kind of paper is the 2012 paper? Is it a working paper, or is it some kind of publication. In the last case it would be selfplagiarism (asuming she is the only author of both papers) which is a slippery slope. I would ask her what is going on
Maybe you should take a short vacantion
In many cases editors ask people who recently publish in a journal to do a review or two.
Btw. from a pure academic viewpoint (which would be inline with this forum) the UK is preferabel; more high rated universities, more collobartion posibilities etc etc
The problem is we know absolutly notthing about your situation. Are you British? Are you from Singapore? Do you have family in both countries? Do you like British weather? Do you like asian cuisine?
This reminds me much of a Dragonball Z episode (one finds inspiration in the darndest places), instead of training an extra earth day in the hyperbolic time chamber to get stronger, Goku took his son on a day off to enjoy the beauty of earth and let him know where he was fighting for. Take some time off to remember what you are 'fighting for'
In the Netherlands, and not talking about 'hogescholen', a single Bachelor program has a logical continuation in one or multiple Master programs at the same university. However, it is possible to follow a completely unrelated Master, even at a different faculty or different university. In some instances your Bachelor diploma is enough to grant you access to this Master, in other cases you will need to do an entry test or even have a bridge year. I assume there are cases in which this does not apply. I know you cannot become a lawyer if you have not finished a law bachelor and master.
The obvious choose would be to reference this paper ("Johnson, J. (2014) 'bla bla bla', unpublished thesis, University of What Ever, blog access date: april 8th 2015" Reference software such as Endnote have an unpublished manuscript category) in the literature review part of your thesis.
(just how old this conversation is, why was this on top of the stack??)
I don't know if you necassarily have to sign an agreement for an open access publication, as you do not sign over the copyright to the paper, but publish it under a creative commons licence. I have recently published OA in a mixed access Springer Journal, using 'the Dutch-method' (Dutch Universities have an agreement with Springer) and didn't sign anything. It might well be that by submitting a paper you have already given the journal rights to publish the paper OA.
Have you tried contacting the Journals Editorial Office (which is staffed by the publisher and not by the editor)?
I still cannot graps this concept of the accidentally/mistakenly etc dual submission. Author guides/instructions ed normaly clearly indicate a manuscript should not be under consideration for an other journal. Has the OP not read this instructions?
There are many factors not related to the academic quality of a paper which influences the rate of citations. However I am, from the top of my head, not aware of research into the publication month. My best bet would be to check either Scientometrics or the Journal of Informetrics. You can, of course, download alot of information from WoK and run your own analysis