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Oxford University Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
101 Reviews
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Pros
  • The town of Oxford is also a great place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • Absolutely beautiful city to live in (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • very expensive to live especially the housing (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, poor work life balance, limited opportunities for personal growth, (in 5 reviews)

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    oxford university

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    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    a good place to study and live

    Cons

    a good place to study and live

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fun and organised summer school job for UNIQ

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    Former Employee - UNIQ Academic Mentor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - UNIQ Academic Mentor in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The summer school has a great ethos, the staff try really hard to make it enjoyable for the students, and it often re-hires people to do the summer school again the following year.

    Cons

    The summer school week was intense and probably not for everyone, but I personally enjoyed it- it went very quickly! We were given some online training for the summer school, which although a bit repetitive, did include some valuable information concerning the responsibilities of the role.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    A very productive 3 years of my life

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

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

    Pros

    Quality of research and great environment

    Cons

    no balance of work and life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Brilliant city and lifestyle, well-funded PhD in a great lab

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    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Incredible city to spend 4 years in. The college system is a great experience, plenty of social activities even during my PhD. Great lifestyle. My studentship provided a generous stipend. As a student or member of staff here you have access to an extensive range of facilities across the university, not to mention the faculty and post-doctoral researchers working here. There are excellent external speakers too.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can lean heavily towards work but that's personal and would be the same anywhere of comparable calibre. How much this is "enforced" will vary between labs, mine was fairly relaxed. Some Oxford rules are archaic but this can also be amusing.

    Recommends
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    Research Assistant Experience

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

    I have been working at Oxford University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good administrative staff and excellent atmosphere

    Cons

    Difficult visa procedure, apart from which everything else is good

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    Good employer

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

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by leading experts. Easy to exchange ideas. Students are very strong. Beautiful location with easy access to London. Plenty of opportunities to attend conferences etc.

    Cons

    With the college based system, the department doesn't always feel cohesive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to supplement your income as a student

    Great networking opportunities

    Practical application of your skills

    Cons

    Seasonal work, limited hours available

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of seminars and research talks. The culture of out-of-the box thinking is very appealing. Free lunches and dinners. The city has a lot going on, with places to go out and a proximity to London.

    Cons

    The separation of University into colleges isolates people and does not seem to serve any good purpose. Administration may not be very efficient, depending on which division you're in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    High standard

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Compensation, job standard, relaxed culture

    Cons

    The cost of living is quite high compared to even a more than average salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    All is good. Big name uni.

    Cons

    Politics and all the ego boosting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to modernise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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