University of Durham Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Coach

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful staff
    Great personal development, mentors, and support
    They have really created a great little community

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. Excellent

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

    I worked at University of Durham part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good working Environment for new researcher

    Cons

    The contract was short so didn't find any thing serious.


  3. It was absolutely exquisite. Glad to have received a degree from an English Institution.

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

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything is well coordinated. Everyone is highly competitive and that brings out your best form. There are 16 colleges and a lot of students to mix up with. In short, it's awesome.

    Cons

    No semester system. Only summative and formative assignments throughout the year and final exams at the end of the year.


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  5. Worked with world class scholars in a world heritage location.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Durham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Durham, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Durham part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful, historical city; world class scholars in my field.

    Cons

    The university's administration is disorganized and muddled--very frustrating to have to deal with them.


  6. Excellent experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Pros

    Great city and great university.

    Cons

    Sometimes like living in a bubble.


  7. UK universities are a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Durham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging. Both staff and students are highly capable. Teaching is fun; it is good working with so many talented students
    Great student support system
    Beautiful City

    Cons

    Its pretty elitist in outlook and structure. If you don't publish in well-respected journals and/or get the right grants, then promotion is difficult. But then, if you are not publishing, then you shouldn't really be at Durham.
    This is a university for very bright and generally well-off pupils.

    Advice to Management

    Management are doing a good job. People complain about cuts but the cuts are across the industry. Durham sets its performance targets so you know what you need to achieve.


  8. Good

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

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, friendly, nice place to work

    Cons

    do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    NA


  9. Exciting, Challenging, Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have had a great time at Durham University- the working atmosphere here is great and the people are friendly and talented. The high standards really push you to achieve the most you are capable of.

    Cons

    Some people may find Durham to be a bit small and can fall into the trap of being stuck in the durham 'bubble'. Make sure to visit some great nearby towns and cities- and its so easy to wander out of the city centre and find beautiful countryside- its important to get some perspective!


  10. Excellent departments, estates and buildings is terrible

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

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have greatly enjoyed my time in durham, working as a PhD student, the city is pleasant and the academic departments have a well deserved reputation for excellence.

    Cons

    The city does not have as much going on as other, larger, cities. But Newcastle is nearby and easy to get to by train. The weather can be changeable, but the summer is very nice.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less on Picasso paintings and more on educating students


  11. Great time work as a teaching assistant and researcher

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Durham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Durham part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyable and peaceful environment for living and doing researching.

    Cons

    sometimes the requested book in the library are online version, it would be better if the students can get a copy of it or paper book for reading.

    Advice to Management

    Keep offering opportunities for people in University and graduated from Durham University.



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