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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Lecturer in Soc Sci

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff in my dept
    Never had problems with management

    Cons

    Random decisions from on-high can sometimes occur, e.g. changing around all the admin roles at once, or refusing to accept that there is a market price for certain professors.

    Recommends
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    Mainly positive experience, but some negatives

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

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

    Pros

    Attractive main campus with lots of green space. Good support of interdisciplinary working. Excellent academic and research staff in general. Department heads and deans can be very supportive (with some caveats). Overall I have found it a positive experience to work at Southampton and over the time I have been here there have been substantial improvements in many areas. For example, I think over the past few years the support provided to ECRs has improved a lot, and there is now more focus on research staff development, supporting fellowship applications etc. However, I think you need to be proactive to get the most out of your time here.

    Cons

    Some excellent researchers are sidelined in a way, because their research is not high impact, or they are not bringing in large grants...even when they are recognised to be the top of their field.
    Opaque and variable practices with regards to retaining early career researchers, but generally not a great deal of job security (although this is similar across academia as a whole).
    The level of attention by supervisors/other more senior academics to things like appraisals or internal review of grant applications is highly variable. E.g. can be difficult to find someone who will give a very rigorous and critical internal review of a proposal.
    Southampton in general is not a particularly nice city, but the surrounding countryside, towns and villages are beautiful and the area in general is a nice area to live in.
    Food available on campus is fairly poor.
    "Staff club" is no longer only for staff. "Staff bar" generally closes at about 6pm.
    General dislike of upper management within the university which reduces staff morale and motivation. In particular VC pay is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice of what the majority of people that keep the university running want (hint: those are the lecturers, researchers, profs and support staff, not the top management). Reduce the salaries of the top earners.

    Recommends
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    Excellent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Outstanding academic environment, good colleagues

    Cons

    Difficult to get a permanent post

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    PhD researcher

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom, personal growth, excellent equipment and research teams. Campus is very nice, national parks nearby are beautiful. Would consider living in winchester and commuting however

    Cons

    Salary, work-life balance. Local town is quite poor, food on campus is bad, can be quite boring place to work. Not a lot of outside social organisation.

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  6.  

    An interesting, vibrant place to work.

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    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Learning Support Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting, busy people, lots going on, main campus on nice park with lots of trees and flowers. Staff seem really engaged with their work. A top-ranking Russell Group university, doing lots of groundbreaking research in all sorts of areas.

    Cons

    For someone on a zero hours contract such as myself, the usual variability of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more!

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    Pretty good, nice and friendly staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Good pay considering not very much prior experiencing needed for the job.
    Easy to get references and meet other fellow students and to diversify your experiences.

    Cons

    Cant think of many but one of them would be that most of the jobs at Students Services do not help your career in the long run in terms of they are not jobs that oculd help you settle they are rather only good for gaining some experience.

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    research student in aerodynamics

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    Former Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    many expertise in aerodynamics, great research facilities such as wind tunnel and high performance computing.

    Cons

    food service is not good, student service is not very helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Interesting advanced research opportunities, but limited advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Really outstanding research opportunities in engineering and science
    Wonderfully diverse student and staff
    Collaborative environment
    Lively student body and well-organized extra-curricular activities

    Cons

    Like many universities, facing difficult fiscal times. Resource limitations result in inter-departmental struggles and top-down management. The city of Southampton itself is not terribly pleasant, but the surrounding countryside and proximity to London make it more attractive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't penny-pinch to the point that you start taking away even the smallest of perks, like having a microwave in the group kitchen!

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  10.  

    The job is OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    The professionalism in the university is unquestionable. I stays in the best department of the uni as a postdoc. and I enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Low salary and you can't get anywhere in the career path if you start working as post doc which can be a nightmare later on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organized finance maybe the way forward, spending too much on facility and less on the personnel who at the end of the day will run all those stuff.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to study but more training needed.

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

    I have been working at University of Southampton

    Pros

    Nice location
    Nice people
    Good academics
    Good facilities

    Cons

    More training required & can be quite isolated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more detailed training plan for postgrad students

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