University of Durham Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for more than a year

    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.

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    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.

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    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

    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.

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    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.

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    Exciting, Challenging, Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham

    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!

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend less on Picasso paintings and more on educating students

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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    Good place to work with some bureaucracy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham

    Pros

    Beautiful city located in the North of England.

    Cons

    Bit isolated, and although Newcastle is near, it's still a bit too far.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfying environment. Some of the best UK students. Salary good.

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

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Pros

    Great very pretty small town - good facilities for kids. Reasonable emphasis on research and bureaucrats can be mostly avoided!

    Cons

    The organisation is a bit centralised with edicts coming from the centre. Remedial classes required for incoming students but this is true for the whole UK now. A bit too much focus on the "student experience".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My main advice would be to let the experts you hire be expert. Also often the University only tries (and fails) to retain the best people once they have job offers from elsewhere - try harder to retain people before they feel they even need to look elsewhere.

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    good

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    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Pros

    good quality of clinical research

    Cons

    low salary low salary low salary

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    any

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Pros

    Strong R&D, strong technical ability

    Cons

    Estates and buildings department is terrible and do not respond to faults efficiently

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