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Nottingham Trent University Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    People are great but management is poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nottingham Trent University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High salary
    Committed and knowledgable colleagues
    Good facilities

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management at middle and senior levels. Lack of management competence and good role models. Proliferation of self serving managers who are able to manipulate those above them who lack the ability to actually deliver in any of their promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage outcomes, make people at all levels responsible for delivering against outcomes. Provide clear direction and reward effort. Be genuine and transparent. You can't fake integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management full of headless chickens

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nottingham Trent University

    Pros

    Excellent campus and friendly, knowledgable colleagues. Good facilities and equipment to use when available. Easy access to campus

    Cons

    Everything really.
    Technical department suffers from rigamortis, there pace can only be likened to what is called reverse gear.
    Estates more interested in changing a light bulb than anything more difficult. This is so they can tick off their job sheets and make it look like they have done more work than they actually have. They also have their own bedrooms set up in derilict parts of the uni so they can have their afternoon sleep.
    Lecturer recruitment, what a joke, they are more interested in recruiting someone with 30000 pounds worth of funding even when they can't speak English very well. How much dothe students pay now, a typical class could be paying a million to the uni in a year but they don't care.
    Academics on over 1000 pound a week with no research and cannot hardly speak English, the students are getting a rough deal here.
    Paying people over 40000 a year to sign a piece of paper every few hours.
    The whole place is generally mad, everyone in their own little universe, feathering their own nest, majority just want do minimum to get by.
    I advise anyone wanting to study here. DONT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management required

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Committed, student focused staff, but pressurising, short-sighted, and opaque management = disappointing failure

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Nottingham Trent University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The academic and administrative staff are generally very committed to students and student welfare, and generally very friendly. Many are very intelligent and very generous with their time, and will often step in to assist you if you reciprocate. In previous years, many Business School staff had spent significant time in industry and the professions, had a good working style, were down-to-earth and integrated new staff. Work life balance has been generally reasonable, although exam marking is always a fraught period. Business school staff have free tea and coffee. There have been some genuinely great innovations by staff in courses, teaching, learning and research. Remuneration is slightly ahead of similar institutions. Collegiality within departments is generally very good. General IT resources are good, although sometimes technical support is not always forthcoming. There are some great architectural buildings, and some great places to teach.

    Cons

    The emphasis on "business style" management in recent years is stifling, imposing several expensive and unproductive management layers, and has promulgated some dubious practices. Senior Management approaches to HR relations are a caricature of a poor 1970-80's manufacturing industrial case study, rather than enlightened practices for 21st century knowledge workers. Good quality, transparent leadership is lacking. Promotions appear to be determined on your face fitting with management, rather than on capability to achieve outcomes. Pressure to inflate grades is also high.

    The business school was a good school with inventive teaching and some credible researchers. However, many academic staff with excellent industrial knowledge and connections have left, to the detriment of standards. These industrially astute staff are rarely replaced because of recruitment policies requiring applicants to have research backgrounds, rather than industrial capability and teaching ability. This has resulted in the recruitment of several career academics without business experience (often new, young, international PHDs), perhaps to the detriment of graduate employability, and probably contributing to staff turnover rates as they leave after a couple of years. The reason behind the recruitment policy change is the pursuit of often unachievable international 'badges' by school managers, mainly due to their misunderstanding of the school's unique selling points; management style often focuses on (perceived) activity rather than actual achievement. This propagates reactionary change projects which are often detrimental to both staff morale and ability to do the day-to-day work of teaching and research. Accommodation for business school staff is an unsatisfying compromise between open plan and academic team-shared offices, where one often tumbles over colleagues or (if one is portly as I am) is a disturbing squeeze past co-workers in an attempt to exit. Even professors must share accommodation.

    Disappointingly, what was once a great place to work as a solid teaching institution with great industrial & local links, and credible research, has now become a stressful, pressurised, place to do a job with weaker teaching, poorer local industrial links and only marginally better research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over-emphasis on buildings and estates puts pressure on resources. Good buildings are important, but many are vanity projects. Several university management decisions seem opaque; better communication is required including to listening to advice of long standing and expert staff rather than imposed reactionary "solutions" for problems that didn't exist until these were created by the previous round of changes.

    Business School Management appear cliquey, disconnected from staff, and lack transparency: avoid focus on image & 'badges', and concentrate on quality & substance. Avoid the emphasis on massive courses run purely for income and try to bring back innovation in the range of courses offered, otherwise employability of graduates will drop rapidly. Also over-pressurising of staff leads to high staff turnover!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Experience

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nottingham Trent University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A very friendly environment. Everyone is very motivating.

    Cons

    There is too much of documentation before starting the job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    fine

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    Current Intern - Intern Research in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern Research in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nottingham Trent University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nottingham is an interesting city to visit, there are lots of facilities for the students worldwide. If you like history, the department is very good.

    Cons

    the crime rate is quite high be sure you do not forget to lock your room or windows when you go outside, especially at night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no more things to add

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Sessional Tutors Beware

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    Current Contractor - Seasonal/Hourly Paid Tutor in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Seasonal/Hourly Paid Tutor in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nottingham Trent University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable hourly rates, interesting and worthwhile work, intelligent and well-motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Management decisions lack transparency and fairness particularly related to allocation of work. No security for hourly paid staff and little willingness to follow the spirit of protective legislation. Definite pressure to inflate grades - giving fail grades, however well deserved, means that hours will be reduced or withdrawn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to ensure that allocation of work is based upon transparent criteria.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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