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University of East London Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
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    Interesting times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Department in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of East London full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The majority of our students are a fascinating bunch of people who are a real joy to work with.
    Similarly, staff are really caring and want to get the best for their students.
    Good support from senior managers in my experience.

    Cons

    Facilities on campus at Stratford.
    Central services - hopefully the current review (2014) will have a positive impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people in schools.
    Cut out the dead wood, don't promote it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Docklands campus; Undergraduate/ Postgraduate studies and opportunities (2014)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate/Postgraduate Student/Research/Work Placment in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate/Postgraduate Student/Research/Work Placment in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of East London full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Personally, the UEL helped me a lot with its opportunities to stand-out from the crowd, and therefore I am very satisfied. I have been applied on research internships 2 times, established good relationships with supervisors, applied on PhD.

    - Postgraduate level is very good, lots of post-graduate high-quality training, supervisors are actually interested in your projects and guide you in order to pass it successfully;
    - Easily accessible by public transport;
    - Buildings/ Campuses look fresh and modern;
    - International environment;
    - Got opportunities such as research internships, work-placements;
    - Easy to learn and get good grades;
    - Very good library (including digital one)
    - Good relationships with UK employers;
    - Relatively easy to be one of the best students;
    - Easy to find friendly supervisors / people you would like to work with;
    - Local sports dock (~50 million investment).
    - Research Internships;
    - Work placements;

    Cons

    - Undergraduate Courses in IT are poor (you will have to do a lot extra outside of uni programme in order to get job afterwards (stand out from the crowd)). Most of the content you can easily learn at home through internet. - In case of software-engineering course you will not see enough/no content about: Debugging, Version-control, Ant, Maven, C#, Hibernate, Spring; You will not do programming projects in a big team (3 people at most).

    - Majority of students are not serious enough (they don't know what they want, why they came or they came because their parents told to do that, or simply to browse Facebook, Youtube or chat about nothing. Although requirements to apply on course are relatively high);

    - Mostly, the UEL staff on course-module level are not tolerant to creativity, extra capability or passion to do better/ do more than others; to unique students problems or situations (e.g. if you really want to stand out from the crowd make super nice project, which would take you a bit more time than specified dead-line - you will automatically fail, even if it is state-of-art project) or simply they will not understand it and downgrade you as you did some staff, which is outside of specified requirements.
    My opinion to this aspect: this is professional approach, but we came to university to learn, develop, and do more than we already know. Otherwise, university becomes waste of time and money.
    - Computers are old (Pentium 4), sometimes you will have to wait 5 minutes in order to login; sometimes they will not work at all. Windows XP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Respect creativity, passion, extra work;
    - Treat everyone individually (by giving extra challenges, tasks) whenever it is possible;
    - Upgrade computers (Pentium 4 - is previous generation);
    - Make IT support staff more friendly;
    - Continue to provide research internships / work placements;
    - Make local competitions / communities. (e.g. programming competitions, special projects for people who might be interested in).

    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Valuable experience, if not short

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of East London full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable and the working environment laid back.

    Cons

    Beaurocracy can be an issue

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    EXCELLENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBA Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MBA Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of East London full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The University of East London is a fast-changing environment. The Royal Docks Business School is rapidly growing both in terms of numbers and quality, and will soon scale rankings in the UK. Being in such a phase of change, UEL offers good opportunities to ambitious academics.

    Cons

    I do not recognize particular cons of working at UEL. My experience is extremely positive, and I moved to UEL after working for top Business Schools in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big potential but lack of cohesion and communication + politics kills everything

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at University of East London as a contractor

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, nice facilities, money to grow and do well.

    Cons

    Be careful about what you say , to who you say it all the time. Highly political.
    Managers showed no support at any time, was left to take important financial decision without any training nor anyone to ask to and them was blamed for loss of money.
    No training despite the beautiful speeches of the HR department.
    Huge turnover at University level. In one year 5 main managers ''left''
    Schools are constantly fighting with central services to get things done.
    Huge workload for certain positions (massive extra hours) and few recognition from management in schools.
    Decisions from management tend to be very short sighted and respond to urgent need rather than careful planning which on the long term does not benefit.
    Many precarious part time positions and fixed term contract with promises to get extended or renewed that are unfortunately not kept in the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the politics and work closer to your employees to hear feedback from them and make things work. It is a huge loss of energy that could be used to produce beautiful things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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