Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
96 Reviews
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Pros
  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Absolutely beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work-life balance, often poor supervision (in 4 reviews)

  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging atmosphere working with world top class scientists

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    upfront research topics to delve into.

    Cons

    high living costs in Oxford area.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Bright people everywhere, best laboratories, best facilities.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Absolutely beautiful city to live in.

    Cons

    A lot distraction beside studies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    relative freedom, good work culture, great team

    Cons

    lack of supervision, career opportunities and stimulation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    great stepping stone, but it is a very political place and it difficult to set up on the long-run

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good opportunities, college life, brand name, scientific collaborators

    Cons

    highly political place, bad weather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious university with very intelligent scientists/researchers from all over the globe, good cutting edge research facilities,
    lovely city to live as a PhD student, Colleges make it easy to socialise.

    Cons

    Career services should improve and the University should have good placements cells, and ensure students can get better placements.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great experience, surrounded by people you have a lot to learn from

    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work as a lecturer in independent: you have a lot of autonomy, you manage your own time, you get to teach bright students, and learn a lot from your colleagues. The work-life balance depends on you, since research never ends and you need to know when to stop.

    Cons

    Salaries are not great in academia; also, if you do not have a permanent position you are very likely to have to move to another part of the country for a different job; there is pressure to publish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lots of benefits in terms of housing and meals, which somewhat make up for the low salary.

  8.  

    Good place to study and live

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

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

    Pros

    University of Oxford is one of the top universities in the world with great prestige. It has the greatest resources for research and study. The town of Oxford is also a great place to live.
    There are lots of research groups in this university. I am in department of Engineering Science, it contains information science, mechanics, computer science, optics, nanotechnology. If you want to have cooperation with them, it will be very convenient.

    Cons

    If you want to go to London, you will take more than one hour there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The efficiency of the administration is better to improve.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent colleagues and resources available to conduct projects.

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vast resources, exciting research projects, plenty to learn from team members, beautiful location, wide variety of disciplines, prestige of organisation, good transport links.

    Cons

    Low salary, difficult to progress in career, postdoctoral salaries are unsustainable, expensive city to live in, transport is good but also very expensive. Prepare to live well below the average to make it here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Income is tiered to inflation, but nobody factors in the cost of living or the expenses, especially for students who are transitioning into postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to be an early-career researcher

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Oxford is a magnet for wonderful researchers, conferences and talks. There is always something interesting to be seen
    - The town is beautiful, very green, with very interesting museums and buildings to visit. - The unique collegiate culture provides you with a nice affiliation and facilities like college lunch.
    - Giving tutorials is a very interesting teaching experience. Lecturers do complain about heavy teaching loads, but as a postdoc my teaching load is capped, so I enjoy it.
    - The research facilitators help substantially in putting together a grant application

    Cons

    - Oxford is expensive to live in! The housing market is unhealthy
    - The pay is so-so compared to other British institutions, and does not take into account that Oxford is next to London the most expensive British city.
    - Because it's so big and because of the collegiate structure, the faculty does have a lack of coherence, I don't even know all the faculty members
    - Most research positions are temporary, and few of these make it as permanent researchers. I for one do not expect to stay on after my fellowship. To pass through for a couple of years it is fine though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great city great work

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful city. International people. World class facilities

    Cons

    Research can be monotonous and working alone on a specific problem for a long time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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