University of Manchester Reviews

Updated July 13, 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. PhD Student

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally good work environment, friendly colleagues. Plenty of stuff to do on campus. Relative income is good (cost of living is cheap)

    Cons

    Complicated office politics. Poor training opportunities, expected to be mainly autodidactic.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more workshops which focus on broader PhD skills such as research approach, statistical analysis and computer programming. Reward collaborations between departments, promoting synergy instead of competition between groups.


  2. OK, but could be better

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pros are similar to most university environments: Flexible working. Freedom to research your own area. Good career development/training opportunities.

    Cons

    staff apathy at senior levels. Relatively low pay at junior levels. Constant demand to publish (even if the paper is not ready) i.e. quantity not quality. Use of fixed term contracts at junior levels. Very slow rate of career progression. Poor W/L balance


  3. PhD student

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    well designed labs, intellectual environment, good resources

    Cons

    the system is designed not to be efficient, maintenance is very poor in case an instrument breaks


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  5. Neutral experience, Good place for undergraduate studies, no postgraduate

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse city, good facilities, great for football funs

    Cons

    expected more from research prospective

    Advice to Management

    Consider invest in passionate young scientist and not in academic politics


  6. The most amazing experience ever.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    It's a great university to work for with a lot of history.

    Cons

    The particle theory group hired me and then spent three year ignoring me.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire postdocs and ignore them!


  7. Research Associate

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    independent work, non-monotonic, quite scientifically up to date

    Cons

    low paid, if you start new contract then your salary starts from lowest again

    Advice to Management

    make sure you develop the person and make it happen for him/her so he/she isnt only your lab donkey, but also you make improvement in his/hers career


  8. Helpful (1)

    Low quality of teaching!

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice labs and libraries. The university has beautiful buildings and a has a great history, both of which are quite attaractive youngsters.

    Cons

    I have had friends, who went on to take second master's degree from other universities after having one from here. I have had atleast 2 batches of master's students, who came from other universities, asking me of how the university was so highly ranked, even after having such poor quality of teaching and training. I have been to a first year class of engineering( a year back), where a senior lecturer made mistakes in solving a simple problem, while having the answer key in her hands. A bunch of emails sent by the senior lecturer about basic engineering, contained wrong and misleading information about research which I still retain, and which baffles me, despite having such high credentials. This has led to question even the autheticity of the research performed by some people at the university.

    Advice to Management

    In the generation of youtube and email, its quite easy for the reputation of the university to go down. Please make sure you conduct a through review of teaching staff, for maintaining basic quality standards in teaching.


  9. Typical public sector trying and failing to be a business

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    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can be a stimulating environment to be in. The work is worthwhile. A globally recognised institution. There are opportunities to develop.

    Cons

    Grown too large and lost touch with itself, its employees and the students. Reliance on IT systems has not been match by investment in the IT infrastructure leading to regular breaks in service.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what it is that you need to do well and do it. The University isn't a business but it can benefit from being run more like one but not at the expense of the whole University.


  10. Helpful (2)

    easy going place to work

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    Current Employee - Web Infrastructure Coordinator in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Infrastructure Coordinator in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible working, good pension, good holidays, bike to work scheme

    Cons

    male dominated environment, 'ivory tower' management model, limited career opportunities, funding cuts in training and development,

    Advice to Management

    listen to staff more, invest in staff development, create more job opportunities, get rid of dead wood


  11. Good environment to further develop your educational knowledge

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well respected university in the North of the UK

    Cons

    Limited audience and slow turn around time



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