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University College London Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
30 Reviews
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Pros
  • way better work life balance compare to companies of course (in 5 reviews)

  • It has a relaxed environment with flexible working hours and sociable co workers (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Holy Moses it is expensive to live in London (in 2 reviews)

  • And office space is at a premium so I do share an office with several others (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to be a student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London

    Pros

    Fantastic academic location and setting

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times and they can improve the libraries

  2.  

    One of the best universities/employers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great university, on the rise. Best research institution in the UK for the moment. Excellent staff support. Not pretentious, really open minded and promotes diversity.

    Cons

    The life of postdoctoral researchers is unfortunately always uncertain. Chances for career development few and competitive.

  3.  

    Vibrant and exciting research environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UCL is an open and friendly place to work, and is located in an extremely pleasant and convenient part of London (Bloomsbury, near Euston). I did my PhD there, and took a job as a postdoctoral researcher, so I spent around 4.5 years working in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. I guess experiences will differ very much between departments, but in general the facilities are excellent - there is access to an enormous amount of equipment, software and other essentials (for example 3D printing, journal access, plenty of things for work and play in the Institute of Making). The area is also full of bars, cafes, restaurants without feeling too overcrowded. You'll also have access to bars, shops, and cafes at a lot of nearby University of London places, including ULU, Birkbeck, the Institue of Education, etc. As a university UCL has always felt very warm and welcoming, but most importantly it is dedicated to delivering high-quality teaching and research at a world-class level.

    Cons

    It's a busy place, and though it has a campus feel, it is in the centre of London. Personally, I like that, but it's a bit different to a 'normal' campus lifestlye. It also charges a fortune for graduation ceremonies (£35/ticket this year to attend my own PhD ceremony, and the same for each guest).

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great University to work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University College London full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Many collaborations and contacts within the institution> Very well organized. Many resources at your disposal. Great location.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be not very goal oriented. That's a general problem of Academic Science.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Professor

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    Former Employee - Professor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Professor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, up and coming university

    Cons

    space is tight due to expansion (success)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focussed on competing globally

    Recommends
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  7.  

    PhD Researcher - great access to resources and expertise.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Abundance of facilities and professional expertise.

    Cons

    PhD researchers culture - there is no feeling you actually belong to a cohort - everyone's on their own.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Very enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, multicultural, good city.

    Cons

    Department was unorganised, and very unorganised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to organise far better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    PhD student

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

    I have been working at University College London full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - good brand (UCL)
    - wide range of experts which allow cross-sectional collaboration

    Cons

    - not enough space
    - expensive to live near the campus
    - overcrowded! (thanks to continuous merger and over recruitment of students)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - more spaces
    - work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    University in central london

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

    I worked at University College London full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Has a good central location, Nice campus and library. Library often open 24 hr. Many training courses available to take for staff. Large common room available exclusively for staff.

    Cons

    Overcrowded offices and poor decoration and facilities. Not many benefits or incentive. Noise pollution from events and building work.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    great place to work

    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University College London full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    atmosphere is great. it is a real community. its always busy, except holidays which can be a little "dry". want to stay here for a long while.

    Cons

    very tiring and you are always expected to do something. work can easily pile up but ucl does allot to try and help you manage

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