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University of Bristol Reviews in Bristol, England

Updated July 5, 2014
Updated July 5, 2014
21 Reviews

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  1.  

    Very nice staff but training has been hard to get.

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Administrator  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Administrator in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    It's a prestigious University and the workload is varied and people trust you to get on with your work. Collaborative working is common between departments, schools and faculties. Staff are professional and supportive.

    Cons

    I have had to learn on the job with little or no training.

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    Induction should be structured and standardised. Training should be implemented better and more widespread.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Telethon Supervisor  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Telethon Supervisor in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. All staff friendly and approachable. Great opportunities for job progression.

    Cons

    Can't think of any in particular. Parking is a problem within the university but I would imagine that true of all inner city work spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could do with more advertisement of the great things that occur within the university and better links between the union and the student body.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A pleasure and an honour to be a student at this university.

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

    Pros

    With the ridiculous numbers of places to work and the view from some of them it almost makes the hills tolerable! It's pretty incredible to show people the uni with the architecture of the buildings we have, Wills will never lose the wow factor and its utter charm no mater how many times you use it as a meet up point. With staff being friendly and helpful it's nice not to be spoken down to or be patronised after reels of questions that are asked to lecturers or any staff member really. To have been so accommodating on my arrival to the university, it almost makes me feel it is my duty to provide that experience to any first year I come across in the following years. I'm an international ambassador and with that I have realised the lengths the university goes to, to ensure everyone is accommodated in there needs and how happy to help everyone is. Plus if you really think about it, i'm taking time out to do this for free so that's got to speak for itself...

    Cons

    For me it is a rather painful journey home with bristol's out of the way location so that is definitely a draw back. I suppose I wish there was integration between different years, that did not involve heavily drinking or a night club. socials only seem to take the form of a bar crawl and that never is a social situation really because people stick to who they know, and probably won't remember anyone new with the level of intoxication they reach. I also would have liked the student union to offer things like pool and snooker, a social place for one to actually go because it's such a beautiful building inside, more people should have reason to use it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely continue with the way things are being done because I think it's excellent at the minute. One thing I think is important academically though is the removal of negative marking or ranking confidence in an answer for more marks. This only makes pupils fear what they know. No human being is confident of everything and every answer they give, using rational to make an educated guess is incredibly useful and this should not be penalised. It makes student resent the exam process even more and namely the faculty, especially when the widespread inequality between each faculty is so noticeable.

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  5.  

    Fun place to work, but the way things are run centrally will drive you insane.

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    It's fun and the people are lovely. Good benefits and very flexible.

    Cons

    Many things are run centrally in the university. However, the system is very very poor and the people running the things can be extremely incompetent, you'll be surprised!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regularly ask for feedback and opinions from staff below you. You won't believe how frustrated you can make them.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Excellent Company to work for with loads of benefits.

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    Current Employee - Swimming Instructor/Pool Attendant  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Swimming Instructor/Pool Attendant in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Amount of holiday entitlement. Meeting new students. Flexible working hours. Good team work with contracted members of staff.

    Cons

    Dealing with casual members of staff, that don't put as much effort into the University as us contacted staff. No parking on Site!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer specific courses for certain departments to progress staff in certain roles / careers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Student

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

    Pros

    Cosy surrounding, Flexible walking distance, high ranking in engineering, good high balance, sufficient training , good weather, competitive environement, great graduate prospects

    Cons

    Accounting and management rankings, stressful surroundings, far halls including wills, badock in stoke bishop which takes about 30 minutes bus ride !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time-off policies, flexible working hours, focus more on the hall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience as a Computer Science teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great hourly rate for a student employee.
    Interesting job/relevant experience
    Friendly staff
    Incredible flexibility: managed to take vacation time when looking through

    Cons

    Bureaucracy side of things was messy: contract dates were set for the entire academic year, although I only worked for half of it, making taxes a mess and getting required forms from the HR/Payroll department hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great city, reasonable employer in central location, no parking, limited career progression opportunities

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

    Pros

    Great City, University centrally located (Except for Vets), good pension, reasonable pay, people like to stay on here. Okay relocation packages.

    Cons

    Excessive use of contracts, needs further careers support for contract workers and less management change schemes! Statuatory minimum redundancy. At certain grades only external candidates are genuinely considered except for a few very lucky exceptions. Housing expensive and mixed quality.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Summer placement in BRL

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    Current Employee - BRL Intern  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - BRL Intern in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    lots of free time to explore what you want in robotics,
    chance to know lots of exciting areas of robotics,
    involved in real project

    Cons

    Far away from city centre
    Pay is not good, but if money is not your primary concern, it is great experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Grad Student  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Grad Student in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Flexible hours for a grad student. Extremely supportive Professors and staff- overall fantastic experience. Strongly recommend for grad and undergraduate education.

    Cons

    Very few cons - Some bureaucratic rules could be eliminated and decision making could be distributed to front end. The student unions could be managed better.

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