University of Manchester Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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Pros
  • The university has beautiful buildings and a has a great history, both of which are quite attaractive youngsters (in 3 reviews)

  • Fantastic location close to the city centre (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Partially racist attitude of faculty members and poor quality of teaching which is far below standards of tier 2 universities in developing countries (in 3 reviews)

  • Recruiting Profs around the Unviersity whilst simultaneously bemoaning the finances to restrict pay is disengenuous (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Bullied by senior academics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A large amount of money is being invested in new buildings, everything not required. Most of the Older buildings in the North campus, is most of the time empty for some of the floors, even during the peak hours of lectures.

    Cons

    Bullied by my advisor, because she couldn't understand the problems in experimentation, she forced me into doing things in the lab that were irrelevant. I wasn't paid for my the hours spent, but was forced to be at the university, even without allowing taking leave. This was followed by constant threats and harassment. When a complaint was made, I was further bullied by her and her colleagues including the then director of undergraduate studies of the school of MACE(Mech. Aero and Civil Engg). An internal examination, after the complaint was made, was rigged in such a way that it became favourable for her, adding statements to the report I didnot make. It showed a violation of academic integrity by the senior members of the school. The examination was also delayed by 3 months from the date of planned, where I was not allowed to do research and was not given the exact date of the exam(the university policies states that such acts contribute to bullying), with an exception for a few days before the exam. The school nor the university did not take any action against this. An external examiner(from another university, with 30 years of experience), was bought in for the second examination, where, the examiner told that I was right about the experiments and my method was the only method to solve the problem. Even after that my advisor and her department didnot even apologize for their mistakes, nor any action was taken.

    Advice to Management

    Please ask atleast to comply with the university's rules of confidentiality, when a complaint is made. Also, to comply with the rule of zero tolerance to bullying.If my advisor and her colleagues were at anyother university they would have been fired.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Complaints are not taken seriously, low quality of teaching

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ranked highly, though in reality the quality of research and teaching isn't very good.

    Cons

    Low quality of research and harassment to the level which is considered criminal, is being performed by faculty members at the university. The worst case is that the university doesn't act upon any complaints made against the faculty members even though the severity of the complaints and harassment are high. Put recorded lecture videos of each lecture on blackboard, and even publicly on youtube, as done in major research universities in Singapore, United States, India etc. This could help people around the globe to comment on the actual quality of teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Instead giving a blind eye to complaints and being rude when a complaint is made is not the way to go. In case of quality of teaching, consider recording lectures of every class and providing it on blackboard. Make online confidential reviews of research and teaching post exams, to know what students and young researchers actually think about the quality of the research and teaching activity at the university. Controlling and covering up will not be fruitful in the long run, listen to feedbacks very carefully and make constructing outcomes to complaints made, rather than blackmailing students and young researchers. Complaints are made because there is a reason, try to find and solve it. We have great faith in the chancellor to make changes happen.


  3. I have been working at the UoM for more than 5 years

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The University has policies about work/life balance. However, depending who is your manager. He/she can make your life difficult regarding to apply for flexible working.

    Cons

    This University does not appreciate hard working people or someone who brings new ideas. The culture of this organization is trapped on a management style from decades ago. There are no career opportunities or career development if you are not an academic.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training to member of staff who are working in management roles.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Perhaps one of the most disappointing universities you could ever find.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good reputation/ranking in the world. The city life is ok.

    Cons

    Extremely bad supporting services. The service centre and accommodation office only care about if you come to pay them money in the way that they prefer. For example, if you wanna pay your accommodation fees, you have to do it through direct debit. However, for many students, banks usually refuse to debit the money due to the large amount of money required to be taken from their accounts. If you tell the accommodation office that you can pay directly by card, they will just say NO. Consequently, you will have to pay the £25 - £30 delay penalty charge. The school (Computing) is such a place that treat students and staffs unfairly. As mentioned by other people here, if you are from a developing country, you will be treating like a moron. For each PhD student, there will be an interview at the end of each academic year to assess your research progress. Again, if you are from a developing country, get yourself prepared to be judged extremely critical and unfair. The funny thing is that every year the university holds several open days to public to get more students come study here. They will pretend to be so friendly on open days, whereas their attitude will change dramatically once you really come and study here.

    Advice to Management

    Really start to do something to improve student's satisfactions, PLEASE!!!


  6. Helpful (3)

    A place where academic bullying and threatening is permitted

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good library facilities and beautiful buildings.

    Cons

    Bullied and threatened. When complained about it, the bullying continues further. When a complaint is given, the first response is to meet the person who bullied you and solve it. Most of the time they give a: " i cannot help you type of answer." The people who generally investigate or receive complaints help in covering up the violence done by their colleagues. The Severely damaged my career and is now suffering from traumatic stress.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just say that there is zero tolerance against bullying, and try covering it up. Create a system where people who commit harassment are brought to question and exposed.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Generally dissatisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salary is good, as are the benefits such as the counselling service.

    Cons

    It would be better not to require a counselling service in order to work for your employer.

