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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)

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    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.


    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.

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    Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at University of Southampton in June 2013.

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    have a view of the labs, and then 35 mins questions

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Headquarters Southampton, United Kingdom
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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University of Southampton, one of the top 15 research universities in the UK, boasts nearly 25,000 students. The school has six campuses and has more than 20 academic schools awarding degrees in such fields of study as engineering, law, mathematics, and medicine. The school was chartered in 1952 but traces its roots to 1862. The university has long been engaged in fiber-optic research and established the Optoelectronics Research Center in 1989. It is also engaged in ocean and earth science research through its Southampton Oceanography Centre. In addition, it is one of the... More

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