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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
59 Reviews
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University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Academics are too busy with admin to do their research, supervise PhD students or prepare useful lecture notes (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Diverse city, good facilities, great for football funs

    Cons

    expected more from research prospective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider invest in passionate young scientist and not in academic politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire postdocs and ignore them!

  3.  

    Research Associate

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    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

    Pros

    Well respected university in the North of the UK

    Cons

    Limited audience and slow turn around time

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Learning Environment Lacks Some of the Quality of More Prestigious Universities

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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

    Pros

    Good reputation for power systems and other Engineering fields
    Large campus
    Manchester is a great city
    Lots of student nights out
    High level of understanding teaching

    Cons

    Dingy / old offices (especially in UMIST)
    Lack of research supervisor contact
    Research supervisor's lack of interest
    Focus on papers rather than research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on softer aspect of student life (orientation, computers on desk when you arrive, clean offices, etc.).
    It's very easy for students to feel forgotten in an extremely large campus university, and more effort should be made to integrate them within their department.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    (Don't know what this means...)

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    Amongst the best funded research establishments.

    Cons

    Being amongst the best funded research establishments encourages old professors to continue getting funding for their old ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A ratio of professors to permanent academic staff to post-docs of 10:1:10 is perhaps not sustainable in the long term.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    change needed urgently

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester

    Pros

    it's one of the Russell group universities. It helps your career to say that you have worked for the university. The merge has benefited its image in terms of being perceived as a successful, expanding place.

    Cons

    Too big, too political, too bureaucratic. There are groups and also a lot of distance between academic staff and administrative staff. If you're admin and working closely with academics, be prepared to take to fall for not meeting deadlines and not being able to respond accordingly (even when things are out of your hands).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that only because the university has an establish name you don't need to take the bull by the horns and sort things out.

    Disapproves of CEO

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