Oxford University
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Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

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Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I worked at Oxford University as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat tradition, nice town, many chances to meet others.

ConsWorkload really varies lab to lab, and people can be very reserved. Expensive living as well, and technological support can be rather behind (e.g. no wifi)

Advice to Senior ManagementCan be more efficient. Colleges and departments don't really talk to one another. Should be improved.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than a year

Pros* Lots of academic freedom.
* Good environment for conducting interdisciplinary research.
* Good reputation.
* Easy to get commute to from other parts of the SE.
* Lots of networking opportunities if you are out-going

Cons* A very expensive place to live. One bedroom flats are upwards of £800, and many people have to share houses and flats.
* Meritocratic nature of the university is such that there aren't many opportunities to progress beyond your career level without leaving the university to get elsewhere and return.
* The city becomes very crowded with tourists and language school students in the summer.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's OK, but not as good as you can think of.......

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than a year

Pros1) The name
2) good job security as it attracts more money/funding than many other UK universities.

Cons1) Dull and boring city, 2) arrogent people, 3) very expensive city, 4) too much politics and research collaboration is not as good as you expect. Oxford is good when you have children and family here to maintain good life quality. However, if you are a young, single bachelor (and also a rising star on the peak of career). You may have to commute to London to have some fun as nothing really you can do it here.

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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postdoctoral research in Oxford

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAcademically stimulating environment, interesting people allround. Tip: as a postdoc make an effort to join a college / other social environment.

ConsSomewhat transient and very student oriented. Could do with a better set-up for postdoctoral researchers that are new in town.

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Postdoctoral Scientist (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for less than a year

Pros- research groups that work to understand the genetic foundation of human disease
- multidisciplinary research
- on the edge seminars and talks
- in- house services like sequencing etc

Cons- car parking
- long working hours
- equipment getting old and brakes often which means a lot of down-time
- badly organised

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees feedback.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall a positive experience but it is a long way off perfect

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than a year

ProsYou have a lot of freedom to pursue your own ideas. You tend to come across a good quality of other scientists to work with, not always but certainly more often than not. There are always talks from big players in the field, either yours or in other fields. Depends massively on your supervisor, but there does seem reasonable funding around to help your research.

ConsIf your ideas you have don't result in a decent publication or two every 2-3 years, you will find it tough in academia. Luck plays a big role but also the output and attitude of those around you. Being a post-doc for a long time with low job security can be a bit of a painful experience. Supervisors of labs were selected as good scientists, and not managers, so labs can end up run badly.

Advice to Senior ManagementSupervisors of labs vary massively in their ability to be managers, which in their defence was not what they were selected for. Some training, and accountability for bad practice would help.

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Lifestyle is amazing but very little inspiration in my Lab. Sure other parts of the University have more to offer.

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University

ProsBeautiful city, lifestyle is amazing, work pressure is very flexible, one is always treated with a lot of respect within the University. Some departments like the Statistics department have a bad reputation though.

ConsThe management is very opaque and the environment is often very bureaucratic. Very difficult to work together with senior members. very hierarchical structure in general.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a more friendly and flat structure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Postdoctoral (Former Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I worked at Oxford University

ProsBest university, beautiful place, friendly people, good personal relationship. Good atmosphere. Generally, a nice place to live and study in England.

ConsNo promotion, no hope, a place waiting to die. 1 out o 100 postdoc could become a real faculty there. Most people just have some training there, and then go away.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo less opportunity for a postdoc to become a real faculty, very competitive place. You have to be really outstanding to be there.

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University

Prosprestigious, famous university, ancient, first English univ. in the world. Still very good in academia. Strong research quality. Large funding. Rich colleges.
The university traces its roots back to at least the end of the 12th century, although the exact date of foundation remains unclear. After a dispute between students and townsfolk broke out in 1209, some of the academics at Oxford fled north-east to the town of Cambridge, where the University of Cambridge was founded. The two universities have since had a long history of competition with each other.

Consbureaucratic. Old style management.. .

Advice to Senior Managementmodernization. .

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