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Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. Being a student

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    It's great - interesting tutors, wide variety of options. Studying Lit hum which i really like, not sure about future income but pretty happy with opportunities so far.

    Cons

    Lots of work, not incredible links with industry. Arguably not the best place for employment. Some colleagues are very work focused etc etc etc

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  2. Really exciting place to be with very hard working and intelligent people

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

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

    Pros

    Free access to several journals
    Work with great like minded individuals that will push you to be better
    The academic staff are world class.
    Great teaching opportunities

    Cons

    Some people are too big-headed, even when they aren't that good.
    The college system is incredibly annoying
    The students' union is almost non-existent.

    Recommends
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  3. Oxford opens a lot of doors

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    Former Employee - Professor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Professor in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Oxford has a broad range of researchers at top level and access to fantastic students. You'll meet very interesting individuals becoming Life long friends. The University has high international standing and being a professor at Oxford opens a lot of doors.

    Cons

    Hard to get into the colledge Life if you are a scientist and there are few informal meeting Points. It is easy to get lost in Oxford and not meet up with too many scientists if you are not proactive.

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  5. Great work culture!

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

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

    Pros

    --Flexible work hours
    --Work with the smartest minds in the area of research
    --Excellent brand recognition

    Cons

    --Being an academic institution salaries are not comparable with the industry

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  6. Excellent research institution, opportunities to expand into teaching. World-leading collaborations easily developed.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Fellow in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Research facilities are world class. The heritage and ambition are obvious. Lovely location.

    Cons

    Tenure difficult to come by. Expensive city to live in. Collegiate system of employment and joint contracts are baffling.

    Recommends
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  7. 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

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  8. Fun and organised summer school job for UNIQ

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

    I worked at Oxford University as a contractor (less than a 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.

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  9. 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
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  10. 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
  11. 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good administrative staff and excellent atmosphere

    Cons

    Difficult visa procedure, apart from which everything else is good

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