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Sheffield Hallam University Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    hard going and some bullying

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer

    I worked at Sheffield Hallam University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Sheffield is a great city to live in
    Good organisation of teaching support
    Was given a postdoc and some equipment after RAE

    Cons

    Croneyism and bullying were rife in my Department
    Very high teaching workload left little time for research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up the work on building positive worklace culture and do not tolerate any bullies or freeloaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great job if you enjoy teaching students

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere, committed colleagues, good annual leave and generous self managed time. Interaction with students is very rewarding, as is the opportunity to conduct research

    Cons

    At certain times of year, such as during assessment periods, the workload can be quite heavy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ok work if you just want a job

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay seems high compared to similar private sector jobs
    Many staff seem to be paid well for not too much pressure

    Cons

    Management seem to be promoted on length of service rather than actual ability for role
    Lots of bureaucracy
    High number of managers spreading their work very thinly between

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoted managers on ability not on length of service. Many managers are paid an obscene amount of money for very little work or talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly colleagues but senior management need to listen more

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary
    Great holidays
    Friendly colleagues at your level
    Nice buildings to work in
    Great transport links

    Cons

    Offer flexible working but in reality is full time or job share
    Senior management need to listen more
    Not many promotion opportunities
    Managers constantly in meetings so do not get a sense of people s workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff more
    Discuss new ideas with staff on ground before implimenting changes
    Thank staff more often - a lot of people feel like they aren't appreciated
    Look at a decent pay rise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Easy going, friendly, intelligent people, great atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Sheffield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good money, flexible hours, good holiday entitlement

    Cons

    A lot of paper work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff and be flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    good experience if right choices are made

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    think before u choose a course, else might end up going into a wrong profession. jndjdjewhjfjw

    Cons

    career opportunities are not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing as of now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    great experience, but no place to @go up the ladder'@

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

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University

    Pros

    Great staff and help from them. gained and built up valuable experience. the university itself is modern and friendly. good times

    Cons

    sheffield is not a great city. tere is n space for growingn in the university

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disability Discrimination is Rife!

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

    I worked at Sheffield Hallam University

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Fantastic students (especially the mature ones)
    Good support for disabled students (it deserves its reputation)
    Fair pay for senior lecturers
    Senior Union Officials get supported to attend meetings

    Cons

    Very few permanent contracts
    This means contracts are reviewed every year for as long as they can legally get away with it
    Awful disability discrimination for staff.
    Very poor at providing reasonable adjustments for disabled staff
    Very little communications with unions re changes to work practices until it is too late and everyone is upset
    Very unfair workload differences between staff
    Massive waste of money goes on because of management cock ups which take lots of meetings to sort out
    Too much pressure on ground level teaching staff to fulfil research, admin and teaching roles all at once.
    A terrific amount of workplace bullying happens here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make workloads transparent so everyone can see how unfair you are
    Don't break the law in regard to disability discrimination
    Don't loose your best staff by only ever offering temporary contracts
    Ask the students who is the best at what they do and then reward the good teachers, not the lecturers who are good at filling in the right forms!
    Listen to your quality Union officials and don't make decisions without consultations
    Research the amount of workplace bullying that goes on and do something about it NOW!

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    SHU - "The University for Professionals"

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

    I have been working at Sheffield Hallam University

    Pros

    - Modern university with a professional and business-like approach.
    - Great colleagues to work with (but not necessarily in your department!).
    - Opportunities to be innovative and make inroads - especially if you're good at discovering and opening up new markets (and don't get discouraged by red tape).
    - Annual leave provision is generous: 35 days for academic posts, plus Easter & Christmas closure and some extra Tuesdays after Bank Holidays - fantastic!
    - Good pension provision.
    - Good sports facilities and staff membership deals.
    - Flexible work time - there are no 'office hours' as long as the job gets done.

    Cons

    - Like most university jobs, life is getting increasingly stressful - hours are getting ever longer, deadlines getting tighter and generally the 'to-do' lists get longer.
    - Middle managers are pushed harder and harder to generate more income, so pressure on staff is mounting. In the worst case scenario, the pressure just gets passed on downwards.
    - Lots of red tape, in order to get anything done you have to jump lots of bureaucratic hurdles.
    - Competence of managers varies widely - some are really good at people management, others are useless and just resort to a 'command-and-control' approach.
    - Work space is getting tighter and tighter - they try to move everybody into open-plan offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less red tape and a flatter management structure would work wonders - there are too many chiefs around who try to protect what they consider 'their' territory.

    Recommends

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