University of Manchester
3.9 of 5 45 reviews
www.manchester.ac.uk Manchester, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell

Nancy Rothwell

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    Research Associate

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

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementmake 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low quality of teaching!

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

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementIn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical public sector trying and failing to be a business

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

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

    ConsGrown 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 Senior ManagementRemember 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    easy going place to work

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    Manchester, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to staff more, invest in staff development, create more job opportunities, get rid of dead wood

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good environment to further develop your educational knowledge

    PhD Student (Current Employee)

    ProsWell respected university in the North of the UK

    ConsLimited audience and slow turn around time

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    Learning Environment Lacks Some of the Quality of More Prestigious Universities

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

    ProsGood 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus 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.

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

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

    ProsAmongst the best funded research establishments.

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

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

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    change needed urgently

    Administrator (Former Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

    Prosit'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.

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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