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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist  in  Oxford, England (UK)
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at Oxford University full-time for less than a year

Pros

- research groups that work to understand the genetic foundation of human disease
- multidisciplinary research
- on the edge seminars and talks
- in- house services like sequencing etc

Cons

- car parking
- long working hours
- equipment getting old and brakes often which means a lot of down-time
- badly organised

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    Great researching resources and students; poor salaries, employment rights and support

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    Former Employee - Tutor and Instructor  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Tutor and Instructor in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The students are ambitious and wonderful to teach (mostly), and the libraries and community of scholars is vibrant and ambitious, if occasionally overly-competitive or a few years behind the trends.

    Cons

    Few, and increasingly fewer, tenured jobs, with more emphasis on by-hour and adjunct teaching, which means no payment for marking and prep. I was once told that, because I was based at a different college to the one I was tutoring for and was a grad student at the time -- that I had no right to photocopy for my students and that therefore any photocopies I needed for class would come out of my £22 per (classroom) hour wage. In general, Oxford knows that the brand has capital, and that academics cannot be choosy about their jobs in this market, and it seems to take full advantage of these facts by treating their employees as people who should be grateful just to be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professionalise your approach: ensure that everyone ranging from full professors and chairs to graduate tutors can benefit from salary and per-hour wage transparency, a clear year-by-year salary/wage ladder, and a federalised expectation of what colleges should be providing to their tutors outside of basic wage and/or salary. In general, federalise teaching provision and payment as much as possible: opportunities, hierarchies and support ranges far too drastically from college to college.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Decent pay, good career support and courses, great reputation

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Assistant  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reputation is excellent for future employment.
    Research is not notch.
    City is small enough to not feel overwhelming.

    Cons

    Services can be a little 2nd world (e.g IT).
    Quality of support entirely dependent on PI, not University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a university wide scheme in place to ensure all staff are routinely assessed for developmental needs.

    Recommends
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