    Advice to Management

    I fear that if I were honest in this box I would be tracked down and attacked for damaging the reputation of the University. So best not.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Quality of teaching and research has deteriorated significantly. Action form Management required.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Located in one of the most livable cities in the UK, great night life with pubs, bars etc. Easy to work, as no serious performance review is carried out. Curry mile and the china town is within walking distance, which is quite attractive to international students and academics.

    Cons

    The autonomy provided by the management to the schools have led to mismanagement. There are poorly performing lecturers, who deliver poor quality of lectures and who are not liked by students. At the same time, these lecturers are awarded as student's favorite. The same happens in terms of research, the poor quality of explanation, misleading due to lack of knowledge in the research area and artificial stress created by the Principal Investigator on research projects, have led to overall poor quality of publications and loss of good research students from the university. All these problems are widely spread across different schools and has not changed in the past 5 years. Most of the students across different schools complaint about the very same things over the years, and it is sad that no change is visible despite numerous complaints. The sad part is that, these problems have become discussion topics among the alumnus of the university, when the meet and strike a conversation.

    Advice to Management

    The management should have much more control over the working of the individual schools and conduct serious performance review. Students generally tend to write good about the university on the paper feedback form about a lecturer because of repercussions of writing otherwise. Hence, an authentically confidential online review system, should be made in place so that the management gets to know the reality of the poor quality of education being delivered in different schools, which form the part of the university. Once an academic is hired by the university, it is up to the university's management to make sure of the quality of teaching and research is kept up as the colleagues of lecturers at the school generally help in the cover up poor quality of research and teaching demonstrated by a lecturer. But as time passes on, the low quality of teaching and research becomes a part of the school itself, if left unchecked.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Not a great place for an international PhD student

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good library and is located in a beautiful city. Easy to get a PhD admission if you are willing to pay for it.

    Cons

    Considers PhD students as source of income and are not well funded except in rare cases. PhD's are supposed to be independent work with minimal supervision, however, many supervisors dictate what his/her student should do. Supervisors mis-directs the students and in the case of a mistake, blames it on the PhD student, the colleagues of senior academics ensure it made to look like it is the PhD students mistake. This takes a toll on his/her metal health and academic career. Occasionally, the senior academics, strangely, even makes gives out wrong information of basic sciences to students, even during viva, though the all the standard textbooks says the opposite. There are PhD candidates who frequently change their supervisors, some of them are failed and again passed, so as show of power of a few academics. It is also very difficult to get teaching hours as a teaching assistant, in most cases the annual amount you get is only equivalent to you 1 month of your expense in Manchester. The University is maintaining a very bad reputation among international students, as the curriculum and quality is not upto the mark of the their undergraduate education in their home countries. Because of these factors,

    Advice to Management

    If you don't value and listen to your own students and young staff members, you loose out on valuable feedback which can improve the current state of affairs. Senior academics can be wrong,but when they defend, blame and threaten a student when a complaint is made, it ruins the life your own students. Please place a camera in lecture theaters, and even provide a downloadable copy of the lecture video through the Blackboard system, similar to the process done by world's top universities in Singapore. This can help student revise and at he same time, show the management, the level of quality of the education. A significant improvement of academic standards and evaluation knowledge base of current academics including senior academics, by an independent body is mandatory for the future of the University. Covering up facts only work for a few years, with a student strength of over 50,000, a lower quality education delivery is fatal for the University. A good, congenial atmosphere, with freedom to do research work in the way they want with minimal supervision is required for attracting good researchers. Go back to the history of the University and it will be evident that such a free environment led to major discoveries by people such as Alan Turing.


  10. Helpful (3)

    High in ranking but really bad in reality

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The largest university in the u.k., good learning facilities and beautiful buildings. Times/QS ranking at top 30 in the world, although guardian raking shows lower figures that tier 3 universities in the uk. Great city life and easy access to services and shops. A legacy and long tradition of innovation.

    Cons

    Bad quality research in engineering( with the exception of electrical engineering) including computer, mechanical, aerospace, civil and life sciences/ biotech. International students/ researchers from developing countries are treated badly with the exception of "promoted students" who are send to attend independent reviews to keep up university ranking. Students/ researchers are victimized if a complaint is made against senior lecturer/profs, either by reducing exam grades or by calling a researchers research work sub-standard by senior lecturers/ profs. The "zero tolerance for bullying" is not applicable for undergrads, grad students and post-docs. Partially racist attitude of faculty members and poor quality of teaching which is far below standards of tier 2 universities in developing countries. The career service, although voted to be one of the best as per independent reviews, is actually not that good.

    Advice to Management

    Please do something about the cons. Please kindly remove low quality teaching/ research faculty from the computer, mech, aero, civil engineering department. And kindly say no to these racist attitudes and make the "zero tolerance for bullying" as advertised in brochures actually applicable to students and young researchers!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place but far too many drawbacks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Great place ... close to city center, a good library, societies and friendly people. The University and research work is highly publicized through media such as news, internet articles, blogs etc.

    Cons

    Very bad teaching quality compared to universities of the same league. Even lecture notes have errors and exam evaluation contain is done badly. Bad treatment of researchers in engineering and sciences, including taking credit by senior lecturers and profs, bad treatment of international students etc.

    Advice to Management

    It is high time that the management took measures to improve standards!



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