University of Leeds Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Pay is good, very informal, casual environment, intelligent people

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    Former Intern - Intern in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is decent, working environment is very informal. Since it's university based, chances are the people you'll work with are intelligent (former students, academics etc). Colleagues are very encouraging. Work life balance is supported.

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get on the payroll.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Postgraduate Office Assistant

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    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Office Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Office Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    - The staff are all very friendly and eager to help you grow professionally.
    - Training is offer from day 1!
    - The salary is quite good for entry-level roles, considering it offers real opportunities for promotion.

    Cons

    - Some staff have very little to do while others have too much. There's not much balance between the staff.
    - Some days were boring, the job was not quite interesting.
    - There's no room for creativity AT ALL. Everything is planned out for you like a little script. You only follow rules and procedures, you cannot act accordingly to how situations arise.
    - Some offices were jammed while others had plenty of space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    + Be more flexible when it comes to resolving matters. Not everything has to fit into strictly written rules and procedures.
    + Provide more opportunities for creativity.
    + Provide more opportunities for young professionals to meet and connect. Most of the staff are rather old and the environment is unbalanced...
    + Provide better work space. You can't fit 3-4 people in one small office and then have two people have a big one!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Top research body in UK

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    -Great experience in participating in a research project over the summer as an intern. From experimental design to conducting data collection, data analysis to writing up of a research report.
    -working very close to supervisors, great advice and support
    -self-motivational in completing the project

    Cons

    -limited in relevance to other career paths (perhaps this is specific to the area you focus in and what you want to do in future)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Loved the atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Top top banter, and great environment

    Cons

    Long hours and very demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the progress

  6. The overall experience was satisfactory and pleasant.

    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The experience gained here is invaluable. Every minute detail would be a great insight. The team work would inhibit quite a lot of new talents and there is much more that can be learnt .

    Cons

    The timings of the work might not be always according to ones requirement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Russell Group underachiever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The university, like many towards the better end in the UK, still has some obvious strengths. Academics have space to conduct research, students are pretty high quality and academic colleagues are very supportive. Many academics are driven to produce high quality research.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. In recent years it has become focused around an egotistical VC (now left) and a mangement cadre of Deans that slap themselves on the back, pay themselves high wages and cut down dialogue. They have expanded the admin function hugely across the university and then imposed these costs back on to academics to pay for. Ideally this should provide support for the core mission of the university, but admin nows rules the place and academics are constrained to support this rather than the other way around, with endless chains of paperwork, targets and internal budegts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that this is a university, not some second rate civil service department. Get the Deans to support their academic staff. Have a more visible and understanding VC.

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    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Ambitious interdisciplinary research

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A great working environment with supportive management and lots of opportunities to be involved in interdisciplinary research of a really high standard. Work-life balance was very good, and managers allowed me a lot of freedom in working hours.

    Cons

    The future direction of the research faculty I was part of wasn't especially clear. There had been some cuts because of the recession which left some research areas looking a bit short staffed (although this wasn't true of my group which was well supported).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. A forward thinking institution

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    A strong future lies ahead for the university - Investment, both in facilities and people etc. Top 50 uni in the world aim by 2015

    Cons

    Academic environment sometimes infringes upon a strong business minded approach - A flaw at most HE institutions however...

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    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Annual pay rise, extra days off after bank holidays

    Cons

    General lack of promotion opportunities

  11. The best career move I ever made

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    Current Employee - Post Doc
    Current Employee - Post Doc

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

    Pros

    Learning, training, experience, good people, relaxed environment, flexibility, reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Short term contracts and uncertainty. Institutes in mech eng are top heavy and ts easy to be ignored. However, you need to look after number one, and get the best possible experience you can before moving on. Bureaucracy is unbelievably bad here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is advice to research councils. Stop/go money and mega competitive tendering for research money is not conducive to steady and collaborative research. It encourages bitter politics and paranoia.

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