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Research Fellow - Algebraic Topology

Queen's University Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland

Job Purpose: To be an active member of the pure mathematics research centre assisting on the algebraic topology project Comparing The Homotopy… Glassdoor


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    not a great place to work

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    I worked at Queen's University Belfast full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    money stretches well as Belfast is one of the cheapest cities in the UK, the staff tend to be friendly and inclusive and welcoming. The gym is great, easy to get to and runs good classes at quite a fair monthly fee for membership (that can be paid directly from salary).

    Cons

    Where do you start? It is hard to recruit to Belfast, so the quality of staff is poor. On both the academic and the admin side the staff would simply not have that job/level outside of NI. It is skewed heavily local, so there is bias and interconnection between people that is not helpful. Everyone is either related, grew up together, or know the same people and in an effort not to offend nothing moves forward. It is Russell Group on paper only, the quality is at best 2nd or 3rd tier (and in some areas that is being generous). The University is complacent and reliant on government funding so it is there is help local people get some form of education and pay local people to be academics or well paid administrators as they want to stay near home- nothing more, nothing less. It is now struggling with the beginning of a hiring freeze. Bullying is rampant and no matter how many complaints are levied no one wants to upset a distant relative or relatives ex-school mate. The new VC is causing huge disruption due to new policies but it is unclear if it is the right kind of shake up. It needs to be reshaped and reorganized to move with the times- but you need to have the skills or vision to do that.

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